Cavendish Update 9/20/19: SB Mtg/News/Events/Lyme

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9/20/19 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 9/9/19

2. Cavendish Related news

3. Living with Lyme Disease Talk

4. Events

1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETINGS 9/9/19 Cavendish Select Board (SB) Meetings are videotaped by Okemo Valley TV and are available at their website.

 In addition, minutes are available at the Cavendish Municipal website.

The following actions were taken/discussed at the September meeting:

• Approved the placement of a 9/11 Memorial on the Village Green in Proctorsville.

• Discussed lowering the speed limit on Tierney Rd at the request from some of the residents. Town manager Brendan McNamara will look into the costs of doing a feasibility study.

• Renewed the Solar Bond Anticipation Note in the amount of $291,000.00 with Berkshire Bank at 2.25% interest. The electricity savings are paying the bond back and it will be paid off in 2025.

• Approved the petition from Green Mountain Power for the installation of a primary underground line within the town right of way on Stone Way.

• Updates on other projects:

- Wastewater Treatment Plant Aeration System replacement is just about completed and the Plant is operating at full capacity.

- Depot Street bridge might be completed this fall if the weather cooperates. McNamara said that the deck is scheduled to be poured by mid –October, so the bridge could be open by early November if all goes according to schedule.

- Test pits in the town-owned property along Route131 reveal substantial gravel. McNamara has begun to investigate what permits would be needed in order to access it.

 

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Consolidated Customers: Have you had a repair this past spring/summer/fall that has lasted more than 24 hours? If so, please forward information to lsibilia@leg.state.vt.us The state is looking into repairs so it's helpful for them to have the account holder name, town and length of outage.

Gassetts Grange Reopens Hall: Gassetts Grange is proud to announce the reopening of our hall. We started our Bingo every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Please come join us and give us a chance. Saturday, Oct. 5 will be square dance round from 7-10. Oct 12 (Saturday) is their buffet breakfast from 8-9:30 featuring sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes, real maple syrup, home fries, toast, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and juices. Oct. 13 (Saturday) will be Country Jamboree from 1-4. FMI: Donna at 802-591-4290

Black River Independent School Moving Forward: Black River Independent School Committee is continuing to make progress toward its goal of opening Black River Independent School for the 2020-21 school year. The name has shifted away from Black River Academy and will officially be called Black River Independent School to avoid confusion with Black River Academy Museum. Curriculum of the Black River Independent School will be based around core classes with additional STEAM classes and will also include an outdoor educational component. Athletics will be offered as student numbers allow, or they will have the option to participate with a neighboring school. The target number of students for the first year is 75 students for grades 7-12. VT Journal

Walmart and TerraCycle are joining forces to launch the nation’s largest car seat recycling event in nearly 4,000 Walmart stores across the country. The first-ever Walmart Car Seat Recycling Event will take place Sept. 16-30, in celebration of National Baby Safety Month. Customers can trade in used car seats at the Service desk in any participating Walmart store and receive a $30 Walmart gift card* that can be used in store or online to buy items for their baby. All car seats collected in this program will be recycled through TerraCycle, and each component will be diverted from the landfill.

Vt. health officials investigating six cases of vaping related illness: Vermont Health officials have confirmed one case of pulmonary disease linked to vaping and five other cases are being investigated. In recent weeks several people have died and more than 400 cases are being investigated around the country linked to e-cigarettes. The health department is making a plea to parents, teens and anyone using e-cigarettes to stop right now. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine says he knows it's not easy for people to give it up but the health risks are too great. WCAX

 

3. LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE TALK: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will sponsor a workshop on Living With Lyme Disease on Friday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Gethsemane Episcopal Church hall, 89 Depot Street, Proctorsville.

Rebecca Zellis, the founder of www.vtlyme.org, will lead a roundtable discussion on living with Lyme disease. Rebecca’s experience parenting a child with neuroborreliosis (neurological Lyme disease) led to her work advocating for families affected by pediatric illness and tick-borne diseases. Rebecca educates health providers and education professionals about the psychiatric and cognitive manifestations of tick-borne diseases in children. She facilitates workshops and developed free online resources to support parents of children with complex Lyme disease.

Rebecca is an artist and writer. Her work ranges from personal projects to designing systems that support the wellbeing of families, employees, and communities. This is a valuable opportunity to learn more and to share your experience. With Lyme disease so much in the headlines and with the consequences potentially so serious, we should all learn as much as possible as a protective measure.

