Cavendish Update 8/30/19: Prepare/News/Events


As we remember the 8th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene this week, please use this anniversary as a reminder to prepare for the coming hurricane season and winter. Check out the Cavendish Connects Emergency Preparedness webpage

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8/30/19 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related news

2. Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk

3. Events



Water Tests for the Black River: This is the last week water is tested on the Black River. Many thanks to Black River Action Team (BRAT) for providing this valuable service. Water testing was done on August 28 and all areas were safe. Specific results are as follows:

Cavendish Gorge:3 CFU (Safe)

Greven Field: 80 CFU (Safe)

Buttermilk Falls:1 CFU (Safe)

Little Ascutney: 166 CFU (Safe)

Tolles Power Dam: 29 CFU (Safe)

Where to Return Fallen Flags: If you happened to pick up one of the flags that have been flying on Main St, but fell during a recent storm, please drop it off at the Cavendish Library in Proctorsville.

CTES Multi-Purpose Room Dedicated to George Thomson: At the welcoming back to school breakfast at Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) on Wednesday, Sept. 28, George Thomson, former principal,  thought he was there to hand out certificates for the school's dedicated employees who had served the school for 18 or more years. Imagine George's surprise when the tables were turned and Deb Beaupre, CTES’s current principal,  brought out the sign that dedicates the CTES multi-purpose room to Thomson. Beaupre did a great job in surprising George as well as the teachers and staff at CTES.

VT Golden Honey Festival: On Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., come check out the Vermont Golden Honey Festival – you’ll find big-time fun at this small-town festival. Local beekeepers, crafters, artists, and restaurants join together on the spacious lawns of Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville to showcase their products, especially those featuring honey or the honeybee. The event is co-hosted with Goodman’s American Pie of Ludlow, Vt. Come check out their honey apple pizza baked in their onsite beehive oven pizza truck. It’s free admission, and there are activities for the kids. Some products from the vendors will be raffled off as well. All net proceeds from the festival are donated to a local nonprofit each year. This year, we’ll be donating to Windsor County Youth Services, an organization with residential programs for teens in both Ludlow and Proctorsville. Youth Services, an organization with residential programs for teens in both Ludlow and Proctorsville. FMI: Julie-Lynn Wood of Golden Stage Inn, 802-226-7744 or go to There are still a few spots open for vendors. VT Journal

Please Take the Okemo Valley TV Survey: Okemo Valley TV, the community access TV station, is conducting a brief survey about the local program offerings. The 10-question web-based survey is hosted on the basic, free-version of Survey Monkey. A link to it is available on the home page of the station’s website at The survey is aimed at collecting data and feedback that will help direct some of the ways in which the programming is curated and presented on its various platforms. Programming is available for viewing on Okemo Valley TV’s two cable TV channels – on Comcast and VTel – as well as its website and YouTube channel. Press Release

Bruce Schmidt Returns to Okemo: Many in the area are celebrating the return of Bruce Schmidt as general manager of Okemo, a position he held for 14 or the 30 years he worked at Okemo.  With Vail’s purchase of Okemo, Schmidt was reassigned as general manager to Mt. Sunapee in 2018. .  

Springfield Hospital’s survival ‘virtually impossible’ without merger: The interim CEO of the financially strapped Springfield Hospital says its financial structure is unsustainable and its survival will be “virtually impossible” unless it merges with other hospitals in its region. The hospital is in merger talks with Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, and the Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire, with the support of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, which is already affiliated with the other two organizations.  VT Digger

Regulators approve roughly 2.7% Green Mountain Power rate hike: The Vermont Public Utility Commission approved a roughly 2.7% rate increase by the state’s largest electric utility to go into effect in October. Green Mountain Power will calculate the precise rate after the regulatory board approved the company’s proposed increase of 2.92% Thursday, subject to making certain modifications recommended by the Department of Public Service. GMP customers will feel a bump this fall from a 5.43% rate hike approved last year — that hike went into effect but customers didn’t see the full increase on their bills because of a one-time windfall the utility gained from federal tax cuts that it returned to customers. There will also be line items on bills for tree trimming related to the emerald ash borer infestation and major storm recovery costs. VT Digger

2 ANNUAL PHINEAS GAGE WALK & TALK: Many know the story of Phineas Gage, the railroad foreman who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), when a tamping rod went through his head during a blasting accident. They may even know of Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the Cavendish, VT physician who treated him and followed his recovery, thereby documenting the first case of TBI in the medical literature. Who many are unaware of is the doctor who trained Harlow at a time when few doctors washed their hands, bled patients and had little understanding of the brain.

Each year, the Cavendish Historical Society hosts the annual Phineas Gage Walk  & Talk, to commemorate the event that took place on Sept. 13, 1848. On Sunday Sept. 8 at the CHS Museum, 1958 Main St. Cavendish, VT. The program begins at 2 pm at the Museum and includes a demonstration of how Gage’s brain was injured.. The walk follows presentation and includes the location of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s home/surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail



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

SEPTEMBER 8 (SUNDAY): Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum, 1958 Main St. Cavendish at 2 pm. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

SEPTEMBER 10 (TUESDAY): Cavendish Community Luncheon at Gethsemane Episcopal Church off of Depot Street in Proctorsville. Lunch begins at noon and all are welcome.

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.