Monday, September 30, 2013

Greven Park Trail-A Hike With Many Views

Thanks to the volunteers of the Cavendish Recreation Department, there is a lovely 1/2 mile walking trail being maintained that loops around the athletic fields. It's one of the few places where you can walk by the Black River, as well as through a forest and a field. Reverse directions and you have a different view each way. The trail is open in all seasons-no worries about being shot during hunting season, and wear snowshoes or cross country skies in the winter.

Greven Field is located off of route 103 in Proctorsville. Heading West, the entrance to the park is on the right hand side just after Greven Rd. If you come to the intersection of 131 and 103, you've gone to far.

Below are photographs taken by people on recent walks. If you would like a photograph included, please send it to in jpeg format.

View of the Black River from the trail. Sept 2013

Taken down by the Beach area-9/28/13
Another beach area picture on 9/28/13
Greven Field  Trail Sept. 2013

Reflections in the Black River 9/28/13

Friday, September 27, 2013

Cavendish Update 9/27/13 Pixley Day/News/Flushing/Events

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

Today is Jane Pixley Day in Cavendish. After many years of service to the town, Jane is retiring. Stop by the town office this afternoon from 1-4:30 to wish her well and enjoy some light refreshments. Thank you Jane for your dedication and support - Enjoy a well deserved long, healthy and happy retirement.

The Cavendish Update for 9/27 contains the following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Fall Hydrant Flushing Sept 30 & Oct. 2
3. CTES School Board Director Needed
4. CTES Reading Partners/Volunteers Needed
5. Annual Blessing of the Animals on the Proctorsville Green/Welcome Fr. McKee
6. Cavendish's Verde Antique Marble
7. Events

• Cavendish Burglary: On September 22, 2013, at approximately 1057 hours, Rockingham State Police received a call regarding a burglary that took place on Twenty Mile Stream Road in the Town of Cavendish, Vermont. The call was placed by Joshua Parker, age 28, and he informed the Vermont State Police that his second residence in Cavendish was broken into.  A Mastercool Hydraulic flaring took kit, a Mig Welder, a Makita Sawzall and a Ridgid cordless drill w/ tool bag were among the items taken from the residence. The Vermont State Police are still investigating this case. If you have information, call 802-875-2112 State Police Press Release

•Cavendish Resident, Rickie Chambers, Obtains His Pilots License at 17: Inspired by his 4th grade experience at CTES-Starbase program- Ricky Chambers, now 17, just received his pilot's license. Congratulations to Ricky and his parents. Great job Jenn Harper on inspiring your students! 

• DUI #3 Leaving the Scene of an Accident: State Police Press Release- On 9.20.13, at approximately 1522 [3:22 pm] hours, I responded to a report of a vehicle crash where one vehicle had left the scene just after the crash occurred. [Location was Main Street Cavendish, and the other person involved in the accident, and not charged, was a Cavendish resident.]  While en-route, I was advised that Ludlow had located and stopped the vehicle. When I arrived on scene, the operator was still sitting in the vehicle. She was identified as Vickie Whitcomb [51 of Lisbon Falls, Maine]. Whitcomb screened and processed for DUI [Driving under the influence]. Whitcomb was also cited for leaving the scene of an accident. She was held at Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500 bail.

• VTNow Has 911 Texting: Texting is now a ubiquitous form of communication, and Vermont is the first state to establish a new system that automatically routes texts sent to "911" directly to one of nine regional 9-1-1 call centers. The system works on both major cell carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. WNNE 

 Button Up Vermont Day Oct. 5: This fall Vermonters will be encouraged to “Button Up.” Saturday, October 5th is the first annual Button Up Vermont Day of Action! Vermonters have a powerful opportunity to participate in a local effort — or start their own — to encourage friends and neighbors to lower their energy bills this winter by weatherizing their homes. Press Release 

