Cavendish Update 6/2/17 News/Tag Sale/CHS/Events


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 6/2/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Latest News from the Cavendish Historical Society

3. Town Wide Tag Sale

4. Pickleball

5. Open Poetry Reading

6. Red Sox Raffle Tickets to Benefit Gethsemane Church

7. Events



Town of Cavendish Notice to Taxpayers-Grievance Day June 9: The following legal notice appeared in the Vermont Journal, the town’s paper of legal record. Agreeably to the provisions of Title 32 Vermont Statutes  Annotated, Section 4111, notice is hereby given that the  undersigned Listers, within and for the Town of Cavendish  have this day completed the Abstract of Individual Lists of  persons, co-partnerships, associations, and corporations  owning taxable property in said town on the first day of  April 2017; that they have this day lodged the same in the  office of the Clerk of said town for the inspection of taxpayers; that on the 9th day of June, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00  p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the undersigned Listers  will meet at the Town Hall in Cavendish in said town, to  hear grievances of persons, co-partnerships, associations  or corporations aggrieved by any of their appraisals or by  any of their acts as such Listers, whose objections thereto in writing shall have been filed with them as prescribed by  statute, and to make such corrections in said abstract as shall upon hearing or otherwise be determined by them; and that  unless cause to the contrary be shown, the contents of said  abstract will, for the year 2016, become the Grand List of  said town and each person, co-partnership, association or  corporation therein named. Please call the Cavendish Town  Office at 802-226-7291 or 7292 to schedule an appointment.

Mack Molding Expands Molding Capability: A leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services, Mack Molding is making significant capital equipment investments to expand its capacity and capabilities. A new injection molding press weighing more than 125 tons is being installed at the Cavendish plant. VT Journal

Congratulations to Jill’s Place and Singleton’s: The Black River Area Community Coalition recently visited retail stores who sell alcohol and tobacco products in Ludlow, Plymouth and Cavendish, as part of the Community Retailers Program. This initiative, which is sponsored by the Windsor County Prevention Partnership, recognizes retailers for selling tobacco and alcohol in ways that discourages underage use and minimizes the marketing impact on youth. Both Jill’s Place and Singleton’s received the highest recognition of Gold. VT Journal

VCF Gives Grant to TRSU for CTES: The Vermont Community Fund has awarded a Small and Inspiring Grant of $1,000 to the Two Rivers Supervisory Union for further landscaping of the lot next to the Cavendish Town Elementary School.  The purpose of the award is to support work that builds communities.  The elementary school principal, George Thomson, has taken the lead, working with a committee including school board member, town select board member and a local landscape architect, Tim Calabrese, ASLA.  To date, the town Highway Department has contributed equipment and labor, and dozens of local gardeners have worked to make the streetscape beautiful.  This project will provide summer part-time supervised landscaping work for young women who are residents of the Windsor County Youth Services House, using community members working with them as positive role models.  In addition, it will provide expanded learning experiences for our elementary school children while addressing the needs of young women moving from adolescence to adulthood with significant challenges that grow out of their childhood trauma.  

Towns Split Over School District Merger: During the Act 46 discussions with the members of the Twin River Supervisory Union (TRSU) , of which Cavendish is a member, representatives from Mt. Holly made it clear they wanted to be out of their arrangement with Ludlow and had no intention of sending their children to Green Mountain because of the considerable distance. Further, Ludlow was refusing to consider closing Black River High School (BRHS), since in a unified district there can be only one high school. Representatives from Cavendish that sat on the Act 46 committee stated that having Ludlow be part of the GM District, and not closing BRHS would have significantly raised taxes for Cavendish and the other participating towns. Consequently, the Green Mountain Unified School District was formed and approved by the state and the participating towns of Andover, Cavendish, Chester, and Baltimore. On May 30, Tuesday, Ludlow and Mt. Holly voted along town lines regarding the merger with the Mill River School District. Mt. Holly voted in favor (391 yes and 153 no) while Ludlow voted against the merger (245 yes and 527 no).  Because the merger requires both towns to vote in favor of it, the process begins anew. The state Agency of Education will impose a merger on the towns if they do not come up with a plan in the given time frame.

