Cavendish Update 5/19/17: News/Bid Request/Events


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 5/19/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Request for Bids

3. Events



Cavendish Fletcher Community Library Receives CLIF Rural Libraries Grant: The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library is delighted to announce that they are the recipients of a Children’s Literacy Foundation Rural Libraries Grant for the upcoming school year.  The library will receive $2500 in new children’s books for the library, two storytelling presentations during the upcoming school year at the school, two storytelling presentations during the upcoming year at two local preschools and two new books for each Cavendish Town Elementary School Student and preschool student.  The library will also receive $250 for an exciting and top-secret program to kick off the school year. FMI: Kata at 226-7503.

 Bridge 99 (VT 100 Bridge over Branch Brook) closure: The 10-day bridge closure of Ludlow VT 100 Bridge 99 (over Branch Brook) began on Monday, May 15 and will be closed for 10 days. Please follow the designated regional detour route utilizing VT 100, US 4, US 7, and VT 103. Local unsigned detour route for small-medium sized vehicles: Commonwealth Ave., Buttermilk Falls Rd., Rod and Gun Club Rd. VTrans

 VT 2-1-1 Referrals Now Available By Text Message: Vermont 2-1-1, a program of the United Ways of Vermont, which helps connect Vermonter’s to health and human services, has added texting capability as another way to access statewide health and human service resources and assistance. Vermonters may text their zip code to 898211 if they need assistance. The service pulls from Vermont 2-1-1’s live database ( and lists resources that are currently available. Press Release

BC/BS Seeking 13% Rate Increase: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is seeking a nearly 13 percent increase in rates for people who get their coverage through Vermont Health Connect, the state's health care exchange. At first glance, a double-digit increase in these Blue Cross premiums might lead one to think that medical costs are still spiraling out of control. But a closer look at the rate request reveals a number of factors are affecting the increase-medical costs, utilization trends and drug expenses are all growing by roughly the rate of inflation. Half of the rate hike is due to non-health care costs, including a federal tax on insurance policies and the failure of Medicaid and Medicare to reimburse providers at a fair rate. VPR

2. REQUEST FOR BIDS: Cavendish Town Elementary School is accepting bids for outside repairs and select painting of the school building. Complete scope of work available upon request. Tour of facility and explanation of scope of work   Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 am. Bids due to school and opened Friday, June 2 at 10 am FMI: George O. Thomson, Principal 226-7758


MAY 19 (FRIDAY)-MAY 21 (SUNDAY): Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm.

MAY 20 (SATURDAY): Local Hazardous Waste Collection Day-Ludlow Transfer Station 9-1

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

Cavendish Update: 5/12/17 News/Events/Mother's Day


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 5/5/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Shop Local for Mother’s Day

3.. Events


Select Board Meeting Rescheduled to Monday, May 15: Due to a glitch in the town’s website, and the inability to warn the meeting, the monthly SB meeting has been rescheduled for May 15. The agenda is available on-line.

Fatal Tick Virus Concerns VT Health Dept: A banner year for ticks in Vermont, due to heavy rain, there's growing concern among health officials about a new, potentially fatal virus. The state estimates about 60 percent of ticks carry diseases, most commonly Lyme disease, which is easily treatable if caught early. A new disease, Powasson, is on the rise and has no effective treatment and can be fatal. Last year, out of 244 ticks tested in VT, three tested positive for Powasson. "It is a rare but serious disease and death is definitely a potential outcome.” Cavendish residents are finding ticks on themselves and pets, which is not surprising as May and June are peak tick season. Take a few minutes and learn how to reduce your risks, the correct way to remove a tick and what to do if you’ve been bitten at Take Ticks Seriously.

 VTrans Construction: Want to know what routes to avoid during “construction” season? Check VTrans Construction Projects map.

VT Fish & Wildlife Dept. Enlists Public to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species: The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is encouraging the public to learn more about invasive species and help combat their spread. Landowners can play an important role in controlling non-native, invasive plants such as knotweed and buckthorn, while boaters and anglers can help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species such as spiny water fleas and Asian clams. This spring and summer will provide opportunities for both groups to assist the state in combatting these species. Press Release

VT Health Leaders Call New Health Legislation Worse than the First: Leaders across Vermont’s health care industry say the newest bill going through Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is worse than the one that failed in March. This bill, like the last one, would also cut funding to Medicaid starting in 2020, give people help paying for insurance based on their age but not their income, and defund Planned Parenthood for at least one year. Vermont has been requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions since 20 years before the Affordable Care Act, and health care leaders said in interviews that they doubt state officials would request any other waivers to roll back coverage. But the state also relied on the ACA, to expand Medicaid coverage to give insurance to tens of thousands of Vermonters and cut the state’s uninsured rate in half. Vermont now has one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country. According to the Agency of Human Services VT could lose $200 million per year in federal funding, which could force the state to cut enrollment, benefits or funding to public health programs. VT Digger


2. SHOP LOCAL FOR MOTHER’S DAY: Looking for the perfect gift for that Cavendish Mom, shop local:

• Fletcher Farm Craft School: Cavendish residents get half off a class. You do need to stop by the town office for proof of town residency.

• Wine Tasting at Circa 1810

• Fitness class, massage or personal training session at DG Bodyworks in Proctorsville

• Spa day at The Castle’s Aveda Spa

• Hair cut at the Village Clipper

• Breakfast or lunch at Crow’s Bakery

• Dinner at Murdock’s on the Green. They will be having brunch on Mother’s Day

For additional ideas, check out the Cavendish Business Directory.


MAY 13 (SATURDAY): GREEN UP DAY; Spring Bird Walk;  Local Household Hazardous Waste Collections


 MAY 15 (MONDAY): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Agenda is on-line.

MAY 19 (FRIDAY): Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale begins at Fletcher Farm.

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