Cavendish Update 8/15/14 Solar/SB/News

 1. SELECT BOARD MEETING 8/11/14: Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website  and on Comcast Television. 

 At Monday’s meeting the board voted:

•  In favor of having TDS attend the Sept. 8 SB meeting to discuss the difficulties people in Cavendish are having with their Internet service.

• To have John Saydeck, landscape architect, assist the town in selecting the correct shade for the new concrete railroad embankment stabilization wall on the Cavendish Gulf Rd and to request that a clear coat be applied to the wall shortly after completion, as part of the maintenance contract. The latter will help to reduce the impact of graffiti.

• To allow the Cavendish Historical Society to sell non historical items from the Cavendish Stone Church, with Cavendish residents having priority purchasing ability, to help offset the costs of the restoration of the church’s belfry/cupola.

• Accepted the 2014/2015 Municipal Sewer System Budget and set the rate as follows for the coming year, starting in Sept- $301.48 per active user ($75.37 per quarter) and $112 annually for inactive accounts.

 The board also discussed the upcoming vote on the proposed town solar project; progress on the ERP grant; Davis Rd Bridge; the new recreation director Terry O’Brien; and the replacement of lighting in Cavendish village with LED lights. For a more indepth report, go to The Dish

 2. SOLAR ENERGY FORUM: On Tuesday 8/12/14, members of the Cavendish Energy Committee held a forum to provide information about the proposed solar project and to answer questions. As has been previously described [ Cavendish Energy Committee Report  or Cavendish Connects Report ] the project would include a 150 kW solar photovoltaic system, located south of the wastewater treatment plant that would be owned by the town.  Net metered with Green Mountain Power (GMP), savings would occur in the first year.  A bond of up to $450,000 would need to be passed by the town voters in order to make this possible. The Energy Committee has been looking at solar options for over two years, and it’s been in the last three months that the Committee understood the considerable savings if the town pursued their own system versus join venturing with an outside group.

 At this meeting, in addition to the Energy Committee members, Steve Birge, Cavendish resident and co-owner of Black River Produce,  was present to discuss their experience with a much larger solar array. The following additional information was shared at the meeting:

 • A 150 Kw system is being sought since a larger unt would require significantly more paper work including an Act 250 permit. That noted, other locations for a solar array will be considered in Proctorsville, tying in with the Ludlow Electric at such time as they are willing to pursue net metering.

 • Cavendish has until Dec. 31, 2014 to have an operational array if they want to take advantage of the state’s .6¢ per Kw incentive. In January, this will drop to .4¢ The incentive is good for 10 years.

 • According to both the Energy Committee members and the company that installed BRP’s system, there is time to install and begin operation of the system before the end of the year. The town has the RFP ready for bidding, which would go out the day after the bond is approved. For this type of project, a 30 day period is not required and so it’s very possible that the contract would be awarded and equipment ordered before the end of September .It will take a month’s lead time to purchase equipment and six weeks to install it.

 • Price estimates for the project from at least one company is $428,000. It is anticipated that the bond will be less than the $450,000 being asked for.

 • BRP is extremely pleased with their arrays, two of which are on roof tops and one, similar to the Cavendish proposal, on a slope. They have no issues with snow removal from the slope array. They are currently producing considerably more solar than projected.

 • It is not clear what the project would do to the town’s bond rating, which is currently excellent. Rich Svec, town manager and Energy Committee member, said he would check with bond counsel before the town meeting on Aug. 25.

 The town meeting regarding this project will be on Monday, Aug. 25, 7 pm at CTES. Voting is on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 10-7 at the school.


Riley’s Tree: The pine tree in front of the Cavendish Elementary School was removed last week because of a pine bore infection. The school is willing to plant another tree if this is of interest to the community. 

 CCF Accepting Applications for Fall 2014 Grants: The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting grant applications for fall 2014 awards.  The deadline for applying is October 1, 2014.  Applications are available at the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s website and include instructions on how and where to apply. 

 Greven Field Beach Test Results for 8/13/14: The August 13 test for E.coli levels at Greven Field Beach are 43 cfu, which means the water is safe for swimming and recreational use. Please note that it is recommended that you stay out of the water when it appears cloudy and within 24 hours of a heavy rain. The weekly water testing is made possible by BRAT and the Cavendish Recreation Department.

 Fletcher Farm Awarded VT State Designation: The State of Vermont has named Fletcher Farm School the latest Vermont State Craft Center, a distinction designed to promote Vermont’s high-quality craft galleries and craft schools as well as its craftspeople. Vt Digger 

 Button Up Vermont’s Video Contest: The Button Up Video Contest is coming! Capstone Community Action is looking for very short videos that inspire viewers to take action to lower their heating costs and do something positive for the planet. The competition runs September 2 to October 19, but contestants can start creating their videos any time. There is no entry fee and prizes will be awarded in several categories. Contest details and other background information are available at

 Springfield Solar: The town of Springfield could save up to $20,000 a year if it bought electricity from a solar project proposed by Winstanley Enterprises, the project developers told the Springfield Select Board on Monday night.Winstanley, which had previously proposed building a 35 megawatt wood-fired power plant on the same site in the North Springfield industrial park, said the town would save about 17 percent to 18 percent on its power bill by signing a contract with the company and its partners. Rutland Herald 

 4. EVENTS: Wednesday, Aug. 20,  will be the final concert on the Proctorsville Green featuring Sensible Shoes. This is a free event and begins at 6 pm.  For the full calendar of events, go to Cavendish Connects Calendar.

