Cavendish Update 2/15/19: News/Events

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2/15/19 Cavendish Update

1. Cavendish Related News

2. Events

1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Construction Begins March 1 on Depot St. Bridge: The Cavendish Town Manager Brendan McNamara, in Monday, Feb. 11 Selectboard meeting, officially announced the start of the Depot Bridge Project was slated to begin March 1, 2019 with dismantling of the current bridge. Cold River Bridges LLC from Walpole, N.H. was awarded the project and have already rented office space in town in anticipation of the project start date. The March 1 date is dependent on state permitting going through on time, but there was no indication that there were any issues pending. The anticipated completion of the project is by Oct. 15, 2019, which is a state deadline for working in a riverbed, but “hopefully sooner,” McNamara said. The Depot Street Bridge has been closed to traffic since Dec. 23, 2015. Local residents have complained about speeders and many would have preferred not to see the bridge replaced. However, the town is considering various options including solar powered digital speed signs. VT Journal

Cavendish Fire District 2 Annual Meeting Rescheduled: Due to the snowstorm, those present at the Annual Meeting of Fire District 2 (Cavendish Village), Tuesday, Feb. 12, voted to adjourn and reconvene on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

Arrest Made in GMUHS Threat: Law enforcement agencies continue to investigate threats made at Green Mountain Union High School (GMUHS) last week. The initial threat was received Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, when a student at the high school learned of a message online in which an individual made threats of violence toward the student at school. The threat was traced to an individual in Michigan, and late Thursday, Feb. 7, authorities there took into custody Jason Graham, 23, of Three Rivers, on a parole violation related to possession of firearms, drugs and alcohol. According to Michigan law enforcement, Mr. Graham was on parole for escape from a work crew, with underlying charges of retail theft and carrying a concealed weapon. Mr. Graham's computer was seized, and investigators are in the process of searching it in connection with the GMUHS threat. No charges related to that incident have been filed. At about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, the school received a call from an individual who made a threat of violence toward the school, including a bomb threat. The school was placed in lockdown, and police responded. Law enforcement evacuated the school. The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad and explosives detection K-9s also were utilized, and no explosive devices were found. The investigation into the source of this second threat remains active and ongoing. Friday morning, Feb. 8, police were on hand at the beginning of the school day and met with students to explain the situation. A normal class schedule has resumed. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Chester police at 802-875-2233. VT State Police Press Release

Downers 4 Corners: On Thursday evening, Feb. 14, those on their drive home to Cavendish noticed a number of VT State Police at Downers Four Corners. Preliminary information received indicates an armed robbery took place in Ludlow earlier in the day and the police were able to make an arrest at Downer’s. Please note this is subject to change and new information will be posted to the Cavendish Facebook page.

BRACC Hires New Program Coordinator: The Black River Area Community Coalition proudly announces the hiring of Brooke Willard as program coordinator. Brooke prides herself in the role she plays in the prevention of substance abuse and misuse. Brooke’s new position will include collaborating with school officials and prevention specialists in order to plan events and activities pertaining to wellness and prevention. VT Journal

Springfield Hospital CEO seeks community support, cuts move forward: As Springfield Hospital and Springfield Medical Care Systems continue to look for ways to cut $6.5 million in annualized expenses, the way back to viability will largely depend on the support from the community. Interim CEO Michael Halstead said that a key factor in saving the hospital will be “if the community continues to support this organization by coming here for their healthcare, and we can keep the activity levels up to where they’ve been or ideally increase them.” Halstead has had to make some tough decisions in recent weeks, cutting 27 staff positions and instituting across the board salary reductions of 10 percent for salaried workers and 4 percent for hourly workers, which goes into effect Feb. 24. Cuts in staffing focused primarily on non-patient care areas in administration, managers, and supervisors in order to ensure that excellent patient care remained a top priority. VT Journal

