Cavendish Update9/2/16: Water/News/Events


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9/2/16 Cavendish Update

1. Municipal Water Conservation Notice

2. Cavendish Related News

3. VT Golden Honey Festival Sept 10

4. Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk

5. Household Hazardous Waste Days Sept 10 & 17

6. 6th Grade Bottle Drive

7. Free Septic System Workshop

8. Events


1. MUNICIPAL WATER CONSERVATION NOTICE: The Cavendish Municipal Water System is requesting that all users reduce water from Sept. 6 (Tuesday) to Sept 16 (Friday). During this time, the town’s well will be off-line for cleaning and redevelopment. The system will remain operational during this period using water in the storage tanks. Water quality should not be affected.

Users are urged to defer activities, which may require large amounts of water until after 5 pm Friday, Sept. 16th. Car washing, driveway cleaning, pool water changes, lawn watering and other high consumption activities should be postponed until after the conservation period.

With good user cooperation and conservative use, there should be an ample supply of water for normal household use throughout this period and there should be no interruption of service. FMI: Call the Town Office 802-226-7291.



Cavendish Town Manager Position Has Been Posted: The Cavendish VT Municipal website now has a posting for town manager. Those interested need to supply a cover letter, resume and contact information with three references by Monday, Sept. 19 to with "Cavendish Town Manager" as the subject line. It can also be mailed to Municipal Assistance Center, VT League of Cities and Towns, 89 Main St., Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602-2948. FMI: Job Posting 

 Cavendish Gulf Rd Construction Update - The 28-day closure period will begin September 8, 2016 and end October 5, 2016.  All project work will be complete by October 28, 2016. Next week, the contractor will begin clearing and grubbing, and soil nail testing. The project is located on Cavendish Gulf Road near Green Mountain Railroad Corporation milepost 21.059. The project work extends 100 feet along the railway embankment and Cavendish Gulf Road. This project will construct a slope stabilization system utilizing soil nails and shotcrete. The shotcrete will be stained a natural brown 'kahlua' color. FMI: 802-324-5522

August Select Board Minutes Available on line: The unapproved minutes from the August Select Board meeting are now available on-line. 

CHS Summer Newsletter & Briefs Now Available: The Cavendish Historical Society’s summer edition of The Scribbler II is now available on-line at the CHS blog. This issue includes part 1 of the Cavendish Woolen Mill history. September’s CHS Briefs is a special “back to school” edition. 

SCAM Alert: Police in Springfield are warning the public of a scam in which Craigslist users, posing as local property owners, use photos of actual houses in Springfield to try and entice renters to send a deposit.  Sending money to persons listing through open sites such as Craigslist can be “very dangerous,” said Springfield Lt. Mark Fountain on Wednesday, Aug. 31. “There are all sorts of potential issues for criminal conduct.” Eagle Times

BRGNS Needs Furniture, Housewares for Rummage Sale: Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 25th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This year in particular they need donations of housewares and furniture. Please bring small items such as housewares to the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow.  For larger items such as furniture please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time at Fletcher Farm. If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, our volunteers may be able pick it up if arrangements are made in advance. FMI: Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or

Statewide Driver Restoration Program Sept 1-Nov. 30: The Driver Restoration program allows those with unpaid fines for old traffic tickets to apply for reduced fines of $30 per ticket. Once the reduced fines are paid, license suspensions for nonpayment will be lifted. The program runs Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. Judgment must have been entered on the tickets prior to July 1, 2012. The application form is available online at, at the Vermont Judicial Bureau in White River Junction, or at Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Bennington, Montpelier, Newport, Rutland, South Burlington and Springfield.

Naloxone Now Available at VT Pharmacies Without a Prescription: The life saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose Narcan (naloxone) is now available with out a prescription at VT pharmacies. In view of recent deaths due to fentanyl-laced heroin, and the concern that an even more dangerous form, carfentanil, to poised to enter the state, this action was taken to ensure people who are addicted to opioid drugs, as well as family and friends, have easy access to naloxone hydrochloride (brand name Narcan) in case of an overdose. Thisorder by the Governor also allows insurers and Medicaid to cover the cost.


