Tyson Ladies’ Aid Bake Sale Friday, 4/18

From Sally Scarp

The Tyson Ladies’ Aid Association will hold its annual Easter Pie & Bake Sale at the Shaw’s shopping plaza in Ludlow, Vermont on Good Friday, April 18th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon. Home made pies will be featured among a wide array of cakes, cookies, muffins and breads.

“This is an event that I look forward to every year” said Marge Harlow a member for over 50 years. “We have some amazing ladies who are very proud of their home baked goods and the ingredients they use.”

The Tyson Ladies’ Aid Association was founded in 1880 to raise funds to bring a church to Tyson. In 1887, the Ladies had purchased the Tyson Iron Works office and established the Tyson Library at that site. After a period of inactivity, they reorganized in 1910 and have operated continuously since then, using money raised to support the library, fund scholarships and benefit the local community.


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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


A reminder about the Family Day happenings at the Notch on 4/12 from noon – 4:00 PM. The special “Hats” program, hands-on activities & the interactive exhibit More Than Two Words will provide a fun-filled afternoon!

Please note these services at Tyson Church. Palm Sunday is 4/13 & we will be distributing & waving palms at our 10:30 Worship Service. For Holy Week, we will have our Maundy Thursday supper & service, starting at 6:00 PM. Our Easter celebration, 4/20 will include our flower-laden cross, from which folks may take these lovely symbols of new life home at the end of the service. All are welcome.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, 5/4 for the Historical Society tour of some very interesting historical sites around town that will culminate with a tea at the Echo Lake Inn. To assist with planning for transportation, which will be arranged from the Community Center, please contact Betsy Tonkin at (tbone6547 or 672-3179) by April 24th.

At our Tyson Ladies Aid meeting last week, Easter plants were distributed to be taken to various people in the community. Don’t forget the Bake Sale at the Shaws shopping Center in Ludlow on 4/18. It begins at 9:00 AM & even though there are lots of yummy home-baked goodies, folks lineup early to purchase them! All of the fundraisers go to provide financial or other help within our area. Decisions are currently being made about our $1000 scholarships to both Black River High School & Woodstock Union High School for graduating senior continuing with their education.

Terry Bascom is still seeking participants for the Summer Garden program at the Plymouth Schoolhouse. It is open to all ages & can be especially fun for youngsters, whose parents want a space to teach gardening skills. Non-genetically modified seeds will be provided & organic methods will be utilized for the 2’x 25‘ plots. What a great opportunity!

Condolences to the family of Robert Earle who passed away 3/29. There was a very nice obituary in the Standard last week. Also, to the family of Henry Tanzer, who formerly live on the Kingdom Rd, but who had more recently lived in Cavendish.

Last, but certainly not least – Happy Birthday to Liza Ward on 4/12!

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Coolidge Historic Site Family-Friendly Activity Day

Coolidge in HatThis Saturday (April 12) the Coolidge Homestead will host a family day from noon to 4 pm, featuring hats. On display will be some of the Homestead’s collection of hats worn by Calvin and Grace.

Enjoy an afternoon of activities, including:

12-2 pm: Activities in the classroom, including making a handmade diary, and trying out a yoke.

2 pm: Presentation on hats.

All afternoon: explore historic Plymouth Notch by participating in the Coolidge Quest activity.

Wear your own favorite historical hat!

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River study update at Planning Commission mtg. on 4/8

From Pete Fellows
(Contact: pfellows@trorc.org; http://www.trorc.org)

The third agenda item on the Planning Commission meeting on 4/8 (approx 7:30pm) will be an update of the river study work that was completed this past fall as well as the future restoration projects that are planned.

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Hats on the Program at Coolidge April 12

From Diane Kemble, Education Director, Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation

Governor and Mrs. Coolidge cast their own votes in Northampton for the 1920 national election. Photo courtesy Forbes Library & Museum

Governor and Mrs. Coolidge cast their own votes in Northampton for the 1920 national election. Photo courtesy Forbes Library & Museum

A special program on Hats will be held at the President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center on Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m.

President Lincoln was known for his stovepipe hat and President Kennedy didn’t care to be photographed in a hat. Men in President Coolidge’s time rarely went hatless. Coolidge was a man of many hats from his suede hat for farming, top hats for formal occasions, a boater in the summer, and even an oversized cowboy hat to please his western hosts. Did you know he bought his vivacious wife her fashionable hats?

We’ll view a selection of photographs and magazine illustrations that show the variety and changes in hat fashion from the 1890’s through 1930. One pertinent issue was women’s right to vote, guaranteed to women when the 19th amendment was passed in 1920. Another was growing awareness of the toll that using feathers on fashionable hats was taking on bird populations. This led to what would become the National Audubon Society, founded by two women.

We’ll view several hats from the collection of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation including three of President Coolidge’s hats, two of Grace’s, and several others from the Plymouth and Woodstock area. Visitors are welcome to wear their favorite hats, historical or otherwise. Refreshments follow.

