Cavendish Update 9/14/18 News/Events

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9/14/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Events



Stolen Dump Truck: On Saturday, Sept. 8, a 1986 C30 1 Ton Chevrolet was stolen from Tarbell Hill Rd. If you know anything about the truck, please contact the VT State Police. 802-722-4600

 Personal Stories Break Stigma of Addiction: Cavendish resident Kate Lamphere, who is also the Division Director of Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services at HCRS tells her story of how addiction in her own family in Op-Ed section of the VT Journal. For more information on this topic go to Cavendish Resources for Addiction in the Mental Health Section for Health & Senior Resources of the Cavendish Connects website.  

CTES Participates in RiverSweep: On Monday, Sept. 11, the 6th grade from Cavendish Town Elementary School participated in RiverSweep, a program of Black River Action Team that works to keep the Black River and its watershed clean. The Cavendish crew worked at Cavendish Gorge swimming area and at Greven Field, both sites are monitored by BRAT "River Dippers," as part of the water quality-monitoring program. The kids and volunteers from the Cavendish Historical Society and from the Town of Cavendish collected at least four tires, 30 bags of trash, buckets of sharp glass and metal, and several big sheets of plastic. The Cavendish crew enjoyed delicious pizza donated by Goodman's American Pie in Ludlow.

 Oversight or Micromanagement on TRSU Board?: While some members of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union board at its Sept. 6 meeting questioned several purchases and initiatives recommended by Superintendent Meg Powden and her staff, board chair Marilyn Mahusky expressed concern that the board was micromanaging and needs to look at its role in governance. The largest sticking point was Ogment, a curriculum management program that Curriculum Director Michael Eppolito has advocated. The company that developed the software is offering it free for the first year with the following five years costing $8,000 each. The SU central office had proposed to pay a large portion of the contract out of a state grant for transition expenses related to its Act 46 mergers. The disposition of those funds has become a bone of contention over who owns the funds: The supervisory union or one or both of the two school districts. Chester Telegraph

TD Bank Closing in Chester: Dec. 7 will be the last day for TD Bank in Chester. The alternative locations include Bellows Falls, Manchester Center and Brattleboro. This is the second announcement in two weeks of local branches closing (Citizen Bank in Springfield is closing in November). With the availability of on line banking, particularly apps that allow check deposits via a cell phone, there is less need for banking locations.

For Vermont’s Sheriffs, Policing is a Lucrative Business: Though it may sound backward for a law enforcement official to put the bottom line first, it's a common, state-sanctioned practice among Vermont's 14 sheriffs. They are public servants, but they also preside over quasi-private enterprises. Elected by residents of each county, sheriffs receive taxpayer dollars to provide certain state-mandated law enforcement services. Most of their revenue, however, comes from contracts they sign with individual state agencies, towns, schools, courts, construction companies, malls and other entities. As long as sheriffs are fulfilling their required duties, "they’re free to enter into contracts with any kind of private or public entity." Oftentimes, these will be contracts with towns that don’t have their own police force or with private companies, such as construction companies that require the ‘blue lights’ to slow down traffic. Such contracts have allowed some Vermont sheriffs to double their base salaries. Seven Days



SEPTEMBER 15 (SATURDAY): Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Goodyear Building in Windsor VT. 9-1 pm

 SEPTEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY): GMUSD Board Meeting, 6-8 pm at GMUHS-Agenda Minutes from Aug. 21 Meeting Legal Warning of Policies.

 SEPTEMBER 21-23 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Fall Rummage Sale of Black River Good Neighbors at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 on the Cavendish/Ludlow line. Hours are 10-4 Friday and Sunday and 10-2 on Sunday.

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




Cavendish Updated 9/7/18 Bont/Preparedness/News

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9/7/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Cavendish Honors Dr. Eugene Bont

3. Cavendish Preparedness: Are You Prepared?

4. Events


Proctorsville House Fire: On September 4, 16 fire companies, with 100 fire fighters responded to a house fire on Main Street in Proctorsville. While the homeowner, Mario Gattarno, escaped without injury, his house was damaged beyond repair. In spite of the heat, the fire fighters were able to contain the fire and keep it from spreading. The cause is undetermined at this time. Our thanks to our fire fighters. Special thanks to the Golden Stage Inn for providing shelter when it was most needed.

