Special Meeting: Wednesday, May 27 at 3:00 pm

From the Plymouth Selectboard

(Change of Date)

A Special Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 3:00 pm at the Town Hall to award a contract for the inspection of asbestos and lead at the Community Center.

Ralph Michael, Chair
Larry Lynds
Russ Tonkin

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How to Hire a Caregiver Panel Discussion – June 10

From Sherry Thornburg, Ottauquechee Health Foundation

On Wednesday, June 10, area residents are invited to a panel discussion “How to Hire a Caregiver” from 5:30-6:30pm at the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. Speakers include representatives from the Thompson Senior Center, MAHHC, Woodstock Terrace as well as others who work closely with families to support care decisions.

There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served. For more information contact ohf@sover.net or call 802-457-4188.

View the invitation in PDF

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Summer in Plymouth: Fun Family Things To Do! –Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

Tyson Library Facade5/18/15

The Memorial weekend is upon us and is bringing more exciting activities and opportunities to our area.  The Antiques and Treasure Sale at the Schoolhouse Community Center on Rte 100 will take place on all three days.  We brought our items, which include a number of kid-related toys, vehicles and equipment.  More things are coming in all the time.  It should be a great event, so even if you don’t have things to sell, come check out the bargains!  For more info, get in touch with Terry Bascom at 672-5390 or terry.bascom@yahoo.com

The Coolidge State Historic Site will be opening and there is a wonderful new exhibit, Grace Coolidge “A Glass of Fashion,” that examines 1920s style and her role as a fashion trendsetter.  Glittering beads, low hipped waists, and ragged hemlines appeared on even the most formal dresses for state occasions.  Come see gowns, jewelry, evening bags, ostrich feather fans and other elaborate accessories typical of this stylish era.

Tyson Library StacksTyson Library will open for the season on 6/1.  Library Hours and Librarians  – 1st and 3rd Mondays 6pm-7pm/Sally Markwell; Tuesday 10am-12pm/Jane Wallace; Wednesday 10am-12pm/Betty Aubin; Thursday 10am-12pm/Carolyn Scott; Friday 10am-12pm/Roy Pierson; Saturday 10am-12pm/Julia Baldwin; Marge Harlow will fill in as needed.  This adorable little building just off Dublin Road contains many books and is well worth a visit!  Some day passes for Camp Plymouth State Park are available there, too.

Our 2 local camps will be getting into full swing in June.  Brandon Bergey at Bethany Birches Camp, where 90% of the campers are from VT, wants everyone to know that they try to make their camping experience very accessible to Plymouth residents – $200 per week.  Call 802-672-5220 or email camp@bethanybirches.org with questions.  When Rebecca Geary spoke at the Reach Out Luncheon, she mentioned that Farm and Wilderness Camp (802-422-3761) has some scholarship funds as well.

Our 3 State parks will be opening for the season on the holiday weekend.  I spoke with the new ranger at the Coolidge Park on Rte 100A, Sean Dempsey, who said camping will be great there this season.  For reservations within 2 wks, call 672-3612.  Otherwise call 888-401-7579 or go on the website.

As far as Camp Plymouth (228-2025) is concerned, Chris is back and the park is ready for fun.  I understand that fees will be increasing effective 7/1, including adult tickets, boat rentals, punch passes and vehicle passes (currently $80 which includes 8 people).  So, if you plan to make use of this wonderful facility, consider purchasing your punch or vehicle pass before the change!

Don’t forget the Strawberry Festival at Camp Plymouth from 5-8 PM on Wed 6/17.  Come out and enjoy the BBQ with great salads and homemade baked beans, wonderful strawberry shortcake with fresh berries, and the huge raffle that benefits local community needs.  Thanks to Adam Boyce, who will be providing music again.  Face-painting for those young-at-heart, and all sorts of other things!  The most fun as far as I am concerned is seeing friends and neighbors.  The park entrance fee is waived for the event, and it is held rain or shine.  Hope to see you there!

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Book Discussions, Town-Wide Tag Sale, and Strawberry Festival – Margo Marrone’s Weekly Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard.


April Showers (frogs)Well, I guess spring is really here!  Not just the temps, but the black flies have hatched and the hummingbirds are back, plus some thunder storms have passed through our area.  Yet these are minor inconveniences and take nothing away from heading outdoors without bundling up.

Mothers Day turned out to be less stormy than predicted, which was very nice.  I was taken out for brunch and I hope all mothers were treated well on this special day.  At church youngsters heard a cute story and made handprints on prepared cards with a lovely poem honoring moms.

A belated Happy Birthday to Justus Pingree, whose birthday was 5/5!

reading-clubWe had a nice book discussion of Still Alice last Thursday and thanks to Betsy Tonkin (with some help from Russ!) the movie was streamed and we were able to watch it at the Community Center.

