Cavendish Update 5/27/16 News/CHS/Memorial Day/Events


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Today’s Cavendish Update is dedicated to our town’s veterans, who have served from the Revolutionary War up to today. The town’s Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 30, 11 am at the school. WWII veteran Seymour Leven will be the guess speaker. See article 3 for more information.


5/27/16 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. CHS Museum Opens/Workshop/Plant Sale

3. Cavendish Memorial Day Ceremony: Seymour Leven Speaker

4. Annual Running of the Books

5. Cavendish Community Calendar Photography Contest Extended

6. Events



SCAMS!!: A Cavendish resident recently sent the following Just received text saying my debit card was "frozen for my protection".  And to please provide the following so they could unfreeze it:  debit card number, code on back, expiration date, last four numbers of Social Security number.  I called number on back of card and they said it is a scam to try to get info and that his friends and family have gotten similar texts involving other banks.  So beware. In addition, Hartford Dispatch reports receiving numerous calls about the IRS Scam where the caller claims you owe “back taxes” or outstanding payments due to the government, typically from callers claiming to be “Internal Revenue Service”, “IRS”, and “US Treasury and Legal Affairs.” Don’t respond to these callers. If you think you may actually owe back taxes, hang up and contact the IRS directly at 1 (800) 829-1040. Learn more about the top scams in Vermont and how to respond by going to the VT Attorney General’s website on scamming. 

Dick McCormack to Seek Re-Election for Vermont Senate/Huntley Stepping Down: Dick McCormack has announced that he will be seeking reelection as State Senator for all Windsor County towns, Londonderry and Mt. Holly. A resident of Bethel, McCormack was appointed in 1989 and has been re-elected 11 times since then. He currently serves on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee. State Rep. Mark Huntley D-Cavendish is stepping down. Annmarie Christensen, of Perkinsville, has filed to run as a Democrat, while Cavendish resident Stuart Lindberg, who ran before against Huntley, has filed as a Republican to fill Huntley’s seat.

Operation Click It Or Ticket It: Running through Memorial Day, the Vermont State Police (VSP) will be increasing enforcement efforts to promote safe, responsible driving in support of Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).  VSP troopers will also focus on specific areas in which unbelted occupants were injured or killed in 2015. High visibility enforcement is an essential component in reducing traffic crashes, particularly those that result in serious injury and death. “Troopers will use organized saturation patrols as well as checkpoints throughout the state in an effort to reduce crashes, Troopers will also be working with other local and county law enforcement agencies during this time to support the national Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 5th. To date, in 2016 Vermont has experienced 23 motor vehicle deaths, of which approximately 47% were unrestrained.  VT State Police

Bridge Work on Route 100 in Weston: There will be a 21-day road closure from Friday, June 3 to Thursday, June 23, 2016 on route 100 between Ludlow and Weston with periodic short-term single lane closures prior to and following the bridge closure. Detour routes include going through Chester. Detour signs, which are currently covered, appear on Routes 103 and 131. VTrans 

Tax Troubles for E-Filers in VT: Itemizers for tax year 2015 were required to file the IN-155 form. It's a new state tax schedule for personal income tax filers. The state says software coding errors meant some people never filed the form and others submitted incomplete forms. The tax department says these software glitches occurred with Lamson Tech, We File Inc., Turbo Tax, H&R Block, Intuit Pro Series, Liberty Tax Service and CCH Small Firm Services. As many as 19,000 taxpayers who itemized their deductions last year likely underpaid. 1040EZ filers are in the clear. The state says outstanding balances vary greatly, but on average, taxpayers with this mistake will owe about $160. If they pay up by the end of June, Vermont plans to waive interest and penalties. FMI VT Department of Taxes 


2. MUSEUM OPENS/WORKSHOP/ANNUAL PLANT SALE: The summer season of the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) begins with the opening of the Museum on Sunday, May 29 from 2-4 pm. The Museum is open every Sunday until Columbus Day weekend.


