Palm Sunday Week Hints At Warmer Weather — Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard.

Tapped Maple Trees3/22/15

Cold, cold, cold – what else can be said for the beginning of spring this year!  That light dusting of snow on Sat night did whiten things up a bit.  My brother-in-law in Mohegan Lake, NY sent a picture of their 4 inches of snow and I understand that further south in VT a few inches fell.  Well, good for them – I am ready to be done with winter, although it doesn’t appear that winter is done with us yet!  Ice abounds!.

Condolences to the Brisson family on the passing of Aunt Millie, a most delightful and devout woman who recently moved to our area and attended our church until her health issues prevented her from doing so.  Also please note the passing of Kevin McDermott, whose children Crystal and Brian live in town. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations to Holli Olsen on being selected for the US Presidential Scholars Program.  Nice picture with Gov Shumlin, too.  I would love more news about our wonderful young people, so please send some my way.

Don’t forget the Reading Group on Thurs at 6:30 PM at the Schoolhouse Community Center, where we will be joined by local author Jon Clinch to discuss his book. What Came After.  Aren’t we fortunate to have such a talented bunch of people living in our town!

Looking forward to the annual Cabin Fever Dinner at Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society on Saturday, 3/28.  There may still be time to make a reservation by calling 484-LUCY.  The 9 year old cat we adopted from there last year is still tearing around our house like a kitten!

March is moving along quickly and this Sunday is Palm Sunday.  Consider joining us at 10:30 AM to wave palms and sing praise.  On a more sombre note, plan to attend our Maundy Thursday supper at 5:30 PM and service at 6:30 PM on 4/2.  All are welcome!

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Plymouth Reading Group to Meet March 26th

Just a reminder that the next Plymouth Reading Group discussion will occur on March 26th, 6:30 PM at the Community Center (school) in Plymouth. The selection this month is “What Came After,” by Jon Clinch. Clinch, a local author, has graciously offered to attend the discussion. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to engage the author in conversation and glean rare insights into the story and creation of the book. Come and meet the author, even if you haven’t read the book. All are welcome.

Questions: 802-672-3179

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Bridgewater Community Chorus and Potluck at Bridgewater Grange

Hi everyone,

Come and join us on Saturday, March 28th, for a Bridgewater Community Chorus concert and potluck at the Grange Hall.  The potluck will be at 5:30pm and the concert at 6:30pm.

We have a great-sounding chorus,  and a nice selection of music, including Bonzorno Madonna, a 16th century madrigal, Many Waters, written after the 2011 flood, and Wanting Memories by Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Would love to have you all there (AND, come sing with us next round)!

Marcia

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Women’s Education Scholarship Deadline Nears

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of VT still has scholarship available for VT women who have been homemakers, but have lost their means of support through separation or divorce due to death, disability or long-term unemployment of their spouse.

Applications, including a specific education or training plan need to be submitted by 3/15. Information is available through Midge Tucker by calling 672-3086 or via email at midgetucker@gmail.com. These scholarships range from $500 to $1500.

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Plymouth Inns Open for a Couple More Weeks

The Echo Lake Inn will remain open through 3/21 this year. Call 228-8602 for dinner reservations.

The Inn At Water’s Edge will be open through Easter weekend & having their Thurs (Italian) & Fri night dinner specials. Reach them at 228-8143 for more info!

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Good Friday Bake Sale, Reachout Luncheon, and Local Summer Childcare: Upcoming Plymouth Events — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of the Vermont Standard

3/9/15

Karen Evans' photo of Bruno Broza's Snowman

Karen Evans’ photo of Bruno Broza’s Snowman

Some melting going on, but we still have plenty of snow.  I understand that skiing is still good.  Karen and I had another fun day snowshoeing on Sunday – this time at the Notch.  Bruno Broza built a terrific snowman. I think that last, slightly wet snow made all the difference in constructing it.

WUHS has been doing great things on the snow.  Our own Holli Olsen helped the Alpine Team win the State Championship – way to go!  I also noticed that Cedar Allen made the Honor Roll at BRHS.  I wish I had more information about what our students are doing, so let me know!

I have heard that the Snow Camps at Bethany Birches Camp have been lots of fun.  If you haven’t been keeping up with the progress of the new pavilion, you can check it out at  bethanybirches.org/paviprogress.

It was so nice to have such a pleasant Town Meeting last week.  There were not that many in attendance, but there were good questions & understandable answers.  I enjoyed re-connecting with Matt Harootunian, who is back in town.  His girlfriend Lauren Skaskiw is planning to have childcare available at the Schoolhouse Community Center this summer.  She is a licensed Early Childhood Educator, who is currently teaching Preschool.   She is hoping to provide care for up to 6 youngsters, ages 2 to 12 for a fee of $6.00/ hour, starting in mid-June.  She may be reached at 802 855 7566 or email: lskaskiw@gmail.com

Tyson Ladies Aid is already planning their famous Good Friday Bake Sale on 4/3 from 9:00 to noon at the Shaw’s plaza in Ludlow.  Ann Rose (whose birthday is 3/19, by the way) makes amazing pecan pies, but there are plenty of good bakers, so there will be a huge variety of goodies from which to choose!

This month for the Reach Out luncheon on 3/19, for which Ladies Aid & Tyson Church team up, we will serve chicken/broccoli casserole, rice, and yummy dessert.  At 11:00, Tom Gianola, the new owner of the Echo Lake Inn will be our speaker, so come get to know him!  The luncheon is free, in the Community Room downstairs at Tyson Church and open to everyone.

The weeks of Lent are moving along quickly.  Our service on 3/15 will explore the question posed by Reuben Job, what does doing good look like in our divided, hostile and wounded world?   Just advance notice that Palm Sunday is 3/29 and our Maundy Thursday dinner and service will be 3/19.  Our Easter Resurrection Service with our well-known flower-covered Cross will be at 10:30 AM on 4/5/15.   All are welcome.

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Town Meeting 2015 – Tonkin Re-elected to Selectboard

From The Plymouth Press

Attendance was low Monday night at this year’s Town Meeting. The usual crowd was likely deterred by the slippery roads and the lack of major issues this year. The budget was passed uneventfully, a change from several of the past years.

Russ Tonkin presented an overview of the budget and changes to it from past years. For the first time in several years, there will be no carryover funds to offset the taxes needed to be raised. The selectboard decided it would be better to have working capital on hand rather than take out loans to cover payments to contractors as the town waits for FEMA reimbursements for projects. The selectboard does expect the FEMA payments to come this year, but the timing might not match up with when bills will be owed. Unfortunately this does mean the tax rate will increase to cover the budget, even though the proposed budget was lower than last year’s budget.

Some pointed to the possibility of a town wide reassessment to help keep taxes low due to lower property values. Tonkin and others countered that even if property values were reassessed, the budget wouldn’t change and the taxes the town needed to raise would remain the same. This solution would only raise the effective tax rate more, they explained. The tax rate will amount to less than $.50 per $1,000 or under $500 per $100,000 in assessed value. The education tax, which is more than $1 per $1000 in assessed value, makes up the bulk of voters’ tax bills.

State Rep Alison Clarkson was on hand to talk about the issues on the forefront in Montpelier. Many in the room demanded reform of the education funding process, which has become so burdensome to Plymouth residents, among other issues raised.

On Tuesday, 133 Plymouth voters participated. In the only contested race, Russ Tonkin received 70 votes to be re-elected versus Andy Crossman who received 59 votes. Thanks to all who made the effort to go to the polls and to Town Meeting this year.

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