Cavendish Update 6/22/18 News/Health Notices/Flags



This evening is the retirement party for CTES principal George Thomson, 6-8 pm on the Proctorsville Green. Please bring a dish to share. Live music.

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6/22/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. CHS Annual Plant Sale: Order your tomato plants now

3. Cavendish Streetscape: Help “Raise Our Flags

4. Notices From the Cavendish Health Officer

5. Events


Black River Water Testing for 6/20/18: The sites on the Black River in Cavendish and surrounding areas tested clean for swimming and boating on June 20, 2018 (Wednesday), with the exception of Little Ascutney. With a count of over 300 CFU, this area exceeds the EPA’s upper limit for Ecoli and is not considered safe for public use. Please note that it is recommended to stay out of the rivers and lakes within 24 hours of a heavy rain, or anytime the water looks cloudy, as Ecoli levels can be a lot higher at these times. The EPA’s upper limit for swimming is 235 CFU. Thank you Black River Action Team (BRAT) for providing us with this invaluable service. To check other sites that are tested on the Connecticut River watershed, go to Additional testing information will be posted to the Cavendish VT Facebook page as soon as it is received.

 Cavendish Celebrates Rich Svec: On June 16, the community gathered along with family, friends, and curlers to honor the incredible contribution former town manager Rich Svec made to Cavendish, his family and to his fellow curlers. As part of the curling tradition, Rich loved the piper who lead them on to the ice so it was fitting that it was a piper, followed by the curlers with brooms in hand, that walked around the green beginning both the dedication of the Proctorsville Green and to celebrate Rich's life. There were many heartfelt speeches but the one that seemed to touch people the most was Peggy's closing. She recognized that Rich had "another woman" that took him away from his family and occupied his time. The "other woman" was Cavendish and Peggy said she couldn't think of a better town to share her husband with. Thank you Rich and thank you Peggy for being an understanding woman. Cavendish VT Facebook

 CTES’s New Principal is Thrilled to Be at the Helm: Newly selected Cavendish Town Elementary School Principal Debra Beaupre hopes to inspire a family feel at CTES as she starts settling into her new job. “I am thrilled to be selected as the new principal at Cavendish Town Elementary School! It is exactly the kind of neighborhood school every parent wants for their children.” Beaupre is also looking forward to getting to know everyone as she settles in. In fact, Beaupre invites CTES families and community members to stop by and get to know her this summer. She will be in the CTES principal office full time starting July 2. “I am going to be here all summer Monday through Thursday and people are welcome to stop in between noon – 3 p.m. in the afternoons. I need to work diligently in the mornings,” she said. Beaupre is also looking forward to participating in other local events happening around town to immerse herself in the community. “I am going to attend the Summer Music Series on July 11, and I will have popsicles! That starts at 6! If it rains, I’ll be there on the 18th!” VT Journal

GMUHS Holds 2018 Commencement: Cavendish residents Noelle Gignoux and Sadie Wood were respectively Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Green Mountain Union High School class of 2018. This was the last graduation for retiring principal Tom Ferenc. Best of luck to the class of 2018. Chester Telegraph

Making Sam’s Great Again: Sam’s is back, and better than ever! Mark Williams, owner of the Chop House, and the well-known burger joint Mr. Darcy’s, soon plans to reopen Sam’s Steakhouse to its original glory. “We’re going to make Sam’s great again!” Williams exclaimed. By his side will be partner and chef, Pat Norton, and Mary Neronsky will return as the floor manager. A few other crew members “that really helped to create Sam’s over the years,” will return as well, which will “bring the family back home again,” said Williams. Guests will be able to enjoy the same great atmosphere and a lot of the same delicious foods. That includes the same amazing and extensive salad bar, and the in-house dry-aged steaks. Sam’s Steakhouse will open in July, five days a week: Thursday, Sunday, and Monday, 5 – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 – 9:30 p.m., closed Tuesday and Wednesday. They can be contacted at 802-228-2087. VT Journal

 Historical VT Newspaper Now Online: Vermont's oldest newspapers are entering the digital age. The Vermont State Archives and the Department of Libraries have undertaken a project to preserve papers dating to the late 18th century, providing future generations of Vermonters with historical context on how Vermont has evolved. To access them, go to


