Cavendish Update 3/15/19: SB Mtg/News/Events

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3/15/19 Cavendish Update

1. Town Meeting Correction

2. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 3/11/19

3. Cavendish Related News

4. Events

 

1. TOWN MEETING CORRECTION: In last week’s Update, it stated that All articles passed at the Cavendish Town Meeting. It should be noted that Article 2, adoption of the Town Plan as modified and approved by the Cavendish Select Board, (Page 8 of the Town Report) was postponed and will be voted on at a subsequent meeting.

 

2. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 3/11/19 : 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.  Both the Vermont Journal and the Chester Telegraph contain write ups of this week’s meeting.

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

Annual SB members organizational meeting: Due to changes in board members, as well as the elimination of the Asst. Town Manager position, the following changes were adopted: Chair Robert Glidden, Vice Chair Mike Ripley, Clerk of SB Sandra Russo; SB representative to the Planning Commission Stuart Lindberg; 3 year terms to Planning Commission; Wendy Regier, John Saydek and Mark Huntley; Town Manager Brendan McNamara for 5 year term; Changed name of Emergency Management Coordinator to Emergency Management Director and appointed Bobby Glidden for a one year term. Objections have been raised and recommendations made that a person not affiliated with either fire department be appointed to the position of Emergency Management Director. Other positions remain as they appear on Page 7 of the Cavendish Annual Report.

 

Approved: Use of the town greens for the ninth annual Town Wide Tag Sale on Saturday, July 27 from 9-2

• To apply for a Vermont Roadside Historic Marker to recognize Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, anti Soviet Nobel Laureate and author of The Gulag Archipelago,who resided in Cavendish 18 of the 20 years he was in exile.

• Applications for liquor licenses to Brook Farm Vineyards, Oleo Corporation (Castle Hill); and Murdocks on the Green

• Purchase a new 20 ton equipment trailer to replace current trailer that is no longer operational and too expensive to repair

ª Stuart Lindberg’s resignation as Town Agent-according to VT law, it’s a conflict to be a selectmen and Town Agent

Other: Draft Municipal Wastewater Ordinance distributed. This will be discussed at subsequent meetings with the goal of approval by summer.

• Town Garage open house March 30 (Saturday) 11-1. All are invited.

• Work on Depot Street Bridge removal begins March 18 

• Auction of Horahan property at 723 Main St on March 27 (see Events section for more information)

 

3. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Burglary Grand Larceny: On 03/09/2019 at approximately 4:25 hours, Vermont State Police arrested John J. Fernandes on the charges of burglary and grand larceny. The charges were the result of an investigation of a residential burglary in Cavendish in November of 2018. Fernandes will answer to the charge in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division on 03/11/2019. VT State Police

VTrans Public Information Meeting with Pike Industries: On April 1 (Monday), from 6-8 pm at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot St., there will be a Public Information Meeting. Representatives from VTrans and Pike Industries would like to explain what happened with the Route 103 project this past summer/fall with some time to answer public questions as well.

First Ladies of Cavendish: The Cavendish Historical Society continues their series on Cavendish Women You Should Know with the first women in Cavendish who held political and other jobs in town.

Springfield Considers Closing Birthing Center: Springfield Hospital needs to trim about $6.5 million from the current year budget, and the administration announced recently that the childbirth center may be closed to save money. VPR

 

4. EVENTS

MARCH 17 (SUNDAY): HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

MARCH 24 (SUNDAY): Dinner & a Movie (A Star is Born) at the Cavendish Community Library, 1 pm, in Proctorsville. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciate to help defray costs. FMI: 226-7503

MARCH 27 (WEDNESDAY): Public Notice of Sale, Town of Cavendish. The property to be sold is 723 Main Street, Cavendish Vermont, formally owned by Melisa K. Rhoda, Trustee of the Nancy K. Horahan Revocable Trust. This will be sold at public auction on March 27, at 1:00 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Minimum reserve price is $45,000.

MARCH 30 (SATURDAY): Town Garage Open House, 11-1. All invited.

MARCH 31 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 4 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church. As part of the this event, the film “Alone in the Wilderness” will be shown. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

MAY 14 (TUESDAY): Cavendish Connections Tech Cafe, 6-8 pm at the Cavendish Town Library in Proctorsville. Bring your smart phone, laptop, tablet (iPad) to learn how to use them as well as how to use Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. This will be free and open to the Cavendish community.