2. LATEST FROM THE CAVENDISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Spring edition of the CHS newsletter Scribbler II is now on-line at the CHS blog. Plans are underway for the Annual Plant Sale on July 2 (Saturday). If you have plants you would like to donate, and need pots, soil and/or manpower, please e-mail or call 802-226-7807

On June 22, 7 pm Margo Caulfield will be doing a program at the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History. This is free and open to the public. You will be able to purchase books and have them signed at this event. FMI: 802-228-8921.

The Museum is now open for the season-Sundays 2-4 pm and by appointment at other times.


3. TOWN WIDE TAG SALE: With summer now underway, and before the kids are off for the summer, this is a good time to sort out items for the town wide tag sale. The sale, which takes place on July 30 (Saturday) will be from 9-2. Sponsored by Cavendish Connects, if you wish to register for space at either of theVillage Greens, or have your site listed, send an e-mail to or call 802-226-7807. Please note that the more information on sale items you provide, the more shoppers you will attract. For more information and to see who has already registered, go to 7th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale page of The Dish.


4. PICKLEBALL: Starting on Sunday June 4th at 10:00 a.m and continuing throughout the summer, Cavendish Recreation will be holding Pickleball in a round robin format on the CTES basketball court, or in the gym depending on weather. Pickleball is a game played on a smaller net and court than tennis with wooden or composite paddles. It is a combination of tennis, paddleball and ping-pong It is fun for all ages, but this program is geared toward seniors. Come on down and give it a try! FMI: Terry O'Brien at 802-738-3215, or at


5. OPEN POETRY READING: On June 2, Friday, from 7-8:30 pm there will be Open Poetry Reading at Crows Corner Bakery on Depot Street in Proctorsville. Bring your own poetry, or read from a poet you admire. Bring one or two poems, or maybe more. The evening promises readers from Cavendish and beyond! Coffee, tea and treats available. B.Y.O.B. (and glasses, corkscrews etc) Please let us know if you want to read, or just show up. A Crows Bakery Event, with the help of Kata Welch and the Cavendish Fletcher Memorial Library, and the Book Nook in Ludlow. FMI: 226-7007


6. RED SOX RAFFLE TICKETS TO BENEFIT GETHSEMANE CHURCH: Red Sox raffle tickets are for sale- $5 each or 6 for $20-to benefit Gethsemane Church. Choice of Baltimore August 26 or Cleveland, August 2.  Both games have home plate seats. To purchase tickets- call Barbara Dickey (226-7187)  or Mary Springer (484-7431); come by the church Sunday morning between 10:30 and 12:30. The drawing will be held July 15.    



JUNE 2 (FRIDAY): Open Poetry Night at Crows Bakery in Proctorsville. See article above for more information.

 JUNE 4 (SUNDAY): Pickleball 10 AM at CTES.

• Cavendish Historical Society Museum Open 2-4.

JUNE 6 (TUESDAY): Community Luncheon at Gethsemane Church, off Depot Street in Proctorsville. This week’s noontime luncheon will be picnic food- hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad and watermelon. Donations accepted

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

Cavendish Update 5/26/16 Memorial Day/News/Events

 Memorial Day Parade in Cavendish May 30, 1955. This picture was taken in front of the current Black River Health Center Building. The porches have been removed.

Memorial Day Parade in Cavendish May 30, 1955. This picture was taken in front of the current Black River Health Center Building. The porches have been removed.


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 5/26/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Cavendish Memorial Day

3. Events



Congratulations to Deputy Chief Bob Glidden: Firefighters of Vermont selected Bob Glidden of the Proctorsville Fire Department as their “Hero of the Month.” Thank you Bob for dedicating your time and effort to the safety of our town.

