Friday, April 18, 2014

Cavendish Update 4/18/14 News/Events/SB Mtg 4/14/14/Easter

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), a non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the conservation of land and natural resources and to the preservation of historic sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. FMI: PO Box 605, Cavendish VT 05142 or 802-226-7736

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

The Cavendish Update for 4/18/14 contains the Following:
1. Select Board Meeting for 4/14/14
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Household hazardous Waste Collection 5/10/14
4. Holy Week and Easter Services in Cavendish
5. National Prescription Drug Take –Back Day 4/26/14
6. Ludlow Ambulance Accepting Applications for Advanced EMTs or Paramedics
7. Green Up Day-May 3
8. Cavendish Calendar Looking for Sponsors
9. Events

Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television. 

Capital Budget and Program for FY 2014-2031: Jason Rasmussen of the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) was present to discuss the current draft of the Cavendish Capital Budget and Program Plan. This is a plan for town utilities and facilities improvements, upgrades, replacements (e.g. Water and sewer, solid waste, buildings etc.) and can serve as an important companion piece for this section of the Cavendish Town Plan.   The board reviewed the current draft and made a few revisions. They will adopt the Plan at their May meeting, after which it will be posted to the Cavendish Municipal website and a public hearing will be held prior to the June Select Board meeting. The document provides a detailed list of projects, costs as well as sources of funds. For example, listed for FY 14 is purchasing flood hazard lands (3 parcels) for a cost of $90,000. Funding is from the Ecosystem Restoration Program Grant.

VT Better Back Roads Grant: Due to Irene the inventory of Cavendish bridges and culverts changed significantly. Under a Better Back Roads grant, the SWCRPC will work with a town highway staff member for about 4 days to complete the inventory. The cost is approximately $5,000, $4,000 of which will come from the grant and a $1,000 to be matched by the town. The highway staff member, as well as town manager’s time would count towards the match. The board approved the grant proposal. Rasmussen said that there will be a map of the culverts and bridges available on-line.

Town Plan: Rasumssen informed the board that the Planning Committee is working on the town plan for Cavendish. They have already started adding the new flood language requirements, which were implemented after Irene. The next section they will be dealing with is economic development. The board asked that things like cell towers, solar arrays and thermal projects be addressed in the plan. It was agreed that instead of receiving the final document to be reviewed at one time, it would be helpful, and would streamline the process, if the Planning Committee could provide sections as they are completed.

Depot Street Bridge: Svec provided the board with a copy of answers he had drafted to the state’s questions regarding the potential impact of  the bridge replacement project on Depot Street in Proctorsville.  No date has been set for the bridge replacement. While the state is still studying the various construction strategies, it is expected to take a full construction seasons to complete the project.

Cavendish Recreation Department: Svec informed the board that he will be meeting with the Greven Field Committee on Tuesday, April 15 to discuss the plan for implementing this new town program. The board agreed that the position of Director answers to the town manager, with the Greven Field group serving as an advisory board. The Director position will be advertised according to town policy and does not require that the candidate be a resident of Cavendish. At the May 12 Select board meeting, a draft job description will be provided for the board’s approval. Hiring of the director will take place in June and the job will begin on July 1, when funds are available. Salary has yet to be determined.

Green Up Day: Cavendish will participate in  the state wide Green Up Day on May 3. For more information, see item 7 below.

Congratulations to Zach McNaughton and Elliot Thompson: Two students of the River Valley Technical Center’s (RVTC) Audio Video Production Program won the Gold Medal in Television Production at Skills USA, VT. Elliot Thompson is a graduate of CTES and the son of 5th grade teacher Ann Thompson. Zach, a Proctorsville resident, is their Audio Visual teacher at RVTC and is helping the students raise $3,500 by May 15 so they can attend Nationals. Learn how you can help as well as watch their award winning video. 

Congratulations to Caleb Roby: Caleb, a 6th grader at CTES, is the Vermont State Champ for Wrestling. Well done Caleb!

