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Don’t forget to “fall back” Sunday as we return to standard time. As you change your clocks, this is a good time to also change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors.
11/4/16 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Election Day: Write- ins for Justice of the Peace
3. 3rd Annual Abundance Swap
4. Indulgence Tour 2016 of Okemo Valley, Vermont
1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Break-ins Continue: There are continuing reports of Cavendish and surrounding town businesses and restaurants being broken into-Table 19 again on Oct. 30 and the Royal Diner in Springfield on Oct. 31. Please take precautions with your home and business.
Cavendish Ghost Stories & Other News from CHS: The Cavendish Historical Society recently posted their annual Halloween tale-“Ghost Stories of Cavendish: Charlie.” along with the Nov. 1 Cavendish Briefs.
Unified School District Becoming a Reality/TRSU and Act 46: Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) Act 46 Study Committee consultant Steve Dale talked about the impact of Act 46 on local education during a public hearing recently. He said the act includes greater equity across the state, a strengthening and retaining of small schools as part of larger districts, and is an attempt to temper the rising cost curve of education per child and create flexibility in the administration of the education system. The Study Committee is charged with not only advising the towns of Chester, Mt. Holly, Andover, Plymouth, Cavendish, Baltimore and Ludlow on the best feasible plan that will give a quality education to all students pre-k through 12, but must also explain the outcome of the plan to make rational sense to taxpayers. There are tax incentives if the schools unify on their own accord prior to fiscal year 2017, and if they create a plan for meeting the guidelines set out by the State Agency of Education. A proposed plan drafted by the Two Rivers administrative committee, with suggestions from teachers and students, is: two pre-kindergarten through 5th grade schools located in Ludlow and Mt. Holly, two kindergarten through 5th grade schools located in Cavendish and Chester-Andover, and one middle school comprising grades 6 to 8 at Black River Middle School. GMUHS would be the regional high school for all towns in the TRSU. Vermont Journal A public hearing was held on Nov. 1 at Ludlow Elementary. The Chester Telegraph has a report on responses at this meeting as a more in-depth discussion about a unified school district.
More Heating Help for Low-Income Vermonters: Last winter the average LIHEAP benefit was about $700. This year it's $865.The state estimates it'll get about $19 million in federal funds, which will help more than 21,000 families in the state. The state says Vermonters will get the higher benefit this year because fuel prices have stayed steady and fewer families have asked for help. The money will start being issued in a couple weeks. WCAX
Developer Selling Okemo and Other Ski Resorts: A Florida-based real estate investment trust has reached an agreement to sell more than a dozen major ski resorts and other properties from Maine to California, including Okemo Mountain in Ludlow. Under the deal, New York hedge fund manager Och-Ziff would assume ownership of 14 properties currently held by CNL Lifestyle Properties. Skiers won’t see a big impact. Long-term leases will remain in place, so mountain operators will remain unchanged after the properties changes hands. From a skier’s perspective, it’s akin to a home mortgage being sold between banks. Rutland Herald
2. ELECTION DAY: WRITE-INS FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE: Election Day is Nov. 8, Tuesday. Polling takes place at the Cavendish Town Elementary School in the Arts Room. There is only one person listed on the ballot for Cavendish Justice of the Peace position, Wendy Regier (Independent). The town needs at least seven to function fully. The following people have agreed to serve if they get at least 10 write in votes. Please take the list with you when you vote:
• Ashley Carafiello (Democrat)
• Dan Churchill (Republican)
• Barbara Dickey (Democrat)
• Michelle Lindberg (Republican)
• Sara Stowell (Independent)
• Richard Svec (Independent)
• Janelle Wilfong (Democrat)
• Ginger Will (Independent)
3. 3RD ANNUAL ABUNDANCE SWAP: With the extra hour we gain on Sunday, consider putting aside some items for the 3rd Annual Abundance Swap, which is on Saturday December 3.
There were lots of wonderful presents that people picked up for friends, families and even themselves at last year’s Abundance Swap so we’re expecting even more amazing stuff this year. The rules are simple:
• Pick 3-5 items in your home, shop or office that someone would enjoy as a gift. These should be in really good shape and of quality, meaning it’s well made and likely to be valued by someone. Children are encouraged to bring gently used toys they may have outgrown or no longer use. Do not bring items that are damaged, broken or do not work.
• Bring them to the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Saturday morning, December 3, starting at 9:30 am.
• Drop off your items, enjoy a visit with your neighbors and the Cavendish Connects team, as well as share the stories of what you are bringing to the swap.
• From 10-11:30, select presents for someone on your holiday giving list (it can be you).
Need some help in sorting out what to bring to the swap? Check out the post we did on the KonMari Method for tidying.
FMI: 226-7807 or firstname.lastname@example.org
4. INDULGENCE TOUR 2016 OF OKEMO VALLEY: DEC 3 & 4: Looking for a Thanksgiving hostess gift or an early holiday present? Look no further.
Eleven inns of the Okemo Valley, including the Golden Stage Inn and the Castle Hill Resort and Spa, are teaming up to welcome locals and travelers to visit each inn, enjoy their holiday decorations, and best of all, taste each inn's specialty:
• Andrie Rose Inn (Ludlow) Braised pork butt served over polenta.
• Castle Hill Resort & Spa(Proctorsville) Mini Beef Wellingtons and/or a Crème brûlée.
• Echo Lake Inn (Ludlow) Choice of two soups: Maple Butternut Squash Bisque and Stonewood Farms Turkey and Wild Rice.
• Golden Stage Inn (Proctorsville): “Saturday Night Chocolate Cake” and bottomless cookie jars. Will also be making beeswax candles and holding a raffle for all visitors.
• Inn at Weathersfield(Perkinsville): Mulled cider and colonial sweets, raffle.
• Inn Victoria (Chester) High Tea -- savories, scones, sweets, chocolates, fruit and more than 50 different teas.
• Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern(Chester) Baked brie with homemade chutney.
• Inn at Weston(Weston) Mini crab cakes with a roasted red pepper coulis and wild mushroom and ricotta on crostini. On Saturday only, enjoy a craft beer tasting
• Blue Gentian Lodge (Londonderry) : A sampling of Scandinavian treats; demonstration on how paper ornaments are made.
• Grafton Inn (Grafton): Chocolate truffles and Mulled wine.
All participants who visit at least six inns over the two-day period will be entered in a raffle for a free night at the inn of their choice. Participants can purchase a Tour Passport for $10 per person, which gives them access to two days of touring on Dec 3 and 4 from 12 - 5pm. Pick up maps and purchase tour “passports” from the Chamber of Commerce (Ludlow) or from any of the participating inns. FMI: webpage or Facebook
NOVEMBER 4 (Friday): Cavendish Town Elementary School Bingo Night 6-8 pm in the multi purpose room to benefit the PTO.
NOVEMBER 5 (Saturday): Christmas Shoebox packing at CTES; Stick Season Social to benefit Black River Good Neighbor
NOVEMBER 6(Sunday): Fall Back to standard time. Remember to change batteries in smoke and CO detectors.
NOVEMBER 8 (Tuesday): Election Day. VOTE. Polls are open from 10-7 in the multi purpose room at the Cavendish Town Elementary School.