Friday, March 7, 2014

Cavendish Update 3/7/14 Town Mtg Results/News/Events/Movie

Spring Forward. Day light savings goes into effect on Sunday, March 9. When you change your clock this weekend please remember to also change your batteries in your smoke and CO detectors. It could save your life!

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

The 3/7/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Town Meeting
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Volunteers Needed
4. Cavendish in the Movies
5. Dinner and a Movie at the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library
6. School Board Vacancies
7. Salt River Revue Raises the Roof
8. Spring 2014 Composter Sale
9. Events

At Monday night’s meeting, all articles were passed, which included:
• Tax exemption for Fletcher Farm Foundation and Black River Health Center for the next five years. Because of the school property tax, the town will have to pay for these exemptions.
• Appropriation of $10,000 for the purpose of preparing new land for the Twenty Mile Stream Cemetery. When completed, the cemetery will have an additional 90 standard and 116 cremation burial plots. 
• Establishment of a Cavendish Recreation Department, which appropriated $25,500 to support the first year activities, the bulk of which will be used to pay for a part time director.  

These three items will add approximately $50,000 dollars to the Town’s Budget of $1,261,424.  The exact figure is not clear because of the tax calculations for the exemptions of Fletcher Farms and Black River Health Center.  Because of the heavy discussion Article 5 (Black River Health Center tax exemption) and Article 7 ($25,500 for a Cavendish Rec Dept) were voted on by ballot. Of 1,025 registered voters (2013 Town Report data), 90 (9%) cast a vote for Article 5 and 85 (8%) voted on Article 7.

Town Manager Rich Svec discussed whether people would prefer to have the option of receiving their town report electronically. It costs the town roughly $2,300 to print and mail. If you prefer to receive your Town Report electronically next year, send an e-mail to

On Tuesday, election day, 242 (24%) voters cast ballots  All positions were unopposed. As far as write ins, Brendan McNamara received 79 votes and Wendy Regier received 32 for the one-year Select Board positions. Cheryl Liener received sufficient votes for Trustee of Public Funds for one year and there were insufficient writes ins (12 are required) for the three year CTES board position. The CTES budget was approved (158 for, 72 no and one blank). Voters approved the GMUHS budget and Capital Improvement and the Regional Valley Technical Center budget.

Glimmerstone Mansion Closing Permanently: Glimmerstone is officially closed to the public after the last dinner service on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  It will now become the private residence of Mary Jane Abbate. Her letter to the community explaining her decision is available on-line. 

 Three Year Old Joins the Proctorsville Fire Dept: Honorary Junior Firefighter Nolan Alberty, has been fighting acute myeloid leukemia since he was 18 months old and is scheduled to go to Boston Childrens Hospital on March 10 to undergo bone marrow replacement.  Vermont Journal 

From left to right: Seth Matlofsky and
Bob Glidden.
Congratulations to Seth Matlofsky on Becoming a PVFD Firefighter: The Firefighters of the Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department are proud to announce Jr FF Lieutenant Seth Matlofsky as Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter. Seth Matlofsky. Seth has been a Jr firefighter for almost 4 years. He was named the Jr FF Lt at the start of 2013. Seth is now 18 years old and an active Volunteer firefighter here in Proctorsville. 

Three Ways to Get VT Income Tax Forms: The Vermont Department of Taxes provides three easy ways to obtain the Individual Income Tax Return Booklet and forms for tax year 2013:1. Online—Print forms from the Vermont Department of Taxes website at
 2. Telephone—Order forms by calling the department’s direct line, toll-free (855) 297-5600
3. Email—Order forms by emailing Press Release 

VT Loves Renewable Energy, Except When it Arrives: Getting energy from the sun, wind and forests fits with Vermont's sense of itself as clean, green and independent. But when it comes time to build and live with the projects that make it possible, things can get complicated. ABC News 


Due to fire, Pieter van Schaik lost his office building on Main Street in Cavendish about a month ago. In preparation for demolition, on Saturday, March 8, Pieter is in need of volunteers to form a "bucket brigade" to help salvage items from the front portion of the building. Start time is 9 am.  If you can't help with manpower, contributions of coffee or juice for volunteers are needed. Thank you to those already signed up to help and providing food donations.  Please call or e-mail 226-7807 or if you can help or need more information.

