Cavendish Update 9/18/15 SB/News/Cell/Memoirs/Events

9/18/15 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Change in Cell Service?
4. Cavendish Memoirs: Last Chapter/Post WWII Cavendish
5. Cavendish Calendar Contest Concludes
6. Bottle Drive to Benefit GMUHS Students
7. Cavendish Center of the Universe Tapestry
8. Cavendish to Host Composting Workshop
9. 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:
• Discussion about the Depot Street Bridge and the need for its imminent closure due to continuing infrastructure decay. Bridge replacement will not take place until 2018.
• In comparison to the same time period as last year, there has been an overall reduction in spending of $3,478 or a 29% savings for maintenance of the cemeteries, which are now under the jurisdiction of the town/select board
• The Skate Board park plan for Greven Field has been okayed by the Flood Plan Manager for the region.
• FEMA closeouts for Irene are underway. Request for extension have been made for two bridges-Meadowbrook Camp Ground off of Twenty Mile Stream and Bridge #22 on East Rd.
• There is now a Cavendish Telecommunications Committee, which will be meeting with Comcast on Sept. 22 to discuss line extensions to areas that are currently underserved.
• The town is advertising for a full time assistant water operator.
For a full report on the Cavendish SB meeting, go to The Dish
Cavendish Winners!Congratulations to the first Cavendish Sole Survivor champion, Jessica Rose of Cavendish. The contest was held Sept. 11-13. Also to be congratulated is Cavendish Snow Fleas (snowmobile club) who won the award for 2015 Best Groomed Trails and last weekend’s VAST Awards.
Cavendish Gulf Road Closure: The Cavendish Gulf Rd, on the Chester side, is slated to be closed from 9/15 through 10/15 for culvert repair.
CTES 6th Graders Participate in RiverSweep: Since at least 1876, where it appears on a map, the Cavendish swimming hole below the power station has been very popular. In recent years there has been considerable misuse of this beach, with mounds of trash being left behind by swimmers. As part of BRAT’s RiverSweep, the 6th graders of CTES spent last Friday morning cleaning the area. You can see pictures of them in action on the Cavendish VT Facebook page. This Saturday, Sept. 19, is RiverSweep for the Cavendish/Ludlow area. If you can spare an hour or two, go to the Ludlow Gazebo starting at 8 am and sign up to help. BRAT provides the T-shirts, gloves and bags, while American Pie provides the pizza. Special thanks to BRAT  for helping to preserve our river and to American Pie for creating a pizza party for our hard working 6th graders.
Lowest Gas Prices in the Area: Claremont now has the lowest prices for gas in the area, possibly relating to the opening of two new Cumberland Farms.
Austin Memorials is Closing: At the end of 2015, Austin Memorials of Springfield, VT is closing after 60 years of business due to the retirement of the current owners Joy and Carl Swanson. The Vermont Journal
Have you noticed a change in your cell service in the last month-2 months? We've been receiving reports of problems and are trying to better understand what’s going on. The more details you can provide-carrier, location in town, when it started etc. the more helpful it will be in seeing if we can get this resolved. E-mail comments to
Chapter 28 is the last one in Philip Tiemann’s Memoirs. He and his son Wyatt return safely from World War II, and in 1947 the Tiemanns finally have electricity. While the first half of the 1940s was a boom time for Cavendish, the latter part and the 1950s brought big changes to the town as well as to the Tiemanns.
For the prelude and links to all of the chapters go to Coming to Vermont (Cavendish): Memoirs of Philip Tiemann
If you have enjoyed the serialization of Philip Tiemann’s Memoirs, please show your support by sending a donation to the Cavendish Historical Society, PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142.
The voting has ended and the results are in. The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association has selected winners and 2016 calendar selections from their annual Calendar Photography Contest. Entrants submitted photos this past spring and they were displayed at numerous venues around town. Cavendish residents cast their ballots for the best photos and here are the results.
Winner of the Best in Show award is Belle McKnight for her photo "New Camper" taken at Meadowbrook Farm Campground. Winner of the 5 to 12 age group is Claire Palmer for her photo "Is it Spring Yet?" and winner of the 13 to 18 age group is Emery Benoit for her photo "Bumblebee on a Lilac".
The 2014 calendar selections are as follows:
January - Susan Rogers "January Ice"
February - Tim O'Donoghue"Look Out Below"
March - Hans Schrag "Vacationing in Cavendish"
April - Gail Verheyen "Cow Selfie"
May - Gary McElligott "Feed Me
June - Winston Churchill "Harbinger of Summer"
July - Belle McKnight "New Camper"
August - Cheryl Leiner "After the Rain
September - Pat Moore"Proctorsville Sunrise"
October - Jonathan Rice "Are You Lost"
November - Nancy Kelley "Stick Season"
December - Peter LaBelle "The Fence in Winter".
Each year CCCA accepts photographs for the contest in late spring. Voting takes place in early summer and selections are made by about July 4th. Details and rules are set out in a press release and on CCCA’s web site. But no one should wait for the announced dates to start taking pictures. Get out that camera and snap away, the next contest will be here before you know it.
The 2016 calendars will go on sale starting in November. Watch the papers for an announcement of the sale date. For additional information on the contest, please call Cheryl Leiner at (802) 226-7820.
A bottle drive will be held at Cavendish Town Elementary School on Route 131 in Proctorsville from 9 AM to Noon on Saturday, September 26.
If you need to clean out your garage so that you can find your snow blower and winter tires, please bring your clean returnable cans and bottles to us! All donations are greatly appreciated.
Students at Green Mountain Union High School are raising funds for their trip to Hawaii during spring break of 2016. They will study the tropical rainforest biomes, volcanoes, agriculture, and cultural history of the islands, as well as visit the World War II memorials.
Cavendish Tapestry is working on a weaving project that is designed and woven by residents (and friends). Everyone is invited to participate. If you can't weave, they'll teach you.
The theme is based on the "Center of the Universe" sign that sat on Twenty Mile Stream Rd. If you know who the artist was and/or have a picture of it, please e-mail Stop by the Six Loose Ladies booth at the Chester Craft Fair this coming Sunday, 9/20 to learn more and/or follow them on Facebook.
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association in conjunction with the Town of Cavendish will host a workshop specifically about composting on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the town office meeting room, 37 High Street in Cavendish. The Vermont State Legislature has passed comprehensive recycling legislation that includes mandatory rules on composting certain food waste.  While these rules will not take effect for a few more months, many residents have asked for information on composting and the law.

Therefore the Cavendish Energy committee has prepared a workshop in which Master Composter Philip Hammond will talk about why composting is worthwhile, how a compost pile works, the ways of composting, and how to make a compost bin. He will demonstrate the construction of a bin and will have several handouts showing ways to build one and several handouts on how to compost. Also presenting will be Hamilton Gillette of the Southern Windsor County Solid Waste Management District who will address many of the aspects of Vermont Act 148, which mandates recycling, including the composting of food waste.

The presenters will have many handouts for the participants on the above topics and they encourage audience questions during the presentation. Residents of Cavendish and any other town are invited to attend. It’s great for the garden, it’s great for the lawn, and it’s soon to be the law. For more information about the workshop, please call Cheryl Leiner at 802-226-7820.

Upcoming events for Cavendish include:
• Sept 18-20 (Friday-Sunday): Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms.
 Sept 19 (Saturday): RiverSweep; Sale on the Green in Chester (GMUHS students will have a booth there)
For more information on these and other events, go to the Cavendish Connects September Calendar. For regional events, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce Calendar.