Cavendish Update 6/10/16 News/Book/Volunteers


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 6/10/16 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. The Book A Community Wrote About a Writer Who Changed History

3. Volunteers Needed for Spring Clean Up at Fletcher Farm

4. LPCTV Annual Meeting and Elections

5. Share Your America With a High School Exchange Student

6. Events



Cavendish Historical Society Newsletter: The spring issue of The Scribbler II is now available on-line at the CHS Blog. 

 Two Brothers Charged with Illegal Logging: Two brothers from Cavendish face charges of illegal logging. State prosecutors say Matthew Wyman, 31, allegedly cut down and sold the wood from a maple and a yellow birch cut from the Proctor Piper State Forest, according to documents the AG’s office filed in criminal court in Windsor County. The lumber allegedly fetched a price of more than $1,200. The two pleaded not guilty to their respective charges at an arraignment in court Wednesday. Matthew Wyman could face up to five and a half years in prison and a fine of $5,500 for allegedly cutting down the trees, while Joey Wyman could serve as long as 11 years in prison and a fine of $6,000 for selling the lumber. Attorney General’s Office Press Release 

 New Hostage Scam: Police are warning of a phone scam where callers seek to convince people their loved ones are being held hostage and will be killed if the victim doesn’t pay the scammers. An investigation found multiple reports from Burlington, Williston and Bennington of similar scams, according to police. “This scam is very concerning as the suspects are extremely convincing and have caused a significant amount of emotional and financial stress on the victims they have targeted.” The public should be cautious anytime someone asks for money to be sent via Western Union or another money order service. If people suspect they are being targeted in a scam, police encourage them to call law enforcement immediately. VT Digger 

 VT To Become First State to Require Drug Price Transparency: Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the prescription drug transparency bill that will make Vermont the first state to require pharmaceutical companies to justify why their drug prices go up. Vermont’s new law will require pharmaceutical manufacturers to justify why the “total wholesale cost” of specific prescription drugs go up in a given year. VT Digger 

New Law Limits Prescriptions for Painkillers: A new law signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday limits the amount of opiates that can be prescribed for minor procedures. Vt. Digger

VT State Police Kick off Operation S.T.R.I.V.E: Starting June 6 and running through Labor Day, the Vermont State Police will be increasing enforcement efforts focusing on speed and aggressive driving on all state roadways. Called Operation STRIVE (Safe Travel on Roads In Vermont Everyday), the goal is to deter and identify hazardous violations that increase the risk of motor vehicle crashes. VT Dept. of Public Safety 


2. THE BOOK A COMMUNITY WROTE ABOUT A WRITER WHO CHANGED HISTORY: The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) is pleased to announce their most recent publication “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History.” This was very much a local effort from it’s inspiration-Isabele Gross when she was in the third grade-to it’s publication-Julia Gignoux was responsible for the layout and design. Along the way were the incredible photographs donated by the Solzhenitsyn family, the book’s website-Katie Hamlin webmaster-, funding for editing from the Cavendish Community Fund, and the author, Margo Caulfield, the coordinator of CHS. All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards the CHS Solzhenitsyn project. You can purchase the book locally at the Cavendish Town Office, CHS Museum (Sundays 2-4), and Minibees-formerly the Cavendish General Store, once home to the now famous “No Directions to the Solzhenitsyn’s” sign. You can also order it on-line at Create Space and Note that the profit margin for CHS is best when you purchase it locally. Second best is Create Space. Bulk ordering is possible by contacting CHS at 802-226-7807 or To learn more about the book, go to The Dish. 


3. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPRING CLEAN UP AT FLETCHER FARM : Saturday, June 11, is Spring Clean Up Day at Fletcher Farm School. Adult volunteers are needed to help clean and setup the classrooms for the summer session. Runs from 9-3, but we would welcome an hour or two of your help! Free lunch of pizza and soda! FMI: 228-8770.


4. LPCTV ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS : LPCTV, “community television for the Black River Valley & Okemo region”, is holding its Annual Meeting on & elections for Board of Directors on Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm at the Ludlow Community Center complex at 37C Main St in Ludlow. An open house and tour of the facility will take place prior to the meeting from 6:30-7:00 pm. All community members in Ludlow, Plymouth, Cavendish, and Mt. Holly are invited to attend and participate. For those unable to attend the meeting in person, voting for the LPCTV Board of Directors elections is made available by downloading or requesting a ballot.

Ballots will be available to anyone attending the Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 16th; prior to that, ballots are available by download on LPCTV’s website, or by request by calling the station at 228-8808.


5. SHARE YOUR AMERICA WITH A HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENT: Local Community Coordinator Kimberly Eckhardt invites families in the Green Mountain and Black River communities to “Share Your America” with a high school exchange student from one of 70 European, South American, Asian, or African countries during the upcoming school year. Sponsored by PAX – Program of Academic Exchange (PAX), these students arrive to the U.S. in August.

PAX students are 15-18 years old, have studied English for at least three years, and are motivated to learn more about the U.S. by attending high school and living with a host family. PAX students are eager to experience American activities—backyard barbecues, birthday celebrations, and holidays—with their host families. They are covered by comprehensive medical insurance and have their own spending money for incidentals.

Host families come in all different shapes and sizes! Single parents, families with young children and/or teenagers, empty nesters or retirees are all encouraged to host. The host family's primary responsibility is to provide a bed, it need not be their own room, three meals a day and the love and support you would offer any teenager living in your home. You can hope for world peace or invite it into your home and table! Travel the world without leaving home. 

Founded in 1990, PAX is a not-for-profit educational organization and one of a select few U.S. Department of State designated Exchange Visitor Program’s chosen to participate in its prestigious U.S. government-sponsored FLEX and YES programs. Each year, more than 1,100 teenagers visit the U.S. as PAX exchange students. For more information, call Kimberly Eckhardt at 802-824-3792 or visit



JUNE 11 (Saturday): Spring Clean Up Day at Fletcher Farm School 9-3. Volunteers needed. Free pizza.

JUNE 13 (Monday): Cavendish Select Board Meeting. Agenda will be posted to the Dish as soon as it’s received

JUNE 17 (Friday): GMUHS Graduation,

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