Friday, March 28, 2014

Cavendish Update 3/28/14 News/CHS/Events

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The 3/28/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Stray Cat in Cavendish
3. Card Shower For Gladys Degener
4. Sugaring, Solzhenitsyn and News from the Cavendish Historical Society
5. Yoga Monday Evenings in Proctorsville
6. Rattlesnakes in Cavendish are Focus of Talk
7. Events

Biomass Developer Won’t AppealBoard’s Decision: The lead developer for wood-fired power plant in North Springfield won’t try to appeal a state board’s decision to deny a permit. Brattleboro Reformer 

Habitat for Humanity Seeks Applications: The Greater Springfield Vermont Area Habitat for Humanity (GSVAHFH) is currently accepting applications for a home that’s available in the Springfield area. To qualify, applicants must show a very specific need for decent affordable housing and meet the financial requirements of Habitat for Humanity home ownership. The applicant must be a family that has lived, worked or worshipped in the GSVAHFH area, which includes the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Chester, Cavendish, Grafton, Ludlow, Springfield, Weston, Weathersfield and Rockingham (which encompasses Bellows Falls, Saxtons River and Bartonsville) for at least the past year and be willing to work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in a variety of ways. FMI:  (802) 885-5552 or send an email to
If You Receive a Call From the IRS Be Suspicious: That's the warning from federal authorities, who report that a nationwide phone scam has stolen $1 million from thousands of unsuspecting people. The impostor claims to be an Internal Revenue Service representative and tells "intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer," an IRS inspector general office said. CNN 

Debit Card Text Message Scam: The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning consumers about another text message scam affecting Vermonters: Do not respond to calls or texts about a debit card problem. The Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program has received a number of reports of fraudulent texts (some claiming to be “Merchants Bank” or different bank) indicating that the consumer’s debit card number has been locked and that the consumer should call 802-373-6589 or similar number for assistance. These are fraudulent text messages and are not affiliated with any bank. Receipt of this text message, along with any other scams consumers receive, can be reported to the Consumer Assistance Program by email at, or by calling 800-649-2424. Press Release 

Stay off the Ice: Vermont's ice surfaces are getting more and more treacherous. As we get deeper into spring, despite the recent cold weather, ice on waterways is getting weaker and weaker by the day. Because of the increased risk Vermont state, local, and federal partners are advising Vermonters and our visitors to stay off the ice. Even during the recent cold spell the high sun angle has been absorbed by water below the surface. That warmer water is melting the ice from the bottom up, so even if a surface seems solid it is likely weakened significantly. Warm temperatures forecast will degrade ice even more so it is best to assume that NO ice surface is safe. VT State Police.

Sen. Doyle
TownMeeting Survey Results: The preliminary results of Senator Bill Doyle’s Town Meeting Day survey show very strong support for a number of bills that expand the role of state government including: increasing minimum wage; labeling food products made with genetically modified organisms; and banning drivers from using cell phones. As far legalizing marijuana, 44% were in favor, 45% opposed and 11% undecided. VPR Click for full results.

A mostly black with some white cat is hanging around High Street and Tierney Rd. It appears to be very healthy but can be elusive. However, it’s picking fights with area cats. If you know who it might belong to or have other information call 226-7510. 

Please send a birthday card for Cavendish resident Gladys Degener who will turn 94 on April 8. Cards should be sent to Gladys Degener, Gill Odd Fellows Home, 8 Gill Terrace, Ludlow, VT 05149. Join Gladys on her birthday for cake at the Gill Home on Tuesday, April 8 from 2-3 pm.

Sugaring: Spring time and maple syrup, also know as sugaring, have been part of the Vermont landscape ever since the Eastern Woodland Indians discovered that maple sap cooked over an open fire produces sugar.

This year, with zero degrees nights, and below freezing temperatures during the day, many have wondered if this is unusual and if we’ll even have a sugar season. According to Barbara Kingsbury’s book “Chubb Hill Farm and Cavendish, Vermont: A Family and Town History 1876-1960,” sugar season fluctuated from year to year for the Kingsbury family.  From 1879 until 1949 Homer Kingsbury and his descendants’ records showed a great fluctuation in production, weather, length of season as well a pricing. In 1877, the price of a gallon was. 80¢. and by 1948, it had risen to $5 a gallon.

