Cavendish Update 3/6/15 Town Mtg/News/Classifieds/Events

SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND: Daylight Savings goes into effect this weekend. As you move your clock forward by an hour, please change the battery in your smoke alarm.


1. Town Meeting Results March 2 and 3

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Cavendish Classifieds: In Search of

4. Memoirs of Philip W. Tiemann: Chapter 1

5. Sugar on Snow Supper

6. GMUHS & BRHS French Students Need Help

7. Live Storytelling in Cavendish

8. Your Money Workshop

9. Events

1. TOWN MEETING RESULTS MARCH 2 & 3: On Monday night, March 2, Cavendish’s town meeting was held and included voting on the town budget, which was approved, as well as deciding if the town burial grounds should be turned over to the selectmen. By a vote of 54 to 20, (6.98% of Cavendish’s Cavendish 1,059 registered voters) the transfer of the cemeteries was made to the town. This vote dissolves the Cemetery Commission effective immediately. In the coming weeks, any cemetery issues will be dealt with by the town office, who is in the process of drafting a job description for sexton.  For a full report on town meeting, go to The Dish. 

The following day, Tuesday, March, 3, 226 Cavendish voters, (21% of registered voters) went to the polls to vote on the CTES and GMUHS school budgets (both of which passed) and to elect various vacancies for town and school offices. The results of the voting means the Cavendish selectmen will be Bob Glidden, George Timko, Mike Ripley, Wendy Regier and Jillian Flinn. The CTES School board will be: Barbara Dickey, Doug McBride, Fred Marin, Dr. Gene Bont and Sharon Huntley. The Cavendish representatives to the GMUHS Board will be Dr. Bont and Stu Lindberg. For more election results, go to The Dish.

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New Emergency Heating Money Available: An extra $375,000 will be available in crisis money for heating assistance through the state’s five community action agencies, the Department for Children and Families announced last week. The WARMTH grants are available to households that have used up their seasonal fuel assistance and their one-time crisis fuel grant. Households at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, families with somebody over the age of 65, under age 6 or with a disability are eligible. VT Digger 


• Someone locally to hem four (new) pairs of men's chino pants. e-mail

• A used washing machine that is in good condition. Call 802-226-7807 or e-mai

4. MEMOIRS OF PHILIP TIEMANN: CHAPTER 1: To the question of “where is Joyce” and the other Tiemann children, we are happy to report that Joyce is in her late 80s and has retired to W. Lebanon, NH. Her brother, referred to as Wyeth in the Memories, goes by Philip now, and is 90 living in Augusta, ME with his daughter.

Ann Tiemann Farrar lived in Andover, VT and died August 2014. She was 87. Even though Ann worked in New York City for about three years, when she returned to help on the family farm, Windy Hill, she met her future husband Francis Putnam Farrar at the Proctorsville Grange. 

Chapter 1 of Tiemann’s Memories describes their decisions about moving from New Jersey to a farm and how they learned to drive in one week, bought a car and started looking for a place to live. The property they would buy, Windy Hill, had no indoor bathroom or electricity, which must have been a significant shift from Chatham, NJ, where Tiemann could commute to his job by train and where homes had electricity, indoor plumbing and phones

The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) provides information about the impact of the Rural Electrification Act on Cavendish. Even though the construction of the Black River hydro dam began in 1905, many parts of Cavendish didn’t have power until the late 1940’s.

Chapter 1 is available on-line at the CHS blog. 

5. SUGAR ON SNOW SUPPER: The Helping Hands Class will once again hold their Sugar on Snow Supper, Saturday, March 21st 5:30-7 pm at The Cavendish Baptist Church. Tickets are $10 for adults, Under 12 $5 and under 6 free. Menu will include: Baked beans (sweetened with maple syrup)l ham (with raisin sauce); mashed potato, squash, coleslaw, pickle, homemade white and brown breads, homemade doughnuts, coffee, tea or punch and of course Sugar-on-Snow. Take out meals are available. FMI 226-7724

Sugar on Snow supper is an annual tradition that dates back 100 years or more. Learn more about maple season and the tradition of suppers at the CHS 2014 post-Sugaring in Cavendish. 

6. GMUHS AND BRHS FRENCH STUDENTS NEED HELP: Green Mountain Union High School and Black River High School students need your help! We are leaving for the Immersion Program in France on March 13. Due to the required addition of a third chaperone and several students dropping out of the trip, the cost has increased by $400 per student. This unexpected increase has created stress and hardships for some of the students who are going. Please help us to make sure they can come and participate in this unique educational opportunity.

 A GoFundMe account has been established to raise some last minute money to try and bring the cost down. You can donate there, or send a check to Black River France Trip, c/o Black River School, 43 Main Street, Ludlow, VT 05149.

 7. LIVE STORYTELLING IN PROCTORSVILLE: What do a Baptist minister, teacher, country lawyer, native Vermonter, state senator, Episcopal priest,  and a high school senior have in common?  They all have what it takes to stand up and tell a true story in front of a live audience--without notes--in the second annual True Tales event in Proctorsville. 

 On Sunday March 22, these seven plucky yarn spinners will present a Vermont version of Moth Radio Hour, a popular NPR program that has spawned similar events throughout the country. 

 This year’s storytelling event will benefit Gethsemane Church, which has hosted the Raise the Roof Concert Series in its acoustically perfect space for the last three winters.  To say thank you and replenish the church’s heating fuel in this bone-chilling winter, True Tales will donate all proceeds from the door to the little church with a big heart---and the audience will bask in the warmth of a late winter afternoon of well told stories. 

 Last year’s event included tales of wildlife adventure, childhood memory, strange coincidence and prison hijinks.  This year the lineup will be just as varied but guaranteed to be magical.  

 True Tales will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Gethsemane Church on Depot St. in Proctorsville.  Admission is $10.00 at the door.

8. YOUR MONEY 101: Black River Good Neighbor Services, Inc. and Berkshire Bank have partnered to offer a free interactive learning session on managing personal finances. The class will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow.

The course will cover a variety of finance related subjects including budgeting, checking account management, and interest – how to earn it and how not to pay it. There will be more topics if time permits and no previous training is required. Lunch for all participants will follow the class.

The program is free and pre-registration is not required, but for planning purposes the staff requests that you please let them know if you plan to attend. You can either call 228-3663 or visit the BRGNS thrift store at 37B Main Street and tell them of your interest. They look forward to seeing you.

For more information about the program or for more information on how it can benefit you, please call Audrey at 228-3663.

 9. EVENTS: For information about upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar For events in the area, see the Okemo Valley Calendar.