Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

It was so nice to go for a wonderful bike ride around the lakes (Echo & Amherst) on one of the warm days this past week. I was marveling at the still brilliant colors at one point, but when I removed my sunglasses, I realized they were creating the rose-colored leaves! In any case, I still love the golden stages of fall around here.

Cast of Shakespeare Alive

Cast of Shakespeare Alive

I attended Shakespeare Alive at the Notch on Saturday. Not as many people there this year, probably because it was an off weekend. Those of us who were present, however, enjoyed the performance. A number of folks were pulled into the action & did an admirable job of going with the flow! This talented group of actors seems to really enjoy using their talents to remind us of the Bard’s works, mostly with a humorous twist. Hopefully they will continue to come to our small community to perform for us.

At this time of year, a number of folks need & take a break. The Echo Lake had the last wedding of the season & will be closed until the day before Thanksgiving in order to complete some projects & give the restaurant staff a rest. Tina & Bruce at the Inn at Waters Edge will also be closing for a few weeks. But, Nancy tells me that Wilder House will remain open through 10/26, so you still have time to sample their yummy fare!

Well, it looks like the dedication of the new foot bridge on Library Trail will take place on Sat, 11/8 at 2:00 PM. It certainly is a substantial structure thanks to Mike Lynds & his crew! Hopefully lots of people will turn out for the ribbon cutting ceremony, which might even signal the last substantial repair of damage from tropical storm Irene. Tyson Ladies Aid will have the Library open & there will be cookies & cider on hand. If the weather is inclement & folks want to linger & chat, the Community Room at the church can be utilized.

You can also plan to attend the 9 day, indoor, Town-wide tag sale 11/1 – 1/9 , which will be a great way to clean out your attic or garage & perhaps find some treasures that others no longer need!

It was a bit disappointing that not more folks came to the Reach Out Luncheon on 10/16 to hear Janis Hall from Senior Solutions (formerly the Council on Aging). She provided some good information & also noted that considerable help is available by calling the Senior Help Line at 1-800-642-5119 for those 60 & older.

One point that was emphasized is that now is the open enrollment period for Medicare, supplemental plans & Part D prescription plans. Sometimes plans change, so it is always a good idea to check yearly to see if the cost has remained the same or if the particular meds that you take are still included. There are specialists at Senior Solutions who can help to assess the various plans in light of your needs or you can go online to check it out for yourself.

Please consider coming to the Advanced Directive Workshop with Betsy Burghardt from Mt Ascutney Hospital on Tues, 10/28 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the Plymouth Schoolhouse Activity Center. Completing this health care document is a wonderful gift to your family, so they know what you want done if you are unable to explain it for yourself when a medical emergency arises. This is a free program sponsored jointly by the Ottauguechee Health Foundation & our Activity Center. A light supper will be served!

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

So many people up here for the holiday weekend! Most local views are past peak, but that didn’t stop folks from coming to VT. Good for area businesses! I just saw Tyler Savery on Saturday, home for the long weekend & he seems to be adjusting to being away at school.


Tesha Buss, Izabella and Mike Skuro

I didn’t know until a couple of weeks ago that Tesha Buss is now a mom with a lovely little girl, Izabella Skuro, born 5/31. She is still keeping up with activities at Good Commons & wants to remind folks to check out to learn what is going on.

Also, if you didn’t get a chance to send Bill Jarvi a 90th birthday card on 10/11, feel free to send him a belated one. His current address is: 157 Heritage Hill Place, Room 49, Rutland, VT 05701

I understand that the Bethany Birches Camp auction was a huge success, raising $50,000. Funds are greatly needed to cover expenses for the building of new pavilion. Work days are also being planned, so get in touch with Brandon to learn how you can help – 672-5220

A reminder about the Reach Out Luncheon on Thurs 10/16 at 11:00, with guest speaker Janis Hall from Senior Solutions. Also, don’t forget to attend the Shakespeare Alive performance at noon on Sat, 10/18 at the Union Christian Church & have your funny bone tickled!

