Cavendish Update 2/9/18: Warnings/News/Events/Principal


PLEASE NOTE: Face-Off Hockey Match, between Chester and Proctorsville Fire Departments has been postponed to Feb. 16 (Sunday).

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 2/9/18 Cavendish Update

1. Warnings for school and town

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Warning Annual Meeting Cavendish Fire Department

4. Meet the Finalists for GM Principal

5. Free Energy Efficiency Program Extended for Seniors

6. Events


Warnings Annual Meetings School: The Annual District Meeting for the Green Mountain Unified School District is Feb. 27 (Tuesday) at GMUHS in Chester at 7 pm. The Annual Meeting for the Green Mountain Union High School will take place the same night at 7pm.

The Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) Annual Meeting with take place on Monday, March 5 at 7 pm at the CTES multipurpose room.

Voting for school budgets take place on March 6 (Tuesday), Election, from 10-7 at the CTES Arts room. To obtain absentee ballots call or stop by the Cavendish Town Office. Download a copy of the various warnings

Warning Annual Town Meeting: Town Meeting will take place on Monday, March 5 at 7 pm in the CTES multi purpose room.  Among the articles to be voted on that are unique to this year are: 

• To see if the legal voters of the Town of Cavendish will vote to dissolve the position of Town Constable as proposed by the Board of Selectmen

• To see if the legal voters of the Town of Cavendish will approve the amount of $796.00, a Town surplus realized from Fiscal year 2017-2018, to be used to help offset Town expenses for FY 2018-2019

Please note that the town budget is voted on at this meeting. To obtain absentee ballots call or stop by the Cavendish Town Office. Download a copy of the various warnings


TRSU Full Board Votes Down the Supervisory Union Budget: At the Semi-annual meeting of the full TRSU School Board last Thursday, Feb. 1, TRSU board members overwhelmingly rejected the Supervisory Union budget at the end of a meeting that was filled with criticism for a budget that lacked detail, included previously unseen budget items, and falsely presented the budget as a decrease compared to last year. Once again, CTES and GMUSD board member Doug McBride pointed out inconsistencies and the continual ignoring of the goals of Act 46. VT Journal

Ludlow Voters Affirm BRHS Closure: Ludlow residents voted 288-231 on Tuesday – for the second time – in favor of merging school districts with neighboring Mount Holly, effectively closing the door on the historic high school. The two towns, under pressure from the state Board of Education to come up with a merger plan that met the requirements of Act 46, had hammered out an agreement to close the middle and high school in exchange for a promise that each town could hold on to their elementary schools. Black River High School will close June 2020. An effort is underway to convert the school into a private “magnet” school. Rutland Herald

Cavendish Olympians-Henri van Schaik: With the opening of the Olympics beginning today, we note past Olympians that have lived in Cavendish. Henri van Schaik won a silver medal in the 1936 games for Holland in dressage. Not only did he write the book “Misconceptions and Simple Truths in Dressage,” but he establishing a riding school in Cavendish after immigrating here in the early 1950s. Learn more at Dr. Henri Louis Mari van Schaik: To the Threshold of Your Own Mind

Sound of Music Sing Along: On Feb. 22 Thursday, FOLA will be showing the Sound of Music –sing along as loud as you want-to benefit the Black River Good Neighbor food shelf. The show will be presented at the FOLA Theater, 37 Depot Street in Ludlow, which is on the second floor, above the Ludlow town offices, and is handicapped accessible. Bring the whole family. A $5 donation is suggested. FMI: 802-228-3663 or

 Stopped for No Seat Belt? Highway Safety Bill Could Revamp Rules of VT: VT Lawmakers are taking up a new highway bill that makes not wearing a seat belt a “stoppable offense” as well as making stiffer penalties for young drivers who use cell phones while operating a vehicle. While the bill has passed the house, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Dick Mazza says he'll oppose a primary enforcement seat belt law this year. “I haven't been a big supporter of primary enforcement. I think it's working well under the present law — we're running 85 to 90 percent compliance. It's not high on my priority because I think we're doing fine without primary enforcement." If the Senate strips the seat belt enforcement plan from the highway safety bill, it could re-emerge as an amendment to another transportation related bill later in the session. VPR

