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3/10/17 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Town Meeting Results
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Spaghetti Dinner/Quarter Auction Benefit Library/Pollards
4. Do You Know Anything About the Henry James Farm
5. Claudine Langille to Play in Proctorsville-3/21/17
1. CAVENDISH TOWN MEETING RESULTS MARCH 6 & 7 At the beginning of Town Meeting, not only was Rich Svec, Town Manager of Cavendish for over 28 years, thanked but it was announced there will be a retirement thank you party for him on April 2 (Sunday) at Murdock’s on the Green (Proctorsville) from 3-5. All are invited and encouraged to stop by to thank and wish Rich well in his retirement.
Cavendish’s Town Meeting took place on Monday, March 6, with Australian Balloting occurring the following day. All articles were passed for both the Town and the School, though there was a very long discussion, with a number of questions raised about Act 46, during the school budget informational meeting. Please see The Dish for a full report of Town Meeting.
The only contested race for elected positions was for the two positions for one-year term as Selectmen, which were won by Jillian Flinn and Mark Huntley. All school budgets were passed as was the municipal bond for replacing the aeration system for the Waste Water Treatment Plant. See The Dish for more in-depth report.
The Cavendish Vermont Town and School District 2016 Annual Report is available in PDF format on-line or in print from the Town Office.
2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Unapproved Select Board Minutes for Feb. 24 Now On-line: At the Feb. 24 meeting of the SB, the Board approved the purchase of a 2017 dump truck for the amount of $204, 566, including warranty, from Reed’s Truck Service, which replaces the truck lost in the recent town garage fire. Weston & Sampson Engineering was awarded the bid of $29,360.00 for the Bridge # 58(Depot Street Bridge) Utilities Crossing Project .
Unapproved Select Board Minutes for Feb. 13 Now On-line: The following actions were taken at the February 13 meeting of the SB:
• Approved the contractual agreement for a town wide reappraisal with New England Municipal Resource Center (NEMRC), with sole source procurement so as not to conflict with the Town of Cavendish procurement policy, for $100,200 to be paid over 24 months in monthly payments of $4,175 per month.
• Approved Liquor Licenses for Singleton’s Store and Jill’s Place
• Approved making a counter offer to Country Condo Association of $13,185 for the purchase of Apt. 4 of North Country Condos Phase 2 for a closing on or before June 15.
• Accepted the 2017 Certificate of Highway Mileage
• Agreed that ditching plans on rural roads should be considered on a case-by-case basis. • Approved a Declaration of Official Intent so that the Town can use proceeds of its tax-exempt bonds and notes to reimburse itself for project advances in the construction of the Wastewater Treatment Facility improvements.
Springfield Animal Hospital Finds Temporary Home: The Springfield Animal Hospital is open for business at their new temporary location at 368 River Street in the former Ridgewood Associates Building next to Biben’s Ace Hardware. The new hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 pm. The Message
Affordable Care Act Bill Could Have Significant Negative Impacts on VT: Monday’s proposal to “repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act” would eliminate federal subsidies available for health insurance premiums and replace them with a tax credit based on a person’s age. Al Gobeille, Vermont’s secretary of Human Services, whose team is reviewing the plan, said it could mean more expensive insurance for many Vermonters. “Anything that undermines coverage we feel is bad, and that’s either coverage from Medicaid or coverage from the commercial side,” he said. “At first glance, we think this could do that and we would not support that.” The GOP proposal will continue funding for states that have expanded Medicaid coverage, including Vermont, under the ACA through 2020. But after that, the plan calls for a per-person cap on Medicaid spending. The state is also in the process of implementing a new health care payment system under the so-called all-payer model. It seeks to end the fee-for-service payment structure in favor of one that pays health care providers based on health outcomes. Gobeille said the GOP health care plan does not address that. Rutland Herald
3. SPAGHETTI DINNER/QUARTER AUCTION BENEFITS POLLARDS/LIBRARY : The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner and Quarter Auction on Friday, March 24 in the Cavendish Town Elementary School’s Multi-Purpose Room from 6:00-9:00 PM. Everyone is encouraged to attend. This fundraiser will benefit both the library’s programming budget and the Pollard family, whose home was damaged by fire in February.