What’s the Buzz at Vermont Golden Honey Festival: The Vermont Golden Honey Festival is back Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot St. in Proctorsville. The Golden Honey Festival is part farmers market, part craft fair, and part networking event for bee enthusiasts. Goodman’s American Pie brings back their Honey Apple wood-fired pizza from their 1940s tow-truck that has been converted into a mobile wood-fire pizza oven! This is our sixth year of the festival and is possibly our biggest year yet! We will have a raffle with several different prizes, ranging from gift certificates to books to themed baskets. Each year, we donate all profits to a local charity or nonprofit. This year proceeds will go to a student scholarship to Fletcher Farm Craft School. There will be honey-related drinks, including mead and honey gin for adults. A free craft table will be provided for the kids. Come, rain or shine, and celebrate all things honey. Admission is free. For more information, go to

Ludlow Seeks Solution for Ambulance Deficit: Ludlow Ambulance, which serves Cavendish, is running at a deficit. According to Ludlow Town Manager, Scott Murphy, “It boils down to increasing costs, limited reimbursements, decreasing volunteers, and difficulty attraction qualified paid personnel. There’s an increase in the number of calls as the population ages so all of these things together are putting a strain on regional ambulance services.” Scott organized a first meeting on Aug. 29 to begin addressing this crisis. The meeting was attended by regional ambulance operators and select board members from Chester, Plymouth, Cavendish, and Ludlow; Southern Windsor County Planning Commission members; and two members of the Vermont Office of Emergency Medical Services. VT Journal

 BRGNS to Hold Annual Rummage Sale: 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 21st and 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 23rd, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please mark your calendar and come explore the many unique bargains. Donations of any excess produce from your garden, and baked goods are needed. For further details please contact Audrey at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or

Solzhenitsyn’s Adopted State Marks His 100th: Search for the exiled Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn when he lived in this tucked-away Vermont town from 1976 to 1994 and the only thing you’d find is a sign at the general store that revealed “no restrooms, no bare feet, no directions to the Solzhenitsyn’s.” A quarter-century after the now late Nobel laureate’s return to his native land, the store and the sign are gone, too. Some things, however, remain the same: “We still do not give directions to the Solzhenitsyn’s,” resident Margo Caulfield says. That’s because locals continue to remember. Upon the centennial of the author’s birth, Cavendish is joining the state and literary world in celebrating the man who lived in the Windsor County town — population 1,381— longer than he did in any other community in his 89 years. VT Digger

 Officials Target Terrible Mountain for More Signage: An accident, which launched enormous crane pallets from the truck bed into the house at 688 Andover St., obliterating the home, damaging the neighbor’s residence, flattening cars and sending two people to the hospital with injuries, has caused Ludlow’s Select Board and town manager to appeal to the state for help. “I want you to know the secretary and I share your concerns, and staff from our Traffic Operations section and the Office of Highway Safety are already reviewing the area,” wrote chief engineer Wayne B. Symonds in a letter dated Aug. 22. “I expect them to have recommendations for improvements in the coming weeks, and will ask them to reach out and keep you in the loop.” Rutland Herald

 Citizens Bank Springfield Branch Closing: Citizens Bank is closing branch offices in downtown Lebanon and Springfield VT in November.

New VT Rules Regulate ‘Gig Economy’ Companies, like Airbnb: In June, legislators passed a short term rental law for people who rent their homes on platforms like Airbnb and Homey Away, as well as a ride sharing law that regulates drives who use their cars through Uber or Lyft. Both laws are now in effect. The rental law requires that phone numbers for the health department and fire safety are posted along with a tax ID number on their web listing. Ride sharing law is a regulatory code for companies like Uber. VT has one been of the last states to adopt such a code. VPR

2. CAVENDISH HONORS DR. GENE BONT: For his commitment to the children of Cavendish, Dr. Eugene Bont is being honored with a bench in the park adjacent to the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES).

