Friday, May 9, 2014

Cavendish Update: 5/9/14 Continuation/News/Events

Continuation of the Cavendish Update: As reported in the April 11 Update, the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) will no longer be funding the Cavendish Update after May. As a result a number of people have been in contact expressing their desire to see that it continues. To that end, a group of Cavendish residents recently met to discuss the Update, its importance, and how an expanded effort (e.g. community website, events calendar, Pinterest, Instagram etc.) could further strengthen the community.

In order to assure its continuation, as well as expansion, we are asking those that utilize and find the Cavendish Update, the Cavendish VT Facebook page and/or the Cavendish VT blog to be helpful to support its continuation by downloading the form at the end of this post and sending a donation.

If you have suggestions, wish to do a fundraiser, or help in some other way, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

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

The 5/9/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. VT Fish & Wildlife Meeting Regarding Knapp Pond
3. Stop Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email
4. Cavendish Summer Concert Series: Sponsors Needed
5. Singer Song Writer Performs in Proctorsville
6. Invite to the Community from the CTES 3rd Graders
7. Cavendish Community Open House Celebration!
8. Events
9. Yes! I Wish to Become a Friend of the Cavendish Update


meeting on May 5, the Cavendish Select and School boards discussed the feasibility of the town/school purchasing the lot at 601 Main Street, where the house was burned in January. Abutting the CTES property, according to town manager, Rich Svec, the owners are interested in selling the land to the town/school. The burned out structure is slated for demolition on Saturday, May 12. Multiple uses were suggested for the space. While the combined boards voted to move forward to further explore the ownership of the property, a town vote is required for acquisition. The cost of the property was discussed in executive session, but will be included as part of the town warning prior to voting. Cavendish VT Blog 
Cavendish Green Up Day A Success: May 3, Saturday, saw over 60 people from Cavendish, armed with Green Up bags, walking roadways and picking up trash, old tires and other discarded items. The number of participants was almost double from last year.

Opening Day at Greven Field: Sunday was opening day for little league at Greven Field in Proctorsville. VT Journal 

Proctorsville Fire Department’s Total Calls For the First 4 Months of 2014 Are Almost Equal to Yearly Average: In April, the Proctorsville Fire Department (PFD) responded to eight calls, five of which were for mutual aid in surrounding districts. Not even six months into the year, PFD has responded to 44 calls. Their average for a year is 52 calls. PFD Facebook page 

Stocking Schedule for the Black River & Knapp Pond: The “Trophy” fish stocking program has already had one release in the Black River on May 5. Additional stocking dates for the Cavendish/Weathersfield stretch of the Black River are May 12, 19, and 26. Fish released include 1,500 two year Rainbow Trout and 500 two year Brown Trout. An additional 250 two year old trout will be stocked at Knapp Pond No. 1. FMI: VT Fish & Wildlife Dept.’s StockingSchedule

$1.2B Buried PowerLine Planned for VT: Private developers are proposing a $1.2 billion hydropower transmission line to run 100 miles underneath Lake Champlain from the Canadian border to Benson, then 50 miles east along and below major highway right of way to a planned $200 million converter station in Ludlow. The New England Clean Power Link would carry 1,000 megawatts of high voltage direct current — enough to serve 1 million households — through two 6-inch-thick plastic-covered cables dug 4 feet under or near such state roads as routes 4, 7 and 103 to the Vermont Electric Power Company’s current connector in Cavendish. Rutland Herald 

$2,500 Award forBlack River Action Team: Kelly Stettner, who founded the Black River Action Team, which celebrates, cleans up and protects the Black River in southeastern Vermont, was selected from eight nominees for the annual award, named for famed osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom. The award comes with $2,500 to continue BRAT’s work. BRAT, which Stettner runs as a volunteer even as she works full time, created a nursery to grow plants for bank stabilization, collects thousands of printer cartridges for recycling to raise funds, operates a fishing line recycling program, cleans up after local parades, helps with fuel spill issues in the region, conducts monthly water sampling at 11 sites on the river, and manages an “Adopt a Swimming Hole” program. Springfield VT News 

