Cavendish Update 9/4/15 News/Recall/Events

9/4/15 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk: Dr. Harlow
3. Cavendish Memoirs: Chapter 26 / Photograph
4. River Sweep: Volunteers Needed
5. 3rd Annual Vermont Golden Honey Festival: Proctorsville
6. Cavendish Sole Survivor Challenge
7. Events
Service for Jim Glidden: A volunteer for the Proctorsville Fire Dept for 42 years, Jim Glidden died on Friday, Aug. 28. His service will be held at the Proctorsville Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 19, 11 am, which is open to all family, friends, firefighters and anyone else wishing to pay their respect. A reception will follow immediately at the Proctorsville Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Motorcycle Accident 131 and 103: On 09/02/15 at approximately 7 am the Vermont State Police, Ludlow Police, Ludlow Ambulance, and Proctorsville Fire Department were dispatched to a motorcycle versus car crash at the intersection of Route 103 and Route 131 in the town of Cavendish. Motorcyclist David Neenan of Cavendish was diagnosed as having sustained multiple torso fractures and a dislocation fracture of his right ankle. Due to the nature of his injuries he was transferred to Dartmouth. VT State Press Release
Frozen Corn Recalled in Area: A recall for frozen corn includes our region. The Food and Drug Administration recall involves frozen corn from the company Bonduelle USA because of possible listeria contamination. Brand names include: Wylwood, Market Basket, Bountiful Harvest and West Creek. FDA Press Release
There are probably few readers in our area that aren’t aware of Phineas Gage, the railroad foreman, who on September 13, 1848, had a tamping rod pass through his head as a result of a blasting accident, and lived for 12 more years. What people may know less about is Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the Cavendish, VT physician who treated him and followed his recovery, thereby documenting the first case of traumatic brain injury in the medical literature.
Harlow’s training in antiphlogistic therapy (preventing or relieving inflammation) was important to Gage’s survival. But what happened to him when he left Cavendish in 1857?   Was he really the “obscure country doctor,” as he referred to himself?
Learn more about Dr. Harlow at the Cavendish Historical Society’s annual Phineas Gage Walk& Talk, which takes place on Sept. 13 at the CHS Museum, Route 131 in Cavendish, VT. The program begins at 2 pm at the Museum. The walk includes the location of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s home/surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or
In Chapter 26, Tiemann describes how he trained in the reserves preparing for WWII. He was responsible for organizing a Cavendish Citizen’s Committee, which he describes as“A struggle against inertia, as some of the members were inclined to pooh-pooh the prospect of becoming involved in the war. At best it laid the groundwork for active participation by the town when war came” An opportunity to speak at a Memorial Day event resulted in his being taken seriously. “ Following this I had no difficulty in getting the other selectmen to join in publishing a proclamation calling for support of preparedness and urging qualified young men to enlist in the United States Army.”
Following Chapter 26 is a photograph of the Tiemanns as they appeared in 1954. For the prelude and links to all of the chapters go to Coming to Vermont (Cavendish): Memoirs of Philip Tiemann.
The Black River Action Team is at it again: cleaning trash from the bed and banks of the river in an annual event known as RiverSweep. Since 2000, the BRAT has rolled up their sleeves and tackled this perpetual issue, each year adding volunteers to the ranks and miles to the cleanup area.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to come to either or both of this year's RiverSweeps: Saturday, September 12th in Springfield, sign in at the HQ table in the Citizens Bank drive-up near the footbridge in the Springfield Shopping Plaza at 2 Chester Road in Springfield; the second Sweep will be held Saturday, September 19th at the gazebo in the town green in Veterans Park by the library on Main Street in Ludlow, VT. Both HQ tables will begin taking sign-ins at 8am; pick up trash bags and work-gloves, select a place to collect trash, and set out on your mission. Return with junk to HQ by 11am so the trash can be tallied and photographed; RiverSweepers in Springfield will be treated to hot dogs grilled to perfection by Young’s Furniture & Appliance, while Ludlow volunteers will enjoy a slice of delicious cheese pizza of Goodman's American Pie, on the house. Chips will also be on hand from Deep River Snacks. Event tee shirts will be provided to each volunteer as the BRAT's way of saying "thank you" for the hard work!
FMI: Website. Director Kelly Stettner can be reached at or (802) 738-0456.
The Vermont Golden Honey Festival is not just for honeybee enthusiasts! Join us at the Golden Stage Inn (Depot Street, Proctorsville) for this one-day festival, Saturday September 12th from 10-4 and browse a variety of local vendors and artists offering raw honey, beeswax candles, salves, crafts, art, pottery, food, books, and educational workshops, Live music. FMI
Minibeez General Store and the Cavendish Recreation Department are sponsoring a Cavendish Sole Survivor Challenge starting at 6 pm on Friday, Sept 11 and ending around 3 pm on Sunday Sept. 13.  Outwit and outplay your opponents and be the Cavendish champ. Friday night’s meeting location is the Cavendish Historical Society Museum. Locations for events will be revealed as the games unfold.
So the basics:
• Open to those 16 and up
• Entry fee is $30 a person – Starting on Monday Sept.7 enter you name in the raffle bucket at Minibeez. They’ll be drawing one name daily for a free entry fee.
• Prize-beyond bragging rights-is cash based on entry fees
• There will be physical, mental and assorted other challenges. Open to all skill levels as there are some substitutions.
FMI: 802-226-7751 or
Upcoming Events This week
Sept. 7 (Monday)Labor Day. Legal holiday, banks, town office, schools and other businesses are closed.
Sept. 11 (Friday): Cavendish Survivor Challenge begins, 6 pm at the Cavendish Museum
Sept. 12 (Saturday): Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day 9-1; Annual Golden Honey Festival (Golden Stage Inn, Depot Street, Proctorsville); Cavendish Survivor Challenge Continues.
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.