Cavendish Update 11/2/18: News/Guide/Events

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With Youth Hunting season this weekend and deer rifle season starting the weekend after, please be safe in the woods. Wear bright colors and be sure your pets are also attired in orange or other colors that stand out.

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11/2/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. 2018 Cavendish Holiday Shopping Guide

3. Volunteers To Monitor Ecosystem Health Near Ludlow Solar Project

4. Events



Cavendish Community Fund Inspires Art & Town Unity One Grant at a Time: The Cavendish Community Fund has been quietly supporting culture, education, beautification, and town pride in Cavendish for the last 11 years. Since 2007, this nonprofit group has awarded 50 grants to individuals or groups with one purpose: to benefit the town of Cavendish and its people as a whole. Peter LaBelle and Barbara Dickey began the Cavendish Community Fund in 2007 as a way to help bring together a community that was intensely divided after several years of strife over a proposed, and eventually rejected, quarry. The Cavendish Community Fund, itself a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is undergoing a makeover of sorts that began with a new logo last year. Their eight-member team is also currently working on an official mission statement and making plans to launch its own website and Facebook page. Both LaBelle and Dickey are hoping these efforts will help distinguish the Community Fund from another nonprofit in town, the Cavendish Community & Conservation Association, most commonly referred to as the CCCA. For information about the fund, including details on submitting a grant application, contact Barbara Dickey at 802-226-7187 or Peter LaBelle at 802-226-7250. VT Journal

Fletcher Farm School Announces November Classes: Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts now has their full schedule online where you can register if you prefer. Cavendish, Proctorsville and Ludlow residents receive a discount on their first class each year. A two-week advance registration is required for all classes. This is your last opportunity to take classes until March 2019. FMI: 228-8770

Vail Restructuring at Okemo Focuses on Unified Northeast Management: Okemo Mountain Resort has undergone an organizational shift as Vail Resorts revealed a new regional structure for its three northeast ski resorts: Okemo Mountain Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, and Mount Sunapee. The shift has repositioned long time Okemo General Manager Bruce Schmidt from Okemo to take the helm at Mount Sunapee as of Oct. 25. Doug Pierini, previously vice president and general manager of Kirkwood, will be taking on responsibility as general manager of Okemo as part of his role as chief operating officer of the northeast region. According to a statement from Schmidt last week, “This position change will be a longer commute, but I will be able to continue my passion in the ski business and work for a great ski company.” VT Journal


2. CAVENDISH HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE: With Thanksgiving just weeks away, businesses are gearing up for “Black Friday,” the biggest shopping day of the year. In order to promote our local businesses, Cavendish Connects is preparing its 2018 Cavendish Holiday Shopping Guide. If your Cavendish business or organization has a special offer, or want to be included in the guide, please send an e-mail or call 802-226-7807. Be sure to include specific deals you might be offering as well as links to websites etc. The guide will be posted the day before Thanksgiving on the Cavendish Connects website and notifications will appear in the Cavendish Update and on Facebook.


3. VOLUNTEERS TO MONITOR ECOSYSTEM HEALTH NEAR LUDLOW SOLAR PROJECT: In response to the recent installation of over 82,000 solar panels on a large parcel of land in Ludlow, volunteers with the Black River Action Team have donned their waders and descended upon the landscape. Wielding a fine-mesh net, a camera, and a multi-parameter water tester, BRAT Director Kelly Stettner is engaging neighbors and many interested parties in collecting data and recording observations from several stream sites near the solar project. From dissolved solids in the water to the presence of tiny insect larvae at the bottom of the stream, BRAT will be assembling "baseline" data - seeing the current condition of the streams so any changes can be noticed and logged. 

 Monitoring efforts will be ongoing, and will become part of a long-term program that will include collecting samples to be tested at the State of Vermont's water quality laboratory starting in the summer of 2019.

 Impacts could be minimal to non-existent, and BRAT hopes for the best but is prepared to keep a watchful eye on the salamanders, brook trout, pollution-sensitive insect life, and water quality. Several new water tester will need to be purchased, along with calibration materials, for roughly $600. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact BRAT Director Kelly Stettner at (802) 738-0456 (voice mail) or; donations to assist in purchasing water testers may be mailed to the BRAT's fiscal agent, Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District. Make check out to "ONRCD" (please note "BRAT" in memo section), and mail to ONRCD at 28 Farmvu Rd, White River Jct, VT 05001.



NOVEMBER 2-3 (FRIDAY-SATURDAY): Dracula, 7 pm at GMUHS. Students/Seniors $5. Adults $7.

NOVEMBER 3 (SATURDAY): Stick Season Social to benefit Black River Good Neighbor, Sam’s Steakhouse 6 pm. Tickets are $60 a person.  

NOVEMBER 4 (SUNDAY): FALL BACK, reset clocks one hour back as standard time goes into effect. Use this as an opportunity to check smoke and radon detectors in your home.

NOVEMBER 6 (TUESDAY) : Election Day. Voting will take place from 10-7 at the Proctorsville Fire Dept, 513 Main St. Proctorsville. The Cavendish Connects Calendar includes general election sample ballot, Warning and Voter Checklist.

• The Cavendish Community luncheon, noon, at Gethsemane Church, Depot Street, Proctorsville. The menu is chili or fish chowder, corn bread, salad and dessert by the CTES first grade. Everyone is welcome.

NOVEMBER 9 (FRIDAY): Turkey Bingo, beginning 6 pm at CTES. Prizes include turkeys and cash. Money raised will benefit the PTO, which pays for field trips, Camp Keewaydin and many other fun events. Cost is $1 per card, 10 rounds plus Goodman’s American Pie Pizza, yummy snacks and more.

NOVEMBER 10 (SATURDAY)-NOVEMBER 25 (SUNDAY): 16-Day Rifle Deer Season. If you get a deer on opening weekend please report the deer at one of the biological check stations. Singleton’s in Cavendish is a station.

NOVEMBER 12 (MONDAY): Veteran’s Day. No School. Town Office Closed.

NOVEMBER 21-23 (WED-FRIDAY): School closed for Thanksgiving break

NOVEMBER 22 (THURSDAY): HAPPY THANKSGIVING Free Thanksgiving Dinner, noon-2pm at the Cavendish Elementary School. Everyone is invited to a delicious home-cooked turkey dinner. Prepared and hosted by St. James United Methodist Church. This is an outreach program of Black River Good Neighbor Services.

NOVEMBER 23 (FRIDAY): Black Friday-Shop local this holiday season.


 DECEMBER 11 (TUESDAY): Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 100th Birthday.

 DECEMBER 14 (Friday): Quilt Raffle Drawing at the Cavendish Library. Raffle tickets are for the quilt made by Gloria Leven are $1 each or a book of 6 for $5. The quilt, which measures 74” by 56” is hand tied and made of batik cloth.  It can be seen online at or at the library.  FMI: 226-7503. 

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