Friday, May 2, 2014

Cavendish Update: News/SB Mtg/Events/Green Up

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

The 5/2/14  Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Joint Meeting of School and Select Boards Regarding 601 Main Street
3. Spring Hydrant Flushing
4. Cavendish Historical Society News: Stone Church/Summer Schedule
5. Conservation Group to View Birds in Cavendish
6. Shop Locally for Mother’s Day
7. Events

Watch Ignat Solzhenitsyn’s Lecture on The Red Wheel and Life in Cavendish: On March 29, conductor, pianist and Cavendish resident, Ignat Solzhenitsyn was the speaker at the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday’s program in Brattleboro. He spoke about how his father Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, while in exile for almost 18 years in Cavendish,  wrote the book The Red Wheel, about Russian and WWI. He also talked about what life was like for him growing up in Vermont. The lecture can be screened on-line.

Bill Banning Cellphone Use While Driving Stalls: A proposal to ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving is all but dead in the Senate after it failed to emerge from the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the House vote, Rep. Mark Huntley, D-Cavendish, shared the story of his teenaged son, Spencer, who he said was killed in an accident while attempting to change songs on his iPod while driving. Huntley, a first-term lawmaker, said he was disappointed that the bill won't face an up-or-down vote in the Senate. Brattleboro Reformer 

CPR Classes Locally: Ludlow Ambulance will be hosting CPR classes the First Monday of each month at 6pm. The next classes will be May 5th, June 2nd and July 7th. The cost is $25 FMI: 228-2880 or

Extension of Cellular Service Along Hundreds of Miles of Vermont Roads: The Vermont Telecommunications Authority has announced plans to extend cellular phone service along hundreds of miles of Vermont roads. The projects will be built and operated by Coverage Co, a company based in Massachusetts and Virginia. The projects will provide service to 450 miles of highway in parts of 60 Vermont towns. This will include better coverage on 131 and on 103 from Proctorsville to Chester.  VPR 

GMP Rate payers Reap Windfall From Yankee Power Sales: A cold winter and a revenue-sharing agreement with the owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will mean a big windfall for many Vermont electric customers. When the Entergy Corporation bought the plant in 2002 from Vermont utilities, the company agreed to share revenues from its sales above a certain wholesale electric price. That price was exceeded this winter as wholesale power costs skyrocketed in New England. And that means Entergy will pay Green Mountain Power as much as $17.8 million. GMP spokeswoman Kristin Carlson says the money will be used to lower rates or stabilize them into the future. VPR 

Why We Stay, Why We Go: Today, Vermont is facing an aging population, lower birthrates and a net outmigration of its citizens. At the same time, a new Gallup poll suggests that Vermont residents have a below average desire to move to a different state, and just 8 percent of residents plan to move within the next 12 months. So why do the people who leave leave, and why do the people who stay stay? A new survey from the University of Vermont asked some of those questions – and they got a lot more answers than they were expecting. VPR 

GreenUp Day Ap: Vermont-based Xenon Apps has created a Green Up Vermont app. Volunteers can use the app to see what areas have already been greened up, and flag any hazards found along the way. They can also communicate with other volunteers through an in-app messaging system. And with just a tap of the screen, the app will automatically map where the user is greening up. iPhone users can download the app for free from the App Store. There is also a mobile-web app for other smartphone users. VPR 

On May 5, at 5:30 pm, the select and CTES boards will meet in the Arts Room at CTES to discuss the residential property at 601 Main Street in Proctorsville, which was destroyed by fire this past winter. This property abuts the CTES lot on the east side. The Boards will consider whether they would like to have the Town School District or the Town own the land for public purposes. This discussion item may include an executive session relative to real estate negotiations.

Monday, May 12-May 14, during the hours of 9-5pm Spring Hydrant flushing will take place for those on Cavendish Municipal water. Flushing hydrants may cause temporary discoloration and turbidity of the water. We apologize for any inconvenience to our users, however this very important system maintenance procedure must be conducted each spring and fall. The flushing program allows the pipes to be purged and the hydrants checked for proper operation. 

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.

