Cavendish Update 6/30/17 News/Plant Tag Sales/Fireworks/Jobs


6/30/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. CHS Plant Sale-July 1

3. Town Wide Tag Sale

4. Where to See Fireworks

5. Job Openings

6. Community Connections-July 6

7. Events


SB Meeting June 26: Monday night’s special SB meeting was called to follow up on the June 12 meeting, where the SB discussed a possible response to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) regarding an Act 250 permit for less than an acre mining operation, which is allowable under the Cavendish Town Plan. (See Cavendish Update 6/9/17 for information on this project). Strong feelings were expressed pro and con for the quarry. However, this was not the issue that needed to be decided by the SB. The town attorney had advised them to submit one of three choices to NRB-1) It’s their decision about whether an Act 250 is required; 2) No Act 250 is needed since it is in compliance with The Town Plan; or 3) The SB chooses to remain neutral and not take a stance. The board voted for option 1.

Black River Water Testing for 6/28/17: The sites on the Black River in Cavendish all tested clean for swimming and boating on June 28 (Wednesday). These sites include Greven Field (63 CFU) and the Cavendish Gorge (100 CFU). Nearby sites also testing fine for recreational use include  Buttermilk Falls (46 CFU), Little Ascutney Rd (55 CFU), Tolles Dam &3 CFU), and Downers Covered Bridge on Upper Falls Rd (32 CFU). Please note that it is recommended  to stay out of the rivers and lakes within 24 hours of a heavy rain, or anytime the water looks cloudy, as Ecoli levels can be a lot higher at these times. The EPA’s upper limit for swimming is 235 CFU. Thank you BRAT and Okemo for providing us with this invaluable service. To check other sites that are tested on the Connecticut River watershed, go to

Congratulations to Proctorsville Resident Zachary McNaughton: Once again McNaughton advised an award winner at the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. His student’s video “One Mistake Could Be Your Last” took third place in the 2016-2017 National Youth Safety Video Contest. McNaughton is the audio-visual production teacher at River Valley Technical Center in Springfield.  VT Journal

Annual Cavendish Calendar Photo Competition Extended: The CCCA has extended the deadline for submitting photographs for the annual photography exhibit until July15. Please download the application form from the CCCA website.

Community Luncheons Will Resume in September: The cooks are taking a break. The monthly community luncheons at Gethsemane Church will resume in September.

Free Summer Meal Program: Two Rivers Supervisory Union is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis at Cavendish Elementary School from 8 – 9 p.m. and noon to 1 p.m.; August 14 to August 25 and at Ludlow Community Center from 8- 9 a.m. and noon – 1 p.m.; June 26 to August 11. Other times and locations are available on-line.

Fletcher Farm Arts & Crafts School Turns 70: The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts, located on Rte. 103 between Ludlow and Proctorsville, will celebrate its 70th anniversary on July 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That weekend will also host the 34th annual Arts Festival with over 60 vendors, live demonstrations by well-known teachers of woodworking, painting, quilting, basketry, and metalworking, and live music by Uncle Hal’s Famous Crab Grass Band. the Craft Shop will be open during the festival and celebration for shoppers and artists. The Foundation takes pride in its ability to display, advertise, and sell the work of local artisans and craftsmen. VT Journal

Claremont Sears Moving to Newport: Sears Hometown on Washington Street in Claremont will move to Newport in August. Eagle Times

Fireworks Recalled Sold in VT: TNT Red, White, & Blue Smoke fireworks are supposed to emit colorful smoke. They are not supposed to explode. The popular fireworks maker voluntarily recalled 36,100 units of the product in four states Tuesday after receiving multiple reports that some of the devices exploded when lit, a US Consumer Product Safety Commission recall report said. The fireworks were being sold at various vendors, including Walmart in VT. CNN

VT Scam Alerts: Vermont Emergency Management and the Vermont Attorney General are announcing a partnership on the use of Vermont Alert for financial scam alerts. To receive "VT Scam Alerts" register for VT-Alert or add scam alerts to your existing account at

Health Care Leaders in VT Sound Alarm Over Senate Bill: Key health care officials across Vermont say efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act could saddle the state’s medical system with new and expensive problems. Of specific concern are proposed reductions to a federal Medicaid program that now provides insurance to nearly a third of Vermont residents. If a portion of those patients end up losing coverage, as the independent Congressional Budget Office has projected, then Vermont’s grand payment reform plans may have to be suddenly curtailed. VPR


 2. CAVENDISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANT SALE: No one seems to remember the exact date, but more than 35 years ago, Craig Rankin started a plant sale to raise money for the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS). Craig was to hosta as Johnny Appleseed was to the apple trees-everyone needed to have one. As a result, CHS offers the best prices and variety of hostas around-$5 a pot, which come with the best soil you can find thanks to Moonlite Meadows farm in Cavendish.

