Friday, October 11, 2013

Cavendish Update 10/11/13 News/SB Mtg/Events

The Cavendish Connects website now includes much of what was included on this blog as well as a calendar of Cavendish events. The new blog, “The Dish,” includes the Cavendish Update as well as on-going information.

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), a non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the conservation of land and natural resources and to the preservation of historic sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. FMI: PO Box 605, Cavendish VT 05142 or 802-226-7736

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

The Cavendish Update for 10/11/13 Contains the Following:
1.Select Board Meeting 10/7/13
2. Cavendish Related News
3. CTES Needs a Bus Driver ASAP
4. Cavendish Conservation Committee to Host Talk on Bees in Vermont
5. CTES School Wide Bake Sale Today
6. Raise the Roof Harvest Party in Proctorsville
7. Stress-Less Weekend at the Castle
8. Events

Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television. The following were discussed at Monday’s Meeting:

A. Water Conservation for Oct 20-24: Due to cleaning of equipment, Cavendish municipal water users are being asked to conserve water from Oct 20-24. While the tanks will be filled to the brim, no water will be pumped into them during the cleaning phase. Please postpone projects that would require extensive water use at this time.

B. Skateboard Ramp at Greven Field: On behalf of Cavendish Recreation, Terry O’Brien explained to the board that they had received money from Singleton’s soup contest to put towards the installation of a ramp for beginner skateboarders. Because Greven Field is owned by the town, concerned was raised by SB members about liability issues, insurance etc. It was decided that it would be prudent if the SB and Cavendish Rec have a joint meeting to discuss issues of liability in general, which would include the potential for a skateboard ramp. This meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 4 at 6 pm.

C. Staley Property: Rich Svec, town manager, read the request for proposal (RFP) to be issued regarding the clean up of the property at 57 Mill Street in Cavendish. Burned in the spring of 2011, the remains of the house are creating a hazardous situation. To that end, the SB approved the hiring of a contractor to clean up the property and to put a lean on it. The RFP includes demolition of the remaining building, properly disposing of debris, filling holes and reseeding. The RFP will be posted in a variety of places, including on-line. The board voted on a 10 day posting period, with selection taking place on Oct. 21 at 6 pm. FMI: 226-7291

D. Sustainability
Zero-Sort: The compactor for Zero-Sort recycling has been ordered, upgrades are being made at the transfer station and is expected to be operational by Thanksgiving. Svec has filed the paper work with the state regarding a change in the town’s transfer station function. The representative from the state indicated that since changes were being made to the license, they should include something on how compostable waste will be dealt with. The same legislation that requires towns to recycle everything they possibly can (required by 2014), requires that yard waste and food waste be appropriately composted and out of the solid waste stream by 2015 and 2017 respectively. Currently, only a few towns are doing organic waste recycling. While the SB is interested in promoting home composting, Svec will be contacting towns that have implemented the organic waste composting.

Solar Project: In order to take advantage of the state’s program, the solar panels need to be installed by Dec. 31 of this year. While it will only take three weeks for the installation, the SB needs to meet with Soveren to discuss financial matters, as there have been some changes since the original approval of the project. While most of the trees have been removed, there are a few remaining that the town highway department will remove if they can. Some may require the involvement of Green Mountain Power because of overhead wires.

ERP (Ecosystem Restoration Program): Cavendish received a $94,590 grant to provide protection for water quality, enhanced flood resiliency and flood mitigation along a crucial section of the Black River. The town is in the process of negotiating with property owners (Mills, Stubeleck, Pieter van Schaik) for parcels of land. These properties will remain undeveloped and provide flood relief, protection of crucial infrastructure, including the water and sewer lines that connect the two villages. This will also allow for new ways the public can recreate on the Black River.

E. Chubb Hill: As a follow up to the various meetings regarding Chubb Hill access road, the town will be sending a check of $300 this week to property owner Donnie Davis as reimbursement for his time and mileage in picking up the permit earlier this summer.

F. Traffic Studies: SB member Scott Ranney is concerned about speeding on Depot Street in Proctorsville. There was discussion about how to reduce speed limits with traffic quieting measures, such as narrowing of the road by expanding sidewalks and parking. Road studies are being requested for both Depot Street in Proctorsville and Pleasant Street in Cavendish.

CTES Minutes and Agenda for 10/15/13 Meeting: The Minutes from the September Board Meeting of the Cavendish Town Elementary School have been posted.  These minutes will be voted for approval at the Oct. 15 board meeting, which will be at the school at 5:30 pm. The agenda will include school board candidate interviews; hiring school bus driver and after school program assistant; finance; adoption of the Comprehensive Policy Handbook and reports from the Principal and Superintendent.

