Friday, March 21, 2014

Cavendish Update 3/21/14 News/Events/Information

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page

The 3/21/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Ignat Solzhenitsyn Talk March 28
3. A Citizen’s Guide to Vermont Town Meeting
4. Cavendish Historical Society in Need of a Projector
5. BRGNS to Dedicate New Freezer
6. Events

Photograph Jon Owens
Photographs of the Cavendish “Bucket Brigade” Pictures from the recent community work party to help Pieter van Schaik appear on the Cavendish VT Blog

The Message Office Vacates Chester: According to The Message’s Facebook page, The Message for the Week will be vacating its Chester office following publication of the March 19 issue. The newspaper, in its 41st year, will continue to publish each week, but changes in customer habits caused the parent company to examine the ongoing overhead associated with maintaining a satellite office. Editor Christian Avard and assistant Matilda von Roth will both move to the Claremont office at 401 River Rd., though Avard says he will still be a regular fixture in the Chester community. 

2014 Maple Open House Weekend: March 22-23 is Maple Open House Weekend. Open House Weekend is your opportunity to get a first-hand look at how Vermont’s sugar makers are able to take the sap from maple trees and craft something as delicious as pure Vermont maple syrup! Go to to find local sugar houses that are accepting visitors.

GMOLaunches New Initiative to Empower Customers: In the first of its kind initiative in Vermont, Green Mountain Power is testing new smart grid technology called The Smart Home, which allows Vermonters to track real time power use using a new GMP iPhone app. The Smart Home is the latest innovation to come from the Company’s Energy Innovation Center in Rutland. As part of the initial test of this technology, 25 people including GMP employees, educators and customers will take part in the test phase. GMP will use the test phase to assess and adjust product functionality and improve customer satisfaction. Press Release 

March is the Time for Hunters to be Herd: Hunters, landowners and anyone with a serious interest in the status of deer and moose in Vermont can attend any one of three public hearings, set for later this month. The closest one is March 25 at the Riverside Junior High School cafeteria at 7 pm. Rutland Herald 

Clean Bird Feeders: According to the VT Veterinary Medical Association, feeders have been outside, freezing and thawing and the moisture and the inevitable debris and feces from wild birds feeding provide a harbor for a troublesome bacteria: Salmonella. As the snow melts, dogs especially are likely to contact or eat seed or waste that is infected. Help prevent disease in your pets and your backyard birds. Scrub out your bird feeders every couple weeks with non-toxic soap and water, and allow them to dry well. Mold can grow in the bottom of the feeder, too, which is quite toxic to birds. Clean up the seed and droppings from under the feeders and prevent dogs from contacting it. Wash your hands well after the cleanup. These simple acts can help protect your pets, back yard wildlife, and you from being infected with Salmonella. Press Release 

Ignat Solzhenitsyn
The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday’s series had to cancel Ignat Solzhenitsyn’s February talk due to snow. It has been rescheduled for Friday,  March 28, 7 pm at Brattleboro’s Brooks Memorial Library. Conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn recollects his father's painstaking crafting of the Red Wheel—a history of the Russian Revolution—and his family's life in Cavendish in the 1980s. The Cavendish Historical Society is organizing rides for this event. If you interested in attending and need a ride, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

It was apparent at Town Meeting, as well as subsequent conversations around town, that there is some confusion about what happens at Town Meeting and what’s being voted on by Australian ballot the following day. Several years ago, the town voted to require approval of the CTES budget by Australian ballot, making the school portion of Town Meeting, an information only segment. The Town budget, and its various articles, are approved by the voters present at Town Meeting by voice or written ballot. To better understand the Town Meeting and voting process, check out “A Citizen’s Guide to Vermont Town Meeting, Revised July 2008.” 

Having recently purchased the nine hour film series “The Vermont Movie: Freedom &Unity-One State Many Visions,”  the Cavendish Historical Society would like to show it throughout the summer at the Museum. To make this possible, a projector is needed. If you have one you would like to donate, or would like to contribute to the purchase of one, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail Donations can be mailed to CHS, PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142. For more information about this film and its availability to the community, go to the CHS website


The officers and employees of the food shelf at Black River Good Neighbor Services invite the public to attend on Monday, March 31st at 1:30 p.m. as they dedicate their new walk-in freezer to two benefactors who enabled its construction.

“Ever since we moved into this building, we have wanted to replace the multiple freezers in use.  They were inefficient, costly to run and limited in space.  If we were offered a large order of frozen food, we often had to say no because we didn’t have the room to store it.  That’s all changed,” said Peter LaBelle, Board President.

The freezer will be dedicated to the memory of Frank Dressler, who bequeathed money to the food shelf in 2013, and to the memory of Phyllis Agan, whose contested estate was settled this year in favor of many charities in Ludlow.

“These two benefactors enabled us to pay for something that was otherwise out of reach,” said Executive Director, Audrey Bridge.  She added that the dedication ceremony will be accompanied by a customer appreciation day during which all store merchandise will be 50% off for the day, and the staff will serve beverages and goodies to customers. FMI: Audrey Bridge at 802-228-3663.

 This week, the following activities will be taking place:

• Salt River Revue Concert (March 22, Saturday): Five marvelous musicians will take the stage for the Raise the Roof concert series in Proctorsville.  Between them the talented members of Salt River Revue play guitar, mandolin, bass, recorder, fiddle, slide guitar, percussion and piano and have been members of seven--count ‘em--seven bands in various combinations.  They have been mixing and matching members for over fifteen years and playing music from a dizzying variety of traditions:  Celtic, Latin American,  Scottish and American folk and blues.  They will perform at Gethsemane Church on Depot St. in Proctorsville at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is $10. FMI: 226-7497

• 2014 Maple Open House Weekend (March 22-23, Saturday and Sunday): Go to for information about local sugar houses.

• Oliver (March 26, Wednesday): The sixth graders at CTES will be performing the musical Oliver at the school in Proctorsville. Curtain is 6 pm. FMI: 226-7758.

• Ignat Solzhenitsyn Talk (March 28, Friday): See article 3.
- Last day to order Composter from Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District (SW/WCSWMD). FMI:

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

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