Dr. Bont came to Cavendish in 1957. In addition to establishing the Black River Health Center and providing primary care to Cavendish and the surrounding area, he served on the Duttonsville School Board, the independent school district for Cavendish village, for many years. Through his leadership, in 1967, he helped to craft a union high school district (Green Mountain Union High School) for grades 7-12 that consisted of the towns of Cavendish, Andover, Chester and the Duttonsville Independent School District.  The latter school would be merged in 1972 with the Proctorsville School, creating CTES.

 In 1988, Dr. Bont left Cavendish for Albany Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine, but upon retired in 1999, returned to Cavendish full time. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Bont was elected to the CTES board, often serving as chair, until it was dissolved in June 2018. He also served on the GMUHS Board in recent years.

As an acknowledgment to his commitment to the children of Cavendish, past and present, there will be a special dedication of a bench for Dr. Bont on September 12 at 4 pm in the little park next to the school.


3. CAVENDISH PREPAREDNESS: ARE YOU PREPARED? September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to get your household ready for an emergency. The American Red Cross urges everyone to make sure they are prepared for a disaster and not wait until an emergency occurs and it’s too late.

Whether the emergency is a home fire or something bigger like a hurricane, the situation may force you to leave your home. There are ten steps you can take now to be prepared if the emergency makes it unsafe to remain at home.

1.      Follow the instructions of officials and evacuate if told to do so.

2.      Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.

3.      Remember you may have to get out on foot depending on the type of disaster. If you don’t have a car or can’t use your vehicle, plan on how you will leave the area.

4.      If you have a car, keep the gas tank full if an evacuation order is possible. Don’t let the tank go below half full in case gas stations are unable to pump gas.

5.      Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. This could be a motel, the home of a friend or relative a safe distance away, or an evacuation shelter. Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to find shelter information and weather and emergency alerts for more than 35 different situations.

6.      If you have time, let someone out of the region know you are evacuating and where you are going. Leave a note saying when you left and where you plan to go.

7.      Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection.

8.      Be alert for road hazards such as downed trees, flooding, etc. Do not drive onto a flooded road.

9.      Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Grab your emergency kit and drive your planned evacuation route. Include an alternate route in a different direction in case one is impassible. Make sure you have locations and maps saved on devices such as cell phones and GPS units and on paper.

10.  Don’t forget your pets. If it’s not safe for you to stay home, it’s not safe for them either. Prepare a phone list of pet-friendly motels and animal shelters located along your evacuation route. Keep in mind only service animals are usually allowed in shelters.

Getting prepared is easier than it sounds. There are three basic steps: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

• Get a kit: Pack the following items in an easy-to-carry container: a gallon of water per person per day; non-perishable food; flashlight and hand-crank or battery-powered radio; extra batteries; sanitation and personal hygiene items; copies of important papers; extra cash and any medical or baby supplies family members may need.

• Make a plan: Have all members of your household help devise your emergency plan. Consider what emergencies could happen where you live; what to do if you are separated and how will you let loved ones know you are safe.

Be informed: Cavendish Connects has a special section-Emergency Preparedness that provides contact numbers and information for Cavendish. In the event of an emergency, the Cavendish VT Facebook page, will provide ongoing updates and the Cavendish Update will provide subscribers with regular bulletins as needed. If you are not familiar with the Cavendish Update, this is a free subscribe to e-mail service that provides weekly information about Cavendish on Fridays and in times of emergency. You can subscribe to this by going to The Cavendish Town Office has an e-mail service to provide updates and alerts by e-mail. You can subscribe to this by going to


SEPTEMBER 8 (SATURDAY): Honey Festival at the Golden Stage Inn, off Depot Street in Proctorsville, 10-4

• Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Springfield Transfer Station 9-1 pm.

SEPTEMBER 9 (SUNDAY): Phineas Gage Walk and Talk. Cavendish Historical Society Museum 2 pm.

SEPTEMBER 10 (MONDAY):  Cavendish Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

SEPTEMBER 11 (TUESDAY): Noon Community Lunch at Gethsemane Church off Depot Street in Proctorsville. All are welcome. The menu is ground beef stroganoff, kale salad, French bread and dessert by the first graders.