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association continues to bring conservation and other topics of interest to the people through timely workshops and discussions. For more information about CCCA or this workshop, please call Robin at 802-226-7736.

4. EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 20-21 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 22nd, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. FMI: 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@gmail.com.

SEPTEMBER 27 (FRIDAY): Living with Lyme Disease talk, 6:30 pm at Gethsemane Church, 89 Depot St. Rebecca Zellis, the founder of www.vtlyme.org, will lead a round table discussion on living with Lyme disease. FMI: Robin 226-7736

OCTOBER 6 (SUNDAY): Paint & Munch benefit at the Cavendish Library. $35 per person. Only 20 seats available so register early. Menu includes: Sweet potato guacamole bites; Apple, Cheese and Cracker Board; Pumpkin Pie cupcakes; Chocolate/peanut butter snack mix; Goat Cheese pesto tartlets; Cranberry Meatballs; Roasted Veggie Platter cider, soda, tea, coffee and water. FMI: 226-7503

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

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Cavendish Update 9/13/19: Lawsuit/News/Events

Today is the 171st Anniversary of Phineas Gage’s accident.

Today is the 171st Anniversary of Phineas Gage’s accident.

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9/13/19 Cavendish Update

1.Select Board Meeting 8/26/19

2. Cavendish Related news

4. Events

 

1. LAWSUIT TRSU/GMUHS/GMUSD: This has been a tumultuous week for the Green Mountain Unified District (GMUSD). On Monday (Sept. 9) afternoon, an editorial in The Chester Telegraph called for the resignation of Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) superintendent, Meg Powden. Among the reasons given were lack of judgement, spiraling expenses and the racking up of law suits and legal actions.

The Chester Telegraph has taken action against the boards of the TRSU and GMUSD for repeatedly violating the Open Meeting Law-eight times. It was because of one of these violations that the TRSU board had the opportunity to reconsider Powden’s contract at Monday night’s special board meeting.

Two members of the GMUSD board, Mike Studin and Rick Alexander spoke in an effort to dissuade the board from approving a contract for Powden, citing mismanagement, over budgeting and the multiple law suits.  However, the representatives from Ludlow/Mt Holly (Paul Orzechowski  and Mary Alberty), said they had no problems in their district, and were joined by GMUSD representative Wheelock in ratifying her contract and a 4% raise by a vote of 3-2. The two no votes came from GMUSD board chair Joe Fromberger and Ludlow/Mt Holly rep Dan Buckley. Read more on Monday night’s meeting at The Chester Telegraph and the Vermont Journal

What is disturbing about this vote is that the TRSU board members received notification over the weekend of a new lawsuit that not only names them and the GMUSD board, but also the GMUSD, TRSU, and individually as well as in their official capacity Thomas Ference, former principal of the GMUHS, Michael Ripley, Associate Principal of GMUSH, and Pam O’Neil, Director of Guidance.

The suit charges that GMUHS administrator actions were inadequate in protecting five sisters from bullying and harassment at Green Mountain Union High School (GMUHS) following one of the sisters reported rape by a classmate. Note that the alleged assailant has subsequentialy been charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault and other charges stemming from additional victims coming forward. He is awaiting trial in Windsor County Superior Court.

The bullying and harassment went on for approximately eight months, beginning in May 2017 and affecting four of the sisters who returned in the fall of that year. The oldest, who reported the rape, graduated in June 2017.

A bulk of the charges in the lawsuit fall under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that protects individuals from sex discrimination in federally funded educational institutions. The law most often comes up in the context of college sexual assault, but Hewes [Karen Hewes is the attorney from EdLaw New England representing the sisters] said the suit is a reminder that rape often happens much earlier. “I think it’s really important for people to know that issues of sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual harassment are not just happening at the college level. They’re also happening at the high school level, middle school level even,” she said. VT Digger

The Telegraph broke the story with their article Lawsuit on Wednesday (Sept. 11). The VT Digger followed the next day, Thursday Sept. 12, with Lawsuit Claims High School Mishandled Bullying after a Rape Allegation

It is interesting to note that Powden wrote in an e-mail to VT Digger, “I don’t think there is any merit to these claims.” “We will address them through litigation.”