Paving on 131: Three layers of paving will be placed on route 131 from the NH border to the intersection of 106. The paving began on Oct. 7 and is expected to last several more weeks depending on weather. VTrans 

New Owner for Sam’s Steak House: In August, Paul Olson purchased Sam’s. While renovations are underway, the restaurant is pretty much the same expect there are more nightly specials and mashed potatoes and fries are no longer limited to “The Lounge.” VT Journal 

Emergency Notification System Launched in VT: Vermonters have a new tool at their disposal to stay informed of pending disasters, weather conditions, public health notifications, and countless other alerts that could affect themselves or their loved ones.  Vermont Alert ( is a free service for users. It allows the public to sign up and receive notifications through a number of delivery systems, including text, e-mail, telephone, or even a game console. Vermont Alert is hosted and maintained by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (VT DEMHS) and is available to all emergency response agencies in the state in order to allow for localized alerts. Press Release 

Prolonged ShutdownWill Harm Thousands in VT: Governor Peter Shumlin and a group of top administration officials say Vermont has the funds to keep vital assistance programs running through the month, but the federal shutdown could mean big trouble if it lasts another week. Thousands of Vermonters stand to lose some sort of federal assistance if the shutdown continues. Among them: Roughly 14,000 benefiting from federal rent assistance, 40 percent of students enrolled in Head Start programs across the state, 17,000 elderly and disabled Vermonters receiving federal SNAP benefits, and foster families who receive assistance. VPR

Accessible Adventures: The VT Center for Independent Living has launched a website where people can share information and learn about the accessibility of public facilities, such as businesses, dinning, recreation, housing etc. Anyone can write a review.

Cavendish Elementary School has a desperate need for a bus driver as they currently do not have one and parents are having to make alternate plans for getting children to and from school.  If you, or someone you know, might be interested in training to become the bus driver contact George Thomson at 802-226-7758.

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s Conservation Committee will present the next Walk and Talk series event on October 16th at 6:30 p.m. when they host a presentation about Bees in Vermont, with Mike Benson a third generation Vermont beekeeper from Cuttingsville.  Mike is a member of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and gives educational presentations in schools and community venues around the state.

The Vermont Beekeepers Association represents over 400 beekeepers that raise bees for love and honey.  They are as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in their fascination with and affection for bees.  Most beekeepers are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals.

The lecture and presentation will be held at the Gethsemane Episcopal Church hall on Depot Street (next to Crow’s Bakery) in Proctorsville.  Come and see what is involved in making honey, and maybe enjoy some honey flavored treats.  For more information on this event or on the Walk and Talk Series, please call Robin Timko at 802-226-7736.

Today, Friday 11, there is a school wide bake sale from 3:30 until all items are sold. The sale will take place in front of Singleton’s and the Shaw’s in Ludlow. Proceeds will benefit the school’s activity fund, which helps fund field trips, Keewaydin trip for 6th graders and the third grade play.

Little Village Farm in Proctorsville, is a CSA (community supported agriculture), which has been
serving the area since 2010 with organic produce. Owned by Jeremiah and Cara Tyrrell, the plan is to open a farm stand to the public in the spring of 2014. On Friday, Oct. 18, they will be hosting a Raise the Roof party to help finish the stand.

Starting at 5 pm, there will be a potluck supper, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more. If you have an item or service you would like to donate, please e-mail Learn more about the farm, including directions, by going to or their Facebook page.

Need some time to let it all go and focus on yourself?  Treat yourself with kindness and sign up for the Stress-Less Weekend at the Castle Hill Spa and Resort in Cavendish, VT on November 2nd and 3rd.  To start off the weekend, you will soothe your mind and emotions as you learn effective and easy-to-use stress relieving techniques with Live Authentically wellness instructor Martha Mott.  At the Castle Hill Spa, your body will be pampered with your choice of either massage, Reiki, facial or mani/pedi.  End each luxurious day with Yoga on day 1 and Nia (a music and movement practice) on day 2.  Tennis, heated outdoor pool and the hot tub are also available for your use. To keep you nourished during the day, a delicious box lunch specially prepare by the Castle Hill chef will be provided.  To really get away from it all, consider booking a room at The Pointe Hotel at the Castle Hill Spa and Resort at a special discounted rate.  To register, go to or call Martha at 802-226-7848.  Deadline to register is October 21st and space is limited. 

Today is the last day for the outdoor Ludlow Farmer’s Market. As noted above, there is also the bake sale to benefit the CTES Activities Fund, which will take place in front of Singleton’s and Shaw’s starting at 3:30 pm.

Because this is a three day weekend, a lot is happening in and around town, including:
• The Ludlow Rotary’s Annual Chili Cook off is Saturday from 11 to 2 pm. Proceeds benefit Black River Valley Senior Center.
• Goodman’s American Pie Pizza (Proctorsville residents) is sponsoring Slice of Hope to raise money for breast cancer research. Elm Street will be closed and they will have their mobile pizza truck fired up. Along with vintage cars, this should be a fun event for the whole family. FMI: 228-4271
• Sunday is the last day the Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open (2-4pm). It’s also the day of the annual cemetery tours. This year we will be touring the Old Revolutionary and Coffeen cemeteries. Those wishing to tour the cemeteries should meet at 2 pm at the Museum. FMI: or 802-226-7807

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

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