Cavendish Update 3/16/18 SB Mtg/News/Events

Ethel Roosevelt Derby, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt-on the far right in the photograph-made Cavendish her summer home. She is featured in the Cavendish Historical Society's series "Cavendish Women You Should Know."

Ethel Roosevelt Derby, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt-on the far right in the photograph-made Cavendish her summer home. She is featured in the Cavendish Historical Society's series "Cavendish Women You Should Know."


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3/16/18 Cavendish Update

1. Select Board Meeting

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Cavendish Women You Should Know-Talk

4. Events

1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 3/12/18: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by Okemo Valley TV and are available at their website and on Comcast Television.  Written minutes are available at the town’s website. The following was discussed/action taken at Monday night’s meeting:

• Approved: The use of the town greens for the 8th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale on Saturday July 28

-       The use of the Proctorsville Green for a wedding on Sept. 29

-       Liquor licenses for Murdock’s, Cavendish Pointe and Singleton’s

-       Waste water permit for 57 Depot Street

-       Replacing Scott Ranney on the Fire District #2 Prudential Board (Cavendish Village) as Dave Burgess has recently resigned

-       Organizational plan- Most positions remain the same as they appear in the Town Report page 7 with a few exceptions: Animal Control officers will be Jillian Flinn and Ed McEnaney. There is a need for a new Energy Coordinator.

• Outer Limits Brewery (next to Murdock’s on the Proctorsville Green) provided an overview of their project (brewery and 150 seat restaurant), time frame for opening (Thanksgiving for the 2018-2019 season); and request for both a payment plan for permit fees as well as having permits approved quickly in order to meet projected opening date. At this time OLB has not secured an Act 250 Permit.

Town Project Update: The engineering firm of Weston and Sampson provided updates on various town projects:

-       Aeration Waste Water Plant: Bids should be going out in mid April, with award in May and construction beginning in June.

-       Depot St. Bridge: Finalizing design work of burying utility lines under the river. Bids for constructing the bridge itself will go out in the fall of 2018 with construction taking place in the summer of 2019.

-       Town Garage: The goal is to have the garage ready for use for winter 2018/2019.  

• Cavendish Fire District #2 (Cavendish Village): Due to lack of volunteers, Stuart Lindberg of the Prudential Board, informed the SB that they are looking into dissolving the Fire District. Also discussed was the possibility of having an ambulance service housed at this fire house.

For a full report on the SB meeting, go to The Dish. 


Vandalism on Quent Phelan Rd:   On 03/15/2018, at approximately 9:32 hours, the Vermont State Police, responded to an address on Quent Phelan Road, in the Town of Cavendish, for a report of a vandalism. During the investigation it was determined that someone had shot a no trespassing sign, several times with a hand gun. It is believed to have occurred between 1200 hours on 03/12/2018 and 1000 hours on 03/15/2018. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Vermont State Police Westminster Barracks, at 802-722-4600, and ask for Trooper Gauthier. VSP

Following Fire, Benoits Begin Moving Forward: Martha and Mitchell Benoit are doing the best that they can as they start to move forward after the March 3 fire that devastated their Cavendish home. Luckily the older couple, along with their blue tick lab Lincoln, all escaped serious injury, although Mitchell suffering minor burns on his hands. Since the day of the fire, the Benoits have been on the move, most recently staying with their daughter Rhonda but they move to their new temporary housing in Proctorsville on March 22. According to their insurance adjustor, it will likely take six months to rebuild their Cavendish home, but they will have all the final details from their insurance company by end of the week. VT Journal

George Thomson Awarded Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year: In February, George Thomson learned he had been nominated for Principal of the Year by his staff who are appreciative of the work he has done at Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) for almost 30 years. In the last week, the Vermont Principals’ Association has awarded George the Henry R. Giaguque Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year for 2018-19. He will be honored at the VPA Leadership Academy awards banquet on Tuesday, July 31 at the Killington Grand Hotel. The honorees were selected by the Executive Council of the VPA and assisted by 2016-2017 recipients. Congratulations George.

