Friday, August 9, 2013

Cavendish Update 8/9/13 New/Events/Chubb Hill Hearing

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The Cavendish Update for 8/9/13 Contains the Following:
1.  Cavendish Related News
2. August 12 Select Board Meeting/Chubb Hill Site Visit & Hearing
3. Lyme Disease and the Barberry Plant
4. Free Cooking Class on Aug. 28
5. Accordionist Brent Buswell Concert Aug. 18
6. Events

CHS Summer Newsletter On-line: The Cavendish Historical Society's Summer edition newsletter-Scribbler II-is now available on-line

Water at Greven Field Being Tested Weekly: Thanks to the Black River Action Team (BRAT) and the Cavendish Recreation Department there is now weekly testing of the “beach” area at Greven Field. The results for Aug.7 show safe limits for swimming and boating. Testing will continue through the remainder of the summer season and will soon be posted in the beach area.

Region’s First Weekend Morning Newscasts: WPTZ News Channel 5 and WNNE News Channel 31 are now offering region’s first weekend morning newscasts, News Channel 5 Weekend Today, airing Saturdays from 5 – 7 a.m. and Sundays from 6 – 8 a.m. VT Digger 
VT Disaster Relief Fund: The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund (VDRF), founded after Irene,  plans to stay active for future disasters. The primary goal is to provide aid to people who have already sought help from other sources such as FEMA, but still need financial assistance to make their homes habitable. The average grant from the VDRF is about $10,000. There are no income eligibility requirements, but if someone has flood insurance or has other financial resources or is eligible for a loan then they may not be eligible for VDRF funding. NPR 
State Looking for Input on Implementation of Recycling Mandate; The state is looking for public feedback on how to implement new recycling mandates set to go into effect over the next few years. Vermonters will no longer be able to throw recyclables (by 2015), yard waste (by 2017) and any compostable organic material (by 2020) into the trash. A new draft report  Systems Analysis of the Impact of Act 148 onSolid Waste Management in VT  released by the Department of Environmental Conservation looks at the different ways we can implement the mandate passed by the legislature in Act 148—and what it’s likely to cost state taxpayers. The report has just been released and the Department is asking for public comments through August 30th. NPR 
VT Monarch Butterfly Population Dwindles: Monarch butterflies have been scarce in Vermont this summer due to larger forces that have caused a 90 percent drop in the population. NPR 

Prior to Monday night’s monthly select board meeting, The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Cavendish will meet to conduct a site visit of the lower portion of Chubb Hill Road to examine the old highway and a proposed new section of that town highway at 5 PM on Monday, August 12, 2013. Immediately following the site visit, the Selectmen will travel to and reconvene their meeting at the Cavendish Town Office Meeting Room for the purpose of conducting a hearing and to consider:

• Discontinuance of the old section of Chubb Hill Road beginning at the existing intersection of the Chubb Hill Road with Vermont Route 131 by the Davis Homestead and extending approximately 487' up the road.

• Acceptance of a new section of Chubb Hill Road, which would begin at a point on Route 131, 420' east of the old intersection and would extend approximately 200' north to join the existing Chubb Hill Road.

The regular agenda will be posted to this blog as soon as it’s received.

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is pretty, there’s no doubt about that: interesting leaf pattern, lovely foliage, and bright red berries.  Researchers in Connecticut have discovered that tick populations are exponentially higher where barberry is present, linking the plant directly to a spike in cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Barberry was introduced to the United States in the late 1800s as an attractive landscape feature; it’s still sold at nurseries and installed by landscapers at homes and businesses around the country.  Garden clubs plant it in public green spaces.  However, birds and other animals eat the berries and deposit the seeds in the woods where the plant has grown to form dense thorny thickets.  Some eight feet tall, the thickets are impenetrable fortresses ideal for mice to hide from predators – and mice are the primary host for ticks.

Recently, Kelly Stettner of Black River Action Team (BRAT) led an invasive species tour on the Greven Walking path. Barberry was growing in several locations. The Cavendish Recreation group, with the help of students, did an excellent job of removing invasive plants, this past Saturday, at Greven Field.

Go to to learn more about the barberry plant, what it looks like and how to deal with it if you have it on your property.

The theme for the August 28th Free Cooking Class is SOUP!  Ingredients will include fresh, local ingredients and also canned and boxed ingredients from the grocery store. Class begin at 5:30pm with cooking and then eating to follow! Homemade bread and dessert are provided.  Cooks of all levels are welcome to come. Free childcare is available. We'll be cooking in the downstairs kitchen of the Cavendish Baptist Church, 2258 Main Street in Cavendish, VT. For more information, call (802) 226-7131.


All are welcome and invited to attend an amazing musical performance on Sunday August 18 at 10:00am.   Accordionist Brent Buswell will delight people of all ages in a live performance at the Cavendish Baptist Church, located at 2258 Main Street in Cavendish, VT. 
Brent Buswell enjoys playing a wide variety of music, including: jazz, polkas, Scandinavian, marches, Christian, and American standards. He especially enjoys playing the music of great composers such as Pietro Frosini, Charles Magnante, Pietro Deiro, and many others.  He will also be performing some Christmas favorites!  
"Extraordinarily talented accordionist Brent Buswell has played piano since age three, when he performed with his grandfather in Ludlow,Vermont, and at the State House in Montpelier. At age twelve his grandfather gave him his first accordion, and he immediately played what he heard on the Lawrence Welk Show... Brent plays a unique, top-of-the-line Italian accordion... Brent's infectiously joyous playing has already attracted many fans; his future is bright." — Nils O. Lundin, Norwell, MA, June 10, 2000.

Since 1998 Brent has been guest performer with the Grammy-winning "Polka King" Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra. In addition to other television appearances, Brent has been featured on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show. 

For more information, please call (802) 226-7131. There is no charge for admission, but a free-will offering will be received. 
Monday night is the monthly Cavendish Select Board Meeting. This coming Wednesday, Aug 14, is the last of the CCCA concerts on the Proctorsville Green for the season. Starting at 6 pm, the concert will feature Rick Redington. This event is sponsored by Black River Produce. Thursday is “Rec Night” at Greven Field.

To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:

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