Cavendish Update 7/8/16 News/Concerts/Events

Dr. Stevens was born 155 years ago in Cavendish on July 7. In honor of her birthday she received a "Google Doodle."

Dr. Stevens was born 155 years ago in Cavendish on July 7. In honor of her birthday she received a "Google Doodle."


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7/8/16 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Alison Turner is Coming to the Proctorsville Green

3. July 20th Concert Sensible Shoes

4. Cavendish Historical Society in Need of “Strippers”

5. Events


Cavendish’s Nettie Stevens Honored by Google: On what would have been her 155th birthday, Nettie Stevens received a “Google Doodle.” Born in Cavendish, on July 7, 1861, she published about 40 papers and was a leading force in genetics. In 1905, her work on sex determination was published. Investigating mealworms, she found female cells contained 20 chromosomes, but male cells contained 19 large chromosomes and one very small one. She showed that the X body paired with a 20th, much smaller chromosome in meiosis. She proposed that these two chromosomes be called X and Y, and explained that females contained two X chromosomes. Some believe her position in the field of genetics has largely been ignored because the credit for the discovery of X and Y chromosomes and their role in determining gender is instead generally given Edmund B. Wilson, who had read Stephens’ manuscript on chromosomal patterns before publishing his own theory. Stevens died in Baltimore, MD in 1912.

 3,000 Price Chopper Loses 3,000 Products Over GMO Law: Price Chopper has learned that manufacturers will no longer ship 3,000 products to Vermont because they will not have a GMO label. The grocery store will stop receiving shipments of the food items beginning July 1 when Vermont's GMO labeling law goes into effect. Many food makers have agreed to add labels, informing consumers their products are made with genetically engineered ingredients. But others have chosen to pull out of the Vermont market. WCAX 

Senate Action Guts VT’s GMO Labeling Law: In a procedural vote Wednesday, the Senate overwhelmingly supported a plan that would immediately preempt a state mandate requiring food manufacturers to label genetically engineered food. The bill, S.764, is expected to be fast-tracked through Congress before lawmakers recess July 15. The Senate legislation is expected to bypass the conference committee process and will be voted on by the House where it is expected to pass. It will then go to the president’s desk. If the federal law is enacted, the pre-emption will go into effect immediately and Vermont’s mandatory labeling statute will be rendered moot. VT Digger 

West Nile in Windsor County: The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed the state's first case this year of human illness from West Nile virus. The disease is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Health officials say a Windsor County resident got sick in mid-June and was actually diagnosed with a more serious form of the illness that affects the nervous system called West Nile neuroinvasive disease. Only about 20 percent of people who get infected with West Nile actually get sick, with symptoms including high fever, muscle aches and fatigue. Since 2003, only nine human cases of West Nile have been reported in Vermont, the last one in 2013. WCAX 

 Proposed Solar Net Metering Rules: Renewable-energy advocates worry that new rules proposed last week by the Public Service Board will penalize owners of solar systems. The rules govern what’s known as net metering, a program that credits solar-array owners for electricity they generate in excess of what they use. Net metering customers now use solar credits to pay off electricity bills and service charges. Net metering credits will apply only to charges for electricity a customer uses, under the new rules. Customers will need to pay the customer service charge separately. The rule will apply to existing solar developments, a stipulation that clean-energy advocates, the Department of Public Service and even utilities oppose. VT Digger 


2. WEDNESDAY CONCERT-ALISON TURNER : The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association on behalf of the Town of Cavendish invites everyone to the Cavendish Music Series on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:00 p.m. when Alison Turner, a newcomer to the series, the takes the stage on the Proctorsville Green. This will be the second of the 2016 concerts that are held on consecutive Wednesday evenings in July and August.

An American singer-songwriter hailing from the small town of Royalton, Vermont, the self-managed songstress records and performs a “heartfelt” and unique style of alternative indie pop. Having started writing songs at the age of seven, Turner has developed over the years into the introspective, creative songwriter she is today.

The concert is free and open to everyone, not just Cavendish residents, so join your 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. 

For more information please call Robin at 226-7736. In the event of rain, postponement information will be reflected on the Cavendish Facebook page.


3. JULY 20TH CONCERT-SENSIBLE SHOES: Sensible Shoes will be returning to the Cavendish Concert series on July 20th, 6 pm on the Proctorsville Green. Barbara Blaisdell on keyboard, lead guitarist and singer Tim Utt, Pooh Sprague, on bass, guitar and vocals, and drummer and singer Steve Drebber, Sensible Shoes has placed original music in several major motion pictures including “Philadelphia” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” This will be the third of six concerts that are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August. This concert is sponsored by the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company.


4. CAVENDISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN NEED OF STRIPPERS: Work began on July 5 to prepare new doors for the Cavendish Historical Society's (CHS) Museum. Under the direction of woodworker Dave Stern, volunteers are stripping the varnish from the doors, which once hung in a church. They will be reconfigured for the Museum entry way and ultimately painted. When completed and installed, the appearance will be very similar to the doors that were original to the building.

In 1834, church doors (the building was constructed to be the Cavendish Baptist Church) would have been solid and not contain glass. It's not clear when the double doors were either modified or replaced with glass. This may have been done when the building served as the Town Hall.

If you are interested and have the time to strip paint and help work on the doors, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail



JULY 11 (Monday): Cavendish Select Board Meeting. The agenda will be posted to The Dish 

JULY 13 (Wednesday): Alison Turner is the featured artist for the Wednesday night Concert on the Proctorsville Green, when gets underway at 6 pm. This is free and open to the public

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