Cavendish Update 9/5/14 News/Events

 The 9/5/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:

1. Cavendish Connects Information

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Household Hazardous Waste Collection-9/13

4. Raise the Roof Concert Series Again

5. Bottle Drive for Camp Keewaydin

6. Local Youth Raise Money for the Cavendish Green /Volunteers Needed

7. Annual Phineas Gage Talk and Walking Tour

8. Events

1. CAVENDISH CONNECTS INFORMATION: Mail Chimp: We are now using Mail Chimp for the weekly Cavendish Update. Because of slow connection speeds in various parts of town, photographs will generally not be included. You can always check out our Instagram site

Events/Classifieds/Calendar: If you want an event included on the Cavendish Connects Calendar, please use the on-line form or e-mail us directly. You can always post directly to the Cavendish VT Facebook page or send a press release. Please check the calendar before scheduling an event. We’re a small town and people do like to participate, so where possible, let’s try to avoid conflicts.

Support: Thank you to those who have already shown their support for Cavendish Connects by sending a contribution. We’ve now made it possible to donate via credit card directly from the website.  A check payable to Cavendish Connects and mailed to PO Box 3, Cavendish, VT 05142 is always an option.


West Nile Virus Likely Widespread in Vermont: The Vermont Department of Health says mosquitoes captured in multiple towns across southern Vermont have tested positive for West Nile virus. The Dept. Urges Vermonters to take cause to prevent mosquito bites. VT Digger 

 September is Preparedness Month: Are you Prepared?: Irene and other damaging storms show us the importance of being ready for anything. September is Preparedness month in Vermont. Learn more about how to prepare your Cavendish home in the event of an emergency. 

 Springfield Medical Center Urges Signing up for Practice Patient Portal: Springfield Medical Care Systems has recently announced the availability of its physician practice patient portal, with new and improved features that include the ability to request and view appointments, refill prescriptions, and message clinicians and nurses. The service is free, and makes information readily available via any computer or smartphone. Contact your primary care provider's office –includes Ludlow Health Center-to request portal access or visit Springfield Health Center at 100 River Street, Springfield, VT. Press Release 

 Buchanan Named President of Black River Produce: Sean Buchanan, who has been with the company for more than five years, was promoted to the president’s position Friday, effective immediately. Buchanan will take over the day-to-day running of the company from founders Mark Curran and Steve Birge, who started Black River Produce 35 years ago in Proctorsville with the motto “Give Peas A Chance.” Rutland Herald 

Corren is Lt. Governor Write-In Winner: A special canvassing committee has formally certified the results of last week’s Primary election. In a high profile effort, Progressive Lt. Governor candidate Dean Corren received just under 4,000 votes in the Democratic primary. This represents 60 percent of the votes in this contest. NPR

Rate Hikes for VT Health Connect Customers: Customers of Vermont Health Connect will pay a lot more for insurance next year, but not as much as the insurance companies wanted. The insurance companies say the higher rates are a result of rising costs of care and pharmaceuticals and changes in federal law. WCAX 

3. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION: Sept. 13 (Saturday) is the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for Cavendish. You can take items to the Springfield Transfer Station or the Weathersfield Transfer Station between the hours of 9-1. Up to 10 gallons of hazardous waste is taken free-of-charge. There is no limit on paint, but anyone with at least 300 gallons should call for a pickup.

Bring: Aerosols; antifreeze; automotive products; gasoline; hobby chemicals; household cleaners; kerosene; paint (latex and oil based), stains etc., paint cleaners; pesticides; pool chemicals; mercury thermometers; mercury thermostats

Do Not Bring: Alkaline batteries; ammunition; asbestos; auto batteries; computers; empty container; fireworks; fluorescent bulbs; medical waste; medicines; radioactive material; waste oil.

Were to take Stuff: The Cavendish Connects Environment & Sustainability site provides information about what to take where, including a variety of recycling options.

4. RAISE THE ROOF CONCERTS RISE AGAIN: The 2014-2015 Raise the Roof Concert season will kick off with the Vermont- grown acoustic team of the Dupont Brothers  on Sunday October 5.  On November 16, Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers  will return by popular demand. January 4 features The New Line, led by Brendan Taaffe, performs Appalachian ballads blended with African rhythms.  All concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. at Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Depot Street,  and cost $10.00 at the door. 

 5. BOTTLE DRIVE FOR CAMP KEEWAYDIN: On Sept. 6 (Saturday), there will be a bottle drive by the CTES 6th grade to help raise money for the class’s annual trip to Camp Keewaydin. Bottles can be dropped off until noon at the school in Proctorsville. To arrange for a pickup or for more information, please call Shannon at 376-3632.

6. YOUTH RAISE MONEY FOR PLAYGROUND/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Living close to the Cavendish Village Green, Rhyan and Sarah Devereux, both students at CTES, along with their cousin Bradley Frye, a student at GMUHS,  decided it was time to restore the Green’s play area. Phase I, the design, can be seen on-line

Phase II was the task of raising money and in-kind donations. At the Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale, their booth raised $120. Next was a letter writing campaign for in-kind donations. Wayne Gilcris said the bark mulch was free, but the cousins had to come collect it. A meeting with Ron Godfrey at LaValley’es secured the lumber for the project. They also wrote to the Cavendish Recreation Booster Club asking for limited support to help supplement the costs of the slides.

The last phase is implementation and this is where you come in. There will be a construction party on Saturday, Sept. 13 starting at 8 am and volunteers are needed. Food and drinks will be provided.

Thank you Sarah, Rhyan, and Bradley for being such a great example of how to get things down

7. ANNUAL PHINEAS GAGE TALK AND WALK: On September 13, 1848 Phineas Gage, a foreman, was working with his crew excavating rocks in preparing the bed for the Rutland and Burlington Railroad in Cavendish. An accidental explosion of a charge he had set blew his tamping iron through his head. It entered under the left cheekbone and exited through the top of the head. The rod, covered with brains and blood, was found approximately 30 yards from the site of the accident.

It is remarkable that Gage survived this accident, let alone lived for 11 more years. Fortunately Dr. Harlow and Dr. Henry J. Bigelow, a professor of surgery at Harvard University, tracked Gage as much possible, thereby documenting one of the first cases of traumatic brain injury in medical science. It was also the first understanding that different parts of the brain have different functions. With this knowledge, the first brain tumor removal operation became possible in 1885.

On September 14, at 2 pm, the Cavendish Historical Society will hold it’s yearly “talk and walk,” which includes a discussion of the accident, the latest historical information about the case and an approximately two mile round trip walk to the location of the accident. Meet at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum at 2 pm. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

8. EVENTS: It’s a busy weekend coming up. On Saturday, there are three event:

• The Bottle Drive for the CTES 6th Camp Keewaydin trip

• RiverSweep (goes rain or shine)-register at the Ludlow Gazebo, starting at 8 am, with cleaning taking place on the Black River in Cavendish and Proctorsville. Free T-shirt and pizza.

• Reception for Jane Hart’s exhibit of local portraits at the Cavendish Library, 7 pm.

On Sunday, the Cavendish Baptist Church will be hosting Back to School Sunday. For more information about these events and other activities, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar. 

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