Friday, August 30, 2013

Cavendish Update: 8/30/13 News/Almanac/Retreat/News

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The 8/30/13 Cavendish Update Contains:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. How Accurate is the Farmer’s Almanac?
3. Caregiver Rejuvenation Retreat
4. Events

McCallum: Rebuilding in Cavendish: Mary McCallum, Proctorsville resident, remembrance on Irene for Vermont Public Radio 

Out for a Morning Swim
Winners of the 2014 Cavendish Photo Contest: The voting has ended and the results are in.  We have winners and we have our 2014 calendar selections from our annual CCCA Calendar Photography Contest.  Entrants submitted photos this past spring and they were displayed at numerous venues around town.  Cavendish residents cast their ballots for the best photos and here are the results. Winner of the Best in Show award is Tim O’Donoghue for “Out For a Morning Cruise”. Winner of the Judge’s Awards are Jim Fisher for “King of the Roost”, Lydia Churchill for “Shelter” and Emery Benoit for “Summer Girl”. For a list of all the winners, and which month they will appear in the coming year’s calendar, go to

Ludlow Looking to BanDrift Tikes: On Sunday, two drift trike riders slammed into a motorist heading up the Okemo Access road. Both riders were airlifted to Dartmouth, where one remains in critical condition. Culminating a variety of close calls, police chief, Jeffrey Billings says "I'm going to push the town to see if we can do an ordinance and ban these from our streets, And I know that may sound tough, but I think we have to do something before someone gets killed." WCAX 

AG Warns of DebitCard Scam: The Vermont Attorney General's Office is warning consumers not to respond to calls or texts about a debit card problem. The office's Consumer Assistance Program says it has received a number of reports of fraudulent telephone calls and texts indicating that the consumer's debit card number has been locked and that the consumer should call a Vermont phone number. Officials say this is a scam to try to obtain confidential personal information. Consumers should not respond to the text messages or call the numbers provided in the messages. Consumers who have responded should contact the financial institution that issued the debit card immediately to protect their accounts. Those with concerns can email the Consumer Assistance program at, or call 800-649-2424. WCAX

Vermont Yankee willclose by the end of 2014: Vermont Yankee will close by the end of next year, ending years of litigation over the plant’s future. But Yankee says financial pressure not lawsuits or legislative mandates are forcing the shutdown. The cost of running the relatively small and aging plant was one factor, but the decision was also driven by an influx of natural gas on the market that has lowered the cost of energy. Burlington Free Press 

Given the latest round of excitement over the 2014 Farmer’s Almanac predicting a snowstorm for the Super Bowl and a cold and heavy snowfall for New England, it’s appropriate to ask how accurate is the Almanac’s weather predictions? As it turns out, it’s no better than flipping a coin. Contrary to their reported 80% accuracy, various studies of the Almanac have come closer to 50%. Read the studies online. 

A free retreat for family caregivers of elders will take place on Saturday, September 21, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. “Rejuvenate Yourself” is the theme of the retreat, which will be held at the Nolin-Murray Center in Springfield. 

Vermont caregivers are encouraged to take a “time-out” to connect with other caregivers, gain valuable information, and learn how to lighten their load.

Adult day care will be provided free of charge at Springfield Hospital’s Adult Day Center.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dennis McCullough, geriatrician at the Dartmouth Medical School and author of My Mother, Your Mother.

The retreat includes opportunities for massage, and door prize gift certificates including an overnight at a local inn.  

This event is sponsored by Senior Solutions and Springfield Hospital’s Adult Day Center, with a grant from the Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund.

Call the Senior HelpLine before Sept. 14 at 1-800-642-5119 for general registration. Register for Adult Day Care before Sept. 1 by calling 802-885-9881.

The last weekend of  the summer. Sigh. Make the most of it.  To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:

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