Cavendish Update 9/1/17 Town Garage/Drugs/News/Events



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9/1/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 8/23/Town Garage

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Cavendish Resources for Addiction: Drugs

4. What’s New at the Cavendish Historical Society

5. Events


Replacement of Town Garage: The SB voted the proposed warning for the town vote regarding expenditure of up to $400,000 to replace the town garage. Town manager Brendan McNamara indicated that the anticipated costs were  $381,628.00. He said these estimates may be a little high but he and assistant town manager Bruce McEnaney did not want to underestimates costs. The insurance settlement will reimburse the Town for some of these costs, but how much is still unknown. The construction timeline includes a 6-7 week fabrication period once the building is ordered, and 5 days to construct the building on site. Foundation and site work should be taking place shortly so everything will be ready when the garage is ready to be installed. An informational meeting will be held on Monday, Sept 25, 7 pm at Cavendish Elementary School. Voting will take place by Australian Ballot from 10-7 at CTES on Tuesday, Sept. 26. A copy of the legal warning is available at The Dish. For more information about the Town Garage discussion see the minutes from Aug. 23 and Aug. 21.

Bonts Hill: McEnaney said that only the lower half of Bonts Hill was repaved and the upper section sustained damage during the recent rain storms and needs to be repaved to prevent further wash outs. Bazin Brothers will repave it for $7,500 and can do the work next week. Note this work was completed on 7/31/17

The following unapproved minutes from the SB are now available on-line Aug. 23  Aug. 21Aug 14


Cavendish Residents Help to Solve a Mystery: Doris and Herb Eddy met with Ron Patch and The Vermont Journal outside the Chester Historical Society on Friday, Aug. 25. They had information that could solve the mystery of the safe found in the William’s River. The Eddys were owners of the Jameson Store, now Lisai’s Market. On Sunday, Feb. 28, 1982, Herb Eddy went to the store between 4:30 – 5 p.m. to get a gallon of milk when he noticed from a distance the door was ajar. He approached the door cautiously and snuck in, unsure if the intruders were still in the building or not. Near the door were cartons of cigarettes; only certain brands had been stolen. He went in the office; the Mosler safe was missing! Read the story at the VT Journal

 BRGNS Looking for Volunteers: Black River Good Neighbor Services depends on the donation of clothing and other goods to sell in its thrift store in order to fund its food and financial assistance operations. That means somebody has to sort and process those donations and get them onto the sales floor or into storage for rummage and other sales. BRGNS has a limited staff and they cannot do it all. This is especially true since many donations of seasonal merchandise come in after the season ends and have to be sorted and stored until the next season. So the staff is asking for help. If you have some time to donate, even if it’s just a few hours a week, or just a few hours period, please call Audrey at 802-228-3663, or stop into the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow, behind the Ludlow Community Center, to volunteer.BRGNS’ programs serve Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth. For more information about their programs you can visit, or you can call 802-228-3663

Springfield Animal Hospital Returns to Original Facility: The Springfield Animal Hospital (SAH), owned by Dr. Brad Temple and Dr. Dena Meehan, returned to 346 River St., permanently, on Monday after months of working out of a temporary location. On Jan. 19, a fire gutted the facility. Springfield Fire Chief Russ Thompson later said the fire started in the hospital’s crematorium. The SAH is back at home, with floor-to-ceiling renovations: new flooring, a new roof, new paint, and even a new layout. Eagle Times

VT PBS-The Opiate Crisis: Stories & Solutions:: Vermont PBS and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont are sponsoring The Opiate Crisis: Stories and Solutions. This is a state-wide event that includes two television film broadcasts, a live television panel discussion, and three in-person film screenings and robust discussions around the opiate crisis in Vermont. Each event at the Vermont PBS Studios in Colchester (Sept. 7), Latchis Theater in Brattleboro (Sept. 12), The Rutland High School (Sept 13), and Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury (Sept. 14), will include a live audience interacting with a panel representing the medical, social work, advocacy, enforcement, prevention and recovery communities.   These programs run from 7-9 pm. On the Sept. 7 broadcast, you can call toll free 866-424-LIVE (5483), e-mail to ask your questions. For more information, check the PBS website.

Comcast Suing VT: Cable television giant Comcast is suing the Public Utility Commission over the panel’s decision to require the company to expand its network and step up support for community access TV if it wants to continue doing business in Vermont. A key issue is the services Comcast must provide to local community access systems that carry municipal government and school board meetings and other local events. The 26 community access systems have been pushing — against resistance by Comcast — for high-definition video, greater ability to operate from remote locations, and inclusion in the interactive program guides that Comcast customers can use to decide what to watch. VT Digger

Resources to Help Survivors of Hurricane Harvey: Hurricane Harvey has caused catastrophic damage to southeast Texas and many Vermonters are eager to assist the survivors. Vermont Emergency Management has compiled some resources and tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other sources on volunteering and donating responsibly in the wake of this devastating disaster: Cash is the most efficient way to donate. Donations should be made to a known, reputable charitable organization. Be wary of scammers looking to profit from a dire situation. A list of organizations can be found below. Sending unsolicited goods is strongly discouraged. Volunteers should affiliate with an organization. Self-deploying to the disaster area actually creates a strain on local officials recovering from the disaster. Volunteering with an organization ensures your time will be spent safely providing help. Volunteers and people traveling to disaster areas should always heed the safety precautions of local officials.

3. CAVENDISH RESOURCES FOR ADDICTION: Drugs: 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. Part I: Tobacco; Part II-Alcohol

National data shows that Vermont has one of the highest percentages of illicit (illegal) drug use in the country and is referred to as “America’s Heroin Capital” because of its high incidence of opioid use. 

Because of the north/west route of 91, as well as the Internet, Vermonters have easy access to drugs of all types, not just opioids and heroin. Other factors include proximity to major cities, cheap prices, resort areas, rural , poverty, lack of jobs, long winters etc. And yes, evidence of needle use is very prevalent in Cavendish, with people reporting syringes in a number of places in town.

Drugs like heroin are highly addictive with the brain being altered in hundreds of different ways in a very short time frame. No ones’ life ambition is to become an addict.

Since the 1930s, when researchers first began to study addictive behavior, the belief was that that people who developed addictions were somehow morally flawed or lacking in willpower. Thanks to brain imaging and other techniques, addiction is now recognized as a chronic disease that changes the structure and chemistry of the brain, much in the same way cardiovascular disease damages the heart.

Once the brain is “hijacked” by the drug-be it opioid, heroin, alcohol, and even gambling, gaming or shopping-there is a craving for the object of addiction, an inability to control the craving and little to no regard for consequences. Not surprising, people go through multiple rehabs and go right back to using drugs because they can’t control the craving.

As frightening as this sounds, thanks to neuroscience,  the damage done by drugs/addiction can now be studied and just as the brain is rewired to desire drugs, research is focusing on how to reboot the brain to stop cravings. Today drugs like Naltrexone and Buprenorphine (Suboxone) are helping to make a difference in successful recovery.

To learn more about local resources to help with treatment and support, go to The Dish for Part III: Cavendish Resources for Addiction: Drugs

4. WHAT’S NEW AT THE CAVENDISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY: In honor of September being "Archeology Month," the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) will be sponsoring a trip to the West Haven, VT site of the South Champlain Historical Ecology Project (SCHEP) dig where we have been providing volunteers for the last two years. This is also the site where the Cavendish Elementary School 4th and 6th grade classes visit. This trip will take place on Sept. 16 (Saturday) and will leave from the CHS Museum at 9 am. Learn more at the CHS Blog.

 The weekend of Sept. 9 will be a busy one. CHS will once again be running a beeswax candle dipping workshop at the Honey Festival that Saturday. This will be at the Golden Stage Inn, off of Depot St., from 10-2. To mark the 169th anniversary of Phineas Gage’s accident on Sept. 13, 1849, CHS will be holding its annual Walk and Talk at the Museum starting at 2 pm. Interested in a signed copy of “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Artist Who Changed History?" You can pick one up at either event.

Learn more about what’s happening at CHS and how you can become involved in the September CHS Briefs.


SEPTEMBER 4 (MONDAY): Labor Day. Legal holiday. Town office and schools closed.

SEPTEMBER 5 (TUESDAY): Community luncheon returns at Gethsemane Church, off Depot Street in Proctorsville. Noon. In the parish hall behind the church.

 SEPTEMBER 9 (SATURDAY): Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Springfield Transfer station 9-1 pm.

• Honey Festival

• RiverSweep

 SEPTEMBER 10 (SUNDAY): Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk, CHS Museum 2-4 pm. FMI: 226-7807 or

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