Cavendish Update 12/7/18: News/Events


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 12/7/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Events



Weathersfield May Provide Police Service to Cavendish, Baltimore: The select board [Weathersfield] voted Monday to proceed with a plan to provide police services to Cavendish and Baltimore as well as Weathersfield.  Doing so would apparently require a full-time officer, but the town is already hiring a part-time officer, and it is unclear if an officer specifically for this duty would need to be hired. Police Chief William Daniels and Town Manager Ed Morris are backing the concept for fiscal year 2020 because of a sense that sharing police coverage would help all three towns. Morris has told the select board on previous occasions that he thinks Cavendish has a crime problem and needs the help. Cavendish and Baltimore do not have their own police departments, and rely on the sheriff’s office and the Vermont State Police for coverage. But at least in Cavendish, the state police have been busy lately. According to VSP statistics, the state police have responded to calls in Cavendish 228 times since May this year. No breakdown of the calls was provided however, and Cavendish Town Manager Brendan McNamara notes the calls could mean traffic accidents or other things. “I don’t believe by any means we have a high crime rate,” he said in an interview with the Eagle Times He declined to comment on the Weathersfield proposal. Daniels said at Monday’s meeting that he has not specifically reached out to either town yet. Morris said his sense was that the towns were waiting for Weathersfield to make a move. “They are ... pretty ready to go to town meeting,” he said.

Note: As Cavendish town manager Brendan McNamara noted in the article, contrary to Ed Morris’s comments, there is not a crime problem in Cavendish. McNamara has obtained VT State Police (VSP) records for the last year, which he will present at the Dec. 10th Select Board meeting. The majority of Cavendish calls to the VSP are 911 hang ups, agency assist, traffic accidents etc. with actual crime, such as a break ins, being extremely low.

Local Access Television Mobilize Against Rule Change: Community Access Television managers in Vermont are mobilizing to protect the small, local stations that provide residents with local government programming. At stake is future programming at Vermont’s 25 independent, nonprofit Public, Educational, Government Access Management Organizations, or PEG AMOs, which provide coverage of city councils, select boards and other local government meetings. [Cavendish’s local access station is Okemo Valley TV.] Cable companies are required by federal law to provide communities with use of one of these access channels. But the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to let cable companies place a monetary value on these services and deduct that cost from the franchise fees they pay to cities. The result would be a cut in funding and a sharp blow to an institution that helps keep government meetings open and helps Vermonters stay informed, say advocates for the local channels. [90% of Okemo Valley TV’s budget is funded by the fees from Comcast and VTel.] Supporters of the change include groups like Council for Citizens for Against Public Waste, which filed a letter with the FCC in September saying that by requiring cable companies to offer access to the PEG channels, the commission was stifling competition and raising prices for consumers. VT Digger

 GMUSD Budget Committee Weighs Increases: With an increase in spending of more than $217,000 since the draft budget was first rolled out two weeks before, the Green Mountain Unified School District Finance Committee took its second look at the spending plan for the 2019-2020 school year in a meeting that was scheduled for just one hour. The first draft, reviewed in another one-hour meeting on Nov. 15, showed an increase in spending of $544,061.  With the additional $217,000, the proposed budget for the three schools in the district is $761,284 or 6.07 percent higher than last year. Chester Telegraph

A Cavendish Christmas: As part of the Cavendish Historical Society’s (CHS) Carmine Guica Young Historians Program, on Dec. 19, CHS will spend the day at  the Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) teaching students through workshops and “a taste of,” how  Scandinavians (people from Sweden, Denmark and Norway) helped to shape Cavendish. To complement this program, Margo Caulfield has written a short story, A Cavendish Christmas, which is based on the mill workers that came to Cavendish. Following the story is historical information as well as directions to make some of the items described in the story. The story is available on-line at the CHS blog.

 VT Breaks November Snowfall Record: Data from the National Weather Service shows it has been the snowiest November on record with 32.9 inches. VTs next snowiest November was 1900 with 24 inches. Temps have also been lower than average by 5.9 degrees. VT Digger

 Efficiency VT Offers Wood Rebate: Efficiency Vermont is partnering with participating stove dealers around the state to apply a $650 discount at the point of purchase for select stove models. To qualify for the rebate the stoves must be professionally installed. Press Release

 Friendly’s Closes in Bennington and Rutland: Friendly's officials confirmed the closure of the Bennington and Rutland locations calling them a "normal part of business as a result of lease situations or too many locations in one trade area." WCAX


DECEMBER 8-9 (SATURDAY-SUNDAY): The Proctorsville Fire Department’s Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale 9am-4pm. Trees are VT grown and are $30 and up. Wreaths are $15. Trees range from 5ft to about 9ft. Will deliver in the area, just stop by and pick out that perfect tree and we can get it home for you. On December 8th Santa will arrive at the firehouse by a PFD Engine at 10am make sure your there with the kids to see him arrive. There will be free coffee and doughnuts also.

DECEMBER 10 (MONDAY): Cavendish Select Board meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

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

DECEMBER 13 (THURSDAY): GMUSD Finance Committee, at CTES

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. 

• Last day of the Fletcher Library’s 19th Annual Silent Auction. The  Ludlow library serves Cavendish as well as Ludlow. Lots of great items Red Sox Tickets, 2 hours of Interior Design, Get your name in an upcoming Archer Mayor book, local Gift Certificates, Scrap Book and materials to create your own memories, Local Jelly and Jams, Holiday Slates, Pine Cone Wreath, and so much more . Auction ends @ 6 PM

DECEMBER 20 (THURSDAY): GMUSD Board Meeting, 6 pm at GM in Chester

DECEMBER 21 (FRIDAY): Movie Night Fundraiser -6-8 pm-The Polar Express at the Ludlow Town Hall. All donations for this evening will for Tedy’s Team and the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge in support of the fundraising efforts of Proctorsville resident Lisa Marks and Lora Miele for cancer research and stroke awareness. Parents can drop their children off at 6 and pick them up at 8. Santa will arrive for a reading of Twas’ the Night Before Christmas and pictures at 7:40.




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