Cavendish Update 12/19/14 Crime Alert/Services/News/Events

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1. Cavendish Related News

2. ISO Solzhenitsyn Cavendish Photographs

3. Zero Waste Holiday Tips

4. Christmas Services at Area Churches

5. Cavendish Community Luncheon Returns

6. Events


Accident on Depot Street and Rt 103: State Police in Rockingham investigated a two-vehicle crash on VT 103 in Cavendish at the junction of Depot Street on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:36 am. Jason Rounds of Cavendish was attempting to enter VT 103 from Depot Street when he drove into the path of Renee Audet, of Chester, who was travelling northwest. Rounds struck the passenger side of Audet's vehicle causing minor damage to her vehicle and moderate damage to the front right of his vehicle. No one was injured. Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department assisted state Police. VT State Police Press Release

Breaking and Entering in Cavendish: On Tuesday, December 16, Tuesday, at 1100 Block Densmore Rd, there was a burglary, breaking and entering with force, reported at 10:42 am. Crime Reports Note: This is the 6th burglary in Cavendish in less than a month.  

Assault, Disorderly Conduct: On Wednesday 12/17/14 at approx. 3:22 Vermont State Police began a road rage investigation that occurred on RT 103 in Cavendish. Travis Allen of Chester was driving north when Nathan Lambert of Cavendish allegedly began to tailgate him. Both vehicles had stopped in a line of traffic while a school bus was dropping off children. Lambert got out of his vehicle and approached Allen who was sitting in his vehicle. Allen and two independent witnesses allege that Lambert reached into the driver side window and began punching Allen. Allen got out to get Lambert's license plate number and Lambert allegedly began punching him again. Witnesses say they intervened and Lambert then drove away. Lambert reported that Allen had allegedly thrown an object at his vehicle when he drove by and then allegedly kicked his headlight, which was what precipitated the punches. On 12/18/14 at approx. 09:40 Lambert was taken into custody and transported to the Rockingham Barracks. He was issued a citation to answer to the charges of Disorderly conduct, Simple Assault, and False information to a police officer. He was released to appear in court on January 27, 2015. VT State Police Press Release

New Ludlow Laundromat: There is now a new Laundromat at the Okemo Market Place, opposite the Okemo Access Rd and next to Darkside. Open seven days a week from 7 am-9pm. 

Let’s Keep Our Volunteer Fire Fighters Home This Holiday Season: The Proctorsville Fire Dept. was called out on Wednesday for a chimney fire, which helped to make this the busiest year ever in its 181 year history. Learn how to Put a Freeze on Winter Fires so the many volunteers of CFD and PFD can enjoy an uninterrupted holiday season.

Both Fire Departments Sell Out Trees: Proctorsville Fire Department 100 trees and 45 wreaths, proceeds of which will help to purchase new equipment. The Cavendish Fire Dept., who also sold all of their trees, is using the funds to help purchase a generator for the Cavendish Shelter at the Cavendish Baptist Church. Thanks to those who made purchases.

One Year After Target Date, State Still Striving for Broadband “Last Mile:” Nearly a year after the original target date for bringing broadband service to every Vermont address, the state says 2,183 locations still remain to be served. The state calculates broadband coverage based on reports from providers. Jim Porter, Dept. Of Public Service Telecommunications, says plans are in place to serve all the remaining addresses, but they are part of two projects scheduled for completion next year. “The addresses that are still awaiting the projects to be completed are divided evenly among FairPoint’s project and VTel’s project,” he says. Both projects are supported with federal dollars. FairPoint receives funding for DSL under the initial phase of Federal Communications Connect America Fund, known as CAF Phase 1. Springfield-based VTel is using about $115 million dollars in federal grants and loans to build an extensive wireless system. Currently, the system is available to only a small number of subscribers, but VTel president Michel Guite says the company is on schedule to serve more than 60,000 Vermonters from 121 towers and sites by mid-2015. VPR 

 VT Comcast Customers Can Now Turn Devices in Their Homes into a TV: Starting Dec. 16, Comcast X1 customers in Vermont will be able to access their TV lineup on any connected screen in their home. Additionally, they will be able to download programs they have recorded on their digital video recorder (DVR) to watch on IP-enabled devices or stream them using an Internet connection, anytime and anywhere. The in-home streaming feature provides access to virtually the entire channel line-up and Xfinity On Demand programming on mobile devices and computers. The content is presented to customers via the familiar X1 user experience. Press Release 

2. ISO SOLZHENITSYN CAVENDISH PHOTOGRAPHS : Do you have pictures of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn speaking at the 1977 or 1994 town meeting? What about the famous "No Directions Sign" that use to hang on Joe's store?

The Cavendish Historical Society is finishing a children's biography of Solzhenitsyn and would like to include photographs of his time in Cavendish. If you have photographs, please e-mail or call 802-226-7807. They can also be sent to CHS, PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142.

 3. ZERO WASTE HOLIDAY SEASON TIPS: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the average American household’s waste increases by 25%. Whether it’s shopping locally, re gifting, wrapping presents in reusable shopping bags, or using greens from your backyard for a centerpiece, check out almost 30 ways you can create some merry and bright memories without contributing unnecessarily to the “over abundance” at the Transfer Station.  


• Calvary Church: Christmas Celebration on Dec. 21st (Sunday) at 11am preceded by our monthly Kids' Program including puppets, music, crafts, stories, etc. at 10 am. FMI: 226-7607 or

• Catholic

Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, Wednesday)

- Holy Name of Mary, Proctorsville - 7:00 P.M. Christmas Concert begins at 6:30 P.M.

- Annunciation, Ludlow - 5:00 P.M. Christmas Concert begins at 4:30 P.M.

- Annunciation, Ludlow - 9:00 P.M. Christmas Concert begins at 8:30 P.M.

Christmas Day (Dec. 25, Thursday) - Annunciation Church, Ludlow at 9:00 A.M.

 Cavendish Baptist Church: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 pm. FMI: 226-7131 

• Gethsemane Episcopal Church: Christmas Eve service at 4:00pm with candlelight, traditional carols, and communion.  All are welcome.  

 5. CAVENDISH COMMUNITY LUNCHEON RETURNS : For many years, St. James Methodist Church offered a monthly community luncheon. Discontinued over a year ago, many people in the community talked about how much they enjoyed these gatherings. In January, Gethsemane Episcopal Church will once again host these luncheons on the first Wednesday of every month, at noon, in their new Parish Hall. Gethsemane Church is located off of Depot Street with the handicap accessible Hall in the rear of the building.

 On Wednesday January 7, the menu will include pot roast, assorted vegetables, bread, and fruit parfait with coffee, tea and water for beverage. A suggested donation of $3.00 will help defray the cost of the luncheons. FMI: 226-7187 or 484-7431

 6. EVENTS: Upcoming Christmas related events:

• Saturday, Dec. 20: Fletcher Farm Annual Holiday Cookie Sale

• Sunday, Dec. 21:  Winter Solstice, or the first day of summer. Cavendish Caroling starts at 1:30 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church.

• Monday, Dec. 22: Russian Christmas at the Cavendish Elementary School-day long workshops provided by the Cavendish Historical Society. 

• Wednesday, Dec. 24: Various churches will be holding Christmas Eve services, see item 4 above.

• Thursday, Dec. 25: Merry Christmas

• Friday, Dec. 26: The town office is closed

For more information on these and other upcoming events, go to

• Cavendish Connects Calendar 

•  Okemo Valley Calendar