Cavendish Update 1/1/16 News/Events/Fun

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1/1/16 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News
2. New Rider Survey for The Current Bus Routes
3. Fun a Day for January
4. Beginners Tapestry Workshop
5. Events
Heritage Savings and Loan Robbery-Suspect Denies Robberies: Convicted bank robber Matthew Martin, 31, of Perkinsville was ordered held without bail Monday after he turned himself in over the weekend. Brattleboro Police said Martin confessed to dressing up as a woman and robbing a bank on Main Street on December 14th and Martin is also the suspect in an armed robbery of a pharmacy in Brattleboro, a bank in Ludlow, and two banks in New Hampshire all earlier this month. At court on Monday, Martin pleaded innocent to three felony counts of assault and robbery. Rutland Herald
VT Minimum Wage Increases to $9.60 Jan 1: Vermont’s minimum wage will bump up from $9.15 to $9.60 on Jan. 1. The Vermont Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin approved a graduated set of increases over a three year period, starting in 2015. The wage will go up to $10 in 2017 and $10.50 in 2018. After that, the wage rate will be indexed.  VT Digger
Misty Valley Books Owners to Retire: Longtime Vermonters Lynne and Bill Reed are closing one chapter of their busy lives as the owners of Misty Valley Books in Chester and are opening yet another in their upcoming retirement. They are currently looking for a new owner for the store. Eagle Times
Southeast Vermont Transit (often known as “The Current”) has just started a project to evaluate the buses it runs in the Springfield/Ludlow/Bellows Falls area.  The majority of this project will focus on a survey of existing and potential bus riders in the area – which will be available 1/4/2016 through 1/24/2017.  It is hoped that through this input we will identify small improvements to existing routes so they can increase ridership and decrease cost. 
The following bus routes are included in this project:


  • Springfield In-Town (#1)
  • Bellows Falls In-Town (#2)
  • Bellows Falls to Springfield (#55)
  • Bellows Falls to Ludlow (and Rutland) (#57)
  • Bellows Falls to Okemo (#61) (seasonal)

For more information about the project, as well as a link to the online survey, see For more information on existing bus routes, see
Winter weather getting you down? Consider a Fun A Day Project.
In its 12th year, Fun a Day was started by Art Clash  as a way to inspire one another through the winter months. Starting January 1, pick a project and do it every day for the month. It can be anything, baking, writing, photography, art, cleaning or whatever strikes your fancy. To keep the inspiration going after January, a show is held where everyone can display their work and participants can even sell some of their projects. Check out photos from past shows
If you are interested in doing a Fun a Day project and would be interested in participating in a group show in February, please e-mail
Six Loose Ladies and the Cavendish Tapestry Project are sponsoring a two day beginners tapestry workshop on June 14-15 at Gethsemane Church Parish Hall.  In this workshop Rebecca Mezoff, a nationally recognized tapestry artist and teacher, will discuss tapestry weaving in general, what looms work for tapestry, warp and weft yarns to consider. She will show slides of tapestries and talk about how to use this medium for creative expression.  Participants will have plenty of time to try some beginning tapestry techniques, look at ways to warp various looms, and learn why certain looms are great for this weave structure and others are not so good. This class is intended for people who have no or limited experience with tapestry weaving.  Participants can bring their loom (warping instructions to be sent). Other warped looms will be available.
Due to a grant from the Fletcher Farm Foundation, this two day workshop is open to local residents for only a $25 registration fee.  There will be a materials fee of $20-25.
Registration will open outside of our area in January 2016.  Send your name, address, email, phone and a brief statement of your weaving knowledge along with your registration fee to:
The Cavendish Tapestry Project workshop
@ Fiber Arts in Vermont
PO Box 166
Proctorsville, VT 05153
FMI: or
January 1 (Friday): Happy New Year
January 4 (Monday): Select Board meeting, 6 pm Town Office. Agenda is available at The Dish
January 5 (Tuesday): Community Luncheon. Noon at Gethsemane Parish Hall, off Depot Street in Proctorsville. Menu- Pot Roast, Roasted Veggies, Sides and Dessert. Suggested Donation $4
January 6 (Wednesday): Planning Commission Meeting
For more information on this and other events, go to the Cavendish Connects January Calendar.  For regional events, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce Calendar.