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9/6/19 Cavendish Update

1. Select Board Meeting 8/26/19

2. Cavendish Related news

3. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Fall Grant Applications

4. Events


1.SELECT BOARD MEETING 8/26/19: A special Select Board was held to discuss an ongoing issue with two dogs on the Cavendish Gulf Rd. The following information is from the unapproved minutes of the meeting, which appear at the Municipal website.

 There have been multiple complaints about two dogs, owned by Antonio Diaz, which are often loose and recently killed a neighbor’s cat and reportedly bitten someone who was on an inn to inn walking tour. According to town manager, Brendan McNamara, the dogs are menacing and the neighbors feel threatened. Though McNamara has spoken directly to Diaz and sent a registered letter stating that the dogs need to be chained or confined, the situation has not changed. The dogs have been loose multiple times since then, and McNamara recently picked up the large dog and would have taken it to the humane society but they were closed.

 Geraldine Farrar was present and stated that these dogs have been a problem for the past several months and she has spoken with the state police and local humane shelters but no one will deal with them. She has been feeding and watering the dogs since the owner is often not there and are left tied out in the hot sun. She and another neighbor said that they often bark.

 A motion was unanimously adopted that  McNamara should give the owner of the dogs a written notice of violation of the Town’s Animal Control ordinance, with a penalty of $500, and that McNamara should contact the Town Attorney for legal advice on this matter.

 Chris Leonard asked if the Board would put pressure on other State agencies regarding the owner’s living situation, namely that he is squatting on someone else’s property and violating Act 250.



Threatening note causes lock down at Springfield High School: According to police, a note threatening violence to the school community was located in the bathroom of the tech center, which is adjacent to the high school. The entire complex immediately went into lockdown. Law enforcement from across the region responded to the scene.  WCAX

How did your school fare on 2018’s math and English SBAC tests? Every spring, thousands of Vermont students sit down to take computerized tests in math and English. The tests, created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, are administered to children in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Statewide results for 2018 were released in the fall, nearly a year ago, and scores on most tests ticked upward. More than 50% of students scored proficient or higher on English tests. Students scored between 35% and 52% proficient in math. After delaying publishing results, due to a data collection problem, the results were released at the end of August. Data is included for GMUHS, CAES and Ludlow but no data is provided for CTES. VT Digger

Rotary calls cooks to 29th annual Chili Cook-Off: The Ludlow Rotary Club is looking for a few good cooks to make chili for Oct. 12’s  29th annual Chili Cook-Off. Here’s your chance to vie for bragging rights, cash prizes, and a plaque. There is an entry fee, and all that’s needed are 3-5 gallons of your favorite chili delivered hot to the cook-off on the morning of the event. Email cook-off co-chairpersons for an application: Suzanne Garvey at Mary Davis Real Estate,, or Glenn Heitsmith at Timber Inn Motel,, or drop a note at P.O. Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.

New ‘Valley Flyer’ brings commuter trains closer to Southern Vermont: A new commuter trains has started running from Greenfield, Massachusetts, to New York City as part of a two-year pilot program. The new “Valley Flyer” line will bring two morning southbound and two evening northbound trains to commuters in northwestern Massachusetts — with the closest stop just a 30-minute drive from Brattleboro. The pilot has been called “use it or lose it” — if the trains don’t see an annual ridership of 24,000, it won’t be back for a third year. VT Digger

September is National Preparedness Month: National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." Week 1 focus is “Save Early for Disaster Costs”. Resources to help you prepare are available at the National Preparedness Month website while Cavendish resources are available at the Cavendish Connects Emergency Preparedness website.


3. CCF ACCEPTING FALL GRANT APPLICATIONS: The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting grant applications for fall 2019 awards. The deadline for applying is October 4, 2019. Applications can be made by letter that describes the organization that is applying, the project proposed and the overall budget, including the amount requested. It is helpful to describe how the project will benefit Cavendish. Applications, including instructions, can be obtained by emailing

Applications should be sent to Cavendish Community Fund, P.O. Box 154, Proctorsville, VT 05153, or can be emailed.

Projects, programs or events must directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews all applications and recommends grant awards based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal. Grants are not expected to exceed $1,000 each and will depend primarily on the number of applications received and the amounts requested.

This past spring the Fund made grants to Cavendish Streetscapes to add flags along Main Street in Cavendish, to the Cavendish Elementary School for a drama-based collaborative project with the Weston Playhouse, and to Stepping Stones Pre-school for a project with the Grafton Nature Museum. If you have a project to benefit Cavendish and need money, contact the Fund to discuss your idea. FMI: Peter LaBelle at 226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at 226-7187.


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.