• VT Median Household Income Continues Slow Decline: Recent U.S. Census Bureau figures show Vermont’s median income continues to decline.  In fact, when inflation is factored in, Vermonter’s are earning less in real dollars than they were a decade ago. The 2012 median income in Vermont was $52,977. “For low and middle income Vermonters, they’re essentially being pushed back in two ways,” says  Paul Cillo, Executive Director of the Public Assets Institute. “One is that their incomes aren’t keeping place for inflation, and the other is that their costs for essentials are going up faster than inflation.; things like food and fuel, health care, college education.” VPR 
The Cavendish Municipal Water System will be conducting fall hydrant flushing on Monday, September 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 2 during the hours of 8:30-4:30. Systems users are reminded that: Flushing hydrants may cause temporary discoloration and turbidity of the water. We apologize for any inconvenience to our users, however this very important system maintenance procedure must be conducted each spring and fall. The flushing program allows the pipes to be purged and the hydrants checked for proper operations.

User are advised to avoid drinking the water or washing clothes (especially whites) while discoloration is in evidence. Following hydrant flushing in your area, users should run cold water until it clears before resuming normal use. It is also advisable to flush individual water heaters after the water clears following a hydrant flush in your area. FMI: 226-7291

With Amanda Tyrell leaving the CTES board, an interim school board member is needed. The term of this position will be from now until the regularly March, 2014 elections.  The Board currently meets once a month and fulfills additional responsibilities including, but not limited to, committee assignments and possible service on the Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board.

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest to the Cavendish School Board by Monday, October 7, 2013, care of:

Bruce Williams
TRSU Superintendent of Schools
609 Rt 103 south
Ludlow, Vermont 05149

Kindergarten, First and Second graders are looking for caring people to become their reading partner. Our faithful, local group has dwindled over the years and we are looking to increase out numbers. If you can spare an hour or two in the morning to become a reader, a child would be so delighted. For more information and to volunteer, please call 802-226-7758 and talk to Connie Kendall.

Each fall, churches open their doors to a procession of animals. Depending on where you live, it may be just domesticated pets, such as dogs and cats, but in farming communities, it is not surprising to see chickens, goats, cows and horses being brought to church.

The Blessing of Animals is a fall festival held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is October 4.  A lover of animals, St. Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures-“All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” Francis preached to the birds, communicated with wolves and used real animals when he created the very first live Christmas nativity scene.

On Saturday October 5, Gethsemane Episcopal Church will conduct their annual Blessing of the Animals on the Proctorsville Green starting at 1 pm. Because it will be on the Green, there will be plenty of space for all creatures-farm animals as well as cats and dogs. Be sure to have pets on leashes and be prepared for weather, as this event will take place rain or shine.

This blessing will be performed by the new pastor of Gethsemane Church, Father Todd McKee.

When you walk through the rotunda of the National Art Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C, did you know you were walking on Cavendish? The Verde Antique marble in the floor is from the Proctorsville Quarry. It was chosen because it was a match of the columns of the rotunda, which are made of Italian Verde. Report of the StateGeologist on the Mineral Industries of Vermont 1939-1940

In 1836, the Black River Marble and Soapstone Manufacturing company was established for extraction of the green serpentine rock -Verde Antique. The original quarry was located on the Black River, near Winery Road at a place formerly called Hart’s Bend. It was moved to its present location, off of Twenty Mile Stream Road in 1931 when Antonia Moriglioni operated the Quarry

Antonia Moriglioni was born in France, on route to the United States from Italy. He came to Rutland, VT in the early 1900’s and discovered the Verde Antique Marble. He owned and operated the quarry until the local mill owners squeezed him out of the business during World War II. With the mills, and other area businesses having military contracts, they needed the power and viewed the quarry as a “luxury item,” and not necessary for the war effort. Moriglioni never re opened the mill. Instead he went to work in a quarry in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, where he died as a result of injuries he sustained from an explosion.

