Cavendish Update 5-6-16: News/Jobs/Events/Donate

5/6/16 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish-Ludlow Bike Path Meeting
3. Chicken & Rib BBQ Benefit
4. Free Events for Collection and Safe Disposal of Hazardous Waste
5. Job Openings CTES 2016-2017
6. BRGN Spring Rummage Sale
7. Events
Opening Day 2016 at Greven Field
: The baseball season officially began for Cavendish youth on April 30. VT Journal
VT Wireless Signal Reaches 95% of Planned Territory: The president of VTel, Michel Guite, testified in front of two key Vermont legislative committees, Senate Finance Committee and House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, about the company’s progress on a $116 million telecommunications project. Guite said the company provides “superb” Internet service through its wireless towers, and he asked the Senate Finance Committee not to move forward with S.R.13, a resolution that asks the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service to audit progress on the World of Wireless project. “The idea has been widely accepted that we had promised to serve absolutely every home in Vermont that didn’t have service,” Guite said, “and my answer this morning is that VTel never committed to serve all unserved households and anchor institutions in Vermont.” VT Digger Note: According to the Cavendish Connects Internet Speed Test Survey of October 2015, those using VTel had average speeds of 2.80/1.23 Mbps, which is well below the state requirement for broadband of 4/1Mbps. Further, residents in various parts of town that were supposed to be served by VTel have been unable to connect as the wireless system has not worked as promised-the wireless system does not go through leaves, trees and buildings. VPR also provided an article on Guite’s presentation Is VTel Committed to Bring Service to Unserved Vermonters?
The Work and Wages of VT’s Women: Women are significantly more likely than men to live in poverty or economic insecurity in Vermont. And 43 percent of Vermont women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses. VPR
Private Wells in New England Contribute to Bladder Cancer:  Researchers from Dartmouth College and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services looked at populations in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, where they said the incidence of bladder cancer is 20 percent higher than the rest of the country. The study showed dug wells, especially those put in before 1960, might contain arsenic. Previous studies have found drinking water with high levels of arsenic increase the risk of bladder cancer. WPTZ
Chester Police Charge Two in Animal Protection Society: Following a three-month investigation, the Chester Police Department has cited Mary Donaldson and Jessica (Remy) Fecteau, both of Chester Webster's House Animal Shelter, formerly known as TARPS, on May 1. The charges follow three months of police investigations into their practices and treatment of animals at the facility. Former Sullivan County Humane Society board member Susan Fleming said in April that kittens had been drowned in buckets at the shelter, and that autopsies performed on several cats had confirmed the cause of death as drowning. The Message
2. CAVENDISH-LUDLOW BIKE PATH MEETING On May 17 (Tuesday), Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission will be on hand to discuss new grant opportunities for a bike path from Cavendish to Ludlow. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. All those interested in seeing this happen should attend.  FMI: Bruce McEnaney 802-226-7292
3.  CHICKEN & RIB BBQ BENEFIT: A chicken and ribs BBQ, plus silent auction, will be held on Saturday, May 14th at the Cavendish Town Elementary School from 5:30-7:00 pm. All proceeds from the evening will go to Cara Tyrrell's family to offset expenses due to her recent illness. Please come out as it will be a fun night! $12 per person, $6 kids 6-12, and free for 5 and under. There will be options for vegetarians, vegans and those on gluten free diets. FMI: 802-226-8113 or
4. EVENTS FOR COLLECTION & SAFE DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS WASTE: The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring free events for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous wastes.  Only residents and businesses from Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor, Vermont may participate.  No pre-registration for residents. Businesses must pre-register and will be charged for disposal costs.  The collections will be held on Saturday, May 14 at the Springfield Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 21 at the former Goodyear Building in Windsor from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Bring in a mercury fever thermometer and receive a new digital fever thermometer. For more information, call 674-9235 or click on for a list of what to bring and what not to bring.
5. JOB OPENINGS CTES 2016-2017
- Part time School Nurse (.4 FTE)
- Bus Driver - Must have a CDP and Bus Driver endorsement. Will train if necessary.
- Paraprofessional (part time SpEd and regular ed ) for Kindergarten. Full time during the school year.
- Supervisor of Building, Grounds and Maintenance Full Time year round position.
 Interested candidates should contact:
George O Thomson, Principal
Cavendish Town Elementary School
P.O. Box 236
Proctorsville, VT 05153
Phone 802-226-7758
6. BRGNS To Hold Spring Rummage Sale: Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, May 20th and 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 22nd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will feature clothing, housewares, books, linens, furniture and all manner of goods. “ Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase food for the food shelf or are used for financial assistance programs in the community. BRGNS also runs a thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow – behind the Ludlow Community Center.  Its programs serve Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth. FMI: Audrey at 802-228-3663.
MAY 7 (Saturday): Green Up Day-Meet on the Proctorsville Green at 9am for bags, gloves and routes-BBQ at noon; LPC-TV Kentucky Derby Gala
MAY 9 (Monday): Select Board meeting
MAY 14 (Saturday): Chicken & Rib BBQ Benefit
For information on upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar. For area events, check the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce calendar.