SEPTEMBER 12 (WEDNESDAY): Cavendish Honors Dr. Gene Bont Dedication of a park bench honoring his dedication, 4 pm at the park next to the school

SEPTEMBER 15 (SATURDAY): Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Goodyear Building in Windsor VT. 9-1 pm

SEPTEMBER 21-23 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Fall Rummage Sale of Black River Good Neighbors at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 on the Cavendish/Ludlow line. Hours are 10-4 Friday and Sunday and 10-2 on Sunday.

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


Cavendish Update 8/31/18 Gage/Composting/Library/Flags


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 8/31/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. 170th Anniversary Phineas Gage Walk and Talk

3. Transfer Station News: Composting/Hazardous Waste

4. Change in Library Hours

5. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

6. Raise Our Flags

7. Events


The Town Garage Has Arrived: The new town garage was delivered on Tuesday, Aug. 28 and is now being constructed. Pictures of the build are being posted regularly to the Cavendish VT Facebook page. Special thanks to town manager Brendan McNamara whose willing to take those incredible overhead shots.

CTES’s New Facebook Page: Follow, share and like the Cavendish Town Elementary School’s new Facebook page.

Romancing the Stone in South Central VT: The Mountain Times this week includes an article about the stone houses in Chester, Cavendish and surrounding areas. One of the houses featured is Glimmerstone. Mountain Times

 TRSU Board to work with VSBA on Evaluation/Retreat: At Aug. 21 TRSU board meeting Aug. 21, the board agreed to establish a four-person committee with two members from each school district for developing a job description and evaluation for the superintendent’s position. The board then approved hiring VBSA for a fee of $1,000 for their services to help develop both documents. Discussion moved to the question of the transition funds. Originally totaling $150,000, money granted to school districts as an incentive for merging, these funds have been under scrutiny with the TRSU spending approximately $60,000 without approval. In addition, both districts voted that those funds are meant for the districts themselves not TRSU expenses. The remainder, approximately $90,000, is now again up for debate as to whether they belong jointly to both GMUSD and LMHUUSD districts or solely to GMUSD. The TRSU reached out to the Vermont Agency of Education to help clarify the situation, but the opinion from two different members of the Vermont Agency of Education appear to contradict each other. In other business, the TRSU agreed to purchase a rear-entry van that could accommodate wheelchair transportation for the supervisory union. Although the van costs $37,000 with an additional $70,185 for driver expenses, overall the purchase will save $35,000 in the budget. Vt Journal

19th Annual RiverSweep cleanup on Sept 8: Join the Black River Action Team on Saturday morning, September 8th as the all-volunteer organization cleans trash from the banks and bed of the Black River. Starting at 8 AM go to the footbridge in the Springfield VT Shopping Plaza to sign in, pick up work-gloves (or BYO) and trash bags.  Anyone wishing to paddle their own kayak or canoe and help the US Army Corps of Engineers clean trash from the North Springfield Lake for RiverSweep, please pre-register by Thursday, Sept 6th via email or by leaving a phone message at (802) 738-0456 for BRAT Director Kelly Stettner. Paddlers will need their own watercraft and flotation devices for each person in the boat. Folks assisting in the lake cleanup will also be trained to look for invasive water chestnut plants. VT Journal

Hobby Lobby Opens in Claremont Sept. 3: Hobby Lobby opens at 367 Washington St in Claremont on Monday, Sept. 3 at 9 am.

2018 River Valley Employment Fair: The River Valley Workforce Investment Board is hosting the 2018 River Valley Employment Fair on Wednesday, September 12th, from 2 - 5 pm at Riverside Middle School in Springfield Vermont. This event is free and open to the public! Representatives from area employers, employment agencies, and educational organizations will have tables set up and will be available to talk to prospective employees about the career opportunities and programs they offer. Windsor County and surrounding area residents of all ages and various employment levels will be able to look for full or part-time jobs and look ahead to explore careers pathways and the training needed to pursue them. This year’s Employment Fair has a dual-focus, offering opportunities for jobseekers who are unemployed and also those who are under-employed who would like to explore training, professional development opportunities, or simply find a better job.

