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:

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