APRIL 1 (MONDAY): VTrans Public Information Meeting with Pike Industries. Representatives for VTrans and Pike Industries would like to explain what happened with the Route 103 project this past summer/fall with some time to answer public questions as well. The information meeting will be held from 6-8 pm at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot St.

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).

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: 3/8/19 Town Meeting/News/Events

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3/8/19 Cavendish Update

1. Town Meeting

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Stepping Stones: Alumni, Families & Friends 

4. Events

 

1. TOWN MEETING RESULTS: At Monday night's Town Meeting, attended by a little over 70 people, Representative Annmarie Christensen gave an update on road repair for routes 103 and 131. The contractor for both projects, Pike Industries, "botched" the job. Route 103 was to be completed by the fall of 2018 and 131 was to be patched and repaved to hold it over until it could be redone. Pike supposedly only had one road paver and removed it for a project in Maine, so no work was done from Aug-Oct. Once the machine was returned to our area, the weather became problematic. Pike has been fined and will be penalized for future projects in the state. As it stands, route 103 will be completed once the weather permits.

 The temporary fix for 131 will take place this summer, with the bid process and beginning construction for the full project slated for 2020. Note this has been moved up from its original projected start date of 2023. Part of the issue has been obtaining permission from Cavendish property owners for easements to make culvert and other repairs.

 All articles passed at the Cavendish Town Meeting-including tax waivers for the next five years for Fletcher Farm and the Black River Health Center. Also approved by a vote of 66 to 2 is the elimination of the office of Town Lister and replacing it with a professional lister.

 Australian Ballot: On March 5, 226 voters went to the polls in Cavendish. This is considered to be a light turn out. In the only contested race-3 year term for select board-long time selectman George Timko (85 votes) lost to Michael Kell (118 votes). 23 voters did not cast a ballot for this position. For the two positions for one year Selectman, Sandra Russo (163 votes) and Stuart Lindberg (152) won. Write-in votes were cast for Andrea Garcia (48) and Michael Fell (2). Janelle Wilfong received sufficient write-ins (12) to fill the vacancy for the five-year slot for Library Trustee.

Town elected positions for the coming year will be as follows:

Town Moderator (1 year): Michael Ripley

Selectman (1 year): Stuart Lindberg & Sandra Russo

Selectman (3 years): Michael Kell

Auditor (1 year): Peter LaBelle

Town Agent (1 year): Stuart Lindberg

Town Grand Juror (1 year): Theresa McNamara

Trustee of Public Funds (3 years): Dan Churchill

Library Trustee (5 years): Janielle Wilfong

GMUSD (3 years): Doug McBride

The positions of auditor for two and three year terms remain vacant.

The Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD) budget received sufficient yes votes from the towns of Baltimore, Chester, Cavendish and Chester to pass. The final vote was 423 to 353.

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Beyond Cooking and Cleaning: Cavendish Teachers: As the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) continues to honor Cavendish women during Women's History Month, this week’s focus is on teachers. This post includes a Cavendish Schools Timeline. CHS Blog

Vote for Your Favorite CTES Logo: Cavendish Town Elementary School wants the public's input on the design of their new logo for the school's mascot The Patriots. Please "like" your favorite logo, which is available at the Cavendish VT Facebook page. You do not have to be a Facebook subscriber to access this site. However, if you aren't a Facebook subscriber, please e-mail your vote to cavendishconnects@gmail.com Just list the name that appears in the comment section. Voting ends on Wed. March 13. The students have already voted for their favorite and now it’s the community's turn.

Fletcher Farm Foundation Welcome new President George Thomson: The Fletcher Farm Foundation would like to welcome George Thomson as its new president. Thomson, well-known among locals for his successful education career in Cavendish, is a longstanding member and trustee of the Fletcher Farm Foundation –most recently serving as a committee chairman and vice president. VT Journal

More than 72,000 possibly affected by Rutland Regional Medical Center data breach: An investigation into a data breach that took place at Rutland Regional Medical Center in recent months found that information pertaining to 72,224 patients may have been stolen as well as almost 4,000 Social Security numbers. Officials at the health care system don’t know what, if any, specific information was actually accessed, viewed or acquired but the email accounts affected included, among other items, data files containing the types of demographic information used for health care billing such as patient names, contact information and medical record numbers. Rutland Herald

 

3. STEPPING STONES: ALUMNI, FAMILIES & FRIENDS: The demand for high quality early care and learning is increasing. Yet availability is limited. Stepping Stones Preschool is rising to the challenge, but needs your help. Stepping Stones plans to expand and reconfigure its existing space and staff to accommodate the growing need facing families with young children. They already have a waiting list!