This program is the third in a series of winter to spring programs sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in collaboration with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. The Center will be open on April 12 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. for Family Day and features the interactive exhibit: “More Than Two Words”: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge.

To go with the theme of the day, hands on activities in the classroom include making paper hats from noon until 2:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages can enjoy old time movies in front of the fireplace, explore historic Plymouth Notch with the Coolidge Quest and stop in at the Cheese Factory, which is offering a 15% discount for those wearing historic hats!

The President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center is located on 3780 Route 100 A in Plymouth. Programs are free but donations are appreciated. For further information see www.calvin-coolidge.org or contact education@calvin-coolidge.org and 802-672-3389.

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


Well, the first gathering of the Book Group took place at the Community Center on Thurs 3/26 with 6 of us in attendance – Betsy Tonkin, Carol Ackley, Dee Beckman, Kat Robbins, myself, & Sandy Small who brought cookies!. Emails from 5 or 6 others indicated their interest but inability to be there that evening. It was great fun to hear about what others are reading & many were familiar with the various books we discussed. The book we will be reading for our 5/8 meeting is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Contact Betsy Tonkin (tbone6547@aol.com) if you are interested.

Black River High School Rock Climbing Team

Black River High School Rock Climbing Team

On Saturday, March 22 the Black River High School Rock Climbing Team took first place in the State Championships. Freshman Sage Allen won top female climber in the state. The team has been training since November & climbed difficult routes that were longer than they are used to climbing. Strategic thinking, balance & flexibility are as important as strength in this type of competition. Co-captains are Cedar Allen & Katie Cloutier & other members are Eli Tucker, Rye Greineder, Sage Allen, Sullivan Miele, Abigail Schmidt, & Elsa Eliasson. The coaches are Bonnie & Jim Allen.

Also, congratulations to Julia Kowalski who won 1st place in kata (martial arts routine) & 2nd place in kumite (fighting) in the Girls Age 13-14 in the Advanced Division at the Champlain Valley Open Martial Arts Tournament in Rutland on Saturday, 3/22.. I noticed that there was a nice picture of Holli Olsen in the Standard for her part on the Alpine ski team at WUHS.

It is a bit early, but mark your calendars for Plymouth Historic Sites Tour on Sunday 5/4, from 1-4 PM. It will begin at the Plymouth Historical Society section of the Community Center & be a celebration of their 20th Anniversary! Several locations (minimal walking) illustrating moments in our town’s colorful heritage will be highlighted, with commentary at each stop. Transportation by school bus will happen if a minimal participation is confirmed, otherwise car pools will be arranged. The tour will end with a tea at the Echo Lake Inn, then folks will be returned to the Historical Society. Please RSVP your interest to tbone6547@aol.com or call 672-3179 by April 24th.

We have been asked to include this notice at the Empty Bowls benefit on Sunday 4/6 from 4-7 PM at Pomfret Town Hall. Sunday April 6, 4-7. For $10, you can choose a bowl in which to enjoy chili or one of a wide variety of homemade soups You get to keep the bowl as a reminder that there are always Empty Bowls in the world. 100% of money goes to hunger relief organizations. A donation of non-perishable food for the Woodstock Community Food Shelf or $5 donation in exchange for a borrowed bowl will also be accepted. This event is sponsored by Pomfret Potter’s Group & Artistree. There will be live entertainment as well. For more Info call 457-9035 .

Calling all volunteers! It has been brought to my attention that help will be needed to make sure we have someone to coordinate our GreenUp day, since Eric Johnsen will not be able to continue. A huge thanks to him for the many years he & Elaine took on this task.

Also, it appears that Plymouth is in a black hole as far as medical transportation for our senior citizens is concerned. I have been working in conjunction with the Council on Aging, after numerous calls to various agencies that provide such service – all in other towns! Currently there is a need for a ride from Plymouth to a doctor in Rutland on 4/8 for a 10:30 appt.

I had been approached by a clergy colleague a couple of weeks ago about the need for folks from our area to serve on the Council on Aging Advisory Board. A situation such as the one I mentioned, highlights one of the needs in our area. In the past Betty Jarvi & Liza Ward had volunteered in that capacity. It would be great to again have someone from Plymouth be part of this Board. Let me know if you are interested!


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Plymouth student wins first place in martial arts tournament

Editor’s note: Congratulations to Julia!

Submitted by Paul Kowalski

Julia Kowalski of Plymouth competed in the Champlain Valley Open Martial Arts Tournament in Rutland on Saturday, March 22, where she won first place in kata (martial arts routine) and second place in kumite (fighting) in the Girls Age 13-14 Advanced Division. Julia is a student of Vermont Martial Arts Academy in Rutland, where she has the rank of brown belt in koroken karate, under the guidance of Sensei Rick Marallo and his staff of instructors. Julia attends Woodstock Union Middle School.

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