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4/24/15 EDITION OF THE CAVENDISH UPDATE
1. Remembering Betty Gilcris and Mary Singleton
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Tiemann’s Chapter 8 Cavendish Memoirs/Cavendish Schools
4. Conservation Group to View Birds in Cavendish
5. Green Up Day in Cavendish: May 2
6. CCCA Soliciting Photos for Annual Contest
7. Tree planting in Cavendish: Volunteers Needed
1. REMEMBERING BETTY GILCRIS AND MARY SINGLETON
On April 21, Tuesday, Betty Gilcris, who worked for many years at Singleton’s, and Mary Singleton, who owned and ran the store with her husband Bud died. Betty’sfuneral will be on Monday, April 27 at 2 pm at the Church of the Annunciation, Ludlow with calling hours on Sunday 2-5 pm at the Adams Funeral Home in Ludlow. Visitation for Mary will be Sunday from 2-5 at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, with her funeral taking place on Monday, April 27 at 11 am at Holy Name of Mary Church in Proctorsville..
2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Cavendish Solar Array Dedicated In-doors: Having rescheduled because of a snowstorm in February, the weather for the April 20 Cavendish Solar Array dedication was only marginally better-sleet and rain. Consequently, the event was held at the Town Office. In spite of a very cold and snowy winter, 38,420 kWh have been accrued since the array went on-line at the end of December. You can monitor the array by going to http://184.108.40.206/srvp/FSC/SRV/main.php?siteId=3260 The Dish
Lintilhac Foundation to Support Weekly Bacteria Testing at Greven: The Black River Action Team recently announced, We've been blessed with some funding from the Lintilhac Foundation, by way of the Connecticut River Watershed Council -- $500 will pay for weekly bacteria testing at the swimming hole/kayak access at Greven Field in Cavendish, plus our portion of the cost of sending our monthly samples up to LaRosa. Thank you BRAT and Lintilhac.
Okemo to Have a Bike Park This Summer: Opening in July will be the Evolution Mountain Bike Park at Okemo Mountain. Mirrored after Crested Butte, this new bike park will begin with several miles of mountain bike trails for novice and intermediate riders off of the South Ridge A Quad lift. These trails will begin at the top of the lift and work their way down to the base area. Work should begin in early May and hope to open by July 4th. There will be mountain bike rentals, and the main hub will be out of the Snowsports Shop. Okemo Blog
GMP Phone Scam: Vermont's largest utility company is warning consumers of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be from the billing and disconnect division and demands payment. Green Mountain Power says it follows very clear state rules when working with customers on past due matters. The company said it does not demand credit card information or alternate payment mechanisms from a customer for any purpose. Do not provide any personal or financial information and is advising that anyone who receives these calls should hang up immediately. If you receive such a call, call 1-800-649-2424
Chester Fire Suspicious: On 04-18-2015 at 11:52 pm the Chester Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 2703 Green Mountain Turnpike in Chester. Engulfed in flames fire departments from Springfield, Proctorsville, Bellows Falls, Ludlow, Grafton responded. The home was completely destroyed and collapsed during fire fighting efforts. Damages were estimated at approximately $250,000 and no one was injured in the fire. Investigators have determined that the fire cause as undetermined and suspicious at this time. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-32-ARSON (There is up to a $5,000.00 reward for information resulting in an arrest) or the Vermont State Police at the Rockingham Barracks at 802-875-2112. Vermont State Polic.
Google Moves to Offer Cell Service in VT: Google received a certificate of public good from Vermont’s Public Service Board this week, which allows the company to operate a cellular network in the state. The company’s entry into the cell service market doesn’t necessarily signal new cellular infrastructure in Vermont, however. Google is planning to use existing infrastructure from established carriers to roll out new features. Those features reportedly include seamless integration of cellular and Wi-Fi data and automatic reconnection of dropped calls. VPR
VT Lakes, Rivers (Black River) and Streams being Stocked: Trout and salmon stocking is now underway statewide. The stocking schedule for the Black River is May 4, 11, 18, and 25. Two thousand fish will be released including 1,500 2 Year Rainbow and 2 year Brown Trout. For additional stocking information, see the VT Fish & Wildlife Department’s Stocking Schedule for 2015.
Ticks Are Out Take Precautions: While the heavy snow extended Vermont’s ski season, it also acted as a cozy quilt for ticks. As the weather has warmed, they are out looking for a feast. Dog owners are already finding ticks on their pets. Lean how to protect yourself from Lyme Disease and other pathogens carried by four of the 13 different species of ticks in Vermont. The Dish
3. CHAPTER 8 TIEMANN’S CAVENDISH MEMOIRS/CAVENDISH SCHOOLS: In Chapter 8, the Tiemann children have their first experience with a one room schoolhouse-the Center Road School, which is located at the intersection of Town Farm and Center Roads. Following this chapter is a brief history of the Cavendish schools, which once number 13.
