Cavendish Update: 5/25/18 News/Events

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5/25/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. CHS Plant Sale/Museum Opening

3. Cavendish to Sponsor Workshop on Pollinator Friendly Environments

4. Events

1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

GMUSD Budget Passes by 60 votes in Low Turnout: By a vote of 221 “yes” to “161” voters from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester passed the Green Mountain Unified School District budget of $12.5 million. The voter turnout was half of what it was back in March for the first budget vote. Chester Telegraph

SAVE THE DATE: The Community Forum to meet the principal candidates will be on Monday, June 11 at 6:30pm at CTES. Once the finalists have been selected, a press release will be forthcoming.

Anne of Green Gables at CTES: CTES Third graders are putting on selections from Anne of Green Gables.  Please join us for the presentation of our songs and monologues on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 11:00.  There will be a community luncheon for anyone who attends immediately following the play.  Please RSVP to Ellen Cameron ellen.cameron@trsu.org or call the school at 802-875-7758. All are welcome!

Spring Clean Up Day at Fletcher Farm: Saturday, June 2 —-Spring Clean Up Day at  Fletcher Farm School. Adult volunteers are needed to help clean and set up the classrooms for the summer. Runs 9-2, but we welcome an hour or two of your help!  Meet at the big barn. Free lunch for participants! FMI: Joyce, 226-7854, or the school  228-8770.

Call for Nominations for Okemo Valley TV Board of Directors: The community TV station and media education center is putting a call out for nominations in advance of its annual Board of Directors election. Any resident of the towns of Andover, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth, Reading, or Cavendish who is at least 18 years of age is eligible to serve on the Board. Community members will have an opportunity to vote by downloading the ballot from the Okemo Valley TV website during the two weeks before the election or in person at the annual meeting. The annual meeting is Wednesday, June 27 in the Okemo Valley TV studio; there will be an open house, with an awards reception, starting at 6 p.m.; the meeting will immediately follow. Anyone interested in becoming a candidate or nominating someone they know should contact Executive Director Patrick Cody by email at pcody@okemovalley.tv or calling 802-228-8808. Nominations must be received by Friday, June 8. More information on Okemo Valley TV is available at www.okemovalley.tv.

2. CHS PLANT SALE/MUSEUM OPENING: The Cavendish Historical Society Museum opens for the summer season on Sunday, May 27 from 2-4 pm. The museum can be opened at other times.

CHS’s annual plant sale is on Saturday June 30 from 9-1. If you have plants you would like to donate and/or need help in transplanting plants for the sale, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mailing margocaulfield@icloud.com

 

3. WORKSHOP ON POLLINATOR FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENTS: The Cavendish Energy Committee will sponsor a workshop on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:00 p.m. to be held in the Cavendish Town Office meeting room on how to create a pollinator friendly habitat. The speakers will discuss, among other issues, how a solar array field can significantly help in the fight to stop the decline of pollinators.

Cindy Heath and Donna Thomas of the UVM Extension Service Master Gardener Program will present an informative talk on garden design and more. The Master Gardener program's mission is to educate the public on science-based home horticulture.  The Energy Committee’s mission is to advance local energy saving measures and to educate the public on energy issues. These groups are coming together because the proliferation of solar projects around the state, including in Cavendish, has opened up an opportunity to help pollinators such as bees and other flying insects.

An underlying reason for our concern with energy is the state of our natural environment and the need for people to live more sustainable. Gardening and growing our own crops is a big part of sustainability.

Anyone from any town may attend the workshop. The Cavendish Town Office is located at 37 High Street in Cavendish. Light refreshments will be served at the workshop. For additional information please contact Mary Ormrod at 802-226-7783.

 

4. EVENTS

MAY 27 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Museum opens for the season-2-4 pm

MAY 28 (MONDAY): MEMORIAL DAY. Legal Holiday. Town office and schools closed.