The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) has purchased the six part film series “The Vermont Movie: Freedom & Unity-One State Many Visions.”  This is the first-ever documentary series about Vermont and is a collaboration of three-dozen critically acclaimed Vermont filmmakers, as well as historians, editors, archivists, animators, composers, and writers.

Cavendish is featured in two sections. Part Six, People Power focuses on Irene flood recovery. There are lots of familiar faces and comments from people at the Shelter, as well as sections of the Cavendish VT Facebook page, the hardest hit areas of our town and most important it shows the incredible resiliency of the people of Cavendish. The dedication of this segment is to a teen from Brattleboro who disappeared during the flood and has not been found. A number of Cavendish’s youth were part of the search and rescue team.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is also featured and includes parts of his farewell speech, the Cavendish Library and even scenes of Proctorsville.

CHS will be showing segments of the film throughout the next year. We would also like to make it available for “home movie night.” You invite your friends, select the segments you want to watch and a representative from CHS will come with the film and provide relevant Cavendish historical information.  

To arrange a “Home Movie Night,” please e-mail or call 802-226-7807.  For more information.


The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will host its next Dinner and a Movie event on Saturday, March 15 at 2PM.  The movie shown will be “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the classic adventure starring Harrison Ford.  A generous sampling of Moroccan food will be served.  The event is free and open to the public of all ages, though donations are welcome.  FMI:  226-7503 

Cavendish Town School District, Proctorsville, VT has School Board vacancies to fill out terms until next Town Meeting, March 3, 2015. Interested persons should write a letter of interest to:
Dr. Gene Bont, Chairman,
Cavendish Town Elementary School Board
c/o Bruce Williams, Superintendent of School
609 Route 103 South,
Ludlow, VT. 05149

Deadline for the receipt of the letter is Monday, March 17, 2014 Please be prepared to attend the next regular scheduled School Board meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at CTES.

Five marvelous musicians will take the stage on Saturday March 22 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.  Their vocals and spirited synergy will fill little Gethsemane Church on Depot St. in Proctorsville at 7:00 p.m.  $10.00 at the door will get you a seat on a church pew and give you that good feeling that comes  with supporting great music in a local venue.  For more information call 226-7497 and “like” us on Facebook at Raise the Roof Concert Series.

Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management (SWWCSWMD) is currently accepting orders for "Soil Saver" brand composters. This is an easy way to convert yard and food scraps into a soil amendment, a process that also saves valuable landfill space. The Soil Saver has natural insulating properties due to is structural foam construction, a feature that makes it resistant to weather and UV rays. Its large capacity can serve a household of up to five people. In addition, the locking lid helps to keep pesky animals out of the decomposing material.
    10-year guarantee
    28" wide x 28" deep x 32" high
    2 slide-up doors for easy removal of compost
    self-watering lid feature
The District gets a bulk discount and passes the savings on to residents. This year the price per composter is $50.00.

Also being sold are Sure-Close containers to help you store and move your kitchen scraps out to your composter. At $5 each, they're a bargain at twice the price. The Sure-Close pail is a beige and white plastic container with a 1.9-gallon capacity. It can sit on the kitchen counter or be mounted on a wall or under the sink. It is about 9.25" x 9.25" x 11.5" and has a wide opening.

Order form with check is due by Friday, March 28, 2014. To download a form, go to

This week, the following activities will be taking place:
• Day Light’s Savings Time Goes into Effect (March 9, Sunday): Turn your clock forward an hour.

• Select Board Meeting (March 10, Monday): 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town office. The agenda will be posted to when it’s received.

• GMUHS  High School Sports Banquet (March 11, Tuesday): 6 pm at the school

• March Okemo Valley Regional Chamber Mixer (March 12, Wednesday): Monthly Chamber of Commerce Mixer at the Center for Research and Public Policy in Ludlow. FMI:

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

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