 To date Stepping Stones has been awarded a $20,000 Vermont Birth to 5 Expansion Grant and has the offer of a $5,000 matching grant from GS Adams Transport LLC.

 The goal is to raise an additional $15,000. With the support of everyone who knows and loves Stepping Stones we can do it!!!

 A $20 donation (or more) by Stepping Stones alumni, families, and friends will achieve this goal. Visit us on Facebook, Go Fund Me, or send checks to Stepping Stones Preschool 3628 Rte 103 Proctorsville, VT 05153

4. EVENTS

MARCH 8 (FRIDAY): International Women’s Day

MARCH 10 (SUNDAY): Daylight savings time begins. Set clocks ahead one hour and check batteries in smoke detectors and other devices.

MARCH 11 (MONDAY): Cavendish Select Board Meeting 6:30 pm Cavendish Town Office.

MARCH 27 (WEDNESDAY): Public Notice of Sale, Town of Cavendish. The property to be sold is 723 Main Street, Cavendish Vermont, formally owned by Melisa K. Rhoda, Trustee of the Nancy K. Horahan Revocable Trust. This will be sold at public auction on March 27, at 1:00 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Minimum reserve price is $45,000.

MARCH 31 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 4 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church. As part of the this event, the film “Alone in the Wilderness” will be shown. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

MAY 14 (TUESDAY): Cavendish Connections Tech Cafe, 6-8 pm at the Cavendish Town Library in Proctorsville. Bring your smart phone, laptop, tablet (iPad) to learn how to use them as well as how to use Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. This will be free and open to the Cavendish community.

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).

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 3/1/19: Town Mtg/News/Events

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3/1/19 Cavendish Update

1. Town Meeting

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Spin-A-Thon

4. Events

 

1. TOWN MEETING: Cavendish Town Meeting begins at 7 pm on Monday, March 4 at the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) multi purpose room. Be advised that regardless of weather, Town Meeting takes place. However, those present can vote to postpone the meeting, which was recently done with Fire District #2’s Annual Meeting.

At Monday night’s meeting, the town budget will be voted on. Other articles to be voted on include the elimination of the Office of Town Lister  and replace with a professionally qualified assessor;  whether to exempt Fletcher Farm from taxes for the next five years; whether to exempt Black River Health Center from taxes for the next five years.

 On Tuesday, March 5, from 10-7, voting by Australian Ballot takes place at the Proctorsville Fire Hall. Items to be voted on include the school budget as well as various town positions. There is only one contested race, the three year selectman position-incumbent George Timko versus Michael Kell. The official ballot appears on page 63 of the Town Report or online at the town’s website. Note that Town Office will be closed on March 5.

The Annual Town Report as well as Green Mountain Unified School District report  is available at the Town Office or on-line at the Municipal Website. Please note that this year the school report is a separate document from the Town Report. FMI: Call the Town Office 802-226-7291

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Public Notice of Sale, Town of Cavendish. The property to be sold is 723 Main Street, Cavendish Vermont, formally owned by Melisa K. Rhoda, Trustee of the Nancy K. Horahan Revocable Trust. This will be sold at public auction on March 27, at 1:00 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Minimum reserve price is $45,000. The official notice is available by clicking here.

Cavendish Town Garage Now Operational: The new town garage is now operational and the town road crew has moved “home.” There is plenty of room for housing the trucks with plows attached and lots of upgrades from the previous building, which was destroyed by fire in Feb. 2017. A much deserved building for a town crew that works hard in all kinds of weather to keep the town safe.

Cavendish Represented at the Oscars: At last Sunday’s Oscars, Cavendish Game Birds, owned by Cavendish resident Bill Thompson with his brother Rick, was on Wolgang Puck’s menu when he served Nashville Fire Quail at the “after party.”

