Cavendish Update 6/23/17 News/Concert/Events


6/23/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Cavendish Concerts Begin 2017 Series with Gypsy Reel

3. Schools Out-Activities for Cavendish Kids

4. Events


Black River Water Testing for 6/21/17: In spite of all the rain, the sites on the Black River in Cavendish all tested clean for swimming and boating on June 21 (Wednesday). These sites include Greven Field (53 CFU) and the Cavendish Gorge (116 CFU)). Please note that it is a good idea 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

 Attempted Burglary/Unlawful Trespassing Cavendish:  Nico Spaulding, 35, of Chester pleaded innocent Tuesday to felony counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling and unlawful trespass as well as to accompanying misdemeanor counts of driving despite a suspended license and violations of pre-trial release conditions. Spaulding was arrested Monday morning after a homeowner on White’s Hill Road in Cavendish called state police reporting that he’d just been awoken by a male voice outside his residence saying “, two, three…” right before he heard “a large banging noise that shook the walls and glass in his house.” Alex Turco told troopers that he grabbed his hunting rifle and ran to his front door to find Spaulding standing in his mud room “looking surprised,” Spaulding claimed he was looking for scrap metal. Spaulding reportedly ran away and took off in a red pickup truck, which was located a short time later in a driveway in Chester. A subsequent search of Spaulding’s pickup “revealed a large amount of scrap metal in the truck as well as numerous power and hand tools in the cab and bed of the truck, Spaulding, who has two dozen relatively minor convictions on his criminal record, was ordered held for lack of $10,000 bail on Tuesday and he is now facing a maximum potential penalty of up to 30 years in prison. Daily UV

 Congratulations to the Cavendish Red Sox: On June 20, the Cavendish’s 9/10 year old boys baseball team won the 2017 championship by beating Chester 12-2.

Proctorsville Resident Speaker at BRHS Graduation: Craig Goodman, owner of American Pie Pizza in Ludlow, was the guest speaker for the Black River High School graduation. A former graduate, he described his many jobs in the last 29 years, including working in California, returning to VT and being the “alumni janitor.” With his wife 8 months pregnant, he quite his job at BRHS to open American Pie. That was 18 years ago and many wood stoves later, all of which he has built himself. Congratulations on a well received speech Craig. Rutland Herald

VT Health Care Reform Efforts are Not Improving Care: The Green Mountain Care Board, a regulatory body responsible for hospital budgets and insurance prices, published the results of a new survey Thursday, on the State Innovation Model, which established three accountable care organizations. The grant started in 2013, expires at the end of the month. The survey shows that about 9 out of 10 primary care providers who responded thought that health care reform had negatively affected care or not affected care, or they didn’t know whether reform affected care at all. VT Digger


 2. CAVENDISH CONCERTS BEGIN GYPSY REEL 7/5/17: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) and the Town of Cavendish invite everyone to spend an evening having fun on the Proctorsville Green on Wednesday, July 5th, starting at 6:00 p.m. when the annual summer music series kicks off with the sounds of Gypsy Reel.

The Celt band that rocks, Gypsy Reel has for over twenty years played high energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. Their music is an exciting synthesis of world rhythms and influences from three continents. Based in Ludlow Vermont the band continuously captivates local audiences.

This will be the first of several concerts that are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August. For a listing of all 2017 concerts please go to the Upcoming Events page at

CCCA encourages all area residents and visitors to join their friends and neighbors in front of the gazebo on the green. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair, have a picnic, or just lie back and relax on the grass. It’s a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and either reconnect with old friends or make new ones. 

As always, the concerts are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, please check the Cavendish Facebook page. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.

3. SCHOOLS OUT-ACTIVITIES FOR CAVENDISH KIDS: With school ending on Thursday, Cavendish Connects has compiled a resource guide for various activities available in Cavendish and nearby towns. Available at The Dish, the guide includes links to day camps, swimming lessons, art classes, athletic opportunities and much more. Have fun this summer and we'll see ya in the fall!



JUNE 23 (FRIDAY): GMUHS Graduation

JUNE 25 (SUNDAY): Pickleball 10 AM at CTES.

• Cavendish Historical Society Museum Open 2-4.

JULY 1 (SATURDAY): Cavendish Historical Society’s Annual Plant Sale in front of the Museum from 9-2. For plant previews, go to the CHS blog.