Cavendish Community Tapestry Dedicated to Late Town Manager: A community art project in the tiny town of Cavendish was shown for the first time at this year's town meeting, but its longtime champion wasn't there to see it. Former Cavendish Town Manager Richard Svec died just a few hours before the annual meeting. Svec had retired last year after serving the Windsor County town for almost three decades. In that time, he was a cheerleader for big projects and for smaller ones. One of those smaller projects was a community tapestry. Cavendish has a little more than 1,300 people. And in a tiny town, where small projects have large impacts, Svec left a legacy. He and his wife helped open the community library, and when a fire leveled an old mill in the center of town, Svec made sure the parcel was re-developed. Today it's a town green that holds summer concerts. "He put his all into the effort; never really said, 'I can't do this.' In fact I don't think he ever did," said Assistant Town Manager Bruce McEnaney. Even after Svec retired last year, McEnaney says he kept his former boss on speed dial to pick his brain about town business. VPR

Okemo Joining Epic Pass: Vail Resorts, Inc. Has announced that Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a long-term alliance beginning in the 2018-19 winter season, bringing the total to 64 mountain resorts in 11 states and provinces and eight countries for skiers and snowboarders. Epic, Epic Local and Epic Australia will receive seven days of skiing and snowboarding with no blackout dates at each of the three resorts for a total of 21 days. Cision PR Newswire

100 GMUHS Students Join National Student Walkout: More than 100 Green Mountain students walked out of school at 10 this morning as part of a national demonstration organized in response to the school shooting at left 17 students and teachers dead in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. The GM students didn’t go far, stopping at the bus pickup lane to listen to a short presentation by eight of their peers who organized the local event on behalf of National School Walkout,  which was to involve more than 2,500 school nationwide. The protesters represented about one-third of the entire student population. Chester Telegraph

3. CAVENDISH WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW: TALK: As part of Cavendish Historical Society’s (CHS) annual meeting on March 18, 2 p.m., at the Cavendish Baptist Church at 131 Main Street in Cavendish, there will be a presentation, Cavendish Women You Should Know.

Often thought of in terms of their husbands, fathers, or even in the case of Mrs. Svetlova, son-in-laws, they have lead lives of service and meaning in their own right. The five women featured include:

• Phyllis Bont – Nurse practitioner, teacher, and weaver

 Ethel Roosevelt Derby – Youngest daughter of Teddy Roosevelt, Mrs. Derby spent her summers in Cavendish and was one of the founders of CHS.

• Natalia Solzhenitsyn – Wife of Soviet dissident and Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Natalia and family lived 18 of their 20 years in exile in Cavendish.

• Yekaternia Svetlova – The mother of Natalia Solzhenitsyn, Mrs. Svetlova, as she was known to the Cavendish community, was an aeronautical engineer in Russia. She and her daughter, along with two of her grandsons participated in an oral history about life in Cavendish, some of which will be presented at the talk.

• Mary van Schaik – Well known for her love of gardening and bulb sale catalogue, Mary, was also a researcher and speech writer for presidential candidate Al Smith and an observer at the League of Nations in Geneva Switzerland.

The talk begins at 2 p.m. with the annual meeting following. This event is free and open to the public.

Each week in March, stories of Cavendish Women are being posted to the CHS blog. So far these have included Phyllis Bont and Ethel Roosevelt Derby.  For more information, call 802-226-7807 or email


MARCH 18 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society’s Annual Meeting featuring the program “Women in Cavendish You Should Know.” 2-4 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church, Cavendish. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

• Raise the Concert Samirah Evans, Jazz and blues; 4 pm Gethsemane Church in Proctorsville, 89 Depot St. Tickets are $10 at the door.

MARCH 20 (TUESDAY): Create Your Own Rain Garden workshop; 6:30 pm in the Cavendish Office. Free and open to the public. The guest speaker will be Kelly Stettner of the Black River Action Team. FMI 226-7736

MARCH 21 (WEDNESDAY): Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD) Food Service Committee meeting 5-5:30 pm at Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES)

• Green Mountain High School Board Meeting; 5:30-6:30 pm at CTES’s Arts Room

• GMUSD  Board Meeting 6-7 pm at CTES Arts Room (Note that there appears to be an overlap between the High School Board Meeting and the GMUSD Meeting.

MARCH 22 (THURSDAY): Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) Executive Committee 6-7 pm

• TRSU Full Board Meeting 6:30-7:30 at Ludlow Elementary School Band Room

MARCH 24 (SATURDAY): 6:30 pm: Paint & Munch Party/Fundraiser to raise funds for a event marquis sign for the library. It will feature heavy appetizers and desserts
 Donation of $35.00 per person includes painting supplies, a guided painting lesson, food and non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets go on sale on March 1. for info call 226-7503

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