Cavendish Update 4/15/16 News/Workshop/Green Up

4/15/16 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Introduction to the Art of Making Stone Tools Workshop June 5
3. Murder Mystery Dinner
4. CCCA Soliciting Photos for Annual Contest
5. Cavendish Green Up
6. Events

Sharon Huntley’s Mission to Stop Distracted Drivers: As part of Distracted Drivers month, Cavendish resident Sharon Huntley was interviewed by WCAX in the hope that it will remind others to avoid the mistake that took her son Spencer's life at 18 years of age. Spencer was killed at the intersection of 103 and Depot Street in Proctorsville on Oct. 31, 2011. Sharon talks to groups about her experience. "When you lose someone that dynamic, it leaves a really big hole and I'd hate to have another parent go through that," said Huntley. Thank you Sharon for having the courage to do this.

Congratulations to Jace Provance on his Bronze Medal Win: Freestyle skier, PVFD Junior Fire Fighter, GMUHS junior and Proctorsville resident Jace Provance recently took the bronze medal in Skiercross at the USASA National Championships. Congratulations Jace on a job well done!

Local’s Special at the Jackson Gore Spring House: In honor of April vacations, residents of Ludlow and the surrounding towns can use the Spring House at Jackson Gore for a discounted rate of $9 a person/day! Special pricing begins April 16 and ends April 24.

Open Burning and Weather Awareness: As Vermont dries out from winter each year, a new hazard often presents itself for spring. Dead grass, leaves, and brush can become prime fuel for wild land and brushfires, particularly when dried out under sunshine, low relative humidity, and just two or three rain free days in a row. The National Weather Service reports those conditions are expected this coming weekend. The National Weather Service; the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation; Green Mountain National Forest; and Vermont Department of Public Safety remind the public to exercise caution and follow local ordinances in regards to open burning this weekend and at any time when wild land and brushfire fire risks are elevated. Mid to late spring is considered the peak fire season in Vermont, with 75% of all fires during a given year typically occurring in April and May. Open burns can get out of control quickly in dry conditions like Vermont is seeing now, and it becomes even more hazardous if winds are blowing.

2. INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF MAKING STONE TOOLS WORKSHOP The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) is thrilled to host archeologist Charlie Paquin for another stellar workshop. CHS volunteers met Charlie while working on the Paleo Indian dig at Jackson Gore. A legendary Vermont “flint knapper,” Charlie has done workshops at the Museum as well as led an archaic Indian dig in Cavendish.

On June 5th (Sunday), from 1-4 pm, Charlie will be teaching “Introduction to Flint-Knapping” at the CHS Museum, 1958 Main St (Route 131) in Cavendish. He will demonstrate how the Paleo and Archaic Indians made projectile points (arrow heads) and other tools used for hunting and daily life. Participants will learn to make the simpler tools at this workshop. The cost is $25 per person and includes all materials and supplies.

Participants must pre register by May 27 (Friday), as the class size is limited. To pre register, call 802-226-7807 or e-mail You can also send a check for $25 to CHS, PO Box 472, Cavendish VT 05142

Lights, Camera Murder! An After-Oscar party goes horribly awry! Find the killer! The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will be holding a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Golden Stage Inn on Friday, April 29 at 7:00. Tickets are $25 each and include dinner. They are now on sale at the library. Tickets must be purchased in advance. FMI: 226-7503

Cavendish residents, it’s time to think about which photograph you would like to submit for next year's calendar. Every year the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association solicits Cavendish residents for photographs to grace its community calendar. The community then gets to pick the twelve best submissions for the calendar. Photos must show scenes and landscapes in Cavendish and Proctorsville that are valuable for their beauty, historic significance and overall importance to the community. Pictures can include people or animals. The purpose of the calendar is to bring a greater appreciation and sense of pride about the town, which is the foundation of conservation and good stewardship.

There are three age categories and the best picture in each category also receives an award and a prize. If you have ever felt inclined to take a picture of a sight that you appreciate in Cavendish or Proctorsville, please consider submitting it for the 2017 calendar.

You must submit an 8" by 10" photo in a horizontal layout, along with your name, the name you give the picture and the general location of where the photo was taken. Submissions of digital copies on a disk are encouraged. Photos will be accepted from May 1st until May 31st. Application forms will be available beginning May 1st at the Cavendish Town Office, at Cavendish Elementary School and at Crows Bakery on Depot Street, and they can be found now on our website at Please contact Robin at 802-226-7736 if you have questions.

One of the most scenic and secluded back roads of Cavendish has become a dumping ground for trash, turning the end of Perley Brown road into an eyesore. Piles of old tires, broken bottles, beer cans, household appliances, logging debris, discarded TVs and other assorted junk greet those who venture to the end of the road that was once home to a farm. With Vermont Green Up Day fast approaching on Saturday May 7, there is an opportunity for community volunteers with some muscle who want to tackle this site. And for those who want to join up and collect litter along our town's beautiful roads, there will be plenty of opportunities to do that.

The tradition of Vermont Green Up Day, now in its 46th year, unites communities, raises environmental awareness, and results in cleaner roads and town spaces for all. The big sweep begins at the Proctorsville Green on May 7 at 9 a.m., where you can register and pick up special green trash bags, protective gloves and your user-friendly road assignment. The cleanup ends at noon with a free town-sponsored barbecue on the Green. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be on the grill and folks are invited to bring a side dish to share, though it's not required. In case of rain, Green Up Day will be held on Saturday May 14. FMI Diane McNamara at the Town Office at 226-7292.

APRIL 16 (Saturday): Pinewood Derby Day for Cavendish Cub Scouts Pack 211, 1-3 pm at CTES. The community is invited, and encouraged, to come cheer on these amazing Scouts who’ve been working very hard on their cars.
APRIL 18 (Monday): Taxes Due-Last Day to File
APRIL 22 (Friday): Passover

For information on upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar. For area events, check the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce calendar.