Dan Churchill, who was a child during the 1940’s, recalled how shocked people were that a gallon of maple syrup sold for $5. Today the price per gallon for Vermont syrup is close to $60.  Read more about sugaring in Cavendish.

Sugar on Snow Supper: All over Vermont, March is the month of the annual Sugar-on-Snow Supper held at various churches, grange halls, schools and community centers. The Cavendish Baptist Church has held an annual Sugar-on-Snow Supper for as long as people can remember.  According to Sandra Stearns, “I know is has been a tradition since I was old enough to wait on tables, at about age 13 or 14, about 1952.  Before that Will Atkinson used to bring down some of his ponies and give pony rides, [with the] fees donated to the church.  I spent a  number of years helping him lead that "riders" around the block - from the church around the parsonage and back.” Mildred Fitzgibbons, who is 90,  recalls May Atkinson walking from her home on Atkinson Road  to the Cavendish Baptist Church and spending the day cooking for suppers. Her husband Will sugared as did many other people in town.  

This coming Saturday, March 29, from 5:30-7 pm, will be the Annual Sugar-on-Snow Supper at the Cavendish Baptist Church. There aren’t too many traditions that date back at least 75 years or more, but this is one of them. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for those younger. FMI:226-7724

Solzhenitsyn Project “I Wrote and Waited:” CHS’s E-newsletter "I Wrote and Waited," which pertains to the Solzhenitsyn project, has been posted to the CHS website

Projector Received: Thank you to a generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, for the gently used projector and replacement light. CHS will now be able to show the various segments of “The Vermont Movie” throughout the summer. For more information about this film and its availability to the community, go to the CHS website

Lydia Ouvaroff is teaching yoga Monday evenings, 5 pm at Gethsemane Episcopal Parish Hall off of Depot Street in Proctorsville . A nurse, Lydia is a graduate of the School Yoga Institute and includes a variety of yoga styles in her classes, which she varies depending on the needs of those in class. The cost is by donation. FMI: 802-299-9515 (cell) or 228-3261.

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association has announced another great Walk and Talk Series event.  On Thursday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. Doug Blodgett, snake biologist with Vermont Fish and Wildlife will give a presentation on the nature of rattlesnakes and their habitat, including a discussion of rattlesnakes in Cavendish.

The Walk and Talk Series consists of lectures and demonstrations aimed at presenting various aspects of our natural world in a learning environment.  All talks center the topic in Vermont and as much as possible in Cavendish.  Past events focused on raptors, amphibians, large game, bees, songbirds and many other topics of general interest.  When the weather is good the instructor may meet in an appropriate outdoor setting as well, although the April 10th presentation will remain indoors.

The presentation of “Rattlesnakes in Cavendish” will occur at the Gethsemane Church meeting hall on Depot Street in Proctorsville.  This is a free event although donations to defray costs are always welcome.  For more information about this event, or about other upcoming Walk and Talk events, please call Robin Timko at 226-7736.

This week, the following activities will be taking place:

• Ignat Solzhenitsyn Talk (March 28, Friday): Rescheduled from February, this is part of The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday’s series  and will take place at 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 or e-mail or 802-226-7807.

- Last Day to Order Composters: Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management (SWWCSWMD) is currently accepting orders for "Soil Saver" brand composters. To download a form, go to If you have difficulty downloading a form e-mail

• Annual Sugar on Snow Supper (March 29, Saturday): Sponsored by the Helping Hand Class of the Cavendish Baptist Church, from 5:30 to 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. There is no charge for children under 6. The menu will include: baked beans (sweetened with maple syrup); ham; mashed potato; squash; peas; pickles; white and brown breads; and homemade doughnuts. Take out is also available. FMI: 226-7724

• BRGN New Freezer Dedication (March 31, Monday): 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. 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.
-     - Yoga with Lydia Ouvaroff, 5 pm at Gethsemane Episcopal Parish Hall off Depot Street in Proctorsville. Cost is a donation. FMI: 802-299-9515 (cell) or 228-3261.

• Bone Builders (April 1-Tuesday and April 3-Thursday): Exercise program to help arrest and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Free. Cavendish Baptist Church 10:30 to 11:30.  FMI: 885-2083

• GMUHS Spring Musical (April 3-5, Thursday-Saturday): 7 pm at GMUHS

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