Friday, December 6, 2013

Cavendish Update 12/6/3 Events/Barberry

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

The 12/6/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Pasta Supper to Benefit Injured PFD Fire Fighters
3. Christmas Tree/Wreath Sales
4. Eco Friendly Alternatives to Wrapping Gifts
5. Branches with Red Berries-Japanese Barberry, a Vermont Invasive Plant
6. Get Trained in Shelter Fundamentals
7. CTES Keepsake Ornaments
8. Events

Did you See This Accident? Vermont State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Vermont Route 103 in Ludlow, VT on Dec. 3 (Tuesday) 6:26 pm. The crash occurred near Sam's Steakhouse and The Timber Inn Motel.  The initial investigation indicated that Keith was traveling north on Route 103 when his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the vehicle operated by Warner. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact state police. 802-875-2112

In early November, two Proctorsville Fire Department (PFD) fire fighters were badly injured in separate accidents unrelated to their fire fighting duties. To help Nate Rose, Seth Perry and their families with the expenses associated with their injuries and recovery, the PFD will be holding a benefit pasta dinner on December 7, from 5-7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School.

Our community is pitching in to make this a very fun evening. Local restaurants (Killarney’s, DJ’s, Mr. Darcy’s, The Castle, American Pie) are donating pasta sauces and meatballs. Vermont Fresh Pasta in Proctorsville is providing the pasta while Crows Bakery has donated the bread. Salad greens and dressing are being provided by Black River Produce. Other contributors include Downer’s Corner Store and all five churches will be providing the desserts. There is even gluten free pasta and vegetarian options. A DJ will be on hand and there will be a silent auction as well as a 50/50 raffle.

The suggested donation is $10 a person or $25 for a family. FMI: 802-558-4293, or

Over the next two weekends (Dec. 7-8 and Dec 14-15) the Cavendish and Proctorsville Fire Departments will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Sales in front of their respective firehouses. Cavendish will be open from 9-5, while Proctorsville will be from 9-4. On Dec. 7, Santa Claus will be visiting the Proctorsville Fire Station from 10-noon and there will also be free coffee and homemade doughnuts.

With the Zero Sort compactor now operational and just in time for the holidays, be mindful that many of the commercially available gift wrapping can’t be put into the zero sort.  Instead of conventional wrapping paper consider: Out-dated maps; newspaper; paper bags; jars and cans; fabric; boxes; old calendars; or wall paper samples. Better yet, consider donating to one of the local non profits based in Cavendish and avoid the wrapping all together. A list of the Cavendish community organizations is on the right hand side bar of the Cavendish Update blog. 

The Japanese Barberry plant, with its bare branches and red berries, is often used as part of holiday decorations. In fact, many vendors are selling it at craft fairs and farmer’s markets for just that purpose. Be aware that the Japanese Barberry is an invasive species in Vermont that plays a role in Lyme Disease. If you have already purchased some of these branches, only use them indoors. When you are through with them, do one of two things-burn them (particularly the berries) or seal them in heavy plastic before disposing. Learn more about the JapaneseBarberry Plant.

Currently, and for the foreseeable future, the Red Cross has been designated the role of providing shelter to approximately 6,000 people in the event of an evacuation within a 10 mile radius of the VT Yankee nuclear power plant. Accomplishing this task will involve up to 25 shelters and approximately 2,000 trained volunteers. This number of volunteers will represent the largest standing cohort of volunteers ever assembled and trained in Vermont and the New Hampshire Upper Valley. This task cannot be accomplished without the active involvement of civic and faith-based groups.
Training requires a three and on-half commitment; is provided, without cost, by the Red Cross and must be renewed annually.

A free Shelter Fundamentals course is being offered on Monday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the Woodstock Elementary School, 15 South St. Woodstock, VT. The course is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. Referencing shelter checklists, participants will work on a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the Sheltering Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing. 

If you would like to attend or have questions, contact Elizabeth Wareing 1-802-660-9130 or

 The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) of the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) has decided to start a new tradition.  They are making a special imprinted, wooden ornament available to anyone in the community who would like to have one. Each year there will be a different ornament design. This year, the ornament that is hand painted by members of the PTO and personalized by name, will be a snowman. You may also have any message inscribed that you want. You may choose to order as many ornaments as you would like for family and friends.

If you would like to see an actual sample, you may stop by the office.  To order, stop by Six Loose Ladies, Crow's Bakery, Village Clipper or the school to complete the needed information and leave your payment to the CTES Activity Fund. Orders are due by Dec. 13.  Pick up will be at the Cavendish Town Elementary School office on Wednesday Dec 18. Extra forms are available in the CTES office.

This is a fundraiser with all profits going towards the activity fund.   Thank you so much for your support.

This week, the following activities will be taking place in Cavendish:
• Christmas Tree Sales: Saturday and Sunday-Cavendish Fire Department (9-5) and Proctorsville Fire Dept (9-4) will be holding Christmas Tree Sales. On Dec.7 from 10-noon, Santa will be visiting the Proctorsville station and there will be free coffee and homemade doughnuts.

• Pasta Supper to Benefit Injured Proctorsville Fire Fighters: Saturday from 5-7. FMI: 802-558-4293, or

• Select board Meeting: Monday, starting at 6:30 pm. Agenda will be posted to when received.

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

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