Cavendish Update 4/7/17 News/College/Recycling/Easter


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 4/7/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Recycle Your Plastic Bags

3. College Planning/Semester Abroad/School Trips for Cavendish Students

4. Events: Includes Easter Services



Congratulations to Proctorsville resident Pat Moore who picked up his 11th National Championship in snowboard racing at the NASTAR National Championships at Steamboat Springs, Co. His three grandsons Ryan, Archie and Lauchie Cameron, made the podium in their respective races. Five-year-old Lauchie became the fourth racer in NASTAR history to win his age group in both skiing and snowboarding.

Robert P. Holland Cavendish Photographer: Robert Perkins Holland (November 29, 1908-May 4, 1986), originally from Atchison Kansas, made his home in Cavendish, with his wife Helen, on Atkinson Rd. Employed by the National Park Service, over time his hobby of photography turned into a professional career. His photographs have appeared in many publications including: American Rifleman, Down East, Ford Times, Holiday, Life and Health, Saturday Evening Post, Vermont Life, as well as in post cards, greeting cards, calendars and roadside billboards. There is now a Robert Holland Facebook page.

Watch the GM Production of The Wizard of Oz on uTube: Whether you missed the performance or want to replay the highlights, check out the spring production of GMUHS’s production of the Wizard of Oz on uTube.

May 2 Vote Set on Green Mountain Act 46 Merger: The town school boards and town clerks of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester met at Green Mountain Union High School on Monday, March 27, to lay out and agree to the process for holding votes on forming a Regional Education District to fulfill their obligations under the Act 46 school merger law. The polling time will be from 9 am to 7 pm. Absentee ballots will be available by April 12 and early voting begins at the same time. Cavendish will hold an informational meeting on the proposed merger April 25, 6:30 at CTES. While the formation of the Green Mountain Unified School District will have no impact on where Cavendish students go to school, it does transfer the town’s school assets to the District. Chester Telegraph

Town to Vote on Future of Black River High School: Enrollment at the school has been declining steadily in the last decade. It dropped 8 percent just last year. Officials say they don't have adequate funding to operate the school and could potentially face penalties from the state under Act 46. "There are certain things that we are unable to provide: a real in-depth course program or band and music because we just don't have the students that are involved in it," said Bruce Schmidt of the Ludlow School Board. In May, town residents will decide whether to keep the school open or shut it down. If it shuts down, students would transfer to Mill River Union High School in North Clarendon. "I would love to keep Black River open," Schmidt said. "But I need to look at my position as school board chair at what is best for the kids, what is going to be the opportunities that we can provide for the kids, as well as what will be affordable for the taxpayers and the town of Ludlow." WCAX

Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts Marks its 70th: Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts will be celebrating its 70th anniversary on July 1 during their annual craft festival.  Browse their new website,, to sign up for one of their spring classes now, and explore our summer classes running from June 24 through September 1. The Craft and Gift Shoppe, featuring the work of member artists, will be opening on June 24. FMI:  802-228-8770 or Journal

Rutland Herald Retrenches: A pay wall is days from being reinstalled for readers of The Times Argus and Rutland Herald, where a consolidation of news operations is underway. Two Herald reporters in southern Vermont will be reassigned to cover Rutland County as the newspaper concentrates on its core readership, according to editor Steven Pappas.  The two papers have been losing readers in their hometown communities. VT Digger

VT Attorney General: IRS Phone Scams Are on the Rise: Pressure to hit the April 15 filing deadline isn’t the only thing Vermonters have to worry about this tax season. State officials say scam calls from IRS impersonators are on the rise. At a press conference on Monday, VT Att. General TJ Donovan said that there were more than 6,000 attempted frauds reported in 2016. By far the most prevalent telephone scam in the state is the IRS tax scam. VPR


2. RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC BAGS: The following plastic bag items can be recycled at various local stores- grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, wood pellet bags, Ziploc & other re-sealable bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, salt bags, and cereal bags. All materials must be clean, dry and free of food residue. The following local stores participate in the Trex recycling program: Market Basket, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shaw’s, Target, and Whole Foods.

Trex Recycling Plastics has created a win-win-win situation. When you donate your unwanted plastic materials to Trex, not only are you helping to keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills, you're also helping us to continue to create beautiful and environmentally responsible outdoor products. And, as an additional incentive, communities and schools that enroll in our recycling programs are eligible for high-performance, low-maintenance awards and prizes.

Tips to help you in recycling plastic bags: Download the free Trex Recycling Poster and stick it on your refrigerator, recycling bin or wherever it can serve as a reminder. Keep your plastic bag recycling in with your shopping bags, so each time you go to the grocery store you’ll remember to recycle.


3. COLLEGE PLANNING/SEMESTER ABROAD/SCHOOL TRIPS: With some planning ahead, Cavendish students can go to college, study abroad and partake in school trips and exchange programs without accruing debt. For the last several years, Cavendish Connects has been providing updated information for students and families interested in college or other secondary education at Paying for College-Never too Soon or Too late.

This was recently updated to include information on how VT high school students can be earning free college credits. Each of the Vermont State Colleges hosts a full-year alternative to the senior year in high school. Students take standard college courses to complete their senior year of high school and their freshman year of college simultaneously—tuition free. Vermont Technical College hosts the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), for students who have a strong academic record and are interested in math science and technology. FMI: Pathways for High School Students.

The new post, College Planning/Semester Abroad/School Trips for Cavendish Students,  outlines how students can go about paying for trips and semesters abroad beyond setting up a “Go Fund Me” site. Please note, that while GoFundMe definitely has brand recognition, it takes a higher portion of money raised than equivalent crowd funding sites, some of which are specifically designed for students. Please see the post for more information.



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 7 ( Friday): Family Bingo at CTES, 6-8 pm

APRIL 8 (Saturday): Trout Season Opens

APRIL 10 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office

APRIL 13 (Thursday): Maundy Thursday, 5:00pm at Gethsemane Church, 89 Depot Street, Proctorsville.

APRIL 14 (Friday): Good Friday 7:00pm at Calvary Church, 60 Assembly of God Drive, Proctorsville

APRIL 15 (Saturday): Easter Egg Hunt! 10:00 A.M., Cavendish Recreation and Jill's Place are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at Greven Field.Bring your little chicks down to search for eggs and prizes in and around Greven Field. 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.

APRIL 16 (Sunday): HAPPY EASTER! Outdoor Easter Sunrise, 5:55am, Jackson Gore Roundhouse, 111 Jackson Gore Road, Ludlow with coffee afterwards

• Easter Morning Worship - 10:00am, Cavendish Baptist Church 2258 Main Street, Cavendish

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