Cavendish Update 3/30/18 News/Egg Hunt/Grant/Events

The gardens at Smith College, which Mary van Schaik-featured in "Cavendish Women You Should Know"-was so involved with.

The gardens at Smith College, which Mary van Schaik-featured in "Cavendish Women You Should Know"-was so involved with.

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 3/30/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Cavendish Easter Egg Hunt

3. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

4. Events


CHS Series Cavendish Women You Should Know Concludes with Mary van Schaik: The Cavendish Historical Society’s five part series on “Cavendish Women You Should Know” concludes with Mary van Schaik, who was known as an expert gardener and importer of Dutch bulbs. Learn more about her life and the other women in the series as follows:

Mary van Schaik

Yekaternia Svetlova and Natalia Solzhenitsyn

Ethel Roosevelt Derby

Phyllis Bont


GMUSD Vision Committee Looks Back to Act 46 Promises: The Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD) vision committee met for the first time on Monday, March 26 to begin the process of revising the GMUSD school budget that was rejected by voters earlier this month. It was formed specifically to address one of the key criticisms by community members that the budget did not reflect the promises made by the Act 46 study committee back when merging of the TRSU was first considered. Cavendish board member Doug McBride summed it up, “We have a real problem where there seems to have been lots of promises made, but not much has been achieved.” Next meeting of the vision committee will be Monday, April 2 at Chester Andover Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. VT Journal

Why People Voted No on the GMUSD Budget: If you voted no on the school budget on Town Meeting Day, there are several easy ways to let the Vision Committee and GMUSD board know why. You can post a response on the Cavendish VT Facebook page, which poses the questions; send an e-mail to -responses will be forwarded minus the names; or take the on-line survey being conducted by The Chester Telegraph.

CTES Interim Principal Search Committee: The Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) Interim Principal Search Committee is looking to bring forward the candidates to the community for input on this process. The candidates will be available to answer questions from the community. This is your time to ask them anything you want to know and help the committee decide who is best suited for our school. The date is Thursday, April 5. Check the Cavendish VT Facebook page for more information on times.

 Moon Dog Cafe in Chester Moving to Bellows Falls: The Moon Dog, known regionally for its organic menu, flavorful soups, baked goods and eclectic atmosphere, is packing up and moving to Bellows Falls. April 1 will be the last day the cafe serves customers at its Main Street location in Chester. Eagle Times

Birdfeeders Down by April 1: According to VT Fish & Wildlife, take your birdfeeder down by this weekend to avoid attracting unwanted visitors! Bears are coming out of their dens this time of year. They are attracted to birdfeeders, and may move on to pet food, garbage, or barbecue grills and become habituated to people. Respect Vermont's wild bears by taking your feeder down by April 1 each year.


2. CAVENDISH 2ND ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT: On Saturday, March 31, at Noon, Cavendish Recreation is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt.   It will be held at Cavendish Town Elementary School. The event will be open to children from up to 12 years of age.  There will be plenty of candy and prize filled eggs, a staggered start so the little ones can get their share, and more difficult hidden eggs for the older kids. The event is free and please arrive 15 minutes prior to check in. For more info: Terry O’Brien at 802-738-3215 or


3. CAVENDISH COMMUNITY FUND ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Cavendish Community Fund is now accepting grant applications for spring 2018 grant awards. The deadline for applying is April 25th. Applications that miss that date will be considered in the fall. Grants are available for projects, programs or events that directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews the applications and recommends awards based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal. The number of grants and the amount of each depend on how many applications are received.

Since 2007 the fund has given cash grants to individuals or organizations for educational, artistic or cultural projects, programs or events. Application guidelines are available at Information is also available at Crow’s Bakery in Proctorsville and at the Cavendish town office. For further information on applying, on eligibility or on any other aspect of the grant program, or for help completing the application, please call Barbara Dickey at 226-7187 or Peter LaBelle at 226-7250.


MARCH 30 (FRIDAY): Good Friday, Town Office Closed.

 MARCH 31 (SATURDAY): Noon. Easter Egg hunt at Cavendish Town Elementary School. Free and open to the public. For children up to 12.


APRIL 2 (MONDAY): GMUSD Vision Committee Meeting, Chester Andover Elementary School 5:30-7:30 pm

• Cavendish Town Dog Licenses Due. FMI: Cavendish Town Office 226-7291

APRIL 3 (TUESDAY): Community lunch at Gethsemane church, 29 Depot St, featuring ham, and all the fixings, dessert by the first grade.  Serving starts at noon, everyone welcome.  

APRIL 5 (THURSDAY): Meeting with Interim Principal Candidates for Cavendish Town Elementary School

• TRSU Executive Committee


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