The CHS also offers “patio” or container tomato plants, making it easy to bring them in doors on those September frosty nights, thereby extending the growing season. For the first time ever American Chestnuts trees will be available for sale along with ground cover plants and more. For a sneak peak at what’s for sale go to the CHS Blog.

Copies of CHS’s publication Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History will also be for sale and can be signed.

The sale is July 1 (Saturday) at the CHS Museum in Cavendish-1951 Main St. (route 131) from 9-2. Please note that because of the rain forecast, we will be offering a pre buy opportunity at 6 pm on Friday evening and suggest early shopping on Saturday as the worst of the storms will start after 11 am. The wet and rainy weather is a great time for planting, so take advantage of the sale and weather this weekend. FMI: 802-226-7807 or


3. TOWN WIDE TAG SALE-JULY 29TH: It’s four weeks until the Annual Town Wide Tag Sale, which takes place on July 29 (Saturday) from 9-2. Sponsored by Cavendish Connects, if you wish to register for space at either of theVillage Greens, or have your site listed, send an e-mail to or call 802-226-7807. Please note that the more information on sale items you provide, the more shoppers you will attract.

Three weeks from now we will start making albums and posting to the Cavendish Facebook page of what various vendors have for sale. This was very successful last year. We will only post one album per vendor. Pictures should be e-mailed to

For more information and to see who has already registered, go to 7th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale page of The Dish.



CLAREMONT, N.H. – Celebration begins at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 4 at the Monadnock Park with local vendors selling food, drinks and other items. Fireworks will be at dusk.

GRAFTON, Vt.- During the Grafton Summer Carnival at the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center located on 783 Townshend Road, Grafton. Fireworks will be happening on July 3. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will also be performing at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks following. For more information call 802-843-2252.

LUDLOW, Vt. – Fireworks are Sunday, July 2 at 9:30 p.m. Fire works can be viewed from West Hill Recreation area – no parking allowed in this location. Shuttle buss will begin from the Okemo Blue parking lot starting at 5:30 p.m. over to West Hill. Vermont Symphony Orchestra will be on Friday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. held at Jackson Gore countryside

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Saturday, July 1 at the Crown Point Country Club located at 920 Brook Road. Celebrations are from 5 – 10 p.m.


5. JOB OPENINGS: Cavendish Town Elementary School has the following positions:

• Bus driver (averages 20 hours per week), school year.  

• Evening custodian for 4 hrs per day, five days per week, school year.

• 2 special education paraprofessionals.  Candidates must have a 2-year degree or equivalent (does not have to be in education) or be willing to take a examination.   This position is school year only and is for 7 hours per day.

To apply, please e-mail or call 875-7758.


6. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS-July 6: Read a good book lately? Have a movie that you think is a must see? Wondering about some aspect of town life? Come to Crows Bakery and Cafe on July 6, 2 pm to help launch an ongoing“open discussion group.” Meet at the “round table.”  This is a good way to meet new people and strengthen community connections.



JUNE 30 (FRIDAY):  Pre-Buy at the Cavendish Historical Society Plant Sale, 6 pm in front of the Museum. Rain or shine.

 JULY 1 (SATURDAY):  Cavendish Historical Society Plant Sale 9-2 in front of the Museum in Cavendish. Rain or shine. For plant previews, go to the CHS blog.

• Fletcher Farm Anniversary Craft Fair 10-4 at Fletcher Farms on route 103 between Cavendish and Ludlow. Features vendors, demonstrations, food and more

 JULY 2 (SUNDAY): Pickleball 10 AM at CTES.

• Cavendish Historical Society Museum Open 2-4. If there are any plants left, you can purchase them at this time.

• Fireworks in Ludlow.

JULY 4 (TUESDAY): HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Town office and many area businesses closed.

JULY 5 (WEDNESDAY): Summer Concerts on the Proctorsville Green begin with Gypsy Reel at 6 pm.

JULY 6 (THURSDAY): Open discussion group at Crows Bakery and Cafe. Depot St. Proctorsville 2 pm. Everyone invited.

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