Cavendish Update 8/22/14


Services for Bud Singleton: A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Windsor, Vt for Bud Singleton, the founder of Singleton’s Store in Proctorsville.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Old Stone Church Steeple Fund, P.O. Box 96, Reading, VT 05062. 

Social Media Coming Alive: Learn the history of the Cavendish Update and what led to Cavendish Connects. Vermont Journal

 Cavendish Solar-Power Point Presentation: The Cavendish Energy Committee has provided their Power Presentation and their updated handout for the proposed solar project. They will be reviewing these materials at Monday night's special Town Informational Meeting, Aug. 25,  7 pm at CTES. Voting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 10-7 at the school. The Dish contains both handouts in PDF format.

Runnings Coming to Claremont: Minnesota-based retailer Runnings made it official this week that it plans to open a store in the former Lowes building on Washington Street. Runnings operates over 30 retail stores throughout Minnesota, the Dakotas and Montana selling farm and livestock equipment and supplies, hunting and fishing equipment, housewares, automotive goods, plumbing, electrical, clothing, footwear, hardware, lawn and garden supplies, paint, pet supplies, sporting goods, and tools.  The Eagle Times

Peanut & Almond Butter Brands May Contain Salmonella: There is a recall of peanut and almond butters made by Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond and Peanut Butters or private label brands for Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Krogers and Safeway. The Hain Celestial Group says there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. The company says it learned of the contamination risk after routine Food and Drug Administration testing. For lot numbers go to the FDA website 

Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Colder Winter: Winter's going to be colder than usual and next summer hotter. So says the Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts. Published Wednesday, the almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in two-thirds of the country, or what Editor Janice Stillman calls "a refriger-nation." Before unpacking the parka, remember "colder than average" is about 2 to 5 degrees difference. The accuracy rate of the Farmer’s Almanac is considerably less than advertised and is more like 50-50.  WCAX 

Face of Hunger in VT: A new study by the Vermont Foodbank and Feeding America shows that 1 in 4 people, or an estimated 153,100 people, in Vermont turn to food shelves and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This includes 33,900 children and 26,010 seniors. “Many of our neighbors who are seeking food assistance have jobs, raise families, work toward education and struggle with health problems, like all of us. VT Digger 

2. THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CONCERT SERIES: The 2014 Concerts on the Green ended this past Wednesday evening to the music of Sensible Shoes. A special thank you to Sharon Huntley for once again organizing the event by booking the bands and raising the money to make this possible and to the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) for their continued support in being the overall sponsor. We also extend our deep appreciation to the sponsors of the various bands: Golden Stage Inn; Old Cavendish Products; Black River Produce; Okemo Mountain Resort; Good Earth Landscaping; Calabrese Architects; and the Cavendish Recreation Department.

3. CAVENDISH IN THE MOVIES: On Aug. 31, at 2pm, the Cavendish Historical Society will present Part 6 of The Vermont Movie. While this segment tackles contemporary tensions over energy, independence, the environment and the state’s future, it also shows  the devastating impact of Hurricane Irene revealing the power not only of nature, but of people and community. Considerable footage was shot in Cavendish, at the shelter, which operated for 10 days. There are a number of interviews with locals and even features the Cavendish VT Facebook page. As we come to the 3rd anniversary of the flood, this is a good way to remember how resilient the people of Cavendish were and continue to be. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

4. 15th ANNUAL RIVERSWEEP & JUNK JAM: The Black River Action Team (BRAT) reminds volunteers of all ages to lend their time and elbow-grease to the 15th Annual RiverSweep! Held on the Saturday after Labor Day Weekend (this year on September 6th), RiverSweep is a trash-gathering extravaganza aimed at the bed and banks of the Black River in Windsor County, Vermont.

Stop in at one of two headquarters after 8AM on September 6th: in Springfield at the Citizens Bank drive-up by the footbridge in the Shopping Plaza on the Chester Road, or in Ludlow at the gazebo on the town green in Veterans Park by the Fletcher Memorial Library.  Sign in, pick up a little light refreshment, work-gloves and garbage bags. Pick a place to look for trash, and set off. Bring back your "haul" by 11AM so BRAT can take inventory and photos; collect your free BRAT tee shirt and enjoy some lunch donated by area business-folks.

Springfield BRATs receive grilled hot dogs courtesy of the fine folks of Young's Furniture & Appliance; Ludlow/Cavendish BRATs should don their 2015 RiverSweep tee shirts and head over to Goodman's American Pie in Lamere Square in downtown Ludlow for a free slice of delicious cheese pizza.

In recognition of this being the 15th RiverSweep, pick a piece of trash to "play" in the first-ever "Junk Jam" -- a spontaneous music-making event in the spirit of The Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Cleaning up is important, but it can also be creative and fun to repurpose our junk!

RiverSweep and Junk Jam will wrap up by noon. Please contact BRAT Director Kelly Stettner for more details or with any questions: or (802) 885-1533. 

5. EVENTS: This coming Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 pm is the Town informational Meeting on the Solar project. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, all voters can cast their ballots for not only the primaries but also whether to approval a $450,000 bond vote for Cavendish’s own solar system. For the full calendar of events, go to Cavendish Connects Calendar

If you wish to add an event to the calendar, be sure to use the “Submit an Event” feature after the calendar. For other activities in the area, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber’s Events Calendar. 

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