Friday, June 20, 2014

Cavendish Update 6/2014 Town Meeting/News/Tag Sale/Events

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The 6/20/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Select/CTES Combined Board Meeting 6/17/14
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Luella Butler, Proctorsville Resident, Turns 105
4. Annual Town Wide Tag Sale
5. Kitchen Scrap Pails for Sale
6. Summer Library Hours
7. Events
8. Become a Friend of Cavendish Connects

On Tuesday, June 17, the Select and CTES boards met to discuss the upcoming Town Meeting on June 23.

A. Eduthon: Prior to the boards meeting, students from grades 4th and 5th, along with their teachers, Jenn Harper and Ann Thompson, presented the results of their recent Eduthon. Raising over $1,800, the proceeds have been divided equally between the Lucy Mackenzie Animal Shelter and the CTES Playground Fund.  The students are interested in purchasing a piece of playground equipment that spins. According to Harper, this type of equipment is very useful for child development. The two items they are interested in are the Orbitron  and a “roundabout” or Merry-go-round. Both items will cost more than the money they raised. The students said they would continue to fund raise. Questions were raised by the audience about what will be on the ground to break falls and had they factored the costs of shipping and installation into their budget. The students agreed they had more work to do.

B. Purchase of 601 Main Street: Due to a fire in January, the property adjacent to the school, 601 Main Street, is available for sale. Because of the 16% charge that is added to anything the school would do, the Boards discussed at a previous meeting that it would be better if the Town purchased the now vacant lot and turn it over to the school for its use. To that end, the town has entered into a contract with the property owners to purchase the lot (a third of an acre) for $24,900 contingent on the approval of the Cavendish voters.

 In the 1950’s, when the current school building was constructed, the 601 Main Street site was not for sale but there was an expressed interest by the school in purchasing if it were to become available. In 2004, the house and lot were on the market, but the asking price was high, as would be the cost of retrofitting the house for school use, and so the school passed on it. The January fire and the subsequent removal of the house, has proved another opportunity for purchase at a considerably lower cost. 

According to Rich Svec, town manager, there are several reasons why the town would wish to purchase this property:
• It’s an affordable price and small village lots are few and far between. By owning it, the town controls what is built there, thereby keeping the integrity of the village intact. If the property were to be sold, the town could put a deed restriction on the property so that construction must be compatible with the neighborhood. Given the changing nature of the real estate market, it’s hard to predict what will happen, but there is the potential that the town could make money off its sale in future years.

• During the day when school is in session, the Cavendish Library does not meet the American Disability Act (ADA) standards for accessibility. Patrons who need handicap parking are forced to park on the street and walk across the playground-“walking the gauntlet” as some refer to it- to enter the building. Being able to reconfigure the playground space and parking, would allow the library to be ADA compliant.

There was agreement among the board members that as many of the trees on the property should be kept. Selectmen George Timko pointed out that an ash tree on the corner of the lot was leaning towards the school building and suggested it be removed before it falls and causes damage to the school building.

When it came to discussing how the school would use the additional space, it was apparent that planning with a landscape architect is needed. There are issues with parking and playground space. The new lot would provide additional opportunities, but exactly what would be the best configuration has yet to be determined. 

It will be up to the voters to decide whether the town should purchase the lot. The Town Meeting will take place on June 23, Monday, 7 pm in the CTES multi purpose room. If you wish to vote on this issue, you must be present at the meeting as there is no absentee balloting.

GMUHS Girls Still Champs Though 2nd in the State: Entering the championship game against the Richford Rockets, the GMUHS girls varsity softball team was un defeated, 18 wins and no losses.  A twin three run outburst ended the Chieftains’ winning streak and they lost 6-3. 

Stewart Lindberg Running as an Independent: An update to last weeks lists of candidates for November elections. Stewart Lindberg of Cavendish will be running as an independent for state representative against current representative Mark Huntley, also of Cavendish.

Voluntourism Comes to the Okemo Valley: The Black River Action Team (BRAT) is launching a new program called “voluntourism.” The program connects potential visitors to our area with a nice place to stay as well as a rewarding experience doing volunteer work with the BRAT.  For example, the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville will offer a discount on the reservation, a sack of homemade cookies, a free tote bag, and a donation to BRAT for every guest who stays with them to participate in the annual RiverSweep (this year's Sweep is on Saturday, Sept. 6).   

Population Shrinking in Vermont: Vermont has only a few more residents today than it had in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And, according to numbers just published by the U.S. Census Bureau, the vast majority of Vermont towns have fewer residents today than they did in 2010. More than 180 towns have lost population in Vermont, an experience that hearkens back to the mid-19th century when many Vermont towns lost a significant share of their population. Indeed, many Vermont towns lost so many people that they did not regain their peak 19th century populations until the 1960s, over a century later. Burlington Free Press 

Moose Auction Until Aug. 14: Thursday, Vermont Fish and Wildlife announced its moose hunt auction is now open until Aug. 14. Five permits are still available for the October moose-hunting season. Officials say a minimum bid of $1,500 is required. Winning bids are typically at least $4,000. That doesn't include the cost of a Vermont hunting license. 

