Cavendish Update 6/28/19: Fire works/Concerts/103/News/Events


The Cavendish Health Officer, Doris Eddy, is posting the second Knapp Pond with “no swimming” signs (this includes dogs as well as humans) due to Blue Green Algae, on June 28 (Friday). Please observe.


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6/28/19 Cavendish Update

1. Work schedule for 103 for 6/24/19

2. Water Tests for the Black River

3. Cavendish Related News

4. Cavendish Concerts Begin 2019 Series with Gypsy Reel

5. Events


1. WORK SCHEDULE ON 103 FOR THE WEEK OF 7/1/19: Anticipated Weekly Work Schedule from Pike Industries. All work is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen delays. Alternating one-way traffic patterns may occur at the location of active construction operations. A speed reduction zone (40 MPH) will be put in place throughout the length of the daily active construction zone. Speed limit reduction signs will be taken down at the end of each work day, and the speed reduction will not be in effect during non-work hours.

Work to be performed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning next week includes final line striping layout, hand painting, hand paving, and fog sealing rumble strips. One-way alternating traffic patterns may be in effect in areas of active construction.

Holiday Schedule: In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, construction activities will end at noon on Wednesday, 7/3/19 and will resume on Monday, 7/8/19. Have a safe holiday weekend! 


2. WATER TESTS FOR THE BLACK RIVER: Thanks to Black River Action Team (BRAT), recreation areas on the Black River are tested on Wednesday morning and sent to the Endyne Lab in Lebanon, NH. Results are generally available by Friday, in time for weekend activities.

Below are the water tests results for Black River Swimming holes for June 26. Anything above 235 CFU is considered unsafe for recreational purposes.

Cavendish Gorge 59 CFU (safe)

Greven Field Awaiting results, but anticipate a safe reading

Buttermilk Falls 19 CFU (safe)

Little Ascutney Falls 140 CFU (safe)

Tolles Power Dam 69 (safe)

It is recommended to stay OUT of the water when it appears cloudy and within 24 hours of a heavy rain. Thank you BRAT for your continued dedication to the Black River and the safety of those who use it.



Tax Rate Will Not be Determined until July Select Board Meeting: While the Select Board met on June 24 to set the tax rate for the year, they were unable to do so as the state has yet to provide the necessary data to complete this tax. Therefore, the tax rate will be set at the July Select Board meeting.

GMUSD Board Meeting June 20: Last week’s Cavendish Update provided an overview of the current situation with two of the three boards associated with the Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) failing to meet the “Open Meeting Law,” with only the Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD) taking corrective action in accordance with state mandate. Further, the meeting on June 20th showed how serious this board is about transparency and not being caught off guard. As it is, all of the boards had been kept in the dark about two and now possibly three lawsuits against the TRSU. The board took a variety of steps to ensure that all information is shared with them in a timely and transparent manner. In addition, they voted on a new bus contract. During the ‘hear citizens” portion, which unlike other public meetings, occurs at the end of the meeting and not at the beginning, a parent from Chester spoke about her frustrations of trying to get in touch with the TRSU, who did not return her phone call or e-mail. This meeting was filmed by Okemo Valley TV and articles appear in The Chester Telegraph   and the Vermont Journal.

131 Resurfaced: Maybe it was the petition so many people signed in March, but the village areas of route 131 has been resurfaced along with freshly painted lines. A major improvement but a stop gap measure until the major repaving project that takes place next summer.

Cal Ripken Tournament at Greven Field: The Cal Ripken 12 U State Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 29 at 9 am. Valley League, which includes kids from Chester, Cavendish and Ludlow, will be playing at 9 am. Volunteers are needed to help staff the concession stand. If you can help out, please check in with Terry O’Brien.

Springfield Hospital Files for Bankruptcy: Springfield Medical Care Systems on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection but said its hospital and health centers will remain open and operating through the process. No layoffs are planned, and the health-care organization, which includes Springfield Hospital, plans to hold community meetings next month in Springfield, Ludlow, Bellows Falls, Londonderry, and Charlestown. Hospital officials earlier this month said bankruptcy was possible as the health-care system tries to restructure approximately $6 million in debt to vendors and about $12 million in bank debt. WCAX

TRSU Summer Food Service Program: Two Rivers Supervisory Union is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at a first come, first serve basis. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:30 a.m. through Aug. 9, expect for July 4, at the following locations: CTES, CAES, Ludlow Elementary. Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1 p.m. through Aug. 9, except for July 4 at West Hill Dam, located at 239 West Hill Rd. in Ludlow.

