Cavendish Update 10/5/18: News/Arrest/Events

This week’s photo of the Town Garage construction project.

This week’s photo of the Town Garage construction project.

Frost advisory has been issued for tonight.

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10/5/18 Cavendish Update

1 Cavendish Related News

2. Black River Good Neighbor Welcomes Useable Donations

3. Events



Former Town Clerk Ron Butler Dies: Ronald P. Butler Sr., 86, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at his home. He was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Proctorsville, the son of Roy A. and Luella M. (Place) Butler. He graduated from Chester High School. Mr. Butler married Shirley Stevens April 15, 1953, in Salina, Kansas. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and 20 years in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War and Vietnam War. After retiring from the Army, he was town clerk and treasurer for the Town of Cavendish for 23 years, retiring in 1994. Mr. Butler enjoyed photography, gardening, dancing, bird watching and vacationing in Aruba. Survivors include his wife, of Proctorsville; five children Steven Butler, of Perryville, Maryland, Ronald Butler Jr., of Buxton, Maine, Garry Butler, of Wallingford, Tina and Laura Butler, both of Proctorsville; two brothers Richard Butler, of Baltimore, Ellsworth Butler, of Cavendish; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Gordon Butler. Graveside services were held Oct. 4. Memorial contributions may be made to Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department, 513 Main St., Proctorsville, VT 05153; or Ludlow Ambulance Service, 19 West Hill, Ludlow, VT 05149.


NY State Accuses Cavendish Man of ‘Terroristic threats:’ Michael Mills, 32, of Cavendish was arrested on Oct. 4 on a fugitive from justice warrant issued by New York State and was arraigned in Windsor County Superior Court on felony charges of making “terroristic threats.” According to an “accusatory instrument,” the Saratoga County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s office alleged that on Wednesday, Oct. 3, Mills made phone calls to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility threatening to kill a Sgt. Marcel and saying, “I’m going to shoot up everybody, truth, justice and the American way, I guess that doesn’t apply anymore.” Chester Telegraph

 Proctorsville Resident Trevor Barlow is Running as an Independent for Governor: Barlow grew up in Springfield and returned to the state to raise his children. He says he was inspired to run for governor after seeing the effects of the opioid epidemic on his hometown. Barlow says he would spur economic growth in Vermont by earmarking funds from the state’s existing budget to go toward its regional development corporations. Listen to his VPR interview online.

Gun Raffle to Benefit Proctorsville Fire Dept.: Six guns are being raffled off to benefit the Proctorsville Fire Dept. The guns include Henry Golden Boy .22 Mag; Rugger 10-22 Lr; Remington 700 .308; Marlin 45-70; Marlin 336 30-30 and Mossberg 500 12 gauge. The tickets are $20 a piece and can be purchased at Seiples in Rutland or The Happy Hound in Proctorsville or call 226-7281. The drawing is on Oct. 20 at Seiple’s Shoot Shop, Belmont VT. Winners will be notified.

GMUSD Board Oks Restoration Contracts: At the Sept. 27 board meeting of the Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD), the board approved contracts for work needed to restore the Chester Andover Elementary school after the August flood damage. While insurance will cover much of the costs, there will be $85,000 not covered by insurance. Further, if all goes according to plan, the school wont reopen until mid November. Students are currently housed at Green Mountain Union High School. Chester Telegraph

 La Tavola Italian Restaurant Now Open: La Tavola owners Fernando and Sao Uva are restaurateurs that have plenty of experience with running Italian restaurants, having had great success with restaurants in New York, Ft. Myers, Fla., and Martha’s Vineyard to name just a few locations. Now they’ve settled happily in Ludlow and have taken over the Route 100 North property that was originally home to Bella Luna and more recently Harry’s. Lavalle describes the menu as “authentic New York Italian” cuisine with all the classic Italian dishes you would expect. Somewhat unexpected however is their fresh preparation. La Tavola is open six days a week, closed on Wednesdays. Restaurant hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. with   lounge open until midnight during the week and until 2 a.m. on weekends. VT Journal

Watch Out for Moose: Wildlife officials in Vermont and New York are reminding drivers to watch out for moose on roads this time of year. Biologists said its moose breeding season and the animals are more likely to be crossing roads, especially after dark or early in the morning. Last year in Vermont, drivers hit 67 moose and so far this year, 51 moose have been hit.


 2. BRGN WELCOMES USEABLE DONATIONS:The Black River Good Neighbors’ thrift store and food shelf relies heavily on the generosity of its donors. The store sells donated merchandise and that allows us to provide free food and other assistance to those who need it. We deeply appreciate all of you who donate salable goods to us. You make our services viable. But not everyone is so kind. We cannot use items that really should go to the transfer station or some classes of items that for whatever reason we simply cannot use.

On a recent Sunday morning a grey hatchback backed up in our lot and, even though the donation shed was open and had lots of room, the driver and passenger dumped many boxes of smelly, broken and very worn items on the ground. The weather forecast called for rain, and rain it did. By the time our employees arrived on Monday whatever may have been useful was a junky mess. That gesture then cost us more than 33 dollars at the transfer station.

We don’t know whether these folks had a genuine intent to donate something useful to us, or if they were too cheap to pay the transfer station, but that really doesn’t matter. Their actions didn’t help us. We had to divert money from helping people to paying trash fees.

Our staff is ready to help with any donation. If they turn someone away it’s not because they are being mean. An item may have real value to the donor, but may still not be useable. Please come during store hours. Our staff can check out any donation and help determine what we can use. If you must come on Sunday, please use the donation shed. We want to help and we hate to turn people away. 


OCTOBER 7 (SUNDAY): First Peoples Talk at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum, 1955 Main St. (Route 131), 2 pm. This is the last day the Museum is open for the season.  FMI: 802-226-7807 or

OCTOBER 8 (MONDAY): Indigenous Peoples Day in Vermont. Legal Holiday for Columbus Day. Town Office will be closed.

OCTOBER 14 (SUNDAY): Raise the Roof Concert Big Woods, 4 pm at Gethsemane Church in Proctorsville. Admission is $10 at the door.

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