Mapping Shows VTel Mobile Broadband Coverage Falls Far Short of Claims: Vermont Telephone Co. received a $35.2 million loan from the federal government in 2010 to build a wireless broadband network that was supposed to blanket the state and reach 33,165 homes — representing 18 percent of the state’s population — that did not yet have access to the internet. Yet after conducting extensive on-the-ground mapping of mobile phone coverage in Vermont, the state’s Department of Public Service, or DPS, has found what critics have said is the reality: VTel’s wireless network is either not available or performs poorly in many areas it purports to serve. “I don’t think there are any surprises here,” said Clay Purvis, director of telecommunications for DPS. “The drive test validates what most Vermonters already know, which is there are wide gaps in wireless coverage all over the state.” Among the six wireless providers in Vermont — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and VTel Wireless — VTel had the second-worst measurement when it came to no signal detected: 42 percent of the area tested. T-Mobile was worst with 44 percent, and the average of all six carriers was 10 percent, according to the DPS analysis. VT Digger

Vermont’s C Grade for infrastructure shows little progress in 5 years: A 2019 report from the VT Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state a D+  on storm water and wastewater. These were the lowest grades received in the nine categories that were rated. The report’s best marks were B- scores for energy and solid waste. Vermont has the lowest energy production in the country, and has committed to a goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050, but high electricity costs brought down the score. Roads saw the biggest improvement over time, going from a C- in 2014 to a C+ for 2019. The report noted prioritization of road maintenance by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and low congestion as some of the roads’ biggest assets. VT Digger

Hobby Lobby in Rutland to Close in March: While the company would immediately confirm it, follow with corporate headquarters led to an e-mail which briefly stated that Rutland store “will be exiting the market in March.” Rutland Herald

VT New Driver License Redesign: The Department of Motor Vehicles is preparing to roll out a major redesign of all state driver's licenses and ID cards, starting July 1. It's the first change in 15 years. The updated licenses are packed with 23 separate security features, some which are not visible. There will be no increase in costs and Vermonters can wait until their current license is up for renewal to order one. New licenses will be mailed from a central facility -- and no longer will be printed while you wait at local DMV counter. That change is projected to save the department $100,000 annually. NBC5

2. EVENTS

FEBRUARY 18 (MONDAY): President’s Day. Legal Holiday. Town Office Closed. Schools closed this week.

FEBRUARY 19 (TUESDAY) : Cavendish Fire District #2 Annual Meeting; 7:30 Pm Cavendish Town Office. Warning information is available at the Cavendish Connects Calendar.

FEBRUARY 24 (SUNDAY):  Paint and Munch fundraiser to benefit Cavendish Library. Tickets are $40 per person and include a painting lesson and delicious meal. The event will be from 1-4 at the library. FMI & Reservation: Kata at 802-226-7503

FEBRUARY 27 (WEDNESDAY): Annual School District Meeting and Informational Meeting will take place at Green Mountain Union High School Auditorium on Wed. Feb. 27, at 7 pm.   

MARCH 4 (MONDAY): Town Meeting

MARCH 5 (TUESDAY): VOTING! Proctorsville Fire Department from 10-7.

MARCH 31 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 4pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church. As part of the this event, the film “Alone in the Wilderness” will be shown. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

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

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Cavendish Update 2/8/19: GMUHS Threats/Tech Cafe/News

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2/8/19 Cavendish Update

1. GMUHS Threats-Twice in One Week

2. Cavendish Related News

3. What date for the Tech Cafe?

4. Events

 

1. GMUHS THREATS-TWICE IN ONE WEEK: Please be advised that this story continues to evolve and as information becomes available, it will be posted immediately to the Cavendish VT Facebook. Both Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) and Green Mountain Union High School (GMUHS) are posting press releases/tweets related to the incidents. Information will change as more is learned so it is important not to jump to hasty conclusions

On Monday, February 4th, press/news releases came from various principals as well as Two Rivers Supervisory Union (TRSU) This afternoon, February 4th, Chief Cloud of the Chester Police informed the Green Mountain Union High School (GMUHS) administration of a threat that is directed at the school. Chief Cloud is working with the State Police to investigate this situation. The GMUHS administration and staff are collaborating with the Chester police to maintain the safety of the school. The school will be in session tomorrow with a police presence. Meg Alison Powden, Superintendent of Schools, Two Rivers Supervisory Union

As the story would unfold, a student at GMUHS received a threat of gun violence that extended to the school via a social media site.  The Chester police were immediately engaged and ultimately were able to identify the person making the threat as someone in the Midwest.

 With no credible threat to the school, GMUHS opened as normal on Feb. 5 (Tuesday) with parents being made aware that if they preferred they could keep their students home. Those students who did go to school (close to 50% of the student body stayed home) were met by Associate Principal Mike Ripley and the police.

