Cavendish Update 8/18/17: Eclipse/Addiction/SB Mtg

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8/1817 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Cavendish Resources for Addiction: Tobacco

3. Keeping Cavendish Healthy: Free Classes from dGBodyWorks

4. Concert Series-Chris Kleeman

5. RiverSweep

6. Events


Cavendish Select Board Meeting 8/14/17: 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.  The following action was discussed/taken at Monday night’s meeting:

• Approved Catering Permit for Glimmerstone Mansion, LLC for September 9th, 16th, 23rd ,30th and October 14th , 2017

• Approved Special Event Permit for Caledonia Spirits Inc. for the

Vermont Golden Honey Festival on September 9th, 2017. Permit will allow for 1-day sale of alcoholic beverage during the festival.

• Doris Eddy’s Letter of Interest to fill the vacancy for the Justice of Peace will be forwarded to the Governor for his appointment

• Update on Town Garage: Bids are in for replacing the building (torn down on 8/15/17). Voters need to approve the expenditure of funds. Warning will be forthcoming.

• Executive session was held regarding an employee matter, health issue and hardship assistance request.

Black River Water Testing Results for Wed Aug. 16: Greven Field wasn’t tested this week, but the levels have been consistently good so it’s probably okay to use for swimming and recreational purposes. The E.coli levels at the Cavendish Gorge area (37 CFU) are safe as are Buttermilk Falls (6 CFU) and Downers Covered Bridge on Upper Falls Rd (14 CFU) . Little Ascutney Rd in Weathersfield continues to test high (387 CFU) and unsafe to use. The EPA’s upper limit for swimming is 235 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. 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

Warning of Special Meeting of Green Mountain Unified School District: The legal voters of the Green Mountain Unified School District (the “District”), which includes Cavendish, are warned to meet at GMUHS on Sept. 25th at6 pm in the Library Learning Commons to: elect a temporary presiding officer and clerk; adopt Robert’s Rules of Order; elect moderator, clerk and treasurer and conduct other business pertaining to the formation of the GMUSD. Read the warning online.

Watch the Great American Solar Eclipse in Cavendish: A total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, and will be the first one in 38 years to be visible from the mainland U.S.  No matter where you are in the US, you can see it. In Cavendish we can expect to see 70%. In preparation, on Aug. 20 (Sunday), the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) will hold a workshop from 2-4 pm at the Museum (1951 Main St.  Cavendish) where you can make pinhole viewers and learn more about the solar eclipse. On Monday, Aug. 21, CHS will have various devices for viewing set up in front of the Museum from 1:15 until 3 (or later depending on interest).

School Bus Routes for GMUHS: Bus schedule for the coming school year for 7-12 grade students is now available at the VT Journal website. Parents and students are asked to be patient with bus times as routes have changed and they are short a bus driver.  GM is in need of 2 more bus drivers, anyone interested please contact the school 875-4246

Regulators Recommend $22M Cut to GMP Rate Increase: Green Mountain Power has asked for a 4.98 percent increase in 2018. The Vermont Public Service Department is suggesting that the utility reduce the rate increase to 1.68 percent, a $21.7 million reduction. Jim Porter, the director for public advocacy for the department, said in a statement that the recommendations “would still allow GMP to continue to deliver safe and reliable services to its customers, maintain affordability and advance State energy goals.” VT Digger

Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Cold and Snow for Northeast: The Farmers' Almanac that goes on sale this week predicts a snowy winter from Maryland to Maine with five coastal storms to bring winter misery to the region. Editors are looking to redeem themselves after missing the mark when heavy snow failed to materialize in the Midwest and the Middle Atlantic states were milder than anticipated last winter. Editors are looking to redeem themselves after missing the mark when heavy snow failed to materialize in the Midwest and the Middle Atlantic states were milder than anticipated last winter. MyNBC

2. CAVENDISH RESOURCES FOR ADDICTION: TOBACCO: Addiction is a major issue in 21st century American, and Cavendish is no exception. Those most often affected-family, friends and the person themselves-can struggle with little support, resources or understanding.  In order to address that in our town, Cavendish Connects is running a three part series, providing local resources, information and answering questions that people may have.

