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 7/14/17 Cavendish Update

1. Tax Rate Set at Select Board Meeting

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Concert Series-The Spiders

4. Job Opening

5. Town Wide Tag Sale-Accepting Photos

6. Events

1. TAX RATE SET AT SELECT BOARD MEETING: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website.  At Monday night’s meeting the tax rate was set for the year as follows:

Fire District # 1 (Proctorsville): • Resident 1.8282; • Non Resident 1.8394

Fire District # 2 (Cavendish): • Resident 1.8150; Non. Resident 1.8262

Other issues discussed at the meeting were as follows:

• Depot Street Bridge: Utility lines will be buried in the riverbed in 2018 with bridge replacement taking place in 2019.

• Town Garage: Asbestos will be removed by the end of the month, with an RFP (request for proposal) going out shortly. The goal is to have the town garage replaced before snow flies.

• Winter Sidewalk Plowing: Given the age of the equipment, and associated costs, the SB discussed other options for clearing sidewalks this coming winter. One option was to hire a private contractor for this service. No determination was made.

• Depot Street Dogs: Two dogs on Depot Street in Proctorsville, together or alone have bitten at least 4-6 people. The dogs have not been registered or vaccinated, and the most recent attack was witnessed by the town manager on July 3. The board voted to give the owner 10 days from July 3 to register, immunize and “lock up” the dogs or they will be removed.


Living with Lyme Disease in Cavendish: In 2015, Vermont had the highest rate of reported Lyme disease (LD) cases in the U.S. and Windsor County had the second highest incidence in the state. The black-legged tick is responsible for the infection, a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Research has found that approximately half of the black-legged ticks collected in Vermont have tested positive for the bacterium. Consequently, It is not surprising various people in Cavendish have been treated for acute Lyme infections. However, there are a growing number of people who had no idea they had been bitten by a tick, and learn of the diagnosis only after being tested in an effort to understand symptoms such as pain and fatigue.

Having received requests for information, a special post has been designed for those people living with Lyme Disease (PLWLD)-sometimes referred to as chronic, persistent or post treatment- in Cavendish. To learn about preventing LD, go to the May 2017 post Take Ticks Seriously.

Walker Street Bridge Now Open: The bridge on Main St. In Ludlow is now open, though there may be periodic delays as construction is being completed.

 Uncovering VT’s Archeological Past with Help from CHS Volunteers: For the second summer, the Cavendish Historical Society has been involved with an archeological dig in W. Haven, VT. Through this contact, CTES’s 4th and 6th graders have visited and worked at the site and the archeologist Dr. Elly Molarity has come to Cavendish to speak to 5th and 6th grade students. Learn more about the dig at the VPR article If you are interested, volunteers from Cavendish go over weekly to help dig. E-mail if you would like to volunteer for a day.

Congratulations to Proctorsville’s Zach McNaughton: Zach McNaughton, audio video production teacher at River Valley Technical Center (RVTC), has taught many talented students who have competed nationally and gone on to study in top colleges. This year that tradition of success continues with students Elijah Pianka and Tanner Bischofberger winning top honors in statewide and national video production contests. Proud of his students and his program, McNaughton offered some advice to those contemplating a course of study at RVTC. “I would tell students to ignore the stigmas and stereotypes about career and technical education that they are constantly fed from their sending schools, peers, and worst of all, guidance counselors. The AVP program has represented Vermont at the SkillsUSA Conference for four consecutive years now and we have alumni students in prestigious universities studying film and media communications all around the country. Those students most likely would not have gotten into those colleges if it weren’t for the Technical Center and the connections that we have with college and industry. The AVP Program at RVTC is a fast track to college. VT Journal

VT Attorney General warns of utility scam: The office of the Vermont Attorney General is warning that callers claiming to be from the power company are threatening to disconnect electric service if money is not sent to them immediately. Some callers may ask where your power meter is located. According to the AG’s office, power companies do not make calls or threats like this. These calls are scams. If you get one of these calls, hang up the phone. Do not call back or speak with the scammers. The AG’s office urges people to call its office as well as the utility if you are concerned about your service. If you have lost money to this scam, contact the Attorney General’s office at 800-649-2424 (toll-free in Vermont) or dial 802-656-3183. Press Release

3. CONCERT SERIES: THE SPIDERS 7/19: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association and the Town of Cavendish invite everyone to spend an evening having fun on the Proctorsville Green on Wednesday, July 19th, starting at 6:00 p.m. when the annual summer music series continues with the sounds of a well-known local favorite, The Spiders.

Featuring Cavendish’s own Mark Huntley on the drums, the band includes singer songwriter Guy Burlage on mandolin, pedal steel, electric, and acoustic guitar; Wayne Canney on vocals and guitar; and Rutland’s own Jerry Dubeau on keyboards. The Spiders have been playing together since the early 1980’s, although each of them can be found throughout the area entertaining as solo musicians or in other bands. This is their first appearance in Proctorsville as part of the summer music series.

The Cavendish summer concerts are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August. For a listing of all 2017 concerts please go to the Upcoming Events page at

As always, the concerts are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, please check the Cavendish Facebook page. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.

4. JOB OPENING: Crows Bakery in Proctorsville is looking for a bread baker! This is a part time position, some experience helps and we will train. Contact George at 226-7007.

5. TOWN WIDE TAG SALE: It’s two 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.

We are now accepting photographs of items vendors have for sale, which will be turned into Facebook albums and posted to the Cavendish VT Facebook page. 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.


JULY 17 -19 ( MONDAY-WEDNESDAY): Vacation Bible School at the Cavendish Baptist Church.

JULY 19 (WEDNESDAY): Summer Concert on the Proctorsville Green begins at 6 pm. This week features

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