Cavendish Women You Should Know: March is Women’s History Month and the Cavendish Historical Society marks this occasion by continuing their series “Cavendish Women You Should Know.” This year we have gone back to our archives and are updating information to previously collected materials. Part I is by Barbara Kingsbury. She not only provides an overview of what life was like for women who helped to settle Cavendish, but she discusses women who worked in the mills, owned businesses as well as those who worked in health care, including three sisters who became doctors. Throughout March, CHS will be providing another chapter in the women who have helped and continue to shape our town.  Beyond Cooking and Cleaning

GM Better Board Training Heavy on Limitations: At the recent Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD), the main event was a train the board to be a board. Board chair Marilyn Mahusky told the meeting that she and Superintendent Meg Powden felt there was value in “bringing somebody in to help us be a better board.” Susan Holson of the Vermont School Boards Association began by telling the board that the questions that they asked about the overnight senior trip to Boston (how many are going, how many chaperones, how will they handle students who can’t afford the $50 deposit, etc.) were “things you really don’t need to know.” While the school board has always approved overnight trips in the past, Holson said that this was the purview of the administration and not the board and noted that the board has three jobs – assuring high quality education, getting a good return for the taxpayer’s investment and seeing that the system operates efficiently, effectively and ethically – all while taking a “hands off” approach to the actual workings of the school. Holson made the analogy that school board members are like grandparents who want the best for their grandchildren (students, faculty and staff etc.) but must not interfere with the parents (the superintendent and administration) in raising them. In the VSBA’s estimation, the board’s only point of contact would be Powden and that even the principals’ reports that have been given at board meetings should be “channeled through Meg,” for her to report. This would make meetings “a lot crisper,” said Holson. Holson’s remarks did not go without pushback from board members, most notably Jeff Hance who, at the Jan. 17 meeting had asserted that teachers at CAES were under a “gag order” to keep them from talking to board members. “As a grandpa,” said Hance, continuing Holson’s analogy, “I’m not going to sit there with an unfit parent and push the grandkid away who comes to me crying, saying no, no, you deal with your mom and dad.  I’m going to step in. Custody gets awarded to grandparents because of unfit parents.”  It should be noted that the schools, including Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES), no longer have individual boards and must rely on the GMUSD board for decisions and input.

The board discussed the aggressive efforts of private and public schools to entice Black River High School students to enroll with them while GM is still planning for a school fair that will be held in Ludlow in May.  Chester Telegraph

Ludlow Stone Building Condemned for Over 4 Years Demolished: The stone house on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Main Street was demolished Wednesday, Feb. 20 per the Village Vacant and Dangerous Buildings Ordinance. The water heater in the building exploded Jan. 4, 2015 and the building was deemed an unsafe structure by the Fire Marshal after an inspection two days later. VT Journal

Springfield Hospital Turmoil Casts Health Clinics into Uncertainty: With Springfield Hospital in the midst of financial turmoil, some are concerned about the future of the area’s community health centers. One of the six Centers is in Ludlow and is used by many locals. CEO Michael Halstead said every service line was being reviewed to find $6.5 million in annual savings by April 1. Halstead said there were no plans to close any of the health centers, but he’s looking at the community use and support of each facility. Halstead said he likes to see about half of the population using medical services in that town, though that number varies. Collectively, the clinics the hospital operates lost nearly $2.5 million last year. Across the organization, five nurse positions were eliminated in addition to a nurse practitioner, a physician and several directors and coordinators. Ludlow Health Center’s director of physician practice position was terminated. Some are especially leery since Springfield Hospital abruptly shut down medical services at Chester Family Medicine last year and opted to operate dentist offices in the town instead. Springfield Hospital is negotiating contracts with vendors to find additional savings. The hospital is also in early discussion with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center about forming a partnership. Filing for bankruptcy is also being discussed. the future of the hospital and the health centers will depend on the community’s support of them. VT Digger

GMP offers new, upfront incentives to store electricity at home: Green Mountain Power is offering big incentives to customers interested in home battery systems that prevent outages while helping to smooth out peak demand across the electric grid. Designed with Renewable Energy Vermont and you can choose how you want to get paid for sharing your stored energy with GMP. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)  program offers the biggest upfront payment from a utility in the country for enrolling your home battery, or get ongoing bill credits. Learn more about GMP’s program here:

3. SPIN-A-THON: Cavendish resident Lori Wright has once again registered for the Face of America Ride through World T.E.A.M. Sports to raise money to specifically support wounded and disabled Veterans by riding in a two-day, 110 mile bike ride on May 4 and 5, 2019, from Washington, D.C. and ending in Gettysburg, PA.

World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose mission is to use athletics to challenge disabled men, women and children to accomplish goals they never thought possible.

 To participate in this event, she must raise $800 which will go to pay for the special equipment, lodging, transportation, and programs to benefit the courageous men and women who returned home from combat with missing arms, legs, blind, deaf, brain injuries, and/or suffering from PTSD.

