Cavendish Update 9/14/18 News/Events

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9/14/18 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Events



Stolen Dump Truck: On Saturday, Sept. 8, a 1986 C30 1 Ton Chevrolet was stolen from Tarbell Hill Rd. If you know anything about the truck, please contact the VT State Police. 802-722-4600

 Personal Stories Break Stigma of Addiction: Cavendish resident Kate Lamphere, who is also the Division Director of Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services at HCRS tells her story of how addiction in her own family in Op-Ed section of the VT Journal. For more information on this topic go to Cavendish Resources for Addiction in the Mental Health Section for Health & Senior Resources of the Cavendish Connects website.  

CTES Participates in RiverSweep: On Monday, Sept. 11, the 6th grade from Cavendish Town Elementary School participated in RiverSweep, a program of Black River Action Team that works to keep the Black River and its watershed clean. The Cavendish crew worked at Cavendish Gorge swimming area and at Greven Field, both sites are monitored by BRAT "River Dippers," as part of the water quality-monitoring program. The kids and volunteers from the Cavendish Historical Society and from the Town of Cavendish collected at least four tires, 30 bags of trash, buckets of sharp glass and metal, and several big sheets of plastic. The Cavendish crew enjoyed delicious pizza donated by Goodman's American Pie in Ludlow.

 Oversight or Micromanagement on TRSU Board?: While some members of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union board at its Sept. 6 meeting questioned several purchases and initiatives recommended by Superintendent Meg Powden and her staff, board chair Marilyn Mahusky expressed concern that the board was micromanaging and needs to look at its role in governance. The largest sticking point was Ogment, a curriculum management program that Curriculum Director Michael Eppolito has advocated. The company that developed the software is offering it free for the first year with the following five years costing $8,000 each. The SU central office had proposed to pay a large portion of the contract out of a state grant for transition expenses related to its Act 46 mergers. The disposition of those funds has become a bone of contention over who owns the funds: The supervisory union or one or both of the two school districts. Chester Telegraph

TD Bank Closing in Chester: Dec. 7 will be the last day for TD Bank in Chester. The alternative locations include Bellows Falls, Manchester Center and Brattleboro. This is the second announcement in two weeks of local branches closing (Citizen Bank in Springfield is closing in November). With the availability of on line banking, particularly apps that allow check deposits via a cell phone, there is less need for banking locations.

For Vermont’s Sheriffs, Policing is a Lucrative Business: Though it may sound backward for a law enforcement official to put the bottom line first, it's a common, state-sanctioned practice among Vermont's 14 sheriffs. They are public servants, but they also preside over quasi-private enterprises. Elected by residents of each county, sheriffs receive taxpayer dollars to provide certain state-mandated law enforcement services. Most of their revenue, however, comes from contracts they sign with individual state agencies, towns, schools, courts, construction companies, malls and other entities. As long as sheriffs are fulfilling their required duties, "they’re free to enter into contracts with any kind of private or public entity." Oftentimes, these will be contracts with towns that don’t have their own police force or with private companies, such as construction companies that require the ‘blue lights’ to slow down traffic. Such contracts have allowed some Vermont sheriffs to double their base salaries. Seven Days



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

 SEPTEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY): GMUSD Board Meeting, 6-8 pm at GMUHS-Agenda Minutes from Aug. 21 Meeting Legal Warning of Policies.

 SEPTEMBER 21-23 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Fall Rummage Sale of Black River Good Neighbors at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 on the Cavendish/Ludlow line. Hours are 10-4 Friday and Sunday and 10-2 on Sunday.

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