Cavendish Update 2/26/16 News/Town Meeting/Events

 Every four years February has an extra day. This year Leap Year Day and Town Meeting are on Monday. Hope to see you there. 

Every four years February has an extra day. This year Leap Year Day and Town Meeting are on Monday. Hope to see you there. 

2/26/16 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Town Meeting 100 Years Ago
3. Free Dinner and a Movie: A Walk in the Woods
4. Free Medicare Boot Camp
5. News From Cavendish’s Local CSA-Little Village Farm
6. Walk & Talk: Return of the Cougar to the East
7. Events
 
1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Cavendish 2015 Annual Report: The Town and School District 2015 Annual Report for Cavendish is now available on-line at the town office, and mailed to all registered voters. Town Meeting is on Monday, Feb. 29, 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. Australian Ballot for school budget, town elected positions and presidential primary is on Tuesday, March 1 at CTES. You can obtain an absentee ballot or you can vote early. Call or stop by the town office for an absentee or early ballot. Learn more about Cavendish Voting at The Dish.
 
Low Quality LEDS Flooding the Market: LEDs are known for requiring very little energy to power, lasting for more than 20 years, and providing excellent quality light. Unfortunately, some LED products have recently started to flood the lighting market that may not perform when it comes to light quality, energy savings, and lifetime. These products are made with cheaper parts, they are generally packaged very similarly to higher-quality, certified products, and they tend to sell for a few dollars less apiece. Fortunately, there is one way that shoppers can ensure they are choosing the highest-quality product with guaranteed savings. By opting for LED bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® logo, consumers can rest assured that they are getting the most for their money. Press Release
 
CDC Says It Underestimated Cancer Risk from Lumber Liquidators Flooring: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the risk of cancer is three times higher than it previously estimated, and it strongly urged Lumber Liquidators customers to take steps to reduce exposure to the substance. The company no longer sells the Chinese-made, laminate products. The higher levels "could cause increased frequency of asthma symptoms and other respiratory issues for people with asthma and COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease]." NPR
 
2. CAVENDISH TOWN MEETING 100 YEARS AGO
With Town Meeting slated for Feb. 29 (Monday), the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) thought it would be interesting to see what was being voted on 100 years ago. 
 
This year, there are six articles, which pertain to the passing of the town's budget and adoption of the Town Report, compared to March 6, 1917, where there were 16 articles. The 1917 report was a slim volume, compromised of columns of numbers pertaining income and expenditures. The 2015 report is 138 pages long, available on-line and in print, and, while it contains lots of figures, there is considerable information about town activities, along with pictures and reports from the various community organizations that serve the town. 
 
The warning of articles for the March 6, 1917 Town meeting is available at the CHS Blog.
 
3. FREE DINNER & MOVIE: A WALK IN THE WOODS
The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library presents the second dinner and a movie event of the season.  A Walk in the Woods will be shown on Sunday, March 6 at 1:00 PM. The movie is based on the best-selling book by Bill Bryson and tells the story of two men who decide to hike the Appalachian Trail in their 60’s.  It stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.  Please be aware that the movie is rated “R” for language. The library will be serving a traditional picnic menu including potato salad, fried chicken, deviled eggs and more. This event is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome. 
 
4. FREE MEDICARE BOOT CAMP
Medicare Boot Camp will be held on Wednesday March 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.  In Springfield.  This learning opportunity is presented by Senior Solutions, which provides unbiased information about the Medicare system.
 
The class is appropriate for anyone who is planning to sign up in the near future. Family members who help elders may also find this class useful. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and this session will help participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues. This is not a refresher class for those who are currently enrolled in Medicare.
 
Space is limited, and this class has been very popular so pre-registration is required. To register or get full location details, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119. Additional Medicare classes will be listed at www.seniorsolutionsvt.org.
 
5, NEWS FROM CAVENDISH’S CSA: LITTLE VILLAGE FARM
Cavendish’s only CSA (community supported agriculture) is Little Village Farm (LVF) in Proctorsville. Today, Friday Feb. 26 is National CSA Day. In celebration, LVF is offering a great deal-Sign up online by midnight, and in addition to your tier savings you will receive 10% off all non-produce items in the farm stand all season long!
 
On Saturday February 27th LVF Winter Farm stand will be open. Come to the Farm stand Mudroom between 10am and 2pm to purchase fresh Greenhouse Spinach, Potatoes, Onions, Eggs, Rabbit Meat, Maple Syrup and more!
 
Follow LVF on Facebook or at their website. LVF is located at 48 Mt View Ave., off Depot Street in Proctorsville. Phone 802-226-7231.
 
6: WALK & TALK SERIES: RETURN OF THE COUGAR TO THE EAST  On March 23 (Wednesday), Susan C. Morse of Keeping Track will talk about the return of the cougar to the east coast at 6 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School.
 
There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy of a growing list of eastern states and provinces. Join us for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where Sue has studied them, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. We will also get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana and Maine to Georgia. It is only a matter of time.
 
Sue Morse, the founder of Keeping Track®, is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of the top wildlife trackers in North America. Since 1977 she has been monitoring wildlife with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar. Keeping Track® is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 out of concern that development in all its forms often unwittingly harms, isolates and even eliminates habitat critical to local biodiversity and broad-scale ecological health.
 
Tickets are available at Crows Bakery on Depot Street in Proctorsville, at the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library, by mail or at the door. Donations suggested are $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information please call Claire Walker at (802) 226-7259 or Robin Timko at 802-226-7736
 
7.  EVENTS
February 27 (Saturday): Little Village Farm’s Winter Farm Stand, located 48 Mt. View Ave off of Depot St in Proctorsville is open from 10-2 offering spinach, potatoes, onions, eggs, rabbit meat, maple syrup and more. FMI 226-7231
February 28 (Sunday): Third Annual True Tales: Live Storytelling event. Gethsemane Church off Depot Street in Proctorsville, 4 pm. Admission $10
February 29 (Monday): TOWN MEETING, 7 pm, Cavendish Town Elementary School
March 1 (Tuesday): VOTE, including presidential primary, 10-7 at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. Note that the Community Luncheon, usually scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month, will be held on Tuesday March 8 due to the election. Please vote.
March 4 (Friday): 225th Anniversary of VT Statehood
 
For information on upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects February Calendar.