Cavendish Update 2/10/17: Tag Sale/News/Valentine's/Events

Valentine Treats at Crows Bakery. Shop locally for your Valentine this year. 

Valentine Treats at Crows Bakery. Shop locally for your Valentine this year. 


                                          SUPPORT CAVENDISH CONNECTS


2/10/17 Cavendish Update

1. Town Wide Tag Sale

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Make Valentine’s a Local Affair

4. Lions and Tigers? No, Bears!

5. Events


1.. TOWN WIDE TAG SALE: It’ hard to believe that seven years ago, the town’s 25oth Anniversary Planning Committee thought it would be fun to have a town wide tag sale the last weekend in July. It was a big hit and so Cavendish Connects has been keeping the tradition going. Many families, as well as organizations rely on the annual event as a way to make money or raise much needed funds.

Some help is needed this year as the signs are definitely showing their age. Since we are keeping with the last Saturday in July –this year it will be July 30th-is there someone (or a group of people) that would like to paint signs that can be used year after year?

Note: The one change we’ve been asked to make is reducing the hours from 9-3 to 9-2.

If you can help with the sign painting, or have suggestion on how the sale could be improved, please send an e-mail to or call 802-226-7807.



CHS Winter Newsletter Now On-line: The Cavendish Historical Society’s (CHS) winter newsletter, Scribbler II, is now available at the CHS blog. If you missed the Podcast on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History, you can link to it from the CHS blog, which also includes ordering information for the book-the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the Cavendish history fan.

 Four TRSU Schools Move Forward on RED: The Twin River Supervisory Union consists of the towns of Cavendish, Chester, Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Andover and Baltimore. The16-month-old study committee for Act 46, the state mandated program on school consolidation, has become bogged down regarding the Black River High School (BRHS). Keeping it open would dramatically raise tax rates for other towns in TRSU, while closing BRHS is not acceptable to residents of Ludlow. The Regional Education District (RED) was seen as a way for four of the towns to make the state-imposed deadlines and allowing Ludlow and Mt. Holly to consider other options. At a recent meeting, Study Committee member Bruce Schmidt of Ludlow said it was not certain that Ludlow and Mt. Holly would get anywhere with the other scenarios they were pursuing and needed an option in case they didn’t. A number of options were discussed at this meeting, including one proposed by GMUHS students whereby Mt. Holly students would go to Mill River and BRHS would become an “International Business and Humanity Academy: with 50 classes not currently offered. Members of the sub-committee noted that they had met for many months and reached a point where they had to move forward, that their charge was to work on a RED and that the place to talk about other ideas is before the full study committee. “If we don’t make these decisions as a community, the state is going to come and do it with a hatchet,” said Shayna Kalnitsky, who told the group she has been an educator all her life. “Black River is a sinking ship financially. The cost of keeping the physical plant open for so few students affects the opportunities you can give them.” The next RED sub-committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the Baltimore Town Office, 1902 Baltimore Road. The next Mount Holly/Ludlow sub-committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 7 at the Mount Holly School, 150 School St Chester Telegraph

Training for Ice Rescue in Proctorsville: Recently, firefighters from Proctorsville, Chester and Ludlow took a rigorous two-day course in ice rescue. Capital Technical Rescue, a fire and rescue consulting firm based in Albany, N.Y., conducted the training. The Message

 Ludlow Rotary Scholarship Opportunity: For 2017, the Ludlow Rotary has increased its scholarships. To be eligible, the student must be a graduating high school senior who lives in Ludlow, Cavendish, Plymouth or Mt. Holly. Ludlow Rotary will determine who receives these scholarships based on a 25 point scale. To donate to the scholarship fund. checks made payable to the Ludlow Area Rotary Charitable Fund, Inc. Mail tax-deductible checks to PO Box 216, Ludlow, Vt. 05149. FMI: David Almond, Ludlow Rotary Scholarship Chair, at VT Journal

Scholarships Available for Women in Need: The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Vermont announces the availability of scholarships for Vermont women who have lost their main source of income due to separation, divorce, death or long-term unemployment or disability of their partner. Eligible women are in need of training or education to enter or to continue in the workforce. Applicants must submit a specific plan for their education or training. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. Applications for the scholarship are available locally from 802-885-4690 or Darlene Remy, 20 South Hill, Ludlow, VT 05149. Applications are also available at other locations.  Eagle Times

Dental Laser Now in Ludlow: Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) is pleased to announce that it has received a $3,495 grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation and a $2,500 grant from the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust to purchase a dental laser for use in the Ludlow Dental Center in Ludlow, Vermont.  Services provided by the center include routine hygiene and basic and major restorative care, including fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, dentures, extractions and emergency dental services.  Eagle Times 