3. HONEY FESTIVAL SEPT 10: The Annual VT Golden Honey Festival will once again be held at the Golden Stage Inn, Depot Street in Proctorsville, from 10-4. The Festival features artists, crafters, beekeepers, and food purveyors. The festival is free, offers kids crafts and activities-including making beeswax candles, honeybee education, and much more. FFMI: VT Golden Honey Festival Facebook page or call 802-226-7744.


4. ANNUAL PHINEAS GAGE WALK & TALK: There are probably few readers in our area that aren’t aware of Phineas Gage, the railroad foreman, who on September 13, 1848, had a tamping rod pass through his head as a result of a blasting accident, and lived for 12 more years. What people may know less about is Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the Cavendish, VT physician who treated him and followed his recovery, thereby documenting the first case of traumatic brain injury in the medical literature. Also interesting is Dr. Edwards Williams, whose practice was on Depot Street in Proctorsville but was first on the scene. It was to him that Gage made his famous remark, "Doctor, here is business enough for you.”

Harlow’s training in antiphlogistic therapy (preventing or relieving inflammation) was important to Gage’s survival. But what happened to him when he left Cavendish in 1857?   Was he really the “obscure country doctor,” as he referred to himself?

Dr. Williams left medicine, became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science and was decorated as a Knight of the Order of the Polar Star and went into the railroad business.

Learn more about Dr. Harlow and Dr. Williams at the Cavendish Historical Society’s annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk, which takes place on Sept. 11 at the CHS Museum, Route 131 in Cavendish, VT. The program begins at 2 pm at the Museum. The walk includes the location of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s home/surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or


5. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAYS SEPTS. 10 & 17: The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring free events for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous wastes on Saturday, September 10 and Saturday, September 17. Cavendish residents and small businesses may participate. Businesses must pre-register and will be charged for disposal costs. The collections will be held at the Springfield Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on September 10 and at the Weathersfield Transfer Station from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on September 17. Bring in a mercury fever thermometer and receive a new digital fever thermometer. For more information, call 674-9235 or visit for a list of what to bring.


6. BOTTLE DRIVE FOR CTES 6TH GRADE : CTES is holding a bottle drive on Sept 10 (Saturday) to raise money for their Keewaydin Trip. You can: drop bottles off at the school on the 10th, contact a 6th grade parent for home pick up and/or drop off returnables at Brewfest Beverage Co. in Ludlow at any time during the year. Ask for the refund to be applied to CTES 6th grade Keewaydin fund. Any questions, or to request a pick up, contact any 6th grader or Deb O'Brien at 802-738-5783.


7. FREE SEPTIC SYSTEM WORKSHOP: Neglecting your Septic System can cost you thousands of dollars – don’t wait until it’s too late. The Connecticut River Joint Commission (Mt. Ascutney chapter) is holding a FREE Septic System Workshop on Saturday September 17th from 10am – 12 noon at the Nolin Murray Center next to St Mary’s Church, 40 Summer Street, Springfield VT. Whether you are buying or selling a property, or just want to find out about proper maintenance, this free workshop is for you!

The seminar will explain the dos and don’ts of keeping your septic system working well, the different types of systems available, and the Vermont regulations.  Experts from HB Energy Solutions, ProSeptic and the State of Vermont will be available to answer questions. Sponsored this year by HB Energy Solutions, the 3rd Annual Septic System Workshop is free and open to all full- and part-time residents as well as business owners and real estate agents. FMI: RSVP (optional), please contact Tara Bamford at or by telephone (802) 738-0456.



SEPTEMBER 3 & 4 (Saturday-Sunday): New Tipping Fees now in effect at the Transfer Station

SEPTEMBER 5 (Monday): Labor Day. Legal Holidays, schools and town office closed.

SEPTEMBER 8 (Thursday): Water Conservation goes into effect for Municipal Water users; Cavendish Gulf Rd Closed to thru traffic.

SEPTEMBER 9 (Friday): CCCA’s Harvest Dinner

SEPTEMBER 10 (Saturday): Golden Honey Festival at the Golden Stage Inn; Bottle Drive for 6th Grade; RiverSweep; Household Hazardous Waste Day

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