Exciting Program on Paranormal Activity

Submitted by JoAnn Milza

The Friends of the Library of Ludlow is very happy to announce that we are presenting an exciting program on Paranormal Investigations. This will take place at 7 pm on Thursday May 15th at the library on Main Street. Our guest speaker will be Steve Waldo, a member of the group – Vermont Paranormal Investigations.

Steve Waldo is a native Vermonter who was a civil and criminal investigator for the past 38 years. He is also a former Chief of Police. He is part of a group that was founded in 2009 to assist business, family and individual property owners who suspect that they are not alone. They want to help owners to feel more comfortable in their spaces. These professional investigators try to seek out the truth behind these stories and to assist with the unexplained. Using scientific equipment, they analyze both paranormal and normal activity ( sounds, voices and other unexplained experiences that seem out of place). The investigations are only driven by factual and scientific proofs. Many of the noises thought to be paranormal activities can be ruled out as being normal sounds that occur from normal activity. All consultations are free and completely confidential if desired.
During the program, Steve will showing some of the equipment that is used in their investigations and he will be sharing some of their past casework. There will be a question and answer session after the talk. Please join us for an interesting, exciting evening.

TRSU May 2014 Meeting Schedule

trsu may 2014 meetings

CCCA Soliciting Photos for Annual Contest

Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle

It’s time to think about which photograph you would like to submit for next year’s calendar. Every year the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association solicits Cavendish residents for photographs to grace its community calendar. The organization then holds a competition in which the community picks the twelve best photos for the calendar. There are three age categories and the best picture in each group receives an award and a prize as well. Photos must show scenes and landscapes in Cavendish and Proctorsville that we value for their beauty, historic significance and overall importance to our community. Pictures can include people or animals. The purpose of the calendar is to bring a greater appreciation and sense of pride about the town, which is the foundation of conservation and good stewardship. 

If you have ever felt the inclination to take a picture of a sight that you appreciate in Cavendish or Proctorsville, please consider submitting it for the 2015 calendar competition. You must submit an 8″ by 10″ photo in a horizontal layout, along with your name, the name you give the picture and general location of where the photo was taken. Submissions of copies on disc are also encouraged. 

Photos will be accepted from May 1st until May 31st. Submission application forms will be available beginning May 1st at the Cavendish Town Office, at Cavendish Elementary School and at Crows Bakery on Depot Street, or they can be found on our website at www.cavendishccca.org. Please contact Robin if you have any questions at 802-226-7736.


By Senator Alice Nitka, Windsor CountyApril 18, 2014

These are the days of Spring school trips.Children are “exploding” off of school buses onto the front lawn of the State House, having been sitting on the bus for long hauls to get to Montpelier.It’s not easy to be quiet in the State House after a long trip and to listen to a tour guide talk about history and an old grey building but they are doing it almost every day here. One of the first things they do is try to find the many fossils that are in the marble floor in the entry way. If possible, students are introduced as a group to the members of the House of Representatives.They also get to hear from some of our 8th grade pages who are working at the State House. Many students are following certain bills and the older ones are preparing reports and interviewing legislators. They want their opinions on bills and why they might or might not vote a certain way on a bill. Some issues in bills that were raised by students today as one passed them in the hallways were about: eyewitness identification involving a crime, food labeling, drunk driving penalties, requirements to work and serve alcohol and bullying consequences. They’ve been doing their homework and are ready with their questions.
Issues directly affecting children are topics undergoing study every day here. In addition to all the education bills that will affect our 89,000 students in grades K-12 are other bills such as H-581 re Guardianship of Minors. This bill was presented following a report by a study committee, comprised of parents, relatives of children, judges, social workers, lawyers and other interested parties who worked for almost two years to get consensus where ever possible on issues affecting children who needed guardians and to have it be in the best interests of the child. There are approximately 3000 children under guardianship in VT. Some are due to parents in the military and deployed overseas, incarcerations, substance abuse situations, mental illness, disabilities and deaths. The majority of guardianships are with relatives but many are with other parties. There are also financial guardians for some children as well. The bill spells out responsibilities in consensual and non-consensual arrangements, powers and duties of the guardian, etc. while keeping with the presumption that the interests of a minor child are best promoted in a child’s own home if possible. This bill gives clear guidance and will hopefully reduce conflicts. It protects the rights of parents while addressing the best interest of the child. The bill is most likely to pass this month and become law on September 1, 2014.
Many bills are moving around so if you are trying to follow a particular bill you can see its status on the web or feel free to give me a call. Contact me at home at 228-8432, the State House at 1-800-322-5616, anitka@leg.state.vt.us or PO Box 136, Ludlow, VT 05149.