MAY 30 (WEDNESDAY): Memorial Day Celebration at CTES

JUNE 1 (FRIDAY): Anne of Green Gables at CTES, 11 pm. Community luncheon follows. All are welcome.

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 5/18/18 News/SB Mtg/Events

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 5/18/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 5/14/18

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Proctorsville Green Beautification: Volunteers Needed

4. Events

1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 5/14/18: 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. The following was discussed/action taken at Monday night’s meeting:

• Update on telecommunications

• Discussed the derelict building at 53 Depot Street and agreed that town manager Brendan McNamara will contact the homeowner regarding plans for the building.

• Approved the following:

-       A promissory note with Mascoma Bank in the amount of $400,000 to fund the Town Highway Garage Project.

-       Acting in capacity as Board of Sewer Commissioners, approved inactive status for wastewater for two properties on municipal water.

-       The reissuing of a property tax refund check to Elizabeth Treitter for $356.43, which was originally dated 2/28/13. Treitter had misplaced the check and just recently found it.

-       Begin a search for a used town utility truck replacement as the current one will most likely not pass inspection.

-       Use of the Proctorsville Green for the Summer Wednesday Night Concert Series (begins July 11); CTES graduation (June 19); and the retirement party for George Thomson (June 22)

-       A permit to Singleton’s Store to serve beer at a private pizza party, which will be held next to the store in Proctorsville on June 2 from 5-8 pm. This is a catered private party.

For a more in-depth report go to The Dish.

 

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Transfer Station Hours Extended: The Cavendish Transfer Station is now open from 10-5 on Sundays.

Author Russian Exile Vermonter: The Life and Writing of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: On Monday, Margo Caulfield of the Cavendish Historical Society was interviewed on Solzhenitsyn’s life in Cavendish as part of a Vermont Edition Program. The broadcast is available on-line at the VT Edition website.

Carlock New Asst Principal in Springfield: After being offered an interim principal position in Cavendish and then declining, Madeline Carlock has settled with the Springfield School District. Carlock, who is currently an instructional coach for elementary children in the Hartford School District, will be a part-time assistant at Elm Hill and Union Street schools next year. Eagle Times

Holy Name of Mary Plant and Bake Sale: The Holy Name of Mary Altar Society is having a Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 26th from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Church Hall and yard, 803 Main Street, Proctorsville, VT.  There will be indoor, outdoor, vegetable, and herb plants, as well as pies, cakes, breads, cookies, jams, and other goodies.

VT General Assembly: With the closing of the Vermont General Assembly on Saturday, May 12, various bills have been signed, while many more have passed both house and senate but are awaiting the Governor’s signature. What’s been signed so far

• Effective July, public buildings and venues must identify gender free restrooms

• Salary history questions are now prohibited

• Effective July 1, VT becomes the 9th state to legalize marijuana

• Gun Laws-raises the age to by a gun to 21, requires background checks on private gun sales, bans on bum stocks and high capacity magazines, removal of firearms from a person arrested or cited for domestic assault and established extreme risk protection orders

• Agency of Human Services to design a prescription-drug importation program linking Vermont with Canada in order to create “significant” cost savings for consumers.

Passed by the legislature but expected to be vetoed by the Governor include: Minimum Wage; Paid Family Leave ; a 2.5 cent hike in residential property tax rates and a 5 cent hike in non residential rates to meet educational deficit; Requires polluters to pay for medical monitoring; calls for urgent action on lakes “in crisis,” requires companies that contract with the government to follow net neutrality standards; new standards in energy planning; and regulates companies that trade in user data.


