Cavendish Update 4/3/15 News/Events/Classifieds

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1. Cavendish Related News
2. Memoirs of Philip Tiemann: Chapter 5/Home Dem Parties
3. Cavendish Solar Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony-April 20
4. Couch to 5K in 8 weeks
5. Wildlife Encounters
6. Cavendish Classifieds: Ride Share
7. Events
Cavendish Fire District # 1 (Proctorsville) Warning: The Proctorsville Fire Department will hold its yearly meeting on April 7 (Tuesday), 7 pm at the PFD Fire Hall in Proctorsville. For a copy of the warning, Chief’s and Call reports, go to The Dish.
Cavendish Joins Local Towns for Solarize: The Cavendish Energy Committee has announced that the Town has joined with Reading, Brownsville, Weathersfield and Windsor to work as a team to promote residential solar power through a program called “Solarize Makes $ense”, run by the non-profit Vital Communities.  Press Release
Black Bears are Coming Out of Dens-Take Down Feeders: VT Fish and Wildlife are advising that the black bears are coming out of their dean and therefore it is time to take down bird feeders. The recommendation is to only keep feeders up during winter months Nov. 30 until April 1. WCAX
Senator Doyle’s Town Meeting Survey Results: Sen. Bill Doyle Survey received ballots from 11,000 Vermonters from 162 towns. Reported in percentages, 57% of respondents did not think the Governor was doing a good job, 21%  thought he was and 22% were undecided; 52% thought there were too many school districts; 88% of respondents were clear that cell and broadband service were important to the future of Vermont’s economy; most respondents (87%) were concerned about the increased use of opiates and 63% thought that water quality is a major issue in the state. On the hot button issues of legalization of marijuana 39% were for it, 48% against and 13% undecided. Respondents were split on whether sugary drinks should be taxed 45% for and 48% against. The final results of the poll are available on-line in PDF format.
New Report Shows Small Schools are a Financial Drain on the Education System: The Agency of Education has released a new report When is Small Too Small? Efficiency, Equity & the Organization of Vermont Public Schools. The research brief comes in direct response to a January paper issued by graduate students from Penn State, which extolled the virtues of Vermont’s tiny school districts. The new report sites past research showing optimal sizing of 300 to 500 students for elementary schools, 600 to 900 students for high schools, and 2,000 or more students for kindergarten through 12th grade districts. VPR
GMP Bucks Regional Trend with Lower Rates: A new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) finds in New England electric rates for families and businesses went up an average of 9% last year. During that same time GMP reduced rates by 2.46%. GMP has kept rates low for customers – as cost pressures increase – by finding efficiencies in operations and through the introduction of innovative products and services, among other things. VT Digger
No Keene Pumpkin Festival: In a vote of 13-1, the Keene City Council denied organizer Let It Shine Inc. a license to hold the October festival in the city. Sentinel 
2. MEMOIRS OF PHILIP TIEMANN: CHAPTER 5/HOME DEM PARTIES: In Chapter 5 of Coming to Vermont (Cavendish): Memoirs of Philip Tiemann,  summer crops are coming in and Isabel Tiemann and the children are quickly learning how to can and put up food for the winter. To help new farmers, like Tiemann, as well to bring the latest technology and information to established farm families, the Vermont Extension Service was established in 1913. Home demonstrations, known as “home dem parties” were very common and often sponsored by local Granges and Homeworker Clubs.
Chapter 5 is now available at the CHS blog. To read the prelude and other chapters of Tiemann’s Memoirs go to Coming to Vermont (Cavendish): Memoirs of Philip Tiemann. 
3. CAVENDISH SOLAR RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY: APRIL 20THLast December the Town of Cavendish completed construction of a solar array to power municipal facilities. Town officials planned a simple celebration in February, but when the snow levels grew they postponed it to the spring. The Select Board and Energy Committee have now announced that the Grand Opening Celebration and ribbon-cutting event will occur on Monday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m.
It will be held at the new Cavendish Municipal Solar Array site, which is located off Power Plant Road next to the wastewater treatment plant. All citizens and residents of Cavendish are invited to attend. After the ribbon cutting and remarks there will be a reception with light refreshments at the Cavendish Town Offices, 37 High Street in Cavendish.
The solar array is designed to produce 148 kW of ac solar power as a net-metered system. The array feeds all generated electricity into the grid, and Green Mountain Power offsets that generated electricity against the electricity used by the Town offices, the transfer station, the water filtration plant and the wastewater treatment system.
For more information about the celebration or about the Cavendish solar array, please contact the Cavendish town office at 802-226-7291. For planning purposes the town requests that if you plan to attend please rsvp to
4. COUCH TO 5 K IN 8 WEEKS : Sponsored by the Cavendish Rec Dept., the Couch to 5 K in 8 Weeks program is for lapsed or beginner runner/walkers. With the goal of running a 5K race in June, instructor Anne Margaret McKillop will help identify your fitness goals and give you the tools and motivation to make it happen in a safe and gradual manner.
This program will be held on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. beginning April 14th, and will culminate with FINISHING the "Run for the Books 5K and 1 mile Fun Run" to benefit Cavendish Fletcher Community Library on June 6th, 2015. The cost is $30.
Terry O'Brien 226-7289, or
5. WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS: The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library is proud to present  "Wildlife Encounters,” Saturday, April 11 at 2:00 PM at the Cavendish Town Elementary School multi purpose room. This exciting event will feature 7 animals, two of which will be wild and five will be interactive.  Learn about them, and maybe even get to touch one with the help from an expert handler. We anticipate the program will run approximately 60 minutes. This event is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome. FMI: Kata at 226-7503.
6. CAVENDISH CLASSIFIEDS: RIDE SHARE: Please follow up with the contact information listed.
My wife (Sarah Cook) now commutes to Dartmouth each morning and back to Cavendish each night. We're looking for someone else who works in the Dartmouth area to split the driving with. Alternatively if someone works elsewhere but rides bus at the 91 overpass on 131, we'd be happy swapping rides to and from there as well. Our bus times are typically 6:45am out of Cavendish and 4:45 out of Dartmouth (we have some flexibility). We can be contacted at 802-226-7097 and
7. EVENTS: Today, is both Good Friday and the First Night of Passover. The town office and related services are closed. No longer a federal holiday, banks, offices and public schools are open. This evening, the Cavendish Cub Scouts will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at CTES to raise money for uniforms. The GMUHS spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” continues Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm.
Saturday night is the Murder Mystery Dinner at the Golden Stage Inn to benefit the Cavendish Library.
Local Easter services (Sunday, April 5,) begin with a sunrise service at Okemo with Cavendish Baptist Church pastor Abe Gross.
On Tuesday, April 7, the monthly Community Luncheon takes place at Gethsemane Church, while Cavendish Fire District # 1 (Proctorsville) has their annual meeting that evening at the Fire Hall in Proctorsville.
For more information on these and other events, go to the Cavendish Connects calendar.  For regional events see the Okemo Valley Calendar.