Friday, November 8, 2013

Cavendish Update 11/8/13 Help Needed/News/Events

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

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The Cavendish Update for 11/8/13 Contains the Following:
1. Help for Proctorsville Fire Fighters Injured Nov. 2
2. Cavendish Select Board Meeting
3/ Cavendish Related News
4. BRGN Holiday Basket Applications are Due by December 1st
5. Fiddlers Raise the Roof in Proctorsville
6. Hunger Games at Cavendish Library
7. Events

On Saturday November 2, two members of the Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department (PFD) were injured, though not in the line of service. According to PFD, “PFD received a tone for a man that was hit by a tree during logging operations. Ludlow Ambulance Service and PFD responded to find it was our 1st Lt Seth Perry. [Seth is also the Cavendish Town Constable.] He was transported to Greven Field to be air lifted to DHMC by Boston Med Flight. Seth sustained a broken collarbone, concussion, and severe muscle bruising. ....“While PFD Firefighters were on scene for Seth there was another tone for Ludlow Ambulance to respond to Cavendish for male in his 30s that had fallen from a roof about 12 ft. high. Ludlow Ambulance responded to find our 2nd Lt Nate Rose with a severe leg injury. Nate was transported to Springfield and later transferred to DHMC with a shattered heel. Both Lt's look to have a long recovery ahead of them. Nate is being told that he will never be able to walk the same again as he not only shattered his heel but also displaced several other bones in his foot.

To help Seth, Nate and their families, please consider the following:
• Contributing to a fund established by PFD. Checks, payable to Proctorsville Fire Department and earmarked for Seth and Nate, can be sent to PFD, PO Box 81, Proctorsville, VT 05153. The money will be divided between the 2 families.

• Help with a benefit dinner. On Sunday, Nov. 10 at 6 pm, PFD Fire Hall, there is a organizational meeting to discuss a benefit Spaghetti Dinner. Anyone who wishes to help should try to attend this meeting.

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. Cavendish Recreation Committee: Representatives from the Cavendish Recreation Committee met with the board to discuss a proposed skateboard ramp and other aspects of their program. The board voted to have Rich Svec, town manager, work with the Recreation Committee to develop a structure for the organization. This is needed if there is to be a separate account for the program under the town budget, and/or if there is an allocation of town funds. The board would like to see something in January if appropriations are to be made in the FY15 budget.

B. Snowmobile Trails in Cavendish: Leon Woods presented the Cavendish snowmobile trail map and requested approval for road crossings for the Winter 2013-2014 season. There is one change required for this year. A property owner on Brook Rd-Butlers (current owners of the Tiemann house)-have denied use of their property for this purpose. Woods requested the board’s approval of an alternate route, which would require traveling a short distance on Brook Rd, which is a town road. The board recognized the importance of the VAST trail system and gave their approval for this change. The new route will run directly in front of the homeowner’s property. Woods and Svec will be talking to the homeowner about this change.

C. VELCO Connecticut River Valley Project: Representatives from VELCO (Vermont Electric Power Company) spoke to the board about a problem in the Coolidge to Ascutney line. It is exposed to overloads under several system conditions: exceeds its current carrying capacity and subarea voltages are below acceptable limits. Failure of key transmission components can cause voltage violations resulting in instability/collapse and thermal overloads. This affects a wide area in the central and southern sections, including Cavendish, of the eastern part of Vermont. While two alternatives were presents-construction of a new line from Coolidge to Ascutney or a line upgrade, according to their 2012 plan, the objective is to construct a second 115 kV line between Coolidge and Ascutney. A technical review and approval is currently underway. VELCO is planning to submit a petition with the Public Service Board seeking a Certificate of Public Good in early 2014. Subject to approval, VELCO expects to begin substation construction in spring 2015, and line construction from fall 2015 to fall 2016 (tree clearing activities and access work will start in the spring of 2015.

D. Change in Grand List Entry: Due to a removal of a shed on land parcel #1Ro6-149, which was removed prior to April 1, 2013, the board agreed to modify the property value by $2,600.

E. Staley Property/Mill Street Clean Up: M & M Excavating has completed the clean up of the property at 57 Mill Street in Cavendish. Burned in the spring of 2011, the remains of the house posed a hazard to the community. 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 included demolition of the remaining building, properly disposing of debris, filling holes and reseeding.

F. Sustainability
• Zero Sort Recycling/Transfer Station: The Zero Sort compactor has been delivered and installed. It should be operational in the next two weeks, provided certificates are signed and no problems arise in system installation. The Energy Committee will be issuing some reminders of the basic do’s and don’ts. A mailing about the program was sent out several weeks go. However, not everyone received it.

