Cavendish Update : 6/12/15 SB Mtg/News/Concert Schedule

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Tiemann’s Cavendish Memoirs Chapter 15/ CHS Annual Plant Sale
4. Cavendish Announces 2015 Summer Concert Series
5. News from LPC-TV
6. Solarize Makes Sense Information Meeting
7. Events
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.  Monday night’s meeting included the following::
• Introduction of Bruce McEnaney who is the new assistant to the Town Manager
• The SB voted to participate in the VTrans Accelerated Bridge Program for the Depot Street Bridge in Proctorsville.
• Approved the use of the Proctorsville Green for the annual summer Wednesday night concert series.
A full report on the Select Board Meeting is available at The Dish
Insect Repellants-What Works/What Doesn’t:
 The bug season is upon us. Even if you don’t want to wear a bug repellant, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of being bitten. Other activities, like burning Citronella Candles, don’t work.  In May, Consumer Reports  came out with a study that tested insect repellents. Those made with milder, plantlike chemicals were found to not only be the most effective, they out performed products containing Deet. Their number one pick for bug repellent -Sawyer’s Fisherman’s Formula. The Dish. 
Dr. Eugene Bont Honored: Dr. Eugene Bont of Cavendish received the 2015 George F. Leland Community Health Award from Springfield Medical Care Systems. Dr. Bont came to Cavendish in the late 1950s, leaving in 1988 to work at Albany Medical Center. He and his wife Phyllis retired to Cavendish in 1995. Dr. Bont has been on one or both school boards-CTES and GMUHS-since his retirement. Thank you Dr. Bont for the care you have given our community for close to 60 years!
Captain Robert Glidden Honored: 1st Captain Robert Glidden jr. was honored at Gillette stadium in Foxborough MA on Tuesday by Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL Hall of Famer Andre Tippett as a Myra Kraft Community MVP.  For Captain Glidden's 20 years (he started when he was 12) in the fire service and all he has done for the Proctorsville community, the New England Patriots issued the Proctorsville Fire Department a check for $10,000 in Glidden's honor. Thank you Bob for your dedication to the town and being an incredible role model for our teens through the Juniors program. Read more about Bob’s award at the Proctorsville Facebook page.
Happy Retirement Peggy Svec: It is with sadness that we report that 1st and 2nd grade teacher Peggy Svec is retiring and wont be returning to the Cavendish Town Elementary School in September. Many people from the community participated in an Ice Cream Social on Wed, June 10 and wished her a well deserved retirement.
AARP Warns Vermonters About Online Dating Scam: AARP Vermont says scammers disproportionately target senior citizens on legitimate dating sites like, develop online relationships with them and then claim they are in emergencies in order to be sent money. The scammers are often from places in Eastern Europe or Africa, especially Nigeria, according to the Attorney General’s Office, and victims rarely report the incidents because they feel too embarrassed to come forward. VT Digger 
Shumlin Will not Seek Re Election: Gov. Peter Shumlin will not be seeking a fourth term in office. Flanked by members of his administration, the Democratic governor announced his decision at a news conference in Montpelier on Monday afternoon. VPR 
Planting season and new chicks have finally arrived at Windy Hill in Chapter 15  of Coming to Vermont (Cavendish): Memoirs of Philip TiemannAs Tiemann found, May is planting season in Vermont. The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) has been transplanting and potting many different types of plants since the middle of May for the annual plant sale started by Craig Rankin, a landscape architect. Craig believed everyone in Cavendish (and beyond) deserved to have an affordable hosta. The tradition continues and this year ‘s sale will be on June 27 (Saturday) on the Museum grounds from 9-2. We have lots of different native plants, including hosta, bearded Iris of different colors, Siberian Iris, day lilies, plus a number of other plants and shrubs. Hope to see you there. FMI: 802-226-7807 or
Again this year the Cavendish summer music series will be presented on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 on the Proctorsville Green. The lineup begins July 1st with the wide-ranging band Gypsy Reel, followed on July 8th by the always-popular Chris Kleeman. Then, on July 15th the multi-talented Sensible Shoes will play and on July 22nd we’ll hear from Rutland’s great Voodoo Alien Blues Band. On July 29th a newcomer to Cavendish, the Green Brothers Band will appear, and on August 5th another newcomer, the “hair tossin', cello wielding sultry songstress” Sarah Clanton will light up the late afternoon stage. Rounding out the series on August 12th is Vermont’s answer to New Orleans – the great Cajun band Yankee Chank.
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will again coordinate the series.  All concerts are free and open to the public, so grab your lawn chair, a picnic and a cold drink, and join your friends and neighbors to enjoy plenty of rollicking good music from the gazebo.
The summer concert series has a long history in Proctorsville and many area residents reserve Wednesday evenings to listen to the live music. As always, the concerts will be held unless severe weather threatens. In case of rain, alternative plans will be announced on the Cavendish Facebook page. If you would like to help, we would like to hear from you. Call Robin at 226-7736 to volunteer or for more information on the concerts. 
LPCTV is the community television station and media center for the Black River Valley & Okemo region, operating cable TV channels 8 & 10 (ch 20 & 21 in Mount Holly).
Candidates Sought for LPCTV Board of Directors: LPCTV is seeking nominations for its 2015 Board of Directors elections. Anyone who is 18 or over and lives in Ludlow, Plymouth, Cavendish, or Mount Holly is eligible to serve on the Board. Elections will be held at LPCTV’s Annual Membership and Organizational Meeting on Thursday, June 25 at 7PM. Seats on the Board are volunteer positions whose primary responsibilities are to govern the organization and help it grow, perform fundraising and outreach efforts, manage finances, and oversee the work of the Executive Director. Any interested candidates or anyone wishing to nominate someone they know should contact Executive Director Patrick Cody, by email at or by mailing to LPCTV (37C Main St., Ludlow, VT 05149). Nominations must be received by Thursday, June 18th. 
Acoustic & Lighting Improvements: LPCTV has completed an upgrade of the lighting and acoustics in the TV & performance studio, which is the centerpiece of its facility in the Ludlow Community Center complex. The project was funded through a Cultural Facilities grant from the Vermont Arts Council and an Okemo Community Challenge grant.
The work consisted of installing a new studio lighting system (using both energy efficient fluorescent and LED fixtures on a dimming console), re-insulating the studio walls, the construction of an infinity wall (shown in the photo), and a new floor. The insulation and infinity wall work was completed by AMF (Advanced Maintenance & Finishing) of Ludlow.
The upgrade now allows LPCTV to offer enhanced acoustics and lighting for those using the studio. LPCTV encourages community members and organizations to help but the studio to use.
FMI: Call 228-8808 or visit for more information.
Because so many people are interested in the Solarize Makes Sense opportunity, another informational meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) in Proctorsville. If you are interested in having a solar array at your home, this is the meeting to attend. At least 23 families have signed up for a free evaluation to see if solar will be a good fit for their home.
Upcoming activities for Cavendish this week include:
June 14 (Sunday): A free No Sew T-shirt/totes workshop will be held at the Cavendish Historical Museum 2-4 pm.
June 16 (Tuesday): 6th grade graduation
June 17 (Wednesday): Last day of school at CTES/Move up Day 7:30 pm
- Solarize Makes Sense Workshop 6:30 at CTES
June 19 (Friday): GMUHS Graduation, 7:30 pm at the school.
For more information on these and other events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar.  For regional events, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce Calendar.