2. 170th ANNIVERSARY GAGE WALK & TALK: On September 13, 1848, Phineas Gage left his Cavendish boarding house and walked into the annals of medical science. Approximately ¾ of a mile from where he was staying, Gage was a foreman overseeing the blasting of rock for the laying of the railroad. In a matter of seconds, Gage went from talking to his crew to being knocked off his feet when a charge was accidentally set off, sending a tamping rod through his head.

He would become the first documented case of traumatic brain injury and helped to usher in the field of neuroscience. Each year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the accident, the Cavendish Historical Society hosts a Gage Walk & Talk.

This year’s Walk  & Talk takes place on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the CHS Museum, Route 131 in Cavendish, VT. The program begins at 2 pm. The walk includes the location of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s home/surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury.

The site of the accident is approximately three quarters of a mile from the Museum and by the time other sites of interest are visited and we return to the museum, you will have walked close to 2 miles. Participants can stop at any time. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or



Composting: You can now compost all your food scraps-including meat, dairy, bones etc.-at the Cavendish Transfer Station, which has recently contracted with Grow Compost of VT. You will see two totes next to the attendant's shack. The black one is for food scraps. The gray one is for shavings, which are used to minimize smell etc. from the compost tote. ONLY DEPOSIT IN THE BLACK CONTAINER. Grow Compost will be picking this up on a weekly basis. Note that this is for residential use only. Commercial businesses, including schools, must make other arrangements..

Household Hazardous Waste: The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring free events for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous wastes on Saturday, September 8 at the Springfield Transfer Station and on Saturday, September 15 at the Goodyear building in Windsor. Both collections run from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Only residents from Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor may participate. Bring in a mercury fever thermometer and receive a new digital fever thermometer.  For more information, call 674-9235 or visit for a list of what to bring.

Recycling Other Objects: TerraCycle Offers a wide array of free recycling programs. You will need to register and then you will be e-mailed a label each time you are ready to ship items. They recycle everything from Oral hygiene items (toothbrushes, dental floss containers etc.) to juice pouches.  Through TerraCycle’s free recycling programs, you can earn TerraCycle points, which are redeemable for charitable gifts, TerraCycle products, or a donation to a school or non-profit of your choice. Check out the recent Popular Science article How to Recycle Shoes, crayons, toothbrushes, and other Random Stuff

For questions about the Cavendish Transfer Station call Bruce McEnaney 226-8045

4. CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS: Starting September 1, 2018 the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will be open to the public Tuesday - Fridays 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Mondays will now be the designated day to teach library skills classes for all Cavendish Town Elementary School K-6 students. While many different solutions were presented after a school safety audit, we believe this is the best solution for both library patrons and community members, who will enjoy the increased hours and expanded outreach programming, and students, who will be in a safe and secured library for their classes. And we will all be happy to have consistent library hours year round! See you at the library!

5. CCF ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS : The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting grant applications for fall 2018 awards. The deadline for applying is Oct. 1, 2018. Applications are available at under “Community Fund” and include instructions on how and where to apply.

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 Community Fund made grants to Cavendish Streetscapes to put flags along Main Street in Proctorsville, to the Cavendish Elementary School for the third grade to produce its annual play, and to the Garden Committee to clean up the Svec Memorial Green. If you have a project to benefit Cavendish and need money, contact the Community Fund to discuss your idea.

For further information on applying, on eligibility, on any other aspect of the grant program, or for help completing the application, please call Peter LaBelle at 802-226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at 802-226-7187.

6. RAISE OUR FLAGS: Thanks to all who attended the fundraiser on Aug. 21 at Murdock’s and made contributions to help, “Raise Our Flags” in Cavendish village as well as place additional ones in Proctorsville. A project of the newly formed Cavendish Streetscape LTD, for $35 people have been dedicating flags to friends, family, neighbors and those who contributed to Cavendish. To date, flags have been donated to the following individuals:

• Jeff Davis-For his many years of service to the Cavendish Volunteer Fire Dept

• Herbert and Florence Eddy

• Charles Gould-Civil War Veteran

• Carmine Guica-Cavendish historian and WWII veteran

• Jim Hassen: The Ewalds would like to dedicate a flag to the "Mayor of Knapp Pond." In addition to his service to our country-WWII Veteran who served right through the Vietnam War, Jim has been a wonderful friend and neighbor. Because of men and women like Jim we are able to Raise the Flags in Cavendish.

