Friday, February 7, 2014

Cavendish Update: 2/7/14 News/Events/Fundraiser

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

The 2/7/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Fundraising for Lindsey
3. LPCTV to Hold Third Derby Gala May 3 at Pot Belly Pub in Ludlow
4. Events

Cavendish’s Olympic Connection: Julia Ford, whose family home is in Proctorsville,  grew up learning to race at Okemo. Her brother Willie Ford is a Proctorsville Firefighter. Through years of dedication, Julia is part of the USA Olympic Alpine team in Sochi. For schedule of races go to Best of luck Julia. FMI:

Accident on 103 between Depot and Greven Rd:  On 2.4.14 (Tuesday), at approximately 4:14 AM, 911 received a call from Brandi Pelkey of Springfield, VT advising that she was in a serious car crash. It took a little over an hour to extract Pelkey from her vehicle. The impact into a tree was so great that the front of her vehicle pinned her into the car crushing her feet and legs. Pelkey was flown, via DHART, to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire with serious injuries, which were not life threatening.  Investigation revealed that Pelkey was traveling south on Vermont Route 103, in Cavendish, Vermont when she fell asleep. Her vehicle left the roadway, went down a slight embankment and struck a large tree. Pelkey was not wearing her seatbelt. VT State Police Press Release

Cavendish Fire Destroys Cavendish Office: Around 6:30 on Thursday Feb. 6, 2014, the Cavendish and Proctorsville Fire Departments, were called to a  fire at 2055 Main Street, Cavendish.  The office of Chimney Care, the building once served as the Town Office and library.  Pieter van Schaik owns the building. In addition to Cavendish's fire departments, Ludlow, West Weathersfield, Reading, Ascutney and Mt. Holly fire departments also responded. For pictures of the fire, go to

Congratulations to Madi Huntley: Cavendish resident, GMUHS senior and Captain of the GMUHS girls’ basketball team, Madi Huntley achieved 1,000 points in the first quarter of last Saturday’s basketball game against Leland and Gray. Only 8 students, and the second female, in the history of the school have been able to accrue this many points. Go Madi Go!

Norovirus in Claremont: If you shop or go to Claremont for other activities, be aware that they are experiencing an out break of norovirus, which many refer to as the stomach flu. Frequent hand washing helps avoid this virus. Valley News 

Ignat Solzhenitsyn Talk Postponed Due to Weather: Ignat Solzhenitsyn was scheduled to give a talk in Brattleboro Wednesday night (Brook Library) as part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series. The event has been rescheduled to Friday, March 28 at 7 pm. Vermont Humanities Council

Final NECAP Results: Results from the October 2013 administration of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) were released on Thursday. This is the final year the NECAP will be given for reading, writing, and mathematics as Vermont is transitioning to the Smarter Balanced Assessment system. The tests were designed to measure students’ achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11, with approximately 45,000 students participating each year. Vermont continues to see two distinct trends: girls outperform boys in reading and writing, and the achievement gap continues between children in high- and low-income families for all subjects. In particular, male students who qualify for free and reduced lunch lag behind their peers in reading and writing in these tests. Click for CTES and GMUHS reports. Press Release 

Punxsutawney Phil Vs. The Farmer’s Almanac: The short answer, both are no better than a coin toss, and as far as Phil, he’s been right only 38% of the time. So don’t take his forecast on Groundhog’s Day-Feb. 2-too seriously. Yes it was for six more weeks of winter, but living in Vermont, that’s what we’d expect anyway. NPR 

VT Propane Prices Spike: Midwest farmers used four times as much propane to dry their crops last fall than the year before, and Vermont fuel dealers and customers are feeling the heat. A wet fall has led to a shortage in supply that has driven residential prices to record highs across the country this year. Dealers have to travel further to find enough propane to serve their customers, Vermont dealers say. The average price for residential propane in Vermont has increased from $3.75 per gallon in December to $4.22 per gallon on Feb. 3, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Vermont Digger 

Beware of Bears Out of Hibernation: Officials with the fish and wildlife department say changing weather conditions including rain and a lack of snow may cause black bears to leave their dens. The department says the wild animals have turned up in a number of residential areas and that one black bear killed a hunter's dog in Elmore already this winter. Bear experts say hunters, hikers, and skiers, should steer clear of areas where they see bear tracks. WCAX 

In the days immediately following Irene, a young girl expressed interest in learning to play fiddle. While her mother, Sue Willis, helped staff the shelter’s kitchen, fiddler Bob Naess started teaching Lindsey the basics of fiddle 101. Sue and Lindsey, who were from Chester, were daily fixtures at the shelter. Lindsey would often be seated in the vestibule of the school practicing the fiddle. 

Last week a number of local news outlets [WCAX] carried a different story about Lindsey. This time it was about Lindsey’s send off party before she goes to Boston Children’s Hospital for intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. At 5, Lindsey was diagnosed with acute myelodysplastic syndrome. While that's in remission, her body is rejecting the first bone marrow transplant and requires a second one. After the transplant in mid February, she will spend seven months in isolation to prevent infections.

The Chester Fire Department, who helped to organize last week’s party have set up a fund:
Yosemite Engine Company
Lindsey’s Fund
PO Box 370
Chester, VT 05143

3. LPCTV to Hold Third Derby Gala May 3 at Pot Belly Pub in Ludlow
LPCTV, the community television station and media education center for the Black River Valley,  will hold its third “Kentucky Derby Gala – A Night at the Races” fundraising event on May 3 at the Pot Belly Pub in Ludlow from 5:00pm to 8pm. The event will feature great food and live entertainment which will all be included in the per person ticket price of $25. Entertainment will include several locally sponsored “horse races”, culminating in a viewing of the Kentucky Derby live on television, followed by live music.  One of the winners for each race will receive a prize donated by local merchants.  There will also be a grand prize drawing with other valuable prizes. Local merchants interested in sponsoring races or making prize donations should contact Michelle Stinson at LPCTV at 802-228-8808. Everyone should mark the event on their calendars for May 3rd and plan to attend this exciting event. 

This week, the following activities will be taking place:

• Selectboard Meeting (Monday, Feb. 10): The monthly selectboard meeting will take place at 6:30 pm at the Town Office. The agenda will be posted to the Cavendish VT blog as soon as it is received. FMI: 226-7292

• Okemo Valley Regional Chamber Mixer (Wed. Feb. 12) Monthly Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Outback Pizza in Ludlow-5:30-7:30. FMI:

• Valentine’s Day (Friday, Feb. 14): CTES PTO Gigantic Bake Sale 3-7 pm.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Special at the Glimmerstone Mansion Valentines Day Special, Friday February 14th: $175 per couple, Live Music, Roses, Bottle of Champagne or Wine, 5-Course Pre-Fixed Meal 15% of Room Reservations if Dinner Special is booked Tax, Gratuity and Additional Alcoholic Beverages Not Included Reservations Required. FMI:

To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:

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