VPR  VT Digger

Health Insurers Request Rate Hikes Next Year: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Insurance are both asking regulators to approve rate increases for plans offered next on the state’s health care exchange. BC/BS want an average of 5.3% hike for plans offered to individuals, families and small businesses while MCP is asking for an average 6.4% increases for those same types of plans. VT Digger

 

3. PROCTORSVILLE GREEN BEAUTIFICATION: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: In preparation for the Proctorsville Green Dedication, and Rich Svec’s Celebration of Life (June 16), on June 2 (Saturday) there will be a park beautification day. Thanks to a grant from the Cavendish Community Fund, the Ludlow Garden Club is painting the gazebo, while landscape architect Tim Calabrese and Doris Eddy are planning for new gardens. If you like to garden, bring a shovel and be at the Proctorsville green at 10:30 am on June 2. They are in need of hosta plants only. Please contact Doris Eddy at reiki_vt@yahoo.com  if interested in helping or providing hostas.

 

4. EVENTS

MAY 18-20 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Annual Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms off Route 103.

MAY 19 (SATURDAY):  Opening of the Solzhenitsyn in Vermont exhibit at the Vermont Historical Society Museum in Montpelier, 1 pm.

• Hazardous Waste Collection

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 Select Board Meeting 5/14/18

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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. The following was discussed/action taken at Monday night’s meeting:

Telecommunications: Scott Brooks of TDS was invited to the May SB meeting, to explain what TDS was planning to do in Cavendish. Brooks sent an e-mail to Brendan McNamara, town manager, which stated I did not respond right away to your request because I needed to find out what, if any, plans TDS has regarding broadband improvements for Cavendish. As you may or may not know, last year TDS invested about a half million dollars to upgrade the equipment in the Proctorsville Central Office to provide faster and more reliable speeds to the customers served out of that location.  We also increased our backhaul out of Cavendish to the New York City POP by increasing the capacity of that pipe ten-fold.  TDS was also the recipient of Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) funds that were given out by the FCC. ... TDS will receive federal dollars over the next 10 years to upgrade our networks to improve speeds and offer more reliable service to the most rural parts of America,  which are the communities we serve.... I don’t have an update to share with you specifically for Cavendish today.  We are still working through the thousands of sites we have around the country and prioritizing them, but as we continue to improve our network that priority lists continues to ebb and flow.... as we move towards the 3rd quarter of this year plans for 2019 will crystalize and I will then reach out to you to see if I could come to a Select Board meeting then once we have firmer plans.

 Various phone calls and e-mails to Comcast have gone unanswered. While Comcast received a grant in August 2017 from the state to wire the most unserved area of Cavendish-Tarbell Hill/Knapp Pond, they have not acted on the grant. This inactivity may be tied directly to Vermont having enacted legislation to maintain net neutrality in the state. Comcast deleted a "no paid prioritization" pledge from its net neutrality webpage on the very same day that the Federal Communications Commission announced its initial plan to repeal net neutrality rules.

The state’s Dept. of Public’s Service’s Telecommunications division is recommending that Cavendish look into becoming part of a Communications Union District (CUD). This is basically a group of towns that join together to install high speed Internet. To that end, Cavendish will be part of a meeting on May 23, with Ludlow and Weathersfield, to begin exploring the formation of a CUD. It should be noted that significant funding for CUDs is now available from the federal government via USDA Rural Development.

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Derelict Building 53 Depot Street: Since 2003, condo owners and neighbors have come before the SB begging them to do something about a building that’s collapsing and has resulted in homeowners not being able to obtain fire insurance. After considerable discussion, the board voted to have McNamara speak to the home owner, who must respond by June 1, about what they plan to do with the building. Depending on the response, the SB will determine if they need to continue to move forward with the steps outlined in the town’s “Derelict Building” ordinance.

Approved the following:

• A promissory note with Mascoma Bank in the amount of $400,000 to fund the Town Highway Garage Project.

• Acting in capacity as Board of Sewer Commissioners, approved inactive status for wastewater for two properties on municipal water.

• The reissuing of a property tax refund check to Elizabeth Treitter for $356.43, which was originally dated 2/28/13. Treitter had misplaced the check and just recently found it.

• Begin a search for a used town utility truck replacement as the current one will most likely not pass inspection.

