Cavendish Update 8/18/17: Eclipse/Addiction/SB Mtg

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8/1817 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Cavendish Resources for Addiction: Tobacco

3. Keeping Cavendish Healthy: Free Classes from dGBodyWorks

4. Concert Series-Chris Kleeman

5. RiverSweep

6. Events

1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Cavendish Select Board Meeting 8/14/17: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website.  The following action was discussed/taken at Monday night’s meeting:

• Approved Catering Permit for Glimmerstone Mansion, LLC for September 9th, 16th, 23rd ,30th and October 14th , 2017

• Approved Special Event Permit for Caledonia Spirits Inc. for the

Vermont Golden Honey Festival on September 9th, 2017. Permit will allow for 1-day sale of alcoholic beverage during the festival.

• Doris Eddy’s Letter of Interest to fill the vacancy for the Justice of Peace will be forwarded to the Governor for his appointment

• Update on Town Garage: Bids are in for replacing the building (torn down on 8/15/17). Voters need to approve the expenditure of funds. Warning will be forthcoming.

• Executive session was held regarding an employee matter, health issue and hardship assistance request.

Black River Water Testing Results for Wed Aug. 16: Greven Field wasn’t tested this week, but the levels have been consistently good so it’s probably okay to use for swimming and recreational purposes. The E.coli levels at the Cavendish Gorge area (37 CFU) are safe as are Buttermilk Falls (6 CFU) and Downers Covered Bridge on Upper Falls Rd (14 CFU) . Little Ascutney Rd in Weathersfield continues to test high (387 CFU) and unsafe to use. The EPA’s upper limit for swimming is 235 CFU. Please note that it is recommended to stay out of the rivers and lakes within 24 hours of a heavy rain, or anytime the water looks cloudy, as Ecoli levels can be a lot higher at these times. Thank you BRAT and Okemo for providing us with this invaluable service. To check other sites that are tested on the Connecticut River watershed, go to http://connecticutriver.us/site/content/sites-list

Warning of Special Meeting of Green Mountain Unified School District: The legal voters of the Green Mountain Unified School District (the “District”), which includes Cavendish, are warned to meet at GMUHS on Sept. 25th at6 pm in the Library Learning Commons to: elect a temporary presiding officer and clerk; adopt Robert’s Rules of Order; elect moderator, clerk and treasurer and conduct other business pertaining to the formation of the GMUSD. Read the warning online.

Watch the Great American Solar Eclipse in Cavendish: A total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, and will be the first one in 38 years to be visible from the mainland U.S.  No matter where you are in the US, you can see it. In Cavendish we can expect to see 70%. In preparation, on Aug. 20 (Sunday), the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) will hold a workshop from 2-4 pm at the Museum (1951 Main St.  Cavendish) where you can make pinhole viewers and learn more about the solar eclipse. On Monday, Aug. 21, CHS will have various devices for viewing set up in front of the Museum from 1:15 until 3 (or later depending on interest).

School Bus Routes for GMUHS: Bus schedule for the coming school year for 7-12 grade students is now available at the VT Journal website. Parents and students are asked to be patient with bus times as routes have changed and they are short a bus driver.  GM is in need of 2 more bus drivers, anyone interested please contact the school 875-4246

Regulators Recommend $22M Cut to GMP Rate Increase: Green Mountain Power has asked for a 4.98 percent increase in 2018. The Vermont Public Service Department is suggesting that the utility reduce the rate increase to 1.68 percent, a $21.7 million reduction. Jim Porter, the director for public advocacy for the department, said in a statement that the recommendations “would still allow GMP to continue to deliver safe and reliable services to its customers, maintain affordability and advance State energy goals.” VT Digger

Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Cold and Snow for Northeast: The Farmers' Almanac that goes on sale this week predicts a snowy winter from Maryland to Maine with five coastal storms to bring winter misery to the region. Editors are looking to redeem themselves after missing the mark when heavy snow failed to materialize in the Midwest and the Middle Atlantic states were milder than anticipated last winter. Editors are looking to redeem themselves after missing the mark when heavy snow failed to materialize in the Midwest and the Middle Atlantic states were milder than anticipated last winter. MyNBC

2. CAVENDISH RESOURCES FOR ADDICTION: TOBACCO: Addiction is a major issue in 21st century American, and Cavendish is no exception. Those most often affected-family, friends and the person themselves-can struggle with little support, resources or understanding.  In order to address that in our town, Cavendish Connects is running a three part series, providing local resources, information and answering questions that people may have.

This week’s focus is tobacco. At $10 a pack, cigarettes are extremely expensive to say nothing of the negative health impacts to the smoker and to those they come in contact with (secondhand smoke). It’s a hard habit to break, but with support and the understanding that it can take many tries before successfully stopping, it can be done.

