Friday, October 18, 2013

Cavendish Update 10/18/13 News/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.

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

NOTICE: 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.

The Cavendish Update for 10/18/13 Contains the Following
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Dia de la Muertos (Day of the Dead) Workshop
3. Events

Cavendish Game Birds Bouncing Back: After a massive fire that killed an estimated 21,000 quail at a southeastern Vermont farm in March, the business is now back in operation, and occupying a new barn that replaced the one lost to the flames. Cavendish Game Birds of Vermont, located in Springfield, is a leading supplier of specialty meat and eggs to restaurants and markets across the country. Bill Thompson of Cavendish, is one of the two brothers that owns the farm.  NECN 

New Law Help Websitefor  Vermonters: Vermont Legal Aid and Law Line of Vermont have just launched a redesigned, easy-to-use website, Vermont Law Help, that provides up-to-date guidance on health care access, health insurance issues, and other civil legal issues. One of the goals of Vermont Law Help is to inform and empower Vermonters to help themselves, find resources they can use, and know where legal services are available. Guided interviews show visitors how to complete common court documents, and form letters help them address specific problems. Press Release 

Statewide Drug Take Back Day: On Oct. 26 (Saturday), 57 locations across Vermont will be prepared to accept unused or unwanted prescription medications. Pills should not be flushed or thrown away but instead brought to a location for proper disposal. No identification or questions are asked at these sites. The public is encouraged to inventory their medicine cabinets or other locations where medicines are kept and properly dispose of those that are not being used. The closest centers to Cavendish include Ludlow Police Department and the Springfield Police Dept.

LPC-TV MembershipDrive is Underway: Become a member today and keep LPC-TV recording and making available things like Cavendish Select Board and School board meetings. Few public access channels also offer their shows on-line. 

An ancient Aztec celebration in memory of deceased ancestors, Dia de la Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 1 and 2. It is believed that on October 31, the gates of heaven are opened and the spirits of all deceased children are allowed to be reunited with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come to enjoy the festivities. While celebrated throughout Latin America, it is especially popular in Mexico, where it is a national holiday.

Though the subject matter may be considered morbid from the perspective of some other cultures, Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead joyfully. Even with its proximity to Halloween, the traditional mood is much brighter with an emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life. The belief is not that death is the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.

The origins of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of the area, such as the Aztec, Maya, P'urhépecha, Nahua, and Totonac. Rituals celebrating the lives of ancestors have been observed by these civilizations for at least the last 3000 years.

Plans for the festival are made throughout the year, including gathering the goods to be offered to the dead. During the period of October 31 and November 2, families usually clean and decorate the graves. Most visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and decorate their graves with ofrendas, or offerings, which often include orange marigold called Flor de Muerto, or zempoalxochitl, Nahuatl for "twenty-flower.” Toys are brought for dead children (los angelitos, or little angels), and bottles of tequila, mezcal, pulque or atole for adults. Families will also offer trinkets or the deceased's favorite candies on the grave. Ofrendas (altars) are also put in homes.

Customs very from town to town and by region and country. In Brazil and El Salvador, on November 2, people go to church and visit cemeteries where they clean their ancestors graves and leave flowers. On November 1 in Guatemala the festival is a colorful and lively celebration for which extravagant kites (barriletes gigantes) are built and flown high above the cemeteries as a symbolic link between the living and the dead.

The Cavendish Historical Society, as part of its Hands on History and Honoring Our Heritage programs is offering a free Dia de la Muertos workshop on November 2, 3-5 pm at the Parish Hall of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Proctorsville. The workshop will include making papal picado (paper cuts), the banners that decorate many homes and streets; paper flowers; sugar skulls and more. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

This evening Little Village Farm in Proctorsville is holding their “Raise the Roof” party starting at 5 pm. FMI- Saturday, Oct. 19 is the Job Fair at Okemo Mountain 10-3 at the base lodge.  Flu shots will be administered on Oct. 23 (Wednesday) at the Black River Valley Senior Center in Ludlow from 10-noon

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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