Cavendish Update 4/14/17: SB Mtg/News/Tag Sale/Job/Events


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 4/14/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 4/10/17

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Cavendish 7th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale

4. Job Opening at CTES

5. PVFD Needs Furniture: Can You Help?

6. Become a Citizen Scientist in Cavendish

7. CCCA Soliciting Photos for Annual Contest

8. Maple Jam-Raise the Roof Concert-April 30

9. Events: Includes Easter Services


1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 4/10/17: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website.  The following action was discussed/taken at Monday night’s meeting:

• Approved use of Town Greens for 7th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale on July 29 from 9-2

• Approved the following regarding the town’s waste water treatment facility (WWTF): Step 1 Engineering Service Agreement from Weston & Sampson for the WWTF Aeration System Improvements for a cost of $9,750; application for the loan for $10,000 to pay for Step 1; and appointing the town manager as the Town’s project representative, which allows the town manager to sign engineering and contractor agreements and to process payments and change orders

• Approved a first class liquor license for Murdock’s on the Green

• Adopted 2016-20121 Town All Hazard Mitigation plan

• Accepted with regret Ginger Wilk’s resignation as Justice of the Peace

• Reviewed and discussed revisions to the town’s Water Sewer Ordinance. Will vote on at their May meeting.

• Approved a feasibility study for burying the water and waste water lines versus hanging them off the Depot Street Bridge, which is the current location.

• Heard  a proposal from Outer Limits Brewery, would be adjacent to Murdock’s on the Green, about their plans to establish a brewery and restaurant.

For a full report on the meeting, go to The Dish.



Congratulations Jace Provance: Proctorsville resident and PVFD fire fighter Jace Provance took the gold at the USASA Nationals in Boarder Cross/Skier Cross this past weekend. Could the US Ski Team be in his future?

Ludlow Bridge Project Detour Routes: Travelers coming to/through Ludlow anytime during June 1 – August 31, 2017 will need to take detour routes while Bridge 25, otherwise known as Walker Bridge, over the Black River and located near the intersection with Elm Street is being replaced. The bridge will be closed for a 35-day period between June 1 and August 31, 2017. Two weeks before and after the Bridge Closure Period, traffic will be maintained on the bridge with one-lane alternating traffic during the daytime hours. During construction, a regional detour route will be signed using VT 103/VT 11/VT 100. The maximum length of the detour is 30 miles, which adds 18 miles to the current travel distance. A local route, which adds 0.7 miles to current travel distance, will also be signed. VT Journal

 Giant Solar Array May Curtail Other, Cheaper Renewable Energy Projects: The new solar project on the old Barker Farm (straddles Ludlow and Cavendish), generating 20 megawatts, may curtail cheaper renewable energy projects. Comments from a prior technical hearing (Jan. 10, 2017) indicate that electric power from the Coolidge Solar project could crowd out hydroelectric power from TransCanada’s Wilder Dam on the Connecticut River. The giant solar project will not necessarily benefit local ratepayers. VT Journal

 Stratton Mountain Resort Sold to Aspen Skiing Company: Stratton Mountain Resort will soon come under an ownership group headed by Aspen Skiing Company. Aspen and a private equity firm called KSL Partners will buy Stratton Mountain Resort’s parent company, Intrawest, for $1.5 billion. The deal includes other resorts owned by Intrawest, including Mont Tremblant in Quebec and Steamboat in Colorado. VPR

Eastern Mountain Sports in VT to Close: As part of a bankruptcy filing by parent Eastern Outfitters, EMS stores in stores in Burlington, Manchester and Rutland are marked for closure. MYNBC News


3. REDUCE REUSE SELL AT THE CAVENDISH TOWN WIDE TAG SALE: Spring is now here. With the longer days and increasing temps, it’s a good time to put some items aside for the 7th Annual town wide tag sale, which will be held on July 29 (Saturday) from 9 – 2 pm. Note that the time has been reduced by an hour.

Speaking of reductions, keep in mind that the best way to help the environment is to reduce what you purchase. However, 2nd best is reusing or repurposing items you already have. Cleaning them up and selling them at the Town Wide Tag Sale not only puts money in your pocket, but it encourages others to purchase used, saving money and resources.

Need some help in sorting out what to keep, discard or save for the tag sale? Check out the post we updated in January-Using the KonMari Approach for De Cluttering Your Cavendish Home.

Sponsored by Cavendish Connects, the following information is provided for vendors:

• The sale will be concentrated along Main Street (Route 131), with both village greens available.

•  Anyone setting up on a village green is responsible for bringing all supplies and removing all trash and items that did not sell by the end of the day.

• Secondary areas will be off High Street in Cavendish Village and Route 103, Twenty Mile Stream and Depot Street in Proctorsville. Those along High Street, Route 103, Twenty Mile or other areas should think about signage.

• Signage will go up two weeks before the event.

• Vendors from other towns can participate in the sale but they must pre register and pay a fee of $15.

FMI: or call 802-226-7807 Website


4. JOB OPENING: CTES IS looking for a passionate, knowledgeable educator to lead hands-on garden and cooking activities with elementary school students this spring and summer!!

This is a part-time job, approximately 112 hours this spring and summer during the after school program and summer camp. Specifically, this would include 2 hours per day (including prep/cleanup and working with students from 4:15-5:15 PM), 4 days per week at the four TRSU elementary schools. There is potential for this position to pick back up in the fall sessions for an additional 104 hours.

