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11/27/15 Cavendish Update Contains:
- Cavendish Related News
- Opting for Cavendish Instead of Black Friday
- 2nd Annual Cavendish Abundance Swap is Almost Here
- Prevent Winter Fires
- Proctorsville Fire Dept.’s Annual Tree and Greens Sale
National Chain Applies to Buy VT Nursing Homes: A national nursing home chain that is facing U.S. Justice Department charges of fraud and inadequate staffing is seeking regulators’ approval for its purchase of five Vermont homes, including 102-bed Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield as well as homes in Bennington (100 beds), Berlin (141), Burlington (126) and St. Johnsbury (110). Valley News
DLS Amnesty Program Expands to Windsor County: Supporters of the program say people without licenses often can't get to work and therefore lose their jobs. They also can't get insurance, so if they're driving and crash, the other driver may end up paying. Those are a couple of reasons why Windsor County will now offer a Driver Restoration Day on December 11th. For $25, an old suspension can be made good. The DLS gone, you get your license back. Drivers with suspended licenses in Windsor County have a one-time chance to square things with the state. For more information about the program go to the State’s Driver Restoration Day. WCAX
Utilities Reach Net Metering Cap on Customer Generated Power: Green Mountain Power says it is reaching the limit for net metering projects. The company has filed with the Vermont Public Service Board asking for a strategic limited expansion of net metering through 2016. The utility will continue to accept net metering applications for projects under 15 kilowatts. Typically those are rooftop or ground mounted solar systems for a single home or business. GMP wants to allow for a total of 7.5 megawatts of larger community solar projects, which will allow homes and businesses that can't site solar on their own properties to join together with landowners who can host a project. VPR
2. OPTING FOR CAVENDISH INSTEAD OF BLACK FRIDAY
It’s only been in recent years that stores are opening on Thanksgiving to get a jump on the merchandizing mayhem that ushers in the holiday season. Really, does it make sense to short change the day celebrating what we’re thankful for to wait in long lines in order to trample people purchasing items that aren’t needed, necessary and possibly not affordable? Are the leisurely post Thanksgiving dinner activities of family games, stories etc. being replaced by pouring over circulars and strategizing the “great shop?”
There are many wonderful ways to enjoy and explore Cavendish where you spend little to nothing on Black Friday. Check out a list of options at The Dish. The 2nd Annual Cavendish Abundance Swap on Dec. 5 see article 3, is also an excellent alternative.
3. 2nd ANNUAL CAVENDISH ABUNDANCE SWAP IS ALMOST HERE An alternative to Black Friday, and holiday shopping that creates unnecessary debt, the Cavendish Abundance Swap is all about celebrating the bounty of the holiday season by giving and receiving. It requires no money, expectations or demands on resources. Instead it’s an opportunity to let go of stuff that someone else might enjoy or appreciate rather than having it taking up space in your house. Need some help in this department? Check out the post on using the KonMari approach.
How it works:
• Pick 3-5 items in your home, shop or office that someone would enjoy as a gift. These should be in really good shape and of quality, meaning it’s well made and likely to be valued by someone. Children are encouraged to bring gently used toys they may have outgrown or no longer use.
• Bring them to the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Saturday morning, December 5, starting at 9:30 am.
• Drop off your items, enjoy a visit with your neighbors and the Cavendish Connects team, as well as share the stories of what you are bringing to the swap. If you’d like to bring cookies to share, that would be great.
• From 10-11:30, select presents for someone on your holiday giving list (it can be you).
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4. PREVENT WINTER FIRES
With a little bit of effort and care we can keep our fire and rescue volunteers at home with their families and friends, not only during the holidays but throughout the winter. In Vermont heating equipment is the leading cause of homes fires followed by cooking fires. The leading factor contributing to home heating fires was failure to clean creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment chimneys. The Long cold Vermont winters put added stress on heating systems. Furthermore, higher fuel prices can force people to use alternative heating sources that may not be safe. An improperly installed and maintained heating appliance is dangerous and can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or be the source of a fire. 2014 Report of the State Fire Marshall
Wood Stove and Fireplaces
- Chimney inspected yearly and cleaned if necessary, especially if it hasn’t been cleaned for some time.
- Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire
- Stove should be burned hot twice a day for 15-30 minutes to reduce creosote build up
- Keep a glass or metal screen in front of fireplace openings
- Don’t use excessive amount of paper and never burn charcoal indoors
- Keep flammable materials away from woodstoves and fireplaces, including mantels.
- Before going to sleep make sure the fireplace fire is out. Never close dampers with hot ashes in the fireplace.
- Do not discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place in a metal container outside and away from the house.
Download and read the U.S. Fire Administration Winter Fires Safety Tips for Home
5. PROCTORSVILLE FIRE DEPT ANNUAL TREE AND WREATH SALE The Proctorsville Fire Dept. will once again conduct their Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath sale the first two weekends in December (5 & 6, 12 & 13) from 9-4. Santa will be on hand from 10-12 on Saturday, Dec. 12, along with free coffee and donuts. Trees start at $30, Wreaths are $15, and Kissing Balls $35. Funds raised benefit the PFD’s Equipment fund.
PFD’s Junior program will be collected redeemable cans and bottles to benefit their program.
Upcoming events for Cavendish include:
• Nov. 27 (Friday): Town Office closed
• Dec 2 (Wednesday): Planning Commission Meeting
For more information on this and other events, go to the Cavendish Connects December Calendar. For regional events, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce Calendar.