Vermont offers many free resources, including smoking cessation tools, for free. Learn more atPart I: Tobacco

3. KEEPING CAVENDISH HEALTHY-FREE CLASSES FROM dG BODY WORKS: Doing their part to help keep Cavendish residents healthy, dGBody Works in Proctorsville is offering six free classes per week for the month of September as follows:

• Monday:  6 am Power Yoga and 7 am Bootcamp [Get your cardio up! This is an interval training class that will keep you engaged; get ready to sweat and challenge yourself]

• Tuesday:  6 am Vinyasa Flow [Designed to improve core strength and balance, stretch and strengthen muscles, and promote a sense of well-being] with Karen McNamara

• Wednesday: 5:45 pm TRX [Gravity is your friend! Our newest class utilizes TRX suspension straps to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously] and 7 pm Bootcamp

• Friday: 6 am Bootcamp

For more information go to the dGBody Works website, call 802-554-0006 or e-mail denisegbroe@gmail.com

 

4. CONCERT SERIES 8/23/17-Chris Kleeman: This will be the last concert of the season and it will be starting a half an hour earlier at 5:30. Thank you to CCCA, the various sponsors and to Sharon Huntley for organizing another stellar summer concert series.

Chris Kleeman was supposed to play at the Proctorsville Summer Concert series – until the rains came down. Rather than just cancel his performance the organizers postponed it, so now Chris will play on Wednesday, August 23rd starting at 5:30 p.m.

A performer of great energy and focus, Chris is well known for his sparkling interpretive skills, bringing songs from across a broad spectrum to spice up an already simmering, soulful pot of music. He provides a unique opportunity to see and hear the real thing; an artist of high energy and gritty musical performance.

As always, the concerts are free and open to everyone.  Rain dates will be announced on the Cavendish Facebook page. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.

 

5. RIVERSWEEP: Come get dirty to help us get the Black River cleaner! The 18th Annual RiverSweep is happening on Saturday, September 9th starting at 8 AM and ending at 12 NOON.

Register at HQ -- in Springfield, we'll be at the footbridge in the Shopping Plaza; in Ludlow, we'll be in the gazebo on the town green in Veterans Park. Pick a site to work, grab some trash bags and work gloves (or bring your favorite pair of gloves), fill up on water, and go tackle the trash! Bring your haul back to HQ so it can be tallied and sorted; wash your hands so you can enjoy your free tee shirt and a yummy lunch, compliments of local supporters - in Springfield, Young's Furniture & Appliance will grill up hot dogs for everyone; in Ludlow, you'll receive a coupon for a free slice of amazing cheese pizza at Goodman's American Pie. This year, all volunteers will be entered to win cool prizes donated by local businesses, such as a $25 gift certificate from the Ludlow Cooking Company, home of the famous Lobster Roll.

 

6. EVENTS

AUGUST 19 (SATURDAY)-20 (SUNDAY): Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is sponsoring an Arts and Crafts Tag sale this weekend along with their Arts and Crafts Fair and Fabric Sale. 10-4 pm at 611 Route 103 S., Ludlow

 AUGUST 20 (SUNDAY): Solar Eclipse Workshop at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum 2-4. Free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

AUGUST 21 (MONDAY): View the Solar Eclipse in front of the Cavendish Historical Society Museum starting at 1:15. Peak viewing is at 2:42. The eclipse will be 70% for our area. We will have a variety of viewing devices including glasses, pinhole viewers, and welding masks. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

AUGUST 23 (WEDNESDAY): Black River Good Neighbor’s Tent Sale from 10-4 at 37B Main Street. The sale will include seasonal items. FMI: Audrey at 228-3663 or e-mail BRGNS@gmail.com

• Chris Kleeman Concert. Starts at 5:30 pm on the Proctorsville Green.

AUGUST 26 (SATURDAY): Yogi McNamara Runfest

For information on upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar. For area events, check the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce calendar.  

Cavendish Resources for Addiction: Part I-Tobacco

Addiction is a major issue in 21st century American, and Cavendish is no exception. Those most often affected-family, friends and the person themselves-can struggle with little support, resources or understanding.  In order to address that in our town, Cavendish Connects is running a three part series (tobacco, alcohol & drugs), providing local resources, information and answering questions that people may have.

Part I: Tobacco: At $10 a pack, cigarettes are extremely expensive to say nothing of the negative health impacts to the smoker and to those they come in contact with (secondhand smoke). It’s a hard habit to break, but with support and the understanding that it can take many tries before successfully stopping, it can be done.

Vermont’s 802Quits provides free help in quitting

Free gum, patches and lozenges, which are delivered to your home

In Person Help: You can double your chances of success of quitting by getting in person support. Check the website for local Vermont Quit Partners.

Quit Help by Phone 1-800-QUIT-Now

Online Help Connect with former smokers and other trying to quit on-line.

