Cavendish Update: New Businesses/Job/News/Events


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 While there are lots of things to do on Saturday, please consider attending the Honey Festival at the Golden Stage Inn. We are thrilled to learn the following from the festival organizers This year we are donating all raffle and event proceeds to "Cavendish Connects" -- a miniature organization that provides a big voice to the residents of Cavendish and its surrounding communities. Thank you, your support means a great deal to us.

Want to learn more about Cavendish Connects? Stop by the beeswax candle-making booth (it’s free) as Margo will be there. Remember when people referred to the Update as “Margo Mail?” We’ve come a long way since then.


9/9/16 Cavendish Update

1. Three New Businesses Opened in Cavendish

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Job Opening

4. LPCTV Celebrates 15 Years of Coverage

5. Events


1. THREE NEW BUSINESSES OPENED IN CAVENDISH: Since September 1, three new businesses have opened in Cavendish as follows:

Table 19 Restaurant and Bar: Much anticipated and long awaited, Table 19 Restaurant and Bar (previously at the Crown Point Country Club) opened September 1 in Proctorsville, next to the old Black River Produce building on route 103 near the intersection of route 131. The cuisine is gourmet southeast Asian and Texas BBQ. Table 19 is open nightly 5-9 pm at 2588 Route 103, Proctorsville, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. FMI: 802-228-8219, website  Facebook


Brook Farm Winery and Tasting Room: On September 3 (Saturday), Doug and Jen McBride opened Cavendish’s first ever winery and tasting room at 4203 Twenty Mile Stream Road. Known as Brook Farm for well over a hundred years, the land was purchased by James Bates. In 1894, he started what it today called the “Bates Mansion,” the large Georgian style home that can be seen from the intersections of Chapman and Twenty Mile Stream.

Over the years the property has gone by many different names, including "Mad Wives Stable"-when it was a horse farm. Back then, Stu Schmidt could frequently be seen exercising his trotters on the oval in front of the house, which today is covered by grape vines. Purchased in 2008, the McBrides background may not be what one would think of when starting a vineyard-Doug is an attorney and Jen a couture textile designer/ artist. They have learned through trial and error how to grow a vineyard (which was decimated by Irene) and make wine. The Tasting Room features a lot of Jen's one of a kind art work. 

The Brook Farm Winery and Tasting Room is open Wed-Sun, noon to 6 pm. FMI: 802-226-7152, website Facebook 


Jill’s Place: Hard work and good friends has made the opening day of Jill's place-Sept. 6- a reality. Formerly MiniBees, Bennetts, and the Cavendish General Store, (1990 Main St.) it's now open 7 days a week from 5 am-7 pm, and will be a combination of convenience store, deli and a take out diner.

Even though the opening was just a few days ago, Jill has already offered the store as a “drop off” site for this Saturday’s Bottle Drive to benefit the CTES 6th grade trip to Keewaydin. As she notes, “I went there when I was a kid.” Needless to say, Jill is a born and raised “Dish” resident and following in her grandfather's (Jim Ballantine) footsteps, is a select board member. FMI: 554-0087

On behalf of the Cavendish Connects team, we wishing all of our new business owners’ great success.



Scam Alerts: Cavendish Connects received the following information from a resident An email I got from TDS that asked me to reconfirm info as they attempted to pay my bill using Chase and it was denied.  After talking to Chase folks who said my bill is paid at the end of the month, I called TDS and it's a scam.  It was so professionally done, I can see people going into the website and "updating" info. Another Cavendish resident has received several “Problem with Your Membership” Phishing Scams purporting to be from Netflix and claiming that “company has failed to validate your payment information so you must therefore click a link to verify your details or risk suspension of your account. Phishing scams like this one are very common and target customers of many companies and financial institutions around the world. Be wary of any message that claims that you must click a link or open an attached file to deal with a supposed account or billing problem or verify account details. It is always safest to login to all of your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via an official app.

