Cavendish Update 11/7/14 Election/Swap/News

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1. Cavendish 2014 November Election Results

2. Cavendish Related News

3. First Annual Abundance Swap

4. Jenni Johnson Returns to Raise the Roof!

5. Events

1. CAVENDISH 2014 NOVEMBER ELECTION RESULTS: Of 1,059 Cavendish registered voters, 475 (45%) voted in the November 4, 2014 election. The ballot form used was designed for electronic scanning, but the town opted to go with a manual count to save money. The combination of high voter turnout for a non presidential election and manual tabulation delayed results until after midnight.

The only contested seat was for state representative, with Stuart Lindberg (I) challenging incumbent Mark Huntley (D). Since this seat is for the towns of Weathersfield and Cavendish, the combined total gave Huntley a narrow victory of 13 votes. Huntley received 207 (Cavendish) + 434 (Weathersfield) for a total of 641 votes versus Lindberg’s 249 (Cavendish) + 379 (Weathersfield) . There was one write-in and 18 voters chose not to cast a ballot for this position.  Indications are that Lindberg is requesting a recount.

State senators John Campbell (D), Dick McCormack (D); and Alice W. Nitka (D) ran un opposed as did Doug Hoffer Auditor of Accounts; Probate Judge Joanne Ertel; State’s Attorney Michael Kainen; Sheriff Michael Chamberlain and the town’s Justices of the Peace.

The Vermont House of Representatives will include 91 Democrats, 53 Republicans and five from other parties or no parties as all. In the Senate, the makeup is 20 Democrats, nine Republicans and one Progressive. Other Cavendish voting is available at The Dish. 


Select Board Votes to Replace Bridge #27: On Friday, Oct. 31, the Select Board met in a special meeting and voted to by-pass the bid process and hire Cold River Bridge to replace the Mabey bridge (Brook Rd near the intersection of Brook and East Roads) with a permanent one. This company was responsible for the temporary bridge that was installed to handle the increased traffic load when the Whitesville Bridge was closed this past summer. The bridge will be closed from Nov. 10 (Monday) until December 1 (Monday). Please plan alternate routes.  For more information on this project, call the town office 802-226-7291.

 Yogi McNamara RunFest Results: With 93 competitors from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, the town of Cavendish had a strong showing for 10 K and 5 K races. . Krissy Chambers and Svetlana Phillips finished first and third respectively in the women’s division for the 10 K, while Jace Provance and Keegan Ewald finished 2nd and 3rd out of 79 runners for the 5K. Yogi’s niece Colleen McNamara was the 2nd place finisher in the women’s division for the 5 K. In the 13-18 division of the 5K, the top three were either from Cavendish or Proctorsville-Reid Hryckiewicz, 1st, Tierney O’Brien 2nd, and Liam O’Brien 3rd. Full results are available at The Dish. 

 Missing Cat on Twenty Mile Stream: Pierre, a black and white male cat, has been missing since November 3rd and was last seen at the intersection of 131 and Twenty Mile Stream. The cat is five years old, on the heavy side and has a black freckle on his nose. For more information, including a picture, go to The Dish. 

3. FIRST ANNUAL CAVENDISH ABUNDANCE SWAP: With the discontinuation of the town’s annual Holiday Fair, Cavendish Connects recognized the need for a new way for the community to gather during this time of year. A new tradition for holiday giving, the Abundance Swap invites the community to both share and receive the bounty of the season.

Held on December 6 (Saturday) at the Cavendish Town Elementary School, the process is straightforward:

 Step 1: Pick 3-5 items in your home, shop or office that someone would enjoy as a gift. These should be in really good shape and of quality, meaning it’s well made and likely to be valued by someone. NO JUNK. Children are encouraged to bring gently used toys they may have outgrown or no longer use.

Step 2: Bring them to the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Saturday morning starting at 9:30 am. Drop off your items, enjoy a visit with your neighbors, sharing the stories of what you are bringing to the swap. From 10-11:30, select presents for someone on your holiday giving list (it can be you)

Step 3: Enjoy yourself!

If you would like to help with the swap, or have questions, please contact or call 802-226-7807.

4. JENNI JOHNSON RETURNS TO RAISE THE ROOF CONCERT SERIES: Back by popular demand, the fabulous Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers will light up Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Sunday November 16 as part of the Raise the Roof concert series in Proctorsville.  Johnson's many fans in the Burlington music scene describe her singing style as smooth, jazzy, funky and soulful.  Her Sunday jazz brunches are popular among the city's music lovers and she appears regularly in the Burlington Jazz Festival.  This powerhouse vocalist will fill tiny Gethsemane Church with big sound, backed up by keyboard, horns, bass and percussion.   Jenni Johnson's dusky rendition of "Moonlight in Vermont" has been heard in Paris, Montreal and Rostov, Russia, and she is comfortable anywhere singing jazz, blues, swing and funk.  Johnson claims that each performance teaches her how to refine the use of her  instrument---her vocal chords.  The music begins at 4:00 p.m. on November 16 and admission is $10.00 at the door.  This is a concert you don't want to miss. Get acquainted with Jenni Johnson at and you can "Like" the concert series on Facebook at Raise the Roof Concert Series.

 5. EVENTS: On Saturday, November 8, Operation Christmas Child will take place at CTES starting at 10 am. The Memorial for Deryl Stowell is at 11 am at the Proctorsville Fire Hall. At 2 pm, the Cavendish Library will be hosting their last Dinner and a Movie for the season-Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Cavendish Historical Society’s Fall dinner is from 5:30 to 7 pm in the multi purpose room at CTES. Don’t tell her, but there will be a special thank you at the Fall dinner for Gloria Levin for her many contributions to the Cavendish community. All are invited.

 For information about these and other events, go to

• Cavendish Connects Calendar 

• On going Cavendish Fall Activities 

•  Okemo Valley Calendar