 Three days later, on Thursday, February 7, another press/news release came from Meg Powden. Dear Green Mountain Families, We have received another threat at Green Mountain. An individual claiming to be the brother of the person who threatened our school earlier this week, told our administration late this morning that he had a bomb in one of our bathrooms at Green Mountain. Also, he said if the school was evacuated, people would be shot.

 The police made sure there were no bombs in our school and then the school was evacuated to the Legion Hall under police protection. Students are being dismissed at this time, you can pick up your child at the Legion Hall and we will provide transportation home for the students who are not picked up.

 We will keep you updated with any new developments.

 Last evening, the GMUHS Administration posted the following, Good Evening Everyone, First we would like to take this chance to thank everyone (teachers, staff, students) for their cooperation today in what was, at best, a trying situation. Students did as we have practiced doing, and the process ran well.

 The local and state police have finished the sweep of the building and given the okay to have school open tomorrow. We are confident it is safe for everyone to return to the building. You should be aware that there will be both local and State police on campus tomorrow. They will have their dogs with them. The State police have let us know that this is routine procedure for them on the day after an incident. We are glad to have them here to help the school day go smoothly.

This type of incident can be upsetting, and we want everyone to feel supported. The GM Counseling office will be available all day for students and staff. If you would like someone to specifically check in with your child, please let the guidance staff know at 875-4155. state police have finished the sweep of the building and given the okay to have school open tomorrow. We are confident it is safe for everyone to return to the building. You should be aware that there will be both local and State police on campus

Sincerely, Lauren Fierman, GMUHS Principal, Michael Ripley, GMUHS Associate Principal and Pam O’Neil, GMUHS Guidance Director

On Thursday evening Chester Police Chief Rick Cloud confirmed that the bomb threat is related to the incident earlier in the week, with one correction, the caller did not claim to be the brother of the person who threatened the school earlier in the week. While no arrests have been made, the police are interviewing “persons of interest,” some of whom are from the area. Cloud said neither threat originated locally. The Chester Telegraph has been providing good coverage of the events as they are unfolding. Check their website for past articles.

 According to the National School Boards Association,  “Although nearly all bomb threats are a false alarm, such incidents exact a price.” Not only is there the lost of instructional time, the cost of police protection and intervention but also the general level of community panic. These threats have become so commonplace, many of the Vermont news outlets are barely covering this story. Yet they are far from our everyday norm.

Our thanks to GMUHS, TRSU and law enforcement for their speedy actions in protecting our students and community.

 

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

No Mr. Hickernell is Not Buried in the Basement: The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) has put to rest the rumor that Mr. Hickernell is buried in the basement of the Gothic stone (entrance is on High Street but faces 131 with a sweeping lawn) where he and his wife lived for many years. The “haunted house” story emerged after Mrs. Hickernell had a concrete floor poured in the basement shortly after Mr. Hickernell went “missing.” As it turns out, Theresa Hickernell was quite a fascinating character but since his death was attended by Dr. Gene Bont, we are assured he is properly buried in Pennsylvania. Learn more about Theresa Ruth Swetitch Hickernell-Smith at the CHS Blog.

CHS Annual Meeting will Screen Alone in the Wilderness: This year’s Cavendish Historical Society’s Annual meeting will be on March 31 (Sunday) starting at 4 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church Parish Hall. To help gain insight into what life was like for the “pioneering families” of Cavendish, CHS will be screening “Alone in the Wilderness.” Dick Proenneke, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. Filming himself, Proenneke traces how he came to this remote area, selected a homestead site and built his log cabin completely by himself. The documentary covers his first year in-country, showing his day-to-day activities and the passing of the seasons as he sought to scratch out a living alone in the wilderness. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

Cavendish Student Named Candidate in US Presidential Scholarship Program: Dmitri Solzhenitsyn, a graduating student at St. Paul’s School, has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholarship Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2019. Dmitri is the son of Carolyn and Ignat Solzhenitsyn of Cavendish. He will be attending Harvard in the fall. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in the community and school activities. VT Journal