To read the prelude and other chapters of Tiemann’s Memoirs go to Coming to Vermont (Cavendish): Memoirs of Philip Tiemann.
4. CONSERVATION GROUP TO VIEW BIRDS IN CAVENDISH
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association members invite everyone to join in a nature walk on Sunday May 3rd at 7:30 a.m. with George Clark of the Audubon Society. He will look for our local feathered neighbors as they settle in for a summer of raising their young and will point out migratory species as they pass through our area.
George Clark is a retired biology teacher from the University of Connecticut. He is the coordinator of and contributing author to the second atlas of the Breeding Birds of Vermont. He is a member of the Vermont statewide birds records committee and on the steering committee of the Mascoma chapter of the Audubon Society in New Hampshire. He is the study leader for an Introduction to Birding course in Dartmouth’s continuing Education program this year.
The walk will begin at Crow’s Bakery on Depot Street in Proctorsville. It will take a few hours and be relatively easy, mostly following back roads but with some side ventures into pastures and fields. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and binoculars are a plus, but not necessary.
May is the best time to see migrating birds. By June they have calmed down and are busy nesting. Mr. Clark will point out the different habitats and what birds are apt to be nesting there. With careful observation you should be able to see a variety of local birds.
For more information on the bird walk please call Robin Timko at (802) 226-7736.
5. Green Up Day in Cavendish: May 2: On the first Saturday in May, Cavendish will join hundreds of communities throughout Vermont to support the 45-year-old tradition of picking up roadside trash accumulated over the previous winter. Green Up Day is a time honored volunteer opportunity that unites communities, raises environmental consciousness and results in cleaner roads and town spaces for us all. Thanks to moving the date to Saturdays, town wide volunteer participation has climbed steadily in recent years. No special gear is required to join this family friendly event, just the desire to pitch in and clean up unsightly litter from the town roadsides. Come to Cavendish Elementary School on May 2nd to pick up special green trash bags, protective gloves and your user-friendly road assignment. The big sweep begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon with a free town-sponsored barbecue on the Proctorsville Green. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be on the grill and folks are invited to bring a side dish to share, though it's not required. In case of rain, Green Up Day will be held on Saturday May 9. For more information call Diane McNamara at the Town Office at 226-7292. Mark your calendar now for Green Up Day on May 2nd!
6. CCCA SOLICITING PHOTOS FOR ANNUAL CONTEST
Which of your photographs would you like to see in the 2016 Cavendish Calendar? Each year the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association solicits Cavendish residents for photographs to grace its community calendar. The organization holds a competition in which the community picks the twelve best photos for the calendar. There are three age categories and the best picture in each group receives an award and a prize as well. For the judged contest, this year's prizes for the children and young adult categories will be a weeklong class of their choosing at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts. The prize in the adult category will be a subscription to a popular photographic magazine.
Photos must show scenes and landscapes in Cavendish and Proctorsville, valued for their beauty, historic significance and overall importance to the community. Pictures can include people or animals. The purpose of the calendar is to bring a greater appreciation and sense of pride about the town, which is the foundation of conservation and good stewardship.
If you have taken pictures in the last year that you think would look good in the calendar or if you feel inclined to take a picture today of a sight that you appreciate in Cavendish or Proctorsville, please consider submitting it for the 2016 calendar competition. You must submit an 8" by 10" photo in a horizontal layout, along with your name, the name you give the picture and the general location of where the photo was taken. Digital copies are encouraged.
Entries will be accepted from May 1st through May 31st. All submissions will be exhibited in the Cavendish Town Elementary School during the week of June 8th and then will be displayed for voting in various Cavendish and Proctorsville locations during the rest of the month of June. Winners will be selected and notified during the week of July 6th. Submission application forms will be available beginning May 1st at the Cavendish Town Office, at Cavendish Elementary School and at Crows Bakery on Depot Street, or they can be found on our website. If you have questions, please contact Robin at 802-226-7736.
7. TREE PLANTING IN CAVENISH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed for May 15 (Friday) to dig up fir trees at the Black River Action Team’s (BRAT) nursery in Ludlow and planting them in Cavendish. If you can help, please call 802-885-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
8. EVENTS: For upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects calendar. For regional events see the Okemo Valley Calendar.