To raise money for this event, DG Bodyworks, 7 Depot Street Proctorsville, is hosting a “Spin-A-Thon” on Sunday, March 3 at 10, 11 or noon. Ride 1, 2 or 3 classes at $25/hour, with the 12:00 noon hour suggested for beginners. Cost is $25 per hour donation to benefit wounded and disabled Veterans. FMI: Text or email Lori Wright at 603-401-8123 or loriwright163@gmail.com to register or offer a donation.

Best of luck on your ride Lori and thank you for caring about our veterans.

 

4. EVENTS

MARCH 3 (SUNDAY): Spin-A-Thon for Wounded Vets

MARCH 4 (MONDAY): Town Meeting

MARCH 5 (TUESDAY): VOTING! Proctorsville Fire Department from 10-7.

MARCH 6 (WEDNESDAY): TRSU Superintendent Evaluation Committee Meeting, 6-7:30 pm at the Roost Building at the Fletcher Farm Ground Roost Conference Room.

MARCH 7 (THURSDAY): TRSU Board Meeting, Fletcher Farm Roost Building 6-8 pm

• Fire District #2 monthly meeting, 7:30 pm at the Cavendish Volunteer Fire Dept.

MARCH 10 (SUNDAY): Daylight savings time begins. Set clocks ahead one hour.

MARCH 11 (MONDAY): Cavendish Select Board Meeting 6:30 pm Cavendish Town Office.

MARCH 27 (WEDNESDAY): Public Notice of Sale, Town of Cavendish. The property to be sold is 723 Main Street, Cavendish Vermont, formally owned by Melisa K. Rhoda, Trustee of the Nancy K. Horahan Revocable Trust. This will be sold at public auction on March 27, at 1:00 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Minimum reserve price is $45,000.

MARCH 31 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 4pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church. As part of the this event, the film “Alone in the Wilderness” will be shown. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

MAY 14 (TUESDAY): Cavendish Connections Tech Cafe, 6-8 pm at the Cavendish Town Library in Proctorsvile. Bring your smart phone, laptop, tablet (iPad) to learn how to use them as well as how to use Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. This will be free and open to the Cavendish community.

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).

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 2/22/19 Fire Districts/Tech Cafe/News

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2/22/19 Cavendish Update

1. Fire District #2 & Merger

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Save the Date for Tech Cafe

4. Events

 

1. FIRE DISTRICT #2 & MERGER:On Tuesday, Feb. 19, approximately 30 people met for the Cavendish Fire District #2 annual meeting. While election of members to the Prudential Board (the governing body of the fire district) and adopting a budget for the coming year ($81,995) was achieved, the biggest topic of conversation was the creation of one fire district for the town.

In March, Stuart Lindberg of the Fire District 2 Prudential Board talked to the Cavendish Select Board about closing due to lack of volunteers, an issue country wide. What has been learned since that SB meeting is that Vermont statue doesn’t provide for fire departments “dissolving” but instead they can merge with another fire district.

As part of the discussion, selectman Mark Huntley, brought up several key points including: the current structure of two fire districts is costing all Cavendish tax payers at least double that of surrounding towns; Fire District #1 (Proctorsville) has a higher tax rate than Fire District #2 (Cavendish); the combined districts have more fire equipment than Rutland City; and the industry standard is one fire district per 10,000 residents. Given the rural nature of Cavendish, the latter standard may not be as relevant as it would be in a more urban area.

The moderator, Abraham Gross, went through the legal process for creating one fire district. This would require that the prudential boards of both fire districts develop a plan of merger that includes, among other things, provisions relating to structure, organization, functions, operation, finance, and property of the fire district. (per 24 V.S.A. § 1483). Once the plan is complete, voters of both fire districts would need to approve the plan by Australian ballot, after being dully warned and holding public hearings. With approval of the voters, it is then sent to the Secretary of State for legislative approval.

The fire fighters of Cavendish Volunteer Fire Department (CFVD) are in favor of a merger. To read the full report, please go to The Dish.