Stone Church: Now that the town has the deed for the Cavendish Stone Church, plans continue for the restoration of the building and its use as a small venue space and permanent home of the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exhibit. The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) is in need of photographs of the interior of the buildings when it was still being used as a church. The Church is available for weddings and small venue events from Memorial Day to Columbus weekend. To reserve the building or to submit photographs, please use the contact information below.

Summer Schedule: The Museum opens on May 25 (Sunday) and will be open every Sunday from 2-4 pm until Columbus Weekend, Oct. 12. Thanks to a donation of a projector and screen, the six part film series, Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, will be shown throughout the summer. Part One-A Very New Idea will be shown on May 25, 2 pm at the Museum. For the full CHS schedule, go to the CHS blog.

Learn to Clean Grave Stones: CHS will once again conduct a free gravestone cleaning workshop as part of Memorial Day weekend. Meet at the Cavendish Cemetery on High Street in Cavendish Village at 10 am on Saturday May 24. Be advised that it’s the family’s responsibility to care for the grave stones and markers. One of the graves we will be cleaning that day is Salmon Dutton, the founder of Cavendish village. Please register, contact information below, so we are sure to have sufficient materials on hand.

Do you have old windows to donate?: CHS is planning a special summer exhibit “My Cavendish Album,” which includes photographs from CHS’s archives as well as those from residents. We would like to mount these in paned window frames. If you have frames you would like to donate and/or have a photograph you would like to see included in the exhibit, please contact CHS.

Proctorsville/Cavendish Reunion: A group of former and current residents are holding a reunion on Sunday, June 8, from noon to 5 pm at CTES in Proctorsville. A pot luck supper begins at 12:30. Please bring photos to share with your classmates and others as we reminisce about our days in Proctorsville/Cavendish. FMI: John Snarski or Terry Heikkinen

CHS Contact Information: 802-226-7807; ; PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142.

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association members invite everyone to join in a nature walk on Sunday May 18th at 8:00 a.m. with Alma Beals of the Ascutney Audubon Society.  She will look for our local feathered visitors as they settle in for a summer of raising their young.  She will also point out some migratory species as they pass through our area.

We will meet at Crow’s Bakery on Depot Street in Proctorsville.  The walk will take a few hours and be relatively easy, mostly following back roads but with some side ventures into pastures and fields.  Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and binoculars are a plus, but not necessary.

May is the best time to see migrating birds.  By June they have calmed down and are busy nesting.  Alma will point out the different habitats and what birds are apt to be nesting there.  With careful observation we should be able to see a variety of local birds.
FMI: Robin Timko at (802) 226-7736. 

Mother’s Day is May 11, so there is still time to find something special right here in Cavendish. Consider:
The Castle HillResort is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11-2 pm. 
Gift certificates to a Six Loose Ladies Class  or Fletcher Farm are ideal for the crafty Mom. 
• Don’t forget flowers from Marion’s
• Check out the on-line Cavendish Businessdirectory for more gift certificate ideas. 

May 2 (Friday): CTES Half Day for Parent/Teacher Conferences

May 3 (Saturday): Green Up Day: Meet at CTES at 9 am for route assignment, bags and gloves. BBQ at noon on the Proctorsville Green. FMI: 226-7292
• Kentucky Derby Party: LPCTV’s fundraiser gala at the Pot Belly Pub, 5-8:30 pm. FMI: 228-8989.

May 4 (Sunday): Car Wash & Yard Sale to Benefit CTES 6th Grade: 10-2 at the Cavendish Elementary School in Proctorsville. FMI: 226-7758

May 5 (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.
• CPR at Ludlow Ambulance, 6pm. FMI: 228-2880 or

May 6 (Tuesday) Bone Builders Exercise program to help arrest and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Free. Cavendish Baptist Church 10:30 to 11:30.  FMI: 885-2083

May 7 (Wednesday): Planning Commission Meeting, Cavendish Town Office 6:30 pm.
• Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting: Harry’s Cafe Noon-4 pm. FMI: 228-2996

May 8 (Thursday): Bone Builders Exercise program to help arrest and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Free. Cavendish Baptist Church 10:30 to 11:30.  FMI: 885-2083

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

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