Cavendish Update 11/9/18 Elections/Armistice/Events

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11/9/18 Cavendish Update

1. Election Results

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Armistice 100th Anniversary

4. Event

1. CAVENDISH ELECTION RESULTS: Of 1,129 registered Cavendish voters, 584 (52%) cast ballots in the mid term election. This is significantly higher than normal for a mid term election but slightly lower than the state’s 55-58% voter turnout. One hundred and three absentee ballots were sent out, with 86 (85%) being returned. This represented a five-fold increase over previous years. In addition, the change in voter registration laws resulted in nine voters registering and voting on Election Day.

Cavendish followed statewide trends selecting state winners in all races with the exception of state senate. While Cavendish voted for Alice Nitka and Alison Clarkson, they picked Randy Gray over Dick McCormick, who ultimately won the third seat.

In spite of an aggressive campaign to write in Michael Kell for State Representative, he ultimately lost to incumbent Annemarie Christensten. The combined total of Weathersfield and Cavendish was 1,203 votes for Christensten and 265 write-ins, the majority of which were for Kell.

The one write-in candidate that was successful was Stu Lindberg for Justice of the Peace. For full Cavendish election coverage go to The Dish.



CAES School Restoration Hits an Unexpected Snag: According to Naomi Johnson, president of the Dufresne engineering group and the project’s chief engineer, one of three electrical conductors proved to be defective.  “The electrical service has issues with the insulation in the wiring,” Johnson told the Green Mountain Unified School District board at a special meeting Monday night, which was held at the Two Rivers Supervisory Union main office in Ludlow. The discovery has forced unexpected changes in plans. In order to keep costs down, plans had been to use two conduits, one for communications and one for electrical service. The board decided to spend about $20,000 for M&M Excavating of Chester to put in four conduits (two electrical, two communications), even though insurance may not pay for all of it. “We may have to use transition funds,” said Meg Powden, the Two Rivers superintendent. It does not appear that students will be returning to school before Thanksgiving as had been hoped. Eagle Times

Ludlow Rotary Awards George Thomson 2018 Community Service Award: The Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) took great pride last month when a special award was presented to Ludlow resident and long time Cavendish Town Elementary School principal George Thomson. Every year the Ludlow Rotary Club presents this award to a local person or organization that has done great things for our communities. Having been in education for over 40 years George was principal of the Cavendish Town Elementary School for 29 years when he retired this past June. Always active in his community and beyond- George has been on many local non-profits boards as well holding an office including: Mountainside House, LPC-TV now Okemo Valley TV, Fletcher Farm Foundation, the Chester Music Series, The United Church of Ludlow, FOLA and was an active member of the Rutland Cornerstone Barbershop singers.  He and his wife Linda have helped raise money for the Malayaka House Orphanage in Africa and spent a bit of time volunteering there last summer. George is a humble, caring person, always willing to help anyone in need, never seeks recognition and was truly dedicated to the kids and staff at the Proctorsville School for so many years. Many of his former colleagues attended the mixer to share in the surprise award.

Misty Valley Books Shut After Staff Apparently Quits: While the Chester bookstore will be open at least through the weekend, whether it will reopen permanently is not known as the current owners hope to sell the business to a local buyer. More than six weeks ago, Misty Valley bookseller and Andover resident Amanda Bourque began negotiations to purchase the bookstore while leasing the building from Phoenix Books, which itself purchased the store and buildings 2 1/2 years ago. However, negotiations came to a halt late last week and, on Monday, Bourque, who had worked at Misty Valley for 15 years, left her employment with Phoenix Books.  By Wednesday, apparently so had the three other Misty Valley employees, leaving the business dark. Chester Telegraph

Are you ready for winter?: Snow and sleet are in the forecast for Saturday with snow likely this coming Tuesday. This is a good time to make sure you are prepared for winter. Check out Vermont’s Winter Preparedness and the Cavendish Connects Emergency Preparedness websites.


3. ARMISTICE DAY 100TH ANNIVERSARY Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11th to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Cavendish had 57 men and one woman serve in WWI. A few families had two members of their family serving but the Pollards had four sons and one daughter, Mary, who was a dietician in an Army Hospital on Ellis Island. Of those serving, four died: George Dixon, Winthrop Hoyle, Truman McNulty and Francis Wallace. Hoyle was only 16 and died of nephritis in Rhode Island.



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. Please check the Cavendish VT Facebook if this event needs to be cancelled because of weather.  

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 11 (SUNDAY): 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI.

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

• American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Ludlow Community Center

NOVEMBER 13 (TUESDAY): TRSU Policy Committee Meeting at CTES 5:45-7:15 Please see the Cavendish Connects Calendar for Agenda and minutes of past meetings.

NOVEMBER 15 (THURSDAY): 2nd Quarter Property Taxes Due

• GMUSD Finance Committee Meeting 5-6 pm at Green Mountain Union High School Agenda Proposed budget Budget Notes

• GMUSD Board Meeting 6-8 pm at Green Mountain Union High School Agenda

NOVEMBER 17 (SATURDAY): The Holy Name of Mary Altar Society will hold a Winter Berries and Food Sale from 10 AM to 2PM at the church hall, 308 Main Street in Proctorsville, VT.  The sale will include the berries, a cookie walk, pies, other baked goods, fudge, jams, hand knitted & crocheted items, and a white elephant table.  For more information, call Carol at 226-7842.

NOVEMBER 19 (MONDAY): Cavendish Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

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. FMI: (802) 228-3663 or

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

 DECEMBER 1-2 (SATURDAY-SUNDAY): Indulgence Tour

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.