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10/14/16 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
3. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Grants
4. Looking to Start or Expand Your Local Business
5. Pork Roast Supper at the Cavendish Baptist Church
6. Discussion on Transportation Issues - October 20th
1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Burglary Cavendish Town Garage: On Oct. 13 (Thursday), it was discovered that someone had broken into the Cavendish Town Garage taking various pieces of equipment. The press release from the VT State Police has yet to be issued, but will be posted to both the Cavendish Facebook page and the Cavendish Connects blog. Anyone with information is asked to contact the VT State Police in Westminster at 802-722-4600.
Twenty Mile Stream Crash: On 10/10/16 at approximately 1324 hours the State Police received a report of a single vehicle crash on Twenty Mile Stream Rd, in the Town of Cavendish. The operator, Joseph Murphy III, of Sandy Hook, CT, was located by another motorist staggering in the road. The Samaritan provided Murphy a ride to his (Murphy's) nearby residence. Ludlow Rescue was called to respond. Murphy was transported to Springfield Hospital for evaluation. During my investigation of the crash and interview of Murphy, he displayed signs of impairment. Murphy was processed for DUI at Springfield Hospital, cited and released. VT State Police Press Release
Cavendish Gulf Road Weekly Construction Update 10/13/2016: The contractor will line the roadway ditch along the stabilized slope with stone and the shoulder material adjacent to it will be replaced. The contractor will also replace the final three railroad ties and place ballast material to the top of the shotcrete slope. The closure period will end today, October 14th, and all project work will be complete by October 28th. Flushing the existing culvert is planned for October 24th. If you have any questions regarding this project, call 802-324-5522.
Stephen Plunkard Hired as Executive Director for Springfield on the Move: Cavendish resident Stephen Plunkard, and former partner of The Cavendish Partnership, has been named as the new Executive Director of Springfield on the Move. Eagle Times
Big Buzz in Cavendish: The Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival was back for its seventh year with 16 chainsaw-carving experts arriving on Columbus Day weekend with chainsaws, Dremel tools, propane tanks, spray paint and loads of creativity. This year the event was set up outside the Vermont Fresh Pasta building on Route 103. VT Journal
New IRS Scam: The email comes complete with a fake IRS CP 2000 form and claims the income reported on your tax return does not match the income reported by your employer. It is purposely designed to get you worried, so that you stop thinking and just react. To confuse you even further, the bad guys claim this has something to do with the Affordable Care Act. Remember, the IRS will never initiate contact with you to collect overdue taxes by an email or text message. If you do receive any emails, text messages, or even live phone calls about this, do not respond. You can always just hang up the phone. If you are concerned that the contact is legitimate, please don’t hesitate to call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 to confirm it is a scam.
When GMP Doesn’t Follow Regulations Customers Pay: A Vermont Public Radio (VPR) investigation shows that Green Mountain Power (GMP) has perennially failed to prove to regulators that GMP officials did their due diligence before and during projects. As a result, it’s hard for regulators and the public to know if GMP’s investments benefit customers, even though regulations say customers should only have to pay for investments that provide them with a real value. Green Mountain Power is regulated using “Alternative Regulation,” a model that allows for more frequent regulatory reviews of utility spending than traditional regulation does. Critics of the system say it lacks transparency, and allows GMP to collect money it wouldn’t be entitled to under the state’s normal regulatory regime. VPR
2. CAVENDISH 1ST ANNUAL PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST: Sharpen up your tools as the 1st Annual Cavendish Pumpkin Carving Contest takes place on Oct. 30 (Sunday). The rules are simple: carve a pumpkin and drop it off by 5pm at Jill’s Place (Cavendish General Store) 1990 Main Street Cavendish on the 30th. Please include a flameless tea light candle. You do not have to be present to win.
Prizes will be awarded (along with bragging rights) for the following age categories 5-11; 12-17; 18+; and family/team. Public “vote for your favorite” takes place from 5-6 pm. Even if you don’t want to carve a pumpkin, come by and vote for your favorites.
3. CAVENDISH COMMUNITY FUND ACCPTING APPLICATIONS: The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting grant applications for fall 2016 awards. The deadline for applying is November 28, 2016. Applications are available at the CCCA website “Community Fund” and include instructions on how and where to apply.
Projects, programs or events must directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews all applications and recommends grant awards based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal. Grants are not expected to exceed $1,000 each and will depend primarily on the number of applications received and the amounts requested.
For further information on applying, on eligibility, on any other aspect of the grant program, or for help completing the application, please call Peter LaBelle at 226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at 226-7187.
4. LOOKING TO START OR EXAND YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS: While the Cavendish Connects website offers lots of resources to help those who are self-employed or who have a small business, there are some additional resources to check out:
• Small Biz Survival: The small town and rural business resource that covers topics for the various stages your business might be in.
• Free Talk: Big Ideas for Small Town Business Success: Sponsored by the Orton Foundation. On Oct 20, from 3-4 pm panelists, who have owned businesses, worked with entrepreneurs, and helped make their downtowns vibrant, share the secrets of their success.
5. PORK ROAST SUPPER AT THE CAVENDISH BAPTIST CHURCH: On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 5:30-7:00 pm, the Cavendish Baptist Church’s Helping Hands Class will be holding their annual Pork Roast Fall Supper. The menu will include: Pork roast, gravy, applesauce, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, coleslaw, pickles, rolls, homemade pies, decaf coffee, tea, cider or punch. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and under 6 are free. Take out meals are also available. FMI: 802-226-7131
6. DISCUSSION ON TRANSPORTATION ISSUES-OCT. 20: The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission is sponsoring a forum on transportation issues in the region with officials from VTrans on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 4pm NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main St, Chester. All are welcome! This is a great opportunity for our Towns, local residents, and businesses. Bring your questions, concerns and issues. What do you think about the paving project near you? Do you have concerns about a particular bridge? Would you like to see more sidewalks and multi-use paths in the Region? Do you feel safe as a pedestrian or cyclist on local roads and sidewalks? Do you have enough access to transit?
OCTOBER 17 (Monday): Cavendish Select Board Meeting
OCTOBER 20 (Thursday): Forum on Transportation
OCTOBER 22 (Saturday): Roast Pork Supper at Cavendish Baptist Church