 State Supports Changes To Rural Cellular Network That Will Create Some Service Gaps: A cell phone network partially funded by $4 million in state grant money won’t be working as originally planned. In 2013 and 2014, the state awarded grants to CoverageCo to build networks of small units attached to utility poles along stretches of Vermont highways in some of the most rural parts of the state. The networks are supposed to serve motorists who drive those roads, where no cell phone service is otherwise available, allowing them to get a continuous cell phone signal and avoid dropped calls. But the state says the 120 sites installed by CoverageCo are being used by fixed locations, such as homes and businesses – not by drivers. As a result, it is allowing CoverageCo to move some sites away from uninhabited stretches of highway to locations where they’ll get more use and generate more revenue for the company. Moving the sites will create gaps in service along some corridors where the company is operating. VPR 

Public Service Board Finalized New Net Metering Rules: The Public Service Board has finalized new rules that it says are meant in part to slow the pace of solar development under the popular electricity net metering program. The changes could make the program less lucrative for small-scale producers and may largely prevent the use of undeveloped land for larger installations that employ the program, for which projects larger than 500 kilowatts aren’t eligible. VT Digger 

GMP Staff Bonuses Charged to Customers: Green Mountain Power is the only electric company in the state using "Alternative Regulation" for its customer rates, and a VPR investigation found that regulators have allowed the company to collect millions of dollars from customers to cover costs that didn't meet the regulators' own standards. VPR 

Attorney General Sees Pricing Justification from 10 Drug Companies: VT is the first state that requires pricing transparency from drug manufactures whose drugs cost have gone up by 15% in one year or 50% in five years. Drugs being investigated include:  Abilify, Lantus, Humira, Enbrel, Crestor, EpiPen, Latuda and Prevacid. The other two are generic: doxycycline hyclate, an antibiotic, and permethrin, an insecticide often used to treat head lice. VT Digger 

Student Test Scores Show Strength Overall, but Gaps Persist: Vermont students’ statewide scores were competitive with those of their peers elsewhere on the computerized Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test, according to the most recent results. However, gaps among some ethnic groups and students of different economic backgrounds in Vermont continue. VT Digger 


3. IMMEDIATE JOB OPENINGL Brook Farm Winery and Tasting Room is looking for temporary help to pour wine and serve in the Tasting Room on Friday September 16th (1:00 to 7:00pm) and Saturday September 17th (12:00 - 6:00pm).  The person must have a 1st class license for serving wine and alcohol. The job pays $10.00 per hour. If you have experience serving wine and alcohol, but do not have the license, go to the VT Liquor Control website to learn how to obtain one. 


4. LPCTV CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF COVERAGE: From its humble beginnings as a start-up non-profit cable access television station in 2001, LPCTV in Ludlow, has grown into a vibrant community resource, offering TV channels, video-on-demand, equipment & a new facility, media education, training, and more. Later this month, the organization will be celebrating 15 years of community TV - and 15 years of “great taste” - in the Okemo Valley.

 On Thursday, September 29 from 5 – 7 PM, LPCTV will host an open house at its facility in the Ludlow Community Center complex (37C Main St., next to Black River Good Neighbors Services in the William & Phyllis Agan Memorial Building). In support of LPCTV, several restaurants will be offering samples of their signature dishes, helping to celebrate 15 years of “great taste” in the region. “We are thrilled to have the support of the local restaurateurs, many of whom have supported LPCTV in different ways over the years”, says Patrick Cody, LPCTV’s Executive Director. “Whether as underwriters of local programming, even sponsors, or as participants in the Chamber of Commerce’s TV show, we are grateful for the strong partnership we have with them. There’s a lot of great taste in the Okemo Valley, and we enjoy the role we can play in helping show some of that off.”

 For more information or to RSVP to the event, please call LPCTV at 228-8808 or email



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

 SEPTEMBER 11 (Sunday): Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk, CHS Museum 2 pm

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