Cavendish Update 8/12/16 Justices/News/Events


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 8/12/16 Cavendish Update

1. Justice of the Peace Needed for Cavendish

2. Cavendish Related News

3. CHS Opens Mill Exhibit

4. BRGNS In Need of Certain Items

5. GFWC Annual Tag Sale

6. Events


1. JUSTICE OF THE PEACE NEEDED FOR CAVENDISH: The office of the Justice of the Peace (JP)  is one of the oldest public offices in the state, having been created by the Vermont Constitution in 1777. The role of the JP, besides performing marriages and administering oaths,  includes being a member of the Board of Civil Authority (BCA) and thereby serving as election officials as well as members of the town board for abatement of taxes. (The Vermont Justice of the Peace Guide, 2010, published by the VT Secretary of State’s office)

Cavendish votes for seven JPs every two years. Since the most recent election, two JPs (Jackie Blanchard and Will Hunter) have moved and one resigned (Barbara Dickey) resulting in four JPs carrying out the function ofthe BCA.

More pressing is the upcoming election and the need to elect seven JPs. The slate of nominees from the town’s Republican and Democratic Committees were not filed by the required deadline (first Tuesday in August). Further, the Democratic Party Committee recently dissolved due to lack of membership.

If you are a Cavendish legal voter and are interested in being a JP contact Dan Churchill 802-226-7582 if you are a Republican. Democrats and Independents should contact the town clerk, Diane McNamara 802-226-7291.



Cavendish Election Results: Of 1,074 registered voters, 248 (23%) voted in person and 17 (1%) by absentee ballot. Of the in-person voters, 140 (56%) voted Democrat, 107 (43%) Republican and one Progressive (<1%). This is a larger voter turnout than usual for a primary election. The first choice of Governor for the Democrats was Dunne, while the Republicans first choice was Lisman. See The Dish for full Cavendish election results. 

 Rutland Herald to be Sold:  The Mitchell family announced late Wednesday night they have entered into an agreement to sell the “The Rutland Herald” and Barre-Montpelier “Times Argus,” as well as affiliated print and online publications, to a company headed by Maine-based publishing entrepreneur Reade Brower and printing and marketing executive Chip Harris. Rutland Herald 

GMP Customers Can Save Money with New Empower Rates: Green Mountain Power residential customers have a new option for saving money on their electric bills with the Empower Rate, a pilot program, which provides incentives for reducing energy use at peak times. This program is voluntary and could benefit those customers who are interested in saving money by reducing their energy use for up to ten “critical peak energy days” throughout the year. Customers can sign up at or by calling 888-835-4672. Press Release 

Sheriffs to Beef Up Work Zone Enforcement: As part of an annual effort to boost work zone safety, the Governor's Highway Safety Program is providing additional funding to allow additional deputies for selected high-risk construction projects. They will be used for speed and distracted driver enforcement. 


3. CHS OPENS MILL EXHIBIT: The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) unveiled its exhibit on the history of the Cavendish Woolen Mills on Sunday, July 31. In an amazing coincidence, the relatives of HT Murdock, one time owner of the Proctorsville Mill, stopped by the Museum and donated the original keys to the Mill along with a portrait painting of H.T. Murdock.

As part of the Mill exhibit there are a variety of hands on activities that can be tried, including making a braided rag rug from woolen scraps. The Museum is open every Sunday from 2-4 pm and by appointment.

To learn more about CHS activities, check out the Aug 1 edition of CHS Briefs. If you would like to receive this publication by e-mail, please send an e-mail to with “subscribe to briefs” in the subject heading.


 4. BRGNS IN NEED OF CERTAIN ITEMS: Black River Good Neighbor Services is seeking donations of saleable goods for their thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow. The store sells all kinds of donated items but is currently is in need of the following: infant clothing, kitchen utensils, fall clothing, hats, and waterproof gloves. Just as a reminder, BRGNS also sells furniture from its furniture store at 105 Main Street, but does not accept large appliances or televisions. Proceeds from the sale of goods in both stores are used to support the purchase food for the food shelf or the distribution of financial assistance in the community. The BRGNS thrift store is located behind the Ludlow Community Center. Its food, education and financial assistance programs serve Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth. BRGN is a 501(c)(3) charity and donations are tax deductible.

If you have something to donate, please bring it to the thrift store.  For large items, please call ahead. For information regarding the stores, donations, volunteering, or assistance please call Audrey at 802-228-3663.


5. GFWC ANNUAL TAG SALE: This year's GFWC Okemo Valley Women's Club annual yard sale is returning on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Anyone who has attended in the past is familiar with the myriad of household goods, furnishings, curios, books and fun bargains to be found at this annual fundraising event. Laughter, deals and good will abound at this tag sale, which will again be held at 94 Main Street in Ludlow, just a few steps from Fletcher Memorial Library. The sale will run from 9am to 1pm. GFWC is an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.



AUGUST 15 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Town Office.

AUGUST 17 (Wednesday): Due to rain on Aug. 10, last week’s Yankee Chank Concert has been rescheduled for this evening. This is the last concert on the Proctorsville Green. Concert starts at 6 pm. Check the Cavendish VT Facebook page for any possible venue changes the day of the concert.

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