Cavendish Update 8/23/19 News/Events




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8/23/19 Cavendish Update

1.Cavendish Related news

2. Hazardous Waste Collection

3. Wednesday Concert: Chris Kleeman

4. Events


Water Tests for the Black River: Water testing was done on August 2,  before the Ludlow wastewater treatment facility experienced some sort of issue that prompted a discharge of 100,000 - 500,000 gallons of treated & undisinfected effluent into the river,  just upstream from Greven Field. While the numbers on these charts are all below the 235 cfu 'safe swimming' limit, Black River Action Team (BRAT) suggests that people stay out of the river at Greven Field until Saturday if possible.  Just to be on the safe side. 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:10 CFU (Safe)

Greven Field: 88 CFU (Safe)

Buttermilk Falls: 27 CFU (Safe)

Little Ascutney: 205 CFU (Safe)

Tolles Power Dam:59 CFU (Safe)

GMUSD BOARD LEARNS OF $189,000 DEFICIT: Budgeting was front and center at the Aug. 15 Green Mountain Unified School District board meeting, where the board learned that it would be starting the process with a deficit of more than $189,000. In the end, the board also decided to change the way it compiles its spending plan. The Chester Telegraph

Diocese of Burlington Accuses 40 Vermont Priests of Child Sex Abuse: Bishop Christopher J Coyne, who took over the Diocese of Burlington in January 2015, decided in October 2018 to join many other Dioceses across the nation to release the names of priests that had credible allegations of sexual abuse filed against them by victims who were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident. Sadly, priests affiliated with local churches, including Proctorsville, appear on this list. Half the priests listed served in Rutland County. The report did not say how many victims there were, and church officials said they would not be revealing that information. “Many abusers and their victims are deceased, so some might ask ‘Why engage in this process?’” the committee wrote. “Publication of a list may cause harm to the legacy of accused perpetrators, but the list also may offer some long-missed consolation to victims and their families and friends.” Church leaders acknowledge publicizing the list of priests could subject the diocese to more lawsuits. More than 50 accusers have won nearly $31.5 million in settlements in the past several decades. Their shared lawyer, Jerome O’Neill of Burlington, still has six cases pending in court. VT Digger

Soccer Coaches Needed at GMUHS: As per an email received from the athletic director, Green Mountain is in dire need of coaches for JV and Middle School boys' soccer teams. They are in danger of having their season canceled if no one steps up! If you are or someone you know is interested, PLEASE contact GMUHS! 802.875.2146 Ext. 5087.

VT Forgoes Federal Funding It Directs to Planned Parenthood:  On Monday, Planned Parenthood bowed out of receiving federal funds. Several Vermont state bodies, including the Legislature, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Agency of Human Services, are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood retains the funds to operate. During the 2019 legislative session, the Legislature put money into a contingency fund; now, Planned Parenthood is making use of those emergency measures. Unless the nation changes its mind, Vermont will pass up the funds from here on out. The federal money in question is granted through Title X, a program that funds birth control and reproductive health services for low-income Americans. It helps consumers access screenings, contraception, and STD treatment. It does not pay for abortions. About 11,000 Vermonters a year have been served from Title X funds. VT Digger

You Must Be 21 to Purchase and Possess Tobacco Products in VT: As of Sept.,1, the new law goes into effect in Vermont. Those who purchase or possess tobacco products must be at least 21 years of age. Those wishing to stop using tobacco can get free help from the VT Health Department.

2. HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION: 9/18/19: There will be a household hazardous waste collection on Wednesday, September 18 at the Springfield Transfer Station, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for residents of Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor. Sponsored by the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District and the host town. Call 674-9235 for more information or visit for a list of what to bring and what not to bring.


3. CAVENDISH CONCERT: CHRIS KLEEMAN: The Cavendish Summer Concert series had some interference this summer from Mother Nature. Half of the shows were rained out. But the good news is that musicians are understanding and willing to accommodate by rescheduling, including local favorite Chris Kleeman.

Chris will now play at the Svec Memorial Green in Proctorsville on Wednesday, August 28th, weather permitting of course.  Since sunset comes much earlier as August progresses, the show will begin earlier too, now scheduled for 5:00 pm. The show will be sponsored by Good Earth Landscaping.

In case of rain, please check the Cavendish Facebook page for cancellation or alternative arrangement information. FMI: Robin 802-226-7736.



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


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

SEPTEMBER 2 (MONDAY): Labor Day. Schools and Town Office closed

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.