Cavendish Update 8/31/18 Gage/Composting/Library/Flags


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 8/31/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. 170th Anniversary Phineas Gage Walk and Talk

3. Transfer Station News: Composting/Hazardous Waste

4. Change in Library Hours

5. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

6. Raise Our Flags

7. Events


The Town Garage Has Arrived: The new town garage was delivered on Tuesday, Aug. 28 and is now being constructed. Pictures of the build are being posted regularly to the Cavendish VT Facebook page. Special thanks to town manager Brendan McNamara whose willing to take those incredible overhead shots.

CTES’s New Facebook Page: Follow, share and like the Cavendish Town Elementary School’s new Facebook page.

Romancing the Stone in South Central VT: The Mountain Times this week includes an article about the stone houses in Chester, Cavendish and surrounding areas. One of the houses featured is Glimmerstone. Mountain Times

 TRSU Board to work with VSBA on Evaluation/Retreat: At Aug. 21 TRSU board meeting Aug. 21, the board agreed to establish a four-person committee with two members from each school district for developing a job description and evaluation for the superintendent’s position. The board then approved hiring VBSA for a fee of $1,000 for their services to help develop both documents. Discussion moved to the question of the transition funds. Originally totaling $150,000, money granted to school districts as an incentive for merging, these funds have been under scrutiny with the TRSU spending approximately $60,000 without approval. In addition, both districts voted that those funds are meant for the districts themselves not TRSU expenses. The remainder, approximately $90,000, is now again up for debate as to whether they belong jointly to both GMUSD and LMHUUSD districts or solely to GMUSD. The TRSU reached out to the Vermont Agency of Education to help clarify the situation, but the opinion from two different members of the Vermont Agency of Education appear to contradict each other. In other business, the TRSU agreed to purchase a rear-entry van that could accommodate wheelchair transportation for the supervisory union. Although the van costs $37,000 with an additional $70,185 for driver expenses, overall the purchase will save $35,000 in the budget. Vt Journal

19th Annual RiverSweep cleanup on Sept 8: Join the Black River Action Team on Saturday morning, September 8th as the all-volunteer organization cleans trash from the banks and bed of the Black River. Starting at 8 AM go to the footbridge in the Springfield VT Shopping Plaza to sign in, pick up work-gloves (or BYO) and trash bags.  Anyone wishing to paddle their own kayak or canoe and help the US Army Corps of Engineers clean trash from the North Springfield Lake for RiverSweep, please pre-register by Thursday, Sept 6th via email or by leaving a phone message at (802) 738-0456 for BRAT Director Kelly Stettner. Paddlers will need their own watercraft and flotation devices for each person in the boat. Folks assisting in the lake cleanup will also be trained to look for invasive water chestnut plants. VT Journal

Hobby Lobby Opens in Claremont Sept. 3: Hobby Lobby opens at 367 Washington St in Claremont on Monday, Sept. 3 at 9 am.

2018 River Valley Employment Fair: The River Valley Workforce Investment Board is hosting the 2018 River Valley Employment Fair on Wednesday, September 12th, from 2 - 5 pm at Riverside Middle School in Springfield Vermont. This event is free and open to the public! Representatives from area employers, employment agencies, and educational organizations will have tables set up and will be available to talk to prospective employees about the career opportunities and programs they offer. Windsor County and surrounding area residents of all ages and various employment levels will be able to look for full or part-time jobs and look ahead to explore careers pathways and the training needed to pursue them. This year’s Employment Fair has a dual-focus, offering opportunities for jobseekers who are unemployed and also those who are under-employed who would like to explore training, professional development opportunities, or simply find a better job.

2. 170th ANNIVERSARY GAGE WALK & TALK: On September 13, 1848, Phineas Gage left his Cavendish boarding house and walked into the annals of medical science. Approximately ¾ of a mile from where he was staying, Gage was a foreman overseeing the blasting of rock for the laying of the railroad. In a matter of seconds, Gage went from talking to his crew to being knocked off his feet when a charge was accidentally set off, sending a tamping rod through his head.

He would become the first documented case of traumatic brain injury and helped to usher in the field of neuroscience. Each year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the accident, the Cavendish Historical Society hosts a Gage Walk & Talk.

This year’s Walk  & Talk takes place on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the CHS Museum, Route 131 in Cavendish, VT. The program begins at 2 pm. The walk includes the location of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s home/surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury.

The site of the accident is approximately three quarters of a mile from the Museum and by the time other sites of interest are visited and we return to the museum, you will have walked close to 2 miles. Participants can stop at any time. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or



Composting: You can now compost all your food scraps-including meat, dairy, bones etc.-at the Cavendish Transfer Station, which has recently contracted with Grow Compost of VT. You will see two totes next to the attendant's shack. The black one is for food scraps. The gray one is for shavings, which are used to minimize smell etc. from the compost tote. ONLY DEPOSIT IN THE BLACK CONTAINER. Grow Compost will be picking this up on a weekly basis. Note that this is for residential use only. Commercial businesses, including schools, must make other arrangements..

