Plymouth Book Club Meeting July 31

From Betsy Tonkin

On Thursday, July 31st, the Plymouth Book Club will meet to discuss Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings.”  Join us at the Community Center (former elementary school) at 6:30 for lively conversation and neighborly camaraderie. Margo Marrone will be leading the discussion. Bring a beverage, if you wish. A little “treat” will be supplied.

The next book for discussion will be “Defending Jacob,” by William Landay. It is a legal thriller, fast paced and will generate some powerful questions. The book can be obtained at libraries, purchased for kindles and nooks or ordered cheaply as a paperback. Each reader will be responsible for obtaining her preferred format. The date for discussion will be determined at the meeting on July 31st, most likely mid to late September.

Betsy Tonkin (672-3179 or for questions.

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


So many birds around this year – the sound of their singing fills the air, even in the wee hours of the morning. An odd thing happened the other day. I was in kitchen when suddenly a woodpecker began hammering away at the outside of the house. I went out on the deck to request that it cease & desist. It immediately flew into a nearby tree. As long as I was out there, I went to the end of the deck to see the swallow nest that had recently been built despite our attempts to keep that from happening.

As I walked back toward the door, a woodpecker abruptly landed with a thud near my feet. It was blinking so I scooped it up. It didn’t appear to be hurt, but it attached itself securely to my finger with its feet. I managed to detach it & place it on the railing of the deck, talking soothingly to it all the time, of course. Strange as it may seem, I have done this many times & most often the birds revive themselves & fly away. I told it that God knows every sparrow the falls, so He must know every woodpecker as well. Then I returned to the house. A half hour later it was still on the railing, but was more upright & looking a bit more alert. The next time I checked, it was gone. A few days later it was again pecking at the house!

If you are interested in a light breakfast or a lunch of delicious homemade comfort food, stop at the Wilder House located at the Notch. They are open from 9:00 – 4:00, 7 days per week! For those who didn’t see the notice, the Select Board will next meet on Monday, 7/28, at 6:00 PM instead of 7/ 21.

Don’t forget the Blessing of the Animals at Tyson Church on Sun, 7/27 at noon. Please leash or use a carrier & remember that a picture may be utilized if your pet is not easily or comfortably transported. Call the church at 228-4770 if you have questions & someone will get back to you.

Well, how did I miss Josie Flaster’s 2nd birthday on 7/2 – congratulations to this talkative little girl! On the end of the spectrum of life, please note the passing of Carmen Stillings, Liza Ward’s sister & Melissa Moore’s mom. Also several weeks ago Bill Calkins, affectionately known to many in town as the “Captain”, father of Willow Bascom, also passed away. Please remember these families in your thoughts & prayers.

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Bondville Fair seeking Crafters

From Estelle Schwartz

Vermont’s oldest Fair which will take place on Friday through Sunday, August 22, 23, and 24 still has spaces open for Crafters. The Bondville Fair is a rain or shine fair and is held on the Fairgrounds on Rte 30. We are looking for crafters who make unique items–all items must be handcrafted (no commercial items are acceptable). Crafter’s hours are from Noon to 8PM on Friday with set up beginning at 9AM; the hours for Saturday are 10AM to 8PM, and for Sunday, from 10 AM to closing at 5PM. Each crafter will receive 2 free passes on to the grounds–the passes will be good for all three days (any other persons entering with the Crafter–including children will need to pay the entrance fee).

To receive an application, contact Estelle at 802-297-1172 or 802-375-4831 and leave a clear message with your name, address, phone number and a short description of your craft. You may also request an application by email to: –leave your name, address, phone number, email address, and a short description of your craft. Estelle will get back to you ASAP.

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New Year, New AARP Driver Safety Course

From Estelle M. Schwartz, District Coordinator, AARP Driver Safety Program

On Tuesday, August 12, beginning at 9:30AM, the Springfield Police Department is sponsoring the new 4 hour AARP Smart Driver Course. There will be a half hour lunch break, please bring a sandwich or salad with you– something to drink and something for desert will be provided.

The overall look and feel of this new 4 hour AARP Smart Driver Course is entirely different from the past courses. It has been designed to include older adult learning strategies and is now more participant-friendly and easier to follow. As a result of completing the course, participant’s will learn research-based strategies which can reduce the likelihood of their having a crash–note that since the first of the year older adults have been involved in about 1/3 of the fatalities in crashes in Vermont.

Participants will also be helped to understand the links between the driver, vehicle and road environment, learn how aging, medications, and alcohol affect driving ability and how to adjust their driving to allow for these changes.

In addition, the course can help to increase a driver’s confidence, know how to drive safely when sharing the road with other road users, and learn of some of the newest safety and advanced features on today’s cars.

For AARP Members, the fee is $15; for Non-Members, it is $20. To sign up for this new and exciting course, please call Bill at 802-672-1823.

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NOTICE: Next Plymouth Selectboard Meeting is July 28

From the Plymouth Selectboard

Please note that the Plymouth Selectboard will next meet on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 6:00 PM at the Town Hall.

The Selectboard will not meet on Monday, July 21, 2014.


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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


Again this week, some rapidly passing storms, but also some lovely low-humidity, sunny days! We were at Camp Plymouth State Park on Wed & watched the clouds rolling in. It was funny to see most folks were not panicking. Someone with us checked her phone & announced that the storm was currently in W Rutland, so we had time for ice cream before running for cover. I wondered if others had found similar information because it seemed that everyone lingered & then packed up at once. We weren’t in the car very long when the heavens opened up, but by the time we reached home – it was over!

We had a very nice Tyson Ladies Aid picnic at the lovely home of Pam Bruno on Round Pond. Lots of good food & a few guests. Ann Mick was one, then Ann Rose & Carol Coyne each brought their granddaughters!

Echo Lake almost seemed crowded with boats on Saturday. We took our sailboat out & as we were gliding along, we passed Annie Clark & 2 friends in a canoe. The little beach at the end of Gold Brook is almost non-existent these days, but a few paddle boats came to rest on the thin margin of sand & went exploring. A couple of fishing boats were on the water, but it seemed a bit hazardous with the power boats & water skiers all out there enjoying the day.

I understand that Presidential High School Economic Debate that took place at the Notch recently was both lively & well-attended. There will be another one on 8/1 for those who are interested. Of course Old Home Days will be 8/2, so mark your calendars.

In case you were wondering about the hours for the Cheese Factory, they are 10:00 – 5:00 on weekdays & 9:30 – 5:00 on the weekends. Cheese is usually made on the weekends, but sometimes on Thursday & Friday as well. Best to call ahead – 802-672-3650

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Free Concert

500 Years of Music For Guitar: From Renaissance to Contemporary

with guitarist Peter Briggs

WHEN: Saturday July 19, 2014 at 7 PM

WHERE: Church of our Saviour

                  316 Mission Farm Road,  Killington, VT

ADMISSION: Free Will Offering

Information: call 802-422-9064

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