Cavendish Update 6/24/16 News/Plant Sale/Concert


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6/24/16 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Annual Plant Sale: Pre Order Mock Orange

3. Yes, You Can Get Your Book Autographed

4. Cavendish Concerts Begin 2016 Series with Gypsy Reel

5. Events



House Fire Proctorsville: On Monday, June 20, at about 6 am Proctorsville Fire Department (PFD), with mutual aid from Cavendish, Ludlow,  Chester, Weathersfield, and Springfield Fire Departments, responded to a house fire on Mountain View Ave in Proctorsville. Fortunately no one was at home. The property is a total loss. One PFD Firefighter suffered an ankle injury while working on the interior of the building. He is expected to make a full recovery. Due to the direction of the wind, the Cavendish Valley was engulfed in smoke. The State Fire investigator is determining the cause of the fire.

Springfield Medical Care Systems Receives Dental Care Grant: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $1.05 million to three community health centers in Vermont, one of which is Springfield. The health centers will use this new federal funding to expand access to dental care. Ludlow Health Center and its dental care facility are part of the Springfield Medical Care Systems, which received $350,000. VT Digger 

State Bars EB-5 Project at Okemo From Soliciting New Investors: An EB-5, foreign investor-funded project at the base of Okemo Mountain Resort has come under new regulatory scrutiny over statements in its financial prospectus to investors. The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has stripped the project of its authority to solicit new investors, pending the creation of new disclosures that regulators say will more accurately reflect the risks. Project developers bill the “South Face Village at Okemo” project as “the first four-season luxury home community at Okemo Mountain in over a decade.” At a projected cost of more than $200 million, the real estate venture, according to its developers, will also feature a lodge with “a gourmet eatery, indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, health club, and outdoor fireplaces for the ultimate in recreation or relaxation.” VPR 

Rutland Herald and Times Argus Eliminate Print Editions Mon-Wed: The Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus will stop publishing print editions Monday-Wednesday, only publishing in print Thursday through Sunday, but seven days a week on-line. Cutting the print editions, is “an attempt to keep from having dramatic layoffs in the newsroom and to try and monetize the technical base we’ve built for social media.” VT Digger 

 VT Lags in Housing Affordability:. According to the  annual “Out of Reach” report, a family in Vermont must earn $21.13 per hour, or $43,947 per year, to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment. The wage is based on 40-hour workweek for 52 weeks and accounts for rent and utilities in the private housing market. The group defines affordable housing as costing 30 percent or less of salary. Based on the mean renter wage, Vermonters can afford just $613 a month for rent and utilities while the average statewide fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,099. Times Argus 


2. ANNUAL PLANT SALE: PRE ORDER MOCK ORANGE: At Barbara Kingsbury's Memorial last week, many people commented on the beautiful and sweet smelling Mock Orange that decorated the church. When it was mentioned that these shrubs would be available at the Cavendish Historical Society’s (CHS) Annual Plant Sale on July 2 in front of the Museum, there was a request for pre ordering.

Thanks to the incredible talents of Svetlana Phillips, with the assistance of her husband and CHS board member Kem, 24 plants were cultivated from Gloria Leven's bush in 2015, wintered over and potted in the best soil thanks to Moonlite Meadows’s aged compost. These are very hearty plants and 100% Cavendish.

For the first time ever, CHS is going to allow pre ordering of the Mock Orange. These are selling for $20 (large) and $10 (small). To pre order:

• Send a check payable to CHS to PO Box 472, Cavendish VT 05142

• Checks can also be dropped off at the Museum on Sundays 2-4 pm

• Specify whether you want a large ($20) or small ($10) plant

• Pick your plant up on July 2 - If you won't be here, we can arrange another time. However, we will not ship plants.

By popular demand, and in case you didn’t get around to it, “patio” tomato plants (Better Boy, Early Girl, Sweet 100s, and Brandywine) will be available for sale. These are potted and staked in five-gallon containers and can sit out on the back deck/yard/patio for easy pickings this summer. Because of the handle, you can bring them in on cold nights and probably get to October before you need to call it quits. Tomatoes are limited and were sold out by 9:30 last year so recommend getting to the sale early if you want one.

New this year will be herbs and raspberry plants. There are even a few special miniature herb gardens in window boxes. As always, there will be plenty of beautiful hosta along with wild ginger,  Salmon Seal, iris, Snow on the Mountain and other perennials.

If you have questions call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

3. YES YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOK AUTOGRAPHED: The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) has received inquiries about purchasing autographed copies of “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History.”   The first children’s book ever written on Cavendish’s famous resident, it is suitable for all ages, particularly because of the many photographs thanks to the Solzhenitsyn family.

You can receive an autographed copy in one of the following ways:

• There will be a book signing as part of the July 2 Plant Sale, from 8:30-2:30 at the CHS Museum 1958 Main Street (Route 131)

• On Sundays from 2-4 pm the Museum is open and you can pick up a copy then.

• If you prefer, you can order a copy from CHS by sending a check for $18.00 ($14.99 for the book and the balance for shipping and handling) to CHS, PO Box 472 Cavendish, VT 05142. Please specify how you would like the book inscribed.

4. CAVENDISH 2016 CONCERTS BEGIN WITH GYPSY REEL: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) and the Town of Cavendish invite everyone to spend an evening having fun on the Proctorsville Green on Wednesday, July 6th, starting at 6:00 p.m. when the annual summer music series kicks off with the sounds of Gypsy Reel.

The Celt band that rocks, Gypsy Reel has for over twenty years played high energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world. Their music is an exciting synthesis of world rhythms and influences from three continents. Based in Ludlow, Vermont the band continuously captivates local audiences.

This will be the first of six concerts that are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August. For a listing of all 2016 concerts please go to the Upcoming Events page at

CCCA encourages all area residents and visitors to join their friends and neighbors in front of the gazebo on the green. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair, have a picnic, or just lie back and relax on the grass. It’s a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and either reconnect with old friends or make new ones. 

As always, the concerts are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, please check the Cavendish Facebook page. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.



JULY 2 (Saturday): Cavendish Historical Society’s Annual Plant Sale plus book signing of “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History.” 8:30-2:30 pm at the CHS Museum, 1958 Main Street (Route 131).

JULY 4 (Monday): Happy 4th of July This is a legal holiday with the town office, banks and most businesses closed for the day.

JULY 6 (Wednesday): Gypsy Reel Concert, 6 pm Proctorsville Green. Free

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