Household Hazardous Waste: The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring free events for the collection and safe disposal of household hazardous wastes on Saturday, September 8 at the Springfield Transfer Station and on Saturday, September 15 at the Goodyear building in Windsor. Both collections run from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Only residents from Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor may participate. Bring in a mercury fever thermometer and receive a new digital fever thermometer.  For more information, call 674-9235 or visit for a list of what to bring.

Recycling Other Objects: TerraCycle Offers a wide array of free recycling programs. You will need to register and then you will be e-mailed a label each time you are ready to ship items. They recycle everything from Oral hygiene items (toothbrushes, dental floss containers etc.) to juice pouches.  Through TerraCycle’s free recycling programs, you can earn TerraCycle points, which are redeemable for charitable gifts, TerraCycle products, or a donation to a school or non-profit of your choice. Check out the recent Popular Science article How to Recycle Shoes, crayons, toothbrushes, and other Random Stuff

For questions about the Cavendish Transfer Station call Bruce McEnaney 226-8045

4. CHANGE IN LIBRARY HOURS: Starting September 1, 2018 the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will be open to the public Tuesday - Fridays 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Mondays will now be the designated day to teach library skills classes for all Cavendish Town Elementary School K-6 students. While many different solutions were presented after a school safety audit, we believe this is the best solution for both library patrons and community members, who will enjoy the increased hours and expanded outreach programming, and students, who will be in a safe and secured library for their classes. And we will all be happy to have consistent library hours year round! See you at the library!

5. CCF ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS : The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting grant applications for fall 2018 awards. The deadline for applying is Oct. 1, 2018. Applications are available at under “Community Fund” and include instructions on how and where to apply.

Projects, programs, or events must directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews all applications and recommends grant awards based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal. Grants are not expected to exceed $1,000 each and will depend primarily on the number of applications received and the amounts requested.

This past spring the Community Fund made grants to Cavendish Streetscapes to put flags along Main Street in Proctorsville, to the Cavendish Elementary School for the third grade to produce its annual play, and to the Garden Committee to clean up the Svec Memorial Green. If you have a project to benefit Cavendish and need money, contact the Community Fund to discuss your idea.

For further information on applying, on eligibility, on any other aspect of the grant program, or for help completing the application, please call Peter LaBelle at 802-226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at 802-226-7187.

6. RAISE OUR FLAGS: Thanks to all who attended the fundraiser on Aug. 21 at Murdock’s and made contributions to help, “Raise Our Flags” in Cavendish village as well as place additional ones in Proctorsville. A project of the newly formed Cavendish Streetscape LTD, for $35 people have been dedicating flags to friends, family, neighbors and those who contributed to Cavendish. To date, flags have been donated to the following individuals:

• Jeff Davis-For his many years of service to the Cavendish Volunteer Fire Dept

• Herbert and Florence Eddy

• Charles Gould-Civil War Veteran

• Carmine Guica-Cavendish historian and WWII veteran

• Jim Hassen: The Ewalds would like to dedicate a flag to the "Mayor of Knapp Pond." In addition to his service to our country-WWII Veteran who served right through the Vietnam War, Jim has been a wonderful friend and neighbor. Because of men and women like Jim we are able to Raise the Flags in Cavendish.

• Arthur Hill Jr - Korean War Veteran

• Donna Hiromura Saydek: Artist (Teruko Design) and friend to the community

• Al Leonard - WWII Veteran and neighbor extraordinaire

• Gloria Leven- Dedicated board member of the Cavendish Historical Society and the Cavendish Library as well as long term volunteer at the Cavendish Town Elementary School

• David J Montessi Sr-USMC

• David J Montessi Jr-Paramedic Evergreen, Co and one year cancer survivor

• Kevin Mott

• Margaret S. Parke-Friend of the Cavendish Library and mother of Peggy Svec

• Proctorsville Fire Department Past and Present Fire Fighters: The thin red line flag- which is black and white except for one stripe flies in front of the Fire House.

• Frank Provance Sr.

• Deryl Stowell- Founding member and long time member of Cavendish Snow Fleas

• Richard Svec-Former Town Manager

• Yekaternia Svetlova- Aeronautical engineer, exiled from Russia, lived in Cavendish for almost 20 years

To learn more about this project, donate a flag or help in other ways, go to The Dish.


SEPTEMBER 3 (MONDAY): LABOR DAY. School and town office closed.

SEPTEMBER 4 (TUESDAY): TRSU Policy Committee Meeting at CTES 5:30-7 pm Agenda and Recommended Policies

SEPTEMBER 6 (THURSDAY) : TRSU Board Meeting, 6-8 pm Fletcher Farm-Roost Agenda Minutes from Aug. 23 Meeting

SEPTEMBER 8 (SATURDAY): Honey Festival at the Golden Stage Inn, off Depot Street in Proctorsville

• Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Springfield Transfer Station 9-1 pm.

SEPTEMBER 9 (SUNDAY): Phineas Gage Walk and Talk. Cavendish Historical Society Museum 2 pm.

SEPTEMBER 11 (TUESDAY): Noon Community Lunch at Gethsemane Church off Depot Street in Proctorsville. All are welcome.

 SEPTEMBER 15 (SATURDAY): Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Goodyear Building in Windsor VT. 9-1 pm

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