 Black River Good Neighbor President’s Sale: BRGN’s furniture store, 105 Main Street Ludlow, has been building up an inventory that cannot wait until the spring so a special President’s day sale will take place from February 17 (Friday) – 20 (Monday), from 10 to 4 each day. Prices are being cut by as much as 60%. This is a “cash and carry sale.” FMI 802-228-3663

Springfield Animal Hospital Has New Location: According to the Springfield Animal Hospital Facebook page, We have a new location to announce. We will be relocating to 365 River St next to Bibens. Starting tomorrow, if you have called for medications or food , please pick it up at our new location. We are not officially moved in, but we will have a staff member available from 8:30 am-4:30pm for clients to pick up pre-ordered food and medications. Thank you for your continued support and patience.

AARP Offers Free Tax Assistance and Preparation: AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers across Vermont with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Trained counselors are ready to help Vermonters file electronically and get the refunds they deserve where appropriate. To find a site near you and times simply go to or call 888-227-7669. When you go, be sure to bring photo ID, a Social Security card or statement, health insurance information and last year’s tax return. Press Release


3. MAKE VALENTINE’S A LOCAL AFFAIR: Looking for that last minute Valentine’s gift or want to do something special for that sweet someone? Look no further than Cavendish.

Crows Bakery and Cafe has an incredibly delicious and beautifully decorated assortment of cookies, cakes and other delectable treats.

Brook Farm Vineyards new tasting room in Ludlow, Circa 1810, 116 Main Street,  is offering a Valentine’s Day Wine and Artisanal Chocolate Pairing that will be available from February 14th - February 19th.  It will include a full tasting of their red wines alongside a sampling of house-made artisanal chocolates.

• Table 19 is offering a Couples T19 Takeover on Feb. 13. Kiss & Tell by posting a ‘selfie’ of yourself and significant other, post it to Facebook and tag Table19. In return, they’ll give you 10% off one of your dinner entrees.

• Jill’s Place will be sure to have some special treats on hand as will Singleton’s.

Looking for a special gift? Check out the Cavendish Business Directory for a variety of gift ideas, including a massage at dgBodyworks or The Castle’s Aveda Spa . Maybe a class or two at Fletcher Farm Craft School


4. LIONS AND TIGERS! NO BEARS! Sue Morse of Keeping Track led a fascinating talk at the Cavendish Town Elementary School in Proctorsville last year on cougars returning to Vermont. If you heard that presentation you know that she is an incredibly knowledgeable speaker and naturalist. She will return to the elementary school in Proctorsville on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. to present a talk entitled, “Animals of The North – What Will Global Climate Change Mean for Them?” The program is co-sponsored by the Grafton Nature Museum and the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association.

Her program is designed to educate audiences about ways in which northern wildlife species are already being affected by climate change, with more serious challenges ahead. Canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bear, arctic fox and arctic marine mammals and waterfowl are some of the species covered in this stunningly beautiful show. Sue promises not to overwhelm the audience with bad news. Instead, her program will devote equal time sharing remarkable images and stories about plants and animals in their northern habitats - - all in the spirit of Jane Goodall’s “reason for hope.” The intent is to inspire attendees, young and old alike, to join in the vital crusade to change our fossil fuel-burning ways, conserve natural resources and share a healthy planet with all that lives.

The program will be appealing for all ages, children and adults. Suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Sue Morse is a nationally recognized naturalist and habitat specialist with forty years of experience tracking and monitoring wildlife uses of habitat throughout North America.

Ms. Morse founded a non-profit organization called Keeping Track® in 1994, out of her concern that development in all its forms often unwittingly harms, isolates and even eliminates habitat critical to local biodiversity and broad-scale ecological health. More than 40,000 acres of land in 12 states and Quebec have been conserved on the basis of evidence gathered by Keeping Track teams. FMI: Claire Walker at (802) 226-7259.



FEBRUARY 11 (Saturday): Weatherization (Weatherize Upper Valley) informational meeting, 10 am at the Cavendish Town Office.

• Join Cavendish Recreation for a skating party at 6:00 at the Greven Skate Rink! Goodman’s Pizza Truck will be on hand, as well as a bonfire, hot chocolate, s'mores, music, and more! Puck shooting contest, 50/50 and Red Sox ticket raffle. All proceeds go to the ongoing fundraising efforts for the Greven Skate Ramp, but there is no admission to attend! Plenty of loaner skates on hand!For more info: Terry O'Brien at 802-738-3215,, or Cavendish Recreation Facebook page.

FEBRUARY 13 (Monday): Select Board Meeting


• Fire District 2 (Cavendish) Annual Meeting, 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Office

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