• Arthur Hill Jr - Korean War Veteran

• Donna Hiromura Saydek: Artist (Teruko Design) and friend to the community

• Al Leonard - WWII Veteran and neighbor extraordinaire

• Gloria Leven- Dedicated board member of the Cavendish Historical Society and the Cavendish Library as well as long term volunteer at the Cavendish Town Elementary School

• David J Montessi Sr-USMC

• David J Montessi Jr-Paramedic Evergreen, Co and one year cancer survivor

• Kevin Mott

• Margaret S. Parke-Friend of the Cavendish Library and mother of Peggy Svec

• Proctorsville Fire Department Past and Present Fire Fighters: The thin red line flag- which is black and white except for one stripe flies in front of the Fire House.

• Frank Provance Sr.

• Deryl Stowell- Founding member and long time member of Cavendish Snow Fleas

• Richard Svec-Former Town Manager

• Yekaternia Svetlova- Aeronautical engineer, exiled from Russia, lived in Cavendish for almost 20 years

To learn more about this project, donate a flag or help in other ways, go to The Dish.


SEPTEMBER 3 (MONDAY): LABOR DAY. School and town office closed.

SEPTEMBER 4 (TUESDAY): TRSU Policy Committee Meeting at CTES 5:30-7 pm Agenda and Recommended Policies

SEPTEMBER 6 (THURSDAY) : TRSU Board Meeting, 6-8 pm Fletcher Farm-Roost Agenda Minutes from Aug. 23 Meeting

SEPTEMBER 8 (SATURDAY): Honey Festival at the Golden Stage Inn, off Depot Street in Proctorsville

• Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Springfield Transfer Station 9-1 pm.

SEPTEMBER 9 (SUNDAY): Phineas Gage Walk and Talk. Cavendish Historical Society Museum 2 pm.

SEPTEMBER 11 (TUESDAY): Noon Community Lunch at Gethsemane Church off Depot Street in Proctorsville. All are welcome.

 SEPTEMBER 15 (SATURDAY): Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Goodyear Building in Windsor VT. 9-1 pm

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



Cavendish Update 8/24/18 SB Mtg/News/Parent Tips

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8/24/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Back to School Tips for Parents of Teens

4. Events

1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by Okemo Valley TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website. According to the “Unapproved” Minutes from the August 13th meeting, the following action/discussions took place:

• Several members of the audience complained about the minutes from the July 9th meeting. There was board approval for language amendment but none was provided at the meeting.

• John White, a library board member expressed concern that there wasn't better cell service at the school and would like to see a cell tower installed on the hill behind the school. Note: Many people use their cell phone at the school, library and other locations once viewed as “dead areas.” Check out 9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Cell Phone Signal If you are a Comcast subscriber, using your Comcast Hot spots feature will significantly expand your calling range, provided you are using an iPhone 6 or above or a similar type of Android.

• The SB was informed that the board of Civil Authority voted to change the polling place from the Cavendish Town Elementary School to the Proctorsville Fire Department. This change will take effect in November.

• Tierney Rd residents proposed a road ordinance to block quarrying. Brendan McNamara, town manager, said that the Town Attorney reviewed the proposed ordinance and recommended that the Board not take any action while the court case was still pending.

• The SB accepted the proposal from Springfield Paving for Twenty Mile Rd in the amount of $145,728.04. If funds are left over, they will be used for repairs on Quent Phelan Rd. Note-The condition of Route 131 is a major concern. However, this is a state road and the SB, while they may try to influence the process, have no control over the state’s timetable for repaving this road.

• Approve Liquor Licenses for: La Pizza Lupo (Singleton’s Store) for Aug. 17 and Sept. 21; Vermont Golden Honey Festival on Sept. 8

• Updates were provided on the progress of the Waste Water Treatment Facility.