 

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Cavendish Resident Charged with Domestic Assault Held Without Bail: According to the VT State Police, Michael Mills, who lives on Rogers Drive in Cavendish, has once again been charged with a crime. This time it is for first-degree aggravated domestic assault and violating his conditions of release on another charge. He allegedly menaced his wife with a hatchet and choked her repeatedly despite court orders that have been in place since last fall saying he could not come within a hundred feet of her. In October, Mills was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant issued by New York State and was arraigned in Windsor County Superior Court on felony charges of making “terroristic threats.” Mills was alleged to have called the Saratoga County Correctional Facility threatening to “..shoot up everybody, truth, justice and the American way, I guess that doesn’t apply anymore.” Mills is being held without bail. VT State Police and DailyUV

GMUSD: Annual Report and Warnings: The Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD) annual report and warnings are now available on-line at the TRSU website. Overall the proposed budget of $12,937,250.00 represents a 3.23% increase in expenses, $405,107.00 over last year’s budget. The cost per pupil is $15,938.07, slightly higher than last year’s cost per pupil of $15,637.00, and lower than the statewide average of $18,361.50. Printed copies of the report can be also obtained from the Twin Rivers Supervisory Union, Cavendish Town Office, and CTES. The GMUSD informational hearing is Tuesday, Feb. 26 at GMUHS at 7 pm.

Cavendish Annual Town Report-2018: The 2018 Annual Town Report is now available at the Town Office and can be viewed at the Town’s website in PDF format. It is being mailed to voters and is also available in print form from the town office. Please note that there are now separate reports for the Town of Cavendish and the Green Mountain Unified School District.

CHS News letter: The Cavendish Historical Society’s Winter newsletter is now available on-line at the CHS Blog.

Raffle to Support Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department:  Though the coin drops have been successful fundraisers for PVFD for the last 23 years, the increasing traffic has made it more difficult to insure the safety of fire fighters standing in the road. Thus, a raffle is replacing the coin drop. This is a 5 Gun Raffle (Taures Circuit Judge 45/410, Ruger 10-22, Marlin 30-30 Stainless, Ruger Mini 14 and Mossberg 20 gauge-all guns are wood stock). Raffle tickets are now available from members of PVFD and at Seiples Gun Shop-388 Teer Rd., Belmont VT 05730 802-236-8104. The cost is $20 a ticket.

Imery Supplier Files for Bankruptcy Amid Lawsuits: Imerys Talc Vermont — a key supplier for Johnson & Johnson baby powder and located in Ludlow — filed for bankruptcy Wednesday amidst multi-billion dollar lawsuits against the corporation over allegations that its products cause mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. The talc supplier maintained the safety of its product, saying it was in the best interest of the company to not spend the millions it would take to defend these cases. Imerys Talc’s operations will remain unchanged despite the bankruptcy filing, with no anticipated interruptions for their employees or other clients. VT Digger

Skier Dies After Hitting Tree at Okemo: On Feb. 10, Christian Hanlon, 39 of Connecticut, was killed when he hit a tree while skiing at Okemo. WCAX

 

3. DATE FOR TECH CAFE: As a result of two surveys, a date has been set for Cavendish Connections Tech Cafe. Sponsored by Cavendish Connects and the Cavendish Town Library, the date is Tuesday, May 14 from 6-8 pm at the library in Proctorsville. You will be able to bring your smart phone, laptop, tablet (iPad) to learn how to use them as well as how to use Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. This will be free and open to the Cavendish community.

 

4. EVENTS

FEBRUARY 24 (SUNDAY):  Please note only 6 tickets are left so order today. Paint and Munch fundraiser to benefit Cavendish Library. Tickets are $40 per person and include a painting lesson and delicious meal. The event will be from 1-4 at the library. FMI & Reservation: Kata at 802-226-7503

FEBRUARY 25 (MONDAY): GMUSD Board Meeting, 6-8 pm at the Chester Andover Elementary School in Chester. Information relating to the minutes of previous meetings, agenda and financials are available at the TRSU website.

FEBRUARY 27 (WEDNESDAY): Annual School District Meeting and Informational Meeting will take place at Green Mountain Union High School Auditorium on Wed. Feb. 27, at 7 pm. 

MARCH 4 (MONDAY): Town Meeting

MARCH 5 (TUESDAY): VOTING! Proctorsville Fire Department from 10-7.

MARCH 31 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 4pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church. As part of the this event, the film “Alone in the Wilderness” will be shown. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

MAY 14 (TUESDAY): Cavendish Connections Tech Cafe, 6-8 pm at the Cavendish Town Library in Proctorsvile. Bring your smart phone, laptop, tablet (iPad) to learn how to use them as well as how to use Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. This will be free and open to the Cavendish community.

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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