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4/17/15 EDITION OF THE CAVENDISH UPDATE
1. Select Board Meeting 4/13/15
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Celebrating Earth Day/ Week/Month Cavendish Style
4. Household/Hazardous Waste Disposal
5. Tiemann Memoirs: Chapter 7/Foraging in Cavendish
6. CCCA Celebrates Ten Years
7. 5th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale: July 25
8. VT Golden Honey Festival-Sept 12 Vendors/Save the Date
1. SELECT BOARD MEETING 4/13/15
Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television. Written minutes are available at the town’s website. Two SB members were absent George Timko and Wendy Regier. Monday night’s meeting included the following:
• Annual Town Highway Financial Plan adopted
• Approved the opening of two new town accounts: Ballantine Animal Fund and changing the Recreation Fund from a savings to a checking account
• Approved a renewal of the Williams’ Country Store Liquor license
• Reviewed and approved the Cavendish Local Basic Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP)
• Approved pursing plans to hire an assistant to work with town manager Rich Svec in several areas including but not limited to: cemetery supervision, transfer station administration, project and program development and supervision, grant applications, grant administration, wrapping up remaining Irene recovery activities.
• Discussed the following bridges/Culverts: Davis, Depot Street, Greenbush/Stephens
For a full report on the SB meeting, go to The Dish.
2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Marion’s Floral Shop Closing: April 17th is the last day for Marion’s Flower Shop in Proctorsville. She is returning to the postal service.
Taking Stock of the Two Rivers SU Consolidation: As part of VT Public Radio’s Declining Enrollment series, the Superintendent Bruce Williams of Two Rivers Supervisory Union- the district Cavendish is part -, spoke about the impact of the merger of Ludlow and Windsor County Southwest supervisory unions . "The bulk of the savings that were achieved by the creation of the new Two Rivers Supervisory union … probably 80 to 90 percent of those savings came directly from reduced staff at the supervisory union level ... There were some initial estimates that were based on somewhat faulty data, so some people would say we didn’t save as much as those projections. I think once we got a grip on the data itself, I think our savings have come out pretty close to what we’ve projected. To give you a round number, I think we have saved something in the neighborhood of $300 per child." VPR
Zach McNaughton’s Students Once Again Heading to National SkillsUSA Conference: Proctorsville resident Zach McNaughton, a teacher at the River Valley Technical Center in Springfield, once again has a gold medal SkillsUSA Vermont team that is qualified to compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference for Digital Cinematography. The team needs to raise $4000 total with $2,500 due by May 15th in order to attend Nationals. To learn how you can help them, go to Go Fund Me site.
VT is Snowfall Leader: Ski Vermont announced Monday that Vermont received the most snowfall of any state in the continental U.S. this season. Jay Peak Resort leads the way, with 357 total inches as of April 13. Vermont resorts have seen an average of about 240 inches of snow this season. Rutland Herald
Hannaford Recalling Pine Nuts: The Portland Press Herald reports the pine nuts are packaged by Superior Nuts & Candy of Chicago and are sold in store produce departments in packages with a clear front and a tan label on the back. The label says pine nuts are the only ingredients and lists "best by" dates from Oct. 22, 2015, through Dec. 27, 2015. The UPC number for the product is 72543920016. The federal Food and Drug Administration picked up the potential for contamination in random tests of the nuts. Hannaford says the product is now removed from its shelves and anyone who bought them there can get a refund. Salmonella is a bacteria that causes diarrhea and fever.
3. CELEBRATING EARTH DAY/ WEEK/MONTH CAVENDISH STYLE
April is Earth Month, the 22nd is Earth Day and the 20th begins Earth week. To mark the occasion, here are some ways you can celebrate without leaving town:
• Attend the Cavendish Solar Array Dedication on April 20, 11 am at the site, located off Power Plant Rd., next to the wastewater treatment plant
• Protect the Bees by what you grow, not using chemicals and pesticides and becoming involved in the local beekeepers group.
• Order a Composter or Sure Waste Container from the Southern Windsor/Windham County Solid Waste District by May 1
• Take a “Green Clean” Walk and pick up trash around your neighborhood
• Make your own earth friendly cleaning products.
For more details, go to The Dish.
4. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL 5/9/15
The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring free events for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous wastes on Saturday, May 9. Residents and businesses from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor, Vermont may participate. No pre-registration for residents. Businesses must pre-register and will be charged for disposal costs. The collections will be held at the Springfield Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and at the former Goodyear Building in Windsor from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Bring in a mercury fever thermometer and receive a new digital fever thermometer. For more information, call 674-9235 or click on www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org for a list of what to bring.
5. TIEMANN MEMOIRS: CHAPTER 7/FORAGING IN CAVENDISH
A frost on Labor Day weekend is a harbinger of the coldest winter in Vermont’s history. Loosing valuable crops to the early frost, many in Cavendish would have recognized the warning signs that the Thiemann’s did not. The Depression was at its height and most had little money to spare. Fortunately, the land provideS a variety of game, fish and plants that are edible. Following Chapter 7, is a segment on “Foraging in Cavendish.
To read the prelude and other chapters of Tiemann’s Memoirs go to Coming to Vermont (Cavendish): Memoirs of Philip Tiemann.
6. CCCA CELEBRATES TEN YEARS
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association is celebrating ten years of service to Cavendish and to commemorate the anniversary the organization will throw a party for the town. On Saturday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Proctorsville firehouse the group will host a free pasta dinner for the Cavendish/ Proctorsville community. All residents are invited.
Robin Timko, president of the group, announced that Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources, Deb Markowitz will address the community at the dinner. Timko said, “We have had a successful ten years getting established as an educational resource for the town and we just want to celebrate this milestone. We are so fortunate to have Secretary Markowitz join us for our event. We hope that all of our neighbors will join us too.”
The CCCA maintains an active presence in conservation, energy use and the arts through various committees. Activities include the Walk and Talk lecture series, the Summer Concerts on the green, the Cavendish Energy Committee, the Cavendish Community Fund, and the annual Town Meeting preview. “There is always room for more, and we can always use more help and ideas,” said Timko. “But now, let’s celebrate.”
For more information, please contact Robin Timko at 802-226-7736.
7. 5TH ANNUAL TOWN WIDE TAG SALE
The sun and warm temps this week are definitely putting us in the mood for spring- cleaning. It’s a good time to sort out what you might want to sell at the 5th Annual town wide tag sale, which will be held on July 25 (Saturday) from 9 – 3 pm. Sponsored by Cavendish Connects, if you wish to register for space at the Greens, or have your site listed on the vendor list (print and on-line) send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-226-7807. Please note that the more information on sale items you provide, the more shoppers you will attract.
For more information and to see who has already registered, go to 5th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale.
8. VT GOLDEN HONEY FESTIVAL-9/12/VENDORS/SAVE THE DATE
On Sept. 12 (Saturday), from 10-4, the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville, will once again be hosting the VT Golden Honey Festival featuring artists, crafters, beekeepers, and food purveyors. The festival is free, offers kids crafts and activities, temporary tattoos, honeybee education, a scavenger hunt and much more. If you are interested in being a vendor, please go to VT Golden Honey Festival Facebook page for more information or call 802-226-7744.
GMUHS and CTES Spring break is this coming week. Monday, April 20, is the dedication of the Cavendish Solar Array. For more information on these and other events, go to the Cavendish Connects calendar. For regional events see the Okemo Valley Calendar.