OPUS 28, State-Wide Student Music Feature, Takes Center Stage in Ludlow, April 30

Pictured above are the students, teachers, and performers at the OPUS 24 performance on the stage of the Ludlow Town Hall auditorium in 2012.

Pictured above are the students, teachers, and performers at the OPUS 24 performance on the stage of the Ludlow Town Hall auditorium in 2012.

Three area students have been selected to join 21 other state-wide students at OPUS 28 on Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium as classical musicians play the original compositions created by the selected students. The area students honored by having their original compositions selected, out of the more than 80 students who competed for this honor, are Erik Heitsmith, Grade 5 and Rosie Saccardo, Grade 5 both from Ludlow Elementary School, and Abby Crowley, Grade 6 from Mt Holly

Pictured above are, from left to right, Erik Heitsmith, Grade 5 and Rosie Saccardo, Grade 5 both from Ludlow Elementary School, whose original musical compositions will be included in the OPUS 28 concert at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, April 30.  Abby Crowley, Grade 6 from Mt Holly Elementary School, photo not available, is also included in the concert.

Pictured above are, from left to right, Erik Heitsmith, Grade 5 and Rosie Saccardo, Grade 5 both from Ludlow Elementary School, whose original musical compositions will be included in the OPUS 28 concert at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, April 30. Abby Crowley, Grade 6 from Mt Holly Elementary School, photo not available, is also included in the concert.

Elementary School. 

The students, with the help of music teacher Constance Wilcox and the on-line musical composition computer program, ‘Inside Music’ and ‘Noteflight’ located on the web, created their own compositions that were submitted to Music-COMP. Statewide, over 80 students participated in the competition. Ultimately, about 24 of these compositions were selected for the April 30 concert in Ludlow. The compositions will be played by professional classical musicians, some members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Ludlow also hosted the OPUS 24 concert in the town hall auditorium. FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium) will assist Music-COMP in arrangements for the concert. Selected student compositions will be played at the concert. 

Here’s how it works: Each student is mentored by a professional composer on our online forum throughout the school year. Then, we choose around 24 of these student works to be performed at each Opus concert. The selected students travel with their music teachers to the event to participate in day-long workshops, interviews, and even get the opportunity to rehearse their piece with the ensemble leading up to the evening’s performance. 

The entire OPUS program is run by Music-Comp. Music-COMP, formerly known as the Vermont MIDI Project, serves over 7,000 students each year to explore music composition in music classrooms and independently at home. Our community involves professional composer mentors who respond to student work-in-progress posted in an online forum. Teachers in participating schools play an important role too, introducing students to music composition and supporting their work. Music-COMP hosts two live performance concerts each year; a winter event featuring brass, percussion, piano and voice and another concert in the spring featuring strings and woodwinds. Throughout the year, the work of individual students is featured in numerous other concerts in collaborations with other performing organizations such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Champlain Philharmonic, Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and others. 

FREE American Red Cross Babysitter Training, May 11

Submitted by Lynne Herbst

Still Time to Sign Up!  FREE American Red Cross Babysitter Training.

