Cavendish Update 8/16/19: SB Mtg/Water Testing/Events/News

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8/16/19 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 8/12/19

2. Cavendish Related news

3. Indian Stones Talk

4. Cavendish Streetscapes Fundraiser at Murdock’s

5. Wednesday Concert: Sullivan & Friends

6. Events


1.CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETING 8/12/19: Cavendish Select Board (SB) Meetings are videotaped by Okemo Valley TV and are available at their website. In addition, minutes are available at the Cavendish Municipal website and both the Chester Telegraph and VT Journal carry reports on this meeting.

 The following actions were taken/discussed at the July 8th meeting:

• Cavendish Streetscapes presented a plaque, that will hang in the town office, that includes the names of those who are being honored with a flag in the villages of Cavendish & Proctorsville. The trees on Svec Memorial Park (Proctorsville Green) require pruning. It was agreed that the Tech Center should be asked to handle the pruning as they have done in other towns.

• Town Plan Hearing will be held on Nov. 12 at 5:30 pm. Vote takes place at Town Meeting in March.

• Regular SB meetings for Oct. and Nov. will be changed due to holidays. The new dates will be  Oct. 15 (Tuesday) and Nov. 12 (Tuesday).

• The filtration media needs to be replaced in the municipal water system. Consequently, a water conservation notice will be issued immediately after Labor Day. While the water plant will be shut down during this time, there should be no break in service.

• Reviewed proposed wastewater ordinance. Aeration system replacement in the final lagoon has been completed, with the project fully operational by the end of September.

• The town continues to look for an Animal Control Officer. If interested contact the town manager Brendan McNamara at 802-226-7291

• Depot Street Bridge: Not sure the project will be completed this season.



Water Tests for the Black River: Water testing was done on August 14. All areas tested safe.  Thank you BRAT for your continued dedication to the Black River and the safety of those who use it. Note that anything above 235 CFU is considered unsafe for recreational purposes. Specific results are as follows:

Cavendish Gorge: 22 CFU (Safe)

Greven Field: 172 CFU (Safe)

Buttermilk Falls: 25 CFU (safe)

Little Ascutney: 172 CFU (safe)

Tolles Power Dam:38 CFU (Safe)

GMP Phone Scam: Green Mountain Power customers, including some in Cavendish, are being subjected to scam calls. They threaten to cut off service within 30 minutes if payment isn’t immediately received. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately and report it to GMP at 888-835-4672. Also contact VT’s Attorney General’s office 800-649-2424 or 802-656-3183

Lead Test Results from Vt. Schools, Child Care Centers Available for Public to Search: The Scott administration has created a website to monitor the testing of lead levels in schools and child care centers. To date, five schools and 300 child care centers have been tested — and roughly 10% of the tested child care centers had at least one water source that exceeded legal limits, while every tested school had at least one water source above what's permitted. VPR

Claremont Standoff-Suspect Fired Hundreds of Shots: Police in Claremont, New Hampshire, say they have arrested a man who was holed up in a house firing shots out the window for nine hours on Thursday, Aug. 15. WCAX

Former Springfield Hospital CEO Sues Over Forced Resignation: he former chief executive officer of the troubled Springfield Hospital, who says he was a “scapegoat” for the financial meltdown at the organization late last year, has filed a lawsuit against some of its board members and administrators over his forced resignation.  VT Digger

Phoenix Books Misty Valley to be sold, renamed Blair Books & More: Bookseller Vicki Thornton will purchase the store Thursday, Aug. 29m and will be renamed Blair Books & More. In addition to a curated selection of books for all ages, the store will offer locally crafted gifts, toiletries, and jewelry and will continue to carry premium greeting cards, stationery, puzzles, and literary-themed gifts. VT Journal

 Amid Recession Fears, VT’s Not Insulated from National Economy: At the end of July, Vermont’s state economists said a recession looked unlikely in the next two years, as they projected a $56 million increase in state revenues. Two weeks later, the U.S. stock markets had their worst day of the year, and the dreaded inverted yield curve — an indicator that investors expect an economic downturn — sparked speculation of a pending recession. If the U.S. is hit by a recession, say economic experts, Vermont is likely to feel the full impact. State revenues could dip as the need for state services increases; the market for Vermont-made products could shrink; and demographic challenges would likely be exacerbated as workers seek jobs elsewhere. While economists say it’s impossible to predict what the economy will do globally or in Vermont, and investors hope stock markets will rebound from this week’s decline, there is cause for concern. VT Digger


3. INDIAN STONES TALK: How many times have you driven along route 106 and seen the “Indian Stones” sign? If you had a chance to examine the stones, you’d see that they describe the birth of a European descent child in 1754. While the Stones may be in Reading, the birth took place in Cavendish on what is today the Knapp Pond area.