• Use of the Proctorsville Green for the Summer Wednesday Night Concert Series (begins July 11); CTES graduation (June 19); and the retirement party for George Thomson (June 22)

• A permit to Singleton’s Store to serve beer at a private pizza party, which will be held next to the store in Proctorsville on June 2 from 5-8 pm. This is a catered private party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cavendish Update 5/11/18: News/Events/Warning

 Thank you to Carl Liener for the new sign in front of the Cavendish Historical Society Museum.

Thank you to Carl Liener for the new sign in front of the Cavendish Historical Society Museum.

 

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5/11/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Warning from the Cavendish Tree Warden

3. 8th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale

4. Soles for Souls

5. Prom/Graduation/End of School

6. Events

 

1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Edward Fitzgibbons: Having recently celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with his wife Mildred, Eddie died on May 7 at the age of 97. His was a great source of Cavendish history, including memories of the 1927 flood and where the spotter towers were during WWII. He always carried dog treats with him, long after his own dog was gone. Whether you had your dog with you or not, he’d hand you a treat and mention your pet by name. Our sympathies to his wife and family. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today Friday, May 11, 2018, in the Cavendish Village Cemetery in Cavendish. Reverend Abraham Gross will officiate. A time of fellowship will follow at the Cavendish Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cavendish Baptist Church, P.O. Box 425, Cavendish, VT 05142. Obituary

Cavendish/Solzhenitsyn to be Featured on Vermont Edition: On Monday, May 12, Margo Caulfield of the Cavendish Historical Society will be interviewed about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s life in Cavendish. This broadcast is part of a series of activities pertaining to the 100th anniversary of Solzhenitsyn’s birth. The live broadcast will be at noon and will be rebroadcast at 7 pm on Vermont Public Radio. You will also be able to listen to a podcast after the initial airing at the VPR website.

89 Percent of School Districts, including CTES, Fall Below Scott’s Ratio Target: The governor’s target for teaching staff to students is a ratio of 1 to 5.75. The plan, which would go into effect in 2020 and lead to the elimination of about 1,000 positions for teachers and Para educators over a period of five years, is estimated to save $74 million over a five year period. The positions would be eliminated through attrition. A VT Digger analysis of Agency of Education data shows that only 11% of school districts in the state would meet the 1 to 5.75 threshold in the current fiscal year. The current average ratio is 1 to 5.15. This ratio only applies to teaching staff and Para educators. Vermont has more teachers instructing fewer students than any other state, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. CTES is well below both state and national averages with a ratio of 1 staff to 3.89 students. VT Digger

TRSU Board Votes to Make Superintendent Evaluation Open to Public Input: At last week’s Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) board meeting, the board voted to allow the public to comment on the job performance of Superintendent Meg Powden.. You can download the Evaluation Form in PDF format and mail it to the address on the form, or drop it off at the TRSU. This must be done by May 18. Chester Telegraph

TV Sale at the Pointe Hotel (103 & 131): 32" Philips Televisions - Model number 32HFL5561L/27 will be available for sale in the lobby of the Pointe Hotel Saturday May 12th from 10a.m. - 2:00p.m. We are updating TVs in rooms and just took all of these out 2 weeks ago, all TVs had no issues. About 50 are available and will be sold individually for $25 each FIRM-CASH ONLY, sold as is. (There is NO ATM on the property). Must purchase remote control to program channels. Link for remote .

Black River Area Community Coalition Sponsors Wellness Fair: The Black River Area Community Coalition is sponsoring the first Wellness Fair Friday, May 11 from 2-6 p.m. at the Ludlow Community Center. There is no cost and everyone is invited. Several Windsor and Rutland County agencies are participating in the event including Vermont Department of Health, Springfield Hospital Community Health, Ludlow Ambulance, Recovery Centers and more. The Wellness Fair is being held in conjunction with a Wellness Day at Black River High School. Students will be participating in a variety of workshops including yoga and martial arts. VT Journal