The day before the VT Digger’s article,  The Telegraph reported, Before the suit was initiated, there was an independent review of issues by Rutland attorney Ruth Durkee and an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights [OCR]. The former found that some of the incidents should have triggered a formal sexual harassment investigation but did not, that the school should have developed a safety plan for the students sooner than it did, that some teachers were inadequately trained to handle sexual harassment and the inappropriate conduct that took place in their presence and that there was a failure to recognize the impact of the harassment on the girls.

OCR found that the resolution process brought about by the Durkee review was acceptable and, in November 2018, decided there was no reason to take action itself.

“There was an opportunity to settle the case while it was pending before OCR in the summer of 2018 and the offer was declined,” said Hewes, noting that the discussions were preliminary and no dollar figures had been brought up.

At the June 13, 2019 GMUSD board meeting, in response to The Telegraph identifying two lawsuits, and a possible third one, [TRSU Boards Apparently Kept in the Dark About Suits ] the board voted that from then on, Powden was to provide monthly reports on any possible legal actions and any issues in the offing. Powden was asked point blank about any issues the board should be aware of, to which she said no.

Clearly Powden has known about this situation leading to the filing of this law suit, as well as the OCR findings, for more than a year. She also had to be aware that it wasn’t just going to “go away. “

If the type of statement she made to the VT Digger is similar to what she is saying to her boards, she has not only been negligent in her duty to inform them of pending litigation when it first arose, but also in the seriousness of it.  These boards are once again in a position of learning the full ramifications from the media and not from her.

To round out the week’s activities, the Ludlow Vermont Area Happenings Facebook page created a poll, “Should the Two Rivers Supervisory Union have voted in favor of Ratifying Meg Powden’s contract?” As of Friday,  Sept.13 at 6:30  am, with 61 votes, the opinion is 93% “no” and 7% “yes.”

The GMUSD board is waiting until their monthly board meeting on Sept. 19, Thursday, at 6 pm, to discuss this suit. The meeting will take place at CTES. All meetings are open to the public.

 

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Dr. Bont Dedication Tree Dedication: On Sept. 19, at 5:30 pm, a magnolia tree will be dedicated in honor of Dr. Gene Bont in the park adjacent to the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES). The area beyond the employee parking lot will now be called Gene's Green Grove.

Phineas Gage story continues to fascinate in Cavendish: Sept. 13, is the 171st anniversary of the Phineas Gage accident. Cavendish Historical Society’s Margo Caulfield gave her annual talk and walking tour of the story of local legend Phineas Gage to a packed house Sunday, Sept. 8, starting at the historical society building and then walking to key nearby locations in the immediate area that all had to do with the Gage story. In 1848, Phineas Gage, working as a railroad foreman in Cavendish while putting in a section of the Rutland & Burlington Railroad, was made famous for surviving a blasting accident, which sent a large tamping iron from under his left cheekbone, traveling completely through his brain, and out the other side. The resulting injury and subsequent changes to his personality were key to medical history’s understanding of brain science. His was one of the first documented cases that showed the relationship between personality and the frontal lobes of the brain. VT Journal

Okemo Valley TV addresses funding cuts: Community access TV stations across the country are facing a serious threat to their primary funding source, cable TV “franchise fees,” following a federal rule change. Last month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a rule change in the way the fees are calculated. The franchise fees are charged to cable companies in exchange for their use of public lands and rights-of-way. In Vermont, they are earmarked specifically for community access TV. The new rule change is expected to result in a significant loss in franchise fee revenue for the community stations. Locally, Okemo Valley TV cut its operating budget by 10% this year starting July 1, in anticipation of the rule change, which was long expected to pass. This comes on top of an unexpected 7% loss of franchise fee revenue the station began to experience last year as a result of a change in the way that the area’s largest cable provider, Comcast, accounts for the franchise fees. To address the losses in revenue, the station is scaling back on its open hours by seven hours per week. Beginning Sept. 16, the station’s new hours of operations will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Okemo Valley TV’s Patrick Cody says they “have known for some time that we need to diversify our funding in a sustainable, meaningful way, and we’ve been working towards that. We also have to accept the impact of these latest hits and address them head-on.” He estimates that this reduction will account for most of this year’s budget cut. VT Journal

Rutland Mall to Close and Be Redeveloped: Zamias Services CEO Joe Anthony says the Rutland mall will close, but he is unable to say when, due to confidentiality agreements. He says they plan to convert it into a "mixed-use" facility, but could not give any more detail. At least two businesses were evicted from the mall last week, with another saying they plan to move downtown. Old Navy's corporate offices told the Herald its store would close later this year. WCAX