Firefighter Olympics to be Held in Proctorsville: Denise Gebroe, proprietor of DG Bodyworks in Proctorsville, will be hosting the first Firefighter’s Olympics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 on the Green in Proctorsville . Registration for events is at 9:30 a.m. The day will include awards, door prizes, face painting, t-shirts, and good food for lunch, including an ice cream truck. Proceeds and donations will directly benefit the Proctorsville and Cavendish Fire Departments. Children ages 5-12 will have field day events planned for the morning, from 10 to 11:30, including a 100-yard dash, tug of war, a potato sack race, wheelbarrow race, and relay race. The adult events are scheduled from noon to 2, and are modeled after Firefighter competitions- a hose carry, dummy drag, tool carries, attack crawls, and ax chops. Gebroe is looking for volunteers to help on Sunday, June 11 from 10am to 2pm, and for local competitors. Call 802-554-0006 with questions or to express interest. Come to the Firefighter Olympics and support our local firefighters! VT Journal

Proposed Federal Budget’s Impact: President Donald Trump’s budget would be a catastrophe for low-income Vermonters, according to the people in charge of working with them. The president released his 2018 fiscal year budget Tuesday and it drew immediate, bipartisan backlash from members of Congress. The proposed spending plan would chop a total of $4.3 trillion over the next 10 years, including drastic cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and environmental programs. The budget relies on an optimistic 3 percent economic growth rate by 2021 to account for about $2.3 trillion in revenue over the next decade. "This is a budget which will make it harder for our children to get a decent education, harder for working families to get the health care they desperately need, harder for families to put food on the table, harder to protect our environment and harder for the elderly to live out their retirement years in dignity," said Bernie Sanders. In short, the plan for fiscal year 2018 — titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” — would hurt many of Trump’s supporters, many of whom voted for a candidate who pledged to fight for the little guy and to protect, even bolster, social safety nets. The Vermont Agency of Human Services estimates that would cost the state’s $1.7 billion Medicaid program around $200 million. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, would be eliminated, a $3.3 billion savings. Vermont got about $19 million for LIHEAP in 2016, helping more than 21,000 households. Rutland Herald  VPR VT Digger

 All VT State Parks Now Open for the Season: Starting this weekend, all Vermont State Parks will be open to the public, fully staffed, and operational. There are now 55 developed state parks. Discounted park passes are now available and can be purchased online or at the parks. Reservations can be made online up to the day before your arrival.
Park passes can be checked out for free at your local library. Try fishing for free at one of the 12 Reel Fun gear loaner parks. Press Release

Invasive Species and How to Track Them: Invasive plant and animal species exist all around us, but some are more damaging than others. A revamped tool from UVM Extension leverages citizen science to better track where invasive species are now, and which ones are approaching our region. The freshly re-launched website provides galleries of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, their distribution in and near Vermont, and mitigation practices to slow their spread. VPR

State Suspends VT DMV Facial Recognition Program Pending Review: Use of a facial recognition software by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is being suspended. The suspension comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont obtained internal DMV records showing the agency ran "at least 126 FRS searches" since 2012, and then shared photographs and personal information of Vermont ID holders with other state and federal government agencies. In a letter sent to DMV Commissioner Robert Ide earlier this week, the ACLU alleged the agency's use of the software violated a 2004 state law that prohibits the use of technologies that "involve the use of biometric identifiers." WCAX

2. CAVENDISH MEMORIAL DAY: Memorial Day activities are underway in Cavendish. On May 15, the 6th graders from Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) placed flags on veterans’ graves and cleared debris in town owned cemeteries. The same students have also made poppies for those attending the town’s events on May 30.

