Cavendish Update 6/14/19: Town Positions/Work Schedule/News/Events



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6/14/19 Cavendish Update

1. Work schedule for 103 for 6/17/19

2. Town Positions Available

3. Cavendish Related News

4. Town Wide Tag Sale Reminder

5. Events

1. WORK SCHEDULE ON 103 FOR THE WEEK OF 6/17/19: Anticipated Weekly Work Schedule from Pike Industries. All work is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen delays.

 Monday (6/17)- Wednesday (6/19): Final Bonded wearing course machine paving in Clarendon, VT working towards Shrewsbury. Please be aware of increased volumes of construction truck traffic required for paving operations.  Line Striping Targets (LST) will be used for temporary line delineation. Continue bridge plug joints in Proctorsville, VT just south of route 131, and working towards Chester, VT just north of route 10.  Driveway hand paving in Ludlow and working towards Mt Holly. Side road paving Chester to Ludlow.

 Thursday (6/20) through Saturday (6/22) Saturday work is tentative: Continue bridge plug joints in Proctorsville, VT just south of route 131, and working towards Chester, VT just north of route 10. Driveway hand paving in Ludlow and working towards Mt Holly. Side road paving Chester to Ludlow. Rumble Strip in Chester working towards Mt Holly.

 Centerline rumble strips are being marked out with the paving operation with the symbol 'RS'. You will be able to see this marking down the centerline from a safe distance off the edge of pavement.



Select Board: At Monday night’s Select Board meeting, Michael Kell’s letter of resignation was accepted with regret. Kell has accepted a job in New York and will be moving from Cavendish. Anyone interested in this position should send a letter of interest by July 1 to the Cavendish Select Board, in care of Brendan McNamara, PO Box 126, Cavendish, VT 05142

 Energy Committee Members: Cavendish Energy Committee has short, effective meetings  and gets things done! Such as: replacing streetlights with LED lighting; developing a solar array for municipal buildings; insulating and upgrading utilities at the town office;  hosting a variety of free informational workshops. You can participate a little or a lot  Meet others from around the Connecticut Valley  with similar energy related goals. Bring your ideas to the table!  Contact: Peter LaBelle at 226-7250  Join us for Green Drinks Night at Murdock’s On The Green  Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.



Questionable Executive Session Concerned Powden Contract Evaluation: In the five weeks since Superintendent Meg Powden told The Telegraph that the executive session of the May 2 TRSU board meeting was  “cited properly” and said she didn’t have to give any more information than that, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union has admitted violating the Open Meeting Law, changed its story twice and disclosed that the session was actually about Powden’s contract and evaluation. Various meetings have ensued, including one on June 12. Why is Powden’s contract again a topic of behind-the-scenes discussion since it was offered to her in another illegal session four months earlier? Chester Telegraph

 Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce Launches Lifestyle Magazine: The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce (OVRCC) recently announced the launch of a new full-color lifestyle magazine to reach the destination travel and aspirational living market. According to Carol Lighthall, director of the Chamber, “the new Okemo Valley Magazine will be a free biannual lifestyle publication for visitors, residents and chamber members that will showcase the beauty, individual personality and community spirit of the 12 towns and villages that make up the Okemo Valley. Okemo Mountain for years published the semi-annual Okemo Magazine, but when Vail Resorts, the new owners, offered the chamber the opportunity to take over the publication, we were thrilled. This is a terrific opportunity for us to create a new publication that will showcase all of the Okemo Valley’s 12 towns and villages.” Press Release

 Springfield Transfer Station Update: In response to citizen concerns regarding changes at the Springfield Transfer Station, the Town will continue to sell the green tickets and weigh trash until Sept. 1 while reevaluating how best to add a punch card option for small amounts of trash. Users who have already purchased punch cards may use them at face value. Annual stickers valid from July to June will still be required to access the transfer station on July 1. Stickers ($25, plus $5 for additional vehicle stickers in the same household) can be purchased at the Chester & Springfield town offices and on July 1, 3 & 6, will also be on sale at the transfer station.

Rate Hikes for GMP Customers: In addition to a 2.9% rate increase filed last Friday, customers will also feel a bump in the fall from a 5.43% rate hike approved last year -- that hike went into effect but was offset by a one-time windfall the utility gained from federal tax cuts that it returned to customers. The 2.9% increase is the first of three the utility will seek annually under a three-year agreement approved by the Public Utility Commission last month. Kristin Kelly, spokesperson for GMP, said the plan requires GMP to “lock in” most of its costs for the next three years, providing customers greater predictability for their electric costs. If approved, the 2.9% hike would go into effect starting this October. VT Digger

Protect Grassland Birds by Mowing After Aug. 1: From bobolinks flushing up from a grassy field to the beautiful song of an eastern meadowlark, grassland birds greatly enrich summer in Vermont. But many of these species are in decline due to the loss of appropriate grassland habitat. Landowners can make a difference by altering the times of year they mow fields that are 10 acres or larger. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont are encouraging landowners to help promote these beloved species by waiting a little longer to mow and give these birds a chance to complete their nesting season. VT Journal

 King Arthur Flour Recall: More flour is being recalled in an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than a dozen people in eight states. King Arthur Flour is recalling 14,218 cases of five-pound King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to the potential presence of E. coli, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday. The recalled product was distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide, including Walmart and was distributed in Vermont and New Hampshire CBS News


4. TOWN WIDE TAG SALE REMINDER: The 9th annual Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale takes place on Saturday, July 27 from 9-2. If you wish to be included on the on-line vendor list, and/or would like space on one of the Village Greens, please e-mail or call 802-226-7807. Two weeks prior to the event, you can send photographs of what you will be selling and a Facebook Album will be posted to the Cavendish VT Facebook page with information about your location during the Tag Sale. Note one Facebook Album per vendor FMI:



JUNE 14 (FRIDAY): GMUHS Graduation

 JUNE 15 (SATURDAY): A plant and bake sale  will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Holy Name of Mary Church Hall, 803 Main Street, Proctorsville, VT. The sale features perennial plants, homemade jams, pies, breads, cookies, and other delicious items.

JUNE 19 (WEDNESDAY): CTES 6th grade graduation. Proctorsville Green, 6 pm

• Last Day of School for GMUHS

JUNE 20 (THURSDAY): Last day of school at CTES

JUNE 29 (SATURDAY): Car wash to benefit the family of Drew Kauffman. Reading Fire Department 9-2

Lace Up for Laura Memorial 5 K Walk/Run

JULY 27 (SATURDAY): 9th Annual Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale. 9-2

SEPTEMBER 14 (SATURDAY): VT Golden Honey Festival. 10-4 Part craft fair, part food festival, the VT Golden Honey Festival is a community favorite. Located on the lawn of the Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot St. in Proctorsville. Proceeds of this event will benefit VT Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth (Ludlow and Proctorsville. For vendor and other information: or 802-226-7744 (Julie).


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