Friday, November 22, 2013

Cavendish Update: 11/22/13 Zero Sort/News/Events

Zero Sort begins on Saturday Nov. 23. To learn more about recycling in Cavendish, which includes the Do’s and Don’ts of Zero Sort, go to the Recycling in Cavendish page. 

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

The Cavendish Update for 11/22/13 Includes the Following
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Classifieds-Job Opportunities
3. A Dickens of a Christmas At CTES
4. Shop Small and Local on Nov. 30
5. Donating to BRGNS This Holiday Season
6. Events

Road Construction is Finished on Route 131: From 91 to Downers, it has been slow going since July on route 131. The work was finally finished this week. Safe traveling.

VT Has New Universal Recycling Symbols: The VT Agency of Natural Resources is now using universal recycling symbols to encourage Vermonters to separate out recyclable and compostable waste as the state moves toward mandatory statewide recycling. By July 2015, recyclables will be banned from VT landfills and food scraps will be banned by 2020. VPR 

The Cavendish Town Elementary School has the following job opportunities, which need to be filled as soon as possible:

• Full Time Director of Buildings, Grounds & Plant Maintenance. Includes a full benefits package. If interested, please send letter of interest, resume and 3 letters of reference to George Thomson, principal at or PO Box 236, Proctorsville, VT 05153

• Part time Bus Driver (20 hours per week): Requires CDL with school bus and passenger endorsements. Please send letter of interest to George Thomson, principal at or CTES, PO Box 236, Proctorsville, VT 05153

Charles Dickens, the author of "A Christmas Carol," embraced what he called his Carol Philosophy, - "a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of other people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." With this idea, is it not surprising that his writing, combined with the reign of Queen Victoria, helped to ignite many of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today. 

As part of several Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) projects (Young Historians, Hands on History and Honoring Our Heritage) we will be offering a series of workshops at the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) in December- “A Dickens of a Christmas.”

This theme was chosen as many of the people who came to Cavendish in the 1800s were English; the origins of many of our Christmas traditions stem from the Victorian era; and the children were the ones who would start preparing months in advance for the holiday, making many of the ornaments for the tree from items they found around their house and neighborhood.

Each grade will be doing something different: gilding pine cones, creating fortune walnuts, cornucopias, and paper flowers and collecting greens from school property for swags and center pieces.

In true Victorian era fashion, CHS is seeking donations of the following:
-                Scraps of ribbon, lace
-                Gold, silver or white paint
-                Inexpensive paint brushes
-                Glitter
-                Red wax candles
-                Old Christmas cards
-                Glass vases for centerpieces.

If you have items to donate, they can be dropped off at the school office, or bring them to the CHS booth at the Nov. 30 Holiday Fair, which is from 9-3 at CTES.

If you would like to help with the various workshops, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail 

With the day after Thanksgiving ushering in the gift-buying season, consider Shop Small and Local (Small Business Saturday) on Nov. 30 by:
• Attending the 12th Annual Cavendish Holiday Fair -list of vendors, luncheon menu,  “hand made by you” workshop and other information is available on-line. The Fair is from 9-3 at the Cavendish Elementary School in Proctorsville

• Shop local merchants

• Go through the Cavendish Business Directory and consider gift certificates and other items from local businesses.

The holiday season is upon us.  While there is abundant joy to be found, it is also a time of year that marks significant need in our communities.  This is a very busy time for Black River Good Neighbor Services (BRGNS) as this local non-profit organization prepares to deliver gifts and a full holiday dinner to those in need.  It is estimated that over 135 families from the immediate and surrounding towns will be helped this holiday season.

You can support BRGN in its holiday efforts in several ways:
• Make a donation and BRGNS will provide you with a gift card, which can be personalized so that friends and family know that a donation has been made in their name to BRGNS. See Audrey, Terry or Keeley at the 37B Main Street Store in Ludlow, and ask about the holiday gift cards.

• A Stuff-A-Bus” food drive will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30. Taking place at the Shaw’s shopping center parking lot from 9-3pm, food shelf volunteers will be handing out holiday dinner menus at the event and asking shoppers to help with the foods most needed: canned fruit, cranberry sauce, pickles – olives, mac & cheese, hot chocolate, cookies, tea, cereal (oatmeal), candy, carrots/peas, gravy, stuffing, margarine, corn, green beans, yams, and coffee.

• Volunteers are needed to sort the food as it comes in, and countless other tasks are required to make sure that the Holiday baskets find their way to everyone who needs help.  Please call Audrey at BRGNS’ Food Shelf and Thrift Store, 228-3663 or visit 37B Main Street to ask how you can get involved.

• Donations of money are always welcome and greatly appreciated since much food will still need to be purchased.

BRGNS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and gifts to it are tax deductible.  FMI: 802-228-3663 or

This week, the following activities will be taking place in Cavendish:
• Panache Quartet: On Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 pm Panache Quartet  will fill the small sanctuary of Gethsemane church with big sound.  These four flamboyant female fiddlers, each with their own performing and recording careers, merge musical repertoires with roots from Cape Breton, Quebecois and Franco-American traditions.  Even their traditional Old Time fiddling sparkles with contemporary improvisation and verve, living up to their name Panache.  Their concert is part of the Raise the Roof Concert Series that brings talent from beyond the Okemo Valley to the heart of downtown Proctorsville. Donations of $10.00 at the door will keep the series alive and kicking.  FMI 226-7497
• Stepping Stones Pie Sale: On Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 9-1, Stepping Stones Pre School will be holding their annual pie sale in front of Shaw’s in Ludlow. FMI: 226-7760.

• Happy Thanksgiving

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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