VT Journal & Springfield Shopper-New Partnership: Without any heirs to take over the Vermont Journal, publisher and owner, Bill Miller at 73 is looking to retire. In recent months, Miller has joined forces with the Rutland Herald, outlining a partnership that will protect The Vermont Journal & The Shopper and allow it to continue publishing, essentially untouched, once he completes the process of turning over day-to-day management to newly named Assistant Publisher, Shawntae Stillwell. Stillwell has been working at the paper as the graphic designer for close to four years, and according to Miller was responsible for the paper’s redesign, resurgence in readership, and successfully revamping of the website and Facebook page. Now, naming her as assistant publisher, Miller’s heir apparent is set and will continue to take on more responsibilities over the next two years, with Miller’s departure date set for January of 2021. At that point, she will officially be named the publisher. According to Stillwell, she’s excited to have the opportunity to take on more responsibility and eventually lead The Vermont Journal & The Shopper team. “I already have a good working relationship with many of our clients, and am looking forward to growing in my role, helping to make Bob’s retirement a smooth transition.” One thing that will be changing for The Vermont Journal & The Shopper immediately, however, is the size of the paper. The recent postage increases, as well as printing increases, have brought about the size change. “Dropping from 26 inches to 24 inches in width, the savings of postage and printing will offset those costs,” said Miller. VT Journal

Springfield Fires Longtime Police Chief But Decline to Cite a Reason: Springfield has fired its longtime police chief — but won’t say why. Meanwhile, the attorney for the terminated chief says a lawsuit is coming to hold “the town financially accountable for his wrongful termination.”Douglas Johnston has served as the Springfield police chief for nearly two decades before his firing Monday, and has been a member of the department for about 40 years. VT Digger

VTel in Dispute Over Concerns About Chinese Firm Huawei: FirstLight, the Albany telecommunications company that acquired Vermont’s Sovernet in 2017, is seeking to connect with the network of Vermont Telephone Co. Inc., or VTel, the private Springfield-based company that provides landline service to 14 Vermont villages and 4G LTE wireless internet to many areas of the state. Under the federal Telecommunications Act, carriers like VTel are required to let competitors interconnect in order to share traffic. FirstLight is seeking portability for phone numbers that it requires in order to serve customers in VTel’s territory. But VTel is refusing, saying it needs assurance first that FirstLight isn’t using any equipment made by Huawei, one of two Chinese companies that have come under scrutiny lately by national security agencies as possible security threats. VT Digger

 

3. WHAT DATE FOR THE TECH CAFE?: Due to the over whelming interest in a Cavendish Connections Tech Cafe, Cavendish Connects is co-sponsoring the first cafe with the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library in Proctorsville. You will be able to bring your smart phone, laptop, tablet (iPad) to learn how to use them as well as how to use Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. This will be free and open to the Cavendish community.

The Cafe will be held at the Cavendish Library so we can take full advantage of their computers and Internet access.

We need to hear from you about what dates would work best for you:

Tuesdays May 7, 14, 21 or 28 from 6-8 pm

Saturdays May 4, 11, or 18 from 2-4 pm

Please e-mail cavendishconnects@gmail.com with the dates that work best for you to attend or to volunteer to help with the “tech desk.”

 

4. EVENTS

FEBRUARY 11 (MONDAY): Cavendish Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm Cavendish Town Office.

FEBRUARY 12 (TUESDAY):  Cavendish Fire District #2 Annual Meeting; 7:30 Pm Cavendish Town Office. Warning information is available at the Cavendish Connects Calendar.

FEBRUARY 18 (MONDAY): President’s Day. Legal Holiday. Town Office Closed. Note schools will be open.

FEBRUARY 24 (SUNDAY):  Paint and Munch fundraiser to benefit Cavendish Library. Tickets are $40 per person and include a painting lesson and delicious meal. The event will be from 1-4 at the library. FMI & Reservation: Kata at 802-226-7503

FEBRUARY 27 (WEDNESDAY): Annual School District Meeting and Informational Meeting will take place at Green Mountain Union High School Auditorium on Wed. Feb. 27, at 7 pm. 

MARCH 4 (MONDAY): Town Meeting

MARCH 5 (TUESDAY): VOTING! Proctorsville Fire Department from 10-7.