Study finds high cost of living has people leaving Vermont: Lower- and moderate-income people are leaving Vermont because it's too expensive-- that's according to a new study from the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Office. From 2011 to 2016, Vermont lost more than 4,000 people. That net loss of taxpayers makes us the 11th worst in the country. WCAX

3. EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 14 (SATURDAY): VT Golden Honey Festival. 10-4 Part craft fair, part food festival, the VT Golden Honey Festival is a community favorite. Located on the lawn of the Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot St. in Proctorsville. Proceeds of this event will benefit VT Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth (Ludlow and Proctorsville. For vendor and other information: vtgoldenhoneyfestival@gmail.com or 802-226-7744 (Julie).

SEPTEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY): 2-6 Pm Hazardous Waste Collection at the Springfield Transfer Station. For a printable list of what to bring and what not to bring, click on the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District. The next collections will be in the spring of 2020. FMI: 802- 674-9235

SEPTEMBER 19 (THURSDAY): Dedication of magnolia tree and Gene’s Green Grove, for Dr. Gene. Park adjacent to CTES, 5:30 pm.

• GMUSD Board Meeting: 6 pm at CTES

SEPTEMBER 20-21 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 22nd, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. FMI: 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@gmail.com.

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

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Cavendish Update 9/6/10: SB Mtg/CCF Grants/News/Events

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9/6/19 Cavendish Update

1. Select Board Meeting 8/26/19

2. Cavendish Related news

3. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Fall Grant Applications

4. Events

 

1.SELECT BOARD MEETING 8/26/19: A special Select Board was held to discuss an ongoing issue with two dogs on the Cavendish Gulf Rd. The following information is from the unapproved minutes of the meeting, which appear at the Municipal website.

 There have been multiple complaints about two dogs, owned by Antonio Diaz, which are often loose and recently killed a neighbor’s cat and reportedly bitten someone who was on an inn to inn walking tour. According to town manager, Brendan McNamara, the dogs are menacing and the neighbors feel threatened. Though McNamara has spoken directly to Diaz and sent a registered letter stating that the dogs need to be chained or confined, the situation has not changed. The dogs have been loose multiple times since then, and McNamara recently picked up the large dog and would have taken it to the humane society but they were closed.

 Geraldine Farrar was present and stated that these dogs have been a problem for the past several months and she has spoken with the state police and local humane shelters but no one will deal with them. She has been feeding and watering the dogs since the owner is often not there and are left tied out in the hot sun. She and another neighbor said that they often bark.

 A motion was unanimously adopted that  McNamara should give the owner of the dogs a written notice of violation of the Town’s Animal Control ordinance, with a penalty of $500, and that McNamara should contact the Town Attorney for legal advice on this matter.

 Chris Leonard asked if the Board would put pressure on other State agencies regarding the owner’s living situation, namely that he is squatting on someone else’s property and violating Act 250.

 

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Threatening note causes lock down at Springfield High School: According to police, a note threatening violence to the school community was located in the bathroom of the tech center, which is adjacent to the high school. The entire complex immediately went into lockdown. Law enforcement from across the region responded to the scene.  WCAX

How did your school fare on 2018’s math and English SBAC tests? Every spring, thousands of Vermont students sit down to take computerized tests in math and English. The tests, created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, are administered to children in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Statewide results for 2018 were released in the fall, nearly a year ago, and scores on most tests ticked upward. More than 50% of students scored proficient or higher on English tests. Students scored between 35% and 52% proficient in math. After delaying publishing results, due to a data collection problem, the results were released at the end of August. Data is included for GMUHS, CAES and Ludlow but no data is provided for CTES. VT Digger

Rotary calls cooks to 29th annual Chili Cook-Off: The Ludlow Rotary Club is looking for a few good cooks to make chili for Oct. 12’s  29th annual Chili Cook-Off. Here’s your chance to vie for bragging rights, cash prizes, and a plaque. There is an entry fee, and all that’s needed are 3-5 gallons of your favorite chili delivered hot to the cook-off on the morning of the event. Email cook-off co-chairpersons for an application: Suzanne Garvey at Mary Davis Real Estate, s.garvey@davisandcompany.com, or Glenn Heitsmith at Timber Inn Motel, timberinn@tds.net, or drop a note at P.O. Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.

