Cavendish Update 5/11/18: News/Events/Warning

Thank you to Carl Liener for the new sign in front of the Cavendish Historical Society Museum.

Thank you to Carl Liener for the new sign in front of the Cavendish Historical Society Museum.


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5/11/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Warning from the Cavendish Tree Warden

3. 8th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale

4. Soles for Souls

5. Prom/Graduation/End of School

6. Events



Edward Fitzgibbons: Having recently celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with his wife Mildred, Eddie died on May 7 at the age of 97. His was a great source of Cavendish history, including memories of the 1927 flood and where the spotter towers were during WWII. He always carried dog treats with him, long after his own dog was gone. Whether you had your dog with you or not, he’d hand you a treat and mention your pet by name. Our sympathies to his wife and family. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today Friday, May 11, 2018, in the Cavendish Village Cemetery in Cavendish. Reverend Abraham Gross will officiate. A time of fellowship will follow at the Cavendish Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cavendish Baptist Church, P.O. Box 425, Cavendish, VT 05142. Obituary

Cavendish/Solzhenitsyn to be Featured on Vermont Edition: On Monday, May 12, Margo Caulfield of the Cavendish Historical Society will be interviewed about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s life in Cavendish. This broadcast is part of a series of activities pertaining to the 100th anniversary of Solzhenitsyn’s birth. The live broadcast will be at noon and will be rebroadcast at 7 pm on Vermont Public Radio. You will also be able to listen to a podcast after the initial airing at the VPR website.

89 Percent of School Districts, including CTES, Fall Below Scott’s Ratio Target: The governor’s target for teaching staff to students is a ratio of 1 to 5.75. The plan, which would go into effect in 2020 and lead to the elimination of about 1,000 positions for teachers and Para educators over a period of five years, is estimated to save $74 million over a five year period. The positions would be eliminated through attrition. A VT Digger analysis of Agency of Education data shows that only 11% of school districts in the state would meet the 1 to 5.75 threshold in the current fiscal year. The current average ratio is 1 to 5.15. This ratio only applies to teaching staff and Para educators. Vermont has more teachers instructing fewer students than any other state, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. CTES is well below both state and national averages with a ratio of 1 staff to 3.89 students. VT Digger

TRSU Board Votes to Make Superintendent Evaluation Open to Public Input: At last week’s Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) board meeting, the board voted to allow the public to comment on the job performance of Superintendent Meg Powden.. You can download the Evaluation Form in PDF format and mail it to the address on the form, or drop it off at the TRSU. This must be done by May 18. Chester Telegraph

TV Sale at the Pointe Hotel (103 & 131): 32" Philips Televisions - Model number 32HFL5561L/27 will be available for sale in the lobby of the Pointe Hotel Saturday May 12th from 10a.m. - 2:00p.m. We are updating TVs in rooms and just took all of these out 2 weeks ago, all TVs had no issues. About 50 are available and will be sold individually for $25 each FIRM-CASH ONLY, sold as is. (There is NO ATM on the property). Must purchase remote control to program channels. Link for remote .

Black River Area Community Coalition Sponsors Wellness Fair: The Black River Area Community Coalition is sponsoring the first Wellness Fair Friday, May 11 from 2-6 p.m. at the Ludlow Community Center. There is no cost and everyone is invited. Several Windsor and Rutland County agencies are participating in the event including Vermont Department of Health, Springfield Hospital Community Health, Ludlow Ambulance, Recovery Centers and more. The Wellness Fair is being held in conjunction with a Wellness Day at Black River High School. Students will be participating in a variety of workshops including yoga and martial arts. VT Journal

Harbor Freight Tools to Open in Claremont: A discount retailer of tools and equipment headquartered in California has submitted plans with the city’s building department for modifications to the former Staples office supply store at 286 Washington St. The store plans to open in July. Valley News

Scam Alert! New Medicare Cards in the Mail: The federal government has a plan to cut down on scams. It's issuing new Medicare cards. The cards will mostly look the same except a computer-generated Medicare beneficiary number will replace the Social Security-based health insurance claim number. Some scammers are calling seniors telling them they can get their card early if they pay now. If somebody calls you and says they're from Medicare, hang up. WCAX

VT Life Magazine is Closing: It's the end of the line for Vermont Life. The iconic, state-owned magazine has been in print for 72 years but the state says it can no longer support a publication that is over $3 million in debt. Cavendish was featured in this magazine at various times including Solzhenitsyn's life here and the flood of 1927. WCAX


2. WARNING FROM CAVENDISH TREE WARDEN: Cavendish’s Tree Warden, Tim Calabrese, has issued the following notice: The Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in Vermont!  This beetle can have devastating effects on hour Ash Trees.  The beetle is about one half an inch and metallic green. Its larvae tunnel through the wood just under the bark of ash trees; killing the tree by cutting off the flow of nutrients. Healthy ash trees can die within 1-4 years of showing their first sign or symptom. All species of ash trees are susceptible.  Adult beetles start emerging late may/early June.  To report a possible infestation and for more information go to 


3. 8TH ANNUAL TOWN WIDE TAG SALE: Now that the trees are getting their leaves and yard work and spring cleaning have begun in earnest, it's time to put aside items for the 8th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale. The webpage is now up. If you would like to have your location listed, please e-mail Remember the more information you can provide, the more likely people will stop by your home or booth.

If you would like space on either of the town greens, please register. This is free for Cavendish residents and businesses. If you are a non Cavendish resident or business owner, but would like space on the Cavendish Green, this is available for a fee of $15.

As your sorting what you’ll put out for the Town Wide Tag Sale, you’ll probably find items you aren’t sure what to do with. To help you out, during the month of May, the Cavendish VT Facebook page will be posting various ways to repurpose, recycle or appropriately dispose of unwanted items. If you have questions or suggestions please e-mail them to

4. SOLES 4 SOULS: Cavendish Town Elementary School is collecting old or gently used shoes for Soles 4 Souls. To donate shoes, bring them to school and deposit in the drop box, which is by the benches on the left hand side when you enter the building. The drive ends May 31. Please no shoe boxes. This shoe drive is sponsored by Engel & Volkers. FMI 802-975-0338


 5. PROM/GRADUATION/END OF SCHOOL: As we near the end of another school year, there are many things we can do to ensure that our kids’ parties, prom, graduation and other end of the year festivities are memorable and safe.

Young people drinking alcohol or abusing prescription, over the counter medication, or illicit drugs risk health related, and potentially fatal, consequences. They also face legal consequences that can be devastating. It is important to remember that it is against the law to host a gathering where alcohol is consumed by minors.

In order to provide a safe environment for kids during year-end events, but also year-round, consider the following strategies:

1. Talk about expectations around alcohol and other drugs

2. Monitor behavior

3. Spread the word and make connections with other parents / community members

4. Know the warning signs of a problem

Learn more about these strategies and how to take action from ParentUp ().


MAY 12 (SATURDAY): Hazardous Waste Collection

• TV Sale at the Pointe Hotel (103 & 131), 10-2; 32” Philip VTs Model # 32 HFL5561L/27; $25 a piece-cash only


MAY 14 (MONDAY): Solzhenitsyn in Vermont will be aired at noon and 7pm on VT Edition and will be focusing on his life in Cavendish.

• Select Board Meeting. 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

MAY 18-20 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Annual Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farms off Route 103.