Cavendish Update 6/9/17: Quarry/News/Events


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 6/9/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Correct Dates for Tag and Plant Sales

3. Quarry-Tierney Road

4. BBQ Under the Stars Benefit

5. Events



Go Fund Me Site for Gary Palmer: Cavendish resident Gary Palmer was in a terrible accident two weeks ago. His niece Sheila Connolly has set up a Compassionate Crowdfunding website to help with the expenses. If donating on-line is not something you are comfortable with, there are other ways to help the family-check out How to Respond When Someone is Ill or Injured.

 Passing of Doug Haskell: Doug and his wife Karen lived on High Street in Cavendish for 33 years, moving to Charlestown, NH in 2014. No longer residents, Doug continued to come to Cavendish, volunteering to tend for the Cavendish Historical Museum and Stone Church properties. It is with sadness that we report his passing on May 27. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Karen, his Mom Evelyn, and his family and friends. His obituary is available on-line

CHS Plant Sale List: The Cavendish Historical Society Plant Sale will be on July 1 (Saturday) from 9-2 in front of the Museum. To learn about pre buying and what’s for sale go to the CHS blog.

Water Testing of the Black River: The Black River at historic Cavendish Gorge is sampled weekly during the summer of 2017 as part of the Black River Action Team's (BRAT) "Adopt-the-River" program. A trained volunteer gathers a sample on Wednesday morning, it is tested at the Endyne Lab in Lebanon, NH and results are posted on Friday at the Cavendish VT Facebook page as soon as they are received. Thank you to Okemo Mountain and the incredible BRAT for making this possible.

GMUHS Girls Capture Division IV State Track Title: Congratulations to coach and Proctorsville resident John Rice and the GM girls track team on their state win. VT Journal

Walker Bridge in Ludlow is Closed But Stores are Open: The merchants of downtown Ludlow have been proactive in countering the potential negative effects of Walker Bridge construction on local businesses during June and July. Each weekend will have unique and fun themed events to celebrate the season and support our local merchants. See the VT Journal for listing of events. 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.

Admission to state parks, historic sites free June 10, 11: Admission to Vermont state parks, historic sites and the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier will be free this weekend to celebrate the summer. Fishing will also be allowed without a license at any Vermont Fish & Wildlife fishing access on Saturday, June 10.

No Cost Summer Lunches at GMUHS: Green Mountain High School in Chester is once again participating in the very popular no cost lunch program this summer. No cost lunches will be offered the school Monday through Friday all summer long. The no cost lunch is for anyone 18 years old and younger. There is no registration or application process involved. Simply stop by the high school and have a healthy lunch. We will be serving lunch Monday through Friday from 11-12. Menus will be available on line and we can e-mail one to you if you like. Letter to the Editor

2. THE CORRECT DATES-Tag & Plant Sales: Seems we manage to get the correct dates on the calendar but they’ve been published incorrectly in the Updates. Must be we’re still stuck on a 2016 calendar. However, the correct date for the Town Wide Tag Sale is July 29-always the last Saturday in July. TheCavendish Historical Society’s plant sale is July 1-always the Saturday before the 4th of July.

3. BBQ UNDER THE STARS-Benefits Cavendish Connects & CCCA: Glimmerstone Mansion is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit two Cavendish organizations, Cavendish Connects and the Cavendish Community & Conservation Association (CCCA). On July 15, Saturday), there will be a barbeque followed by music and dancing-Chris Kleemen, blues man extraordinaire- from 6-9 pm. The $15 admissions fee covers the cost of food and music. There will be a cash bar. Come and enjoy a July evening with good food, music, neighbors and friends, and know you are helping to support two organizations that continually give to the community. Tickets are on sale at Crows Bakery, Depot Street Proctorsville and online.

4. QUARRY-TIERNEY ROAD: On June 2, William Burke, District 1 Coordinator for the Agency of Natural Resource’s (ANR)’s Act 250 permitting, sent an e-mail to the Cavendish Select Board and to various members of the community about a proposed quarry at the end of Tierney Rd. The purpose of the e-mail is to let them know that ANR will be making a decision about whether the proposed quarrying project can operate without an Act 250 Land Use Permit..

 In a request dated June 1, 2017, attorney Lawrence G. Slason, Esq. (“requestor”) filed a request pursuant to 10 V.S.A § 6007 for a formal Jurisdictional Opinion on the question of whether Snowstone, LLC (“Snowstone” or “buyers”) may acquire a .64 acre tract of land subdivided out of a 176.18 tract owned by Justin and Maureen Savage (“sellers”) and, utilizing a .29 acre easement over an existing road owned by sellers, operate a commercial earth extraction business without an Act 250 Land Use Permit in Cavendish, VT – a “one acre town” for Act 250 jurisdictional purposes. All documents associated with the request are available for public access and viewing starting at the following website: At the website, find “Project Number” and type in JO 2-308, then scroll down and click on “Search” and then click on “Detail”.  Scrolling further down will provide links to the submitted document folders.

The e-mail goes on to explain that anyone with a particular interest in this project should submit factual or legal arguments in writing via e-mail ( by June 20.  While all such facts or arguments might involve degrees of relevancy, I’m particularly interested in the legal effect, if any, of the seller’s retention, in the Contract of Sale of Real Estate, of a grant from buyer to seller of a “Right of First Refusal” under which the seller may reacquire the real estate from buyer.   Whether or not this obligation effectively defeats the required “arms-length-transaction” (necessary to bring the jurisdictional acreage under one acre) is of particular interest in this set of facts.

 The requestor or other parties will then be accorded an opportunity to file any rebuttal argument, if desired.   Any such rebuttal argument shall be submitted on or before Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

 For questions on this matter, please call or e-mail William Burke at 802-786-5923 or e-mail


JUNE 11 (SUNDAY): Pickleball 10 AM at CTES.

• Fire Fighter Olympics Proctorsville

• Cavendish Historical Society Museum Open 2-4.

JUNE 12 (MONDAY) Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm. Cavendish Town Office. Agenda will be published at the Dish when received.

JUNE 15 (THURSDAY): Arts Night at CTES, 6:30

JUNE 21 (WEDNESDAY): CTES 6TH Grade Graduation, 6 pm


JUNE 23 (FRIDAY): GMUHS Graduation

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