Luella Butler with three of her sons.
On Thursday June 19, Proctorsville resident Luella Butler celebrated her 105th birthday. Luella has lived more than a century of Cavendish history. Working at Gay Brothers and a lifetime member of the Grange, she witnessed some of the most astonishing advances in many fields. At the time of her birth in 1909, the average life expectancy was around 42. Thanks to vaccinations and the eradication of many childhood diseases, by the end of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was closer to 76 years of age and by 2014 it's closer to 80. 

Even though horse drawn carriages would have been part of Luella's childhood, she could have seen Lindbergh fly across town in 1927, the same year as the flood. Less than forty years later, astronauts and space exploration was underway. The telephone came to Cavendish when she was a child. Today, people are discontinuing their landlines in favor of the Internet and cell phones. To learn more about Cavendish’s history for the last 105 years, go to Celebrating Luella Butler's 105th Birthday: More than a Century of Cavendish History. 

There is now a logo for the Town Wide Tag Sale thanks to Rich Svec. Banners using it will soon appear around town thanks to Doug McBride. This year’s tag sale is Saturday, July 26, the same weekend as the HOG (Harley Owners Group) Rally. It’s estimated that there will be 5,000 members and their guests attending this event, so it’s a good time to have a tag sale and put out those “treasurers” that someone is sure to want.

Cavendish residents, property owners, businesses or organization can have free space at the village or Cavendish Museum greens. If you would like space or be included on the Tag Sale map, please e-mail or call 802-226-7807. To increase traffic to your site, be sure to include information about what you will have for sale.

Have items you want to get rid of but don’t want to do a tag sale? The Cavendish Historical Society is taking donations. You can drop them off at the Museum on Sundays between 2-4 pm or call 802-226-7807 or e-mail to arrange for a pick up or drop off.

Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District has small (1.4 gallon) kitchen scrap pails for sale. Collect cores, peels, skins, rinds, tops, and grounds and take them to your composter! Pails are only $3.00 each. To purchase call 802-674-9235 or e-mail

The Cavendish Library will be open starting June 23 with the following hours for the summer: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-6:30 and the first two Saturdays of the month 12-4 pm. FMI: 226-7503 Please note that the Library has changed the URL to their website and it’s now

The following Cavendish related events are taking place in the coming week:

JUNE 20 (FRIDAY): Last day of school and GMUHS Graduation, 7 pm.
Ludlow Farmer’s Market featuring a number of Cavendish vendors, 4-7 pm on the front lawn of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main Street in Ludlow. 
 3rdAnnual Summer Reading Book Fair to Benefit Cavendish Library: The Book Nook, 136 Main Street, Ludlow. 

JUNE 21 (SATURDAY): Firefighter Memorial Dedication
Proctorsville Fire Department will be dedicating their firefighter memorial at 11 am.
• 3rdAnnual Summer Reading Book Fair to Benefit Cavendish Library: The Book Nook, 136 Main Street, Ludlow.
 VT Farm to Table Dinner at the Golden Stage Inn: Celebrate the bounty of summer with a feast featuring local foods.  Nick Matush of Springfield, VT will create delicious and artistic plates using the freshest Vermont ingredients from nearby farms. Arrive at Golden Stage Inn at 6pm for hors d’oeuvres and a BYOB cocktail hour.  Then, sit down for a fantastic three-course meal followed by dessert.  Nick Matush has cooked in fine dining and farm-to-table restaurants across the United States and in the British Virgin Islands, and was honored to be Chef Davide Pugliese’s sous chef at the James Beard House in 2010 
• Dyeing Mawata Silk Hankies: Six Loose Ladies Workshop 1-2 pm. Covers fiber and dye preparation etc. FMI: 226-7373

The legal voters of the Town of Cavendish, in the County of Windsor, are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Cavendish Town Elementary School in Proctorsville, Vermont at seven (7:00) o’clock on Monday, the twenty third (23rd) day of June, 2014 to transact the following business:

Article 1: To see if the voters will approve of the purchase of Cavendish Parcel #1Veo-196, a 0.33 acre village lot located at 601 Main Street, Proctorsville. This property abuts the Cavendish Town Elementary School lot to the east and is currently vacant. The purchase price is $24,900. The purpose of this procurement is to secure the property for good public uses including, but not limited to, use by the school.

Dated at Cavendish, State of Vermont this 14th day of May, 2014.

• 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.

JUNE 24 (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 focus 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.

JUNE 26 (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 focus 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.

JUNE 27 (FRIDAY): Ludlow Farmer’s Market featuring a number of Cavendish vendors, 4-7 pm on the front lawn of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main Street in Ludlow. FMI: 

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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