VT Research News: VT has per capita more participants in the Winter Olympics than any other state. Climate change however could reduce that number in years as many ski areas in the northeast will not be viable by mid century. VT’s hub and spoke model for treating opiate addiction is turning out to be highly successful based on research being conducted at UVM. VT was one of 13 states to earn a failing grade in the 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, released by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. VT ranked the third healthiest state in America’s Health Rankings Annual Report, behind Massachusetts and Hawaii, and was only one of four states to receive an A grade on the latest March of Dimes Birth Report Card. VT Research News Feb. 7, 2018

3. WARNING CAVENDISH FIRE DISTRICT 2 ANNUAL MEETING: The legal voters of Cavendish Fire District #2 (Cavendish village) are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Meeting Room at the Cavendish Town Office on Tuesday, February 12, 2018 at 7L30 pm to act on the following articles:

Article 1: To hear and act on the Auditors report (position vacant)

Article 2: To elect officers as follows: Moderator for one year (currently Abraham Gross); Prudential Committee Member for three- year term (currently Robert Evens). Current members are Stuart Lindberg (2019), David Burgess (2020), Robert Evens (2018), Clerk for one year (currently avid Burgess), Tax Collector for one year (Town Manager Brendan McNamara), Treasurer for one year (currently Robert Evens)

Article 3. To see if the legal voters of District #2 will raise money and in what amount for the purpose of defraying expenses for the FY July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

4. MEET THE FINALISTS FOR GM PRINCIPAL 2/13/18: Whether you are a community member and/or a parent of a Green Mountain Union High School (GMUHS) student, please come to "Meet the Finalists Night" on Feb. 13 (Tuesday) 4:40pm to help select the candidate for the GMUHS principal. Your input will help shape the future for our students.

Finalists include:

• Mr. Chambers has served as a Director of Curriculum for the Windsor Southeast and Windham Northeast supervisory unions, a principal and a high school teacher.

• Mrs. Fierman is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Regional School District No. 8 in Hebron, CT and has previously worked as a district data coach, an English department chair and a middle school teacher.

• Mr. Ripley is the Associate Principal at the Green Mountain Union High School and has served as an assistant principal and a science teacher in other school settings. Ripley is also a Cavendish Select Board member, lives in Proctorsville and serves on the Ludlow Ambulance squad.

Community members will have twenty minutes to meet with each candidate separately and will switch classrooms so they can meet all three finalists. After meeting with the candidates, you will provide feedback, which will then be shared with the GMUSD Board of Directors that evening.

5. FREE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM EXTENDED FOR SENIORS: The Energy Efficiency program, which is designed to reduce utility bills for older adults and people with disabilities in southeastern Vermont, has been extended until March 31, 2018. Senior Solutions is continuing to offer free home energy visits in Cavendish and the other 46-town service area. The energy visits, conducted by a team of trained staff and volunteers, include the installation of free energy efficient light bulbs, shower heads, and hot water heater pipe insulation. During the energy visit, they will also try to identify other energy-saving opportunities and programs that could possibly provide additional assistance. Volunteers are also still needed to do the energy visits. If you are interested in receiving a home visit, making a referral, or volunteering call 802-885-2655


FEBRUARY 9 (FRIDAY): Look & See Film (about Wendell Berry, farmer, activist and writer) at the Cavendish Baptist Church, 7pm.

FEBRUARY 12 (MONDAY): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm Cavendish Town Office


Book Discussion and Movie of “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," noon at Fletcher Library in Ludlow.

• Meet the candidates for GMUHS’s next principal at Meet the Finalists Night 4:40 pm at GMUHS

• GMUHS Board Meeting, 5:30 at the CAES library

• Cavendish Fire District #2 (Cavendish Village) Annual meeting, 7:30 pm Cavendish Town Office


• Energy Committee Meeting, noon, Cavendish Town Office

FEBRUARY 15 (THURSDAY): 3rd Quarter Taxes Due

• TRSU Budget Meeting, at CTES, 6 pm

• Sit N Knit at the Cavendish Library from 5-7.

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