Cavendish Update 10/9/15 Survey/News/Events

10//9/15 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Connects Internet Speed Survey
3. Using the KonMari Approach for Abundance Swap Prep
4. Pig Roast to Benefit Cavendish Snow Fleas
5. Raise the Roof Concert Series Returns This Fall
6. Events
New Genealogies for Cavendish:
 Linda Welch, the genealogist for the Cavendish Historical Society, now has information for the following families: Amsden; Belknap; Thomas Brown Family; Ely; Gilson; Green; Hutchinson; Stewart. If you are interested in looking at these genealogies and/or researching similar families, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail
Donations Needed for PVFD’s Annual Pasta Dinner: The Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department is holding their annual pasta dinner on Saturday Nov. 7. They are in need of desserts (pies) for this event, which can be dropped off after 2 pm, as well as silent auction items. The contact person for the silent auction is Amy Perry 226-7118.
Singleton’s 6th Annual Soup Cook OffBring a crock-pot full of your favorite soup to the 6th Annual Soup Cook Off at noon to Singleton’s Store on Main Street in Proctorsville. Prizes include Singleton’s world famous smoked bacon, a Singleton’s hoodie, tee shirt and of course “bragging rights.” The entry fee is $10. Judging is by the public who are asked to make a donation.  This year proceeds will be given to the Ballantine Animal Fund, a fund created earlier this year and named after Jim Ballantine. Vermont Journal
Cheerios Recall: General Mills is recalling nearly 2 million boxes of plain Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios. The company says the cereal is labeled gluten-free, but actually contains wheat. The recall affects Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios made in July at the company's Lodi, California, plant. Go to the Cheerios website for more information. 
IRS Scam Targets Vermonters: The Director of the VT Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance programs, Janet Murnane, says that nearly 2,000 Vermonters have already filed complaints this year about the IRS scam. At least four have been swindled, paying out up to $17,000. "If you talk with them, if you engage, if you call the call back number, they're just going to put you on the live list and continue to call you." She warns these overseas crooks are extremely convincing, offer ID numbers and typically have personal information about you. They use scare tactics, spoof police department phone numbers and prey on people's fears of faulty tax filings. If you really do owe the feds money, experts say the IRS will contact you by mail and won't require a specific payment method. If you get a call claiming you owe back taxes, hang up, call the IRS and report the incident to the AG's office. WCAX
Thank you if you have already taken the Cavendish Internet Speed Survey, as it will provide data that’s needed to help Cavendish qualify for Connectivity funding. If you haven’t taken the survey, please do so as it’s another step in helping to bring high speed Internet to the entire town.
This is a two-step process:
STEP 1: Before beginning this survey, please go to to test your internet speed. After going to this site, click the word "Start" on the large orange odometer-like circle left-hand side of the screen. The site will test your speed and then give you a download and an upload speed. Please jot down these two numbers and enter them into the survey below.
STEP 2: Take the survey 
We would like to conclude the survey by October 19, so please take a few minutes and check your bandwidth and then take the survey.
Thank you for your efforts and please email us at with any questions!
Does it seem like a number of people you know are reading or talking about“The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by the Japanese author Marie Kondo? Well part of it is the time of year-changing season means switching out clothes, lawn care etc. However, many are finding it a very easy way to de clutter and kept it that way. 
 In a nutshell, the idea is to only keep things that spark joy when you look at them or are necessary (e.g. medications, tax returns etc). The process is very straight forward. Gather all items in a similar category, such as clothes, books, or paper, regardless of where they appear in the house and put them in one location. Start sorting. When you pick up an object ask one question-does it spark joy? If it elicits no response up to and including “hate it,” discard it for recycling (Black River Good Neighbor or Fiber Barn at the transfer station), consignment shop, trash or save it for the 2nd Annual Cavendish Abundance Swap on Dec. 5.   Only gently used items for the Abundance Swap please.
Learn more about the KonMari method at The Dish.  If there is interest, Cavendish Connects will host a workshop in November on implementing this technique. If you are interested in such a workshop please e-mail with dates and times that would be most convenient for you.
On Saturday, Oct 10 from 12:30-3 pm there will be a pig roast to raise funds for the Cavendish’s snow mobile club Green Mountain Snow Fleas. They are using funds for “Building a Home for our Tucker,”  the tucker being the machine they use for grooming VAST trails used for snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. There will be a Silent Auction and 50/50 raffle. Jamie’s Junk Show will provide musical entertainment. Tickets, available the day of the pig roast, are $15 for adults and children under 10 $5 and includes sides, soft drink & dessert-hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids. The roast will take place in the field next to Snow Country Snowmobiles, Winery Rd., Proctorsville. Rain Date Sunday Oct. 11. For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, call 802-554-0011.
The popular locally-grown concert series that fills the cold weather months with music in downtown Proctorsville will return in October.  Now in its fourth year, Raise the Roof concerts will kick off the season with world class fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger, whose virtuoso playing of traditional music from New England and the British Isles will light up Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Sunday October 25.  She will be joined by Greg Boardman on fiddle and Bethany Waickman on guitar.  As they say in the British Isles, it will be "a crackin' good time."
On Sunday November 22, House Blend, one of Vermont's best a capella groups, will return with their eclectic mix of gospel, African, Eastern European, American folk and classical music.  These seasoned vocalists have energy and passion for singing that is contagious. Raise the Roof Concert: House Blend singing group, Nov. 22 (Sunday), 4 pm at Gethsemane Church in Proctorsville, off of Depot St. Admission $10.
After a break in December, the series will return with more great music as well as a special evening of live storytelling---a Vermont version of the popular Moth Radio Hour on National Public Radio.  This special event features local folks telling their stories without scripts---true tales that amuse, inspire and touch the heart.
All Raise the Roof events take place at Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Depot St. in Proctorsville at 4:00 p.m.  Admission is $10 at the door.  Mark your calendar for the October and November dates and then stay tuned for updates!
Upcoming events for Cavendish include:
• Oct 10 (Saturday): Pig Roast to benefit Cavendish (Green Mountain) Snow Fleas; Singleton’s 6th Annual Soup Cook Off to benefit the Ballantine Animal Fund
• Oct. 11 (Sunday): Last day Cavendish Historical Museum is open-Talk on life in Cavendish during the depression and WWII eras plus annual cemetery tour to Cavendish Center Rd Cemetery.
• Oct. 12 (Monday): Columbus Day. Federal Holiday. Town office closed.
• Oct 13 (Tuesday): Select Board Meeting. Agenda will be posted as soon as it’s received. Check Facebook and The Dish.   
For more information on these and other events, go to the Cavendish Connects October Calendar.  For regional events, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce Calendar.