Friday, November 1, 2013

Cavendish Update 11/1/13 News/Medical MJ/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.

Fall Back: Daylight Savings time ends at 2 AM on Sunday Nov. 3. Before you enjoy that extra hour of sleep, the Proctorsville Fire Department would like to remind everyone that when you set your clocks back, change the batteries in your Smoke and CO detectors. It could make the difference in life or death during Fire and CO emergencies in your home.

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The Cavendish Update for 11/1/13 Contains the Following
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Community Fund Fundraiser at Glimmerstone
3. Infant/Toddler Play Group Forming in Proctorsville
4. Windsor County Legislative Forum
5. Cavendish Baptist Church Christmas Bazaar
6. Hallelujah for Hunters
7. Events

• Fourth Marijuana Dispensary Announced, Not in Cavendish: The Vermont Department of Public Safety has conditionally approved the fourth and final marijuana dispensary, as part of the Vermont Marijuana Program (VMP), pursuant to Title 18 Vermont Statutes Annotated § 4474f. The approval is for Southern Vermont Wellness, Inc., which is slated to be located in Brattleboro. At the September Select board meeting, Green Mountain Apothocare spoke to the board about locating a dispensary at the Black River Health Center in Cavendish. Based on this ruling, that is no longer a possibility. VT State Police Press Release

• E-911 House Numbers: If you ordered a house number and wondering when they will be put up, according to fire chief and select men Bob Glidden, they are in and will be given to the fire departments soon. For more information, please call the town office 226-7292. 

• M & M Excavating Wins Contract for Clean Up in Cavendish: M & M Excavating from Chester has been awarded the contract to clean up the Staley property on Mill Street. Burned in the spring of 2011, the remains of the house pose a hazard. At their October meeting, the Select Board approved the hiring of a contractor to clean up the property and to put a lean on it. The contract includes demolition of the remaining building, properly disposing of debris, filling holes and reseeding. The contract period is Nov. 1 (Friday) and will end on Nov. 4 (Monday).

• Cavendish Transfer Station Notice: The public is hereby notified that the SWMP (Solid Waster Management Program) has reviewed the application for an amended certification of the Cavendish Town Transfer Station located off of Route 131 in Cavendish, Vermont in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, effective 3/15/12. The amendment is for the collection of single stream recyclables and the future collection of organics such as food scraps. The full notice is available on-line at

• Notice of Cavendish Tax Sales: The Oct. 30 edition of The Vermont Journal contains eight “Notice of Tax Sale: Tax Sale of Real Estate.” A tax sale will be held on Nov. 26 at 2 pm at the town office in Cavendish. FMI: 226-7292

 GMP Warnsabout phone Scams: Green Mountain Power said Tuesday that there have been several reports this week of callers claiming to be representing GMP and demanding credit card or money card information from customers to pay their account balance or face disconnection. GMP says it follows state rules when working with customers on past due bills and would not demand credit card information or other payment mechanisms. Anyone receiving such a call should not give out personal information, including account or credit card numbers, and should contact police. Some of the calls have come from 802-489-0564, which has a recorded message stating that it is GMP's billing department. Customers with questions about the source of a call are advised to call GMP at 1-888-835-4672. Press Release 

• State too Tough on Gill Home Chief: The Vermont Supreme Court has reversed some, but not all, findings of unprofessional conduct by the former chief of a Ludlow nursing home, and has ruled the five-year license suspension she got was too tough. Leslie Anne Whittington was issued the suspension by a state administrative law officer who found she intervened in patient care decisions beyond what her training should have allowed. The court found unprofessional conduct in one case where that was alleged, but not in another. Whittington also was accused of treating staff at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow too harshly, and of mishandling things like supplies and staff schedules. The court said those things did not constitute unprofessional conduct under state law. It called for a redetermination of the appropriate penalty. Associated Press 10/25/13

• Black River ProduceInvesting in Local Meat Operation: In response to an increase in purchasing locally grown meat, business partners Mark Curran and Cavendish resident Steve Birge now want to start slaughtering Vermont-grown animals — beef, pigs, sheep and goats — to meet the growing meat demand from customers, ranging from families to restaurants, schools and hospitals. 

The two men, who founded Black River Produce with its ubiquitous strawberry-decorated trucks, are gambling that Vermont-grown meat will justify a $4 million investment. Curran says famed animal rights activist Temple Grandin has designed its new animal handling facilities, ensuring that the animals are handling humanely, both for the benefit of the animal and its meat. 
Rutland Herald 10/28/13 

• McDonald’s Reopens in Springfield: The newly reconstructed McDonald’s in Springfield opened on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Ten percent of the first day’s business was donated to the Springfield Family Center.

