Cavendish Update 8/29/14 Election/News/Events


• Election Results: With 185 (18% of registered voters) ballots cast, the Cavendish Solar Bond was approved by a margin of 133 to 50, with two blank ballots. According to town manager, Rich Svec, the plan is to have the bid and selection process completed with a contract awarded by mid September. Svec informed those in attendance at the Town Meeting on Monday night that the town’s “certificate of public good” has been extended, which allows construction to begin at the site immediately.  For a full report, go to The Dish. 

 • Community Bids Farewell to Singleton: His name has become simultaneous with great customer service, community building and smoked pepperoni. He served his country with honor during World War II before returning to Vermont in order to run his family shop and, in the process, transformed into one of the most respected and beloved businessmen in the region. Eagle Times

 • Cavendish Related Articles in the VT Journal

• Cavendish Recreation Department is Off to a Running Start 

 Another Hat for Brendan McNamera 

 Deal to Sell Market Basket to Arthur T. Has Been Signed: Sources say the Market Basket board of directors approved the sale of the grocery chain to Arthur T. Demoulas at a meeting Wednesday night. WPTZ 

 GMP Approved to Reduce Rates: he Vermont Public Service Board Wednesday approved a proposal from Green Mountain Power to reduce electricity rates starting Oct. 1.The 2.56 percent price cut will apply to all 260,000 GMP customers in every rate class.  For a typical homeowner with a $100 monthly bill, the change will save about $30 annually. WPTZ 

 Springfield Hospital’s CMS Certification Endangered by Violations: Springfield Hospital could lose its ability to participate in Medicare and Medicaid because of incidents in which health care professionals violated patients’ rights, according to an investigation. The hospital received a termination letter from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in February, and an April investigation by the Division of Licensing and Protection found the hospital and its off-site psychiatric facility had violated patients’ rights. VT Digger  

Springfield Hospital Pleads Case: Executives of Springfield Hospital told a hearing of the Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday that the hospital was on track to post a $1 million operating loss in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, then faced skeptical questioning about the hospital’s request for a 5.1 percent revenue increase. Board members worried that Springfield’s financial woes would continue. They asked how long the hospital would continue to provide financial support for an affiliated clinic that also receives federal financial subsidies — no end was anticipated, executives said — and urged them to explore additional ways to collaborate with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, as a number of other hospitals in the region have done in recent years. Valley News 

 Telecom Plan Raises Question about future Internet Service in VT: The Dept. Of Public Service’s draft 10 year plan for the future of telecommunications in VT would require fiber to home service to every VT address by the year 2024. That’s because earlier this year lawmakers decided that a decade from now, all Vermonters should have access to upload and download speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps).  It’s a huge leap. Right now most Vermont broadband is from cable, DSL or wireless technology that isn’t capable of those speeds. 

 2. BACK TO SCHOOL SUNDAY: Back to School Sunday 2013 was so much fun, we're doing it again! Back to School Sunday is a fundraiser to benefit the Cavendish Elementary PTO Activity Fund. Cavendish Baptist Church will donate $5 to the Cavendish Elementary PTO Activity Fund for each person who comes to Back to School Sunday. The fund is used for special educational events and field trips. Everyone is welcome – even if you don't usually go to church. The more people who attend, the more we can donate!

 Back to School Sunday will take place on September 7, 2014 at 10:00am. There will be free activities for kids and a free cookout. Back to School Sunday is a gift to our community, so there is no cost to attend and no collection will be taken that morning.

 However, if you'd like to make your own donation to the PTO Activity Fund, we've got some fun in mind. The Cavendish Fire Department has generously lent us their dunk tank and we're going to play “Sink the Sermonater!” For a donation of two dollars, you get a chance to try and hit the target and sink Pastor Abe in the dunk tank.

 Cavendish Baptist Church is located at 2258 Main Street in Cavendish VT. More information about our church and directions can be found at, or give us a call at (802) 226-7131.

 3. BRGNS NEEDS FURNITURE, HOUSEWARES FOR RUMMAGE SALE: Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 19th and 20th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 21st, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

The organization is now accepting donations of clothing, housewares, linens and furniture. If you have anything to donate, please bring it to the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow or for larger items such as furniture please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time.  If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, our volunteers may be able pick it up if arrangements are made in advance.

Proceeds from this sale benefit BRGNS’ food and financial assistance programs.  “This is really a community effort.  Folks donate their unwanted items to us, and we put our earnings right back into the community,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS.  “Although the economy has improved, demand for our services continues.  There are still people going hungry and needing help with housing and clothing costs; so we keep running the rummage sales,” said Bridge.  The monies raised will help cover the cost of utilities, heating fuel, food and rent for qualified individuals and families in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth.

So, please mark your calendar and come explore the many unique bargains.

For further details please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or

4. CAVENDISH HISTORY: AUGUST 28: 1777: If you’ve ever wondered if Cavendish played a role in the Revolutionary War, the letter of Cavendish’s first settler, John Coffeen, sent on August 28, 1777, will give you a good idea of the losses suffered by at least one of the three families that remained in town during the War. This is my account barrack Room and Damages for the use of an Done by the party Stationed at my house in Cavendish by Genl. Starke under the command of Mr. Wm. Heywood Maj'r as they had the whole of my house and about three thousand Boardes which were all much damaged and also other things in the whole to the value at least 6-10-6 Lawfull money as Good as the Money is now. Learn more about Coffeen’s struggles during the war by going to the CHS blog

2011: Tropical Storm Irene struck Cavendish with a vengeance, leaving people without power and water, stranded because of washed out bridges and roads and in some cases, homeless. With over $4 million in damages, the town’s infrastructure was restored and within six months, everyone had returned to their home. Given the remarkable resilience the people of Cavendish showed, it is fitting that so many were filmed at the shelter and are prominently featured in Part 6 of The Vermont Movie. In honor of the third anniversary of Irene, the Cavendish Historical Society will be showing Part 6 on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2 pm at the CHS Museum in Cavendish. FMI: 226-7807 or

5. CTES NEEDS A REFRIGERATOR: The Cavendish Town Elementary School is in need of a refrigerator. If you have one you’d like to donate, please contact the school at 802-226-7758.

6. CAVENDISH PORTRAITS ON DISPLAY: Jane Hart, an artist who lives part of the year in Proctorsville, has painted various people in Cavendish. Among the portrait subjects are the Glidden family, the Goodmans, George Thomson, the Levens, Audrey Stack, the Churchills, Roxie Davis, Scott Sterns, Mary McCallum and several others.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, there will be an opening of Hart’s portraits at the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library from 7:00-9:00 PM.  Light refreshments will be served.  The portraits will remain on display for the rest of of September in the Redfield Proctor room.

Hart’s paintings are on-sale with 100% of the proceeds going to the Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Library.

7. EVENTS: Part 6 of "The Vermont Movie," which features Cavendish during flood recovery and Solzhenitsyn's life here, will be shown on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2 pm at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum. For the full calendar of events, go to  Cavendish Connects Calendar.