2. CHS PLANT SALE-ORDER YOU TOMATOES NOW!: Once again the Cavendish Historical Society’s (CHS) Annual Plant sale gets underway on June 30 (Saturday) from 9-2 in front of the Museum. There will be the usual perennials of hosta, and other plants, as well our most recent tradition-patio style tomatoes. All you need to do is take them home and enjoy. No transplanting required. We have a wide variety this year -Sweet 100s, Early Girls, Brandywine, Jetsetter, Better Boy, and Roma. You can pre buy tomatoes ($10 a plant) by sending a check to Cavendish Historical Society and mailing to CHS, PO Box 3, Cavendish, VT 05142 There is also going to be lots of basil for sale so all you’ll need to add is some mozzarella to enjoy Caprese salad right into fall. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

3. CAVENDISH STREETSCAPE: HELP “RAISE OUR FLAG”: Thanks to a group of Cavendish residents, a Cavendish Streetscape committee has been formed with their first project being "Raise Our Flags." The goal is to place flags on utility poles in Proctorsville and Cavendish villages. This not only helps to emphasis the village areas but also has the added bonus of being a natural speed reducing measure.

A grant from the Cavendish Community Fund is helping to start things off and many in Cavendish are assisting with the effort including the Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department, who will hang the flags and the Cavendish Historical Society, who will house the flags between seasons. We thank everyone involved with this project.

Your donation, of any amount, can make this project a reality sooner than later. Donations can be made to Go Fund Me by sending a check to Cavendish Streetscape Ltd
PO Box 465
Cavendish VT 05142

You can dedicate a flag for a minimum donation of $35. Check out The Dish for more about this project and to see who is being remembered with this unique project.

4. NOTICES FROM THE CAVENDISH HEALTH OFFICER: The Cavendish Health officer, Doris Eddy RN, has requested that the community take notice of the following:

Discarding Syringes & Other Sharps: A needle was recently found near the school. If you find a sharp (needle): Wear heavy-duty gloves; use a tool like tongs or pliers to pick up the sharp. Do not handle sharps with bare handles, disconnect it in anyway or throw it in the trash or the toilet. To get rid of sharps: Use a heavy duty laundry detergent or bleach container with a screw top. Don not use soda or water bottles. Carefully put used sharps in the container with the needle end down. Label the container with the warning: DO NOT RECYCLE. Do not fill the container full. Seal & Dispose-When the container is ready for disposal, screw the cap on tightly and cover the top with strong tape, like duct tape. Dispose of the container with household trash. Do not put the container in recycling. If you should get stuck, stop what you are doing. Let the wound bleed. Wash with soap and running water. Apply antiseptic and/or bandage. Note the time of the injury, the needle’s location and what it looked like. Was it dirty? You may need a blood test or vaccine. Go to an emergency room or urgent care center right away.

Rabies Alert: Don’t feed or touch wild animals, or animals you don’t know-even baby animals. Get rabies short for all your pets, events cats. Call your doctor right away if you are bitten, or get animal saliva in a cut, eyes, nose or mouth. Vermont Rabies Hotline 1-800-4-Rabies (1-800-472-2437)

Wild (Poison) Parsnip: Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa L.) is very common in many parts of Vermont. It produces yellow flowers that look like Queen Anne’s Lace. Wild parsnips produce a sap, or plant juice, that can cause burns to the skin in the presence of sunlight. In some cases, the burns are like second-degree sunburns can cause painful rashes and raised blisters. If you get sap on your skin: Wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible. Protect the exposed skin from sunlight for at least 48 hours. If you experience a skin reaction, call your health care provider.


JUNE 22 (FRIDAY): George Thomson’s retirement party, 6-8 pm, Proctorsville Green. Potluck dinner-please bring a dish, other than dessert, to share. Two bands. Free and open to the public.

JUNE 24 (SUNDAY): Field Daze 2018, at the Big Barn Farm 2-5 in Proctorsville (corner of Chapman and Twenty Mile Stream. Time to start off summer with an afternoon of running and splashing over and through obstacles at The Big Barn Farm kids obstacle race (adults allowed, too!). FMI:

JUNE 27 (WEDNESDAY): Grievance Day, Cavendish Town Office.  Call the Town Office at (802) 226-7291 or 226-7292 if you would like to schedule an appointment to grieve property assessments.

JUNE 30 (SATURDAY): Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) Annual Plant Sale 9-2 in front of the Museum. Note the Museum will be open during the sale.

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