This week’s focus is tobacco. At $10 a pack, cigarettes are extremely expensive to say nothing of the negative health impacts to the smoker and to those they come in contact with (secondhand smoke). It’s a hard habit to break, but with support and the understanding that it can take many tries before successfully stopping, it can be done.

Vermont offers many free resources, including smoking cessation tools, for free. Learn more atPart I: Tobacco

3. KEEPING CAVENDISH HEALTHY-FREE CLASSES FROM dG BODY WORKS: Doing their part to help keep Cavendish residents healthy, dGBody Works in Proctorsville is offering six free classes per week for the month of September as follows:

• Monday:  6 am Power Yoga and 7 am Bootcamp [Get your cardio up! This is an interval training class that will keep you engaged; get ready to sweat and challenge yourself]

• Tuesday:  6 am Vinyasa Flow [Designed to improve core strength and balance, stretch and strengthen muscles, and promote a sense of well-being] with Karen McNamara

• Wednesday: 5:45 pm TRX [Gravity is your friend! Our newest class utilizes TRX suspension straps to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously] and 7 pm Bootcamp

• Friday: 6 am Bootcamp

For more information go to the dGBody Works website, call 802-554-0006 or e-mail


4. CONCERT SERIES 8/23/17-Chris Kleeman: This will be the last concert of the season and it will be starting a half an hour earlier at 5:30. Thank you to CCCA, the various sponsors and to Sharon Huntley for organizing another stellar summer concert series.

Chris Kleeman was supposed to play at the Proctorsville Summer Concert series – until the rains came down. Rather than just cancel his performance the organizers postponed it, so now Chris will play on Wednesday, August 23rd starting at 5:30 p.m.

A performer of great energy and focus, Chris is well known for his sparkling interpretive skills, bringing songs from across a broad spectrum to spice up an already simmering, soulful pot of music. He provides a unique opportunity to see and hear the real thing; an artist of high energy and gritty musical performance.

As always, the concerts are free and open to everyone.  Rain dates will be announced on the Cavendish Facebook page. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.


5. RIVERSWEEP: Come get dirty to help us get the Black River cleaner! The 18th Annual RiverSweep is happening on Saturday, September 9th starting at 8 AM and ending at 12 NOON.

Register at HQ -- in Springfield, we'll be at the footbridge in the Shopping Plaza; in Ludlow, we'll be in the gazebo on the town green in Veterans Park. Pick a site to work, grab some trash bags and work gloves (or bring your favorite pair of gloves), fill up on water, and go tackle the trash! Bring your haul back to HQ so it can be tallied and sorted; wash your hands so you can enjoy your free tee shirt and a yummy lunch, compliments of local supporters - in Springfield, Young's Furniture & Appliance will grill up hot dogs for everyone; in Ludlow, you'll receive a coupon for a free slice of amazing cheese pizza at Goodman's American Pie. This year, all volunteers will be entered to win cool prizes donated by local businesses, such as a $25 gift certificate from the Ludlow Cooking Company, home of the famous Lobster Roll.



AUGUST 19 (SATURDAY)-20 (SUNDAY): Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is sponsoring an Arts and Crafts Tag sale this weekend along with their Arts and Crafts Fair and Fabric Sale. 10-4 pm at 611 Route 103 S., Ludlow

 AUGUST 20 (SUNDAY): Solar Eclipse Workshop at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum 2-4. Free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

AUGUST 21 (MONDAY): View the Solar Eclipse in front of the Cavendish Historical Society Museum starting at 1:15. Peak viewing is at 2:42. The eclipse will be 70% for our area. We will have a variety of viewing devices including glasses, pinhole viewers, and welding masks. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

AUGUST 23 (WEDNESDAY): Black River Good Neighbor’s Tent Sale from 10-4 at 37B Main Street. The sale will include seasonal items. FMI: Audrey at 228-3663 or e-mail

• Chris Kleeman Concert. Starts at 5:30 pm on the Proctorsville Green.

AUGUST 26 (SATURDAY): Yogi McNamara Runfest

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