New ‘Valley Flyer’ brings commuter trains closer to Southern Vermont: A new commuter trains has started running from Greenfield, Massachusetts, to New York City as part of a two-year pilot program. The new “Valley Flyer” line will bring two morning southbound and two evening northbound trains to commuters in northwestern Massachusetts — with the closest stop just a 30-minute drive from Brattleboro. The pilot has been called “use it or lose it” — if the trains don’t see an annual ridership of 24,000, it won’t be back for a third year. VT Digger

September is National Preparedness Month: National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." Week 1 focus is “Save Early for Disaster Costs”. Resources to help you prepare are available at the National Preparedness Month website while Cavendish resources are available at the Cavendish Connects Emergency Preparedness website.

 

3. CCF ACCEPTING FALL GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting grant applications for fall 2019 awards. The deadline for applying is October 4, 2019. Applications can be made by letter that describes the organization that is applying, the project proposed and the overall budget, including the amount requested. It is helpful to describe how the project will benefit Cavendish. Applications, including instructions, can be obtained by emailing CavendishCommunityFund@gmail.com.

Applications should be sent to Cavendish Community Fund, P.O. Box 154, Proctorsville, VT 05153, or can be emailed.

Projects, programs or events must directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews all applications and recommends grant awards based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal. Grants are not expected to exceed $1,000 each and will depend primarily on the number of applications received and the amounts requested.

This past spring the Fund made grants to Cavendish Streetscapes to add flags along Main Street in Cavendish, to the Cavendish Elementary School for a drama-based collaborative project with the Weston Playhouse, and to Stepping Stones Pre-school for a project with the Grafton Nature Museum. If you have a project to benefit Cavendish and need money, contact the Fund to discuss your idea. FMI: Peter LaBelle at 226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at 226-7187.

4. EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 8 (SUNDAY): Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum, 1958 Main St. Cavendish at 2 pm. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

SEPTEMBER 10 (TUESDAY): Cavendish Community Luncheon at Gethsemane Episcopal Church off of Depot Street in Proctorsville. Lunch begins at noon and all are welcome.

SEPTEMBER 14 (SATURDAY): VT Golden Honey Festival. 10-4 Part craft fair, part food festival, the VT Golden Honey Festival is a community favorite. Located on the lawn of the Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot St. in Proctorsville. Proceeds of this event will benefit VT Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth (Ludlow and Proctorsville. For vendor and other information: vtgoldenhoneyfestival@gmail.com or 802-226-7744 (Julie).

SEPTEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY): 2-6 Pm Hazardous Waste Collection at the Springfield Transfer Station. For a printable list of what to bring and what not to bring, click on the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District. The next collections will be in the spring of 2020. FMI: 802- 674-9235

SEPTEMBER 20-21 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 22nd, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. FMI: 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@gmail.com.

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

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Cavendish Update 8/30/19: Prepare/News/Events

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As we remember the 8th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene this week, please use this anniversary as a reminder to prepare for the coming hurricane season and winter. Check out the Cavendish Connects Emergency Preparedness webpage

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8/30/19 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related news

2. Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk

3. Events

 

1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Water Tests for the Black River: This is the last week water is tested on the Black River. Many thanks to Black River Action Team (BRAT) for providing this valuable service. Water testing was done on August 28 and all areas were safe. Specific results are as follows:

Cavendish Gorge:3 CFU (Safe)

Greven Field: 80 CFU (Safe)

Buttermilk Falls:1 CFU (Safe)

Little Ascutney: 166 CFU (Safe)

Tolles Power Dam: 29 CFU (Safe)

Where to Return Fallen Flags: If you happened to pick up one of the flags that have been flying on Main St, but fell during a recent storm, please drop it off at the Cavendish Library in Proctorsville.

CTES Multi-Purpose Room Dedicated to George Thomson: At the welcoming back to school breakfast at Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) on Wednesday, Sept. 28, George Thomson, former principal,  thought he was there to hand out certificates for the school's dedicated employees who had served the school for 18 or more years. Imagine George's surprise when the tables were turned and Deb Beaupre, CTES’s current principal,  brought out the sign that dedicates the CTES multi-purpose room to Thomson. Beaupre did a great job in surprising George as well as the teachers and staff at CTES.