In 1989 the Ruby brothers, from Fair Haven, attempted to open the quarry but did not have the equipment to do so. In late 1990’s Vermont Quarries (owned by an Italian company) bought a 20-year lease to remove stone. The quarry was worked for 3-4 years and then work ceased. During this time,  stone was shipped for cutting to Italy, Spain and Brazil. 

This past week, members of the Moriglioni family-Lucille Moriglioni Evens, her brother James and his wife Barbara-presented the Cavendish Historical Society with pieces of the Verde Antique marble from their father's quarry. These are currently on display at the Museum. 

The Museum is open on Sunday's from 2-4 pm. until Oct. 13. On Oct 13, there will be a guidecemetery tour of the Old Revolutionary and Coffeen cemeteries. Meet at the Museum at 2 pm. FMI: or call 802-226-7807. 

Today is Jane Pixley’s retirement party at the town office from 1-4:30 pm. The Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale, begins today (10-4), goes through Sunday at Fletcher Farms on Route 103. The Cavendish Planning Committee meets on Wednesday.

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

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cavendish Burglary: 9/22/13

On September 22, 2013, at approximately 10:57 hours, Rockingham State Police received a call regarding a burglary that took place on Twenty Mile Stream Road in the Town of Cavendish, Vermont. The call was placed by Joshua Parker, age 28, and he informed the Vermont State Police that his second residence in Cavendish was broken into.  A Mastercool Hydraulic flaring took kit, a Mig Welder, a Makita Sawzall and a Ridgid cordless drill w/ tool bag were among the items taken from the residence. The Vermont State Police are still investigating this case. If you have information, call 802-875-2112

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Hydrant Flushing Notice for 9/30 and 10/2/13

Cavendish Update 9/20/13 News/Classifieds/Free Audit

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

 The Cavendish Update for 9/20/13 Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Classifieds
3. Jenni Johnson Sings the Blues in Oct.
4. Follow up to Phineas Gage Program
5. Cavendish Homeowners Eligible to Win a Free Home Energy Audit
6. Events

September Select Board  Meeting Now on-line: Monday's Select Board meeting 9/9/13 has been posted to the LPC-TV website.

Special Select Board Meeting/Chubb Hill: The Select Board held a special meeting on Sept. 18 to discuss the costs associated with the new Chubb Hill road and the responsibility of property owner, Donnie Davis. A number of his former neighbors were in attendance to advocate for Davis, who moved to Missouri this past summer. To date, Davis has paid close to $28,000 for relocating a new Chubb Hill road through his pasture. The board voted to pick up the $20,000 plus costs required for completion of the road and to reimburse Davis $300 for his time and expenses in having to drive to Montpelier for the permit.

Photos from RiverSweep: Recently, a number of Cavendish volunteers participated in the annual clean up of the Black River organized by the Black River Action Team (BRAT). They covered the stretch from the bridge near the winery down to the first of the stone houses heading east on Rt 131. Cavendish Recreation is part of the BRAT and sponsors the Greven Field section of the river. 

Permanent Medreturn Drug Collection Unit at Ludlow PD: Thanks to an Okemo Community Challenge Green and Black River Area Community Coalition, there is now a MedReturn box at the Ludlow Police Department. The collection site is open 7 days a week from 9-4. Excess and expired prescription medications, as well as over the counter drugs, can be deposited here. However, the following items are not accepted at this time: liquids, hypodermic needles, inhalers or aerosols.