The first hour of the event will be a spaghetti dinner. The price for dinner is $7.50 per adult, $5.00 per child 5-12 and under 5 year-olds eat for free. It is capped at $20/family. The menu will consist of Spaghetti with meatballs, rolls, tossed salad, cookies and various drinks. Vegetarian meals are available, as is takeout.
The next two hours will feature the quarter auction. A quarter auction is similar to a bunch of raffles. Participants purchase a paddle with a number on it. A chip with the same number goes into a "hat" at the time of purchase. After dinner the auctioneer will have the "hat" up front along with the items up for auction. Participants will sit at tables with their paddles and a bowl in front of them for quarters. The auctioneer names the value of the item and the "bid" in quarters. Usually between $.50 and $1.50 depending on the value of the item. If a participant is interested, they hold up their paddle and put the specified number of quarters in the little bowl on the table in front of them. Volunteers collect the quarters. The auctioneer then draws chips out of the "hat" until a person whose had placed a "bid" ( paddle in the air, money in the bowl)'s number is called. They get the item for the small amount of quarters they put in and the library gets all of the quarters. The chip then goes back into the hat for the next item.
Participants may bid on whatever items they want. More than one paddle may be purchased. You do not have to buy dinner to participate.
Items we have for the quarter auction include a Patriots mirror, gift certificates from area merchants, art, some wine, various baskets of items, including a dog basket, baked goods, and more coming in every day.
Direct sales vendors will also be at the event auctioning off items. FMI: 226-7503 Kata
4. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE HENRY JAMES FARM?: Recently the Cavendish Historical Society was asked if we knew anything about the Henry James Farm in Cavendish, dating back to the WWII era. The person who is inquiring writes, "I only know about it because my father volunteered there between 1941 and 1944. And I only know that because the FBI was watching him at the time and reported that he went out with the other young people who stayed - there- likely other COs [consciousness objector] -to volunteer to help local farmers with their work such as haying I imagine. Chances are no such person as Henry James who lived there- maybe it was named after a radical Henry James figure ?? Or maybe a local farmer named Henry James with lefty politics?? Really love it if u dig up Any info- the coincidence of this has bugged me for years as my dad eventually settled in close byAndover but never bothered to mention his experience in Cavendish a decade earlier... although he did love to tell a story about how he went door to door during the depression trying to peddle applesin Springfield . Having no luck with sales he eventually just knocked on doors and offered them for free .!people would not accept them andslammed their doors and called him a communist. He did love to tell that story. Now I wonder ifthat period in his life was the same as when he lived on Henry James farm in Cavendish. FBI records are the only documentation ironically of this."
If you have any information on a Henry James, please e-mail email@example.com or call 802-226-7807.
5. CLAUDINE LANGILLE TO PLAY IN PROCTORSVILLE- 3/21/17: Welcome Spring with a celebration of Irish Music! On Tuesday, March 21st at 7 p.m. at Crows Bakery and Opera House Café on Depot Street in Proctorsville, Claudine Langille, of Gypsy Reel, will share some jigs and reels and stories from the Emerald Isle and beyond.
Claudine is listed in Wikipedia as a "noteworthy Irish mandolinist" and plays and teaches tenor banjo, mandolin and guitar. She will share from her extensive collection of songs and true-life tales garnered from her travels with Gypsy Reel and with Touchstone, her award-winning band in the 1980s. Claudine has been featured on the internationally broadcast Thistle and Shamrock radio show. Friend and whistler Robin Timko will accompany her on a few choice tunes.
Cover charge is $8 at the door for music and your choice of Chocolate Guinness cake or Apple tart, coffee or tea. Since seating is limited, please RSVP by calling Crows Bakery at 226-7007. For more information please call Robin Timko at 226-7007.
MARCH 11 (Saturday): Bake Sale by the GMUHS Freshmen Class to benefit the Pollard Family at Singleton’s 10-3 FMI.
MARCH 13 (Monday): Select Board Meeting
MARCH 14 (Tuesday: Community Luncheon, noon at Gethsemane Church, off of Depot St. Proctorsville. The menu will be a New England Boiled dinner: corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and turnips. And of course , dessert! Donations accepted.
MARCH 17 (Friday): Happy St. Patrick’s Day