Cell Phone Ban Likely to beSigned by the Governor: It will soon be illegal to drive while using a handheld cell phone under a bill that’s poised to pass the Legislature. Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’ll drop his opposition and sign the legislation. Under the final compromise, it will be illegal for a driver to use any hand held electronic device, including a cell phone, while operating a vehicle. There will be financial penalties for violating the law but no points will be assessed on a driver’s license. The legislation will go into effect Oct. 1. VPR

ViewBoost, a VT App: A new app for your smartphone or tablet will provide a new experience for those exploring Vermont. ViewBoost is an app and website that will help tourists find things to do in Vermont, both must-see attractions and spots off the beaten path. The ViewBoost app will be free for customers and available to download on the Apple App Store. WCAX 

VT’s Idling Law Went Into EffectMay 5: Vermont’s prohibited idling of motor vehicles law took effect May 5, 2014. This law applies to all motor vehicles. It limits the idling of vehicles to five minutes in any 60-minute period. VT Digger 

The Agency of Natural Resources is currently revising the Long Range Management Plan (LRMP) for a 529-acre unit of Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area (WMA) known as the Evens Lot. The parcel is located on the end of Moriglioni Road in Cavendish, Vermont. It was conserved by the Vermont Land Trust in 1999 and deeded to the State of Vermont for inclusion in the WMA. Important features of the parcel include wetlands, deer wintering areas, wild apple tree orchards, stands of mast-producing red oak, remote big game habitat, and an important snowmobile corridor trail.  A public listening session is planned for Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Cavendish Town Office to present the plan to the public and solicit feedback. This presentation will be part of the monthly select board meeting. A copy of the draft addendum is available on-line: FMI: Timothy Morton 802-885-8825 or

In response to inquiries about reducing unwanted calls, mail and e-mail, below are websites and numbers to call to help address this problem.
• Call 1-800-567-8688 or use to stop offers of credit and insurance.
• To register your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry, call 1-888-382-1222 or go to
• To stop unsolicited mail and e-mail go to and register
• To stop catalogs and other types of mail, register with

Using your phone wisely can reduce unwanted calls: Use caller ID. If it’s an 800 number, private caller, or a name or number you don’t recognize, let the answering machine pick up.

If you are receiving “phantom calls,” no one is on the line when you answer the phone, chances are it’s a “robot call.” The day and time of call is noted so that a telemarketer will know when you are home and likely to answer the phone. Another variation of this is the “one-ring” scam. The phone rings once and hangs up. Out of curiosity, many will call back unknowingly to a premium rate number that connects to anything from advertising, to music, to would-be psychics, and even pornography.  The longer you stay on the line, the more charges rack up on your phone bill, and the scammers receive part of this money.

For more information and other tips, including stopping charity donation requests, go to the full article at the Cavendish VT Blog

It wouldn't be summer without the Proctorsville Green concert series. Not only is there a wide variety of free musical entertainment on Wednesday evenings, it's a great way to enjoy a Vermont summer evening catching up with friends, enjoying a picnic and lounging on the Green. The series starts on July 9th. 

Sponsorships are needed to help defray the costs. If you or your organization would like to sponsor a concert or part of a concert, please contact Sharon Huntley e-mail or call 802-236-6638

Chester resident Jacob McLaughlin has been immersed in music all his life.  Since the age of nine he has studied piano, moving on to organ, guitar and ukulele.  McLaughlin eventually studied piano and voice at Castleton State College, where he earned a B.A. in Music.  Along the way he used his gifts by serving as a church organist, music director for Rutland Youth Theater and accompanist to the spirited Ladies' Night Out Women's Chorus.  Now McLaughlin is launching his solo career with a special  one-man performance in the church where can be found every Sunday playing the Estey organ for service.  On Saturday May 17 at 7:00 p.m. he will perform 802 Experience, a compilation of his original music, at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Proctorsville. Come to the little church with big acoustics to hear Jacob McLaughlin work his musical magic on keyboard and strings.  A suggested donation of $10.00 at the door will get you a seat at this special performance.  FMI: 484-7431.