Harbor Freight Tools to Open in Claremont: A discount retailer of tools and equipment headquartered in California has submitted plans with the city’s building department for modifications to the former Staples office supply store at 286 Washington St. The store plans to open in July. Valley News

Scam Alert! New Medicare Cards in the Mail: The federal government has a plan to cut down on scams. It's issuing new Medicare cards. The cards will mostly look the same except a computer-generated Medicare beneficiary number will replace the Social Security-based health insurance claim number. Some scammers are calling seniors telling them they can get their card early if they pay now. If somebody calls you and says they're from Medicare, hang up. WCAX

VT Life Magazine is Closing: It's the end of the line for Vermont Life. The iconic, state-owned magazine has been in print for 72 years but the state says it can no longer support a publication that is over $3 million in debt. Cavendish was featured in this magazine at various times including Solzhenitsyn's life here and the flood of 1927. WCAX

 

2. WARNING FROM CAVENDISH TREE WARDEN: Cavendish’s Tree Warden, Tim Calabrese, has issued the following notice: The Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in Vermont!  This beetle can have devastating effects on hour Ash Trees.  The beetle is about one half an inch and metallic green. Its larvae tunnel through the wood just under the bark of ash trees; killing the tree by cutting off the flow of nutrients. Healthy ash trees can die within 1-4 years of showing their first sign or symptom. All species of ash trees are susceptible.  Adult beetles start emerging late may/early June.  To report a possible infestation and for more information go to https://www.vtinvasives.org/ 

 

3. 8TH ANNUAL TOWN WIDE TAG SALE: Now that the trees are getting their leaves and yard work and spring cleaning have begun in earnest, it's time to put aside items for the 8th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale. The webpage is now up. If you would like to have your location listed, please e-mail cavendishconnects@gmail.com Remember the more information you can provide, the more likely people will stop by your home or booth.

If you would like space on either of the town greens, please register. This is free for Cavendish residents and businesses. If you are a non Cavendish resident or business owner, but would like space on the Cavendish Green, this is available for a fee of $15.

As your sorting what you’ll put out for the Town Wide Tag Sale, you’ll probably find items you aren’t sure what to do with. To help you out, during the month of May, the Cavendish VT Facebook page will be posting various ways to repurpose, recycle or appropriately dispose of unwanted items. If you have questions or suggestions please e-mail them to cavendishconnects@gmail.com

4. SOLES 4 SOULS: Cavendish Town Elementary School is collecting old or gently used shoes for Soles 4 Souls. To donate shoes, bring them to school and deposit in the drop box, which is by the benches on the left hand side when you enter the building. The drive ends May 31. Please no shoe boxes. This shoe drive is sponsored by Engel & Volkers. FMI 802-975-0338

 

 5. PROM/GRADUATION/END OF SCHOOL: As we near the end of another school year, there are many things we can do to ensure that our kids’ parties, prom, graduation and other end of the year festivities are memorable and safe.

Young people drinking alcohol or abusing prescription, over the counter medication, or illicit drugs risk health related, and potentially fatal, consequences. They also face legal consequences that can be devastating. It is important to remember that it is against the law to host a gathering where alcohol is consumed by minors.

In order to provide a safe environment for kids during year-end events, but also year-round, consider the following strategies:

1. Talk about expectations around alcohol and other drugs

2. Monitor behavior

3. Spread the word and make connections with other parents / community members

4. Know the warning signs of a problem

Learn more about these strategies and how to take action from ParentUp ().

6. EVENTS

MAY 12 (SATURDAY): Hazardous Waste Collection

• TV Sale at the Pointe Hotel (103 & 131), 10-2; 32” Philip VTs Model # 32 HFL5561L/27; $25 a piece-cash only

MAY 13 (SUNDAY): HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

MAY 14 (MONDAY): Solzhenitsyn in Vermont will be aired at noon and 7pm on VT Edition and will be focusing on his life in Cavendish.

• Select Board Meeting. 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

MAY 18-20 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Annual Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms off Route 103.

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