• ShumlinAnnounces Major Health Care Exchange Delay: Governor Shumlim made the following announcement on Thursday, which will result in existing health coverage from its original Dec. 31 end date to March 31, 2014. “The purpose of Vermont Health Connect is to simplify the process of buying insurance for Vermonters. I won’t tolerate a situation where Vermonters go into the holiday season worried and confused by their health care options come January 1st. That is simply unacceptable,” the Governor said. “Today I am taking steps to ensure that won’t happen. While thousands of Vermonters have signed up for coverage through Vermont Health Connect, many others have been frustrated by technology glitches. It is possible those technology errors will be fixed in a matter of weeks, but multiple missed deadlines and failed technology fixes in my judgment require us to implement this plan.” VPR 

The Cavendish Community Fund will host its next fundraiser at the Inn at Glimmerstone Mansion on Saturday, November 16th.  The event is titled “A Scotch Tasting Party” and will offer a taste of 12 different single malt scotches for a donation of $45 to the Community Fund.  Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include a raffle for numerous quality gift items, including Dom Perignon Champagne, a Singleton’s Gift Basket, a stay at Glimmerstone, Vermont Fresh Pasta and more.

The event is jointly sponsored by The Inn at Glimmerstone Mansion and by Singleton’s Market.  In addition to the scotch, there will be a variety of food items to complement the tasting experience.  The Inn will also be serving dinner in the tavern that evening.  Space is limited so please purchase tickets in advance.  They are available from Peter LaBelle by calling 226-7250, or from Barbara Dickey at 226-7187, or they can be purchased at Glimmerstone.
On Tuesday, November 19, at 10 am, an Infant Toddler Play Group will begin meeting at the Parish Center of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church, 89 Depot Street, Proctorsville. Meetings will be every Tuesday at this time and location. Drop in’s are welcome. Light snacks and drinks will be available or bring your own bag lunch. The group is sponsored by Gethsemane Episcopal Church. FMI: Corrie Glover 802-591-3431

On November 7 (Thursday), a legislative forum will be held at 7:00 at the Parish Hall of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Proctorsville (Depot Street, next to Crows Bakery and Café). Windsor County Senators Alice Nitka and Dick McCormack, and Representative Mark Huntley (and maybe a few other legislators, to be announced) will discuss what is in store for the upcoming legislative session and answer questions from the audience. Refreshments, of course! Sponsored by the Cavendish Democratic Committee. FMI: Alan Regier 226-7331

The Helping Hand Class of the Cavendish Baptist church will hold their Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10-2 at the church hall. Lunch will be Goulash, Hotdogs, Egg Salad Sandwiches & Chips, Apple Crisp, Decaf Coffee, Tea or Punch. There will be crafts, bake sale, special Rada Cutlery sale, cookbooks and tag sale table. FMI: 226-7724

“Hallelujah for Hunters” is a new, special hunting-themed event at Cavendish Baptist on Sunday, November 10 at 10:00am. All hunters and their families’ welcome! Come receive a special blessing before rifle season begins. Door prizes include: 2014 Memberships to Black River Valley Rod and Gun Club, hand and foot warmers, hunting knife, and a Dick's Sporting Goods gift card. Cavendish Baptist is located at 2258 Main Street in Cavendish. For more information, please call (802) 226-7131.  

Nov. 2 is a busy day with a number of opportunities for community wide participation:
• Christmas Shoebox Packing: Between 10-1, gift boxes for children in need around the world are being assembled at the CTES multi purpose room. Sponsored by the Cavendish Baptist Church, call (802) 226-7131 for more information.

• Community Dia de los Muertos Workshop: Sponsored by the Cavendish Historical Society’s Honoring Our Heritage program, this free workshop will be teaching many of the crafts associated with this South American holiday. The event will be from 3-5 at the Parish Hall of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Proctorsville. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 226-7807 or

• Black River Good Neighbor Stick Social: Begins at 6 pm at Sam’s Steakhouse. The evening will include a cash bar, buffet, silent auction and lots of raffle items. FMI:

Note that because of the legal holiday, the November Select Board meeting will take place on Nov. 4 instead of Nov. 11. As soon as the agenda is received, it will be posted to the Cavendish Blog

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

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