Don Bolognese
The Cavendish Town Elementary School third graders are participating with the Early Stages Program for the 9th year in a row.  This is an educational outreach program through the Weston Playhouse.  They provide us with a teaching director and the students work as a team to write a play, or in this case 2 plays based on that the Young Company are performing at the Playhouse during the summer.  We are working with director Susan Haefner to write Fairy Tales based on The Three Little Pigs.  In addition to acting, students are singing, dancing and creating sets and original artwork that will be displayed in the gallery on the day of the performance at the Playhouse.  

Don Bolognese, author and illustrator, is also working with us to create the artwork. His services are provided through the outreach of the Elaine Raphael Arts Fund.  He will be visiting us 4 times and has provided us with all of the materials to create the sets and art that will be hanging.  

Next Friday, May 16th we will be hosting a community luncheon.  We will perform the play beginning at 10:45 and lunch will immediately follow.  If anyone is interested in joining us, please RSVP to the school at 226-7758.

The entire experience is possible due to a grant from the Cavendish Community Fund

On May 18, the Cavendish Baptist Church is having a dedication celebration of their handicap accessible building addition, including a vertical lift (like a small elevator). We wish to thank the many community members who helped make this possible. Most of the work was done by local volunteers and donated funds. Our vision is for the building to serve as a space for community events. There are already some community groups that use the space, but the church would love for the building to be used even more.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the celebration on May 18 (Sunday). Activities are as follows:
• Free cookout lunch starting at noon
• Dedication ceremony 1 pm followed by cake and coffee
• Tours of the new space.
• Drawing of a special prize-Okemo Lift Tickets in celebration of the new lift.

If you are interested in using the building, and are unable to attend on May 18, please call (802) 226-7131 for more information and to arrange a tour.

May 9 (Friday): Getting the Most Out of Your Garden A free Talk by Evening Song Farm. Sponsored by The Book Nook and the Cavendish Library. 7-9 pm at the Cavendish Library in Proctorsville. FMI: 228-3238
• GMUHS 8th Grade Semi-Formal: 8-11 pm at GMUHS

May 10 (Saturday): Hazardous Waste Day. 9-1 at the Springfield and 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. FMI:

May 11 (Sunday): Happy Mother’s Day Castle Hill Brunch 11-2 FMI:

May 12 (Monday): 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.
• Cavendish Select board Meeting: 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. The Agenda will be posted to the Cavendish Blog once it’s received. All meetings are recorded and made available by LPC-TV
• Spring Hydrant Flushing: 9-5 for those on Cavendish Municipal Water. Flushing may cause temporary discoloration and turbidity to the water. Users are advised to avoid drinking the water or washing clothes (especially whites) while discoloration is in evidence. Following hydrant flushing in your area, users should run cold water until it clears before resuming normal use. It is also a good idea to flush individual water heaters after the water clears following a hydrant flush in your area. FMI: 226-7291.

May 13 (Tuesday) Bone Builders Bone Builders meeting at the Cavendish Baptist Church each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 11:30 am.  Weighs are used to help build muscle and stave off osteoporosis for both men and women.  Exercises also focuses on balance.  Call Charlotte Snyder at 226-7343 or Dot Ramsdell at 226-7870 or RSVP office at 885-2083.  RSVP is the sponsor of this activity.
• Hydrant Flushing Continues: See May 12

May 14 (Wednesday): Last Day of Hydrant Flushing: See May 12 for more information.
• AARP Smart Driver Safety Course: Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow, 9:30am. $15 for AARP members $20 for non members. FMI 802-672-1823
• Okemo Valley Regional Chamber Mixer: Heritage Family Credit Union in Ludlow, 5:30-7:30. FMI: 802) 775-4930

May 15 (Thursday): Bone Builders Bone Builders meeting at the Cavendish Baptist Church each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 11:30 am.  Weighs are used to help build muscle and stave off osteoporosis for both men and women.  Exercises also focuses on balance.  Call Charlotte Snyder at 226-7343 or Dot Ramsdell at 226-7870 or RSVP office at 885-2083.  RSVP is the sponsor of this activity.

May 16 (Friday): Third Grade Play: At 10:45, in the multi-purpose room, the 3rd graders at CTES will be performing their play for the community. A free luncheon of ham grinders and salad follows the performance. RSVP 226-7758

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