VT Golden Honey Festival: On Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., come check out the Vermont Golden Honey Festival – you’ll find big-time fun at this small-town festival. Local beekeepers, crafters, artists, and restaurants join together on the spacious lawns of Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville to showcase their products, especially those featuring honey or the honeybee. The event is co-hosted with Goodman’s American Pie of Ludlow, Vt. Come check out their honey apple pizza baked in their onsite beehive oven pizza truck. It’s free admission, and there are activities for the kids. Some products from the vendors will be raffled off as well. All net proceeds from the festival are donated to a local nonprofit each year. This year, we’ll be donating to Windsor County Youth Services, an organization with residential programs for teens in both Ludlow and Proctorsville. Youth Services, an organization with residential programs for teens in both Ludlow and Proctorsville. FMI: Julie-Lynn Wood of Golden Stage Inn, 802-226-7744 or go to www.goldenstageinn.com. There are still a few spots open for vendors. VT Journal

Please Take the Okemo Valley TV Survey: Okemo Valley TV, the community access TV station, is conducting a brief survey about the local program offerings. The 10-question web-based survey is hosted on the basic, free-version of Survey Monkey. A link to it is available on the home page of the station’s website at www.okemovalley.tv. The survey is aimed at collecting data and feedback that will help direct some of the ways in which the programming is curated and presented on its various platforms. Programming is available for viewing on Okemo Valley TV’s two cable TV channels – on Comcast and VTel – as well as its website and YouTube channel. Press Release

Bruce Schmidt Returns to Okemo: Many in the area are celebrating the return of Bruce Schmidt as general manager of Okemo, a position he held for 14 or the 30 years he worked at Okemo.  With Vail’s purchase of Okemo, Schmidt was reassigned as general manager to Mt. Sunapee in 2018. .  

Springfield Hospital’s survival ‘virtually impossible’ without merger: The interim CEO of the financially strapped Springfield Hospital says its financial structure is unsustainable and its survival will be “virtually impossible” unless it merges with other hospitals in its region. The hospital is in merger talks with Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, and the Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire, with the support of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, which is already affiliated with the other two organizations.  VT Digger

Regulators approve roughly 2.7% Green Mountain Power rate hike: The Vermont Public Utility Commission approved a roughly 2.7% rate increase by the state’s largest electric utility to go into effect in October. Green Mountain Power will calculate the precise rate after the regulatory board approved the company’s proposed increase of 2.92% Thursday, subject to making certain modifications recommended by the Department of Public Service. GMP customers will feel a bump this fall from a 5.43% rate hike approved last year — that hike went into effect but customers didn’t see the full increase on their bills because of a one-time windfall the utility gained from federal tax cuts that it returned to customers. There will also be line items on bills for tree trimming related to the emerald ash borer infestation and major storm recovery costs. VT Digger

2 ANNUAL PHINEAS GAGE WALK & TALK: Many know the story of Phineas Gage, the railroad foreman who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), when a tamping rod went through his head during a blasting accident. They may even know of Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the Cavendish, VT physician who treated him and followed his recovery, thereby documenting the first case of TBI in the medical literature. Who many are unaware of is the doctor who trained Harlow at a time when few doctors washed their hands, bled patients and had little understanding of the brain.

Each year, the Cavendish Historical Society hosts the annual Phineas Gage Walk  & Talk, to commemorate the event that took place on Sept. 13, 1848. On Sunday Sept. 8 at the CHS Museum, 1958 Main St. Cavendish, VT. The program begins at 2 pm at the Museum and includes a demonstration of how Gage’s brain was injured.. The walk follows presentation and includes the location of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s home/surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail margocaulfield@icloud.com

 

3. EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 2 (MONDAY): Labor Day. Schools and Town Office closed

SEPTEMBER 8 (SUNDAY): Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum, 1958 Main St. Cavendish at 2 pm. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

SEPTEMBER 10 (TUESDAY): Cavendish Community Luncheon at Gethsemane Episcopal Church off of Depot Street in Proctorsville. Lunch begins at noon and all are welcome.

SEPTEMBER 14 (SATURDAY): VT Golden Honey Festival. 10-4 Part craft fair, part food festival, the VT Golden Honey Festival is a community favorite. Located on the lawn of the Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot St. in Proctorsville. Proceeds of this event will benefit VT Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth (Ludlow and Proctorsville. For vendor and other information: vtgoldenhoneyfestival@gmail.com or 802-226-7744 (Julie).

SEPTEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY): 2-6 Pm Hazardous Waste Collection at the Springfield Transfer Station. For a printable list of what to bring and what not to bring, click on the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District. The next collections will be in the spring of 2020. FMI: 802- 674-9235

SEPTEMBER 20-21 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 22nd, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. FMI: 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@gmail.com.

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

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