Friday, April 25, 2014

Cavendish Update: 4-25-14 News/Earth Week/Photo Contest/Events

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

Red Flag warnings were posted on Thursday, so please take heed of the Fire Departments’ reminder: It is illegal to burn without a burn permit issued by the fire warden or a warden keymen. PFD Asst Chief Roger Sheehan is the Fire warden for Proctorsville and Cavendish. His keymen are PFD Chief Bob Glidden, CAVFD Chief Shane Turco, CAVFD Asst Chief Jeff Davis and PFD Firefighter Ray Fitzgibbons. All are listed in the phone book. Permits will only be issued when fire conditions are favorable for open burning.

The 4/25/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Ten Ways to Celebrate Earth Week/Month and Help Cavendish
3. CCCA Soliciting Photos for Annual Contest
4. Car Wash & Yard Sale to Benefit CTES 6th Grade
5. Way to Go Commuter Challenge
6. Events

Proctorsville Tire Slashing: In the early hours of Tuesday morning-April 22-two cars at 16 Pratt Hill Rd (corner of Depot and Pratt Hill) in Proctorsville, had tires slashed and one car had key cuts made. If you have information about this crime, please call the state police at 875-2112.

Congratulations to Max and Lisa: Lisa Marks of Proctorsville completed the Boston Marathon for the 15th time and raised over $10,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Among those Lisa was running for are Honorary Jr Firefighter Nolan Alberty and Proctorsville Fire Dept Chief Bob Glidden. A first time marathoner, Max Svec, a graduate of CTES and GMUHS and the son of Peggy and Rich Svec, ran for Hole in the Wall Gang,  raising enough money to send several seriously ill kids to camp this summer. You can read more about their various runs at The Rutland Herald  and The Vermont Journal. Thank you Max and Lisa for making a difference.

Congratulations to Kelly Stettner, this year’s recipient of the GMP Zetterstrom Environmental Award. Kelly has done an amazing job founding and running BRAT (Black River Action Team). She is the force behind testing water quality in Cavendish and all along the Black River. 

Raffle to Help Students Enter the Skills USA National Conference: Former CTES alum, Elliot Thompson (his Mom is 5th grade teacher Ann Thompson) and another student at River Valley Technical Center’s (RVTC) Audio Video Production Program won the Gold Medal in Television Production at Skills USA, VT. With the help of their teacher, Proctorsville resident Zach McNaughton, they are trying to raise money to enter the National competition. A raffle for a six hour fishing charter has been organized. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. FMI:

Stay Off the Trails: The Green Mountain Club is urging hikers to stay off of muddy and high elevation trails in Vermont. The trails need time to dry out. Hikers can use trails on south facing slopes and at lower elevations, where the sun is drying them sooner.

Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds ofHotdogs Due to Undeclared Allergen: Kraft Foods Group Inc. is recalling about 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the packages may instead contain Classic Cheese Dogs made with milk, a known allergen. Reuters 

VT Becomes FirstState to Prevent Predatory Pension Lending: Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, has signed a bill into law making it illegal for companies to lend money to senior citizens without first registering with the state. Online advertisements from what the state calls "predatory lenders" offer seniors cash for part of their pensions. The law, which goes into effect July 1, makes the transaction illegal without the state's knowledge. WCAX

VT to be the First State to Enforce GMO Labeling: As of July 1, 2016, foods produced with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and sold in Vermont,  must be labeled as such. VPR 

There are a number of things people can do without a lot of effort to help Cavendish be sustainable and environmentally friendly- participate in Green Up Day (Saturday-May 3); getting rid of hazardous waste on May 10; removing nasty invasive species from your yard that can help reduce the incidence of Lyme Disease; growing a garden or purchasing veggies from Cavendish’s CSA; or taking an enjoyable walk along the Black River. Learn more, plus a special bonus, by going to the special post on the Cavendish VT Blog. 

It’s time to think about which photograph you would like to submit for next year's calendar.  Every year the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association solicits Cavendish residents for photographs to grace its community calendar.  The organization then holds a competition in which the community picks the twelve best photos for the calendar.  There are three age categories and the best picture in each group receives an award and a prize as well.  Photos must show scenes and landscapes in Cavendish and Proctorsville that we value for their beauty, historic significance and overall importance to our community.  Pictures can include people or animals.  The purpose of the calendar is to bring a greater appreciation and sense of pride about the town, which is the foundation of conservation and good stewardship.

If you have ever felt the inclination to take a picture of a sight that you appreciate in Cavendish or Proctorsville, please consider submitting it for the 2015 calendar competition.  You must submit an 8" by 10" photo in a horizontal layout, along with your name, the name you give the picture and general location of where the photo was taken.  Submissions of copies on disc are also encouraged.

Photos will be accepted from May 1st until May 31st. Submission application forms will be available beginning May 1st at the Cavendish Town Office, at Cavendish Elementary School and at Crows Bakery on Depot Street, or they can be found on our website.  Please contact Robin if you have any questions at 802-226-7736.

CTES’s 6th graders will be holding a car wash ($7 per car, $10 per truck, $3 vacuum) on April 26th (Saturday) from 10-2. In addition to a baked goods table, there will also be a yard sale. Want to sell some stuff? A donation of $10 will save you a space, while $20 will get you a table and a space. FMI: Robin Bebo-Long 226--7758 NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MAY 4 (SUNDAY) DUE TO WEATHER. 

How do you commute to work? Join people across Vermont as they find alternative ways to commute during Way To Go week this year - May 12 -16.  Finding an alternative to commuting alone can save money, reduce pollution, maybe improve your health and, if you do it during Way To Go week, you can also win prizes!   In our area there are a variety of options, including carpooling, ridesharing, riding the bus, walking or bicycling.   For more information and sign up, visit and  or contact

• Family Bingo Night (April 25, Friday): 6:00 PM at CTES. This is open to everyone and participants will be playing for cash and prizes. FMI: 226-7758

• National Prescription Take Back Day (April 26, Saturday): Drop-off leftover or expired prescription drugs at designated centers. Please note that intravenous solutions, injectable and syringes, will not be accepted. Drop off locations: Weathersfield Transfer Station (5024 Route 106); Ludlow Police Dept. (19 West Hill Rd., Ludlow); Springfield Police Dept. (201 Clinton St., Springfield); or Windsor Police Dept (29 Union St., Windsor). Dispose of medications year round at the Ludlow Drop Center, located at the Ludlow Police Dept. on West Hill. FMI: 800-882-9539
-                Car Wash & Yard Sale to Benefit CTES 6th Grade: 10-2 at the Cavendish Elementary School in Proctorsville. See item 4 above for more information.
-                58th Annual Ludlow Rotary Club Penny Sale: 6-10 pm at the Black River High School in Ludlow.

• Yoga with Lydia Ouvaroff (April 28, 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.

• Bone Builders (April 29 Tuesday & May 1-Thursday): Exercise program to help arrest and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Free. Cavendish Baptist Church 10:30 to 11:30.  FMI: 885-2083

• CTES Half Day for Parent/Teacher Conferences (May 1 Thursday & May 2 Friday)

To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:
• Events listed by month 
• Events listed by day 

• To register an event 

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