So, are you doing some fall cleaning? You are in look because the 9 day, indoor, Town-wide tag sale is coming up at the Schoolhouse Community Center! To sell your items, Terry Bascom, (email or call 672.5390) has provided this handy list of what you need to do:

1. Securely attach a tag to every item. Each tag must have (a) your initials, & (b) the price you want for the item.

2. Take your tag sale items to the Plymouth Schoolhouse Activity Center at any of these convenient times:
· Saturday, 10/25, 9 am – noon Sunday, 10/26, 1 – 4 pm Monday, 10/27, 10 am – noon
· Tuesday, 10/28, 5 – 8 pm 10/29, 11 am – 2 pm

3. While dropping off your things, sign up for a 3-hr shift to help staff the event. Sign up sheets will be available when you deliver your tag sale items.

4. After the 9-day sale, pick up your unsold items on any of these days:
· Monday, 11/10, 10 am – noon Wednesday, 11/12, 5 – 7 pm
· Saturday, 11/15, 9 am – noon — anything remaining after noon will be discarded!
Days for shopping will be: · Saturday, 11/1, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 11/2, noon – 6 pm
· Monday, 11/3, 10 am – 1 pm Tuesday, 11/4, 4 – 7 pm
· Wednesday, 11/5, 1 – 4 pm Thursday, 11/6, 10 am – 1 pm Friday, 11/7, 1 – 4 pm
· Saturday, 11/8, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, 11/9, noon – 6 pm

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Plymouth Selectboard meeting on October 20 cancelled


 Plymouth Selectboard 

The Selectboard Meeting originally scheduled for Monday, October 20, 2014, has been cancelled.  The next Meeting will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Ralph Michael, Chair

Larry Lynds

Russ Tonkin


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Stand Up Shakespeare! FREE Oct. 18 at noon at Coolidge Historical Site

NYC’s professional “Stand Up Shakespeare!” will perform“Shakespeare Alive! A Bard-Based Variety Show”, a reverent and irreverent revue that includes Comedy! Tragedy! Music! Sword Play! (Well, maybe not sword play…it’s a pretty small stage). It’s a delightful revue of both Shakespeare Bard-based entertainment for all ages!

Where: Union Christian Church on the Calvin Coolidge Historical Site at 43 Messer Hill Road (Located on the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site 3780 Route 100 A) Plymouth Notch, VT 05056.

For more information on “Stand Up Shakespeare!” contact Kate Konigisor at 917.406.1456 or

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Program titled “Drug Addictions: Reality and Response” in Woodstock

This 4-session event features speakers from the Drug Enforcement Agency, local law enforcement, and school personnel, as well as people in recovery. It also includes quiet time and discussions about how we can individually and together facilitate health and new life for the members of our community. The class includes some quiet time homework.

The public is invited. It is not necessary to attend all 4 programs.

Dates: September 22, October 20, November 17, December 15, 2014

Location: Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock, VT

Time: 7:00-8:00 pm

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Plymouth Reading Group to Meet Nov. 6th


WHEN: Thursday Nov. 6th

6:30 PM

WHERE: Community Center (School)


             Discussion:  Orphan Train by Christina Kline

This is a story about a friendship between two women, one a  91 year old with a hidden past as an orphan train rider and the other a troubled teenager being raised by strangers with questions of her own about her past. Based on a historical event, the author draws us into their worlds, both past and present.

Join the group for an informal discussion and friendly camaraderie.


               For information: call Betsy @ 672-3179 or

                             email @

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

Well, I completely forgot last week to report on the wonderful Book Club meeting we had with Cassie Horner, whose book, Lucy E we read last month. It was interesting to learn how she went about her family research & which parts of the book were fact & which were fiction. It certainly showed that life was far from easy in VT in the aftermath of the Civil War, especially for women. Our book for discussion on 11/6 is Orphan Trail by Christian Kline.