MARCH 31 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 4pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church. As part of the this event, the film “Alone in the Wilderness” will be shown. This is free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or margocaulfield@icloud.com

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

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Cavendish Update: 2/1/19 Warnings/crime watch/News/Survey

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2/1/19 Cavendish Update

1. Warning Cavendish/School Annual Town Meetings

2. Cavendish Related News

3. Is There Interest in a Cavendish Connections Tech Cafe

4. Winter Fundraiser at the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library

5. Events

 

1. WARNING ANNUAL TOWN AND SCHOOL MEETINGS

On Tuesday March 5, from 10-7 at the Proctorsville Fire Department,  the legal voters of Cavendish will vote by Australian for:

• Town Officers: Of the elected town officers, there is only one position where there is a contest-the three year term for Select Board-George Timko and Michael Kell. Vacancies exist for Auditors, Library Trustee (5 year term), and listers.

• School budgets: Shall the voters of Green Mountain Unified School District approve the School Board of Directors to expend $12,937,250.00 which is the amount the school board of directors has determined to be necessary for the ensuing fiscal year? It is estimated that the proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $15,938.07 per equalized pupil.”

• Special article: “Shall the voters of the Town of Cavendish adopt the Town Plan as modified and approved by the Cavendish Board of Selectmen on January 25, 2018.” 

Town Meeting will be on Monday, March 4th, 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. While the usual articles will be discussed and voted on (acceptance of town report; collection of taxes; adopt the town budget; authorize the select board to set a tax rate to support the budget) there are three additional articles pertaining to the replacement of the town listers with a professional lister; exempting Fletcher Farm from taxes for the next five years; and exempting Black River Health Center from taxes for the next five years.

Annual School District Meeting and Informational Meeting The vote for the school budget will take place on March 5 (Tuesday), 10-7 at the Proctorsville Fire Hall.

For a full report and to read copies of the legal warnings, go to The Dish.

 

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS

Crime Watch: Burglary: On 01-28-2019 at approximately 1149 hours, a resident of Cavendish, Duane Warren, reported a theft of a Lincoln Welder and a steel Argon tank from a garage located on Peaceful Valley Road. A member of the State Police investigated the incident and learned the following.  Sometime between 01-26-19 thru 01-28-19 unknown person(s) entered a garage and took items listed above. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Max Trenosky of the Vermont State Police - Westminster barracks at (802) 254-2382 or call the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at (802) 241-5355.  Anonymous crime tips can also be sent using your mobile device. Text the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687) and share the tip you have about a crime. VT State Police

Accident Cavendish Gulf RD: On 01-30-19 at approximately 8:28 am, a motorist traveling on Cavendish Gulf Road in the town of Cavendish came upon a Chevrolet truck in a ditch. The state police were dispatched and upon arrival it was determined that the crash occurred overnight and no operator was on scene.  The investigation revealed that the truck sustained total damage as a result of the crash but there was no evidence to suggest an operator was injured. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Max Trenosky of the Vermont State Police - Westminster barracks at (802) 254-2382 or call the State Police Crime Information Tip Line at (802) 722-4600. Anonymous crime tips can also be sent using your mobile device. Text the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687) and share the tip you have about a crime. VT State Police

Faulty Chlorine Line Releases Wastewater into Black River: Up to 500,000 gallons of treated but not disinfected effluent flowed into the Black River sometime during the 24-hour period between Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 24 when a chlorine line at the Ludlow Treatment Plant failed. VT Journal

State gives Springfield Hospital $800K to prevent imminent closure: After realizing just how dire the state of Springfield Hospital’s finances were, the state loaned the hospital $800,000 on Tuesday to keep it from closing. Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille said the hospital would have closed this week without the loan. The hospital needs to find at least $6.5 million in savings by April 1 to stabilize the finances, according to a letter Gobeille sent Springfield Hospital’s interim CEO Mike Halstead on January 28. VT Digger

Price Increases at the Post Office: The price of a first-class Forever Stamp went up a nickel Sunday, from 50 cents to 55 cents. That 10 percent increase is the largest single price jump in the history of the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service has been running a multibillion-dollar deficit for years, and the price increase is an attempt to contend with an America that just doesn't send as many letters as it used to. Other price increases include the price of a small box rose from $7.20 to $7.90; a medium box increases from $13.65 to $14.35. This could have a real effect on Postal Service revenue. While first-class mail delivery has fallen, the Postal Service's package business has grown. The year 2018 saw an increase of almost half a billion additional packages compared with the year before. VPR

 

3. IS THERE INTEREST IN A CAVENDISH CONNECTIONS TECH CAFE? Lots of people have smart phones, tablets, iPads, laptops and other digital devices that they just aren’t sure how to use. Cavendish Connects is interested in learning if the Cavendish community would like to start a “Connections Tech Cafe.” This would be a volunteer program to help users who have questions-such how to download photos, start social media accounts,  learn device features and tips and/or make simple repairs. If you would be interested in seeing a Connections Tech Cafe started in Cavendish, take a few minutes to answer the following questions and e-mail them to cavendishconnects@gmail.com

• What would like help with?

