Cavendish Update - News & Events - 8/1/14


Flash Flooding: On Monday, July 28, Cavendish and the surrounding areas were hit with a very intense storm. While  Proctorsville Fire Department responded to a Cavendish residence that was struck by lighting, other than an electrical component, there was no damage to the home. Chester was hit by flash flooding causing road closures and damage to homes. PFD provided mutual aid to Chester, checking on residents in the flooded areas. Photos are posted on the Chester Telegraph website. 

Market Basket Open But Little Food: Workers at Claremont’s Market Basket don’t have to worry about returning to their jobs on Monday, they never stopped working. Paul Ritz Grocery Manager for the store says they rally during their time off.  Ritz estimated that there are about 40 employees outside rallying for the return of Arthur T including a customer and says they have received an outpouring of customer support.. “We truly believe Arthur T. Demoulas will get control of the company,” said Martin. Claremont’s Market Basket employees have been protesting the firing of Arthur T. Demoulas for weeks, along with most of the company’s 25,000 other employees at the 71 stores in three states.

VT Yankee Emergency Planning Changes Detailed: The last day of operation of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will be Dec. 29, 2014. Cavendish has been approached about providing shelter in the event an accident occurs during the decommissioning phase. Brattleboro Reformer 

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) invites the Cavendish community and all of its neighbors to the Proctorsville Green on Route 131 for the next to last concert of this year’s Cavendish summer music series on Wednesday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. to listen to the Voodoo Alien Blues Band.  This concert is sponsored by the Cavendish Recreation Department. The Rutland based all star rhythm and blues band is led by local blues legend Steve Audsley and appears regularly at a variety of Vermont venues. As always, the concerts are free and open to everyone. FMI: Robin at 226-7736 or Summer Concert Series  

The Cavendish Historical Society will show part five of the Vermont Movie: Ceres’ Children on Sunday, August 10th at 2 pm. Part Five takes a deeper look at some of Vermont’s cherished traditions: participatory democracy and the conservation ethic, from the ideas of George Perkins Marsh, one of America’s first environmentalists, to contemporary volunteer groups and activist movements. The film captures 21st century debates over natural resources, then circles back in time to show how these concerns originate in the ethics of farmers, who depended on the natural world for their survival. The disappearance of dairy farms has raised a tough question: how big is too big? How can Vermont survive in a world economy? Can Vermont be a model for small, local and self-sufficient farming? FMI: 226-7807 or

The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will be closed the week of August 18 in order to replace the carpeting to a commercial grade flooring, which looks like wood.   The remodeling should be finished by Tuesday, August 26.  We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause.  You will still be able to access free WiFi outside of the building.

The Two Rivers Supervisory Union and the Cavendish Recreation Department are excited to announce the opening of the Cavendish After School and Summer Rec Program. Beginning August 11th, Cavendish parents will have the ability to send their son or daughter to camp right in town. Sponsored by an after school grant from Afterschool Inc, the CDD, and the newly formed recreation department of Cavendish,  camp will operate from 8:30-4:00 pm until August 22nd.

Camp will follow a high energy schedule that includes academic enrichment, recreation, team sports, hiking, local field trips, and snack. Open to students going into 1st-7th grade, this is the first summer program held at CTES in recent history. We hope to meet the needs of working families by providing a quality program where kids are bound to have lots of fun and meet friends.  Residents of Cavendish will pay a weekly fee of $70, while outside residents can attend camp for $85. As a licensed child care program we accept child care subsidy from the state of Vermont, all qualifying families can then attend camp for free. We also have daily and drop in fees.

Registration is limited to the first 30 campers enrolled. Enrollment forms maybe picked and dropped off at the Cavendish town hall, the Ludlow Recreation Department, or by emailing camp Director Zoe Lirakis at Camp registration will end on August 6th.

FMI: Camp Director Zoe Lirakis at (802)356-4339, or the Cavendish Recreation Director Terry O'Brien (802)738-3215.

The Cavendish Town Energy Committee has proposed to the Cavendish Select Board that the town establish a solar facility to generate the electricity used by several town departments, and the Select Board has voted to ask the town if they will approve a bond issue to pay for the solar facility.  The Energy Committee will hold a public forum to discuss the plan on Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Cavendish Town Office meeting room.

The vote will occur on August 26th when Vermont voters hold primary elections.  Particulars of the plan were discussed at a recent Select Board meeting, and a special town meeting will be held on August 25th to further inform voters on the plan details.  However, many citizens have been asking questions, so the committee has decided to hold a less formal forum in addition to the town meeting to answer those questions.

The solar facility would consist of 624 solar panels on an unused parcel of land that is invisible to residents.  It will pay for itself with the electrical power it produces and will not be the cause for a tax increase.  It will provide cost containment for the town’s energy bills far into the future.  For more information on the time and place of the forum, please call the Cavendish Town Office at (802) 226-7291.

Black River Good Neighbor Services is initiating a new program to support school children and is requesting donations for back to school needs.  Audrey Bridge, Executive Director, said: “Over the years we have noticed that back to school time places a huge financial burden on our clients with children. Back to school supply purchases further stress already tight monthly budgets.  When there are several children in a family, equipping them can seem impossible to families in need.”

Specific back to school needs vary with grade level and the school attended.  Probably the costliest general requirement is a backpack.  Families seeking back to school support can submit an application to BRGNS at 37B Main Street starting immediately.  Then, when the schools make known the requirements for each child, families can share those requirements with the staff at BRGNS.  BRGNS assists families in Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.

For a list of items to donate or for an application, please visit our website, or drop into our store at 37B Main Street, Ludlow.  For further information, please call (802) 228-3663. 

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