New Inspection Rules go into Effect July 1: The revised Vermont Periodic Inspection Manual (PIM) has been adopted under the Administrative Procedures Act process and will go into effect on July 1st. The main goals of the review were to remove items that are not critical to the safe operation of a motor vehicle; modernize, simplify, and clarify language; and educate motorists on the importance of the safety inspection process, the relevance of the inspection criteria, and Vermont motor vehicle laws. he new manual organizes criteria into three categories: Pass, Reject, and Advisory. “Advisory” is designed to inform and/or educate the customer about a recommended repair or potential violation of law.  An advisory result does not prohibit a customer from passing inspection.  Numerous changes were made, and the three previous manuals have now been consolidated into a single comprehensive PIM. A copy of the new manual, in PDF format, is available at


3. CAVENDISH CONCERTS BEGIN WITH GYPSY REEL: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association and the Town of Cavendish invite everyone to spend an evening having fun on the Proctorsville Green on Wednesday, July 10th, starting at 6:00 p.m. when the annual summer music series kicks off with the sounds of Gypsy Reel.

For over twenty years Gypsy Reel has played high energy, stirring music rooted in the Irish tradition but influenced by world music. It is an exciting synthesis of rhythms and influences from three continents. Based in Ludlow Vermont the band continuously captivates local audiences.

This will be the first of several concerts that are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August, weather permitting. This concert is sponsored by Outer Limits Brewing of Proctorsville.

The line up for this year’s season is as follows:

July 10 – Gypsy Reel, sponsored by Outer Limits

July 17 – Springfield Community Band, sponsored by Okemo

July 24 – Sensible Shoes, co-sponsored by Neal’s Restaurant and the Golden Stage Inn

July 31 – Davis Brothers Garage Band, sponsored by DG Bodyworks

August 7 – Chris Kleeman, sponsored by Good Earth Landscaping

August 14 – Yankee Chank, sponsored by Murdocks

CCCA encourages all area residents and visitors to join their friends and neighbors in front of the gazebo on the green. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair, have a picnic, or just lie back and relax on the grass. It’s a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and either reconnect with old friends or make new ones. 

 As always, the concerts are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, please check the Cavendish Facebook page. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.


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

• Cal Ripken Tournament 12 U, Greven Field. Starts at 9 am. Volunteers needed to help with the concession stand.

JULY 1 (MONDAY): New car inspection laws go into effect

JULY 4 (THURSDAY): HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! Fire Works generally start at 9:30 and will take place in Ludlow, Saxton’s River and Claremont (Mondanock Park)

JULY 6 (SATURDAY): 36TH Arts and Crafts Festival at Fletcher Farm, Route 103. 10-4.

• Fire Works at Crown Point Country Club 155 Golf Course Rd Springfield

JULY 10 (WEDNESDAY): Concert at the Proctorsville Green, 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Gypsy Reel sponsored by Outer Limits Brewery

JULY 14 (SUNDAY): Replacing Plastic Workshop, 2 pm at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum in Cavendish. Participants will learn how to make a no sew tote from an old T shirt, a “pooper scooper,” and how to fold a beach towel so it can be a carrying case as well as a pillow. Please bring an old t shirt. This is a free hands on workshop open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

JULY 17 (WEDNESDAY): Concert at the Proctorsville Green, 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Springfield Community Band, sponsored by Okemo

JULY 24 (WEDNESDAY): Concert at the Proctorsville Green, 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Sensible Shoes, co-sponsored by Neal’s Restaurant and the Golden Stage Inn

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

JULY 31 (WEDNESDAY): Concert at the Proctorsville Green, 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Davis Brothers Garage Band, sponsored by DG Bodyworks

AUGUST 7 (WEDNESDAY): Concert at the Proctorsville Green, 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Chris Kleeman (Blues guitar) sponsored by Good Earth Landscaping

AUGUST 14 (WEDNESDAY): Concert at the Proctorsville Green, 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Yankee Chank (Cajun/Zydeco dance band) sponsored by Murdocks

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.