Cavendish Update 9/20/19: SB Mtg/News/Events/Lyme


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9/20/19 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 9/9/19

2. Cavendish Related news

3. Living with Lyme Disease Talk

4. Events

1. CAVENDISH SELECT BOARD MEETINGS 9/9/19 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.

The following actions were taken/discussed at the September meeting:

• Approved the placement of a 9/11 Memorial on the Village Green in Proctorsville.

• Discussed lowering the speed limit on Tierney Rd at the request from some of the residents. Town manager Brendan McNamara will look into the costs of doing a feasibility study.

• Renewed the Solar Bond Anticipation Note in the amount of $291,000.00 with Berkshire Bank at 2.25% interest. The electricity savings are paying the bond back and it will be paid off in 2025.

• Approved the petition from Green Mountain Power for the installation of a primary underground line within the town right of way on Stone Way.

• Updates on other projects:

- Wastewater Treatment Plant Aeration System replacement is just about completed and the Plant is operating at full capacity.

- Depot Street bridge might be completed this fall if the weather cooperates. McNamara said that the deck is scheduled to be poured by mid –October, so the bridge could be open by early November if all goes according to schedule.

- Test pits in the town-owned property along Route131 reveal substantial gravel. McNamara has begun to investigate what permits would be needed in order to access it.



Consolidated Customers: Have you had a repair this past spring/summer/fall that has lasted more than 24 hours? If so, please forward information to The state is looking into repairs so it's helpful for them to have the account holder name, town and length of outage.

Gassetts Grange Reopens Hall: Gassetts Grange is proud to announce the reopening of our hall. We started our Bingo every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Please come join us and give us a chance. Saturday, Oct. 5 will be square dance round from 7-10. Oct 12 (Saturday) is their buffet breakfast from 8-9:30 featuring sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes, real maple syrup, home fries, toast, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and juices. Oct. 13 (Saturday) will be Country Jamboree from 1-4. FMI: Donna at 802-591-4290

Black River Independent School Moving Forward: Black River Independent School Committee is continuing to make progress toward its goal of opening Black River Independent School for the 2020-21 school year. The name has shifted away from Black River Academy and will officially be called Black River Independent School to avoid confusion with Black River Academy Museum. Curriculum of the Black River Independent School will be based around core classes with additional STEAM classes and will also include an outdoor educational component. Athletics will be offered as student numbers allow, or they will have the option to participate with a neighboring school. The target number of students for the first year is 75 students for grades 7-12. VT Journal

Walmart and TerraCycle are joining forces to launch the nation’s largest car seat recycling event in nearly 4,000 Walmart stores across the country. The first-ever Walmart Car Seat Recycling Event will take place Sept. 16-30, in celebration of National Baby Safety Month. Customers can trade in used car seats at the Service desk in any participating Walmart store and receive a $30 Walmart gift card* that can be used in store or online to buy items for their baby. All car seats collected in this program will be recycled through TerraCycle, and each component will be diverted from the landfill.

Vt. health officials investigating six cases of vaping related illness: Vermont Health officials have confirmed one case of pulmonary disease linked to vaping and five other cases are being investigated. In recent weeks several people have died and more than 400 cases are being investigated around the country linked to e-cigarettes. The health department is making a plea to parents, teens and anyone using e-cigarettes to stop right now. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine says he knows it's not easy for people to give it up but the health risks are too great. WCAX


3. LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE TALK: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will sponsor a workshop on Living With Lyme Disease on Friday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Gethsemane Episcopal Church hall, 89 Depot Street, Proctorsville.

Rebecca Zellis, the founder of, will lead a roundtable discussion on living with Lyme disease. Rebecca’s experience parenting a child with neuroborreliosis (neurological Lyme disease) led to her work advocating for families affected by pediatric illness and tick-borne diseases. Rebecca educates health providers and education professionals about the psychiatric and cognitive manifestations of tick-borne diseases in children. She facilitates workshops and developed free online resources to support parents of children with complex Lyme disease.

Rebecca is an artist and writer. Her work ranges from personal projects to designing systems that support the wellbeing of families, employees, and communities. This is a valuable opportunity to learn more and to share your experience. With Lyme disease so much in the headlines and with the consequences potentially so serious, we should all learn as much as possible as a protective measure.

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association continues to bring conservation and other topics of interest to the people through timely workshops and discussions. For more information about CCCA or this workshop, please call Robin at 802-226-7736.


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

SEPTEMBER 27 (FRIDAY): Living with Lyme Disease talk, 6:30 pm at Gethsemane Church, 89 Depot St. Rebecca Zellis, the founder of, will lead a round table discussion on living with Lyme disease. FMI: Robin 226-7736

OCTOBER 6 (SUNDAY): Paint & Munch benefit at the Cavendish Library. $35 per person. Only 20 seats available so register early. Menu includes: Sweet potato guacamole bites; Apple, Cheese and Cracker Board; Pumpkin Pie cupcakes; Chocolate/peanut butter snack mix; Goat Cheese pesto tartlets; Cranberry Meatballs; Roasted Veggie Platter cider, soda, tea, coffee and water. FMI: 226-7503

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