Calling all kids age 11 to 15

The Mount Holly Town Library on Sunday, May 11 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Reserve your spot by calling Lynne Herbst at 802-259-2823 or by emailing lherbst@vermontel.net.

A pizza lunch will be provided.

Glow in the Dark 5K run/walk, May 10


Submitted by Katie Cloutier
Join us! On May 10th a 5K glow-in-the-dark walk/run will be hosted in Ludlow to benefit the Down Syndrome Research & Treatment Center and the Black River Valente Scholarship funds.
Registration is 6:30 PM at the Ludlow Community Center with a start time of 7PM!   
Child: $ 15.00 (ages 6-13) Adult: $ 25.00 (ages 14-50) Senior $ 20.00 (ages 51 and up).
Glow in the dark shirt decoration at registration!   Bring your headlamps and reflective gear!  Please, for safety, no strollers or dogs!  Interested in volunteer hours? Need more info??   Contact Katie: (802) 770-0308.

Cavendish Calendar Looking for Sponsors

CCCA 2014 Calendar Cover

Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association produces a calendar each year that celebrates some aspect of life in Cavendish.  Community members take pictures and the best twelve are selected to grace the pages.  The calendars sell to the community in time for the holidays each year.  The 2015 calendar will be in production this summer and the organization is looking for sponsors.  Sponsors can be businesses, or individuals can sponsor a page in honor of a group, an organization or a special person. 

The next one will be the tenth annual calendar.  “Each year the print run sells out and the calendars are distributed all around the greater Cavendish area,” said Robin Timko, President of the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association.  “We always have room for more sponsors.  The money raised helps us produce a number of programs and events, including our nature talks and summer concerts.” 

Sponsorship is $120 for a month or $65 for a shared month.  Sponsors name and logo are prominently shown on the page.  To sponsor a month, or for information about the organization, please call Robin at 226-7736.


Submitted by Mary McCallum

On the first Saturday in May, Cavendish will join hundreds of communities throughout Vermont to support the 44-year-old tradition of picking up roadside trash accumulated over the previous winter. Green Up Day is a time honoredgreen up vt 2014 logo volunteer opportunity that unites communities, raises environmental consciousness and results in cleaner roads for us all.

While volunteer participation has fallen in recent years, Green Up Day is alive and well and needs your support! It’s early enough to mark the date on your calendar and come to Cavendish Elementary School on May 3rd with friends and family to pick up special green trash bags, protective gloves and your user-friendly road assignment. The big sweep begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon with a free town sponsored barbecue on the Proctorsville Green. Rain date is Saturday May 10.

In 2013 we had 35 motivated folks turn out for this iconic Vermont experience—please help us surpass that number in 2014. For more information about Green Up Day or to volunteer to help with the big push before the day arrives call Diane McNamara at the Cavendish Town Office at 226-7292.

The Lloyds Bring “Love Letters” to Ludlow, May 17

love letters title page photo

Written by A. R. Gurney, “Love Letters” was first performed by the author, himself, and Holland Taylor, opening at the New York Public Library in 1988. It

Barbara Lloyd

Barbara Lloyd

has since been performed by Kathleen Turner and John Rubinstein on March 27, 1989, at the off-Broadway Promenade Theatre. The play grew in popularity and has become a major vehicle for a number of actors.

Among those who appeared in it were Barbara Barrie, Philip Bosco, Stephen Collins, Victor Garber, Julie Harris, George Grizzard, Anthony

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Heald, George Hearn, Richard Kiley, Dana Ivey, William Hurt, Marsha Mason, Christopher Reeve, Holland Taylor, George Segal, Christopher Walken, Joan Van Ark, Treat Williams, and Frances Sternhagen.

“Love Letters” will be performed with no intermission.

There will be no charge for admission to the play; however, donations are appreciated .  The Lloyds are performing this play as a gift to the community.

Due to the subject matter and adult content of the play, this play is not recommended for children.

For information, www.fola.us or 802-228-7239.