Cavendish Update 4/21/17 News/Sewage/School Vote




 4/21/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Annual School Meeting: Cavendish School District Warning

3. Sewage Discharged into the Black River

4. Events



Congratulations to Zach McNaughton: Once again Proctorsville’s resident Zach McNaughton has led a group of his students at River Valley Technical Center to win the Gold Medal in Television Production at SkillsUSA, Vermont. As such these students have qualified to represent Vermont at the SkillsUSA National Conference/Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. They are looking for sponsors to help make the trip possible. VT Journal

Three Car Collision at 103 and 131: State Police investigated a 3-car collision at the intersection of VT Route 103 and VT Route 131 in Cavendish, 2pm on April 14 (Friday). This crash occurred as vehicle #3 (Martin Nitka, Ludlow) was stopped southbound on VT 103 waiting to safely turn left onto VT Route 131. Vehicle #2 (Driver Roger Brown of East Burke, VT) was stopped directly behind vehicle #3. Vehicle #1 (Driver Rolland Hall of Keene, NH) was traveling south and did not notice the other vehicles stopped in front of him until the last second. Vehicle #1 had a rear end collision with vehicle #2. A chain reaction occurred as vehicle #2 rear-ended vehicle #1. No injuries were reported. This crash is still under investigation. VT State Police.

GM Board Sanctions LGBTQ Comments of Fellow Member: The GMUHS board sanctioned the comments of one of its own at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 13, as a room full of faculty, staff, students and other board members aired their outrage over comments made at the March 9 meeting by Andover representative Hank Mauti. Chester Telegraph

Burned Ascutney Gas Station to be Replaced: The owners of an Ascutney gas station that was heavily damaged following a burglary and fire are hoping to replace it with a new, larger facility as part of a roughly $1.5 million project. The oil company applied on March 10 for a zoning permit to replace the burned convenience store with a roughly 4,800-square-foot Jiffy Mart gas station and convenience store. The Circle K store was about 2,200 square feet in size. In addition to the canopy and the proposed convenience store, the site plan features a proposed counterclockwise drive-thru lane for a fast food restaurant, and a bypass lane extending around the back of the store. the drive-thru will be for a Subway restaurant, with seating for 20 inside.  Eagle Times 


2. ANNUAL SCHOOL MEETING: CAVENDISH SCHOOL DISTRICT WARNING: In response to Act 46, the legal voters of the Cavendish Town School District are warned about a special vote on May 2, at CTES between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm to decide if they wish Cavendish to be part of the Green Mountain Unified School District with Andover, Chester and Baltimore. Cavendish students would continue to go to CTES and GMUHS. The changes would be as follows:

• One 11 member school board would serve for all schools. The composition of the board would be as follows: Andover-1; Baltimore-1; Cavendish-3; Chester-6

• The unified union school would assume the indebtedness of member districts and assume all operating deficits and/or surpluses or reserve funds of the member districts; acquire and pay for the school properties of member districts.

• The provisions of the Final approved by the State Board of Education on March 21, 2017, is on file in the Cavendish Town Office, shall govern the unified union school district.

Article II of the Warning is the election of three school directors to serve on the board of the proposed unified union school district.

The legal notice is available at The Vermont Journal.

There will be an informational meeting about the vote on April, 25, 6:30 pm at CTES. 


3. SEWAGE RELEASED INTO BLACK RIVER: Many people were shocked to learn from television or Facebook that up to 1million gallons of partially treated sewage was released into the Black River by the Ludlow wastewater treatment facility. beginning 11 am Friday (April 14) and lasting until about noon Saturday (April 15). The sewage was not fully disinfected before it was released and resulted in a river E.coli level of 770 bacteria colonies per 100 milliliters (mLs). The acceptable level of E.coli colonies in Vermont is 235 per 100 mLs. My NBC

To address the concerns being raised about the safety of the river, why it happened, why wasn’t the town notified and what can be done to keep the community informed, Cavendish Connects has developed an in-depth article at The Dish.



APRIL 22 (Saturday): Earth Day

APRIL 25 (Tuesday): Informational Meeting on May 2 Unified School District Meeting

APRIL 29 (Saturday): Got Drugs? Turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

APRIL 30 (Sunday): Raise the Roof Concert-Maple Jam, 4 pm Gethsemane Church, Proctorsville, Cost $10.


For information on upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar