Cavendish Update 9/15/17: SB Mtg/News/Events/Golf

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 9/15/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 9/11/17

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Mini Golf Tournament to Benefit CTES 6th Grade

4. September is Archeology Month

5. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

6. Events

1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 9/11/17: 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:

• Discussed the possibility of an alternative site for the Cavendish Town Garage. Reasons given for relocation included: site barely meets existing needs let alone future demands; esthetics-a metal building doesn’t fit with the historical buildings in the Cavendish Village; this is a unique opportunity to think about the best place for a garage and shouldn’t be driven by timelines and costs, since the building will stay in the same location for many generations to come. Though alternative locations had been considered in May, the SB agreed to take another week to explore options.

• Approved the Road Crossing Agreement with Coolidge Solar I, LLC. (Crossing on Quent Phelan Road)

• Town Clerk updated SB on the scheduled hearing on September 14th regarding Castle Hill and Cavendish Pointe Condominiums Property Assessment Appeals. The listers reduced the assessment in 2016 by about 10%, thereby reducing tax revenue to the town by$1.9 million. The condo owners appealed to the Board of Civil Authorities for further reductions, who, after various site visits, agreed with the listers. The condo owners than appealed to the state, thus the hearing on Sept.14.

• Postponed Aeration System Replacement until the next construction season as the chief water operator, Randy Shimp, is on a leave of absence.

For a more in-depth report go to The Dish


Memorial for Stan Hart: While Cavendish was Stan’s second home, he brought his incredible talents as a writer to our town plays as well as performing with his wife Jane Hart in various FOLA productions in Ludlow. He made millions laugh through his writings for the Carol Burnett Show and Mad Magazine, he also became a friend to many locally. During Irene, he and Jane both volunteered in the shelter, and it was hard not to smile as he grinned and made funny comments while serving so many that were in need. A special memorial will be held on Sept. 17 (Sunday), 1 pm at the Proctorsville Fire Hall.  As his family notes, this is not a formal service, but rather a gathering of good friends to share stories. Please bring “finger foods” to share. If you like too coordinate what type of food to bring, please e-mail Lisa Marks at

Congratulations to Murdock’s & Chef Pete Dickinson: This was the first year Murdock’s on the Green competed in the 5th Annual Mac & Cheese Challenge hosted by Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. and Castleton Crackers, and they came out a winner. Of 20 competitors, the Murdock’s entry, crafted by Chef Pete, took first place Peoples’ Choice Award. If you go to Murdock’s on the Green, be sure to check out the Mac & Cheese Bites.

Fall Foliage Supper at Cavendish Baptist Church: On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Cavendish Baptist Church’s Helping Hand Class will be hosting their Fall Foliage Supper from 5:30 to 7:00 pm featuring the following menu served buffet style: Pork roast, gravy, applesauce, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, coleslaw, pickles, rolls, homemade pies, decaf coffee, tea, cider or punch. Tickets are adults $10; children 6 to 12 $5 and under 6 are free. Take out meals are available. FMI (802) 226-7724 (after 9:00 a.m.)

Fletcher Farm School  Offering Evening Classes: Fletcher Farm School will now offer weekday evening classes, starting Sept. 22.  These classes are designed to provide introductions to some of the popular arts and craft subjects offered by the school.  For those people who work or are not available for longer multi-day classes, each class will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on mid-week evenings.  Most classes include the tools and materials for a nominal fee, to give students the opportunity to try a new skill without a large investment of time or money. Cavendish residents and property owners please note that classes are half price but you will need a letter from the town office indicating your status. VT Journal

Vermonter's Happiness Levels: Results from the 2017 Vermont Happiness study are in, and 78% of Vermonters say they’re happy.  This study explores Vermonters’ dispositions across 11 life domains including social connectedness, physical health, material wellbeing and more.  The intent is to provide Vermonters with holistic metrics that compliment traditional indicators and broaden our understanding of factors influencing Vermonters’ overall wellbeing. Vermont is the only state collecting state-level happiness data.

VT Opioid Epidemic Costs: Although state law has recently been adjusted to limit exposure to and distribution of opioids, the public cost remains high. In 2016, the state’s cost was at least $84,000,000, including costs associated with health care, criminal justice, and loss of workplace productivity—a significant increase from $38,109,065 in 2007. Beyond fiscal losses, the epidemic also imposes a slew of health consequences on non-users—Vermont is home to the nation’s second highest rate of infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome after prenatal exposure to opioids.

3. MINI GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT CTES 6TH GRADE: To help fund their trip to Keewaydin, the first ever Mini Golf tournament is being held as a fundraiser by the Cavendish Town Elementary School’s 6th grade class. It will take place on Oct. 1, from 2-5 pm at the Okemo Mountain’s Lumberin’ Cal Miniature Golf course. Putt your way through local history and the folklore of larger-than-life characters who once roamed the forests of Ludlow with axe in hand. A variety of hole types means some are more difficult than others. And a few incorporate the course designer’s unique concept of “intentional luck.” This concept enables children and less-skilled players to score as well as the adults... and often better. Looks like an opportunity for families to compete or some of our more seasoned golfers who want to work on their putting skills. However you choose to do it, it’s sure to be fun and a very memorable day.

The cost is $20 per team of 4 if registered by Sept. 28, and $25 thereafter. To register your team, go to You can pay in cash or by check. All checks should be payable to CTES. Cash and checks can be dropped off at the school. Checks can be mailed to CTES, 6th grade, PO Box 236 Proctorsville, VT 05153.

Sponsors are needed for each of the 18 holes. The cost is $50. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please e-mail Robin Bebo-Long

 4. SEPTEMBER IS ARCHEOLOGY MONTH: To honor archeology month, the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) is sponsoring two trips, which are free and open to the public. On Sept. 16 (Saturday), the trip will be to the West Haven, VT site of the South Champlain Historical Ecology Project (SCHEP) dig where CHS has been providing volunteers for the last two years. This is also the site where the Cavendish Elementary School 4th and 6th grade classes participate in the dig. If you are interested in attending, meet at the CHS Museum (1958 Main St, Route 131) at 9 am. Learn more at the CHS Blog.

On Friday, Sept. 22, Dr. Robert Goodby, the archeologist responsible for overseeing the Paleo-Indian dig in Keene, NH, will be speaking at the Walpole Town Hall at 7 pm. His talk will be “Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire.” If interested in attending, and wanting to carpool, call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

 5. CAVENDISH COMMUNITY FUND ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Cavendish Community Fund is now accepting grant applications for fall 2017 grant awards. The deadline for applying is October 15th. Applications that miss that date will be considered in the spring.

This is the tenth year in which the Fund has provided support for educational, artistic, or cultural programs, projects, or events that benefit the Cavendish community in some way. The Fund has helped finance plays, workshops, and classroom events. It has contributed to the renovation of library and classroom spaces for better learning environments. It helped the tropical Storm Irene recovery by supporting a fund raising concert. It helped clean gravestones, dig for archeological artifacts, conduct open studios, show films, coordinate summer concerts, organize health training, and more.

Grants are available for projects, programs or events that directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews the applications and recommends awards based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal. The number of grants and the amount of each depend on how many applications are received.

Application guidelines are available at the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s website: under the Community Fund tab.  Hard copies are also available at Crow’s Bakery in Proctorsville and at the Cavendish town office.

For further information on applying, on eligibility or on any other aspect of the grant program, or for help completing the application, please call Barbara Dickey at 226-7187 or Peter LaBelle at 226-7250.


SEPTEMBER 16 (SATURDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Archeological trip to W. Haven site of the South Champlain Historical Ecology Project (SCHEP) dig. Meet at the CHS Museum at 9 am. Check out the CHS blog for more information.

• Hazardous Waste Collection: Goodyear Building in Windsor
SEPTEMBER 16 (SATURDAY)-17 (SUNDAY): Chester Fall Craft Festival. Stop by the GMUHS booth.

 SEPTEMBER 17 (SUNDAY): Memorial for Stan Hart, 1 pm at the Proctorsville Fire Department.

SEPTEMBER 19 (TUESDAY): CTES School Board Meeting

• Composting workshop, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

SEPTEMBER 22 (FRIDAY): Cavendish Historical Society trip to hear Dr. Goodby’s talk, “Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire”  at the Walpole Town Hall, 7 pm. If interested in attending, and wanting to carpool, call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

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