In keeping with reducing the town’s carbon footprint, this year’s wreaths have all been made from local grape ivy. The wreath that is tossed into the Black River will be decorated with seasonal blooms. The War Memorial wreaths, as well as the one for the Cavendish Cemetery, were made with a combination of materials that can be recycled. Consequently, wreaths and decorations will look a bit different from previous years. Thank you to Wendy Regier, Chris Quinn, Becky Plunkard and Margo Caulfield for working on this project.

Cavendish celebrates Memorial Day on May 30, which is the original date of the holiday. Activities at the school begin at 10 am. This year’s speaker is Cavendish resident Jim Hasson, a Seabee from WWII, who served in military conflicts right through the Vietnam War. You can learn more about Jim Hasson at the Cavendish Historical Society blog.

The parade will start at approximately 11 am in Cavendish. Following the ceremony at the  Cavendish Village Cemetery, there will be a BBQ at the Cavendish Baptist Church that is free and open to attendees. FMI: 226-7292

Please note that if you plan to visit one of the Cavendish cemeteries for Memorial Day, planting flowers is not permitted.


MAY 28 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Museum opens for the season from 2-4 pm.

 MAY 29 (Monday): Memorial Day Legal Holiday, town office and schools closed.

 MAY 30 (Tuesday): Memorial Day Celebration in Cavendish, 10 am at CTES; 11 pm Parade in Cavendish, BBQ at Cavendish Baptist Church following ceremony at the Cavendish Village Cemetery.

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

Cavendish Update 5/19/17: News/Bid Request/Events


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 5/19/17 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Request for Bids

3. Events



Cavendish Fletcher Community Library Receives CLIF Rural Libraries Grant: The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library is delighted to announce that they are the recipients of a Children’s Literacy Foundation Rural Libraries Grant for the upcoming school year.  The library will receive $2500 in new children’s books for the library, two storytelling presentations during the upcoming school year at the school, two storytelling presentations during the upcoming year at two local preschools and two new books for each Cavendish Town Elementary School Student and preschool student.  The library will also receive $250 for an exciting and top-secret program to kick off the school year. FMI: Kata at 226-7503.

 Bridge 99 (VT 100 Bridge over Branch Brook) closure: The 10-day bridge closure of Ludlow VT 100 Bridge 99 (over Branch Brook) began on Monday, May 15 and will be closed for 10 days. Please follow the designated regional detour route utilizing VT 100, US 4, US 7, and VT 103. Local unsigned detour route for small-medium sized vehicles: Commonwealth Ave., Buttermilk Falls Rd., Rod and Gun Club Rd. VTrans

 VT 2-1-1 Referrals Now Available By Text Message: Vermont 2-1-1, a program of the United Ways of Vermont, which helps connect Vermonter’s to health and human services, has added texting capability as another way to access statewide health and human service resources and assistance. Vermonters may text their zip code to 898211 if they need assistance. The service pulls from Vermont 2-1-1’s live database ( and lists resources that are currently available. Press Release

BC/BS Seeking 13% Rate Increase: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is seeking a nearly 13 percent increase in rates for people who get their coverage through Vermont Health Connect, the state's health care exchange. At first glance, a double-digit increase in these Blue Cross premiums might lead one to think that medical costs are still spiraling out of control. But a closer look at the rate request reveals a number of factors are affecting the increase-medical costs, utilization trends and drug expenses are all growing by roughly the rate of inflation. Half of the rate hike is due to non-health care costs, including a federal tax on insurance policies and the failure of Medicaid and Medicare to reimburse providers at a fair rate. VPR

2. REQUEST FOR BIDS: Cavendish Town Elementary School is accepting bids for outside repairs and select painting of the school building. Complete scope of work available upon request. Tour of facility and explanation of scope of work   Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 am. Bids due to school and opened Friday, June 2 at 10 am FMI: George O. Thomson, Principal 226-7758


MAY 19 (FRIDAY)-MAY 21 (SUNDAY): Black River Good Neighbor Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm.

MAY 20 (SATURDAY): Local Hazardous Waste Collection Day-Ludlow Transfer Station 9-1

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