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

Schools Out-Activities for Cavendish Kids

Below is a resource list of activities available in or near Cavendish for kids:


Cavendish Rec Dept: FMI: 226-7289

Ludlow Recreation 2017 Summer Brochure

Chester Recreation

• Springfield Parks and Recreation


Ludlow Rec and TRSU Operates Mon – Friday from 8:30-4 for students in grades 1-7. TRSU after School Program will be Open 7:30 and to 5:30 pm.

YMCA Meeting Waters Camp Springfield

 Farm and Wilderness

• Camp Gokemo


• Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts: Please note that Cavendish residents are entitled to half price off one class per year. You’ll need proof of residency from the town office.


• Ludlow Rec

• Chester Pool

• Springfield Pool

Edgar May Health & Recreation

LIBRARY PROGRAMS: Both Cavendish and Ludlow libraries have summer programs for kids.

Cavendish Library:

Ludlow Library

Cavendish Update 6/16/17 SB Mtg/Concerts/Events


6/16/17 Cavendish Update

1.Cavendish Select Board Meeting 6/12/17

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Events

CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 6/12/17: 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:

• Update provided on Telecommunications

• Deferred to July’s meeting the approval of the Coolidge/Ludlow Solar road crossing agreement on Quent Phelan Rd

• Agreed to ask the Agency of Natural Resources for an extension on filing of comments as to the need for an Act 250 permit pertaining to the Quarry at the end of Tierney Rd. Agreed to convene a meeting to further discuss the issue and to see if a binding agreement can be reached between the concerned Tierney Rd residents and the quarry owner. Note-The extension has been granted by ANR until June 30.

• Approved hiring Katie Hamlin to redo the municipal website using Square Space

• Approved the use of the Proctorsville Green for the summer concerts starting July 5 and ending Aug. 16. (See schedule below)

• Accepted with regret the resignation of Seth Perry as animal control officer and town constable.

• Approved the VT Municipal Bond Bank Loan Agreement for the replacement of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Aeration System, which was approved by town vote in March.

• Approved the filing o a grant application to place beacons in the cross walk in front of CTES.

• Reviewed options for replacing the town garage. Preferred approach, and lest costly, is a prefabricated building, which could be in place by the time snow flies.

For a more in-depth report on the SB Meeting, go to The Dish.


Black River Water Testing for 6/14/17: The sites on the Black River in Cavendish all tested clean for swimming and boating on June 14 (Wednesday). These sites include Greven Field (70 CFU) and the Cavendish Gorge (72 CFU)). 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

 Summer Concert Series: Once again CCCA is sponsoring the concerts on the Proctorsville Green, which take place from 6-8 pm every Wednesday from July 5 to Aug. 16. The concert line up is as follows:

July 5 Gypsy Reel

July 12 Sensible Shoes

July 19 The Spiders (featuring Cavendish’s own Mark Huntley on drums)

July 26 Alison Turner

Aug. 2 local blues man Chris Kleeman

Aug 9 Gully Boys

Aug. 16, Yankee Chank (featuring Cavendish fiddler Bob Naess).

Thank you CCCA and Sharon Huntley for continuing to provide free and quality music every summer. Weekly concert reminders will be posted in the Cavendish Update and on the Cavendish VT Facebook page. In the event of a cancellation, or change of venue due to weather, check the Cavendish VT Facebook page. FMI: 226-7736

Solzhenitsyn Talk: On June 22, Thursday, Margo Caulfield of the Cavendish Historical Society will be giving a talk on the book Alkesandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History at the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow at 7 pm. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at this event, which is free and open to the public. Please use the rear entrance to the Library Margo will be sharing his extraordinary journey . . . from young Russian child to Communist student . . . from heroic soldier to gulag prisoner . . . from unknown provincial schoolteacher to Nobel prize-winning author . . . from a “traitor” expelled by the Soviet government to a living legend finally returned home.  Solzhenitsyn was himself, a longtime resident of Cavendish, VT.  Certainly a fascinating time in US, Cavendish and Vermont history! FMI: 802-228-8921

Black River High School and Black River Academy Yearbooks: The Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow now has all yearbooks from 1930-2016 for BRHS & BRAM digitalized. Cost per page to print is .20¢. You can order a disc for $10 each. FMI: 802-228-8921



Pickleball 10 AM at CTES.

• Cavendish Historical Society Museum Open 2-4.

JUNE 21 (WEDNESDAY): CTES 6TH Grade Graduation, 6 pm


• Talk at the Fletcher Library on the book Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History, 7 pm, free and open to the public. Please use rear door. More information above.

JUNE 23 (FRIDAY): GMUHS Graduation