The Reach Out Luncheon will be Thurs 5/21, offering steak and cheese sandwiches, salad and yummy dessert.  The guest speaker with be Patti Potter, the supervisor of the Ludlow Transfer station, who will discuss some of the new state regs, so plan to join us.

Antiques and Treasures post imageGearing up for the Memorial Day weekend Antique and Treasure sale.  I guess with the onset of bugs, I won’t mind staying inside to start marking our offerings!  Consider participating by getting in touch with Terry at 672-5390 or terry.bascom@yahoo.com for details and to sign up for a 3 hour shift.

Strawberry Festival Attendees

Strawberry Festival Attendees

Tyson Ladies Aid is moving ahead with its part (the strawberries) of the Strawberry Festival, which will be Wed, 6/17 at Camp Plymouth State Park, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.  The church will be starting its part (the raffle that goes solely for community projects like the RO luncheon and needed funds to community members) by looking for raffle items.  Emergency Services will be canvassing town for volunteers to make salads and such for the BBQ.   I will note more details soon.

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Plymouth “Antiques and Treasures” Sale Update

Antiques and Treasures post image          We now have 5 new sandwich boards to help market our town-wide Memorial Day Weekend “Antiques & Treasures” sale at the Schoolhouse Activity Center. They will be out at key intersections in the next few days.
          Meanwhile, you can help market the event! Download flyers here, or pick some up at the town office, and post them in Plymouth and in surrounding towns. The more marketing we all do, the bigger our turn out and the greater success we will have.
014          Also be sure to stop by and see what’s available on  Sat – Sun – Mon (May 23 – 25), 9 am – 6 pm.
          It’s not too late to participate as a vendor. All you have to do is securely tag every item with your initials and price. (Use 3 letters for your initials to avoid risk of duplication.) Then take your items to the schoolhouse to put on display on any of these days:
            Saturday, May 16, 9 am – noon
            Sunday, May 17, 1 – 4 pm
            Tuesday, May 19, 5 – 8 pm
            Thursday, May 21, 9 am – noon
          While delivering your items, sign up for one 3-hour shift to help staff the event.
          Questions? Contact Terry Bascom, Plymouth Activity Coordinator, at 672.5390 or terry.bascom@yahoo.com.
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The Weather’s Fine! It’s Spring Cleaning Time! –Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard.


What a glorious weekend and start to the week.  Time to get out some warm weather clothes and maybe even my bike!  Hope everyone was able to be outside and enjoy these lovely days.  My sister and brother-in-law were visiting and it was so nice to sit out on the deck.  Perhaps the black flies haven’t realized that it is May yet because I haven’t seen any so far!

I understand from an initial report that fewer folks participated in GreenUp this year.  We picked up some green bags and plan to get out there this week.  ABLE will be taking these bags for a week or two, so there is still time to help clean up and beautify our town.

The Reading Group will be meeting this Thursday at 6:30 at the Community Center to discuss Still Alice.

I have heard about some May birthdays:  Julia Baldwin (5/18), Betty Ann Hayward (5/15) and Wendy Olsen (5/10) – wish them well, if you see them.  I am sure there are more, so let me know.

The Committal service for Ellen Steward will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, 5/9.  I understand that Kathy Lynds will be welcoming guests at her home afterward.  It seems fitting that things are beginning to bloom since both Ellen and Orville were such flower lovers.

I am hating having to spend some time indoors today to price items for the big Antique & Treasure Sale at the School House Community Center over the holiday weekend, but it will be great to downsize and make life simpler – I hope!  Consider participating by getting in touch with Terry at 672-5390 or terry.bascom@yahoo.com for details and to sign up for a 3 hour shift.

We had a musical treat at church this Sunday with the surprise visit of Erik Johansson with his harp.   We are hoping that he will be able to come again soon, possibly at the end of the month.   Children’s Sunday is 5/10 with special activities to honor moms.  Consider joining us at 10:30 AM.


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Townwide Memorial Day Weekend “Antiques & Treasures” Sale Flyer Now Available

The Memorial Day Weekend (Sat-Sun-Mon) “Antiques & Treasures” sale is coming! Don’t forget to start putting your tagged items aside to deliver to the Plymouth Schoolhouse Activity Center. (Scroll down to my April 13th post for more information about how to participate as a “vendor”.)

Here’s a link to an advertising flyer you can download and print to help us market the event. (The flyer is under the image of the Plymouth sign.)

Especially if you are going to be a vendor, we’d like your help in getting the word out by posting flyers on bulletin boards and in store windows around town and in neighboring towns.

You can also pick up pre-printed copies of the flyer at Town Hall starting Monday, May 4th.


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