• Utility line boring will begin on Oct. 8 on the Depot Street bridge and should be completed by Nov. 1. Vtrans will advertise and award bids for the bridge replacement this fall, with construction slated for spring 2019 and the schedule for first use being Oct 2019.

• Approved the renewal of the Solar Bond Anticipation Note in the amount of $309,000.

• The Town Highway Garage construction is on target and should ready for use by the first of November. Note: The Cavendish VT Facebook page is providing photographs of weekly progress on the construction.

• Approved extending the deadline for Tax Appeal Hearings until Sept. 10.

• East Road Culvert project has been completed and the Greenbush Rd. Culvert is currently being replaced and will be completed by the time school opens.


Water Testing on the Black River: Please check the Cavendish VT Facebook page, which will post the results as soon as they are received.

Thank you to CCCA and Sponsors: In spite of having to cancel several concerts, the 2018 concerts on the green series finished this past Wednesday. Special thanks to the organizer of this event Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), particularly Sharon Huntley and Peter LaBelle, and to the many sponsors that helped make this possible.

CTES to Receive State Safety Grant: Cavendish Town Elementary School will receive a school safety grant of $10,821.75, which they must match up to 25 percent. This round of funding is  for interior and exterior door locks, in-door and outdoor public address systems and other infrastructure upgrades to improve safety. Additional funding will be available for developing emergency plans, training and safety exercises.

GMUSD Board Meeting Aug. 22: During Tuesday night’s Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD) board meeting, Joe Fromberger (Andover), produced an email from Brad James of the Agency of Education saying that GMUSD had qualified for the Act 46 transition grant of $150,000, but the Ludlow-Mt. Holly Unified Union School District had not. Doug McBride (Cavendish Representative) agreed with Fromberger. Board chair Marilyn Mahusky (Chester) asked that legal counsel be sought on this. Nursing cuts were revisited and the board agreed to stick with the three-nurse model. Chester Telegraph.

Be Aware of the Cute Caterpillar: The white hickory tussock moth caterpillar has a white, fuzzy body with black spots. Those spots are filled with venom, used as a defense mechanism against predators. "Little black like almost little spines that stick up, and if you touch those they will cause a stinging reaction to your skin.” The caterpillars are found mainly in wooded areas, but also in backyards. They drop down from trees and are in easy reach of children. If you get stung, contact your medical provider as often people get a rash but it can be severe depending on your skin’s sensitivity. WCAX

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3. BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR PARENTS OF TEENS: Another beautiful Vermont summer is coming to a close, and kids will soon be transitioning from the backyard to the schoolyard. It’s natural to want to trust your teens and give them a healthy sense of independence as they head back to school. But the truth is that while our teens deserve our trust, they also deserve our commitment to helping them stay on track and out of trouble.

It’s important that parents pay extra attention to teens’ behavior during such times of transition. Research shows that teens often literally can’t help but make bad decisions. During the teen years, the part of the brain responsible for making complex judgments is not as mature as the parts dedicated to emotion and motivation. So it’s only natural for emotions and impulses to win out over good judgment. At the same time, the incredible changes that take place in the brain during these years leave it very vulnerable to the effects of alcohol and drugs—meaning that the decisions your teens make now could impact them for life.

Constant monitoring of your teen can seem overwhelming. Instead, identify a few areas of concern that help you set clear boundaries. Here are a few tips you can use to help your teen.

1. Know your teen. Ask questions often and get to know your teen’s friends.

2. Limit access to dangers. For example, keep your alcohol under lock and key and monitor the quantity.

3. Monitor your child when you’re at work or out of town. For example, know your child’s schedule—and have her check in from each destination and when she reaches home.

Learn more helpful tips and strategies to keep your kids and community safe with ParentUp, an initiative of the Vermont Department of Health at If you think your teen is drinking or using drugs, find information and help at


AUGUST 29 (WEDNESDAY): First day of school. Please drive carefully. The 2018-2019 School Calendar is now available on-line. 

SEPTEMBER 3 (MONDAY): LABOR DAY. School and town office closed.

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