We are pleased to announce that Janis Hall from Senior Solutions will be our speaker at the 10/16 Reach Out Luncheon, held in the downstairs Community Room of Tyson Church. Open to anyone in the community, come learn what services are available to seniors in our area. She has another appointment, so will start speaking promptly at 11:00 AM. Soup, grilled ham & cheese sandwiches, salad & apple crisp are on the menu!

Consider attending the Shakespeare Alive performance on Sat, 10/18 at the Union Christian Church at noon. I attended last year & it was very clever & wonderfully funny! These NYC performers are extremely witty & talented & should not be missed….

Another important meeting is 10/28 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM, when Betsy Burghardt, Director of Case Management, at Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center will be on hand at the Plymouth Schoolhouse Community Center to help us understand & complete Advanced Directives. The VT Ethics Network form is a exceptional tool to help sort out what you want to have done medically speaking & it is a gift to your loved ones so that they know exactly the kind of care you want when you are not able to explain it for yourself. Even if you already have one completed, this would be a good opportunity to review it. Plan to attend!

Hopefully folks stopped by the Tyson Ladies Aid table at Bounty Day & looked at some of the books that are available at the Tyson Library. That tiny building houses a large number of good books, some of which are very current. The Library, currently open 10:00-noon Tues – Sat, will close for the season on 10/11. You can access reading material, however, by calling Julia Baldwin at 228-4017 or Carolyn Scott at 228-3125.

At the TLA meeting on 10/2, it was decided to bring non-perishable food items to our Nov meeting to be given to Black River Good Neighbor Services for the Food Shelf. Our December meeting/Christmas party will include a hat/mitten/scarf tree, items which will then be donated to charity. This is a lively group of ladies & anyone is welcome to come to one of our meetings & consider joining. Although not part of Tyson Church, the meetings are held in the Community Room downstairs at the church on the 1st Thursday of each month.

I am including (with permission) an article that appeared in the Rutland Herald on 10/1. Entitled: 60 PLUS: OLDER ADULTS AT GREATER RISK OF CO POISONING by Sandy Conrad (executive director of Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging) & Joyce Lemire (executive director of Senior Solutions in southeastern Vermont. The Senior HelpLine can be accessed by calling 800-642-5119.

A co-worker of ours recently experienced symptoms of mild carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which prompted us to learn more. It turns out that older people, and those with respiratory illness or heart disease, are at greater risk of CO poisoning than the general population. So now, with the heating season upon us, let us review the dangers and recommend some precautions.

According to the University of Vermont Extension Service, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning death in our country. CO is produced by combustion or fire, and cannot be smelled or seen. Any equipment that burns fuel to operate may become a hazard if not maintained properly, or if adequate ventilation is not provided.

Symptoms of mild CO poisoning may include dizziness, headache, irritability, weakness, confusion, and/or nausea. These types of symptoms can also be caused by a number of other health problems. For this reason, the cause of illness may escape notice. Meanwhile, the source of poisoning remains. Continuous exposure to low levels of CO can cause confusion, depression and memory loss.

Severe CO poisoning causes additional symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty moving and thinking; and eventually leads to loss of consciousness, coma and death. Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer. People of middle and advanced age are more at risk, as are babies and children. Now is the time to take precautions and reduce your risk.

Follow these tips can make your surroundings safer:
Make sure the exhaust vents and fresh air intakes of your home are kept clear of snow, ice and leaves.
Have your furnace, stove, stovepipes and chimneys inspected and cleaned by professionals every year.
Install CO detectors with UL-approved label. Follow instructions carefully, and replace after five years.
Avoid using unvented kerosene space heaters, if at all possible. If you must use one, follow instructions very carefully. Do not fully close up the room, and do not sleep in it.
Never use a charcoal or gas grill in a porch, shed or garage.
Never leave equipment (car, snowblower, chainsaw, generator) running in the garage or right outside open windows.

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