Cavendish Update: 9/16/16 SB Mtg/Energy/Swap/News


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 9/16/16 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting

2. Cavendish Related News

3. When you Don’t Want to Drive: Bus Plane Train Service Near Cavendish

4. Town Energy Fair-Oct. 1

  5. Swap Instead of Shop: Winter Clothing Swap-October 1

  6. GM School Board Member Needed/Change in CTES School Board Mtg


1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 9/12/16: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website.  Among items discussed/voted on at Monday night’s meeting were:

• Telecommunications-TDS new system should be in place by November

• Hazardous Flood Regulations still being reviewed and will continue at next meeting-Concern about impact of regs on those owning property in the flood plain. Not passing regs will result in a 5% reduction of state funding in the event of another flood.

Denied 4 Event Liquor Permits for Glimmerstone due to inaccuracies in two applications and the owner’s unwillingness to comply with state regulations regarding fireworks and ignoring neighbors concerns about noise. The SB met with the owner at a special two-hour meeting on Sept. 14. By a vote of 3 to 1, the owner was givenpermits for the next 3 events. Based on how these events go, they will decide at a later date whether to approve the 4th.

• Accepted Dan Churchill’s resignation as Town Agent, which is due to a conflict with his position on the Board of Civil Authority.

• Town Projects-Gulf Rd repair, selling of property on Heald Rd and Depot St, and Transfer Station changes are going according to schedule. In six weeks, anyone showing up at the Transfer Station without the appropriate vehicle sticker will be denied access.

• Adjustment for Municipal Cavendish Wastewater base fee schedule has reduced the quarterly fee from $87.46 to $86.46.

• Town manager search has been expanded along with an extended filing date of Sept. 26.

Proposed policy regarding “Objects Placed in the Town Highway Right-of-Way. Discussion will continue at Oct. meeting

First draft of Noise Ordinances for the town was distributed and will be discussed at Oct. Meeting.

For a more in-depth report on the Select Board Meeting go to The Dish. 



Joan Carlisle: It is with sadness that we report the passing of Joan M. Carlisle, 82, who died Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at the Church of the Annunciation in Ludlow. Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Adams Funeral Home, 12 Meadow St., Ludlow. A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of the Rutland Herald. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 77 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.  Our condolences to Joan’s husband, family and friends.

Shower for Belle McKnight: Belle’s birthday is Saturday Sept. 17 and her family is planning a "card shower" for her. Please send your cards to Belle McKnight, 253 Meadowbrook Farm Road, Proctorsville, VT 05153. Happy Birthday Belle!!

Jill’s Place is Now on Facebook: Wondering what’s for breakfast or the hot specials for the day, to say nothing of what’s being canned? Just bookmark Jill’s Place on Facebook and enjoy.

Cavendish Baptist Newsletter: The Cavendish Baptist Church now has a newsletter about upcoming activities, which is available at their website. 

Do you Struggle with Utilities?: For an upcoming episode of Brave Little State, VPR is trying to answer a question about utility bills in Vermont. (Electricity and natural gas.) Brave Little State is a podcast that’s all about Vermonters, so VPR wants to hear your stories: How do you manage if you have a hard time paying a bill? What do you do to keep your bills low, and what else should be done? Please email Alex Keefe, the reporter on this story, at, and put “utility bills” in the subject line.

GMP& SunCommon Launch 1st VT Solar Storage Partnership: Green Mountain Power and SunCommon have announced a partnership that will allow customers to store their solar power for security during a power outage.  The first of its kind program in Vermont partners a utility with a solar company to offer home storage that both strengthens the grid and allows homes to power from solar during outages. Through the program, Vermonters can add a SunCommon solar system and the Tesla Powerwall to their homes with no upfront cost and a fixed monthly payment.  Press Release 

Arrest for Sale and Distribution of Heroin in Ludlow: Beginning in February of 2016 the Ludlow Police Department began to conduct formal surveillance of 32 Soapstone in response to information developed from multiple sources. During the investigation detectives observed, amongst other things, a significant amount of vehicular traffic and foot traffic indicative of drug dealing. In the spring of 2016 Ludlow Police and the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force conducted a joint investigation, which resulted in the issuance of a search warrant for the residence. On September 14, 2016 Ludlow Police and members of the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force executed the search warrant and recovered the following items: Over 100 bags of Heroin; Over 2 ounces of processed marijuana; Possession of Narcotics without a prescription; 2 long rifles; 1 small caliber handgun; Over 500 rounds of ammunition. Richard Taylor was incarcerated at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Lieu of $25,000 bail. Kimberly Ashley was incarcerated in lieu of $5,000 bail. Both will be arraigned in Windsor County Superior Court, Criminal division on September 15, 2016 at 12:30PM. Ludlow Police Dept.


3. WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO DRIVE: BUS/PLANE/TRAIN NEAR TOWN : In response to the question,  “How can I get to Boston or New York City with out driving?” below are options to consider

Air: Cape Air flies out of Lebanon and Rutland Airports.  Rutland only flies to Logan while Lebanon offers trips to Boston ($49 one way) or NYC ($99 one way). 

Train: Amtrak has trains that travel once a day from Bellows Falls  ($63 one way or $93 for a flexible seat to NYC) and from Rutland ($79 for reserved seat one way to NYC) No direct service to Boston though you can take trains to Springfield, MA or New Haven, CT and transfer to another train.

Dartmouth Coach Price varies based on whether you are going from Hanover, Lebanon or New London. Round Trip day to Boson depending on departure point and whether your going to South Station or Logan is going to generally be less than flying one way. Same is true for trips to NYC. 

Bus: Mega Bus  has departure points from Brattleboro, Montpelier and Burlington. This bus does not go directly to Boston but will take you to NYC for $39 one way. By far the cheapest way to get to NYC.


4. TOWN ENERGY FAIR-OCT 1: The Cavendish Town Energy Committee will hold an Energy Fair on October 1, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Main Street (Route 131) in Cavendish. Get all of your questions answered on weatherization, solar energy, energy efficient homes, heat pumps, composting and other money saving ways to help the planet.

Many people don’t realize that the biggest home money saving is not in new technologies to produce energy, but in simple weatherization such as stopping air leaks. By increasing insulation, adding weather stripping to doors and windows, sealing around foundations and attics, and similar measures, you can save money and be much more comfortable in summer and in winter. Come to the energy fair and talk to the experts. You can learn about the latest energy saving technologies from professionals, and you can learn about the simple ways to make living cheaper and more comfortable.

The fair is free and open to the public. Exhibitors from many companies and organizations will have representatives on hand. Whether you own or rent, there are many ways for you to save money.


5. SWAP INSTEAD OF SHOP: WINTER CLOTHING SWAP-OCT. 1 : Get ready for colder weather!  Inspired by the December Abundance Swap, (Dec. 3 this year), and targeting kids, who seem to outgrow clothes overnight, this event is open to the public.  Bring winter items (coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats, sweaters, tops, pants etc.) in good condition to share with others and take the items your family will need for the coming months. 

Do not bring skies or snowboarding equipment. If you have such equipment and/or are looking for it, check out the Okemo Mountain School’s annual Ski Swap, which takes place Nov. 18-20 this year. 

The Winter Clothes Swap, sponsored by the Cavendish Baptist Church, will be open from 10am to noon in the Arts Room at the Cavendish Town Elementary School.  Any items left will be donated to either the school or Black River Good Neighbor Services. 

This is a good excuse to clean out the closets and dressers. If you need help in this area, check out Using the KonMari Approach for Abundance Swap Preparation. 


6. GM BOARD MEMBER NEEDED/CHANGE IN CTES BOARD MEETING: There is an opening for a representative from Cavendish on the Green Mountain School Board.  The term is available immediately and will expire with Town Meeting day at which point a new board member will be elected.  This is a wonderful opportunity for an interested citizen to serve the community for a short term and then decide if they wish to run for a full term at Town Meeting, March 7, 2017.  Anyone interested should submit a letter to Meg Powden, the Superintendent of Schools, 609 Vt Route 103, Ludlow, VT 05149. FMI:  Superintendent's Office at 875-3365

Please note that the CTES School Board meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 pm at the school.



SEPTEMBER 17 (Saturday): Household Hazardous Waste Day

SEPTEMBER 21 (Wednesday): September School Board Meeting 5:30 pm at the school

SEPTEMBER 23 (Friday): Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale begins at 10 am at Fletcher Farm

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