As the Farm to School Garden & Cooking Club Instructor your main responsibility will be to plan and prepare materials/supplies activities; work with students from 4:15-5:15 in the afternoon to implement garden-based and cooking activities that focus on teaching children about gardening, nutrition and cooperation. Each school is equipped with a brand NEW mobile cooking station and have established school gardens!

This position is flexible and could involve multiple people in different communities. We are open to any suggestions and experts in the field! If interested please contact Venissa White at 802-591-2294 or


5. PVFD NEEDS FURNITURE-CAN YOU HELP? The Proctorsville Fire House is in need of couches and chairs in good shape for donation or cheap for their office/lounge. This is the room where they gather when there are calls, etc. The furniture is passed it's expiration date, to say nothing of the fact that it's uncomfortable. They are looking for couches and chairs in good condition for free or cheap. They will pick up. A trade off like yard work would also be a consideration. They're there when we need them 24-7, so let's see if we can help them out. Pass the word because you never know who has something that might work for them.


6. BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST IN CAVENDISH: With Earth Day a week away, consider becoming a citizen scientist without leaving your home or Cavendish. There are many projects that could use your help, whether it’s photographing plants in your backyard, keeping a diary of a medical condition, or even collecting dirt to help with the discovery of new lifesaving antibiotics. No matter your age or ability, there is something you can do. Check out the website The Crowd & The Cloud to not only see how Citizen Science is answering a lot of questions, but also find a project that you and or your family might be interested in doing.


7. CCCA SOLICITING PHOTOS FOR ANNUAL CONTEST: It is time for Cavendish residents to think about which photograph to submit for next year's calendar. The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association publishes a calendar each year with photographs that celebrate the beauty of Cavendish. Photos are submitted each spring and the community then gets to pick the twelve best submissions for the calendar.

Photos must be taken in Cavendish and Proctorsville and must show scenes and landscapes that are valuable for their beauty, historic significance, or overall importance to the community. The purpose of the calendar is to bring a greater appreciation and sense of pride about the town, which is the foundation of conservation and good stewardship. Pictures can include people or animals. The best picture in each of three age categories also receives an award and a prize.

Whether you are a full-time or a part-time resident, and even if you have never taken a picture of a sight that you appreciate in Cavendish or Proctorsville, this is your chance to capture what you enjoy and then to share it with the community. Take a picture of that view and submit it for the 2018 calendar. The usual submission is from ordinary people who find beauty in ordinary places.

Photos will be accepted until June 15th. Application forms and the rules are available at the Cavendish Town Office, at Cavendish Elementary School and at Crows Bakery on Depot Street. They can also be found at under the Community Calendar tab. Please contact Robin at 802-226-7736 if you have questions.


8. BRGNS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: Black River Good Neighbor Services is looking for volunteers to help with its annual Spring Rummage Sale, which will be held at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, May 19th and 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 21st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to set up and to staff the sale, as well as donate baked goods for the bake sale. For more information or to volunteer, please call Audrey at 802-228-3663


9. MAPLE JAM RAISE THE ROOF CONCERT- APRIL 30: Sweet harmonies and jazzy swing define the Vermont a capella octet Maple Jam.  These eight talented performers will fill Proctorsville's pitch-perfect Gethsemane Church on Sunday April 30 with their dynamic interpretations of favorite jazz and big band melodies.   Close harmonies, cool percussion grooves and soulful trumpet solos, all done with their high-energy voices---that's right, no instruments!  From the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis to Chick Corea and Antonio Carlos Jobim---Maple Jam can do it all.  Even though most of them play instruments ranging from guitar, organ, viola, piano, banjo, harmonica and violin, it's the magic of matching their voices in pure song that fuels their spirited performances.   Vermont Public Radio host Walter Parker notes that Maple Jam’s "clever, often amusing, arrangements, sweet close harmony, and jazzy swing make for an irresistible blend.  It's a cappella singing in the finest tradition."

Gethsemane Church is at 89 Depot Street in Proctorsville. Maple Jam's performance will begin at 4:00 and admission is $10 at the door.  Eight voices, unlimited possibilities.  Put this one on your calendar!


10. EVENTS: Easter services are included below. Note that Gethsemane Episcopal, Calvary Church and Cavendish Baptist are joining together to offer Holy Week and Easter Sunrise services.

APRIL 14 (Friday): Good Friday 7:00pm at Cavendish Baptist Church, 2258 Main St. Cavendish.

APRIL 15 (Saturday): Easter Egg Hunt! 10:00 A.M., Cavendish Recreation and Jill's Place are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at Cavendish Town Elementary School. Easy pickins' for the little ones, and a bit more challenging for the older kids. FMI & Help to help out: Terry O'Brien 738-3215 or Jill Flynn 802-282-9426, or or Cavendish Rec. on Facebook.


• Outdoor Easter Sunrise, 5:55am, Jackson Gore Roundhouse, 111 Jackson Gore Road, Ludlow with coffee afterwards

• 10:00am, Cavendish Baptist Church, 2258 Main Street, Cavendish

• 11 Am Calvary Church, 60 Assembly of God Drive (off Route 103), Proctorsville

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