If you are interested in learning how to make stone tools-flint knapping- on June 5th (Sunday), from 1-4 pm, the archeologist Charlie Paquin 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 31 (Tuesday), 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


CHS’s Annual Plant Sale takes place on July 2 in front of the Museum. Yes, there will be hosta and other perennials, including mock orange, which weathered the winter quite well under the caring hands of the Phillips. Due to popular demand, there will be more and different varieties of patio tomato plants. Some happy buyers from last year had fresh tomatoes right through September.


Gardeners, if you have perennials you would like to donate to the sale, we do have a team of volunteers that can dig them up for you and repot. Or if you prefer, CHS will provide you with pots and soil. FMI: or 802-226-7807


3. CAVENDISH MEMORIAL DAY CEMERMONY-WWII VET SPEAKER: On Monday, May 30, the town’s Memorial Day activities will begin at 11 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. The march follows the program with the parade forming at the School. The Green Mountain Union High School Marching Band will provide music and cadence for the parade with the Ludlow American Legion Post #36 providing the Color Guard . The parade will proceed to the bridge on Depot Street for the traditional Wreath tossing ceremony honoring the men and women who died serving this country. It will then continue to Hillcrest Cemetery where there will be a brief closing ceremony including a gun salute and the playing of taps.


This year’s speaker will be WWII veteran Dr. Seymour Leven. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, he had several reasons for enlisting: to keep up with his older brother; his dislike of school (he had already finished two years of college) and most important, he had family in Lithuania who were forced into the concentration camps. Seymour thought that Hitler was evil and needed to be stopped. Initially in officer’s training school, he was moved into gunnery and bombardier training. Instead of going to Europe, he was sent to the Pacific as a tail gunner on a B-29 bomber. At one point, Seymour’s crew was sent stateside for additional training. While it was top secret at the time, it later became apparent that his flight crew was among those that would be the back up for the Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.


Completing 23 aerial combat missions, Seymour’s division, located on Saipan was featured in the War Department’s film The Last Bomb-1945 U.S. Army Air Forces Bombing Japan. 


After the war, Seymour took advantage of the GI bill to complete college and medical school. He would eventually work with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and has worked with combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.


Learn more about other Cavendish WWII veterans at the Cavendish Historical Society’s Blog.  


4. ANNUAL RUNNING OF THE BOOKS: On June 11, Cavendish Fletcher Community Library, in partnership with Cavendish Recreation, is sponsoring a 5K race and walk, with a 1 Mile fun run. The race will begin and end on the scenic Nature Trail at Greven Field in Proctorsville, VT, with a color splashed romp through the Village of Proctorsville. Race begins at 10:00 A.M. All participants will receive a race T-shirt. Fee is $20 pre­race and $25 on race day. 18 and under run for free. To register or more info: w or or Kata Welch at 226­7503 or Terry O’Brien at 802­738­3215. Also Cavendish Recreation on Facebook. All proceeds to benefit Cavendish Fletcher Community Library.


4. CALENDAR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST EXTENDED: Each year CCCA sponsors a contest to find the twelve best photographs of Cavendish; it’s environment, and its peoples to grace the pages of the next year’s calendar. Photographs are normally accepted from May 1 to May 31, but this year, the deadline has been extended to June 15.


A panel of judges awards prizes to the best overall pictures, and twelve are selected – one for each month in the calendar. Will your photo be printed in 2017? It will be only if you first submit it to the contest. For rules and the entry form please go to the CCCA Calendar Contest page.  Entry forms are also available at Crows Bakery on Depot St. in Proctorsville. 



MAY 27 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market opens for the season. Stop by and say “Hi” to a number of Cavendish vendors including Abrcadabra Coffee, Cabinfish Fiber Art, Crows Bakery, Goodman’s American Pie Pizza, Reclaimed in Vermont, and Vermont Fresh Pasta, Located at 53 Main St (in front of Okemo Mountain School), the market runs from 4-7 pm.

MAY 28 (Saturday): Craft & Yarn Community Yard Sale on the Proctorsville Green from 10-5 Open Studio Weekend

MAY 29 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) Museum opens for the season, 2-4 pm

MAY 30 (Monday):  Memorial Day. School and offices closed.  

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