Recycling is free, which means it's definitely in everyone’s best interest to recycle everything possible. Not only does it reduce what goes in to the landfill, but it also reduces how many bags you will need to pay for in the solid waste compactor. Learn more about the Do’s and Don’ts of ZeroSort recycling 

Various issues regarding the Transfer Station were discussed. A fee will most likely be needed for disposal of propane tanks, which up until now have been free. In the next two weeks, the town will have to pay for removal of the propane tanks at the transfer station. From Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013, the Cavendish transfer station took in 14, 316 pounds (a little over 7 tons) in electronic waste. This program provides free recycling for computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals and TVs-regardless of brand, age or condition. Learn more about Vermont e-cycles.

• ERP Grant: 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. A fall planting of trees and plants along the river way has been postponed until the spring, when there is a better chance of their taking root. Consequently, the deadline for grant implementation completion is being changed from March 31 to June 30th.

• Pace Program: Forms have been signed and Cavendish is now listed as one of the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) towns in Vermont. Learn more about this program.

• Soveren Solar Project: As part of the town’s solar project, trees that were cut to make room for the solar panels have been sold, resulting in the town making a $4,700 profit. There are changes in the investors who will be partnering with Soveren Solar. Learn more about community solar projects. 

G. Highways: Road grating is underway and the goal is to do as much as possible before the frost sets in. The staging for the replacement of the Whitesville Bridge on Rt 131 has begun. This bridge will be replaced in the summer of 2014.

Proctorsville Fire Department Memorial: Anyone driving through Proctorsville over the last few months is likely to have noticed some changes taking place at the Fire Station.  A little over a year ago, the Proctorsville Fire Department began raising money for a Firefighter Memorial to honor those currently in the fire service as well as those who will serve no more.  In early summer of 2013, thanks to the generosity of our townspeople, our neighbors, and our visitors, work began on the project.  A concrete retaining wall was poured to create a flat area adjacent to the station’s parking area.  On this new grassy flat, a Verde Antique memorial stone has just recently been placed with exquisite engraving thanks to Proctor Marble.  The stone itself is local, donated by the Ruby family from their quarry on Twenty Mile Stream Rd.  Work yet to be done includes the addition of an American Flag on a 25-foot pole, donated by the Ludlow American Legion Post, and lighting to go with it.  In early spring of 2014, landscaping around the memorial will be completed with flowers and bushes, as well as a safety railing on top of the concrete wall.  Dedication of this memorial is scheduled for early summer of 2014. For more information go to

North Springfield Biomass Project: The North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project expects to get its state construction and operating permit later this month. The project is estimated to generate 37 megawatts of power, which he is estimated to be enough to supply all the electrical needs of Windsor County. Neighborhoods in North Springfield have fought the project, hiring a lawyer to represent their concerns before the Public Service Board. North Springfield Action Group members believe the biomass plant will emit toxic, harmful smoke and particulates, adversely affecting people’s health. They also said the large plant, which will be the largest structure in Springfield, will drive down property values. Rutland Herald 

Unclaimed Property Receipts: Could you use an unexpected $385 in cash? That’s the average claim amount paid by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office last fiscal year to the 13,435 individuals who discovered they had unclaimed financial property. State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced today that there’s now more than $64 million in Vermont’s unclaimed property fund. She urged Vermonters to check and see if any of this money is theirs. There are many people and organizations/businesses in Cavendish and Proctorsville that appear on this list. To see if your name appears on the unclaimed Property page of the Office of the State Treasurer, go to

The staff of Black River Good Neighbor Services has announced that they are accepting applications for the 2013 Holiday food basket program.  Completed applications must be submitted by December 1, 2013.

Executive Director, Audrey Bridge, and her staff are eager to see that no person or family goes without food, and no child goes without a gift to unwrap during the holidays. 

Anyone living in Ludlow, Proctorsville, Cavendish, Mount Holly, Belmont or Plymouth who believes that they qualify need only stop by Black River Good Neighbor’s Food Shelf and Thrift Store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow to pick up an application.  Applicants can also download the application on-line from the BRGNS website.

According to Bridge, “Even if a family or an individual received a food basket in past years, they must complete a new application this year.  We ask clients to reapply so that we can allocate our resources to the right people.  It is an easy process and we are here to help.”  Those people who are unable to get to the store may call Bridge at 228-3663 for assistance.

Come to Proctorsville on Sunday November 24 and hear Canada's lively Panache Quartet 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. Panache Quartet will perform at 4:00 p.m. on November 24 at Gethsemane Church on Depot Street, and donations of $10.00 at the door will keep the series alive and kicking.  For more information call 226-7497 and Like us on Facebook at Raise the Roof Concert Series.

The Cavendish Fletcher Community library is hosting a “Hunger Games” event on Saturday, November 16 at 6:00 PM. The event, which is co-sponsored by The Book Nook, will include a showing of the movie “The Hunger Games” and will feature a trivia contest and a sampling of dishes inspired by the book series. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kata at 226-7503.

This weekend, the following activities will be taking place in Cavendish:
• Christmas Bazaar:  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.  

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