March Coldest on Record: March 2014 was the coldest on record in Vermont history. Temperatures ranged from 8 to 13 degrees below average across the state. The average temperature on Mount Mansfield was 11.7F. National Weather Service

Cavendish Variety Show a Success: ON April11, over a hundred people gathered at the Cavendish Town Elementary School multi purpose room to enjoy the annual talent show of music, songs and even pogo sticks. Vermont Journal 

May 10, from 9-1,  is the Household Hazardous Waste Collections day for our town. Such waste can be taken to the Springfield or Ludlow Transfer Stations. Up to 10 gallons of waste can be taken free of charge. Over that it’s $4 per gallon. You can bring the following items: aerosols; antifreeze; automotive products; gasoline; hobby chemicals; household cleaners; kerosene; paint-latex and oil-based, stains etc.; paint cleaners; pesticides; pool chemicals; mercury thermometers; and mercury thermostats. Note that this is the first time you can bring latex paint. For More Information 

Gethsemane Episcopal, Cavendish Baptist and Calvary Church are joining together to offer the following Holy Week and Easter Sunrise services:

• Good Friday (April 18) 7:00pm at Calvary Church (Route 103 Proctorsville)
• Easter Sunrise (April 20) The Sunrise Service will be at 5:45 a top Ranney Hill (off of High Street in Cavendish) with our eyes toward the graveyard.  After the service, we'll be at Cavendish Baptist Church Hall.  Bring something to share, but come even if you don't. There's always plenty.

Easter Services will be as follows
• Calvary Church: 11 am FMI: 226-7607
• Cavendish Baptist Church: 10 am FMI: 226-7131
• Gethsemane Episcopal Church: 11:30 am
• Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church: 9:30 am 228-3451

Local police departments have again teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This allows citizens to drop-off their leftover or expired prescription drugs at designated centers. Please note that intravenous solutions, injectable and syringes, will not be accepted. Drugs can be dropped off at the following locations on Saturday, April 26 from 10-2:
• Weathersfield Transfer Station (5024 Route 106)
• Ludlow Police Dept. (19 West Hill Rd., Ludlow)
• Springfield Police Dept. (201 Clinton St., Springfield)
• Windsor Police Dept (29 Union St., Windsor)

The Ludlow drop off center is available throughout the year.
FMI: 1-800-882-9539

The Town of Ludlow Ambulance Service (LAS), which serves Cavendish,  is accepting applications for part-time licensed Advanced EMTs or paramedics. The position will begin on or around July 1, 2014. Please send resume to Ludlow Ambulance Service, PO Box 359, Ludlow, VT 05149, or email to Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. FMI: 228-2880.

On the first Saturday in May, Cavendish will join hundreds of communities throughout Vermont to support the 44-year-old tradition of picking up roadside trash accumulated over the previous winter.  Green Up Day is a time honored volunteer opportunity that unites communities, raises environmental consciousness and results in cleaner roads for us all.

While volunteer participation has fallen in recent years, Green Up Day is alive and well and needs your support!  It’s early enough to mark the date on your calendar and come to Cavendish Elementary School on May 3rd with friends and family to pick up special green trash bags, protective gloves and your user-friendly road assignment.  The big sweep begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon with a free town sponsored barbecue on the Proctorsville Green. Rain date is Saturday May 10.

In 2013 we had 35 motivated folks turn out for this iconic Vermont
experience---please help us surpass that number in 2014.  For more information about Green Up Day or to volunteer to help with the big push before the day arrives call Diane McNamara at the Cavendish Town Office at 226-7292.

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association produces a calendar each year that celebrates some aspect of life in Cavendish.  Community members take pictures and the best twelve are
selected to grace the pages.  The calendars sell to the community in time for the holidays each year.  The 2015 calendar will be in production this summer and the organization is looking for sponsors.  Sponsors can be businesses, or individuals can sponsor a page in honor of a group, an organization or a special person.

The next one will be the tenth annual calendar.  “Each year the print run sells out and the calendars are distributed all around the greater Cavendish area,” said Robin Timko, President of the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association.  “We always have room for more sponsors.  The money raised helps us produce a number of programs and events, including our nature talks and summer concerts.”

Sponsorship is $120 for a month or $65 for a shared month.  Sponsors name and logo are prominently shown on the page.  To sponsor a month, or for information about the organization, please call Robin at 226-7736.

• Easter Sunday (April 20): Happy Easter. See item 4 above for list of services.

• Yoga with Lydia Ouvaroff (April 21, Monday): 5 pm at Gethsemane Episcopal Parish Hall off Depot Street in Proctorsville. Cost is a donation. FMI: 802-299-9515 (cell) or 228-3261.

• Earth Day (April 22, Tuesday)

• Employment Fair (April 23, Wednesday): The River Valley Workforce, which serves Cavendish, will host the third Annual River Valley Employment Fair from 3 to 6 pm at the Nolin-Murry Meeting Center, 40 Summer St. Springfield. FMI: Suzanne Groenewold 802-885-8310 or

• Bone Builders (April 22 Tuesday & April 24-Thursday): Exercise program to help arrest and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Free. Cavendish Baptist Church 10:30 to 11:30.  FMI: 885-2083

• Family Bingo Night (April 25, Friday): 6:30-8:30 at CTES

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

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