Cavendish Update: 1/20/17 News/Hockey/Tai Chi


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1/20/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Free Tai Chi Demo

3. “Friendly” Hockey Match Benefit

4.  Events



Impersonation of Law Enforcement or First Responder in Cavendish: Recently, there have been reports of someone driving a Chevy Malibu with an amber light posing as a police officer or first responder and stopping people in an effort to control traffic. If you are pulled over by this individual, leave your window rolled up, do not exit the vehicle and call 911. Note that: Vermont State Police use blue/white or blue emergency lights; fire trucks and ambulances use red or red/white lighting and volunteer firefighters are also permitted to use this color lighting on their privately owned vehicles; and Amber lighting is allowed for hazard vehicles, tow trucks, snowplows and warning vehicles. If you have encountered this individual, please contact the VT State Police 802-722-4600. Do not take matters into your own hands.

TDS Internet on Twenty Mile Stream Upgraded: TDS Internet on Twenty Mile Stream was upgraded to fiber and users should now be getting speeds closer to what they are paying for-about 5 Mbps. Faster service is available, up to 25 Mbps, but it takes about a week for the upgrade notification to go to customer service. Note that you will pay more for faster connections and speed will depend on the proximity to the junction box. Cavendish Telecommunications Committee

Walker St. Bridge in Ludlow to Close in June for Up to 35 Days: Walker Bridge, Main Street by Elm Street and not far from the Ludlow Green, will be closed to traffic from June 1 for up to 35 days. Traffic will be diverted during construction, sending automobile traffic up High Street, Depot Street, and Pleasant Street, and large trucks down Route 100 or around Ludlow completely. The area between the traffic light and construction site will be open to pedestrians and local traffic, but no through traffic. VT Journal 

 School Choice Applications Due by Feb. 15 : Any high school student interested in attending a public school out of their home district for the 2017-18 school year must submit a Vermont School Choice Application to their home district principal by Feb 15, 2017. Once the home district principal receives the application and it has been approved, the application is sent to the receiving school principal for processing.  If the number of applications exceeds the incoming School Choice student limit a lottery will take place to determine which students are accepted. For those not accepted they will be put on a waiting list. Families will be notified in writing by April 1st.  Applications are available in the school office at Green Mountain Union High School. To request an application or if you have any questions please contact Anne Sarsfield at GMUHS: 802-875-2146 or

Fire at Springfield Animal Hospital: Just before 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19,  the Springfield Fire Department was called out for the report of a fire at the veterinary clinic on River Street. According to Springfield Fire Chief, veterinary employees were working late and as soon as they realized what was happening, removed the animals. The cause of the fire is still uncertain.  Chester Telegraph 

Comcast Receives New Certificate of Public Good: Receiving its new Certificate of Public Good, which will run through January 2027, four conditions are imposed on Comcast including building 550 miles of line extensions to reach Vermonters who currently don’t have access to cable. As noted in the Jan. 6, Cavendish Update, Comcast has submitted a state grant for funds to expand service into the Knapp Pond/Tarbell Hill area. VT Digger 

 Springfield Transfer Station to Consider Sticker System: Most area recycling centers have a sticker system to limit it to residents, while Springfield does not. Because there is no money in recyclables, the town is considering going to a sticker system to limit who can recycle there. The biggest problem is textiles, where there is currently no market. Rutland Herald 


2. FREE TAI CHI DEMO: On February 1 (Wednesday) at 5:45, Djemila Cavanaugh will provide a free Tai Chi demonstration, describing how the ancient form of self-defense helps with balance, stability and calming the mind. Djemila, of Long River Tai Chi Circle, is the new instructor at dgBodyWorks in Proctorsville (corner of the Green, Rt. 131 and Depot Street), where the demo will be held. Tai Chi Beginner’s classes start on Feb. 8 from 5:45-6:45 pm.  Classes will be held weekly. All ages are welcome.  FMI:, or (802) 554-0006 (dgBodyWorks) 802-490-0225 (Cavanaugh)


3. “FRIENDLY” HOCKEY MATCH BENEFIT: Save the date:  Feb 19Cavendish and Chester Recreation Present: "Friendly" Hockey Match-Proctorsville Fire Dept. vs. Chester Fire Dept. The Recreation Departments have organized the benefit games as a way to thank thefire department for assistance with the formation of the ice skating rinks in their respective towns for all to enjoy. This will be a great community event that we hope to have happen annually.

Firefighters will take the ice at 10am in Chester at the new rink on Lovers Lane. There will be concessions for sale. Game two (and three if needed), late afternoon at Greven Field (start time based on player recovery! and temperature conditions). There will also be Chester/Cavendish youth games too!

Proceeds at Greven go to PVFD: Barbecue, raffles, shoot the puck contest, more...

Sponsors, volunteers, and prize donors welcome, please contact Terry O'Brien at 802-738-3215,, or here, on Facebook



JANUARY 24 (TUESDAY): Wildlife Photography Program, 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Office with wildlife photographer Tim O’Donaghue.

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