Quit on your own: Tips, tools and advice to help you quit on your own

Not Ready to Quit but know you need to do something? Second hand smoke is a very real concern, particularly for children, so if you aren’t ready to quit, consider the following:

•    Cut down on your smoking. To help you cut down, you can use a nicotine replacement therapy patch to help with the cravings and reduce withdrawal.
•    Stop smoking in your house or your car.
•    Ask family and friends to leave their smoke outside.
•    Don’t smoke when your children are present.
•    Make sure there is no smoking at your child’s day care.
•    Think of being around your children as “smoke-free zones” even when they are outside.

Is Secondhand Smoke a Real Thing? Yes! Secondhand smoke (SHS) has the same harmful chemicals that smokers inhale. There’s no safe level of exposure for secondhand smoke (SHS) and it can cause cancer of the lung, larynx, pharynx, nasal sinuses, brain, bladder, rectum, stomach and breast. It’s also possibly linked to the following cancers in children lymphoma, leukemia, liver and brain. Children who are around smokers are more likely to get sick, have more lung infections (bronchitis and pneumonia), are more likely to cough, wheeze, have shortness of breath, ear infections, and have increased asthma attacks and maybe even cause asthma. The reason that smoking has been banned in public places and at work is because the dangers of SHS are very real. All exposure to SHS is harmful. Learn more at Health Risks of Second Hand Smoke

What About Switching to E-Cigarettes: Also known as “vaping” E-cigarettes have not been approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation device. In fact, some people find it hard to quit smoking while they vape e-cigarettes, and end up using both products. However, it does appear that vaping is better than smoking cigarettes. Read more on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from the Centers for Disease & Control and Prevention.

How Can I help Someone Quit? People trying to quit are more likely to do so if they feel supported. Below are some resources to help you be an advocate with out shaming or blaming them:

How to Support Your Quitter

Helping a Smoker Quit-Do’s and Don’ts

Why People Smoke: Smoking begins during the teen years for three primary reason-to fit in with friends; to look mature and to experiment. However, once they start, the nicotine in tobacco is highly addictive and it becomes a hard habit to break. Adult smoking is a bit more complex. Stress is a contributor, with smoking as a way to relax and calm down. Weight control is another reason given, since smokers on average weigh seven pounds less than non smokers. For some smoking gives them pleasure. They say it just makes them feel good.

If you have additional questions on this topic, e-mail cavendishconnects@gmail.com

WHERE TO WATCH THE GREAT AMERICAN SOLAR ECLIPSE

A total solar eclipse will occur next week, on August 21, and it will be the first one in 38 years to be visible from the mainland U.S.  No matter where you are in the US, you can see it. In Cavendish we can expect to see 70% of the solar eclipse.

 In preparation, on Aug. 20 (Sunday), the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) will hold a workshop from 2-4 pm at the Museum (1951 Main St.  Cavendish) where you can make pinhole viewers and learn more about the solar eclipse.

Please note that. NASA warns that sunglasses or homemade filters do not provide sufficient eye protection and can contribute to eye damage. Five manufacturers have certified their eclipse glasses, which meet NASA’s criteria:

• Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard

• Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on them

• Are less than three years old and have no scratches or wrinkles

You can also go to the NASA website and download their pinhole template for free.

On Aug. 21 (Monday), from 1:15 to 3:00 (or later depending on interest) CHS will have various devices including glasses (thank you Kem Phillips for donating) which meet NASA standards, pinhole viewers and special welding mask, set up in front of the Museum so people can safely view the eclipse. Young children will need to use the pinhole viewers.

In other parts of the state, various astronomy groups are hosting viewing opportunities including:

• Green Mountain Astronomers will be hosting an eclipse day event at the Castleton University by the observatory. Estimate for Castleton is 1:23 first contact, 2:42 largest coverage, 3:55 last contact.

Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury

• ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Burlington, VT

Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT

Cavendish SB Agenda 8/14/17

Select Board Meeting, Monday, August 14th, 2017 in the Cavendish Town Office
Meeting Room at 6:30 pm
................................................................ AGENDA ................................................................
1. Call the meeting to order
2. Act upon minutes of the meetings of July 10th, 2017
3. Sign Orders
4. Adjust agenda
5. Hear Citizens
6. Select Board to review and act upon Request to Cater permits for the Inn at Glimmerstone
Mansion, LLC for the dates of September 9th, 16th, 23rd ,30th and October 14th , 2017.
7. Review and act upon Application for Special Event Permit for Caledonia Spirits Inc for the
Vermont Golden Honey Festival on September 9th, 2017. Permit will allow for 1 day sale of
alcoholic beverage during the festival.
8. Consider Letter of Interest from Doris Eddy regarding Justice of the Peace vacancy.
9. Board to discuss continued progress regarding the Town Garage Project and review bids for
demolition of existing building and fabrication of new steel structure.
10. Other Business.
11. Executive Session pertaining to: Employee Matter, Health Issue and Hardship Assistance
Request.
12. Adjourn.