Friday, August 2, 2013

Cavendish Update 8/2/13 News/Events/Finding what you need

Information can also be posted to the Cavendish VT Facebook Page. 

The 8/2/13 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. How to Find What You Need in Cavendish
3. Cavendish Concert on the Green with Rick Redington
4. Cavendish Library BBQ
5. BRAT’s 14th Annual River Sweep Sat. Sept. 7
6. Events

WheelabratorIncinerator to Close in Sept: In an unexpected announcement Wednesday, Wheelabrator Technologies said it will shut down its waste-to-energy incinerator on Grissom Lane on Sept. 30 for financial reasons. The facility, which has about two dozen employees, had been a lightning rod for controversy for decades, particularly in regards to pollution from emissions produced by burning mountains of garbage. Valley News 

State Announces Health Insurance plan rates for VT HealthConnect: The 100,000 Vermonters who will be insured beginning Jan. 1 by plans sold on the state’s new online health insurance marketplace can now start studying their options and the prices. Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, gave final approval Wednesday to 20 medical coverage plans to be sold this fall on Vermont Health Connect by two insurance companies. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care each have 10 approved plans in the online marketplace known as Vermont Health Connect. Enrollment opens Oct. 1 with coverage taking effect Jan. 1 
Burlington Free Press 

GMP Offers New Way for Vermonters toHeat Homes:  Green Mountain Power is kicking off a pilot program that will offer customers a new way to heat their homes. GMP will be installing air-source heat pumps into 200 houses and small businesses. The pumps are commonly used in Europe, but are new to the Vermont. The pumps work by compressing cool air from the outside into a hot liquid, and then blowing that heat throughout the house. GMP officials say they expect the pumps to provide customers a net savings of 20-50 percent for all their heating expenses. The pumps run on electricity at a fraction of the cost of heating fuels. Customers can contract to rent the units from GMP for 15 years at $45-$50 a month. And GMP will pay the $2,000 installation fee. WCAX 

GMP Seeks Rate Increase: Green Mountain Power on Thursday asked the Public Service Board to approve a two-year rate increase package that utility officials say will stabilize costs. VPR 

In the past several weeks, we’ve received a number of e-mails ranging from what time the weekly concert starts, directions to various places and “did you know anything about....” To make things easier for people to find what they need, consider the following:

• For municipal information, such as transfer station hours, documents, taxes etc., call the Town Office during normal business hours at 802-226-7291 or 7292. The Municipality also has a website. 

• The Cavendish VT blog  offers a variety of resources. The Cavendish Update is archived here. In addition, the side bar includes the following types of information:
Community Organizations: Lists all of the organizations in town, as well as those serving Cavendish, that have a website, blog or Facebook page.
Under Popular Posts.
The Cavendish Business Directory, which is updated as information is received.  
Getting What You Need in Cavendish: A resource guide for those affected by chronic and/or life threatening conditions as well as seniors. 

• The Cavendish VTFacebook page  offers daily information about what is happening in Cavendish. Anyone can read the site. However, if you wish to post information or comment, you must be a Facebook subscriber. The photograph album is always changing to reflect Cavendish history, upcoming and current events, etc. In times of emergency, this is a good place to check as users continually provide updates about what is going on in their area.

•  The Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce runs an on-line events calendar for the region

Note: This week’s concert is Sensible Shoes, 6 pm at the Proctorsville Green, which is sponsored by the Cavendish Snow Fleas and Singleton’s General Store. CTES is the rain location

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association invites everyone to the Proctorsville Green for the continuing summer music series on Wednesday, August 14th at 6:00 p.m. to hear the rocking good sounds of Rick Redington.

Whether playing an intimate solo acoustic performance in a coffeehouse setting or rockin’ out with his band “The Luv” in a large concert venue, Rick’s performances have something memorable and meaningful for all to share.  No strangers to the Proctorsville Green, Rick and the band have delighted the local Wednesday evening concert goers several times in the past.

Sponsoring the evening is Black River Produce.

This concert will be the last in this year’s series of seven concerts that are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August.  Come and enjoy a warm summer evening with your neighbors and friends in front of the gazebo on the green.  Relax in the grass on your blanket or favorite lawn chair – have a picnic or just listen to the music.

As always, the concerts are free and open to the public.

The summer reading program is wrapping up once again, and with that comes the Annual Summer Barbeque. It will be on TUESDAY August 6 at 6:00 at the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library. Once again Tom Joyce will entertain us with his wonderful magic show. As always, the BBQ is free and open to the public. Come by and have a hot dog on us.

For those not familiar with the Black River Action Team, they serve a very important role in the Cavendish community. Not only are they testing various swimming holes in town-most recently the boat launch at Greven Field, but they have done an incredible job in helping our river and adjacent areas as a result of Irene.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, BRAT will once again hold their Annual RiverSweep. Volunteers of all ages turn out to haul trash and collect junk from the bed and banks of our favorite waterway. Discussions are underway to have one of the locations for this year’s RiverSweep be Greven Field.

On Thursday, Kelly Stettner lead a program on invasive species at Greven Field’s ½ mile walking path. She identified plants that are not native to the area, and explained why “invasives” like Japanese Barberry are so dangerous. They can become so thick they push everything else out. Worst of all, they allow the white footed mouse population to increase, which are significant contributors to the spread of Lyme Disease. FMI:

The Concerts on the Proctorsville Green continue on Wednesday at 6 pm. The August 7 concert will feature Sensible Shoes. Thursday is Rec Night at Greven Field.

To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:
Events listed by month 
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