• What days of the week and times would be best for you?

• Would you like to volunteer to help organize or assist with the Connections Cafe?

 

4. WINTER FUNDRAISER AT THE CAVENDISH LIBRARY : The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library is hosting its winter "Paint and Munch" fundraiser on Sunday, February 24 from 1:00-4:00.  Tickets are $40 per person and include a guided painting lesson and a delicious meal.  Both the painting and the meal have a tropical theme.  Please contact Kata at 226-7503 to make your reservation today as seating is limited.

 

5. EVENTS:

FEBRUARY 12 (TUESDAY):  Cavendish Fire District #2 Annual Meeting; 7:30 Pm Cavendish Town Office. Warning information is available at the Cavendish Connects Calendar.

FEBRUARY 18 (MONDAY): President’s Day. Legal Holiday. Town Office Closed.

FEBRUARY 24 (SUNDAY):  Paint and Munch fundraiser to benefit Cavendish Library. Tickets are $40 per person and include a painting lesson and delicious meal. The event will be from 1-4 at the library. FMI & Reservation: Kata at 802-226-7503

FEBRUARY 27 (WEDNESDAY): Annual School District Meeting and Informational Meeting will take place at Green Mountain Union High School Auditorium on Wed. Feb. 27, at 7 pm. 

MARCH 4 (MONDAY): Town Meeting

MARCH 5 (TUESDAY): VOTING! Proctorsville Fire Department from 10-7.

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

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Warning for Cavendish Town/School Meetings

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WARNING ANNUAL TOWN MEETING: On Tuesday March 5, from 10-7 at the Proctorsville Fire Department,  the legal voters of Cavendish will vote by Australian for: Town Officers; school budgets as well as “Shall the voters of the Town of Cavendish adopt the Town Plan as modified and approved by the Cavendish Board of Selectmen on January 25, 2018.” 

 Of the elected town officers, there is only one position where there is a contest-the three term for Select Board between George Timko and Michael Kell. Vacancies still exist for Auditor (2 and 3 year terms) and for the Library Trustee five-year position. The position for a 2 year lister term is vacant while Jane Pixley is running for the three years. Note that in the town warning, Article 5 calls for the elimination of the Office of Town Lister to be replaced with a professional assessor.

 The slate of elected positions will be as follows: 

Town Moderator 1 year Michael J. Ripley

Town Agent 1 year Stuart Lindberg

Auditor 1 year Peter J. Labelle

Select Board 1 year Sandra Russo

Select Board 1 year Stuart Lindberg

Select Board 3 years George Timko & Michael F. Kell

Town Grand Juror 1 year Theresa H. McNamara

Lister 3 years Jane Pixley

Trustee of Public Funds 3 years Daniel W. Churchill GMUSD

Director 3 years Doug McBride

 Town Meeting will be on Monday, March 4th, 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. While the usual articles will be discussed and voted on (acceptance of town report; collection of all taxes; adopt the town budget; authorize the select board to set a tax rate to support the budget) there are two additional articles.

Article 5: Shall the voters eliminate the office of Town Lister and replace it with a professionally qualified assessor

Article 6: Shall Fletcher Farm Foundation, a non profit organization, be exempt from all taxes on real and personal property for the next five years.

Article 7: Shall the Black River Health Center, Inc., a 501 non profit be exempt from all taxes on real and personal property for the next five years on its building and lot in the Cavendish village.

The Town Warning Notice is available at the Town Website in PDF format.

GREEN MOUNTAIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WARNING: The vote for the school budget will take place on March 5 (Tuesday), 10-7 at the Proctorsville Fire Hall. Article 1 reads as follows: Shall the voters of Green Mountain Unified School District approve the School Board of Directors to expend $12,937,250.00 which is the amount the school board of directors has determined to be necessary for the ensuing fiscal year? It is estimated that the proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $15,938.07 per equalized pupil.” The Warning is available in PDF format.