 If you wish to add an event to the calendar, be sure to use the “Submit an Event” feature after the calendar. For other activities in the area, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber’s Events Calendar. 


Cavendish Update 8/2/14 News/Events

The Cavendish Connects website is now up and running!

 Our goals for developing the site included:

• A community website-we’re not trying to duplicate the municipal website or what the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce is doing;

• An online calendar of events;

• To assist new homeowners and keep residents updated;

• To assist those who are self employed, telecommute or have a small home based business; and

• To make it easier to access all aspects of Cavendish Connects-Facebook, Blog, Pinterest, Instagram etc.- using a “one stop shop” approach.

 As we continue to develop the website, we will be phasing out the Cavendish VT blog  and pages are being moved to the website including the weekly updates, which now appear on the website blog “The Dish.” 

 Starting today, you will see some changes in the Cavendish Update. For starters, the website has a community calendar section,  which we encourage you to use. If you’d like an event posted to it please use the Submit an Event form, which appears immediately after the Calendar

 If you find the Cavendish Connects services to be of value, please demonstrate that by making a donation of whatever amount you can-directions are at the end of this post. Your donation can be a gift or a way to recognize someone . If you are a business and want to help underwrite Connects, don’t hesitate to contact us as there are lots of ways to do this.

 Feedback can be made by e-mailing or calling 802-226-7807


E-coli Level for Black River at Greven Field: The August 6 test for E.coli levels at Greven Beach are 72 cfu, which means the water is safe for swimming and recreational use. The weekly water testing is made possible by BRAT and the Cavendish Recreation Department.

 Proctorsville Fire Department Already Exceeds 2013 Calls: With an additional 12 calls in July, PFD is now three calls ahead of the total 61 calls in 2013. July’s calls were impacted by storm damage, including calls for downed power lines and trees.

 Cavendish Considers Solar: The Cavendish Energy Committee has issued a report about the proposed solar energy project, whereby Cavendish would float a bond to pay for a 150Kw solar array. This bond would not increase taxes and in fact would save the town money. A public hearing on the project is schedule for Aug. 12, 6:30 pm at the town office. The vote for the solar system will be by Australian ballot on Tuesday August 26 at CTES from 10-7. The report is available on line.

 Market Basket Cuts Employee Hours: Arthur Parliman, the manager of the Claremont Market Basket on Washington Street, said Thursday he is being directed to cut all part-time associates. Hannaford is looking to acquire part or all of the Market Basket chain. The Boston Globe. 

 911 Outage Left 83 Callers Stranded: Vermont’s 911 emergency call system failed for 40 minutes on Wednesday,  officials say, causing authorities to miss calls from 83 Vermonters trying to report emergencies. The system went offline shortly after noon on Wednesday and was back online by about 1 p.m. In that time, 83 people tried calling 911 to report emergencies. State workers have been attempting since then to contact everyone who called.  VPR 

2. CAVENDISH CLASSIFIEDS Please use the contact information provided.


Crows Bakery in Proctorsville has immediate job openings for a baker and an afternoon counter person. The latter is a good position for a retiree or for someone looking for a part time job. Please respond to 802-226-7007 and ask for Robin or George.

 Senior Solutions (the Council on Aging) in Springfield has job openings now, including Senior HelpLine Manager. See for all the details.Senior Solutions provides information, services and resources for seniors and family caregivers in Cavendish and all of Windsor & Windham Counties.

Daycare Openings: Smiling Faces Childcare in Cavendish has two openings once school starts. These openings are for children over two years old. Circle time, story, craft and outside time daily. FMI: Sheila at 226-7824

 3. CHS NEWSLETTER NOW ON-LINE: The Summer 2014 Cavendish Historical Society Newsletter is now available on-line at the CHS blog. 

 4. EVENTS: Upcoming activities this coming week include the showing of Part 5 of The Vermont Movie at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum at 2 pm on Sunday, August 10 and the monthly Select Board Meeting on Monday, Aug. 11 at 6:30 at the Cavendish Town Office. For the full calendar of events, go to Cavendish Connects Calendar.

 If you wish to add an event to the calendar, be sure to use the “Submit an Event” feature after the calendar. For other activities in the area, check out the Okemo Valley Chamber’s Events Calendar. 



Cavendish Update - News & Events - 8/1/14


Flash Flooding: On Monday, July 28, Cavendish and the surrounding areas were hit with a very intense storm. While  Proctorsville Fire Department responded to a Cavendish residence that was struck by lighting, other than an electrical component, there was no damage to the home. Chester was hit by flash flooding causing road closures and damage to homes. PFD provided mutual aid to Chester, checking on residents in the flooded areas. Photos are posted on the Chester Telegraph website. 

