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5/26/17 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Memorial Day
1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Congratulations to Deputy Chief Bob Glidden: Firefighters of Vermont selected Bob Glidden of the Proctorsville Fire Department as their “Hero of the Month.” Thank you Bob for dedicating your time and effort to the safety of our town.
Firefighter Olympics to be Held in Proctorsville: Denise Gebroe, proprietor of DG Bodyworks in Proctorsville, will be hosting the first Firefighter’s Olympics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 on the Green in Proctorsville . Registration for events is at 9:30 a.m. The day will include awards, door prizes, face painting, t-shirts, and good food for lunch, including an ice cream truck. Proceeds and donations will directly benefit the Proctorsville and Cavendish Fire Departments. Children ages 5-12 will have field day events planned for the morning, from 10 to 11:30, including a 100-yard dash, tug of war, a potato sack race, wheelbarrow race, and relay race. The adult events are scheduled from noon to 2, and are modeled after Firefighter competitions- a hose carry, dummy drag, tool carries, attack crawls, and ax chops. Gebroe is looking for volunteers to help on Sunday, June 11 from 10am to 2pm, and for local competitors. Call 802-554-0006 with questions or to express interest. Come to the Firefighter Olympics and support our local firefighters! VT Journal
Proposed Federal Budget’s Impact: President Donald Trump’s budget would be a catastrophe for low-income Vermonters, according to the people in charge of working with them. The president released his 2018 fiscal year budget Tuesday and it drew immediate, bipartisan backlash from members of Congress. The proposed spending plan would chop a total of $4.3 trillion over the next 10 years, including drastic cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and environmental programs. The budget relies on an optimistic 3 percent economic growth rate by 2021 to account for about $2.3 trillion in revenue over the next decade. "This is a budget which will make it harder for our children to get a decent education, harder for working families to get the health care they desperately need, harder for families to put food on the table, harder to protect our environment and harder for the elderly to live out their retirement years in dignity," said Bernie Sanders. In short, the plan for fiscal year 2018 — titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” — would hurt many of Trump’s supporters, many of whom voted for a candidate who pledged to fight for the little guy and to protect, even bolster, social safety nets. The Vermont Agency of Human Services estimates that would cost the state’s $1.7 billion Medicaid program around $200 million. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, would be eliminated, a $3.3 billion savings. Vermont got about $19 million for LIHEAP in 2016, helping more than 21,000 households. Rutland Herald VPR VT Digger
All VT State Parks Now Open for the Season: Starting this weekend, all Vermont State Parks will be open to the public, fully staffed, and operational. There are now 55 developed state parks. Discounted park passes are now available and can be purchased online or at the parks. Reservations can be made online up to the day before your arrival.
Park passes can be checked out for free at your local library. Try fishing for free at one of the 12 Reel Fun gear loaner parks. Press Release
Invasive Species and How to Track Them: Invasive plant and animal species exist all around us, but some are more damaging than others. A revamped tool from UVM Extension leverages citizen science to better track where invasive species are now, and which ones are approaching our region. The freshly re-launched website provides galleries of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, their distribution in and near Vermont, and mitigation practices to slow their spread. VPR
State Suspends VT DMV Facial Recognition Program Pending Review: Use of a facial recognition software by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is being suspended. The suspension comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont obtained internal DMV records showing the agency ran "at least 126 FRS searches" since 2012, and then shared photographs and personal information of Vermont ID holders with other state and federal government agencies. In a letter sent to DMV Commissioner Robert Ide earlier this week, the ACLU alleged the agency's use of the software violated a 2004 state law that prohibits the use of technologies that "involve the use of biometric identifiers." WCAX
2. CAVENDISH MEMORIAL DAY: Memorial Day activities are underway in Cavendish. On May 15, the 6th graders from Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) placed flags on veterans’ graves and cleared debris in town owned cemeteries. The same students have also made poppies for those attending the town’s events on May 30.
In keeping with reducing the town’s carbon footprint, this year’s wreaths have all been made from local grape ivy. The wreath that is tossed into the Black River will be decorated with seasonal blooms. The War Memorial wreaths, as well as the one for the Cavendish Cemetery, were made with a combination of materials that can be recycled. Consequently, wreaths and decorations will look a bit different from previous years. Thank you to Wendy Regier, Chris Quinn, Becky Plunkard and Margo Caulfield for working on this project.
Cavendish celebrates Memorial Day on May 30, which is the original date of the holiday. Activities at the school begin at 10 am. This year’s speaker is Cavendish resident Jim Hasson, a Seabee from WWII, who served in military conflicts right through the Vietnam War. You can learn more about Jim Hasson at the Cavendish Historical Society blog.
The parade will start at approximately 11 am in Cavendish. Following the ceremony at the Cavendish Village Cemetery, there will be a BBQ at the Cavendish Baptist Church that is free and open to attendees. FMI: 226-7292
Please note that if you plan to visit one of the Cavendish cemeteries for Memorial Day, planting flowers is not permitted.
MAY 28 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Museum opens for the season from 2-4 pm.
MAY 29 (Monday): Memorial Day Legal Holiday, town office and schools closed.
MAY 30 (Tuesday): Memorial Day Celebration in Cavendish, 10 am at CTES; 11 pm Parade in Cavendish, BBQ at Cavendish Baptist Church following ceremony at the Cavendish Village Cemetery.