Okemo Ski Community Obtains Act250 Approval: The District 2 Environmental Commission issued an Act 250 permit Friday to Timber Creek and five other partners to build a 208-unit village at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow. The permit will allow the developers to build 22 single-family homes, 32 duplex buildings, nine townhouse condominiums, a base lodge for homeowners, two ski lifts, seven ski trails, access roads, parking lots and a community water system. The proposed development will be situated on 268 acres, which includes the Carnes Parcel and the Miller Tract in Ludlow, and the proposed residential recreational community will be a private access development. The owners and guests will have access to Okemo ski trials and amenities and there will be no public access, according to the applicants. Rutland Herald 

ACLU Says Surveillance in VT Should be Better Regulated: The American Civil Liberties Union of VT has released a new report, that documents a dramatic increase in the surveillance that Vermonters are subject to since Sept. 11, 2001. The ACLU says there’s too little oversight of how the information is used and it’s calling on the legislature to take steps to regulate some activities. VPR 

Changes in Flu Vaccine: This year there are several options for the flu shot-one covers three strains of the flu and the other four. The most common flu will be covered by the three strain shot. The four-strain vaccine will be administered via nasal spray and will be targeted toward children. WCAX 

Vermont Veteran Driver ID: Starting Sept. 18, Vermont is offering driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards designating veteran status. Press Release 

Please follow up with the contact person listed for each item.

• Help Wanted
Bus Driver: Cavendish Elementary School has a desperate need for a bus driver, as the current driver will be finished on Monday, September 30 and there is no replacement. 

If you might be interested in training to become the bus driver or know of anyone who might be interested, contact George Thomson at 802-226-7758.

Childcare providers: Needed for infant twins. Nights 9 pm-6am, Weekend days. Scheduling is flexible. Good opportunity for students. Paying $10 an hour. Contact: 802-226-7152 or

• For Rent
Three bedroom house, 2 bathrooms, yard, parking. No pets, No smoking. Located in Cavendish Village $900 a month plus utilities. Contact: 802-226-7204

• For Sale
2005 Honda Shadow 600 VLX  low miles! $2800 Call Art for details 226-7655

• In Need Of
Packing Peanuts. Contact: 802-226-7204.

The smooth voice of Burlington blues and jazz artist Jenni Johnson will fill the rafters of Proctorsville's Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Sunday, October  6 as part of the Raise the Roof concert series.   The well-tuned trio of the Jazz Junketeers will provide soulful backup on guitar, bass and percussion for Johnson's swinging sound.  Born in NYC's Harlem Hospital and raised in the Big Apple, Johnson now resides in Burlington, Vermont.  While she is a regular presence around the Green Mountain State, her dusky rendition of "Moonlight in Vermont" has been heard in Paris, Montreal and Rostov, Russia.  Comfortable singing jazz, blues, swing and funk, Johnson claims that each performance teaches her how to refine the use of her instrument---her vocal chords.

Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers will perform at 4:30 p.m. in Gethsemane Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville (next to Crows Bakery Cafe).  Suggested donation of $10.00 at the door will support Raise the Roof in bringing more live music to the little church with  great acoustics.  Learn more about Jenni before the concert  by visiting   Stay tuned about upcoming concerts by Liking us on Facebook at Raise the Roof Concert Series.

One of the questions that often occurs when the Cavendish Historical Society has a program about Phineas Gage is where to go for treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Various resources are available at the CHS Blog. 

The Cavendish Energy Committee is sponsoring a raffle to give away a free home energy audit – a $500 value – to a Cavendish homeowner. 

Last March the Energy Committee urged Cavendish voters to create a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district for Cavendish.  The voters approved the district and now Cavendish homeowners are eligible to borrow funds through the town to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes.  The important point is that the loans can be repaid out of the energy savings realized by the improvements.

PACE loans will be processed through Efficiency Vermont, the state’s Energy Efficiency Utility.  Information on the application process and on what home improvements qualify for the program is available at the town offices, at Singleton’s Market and at Crow’s Bakery in Proctorsville.  A Cavendish homeowner who picks up a packet of information can submit his or her name to be entered into a drawing for a free home energy audit – a $500 value.  Will Reed of Vermont Foam Insulation Co. of Chester will conduct the audit.  His company was named Vermont’s number one Home Performance with Energy Star Contractor for 2012 by Efficiency Vermont.

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