Market Basket Open But Little Food: Workers at Claremont’s Market Basket don’t have to worry about returning to their jobs on Monday, they never stopped working. Paul Ritz Grocery Manager for the store says they rally during their time off.  Ritz estimated that there are about 40 employees outside rallying for the return of Arthur T including a customer and says they have received an outpouring of customer support.. “We truly believe Arthur T. Demoulas will get control of the company,” said Martin. Claremont’s Market Basket employees have been protesting the firing of Arthur T. Demoulas for weeks, along with most of the company’s 25,000 other employees at the 71 stores in three states.

VT Yankee Emergency Planning Changes Detailed: The last day of operation of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will be Dec. 29, 2014. Cavendish has been approached about providing shelter in the event an accident occurs during the decommissioning phase. Brattleboro Reformer 

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) invites the Cavendish community and all of its neighbors to the Proctorsville Green on Route 131 for the next to last concert of this year’s Cavendish summer music series on Wednesday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. to listen to the Voodoo Alien Blues Band.  This concert is sponsored by the Cavendish Recreation Department. The Rutland based all star rhythm and blues band is led by local blues legend Steve Audsley and appears regularly at a variety of Vermont venues. As always, the concerts are free and open to everyone. FMI: Robin at 226-7736 or Summer Concert Series  

The Cavendish Historical Society will show part five of the Vermont Movie: Ceres’ Children on Sunday, August 10th at 2 pm. Part Five takes a deeper look at some of Vermont’s cherished traditions: participatory democracy and the conservation ethic, from the ideas of George Perkins Marsh, one of America’s first environmentalists, to contemporary volunteer groups and activist movements. The film captures 21st century debates over natural resources, then circles back in time to show how these concerns originate in the ethics of farmers, who depended on the natural world for their survival. The disappearance of dairy farms has raised a tough question: how big is too big? How can Vermont survive in a world economy? Can Vermont be a model for small, local and self-sufficient farming? FMI: 226-7807 or

The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will be closed the week of August 18 in order to replace the carpeting to a commercial grade flooring, which looks like wood.   The remodeling should be finished by Tuesday, August 26.  We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause.  You will still be able to access free WiFi outside of the building.

The Two Rivers Supervisory Union and the Cavendish Recreation Department are excited to announce the opening of the Cavendish After School and Summer Rec Program. Beginning August 11th, Cavendish parents will have the ability to send their son or daughter to camp right in town. Sponsored by an after school grant from Afterschool Inc, the CDD, and the newly formed recreation department of Cavendish,  camp will operate from 8:30-4:00 pm until August 22nd.

Camp will follow a high energy schedule that includes academic enrichment, recreation, team sports, hiking, local field trips, and snack. Open to students going into 1st-7th grade, this is the first summer program held at CTES in recent history. We hope to meet the needs of working families by providing a quality program where kids are bound to have lots of fun and meet friends.  Residents of Cavendish will pay a weekly fee of $70, while outside residents can attend camp for $85. As a licensed child care program we accept child care subsidy from the state of Vermont, all qualifying families can then attend camp for free. We also have daily and drop in fees.

Registration is limited to the first 30 campers enrolled. Enrollment forms maybe picked and dropped off at the Cavendish town hall, the Ludlow Recreation Department, or by emailing camp Director Zoe Lirakis at Camp registration will end on August 6th.

FMI: Camp Director Zoe Lirakis at (802)356-4339, or the Cavendish Recreation Director Terry O'Brien (802)738-3215.

The Cavendish Town Energy Committee has proposed to the Cavendish Select Board that the town establish a solar facility to generate the electricity used by several town departments, and the Select Board has voted to ask the town if they will approve a bond issue to pay for the solar facility.  The Energy Committee will hold a public forum to discuss the plan on Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Cavendish Town Office meeting room.

The vote will occur on August 26th when Vermont voters hold primary elections.  Particulars of the plan were discussed at a recent Select Board meeting, and a special town meeting will be held on August 25th to further inform voters on the plan details.  However, many citizens have been asking questions, so the committee has decided to hold a less formal forum in addition to the town meeting to answer those questions.

The solar facility would consist of 624 solar panels on an unused parcel of land that is invisible to residents.  It will pay for itself with the electrical power it produces and will not be the cause for a tax increase.  It will provide cost containment for the town’s energy bills far into the future.  For more information on the time and place of the forum, please call the Cavendish Town Office at (802) 226-7291.

Black River Good Neighbor Services is initiating a new program to support school children and is requesting donations for back to school needs.  Audrey Bridge, Executive Director, said: “Over the years we have noticed that back to school time places a huge financial burden on our clients with children. Back to school supply purchases further stress already tight monthly budgets.  When there are several children in a family, equipping them can seem impossible to families in need.”

Specific back to school needs vary with grade level and the school attended.  Probably the costliest general requirement is a backpack.  Families seeking back to school support can submit an application to BRGNS at 37B Main Street starting immediately.  Then, when the schools make known the requirements for each child, families can share those requirements with the staff at BRGNS.  BRGNS assists families in Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.

For a list of items to donate or for an application, please visit our website, or drop into our store at 37B Main Street, Ludlow.  For further information, please call (802) 228-3663. 

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