On August 25 (Sunday), the Cavendish Historical Society will be presenting a talk on the story behind the Indian Stones, including the capture of the Johnson family by the Abenaki, their captivity and their lives afterwards.

What happened to this family that Susannah Johnson would later write in her autobiography, In justice to the Indians, I ought to remark, that they never treated me with cruelty, to a wanton degree; few people have survived a situation like mine, and few have fallen into the hands of savages, disposed to more lenity and patience. Modesty has ever been a characteristick of every savage tribe; a truth which my whole family will join to corroborate, to the extent of their knowledge. As they are aptly called the children of nature, those who have profited by refinement and education, ought to abate part of the prejudice, which prompts them to look with an eye of censure on this untutored race. Can it be said of civilized conquer|ors, that they, in the main, are willing to share with their prisoners, the last ration of food, when famine stares them in the face? Do they ever adopt an enemy, and salute him by the tender name of brother? And I am justified in doubting, whether if I had fallen into the hands of French soldiery, so much assiduity would have been shewn, to preserve my life. Note the text appears as written.

The talk begins at 2 pm at the CHS Museum 1958 Main St (Route 131) in Cavendish and will include a trip to see the stones. This event is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or


4. CAVENDISH STREETSCAPES FUNDRAISER DINNER AT MURDOCK’S: It’s hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close. However, it’s been a very productive one for Cavendish Streetscapes.

Thanks to our many generous donors, volunteers and helpful townspeople, Cavendish Streetscapes has successfully raised the flags in both villages and added as well as improved the gardens and landscaping at Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) grounds and adjacent park, and Svec Memorial Park (Proctorsville Green).

To celebrate this summer’s accomplishments and to prepare for the season ahead, Murdock’s Restaurant in Proctorsville is hosting a fundraiser dinner on behalf of Cavendish Streetscapes on August 29 (Thursday) from 4-9 pm. A portion of the meal will go to future Cavendish Streetscapes projects.


5. CAVENDISH CONCERT: SULLIVAN & FRIENDS: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association and the Town of Cavendish invite everyone to spend an evening having fun on the Svec Memorial Green in Proctorsville on Wednesday, August 21st, starting at 5:30:00 p.m. when the annual summer music series continues with the music of John Sullivan and Friends. Note that this concert starts a half hour earlier than previous concerts.

John Sullivan (of the John Sullivan Band) has been a regular part of the Vermont music scene, and one of the hottest bands in New England. The latest addition to the band is no stranger to Proctorsville – Mark Huntley will be on drums.

 This concert is sponsored by DG Bodyworks of Proctorsville. As always, the concerts are free and open to everyone.  Rain dates will be announced on the Cavendish Facebook page. For more information please call Robin at 226-7736.



AUGUST 17 (SATURDAY): The Annual Chrome & Craft Festival at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts on Route 103 in Ludlow. From 10-4 (rain or shine).

AUGUST 21 (WEDNESDAY): Concert at the Proctorsville Green, 5:30 pm. Free and open to the public. John Sullivan and Friends sponsored by DG Bodyworks. Note that this concert starts a half hour earlier than previous ones.

AUGUST 25 (SUNDAY): Indian Stones Program at the Cavendish Historical Museum, 1958 Main St., Cavendish starting at 2 pm. This will include a trip to Reading to see the stones following the presentation. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

AUGUST 28 (WEDNESDAY): Concert at the Proctorsville Green, 5:00. Free and Open to the public. Chris Kleeman (Blues guitar) sponsored by Good Earth Landscaping

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).

SEPTEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY): 2-6 Pm Hazardous Waste Collection at the Springfield Transfer Station. For a printable list of what to bring and what not to bring, click on the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District. The next collections will be in the spring of 2020. FMI: 802- 674-9235

 SEPTEMBER 20-21 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY): Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 22nd, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. FMI: 802-228-3663, or

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