Plymouth Meeting Group to Host Local Author

PLYMOUTH READING GROUP

WHEN: Thursday Sept 25th

6:30 PM

WHERE: Community Center (School)

 

             Discussion:   Lucy E by  Cassie Horner

Read about the indomitable Lucy and pioneer living in Vermont and New Hampshire during the mid 1800’s. Cassie Horner, author, is a resident of Plymouth and a descendent of Lucy. She will give a presentation about her book. Don’t miss this engaging gathering, even if you haven’t read the book.

 

                   For information: call Betsy @ 672-3179 or

                             email @ tbone6547@aol.com

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Don’t Forget! Plymouth Bounty Day & Bethany Birches Benefit Auction!

The town of Plymouth invites you to two community events on Saturday, September 27.

First, Bethany Birches Camp, 2610 Lynds Hill Road, will host its 12th Annual Benefit Auction. The preview starts at 9 am, and bidding starts an hour later, at 10 am. In addition to the many items you can bid on, you can also enter for a chance to win a mini bike! Come enjoy a beautiful fall day at the top of the mountain while helping to support this camp, whose more than 40-year old mission is to help young people develop their relationship with God through a Christ-centered camping experience in a natural and nurturing environment. Proceeds from this year’s auction will help rebuild the camp’s Pavilion, traditionally the center of camp life.

Also, visit the Plymouth Bounty Day, a town-sponsored event designed to highlight and celebrate the diverse businesses, services, organizations, and passions of our town! Running from 10 am – 2 pm, at the Plymouth Schoolhouse Activity Center, 35 Schoolhouse Road (just north of the Plymouth Municipal Building on Route 100), our continually-growing list of confirmed participants includes:

  • Farm & Wilderness Camp – organic farm produce, and information about summer outdoor experience camps.
  • VT Snowmobile Tours – Backcountry Tours – snowmobile rentals & tours.
  • Snow Sneakers Snowmobile Club – Plymouth’s club for snowmobiling enthusiasts.
  • WillowDraws – multicultural art.
  • Plymouth Historical Society – safeguarding Plymouth’s story & historical artifacts.
  • Good Commons – your perfect place to relax – retreat – revitalize.
  • Sandie Small – crafts.
  • Wyldon Fishman – home energy efficiency audit, and a solar cooking demonstration (NY Chapter, American Solar Energy Society).
  • Robert Fishman – Robert Fishman’s nearly famous organic sourdough bread recipe.
  • Ottauquechee Health Foundation – supporting access to healthcare through Good Neighbor Grants to individuals and families, and Organizational Grants to community health organizations.
  • Mt Ascutney Hospital & Health Center’s Community Health Team – improving health and health care through community-based medical, social, and mental health services, and education and support programs.
  • Andrea Nickerson, Vermont Health Connect Navigator – providing information and assistance in signing up for Vermont Health Connect, Vermont’s Health Insurance program.
  • Senior Solutions (former Council on Aging) – providing a range of targeted social services to Vermonters 60 years and older, their caregivers, and families.
  • Sarah Kaminsky – Herbalife representative.
  • Mike Bagley – Arborist.
  • Plymouth Memory Tree – Plymouth residents offering confidential financial assistance to Plymouth residents.
  • Tyson Ladies Aid Society – founded in 1880 the Society established and supports the Tyson Library, funds scholarships for local students, and provides programs that benefit the community.
  • Bethany Birches Camp – helping young people develop their relationship with God by providing a Christ-centered camping experience in a natural and nurturing environment.
  • Laurie Marechaux and Victoria Wright – demonstrating and selling Bronze Metal Clay Jewelry. Future classes to learn how to work in this newest of jewelry-making mediums will be available at the Plymouth Schoolhouse Community Center.

All Plymouth residents, neighbors, friends, and visitors are welcome. Please join us!

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

9/7/14

What a glorious bike ride along the lakes to Hawk I had last week. Warm sun, cool breeze, & shimmering water. Not much traffic, so it was really ideal. So nice to be able to make that ride – the first time in almost 2 years! Please note that Camp Plymouth State Park will open through Columbus Day weekend.

I was blessed to be able to officiate at the wedding of Staci Gebhardt & Rob Bishop at the church on Sunday evening. The dinner at the Echo Lake Inn after the ceremony was delightful!

Well, school is back in session & with it sports events. I understand that Holli Olsen scored a goal for the WUHS field hockey team in their game against Otter Valley, which they won – way to go!

Don’t forget the Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival on 9/20 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Tour the Plymouth Cheese Factory, see farm & craft demonstrations, go for a wagon ride, enjoy the BBQ & other harvest treats. At 2:00, Laura V. Trieschmann, Vermont’s Director of the Division for Historic Preservation, will present “Vermonters in the Civil War: Plymouth Educators Leading the USCT.

Mark your calendar for Bethany Birches Camp’s annual benefit auction on 9/27 – preview at 9:00 AM, auction at 10:00 AM. Please note that the online (bethanybirches.org/benefit-auction/) list is available already. The range of items is incredible – food, furniture, art, tools & equipment, toys, household items & I believe even an automobile! There is also a mini-bike raffle. For more information call 802-672-5220.

Also on 9/27, plan to attend Plymouth Bounty Day at the Community Center (former PES) from 10 – 2. Meet your neighbors, learn about local businesses, obtain info on resources available in our town!

Did you know that The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation has established the Calvin Prize for Vermont Youth, named after Calvin Coolidge & his son, Calvin. It is for writers under 20 who are currently living in the state of Vermont. The 1st place prize is $1,500 & the runner-up will receive $500. Submissions of under 1000 words are due by 9/26/14. For more information, email: info.

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Plymouth “Bounty Day” Participation is Growing

Participation in the Plymouth Bounty Day event is growing rapidly! More and more local people, businesses, services, activities, and organizations are going to take advantage of this great opportunity to network with one another and with Plymouth residents, visitors and neighbors.

If you are a Plymouth resident, visitor, neighbor, or friend, you are invited. Please come! You will discover new resources right here, in your back yard – while making new friends.

If you live in Plymouth and have a business either inside or outside of town, or if you participate in an organization or support a cause, have a passion you want to share or are looking for neighbors who have similar interests, you can be a vendor! Just let me know you want to come, and then bring your own table, display, material, coupons, products for sale, samples, or anything else that will help you share the word with your neighbors. (If it’s legal, you can bring it, show it, share it, or sell it.) New people and enterprises are joining weekly!

Join us! Here is an up-to-date list of our confirmed participants –

Farm & Wilderness Camporganic produce for sale, summer outdoor experience camps.

VT Snowmobile Tours – Backcountry Tours – snowmobile rentals & tours.

Snow Sneakers Snowmobile ClubPlymouth’s club for snowmobiling enthusiasts.

WillowDrawsmulticultural art.

Plymouth Historical Societysafeguarding Plymouth’s story & historical artifacts.

Good Commonsyour perfect place to relax – retreat – revitalize.

Sandie Smallcrafts.

Wyldon Fishmanhome energy efficiency audit/solar energy demonstration (NY Chapter, American Solar Energy Society).

Robert FishmanRobert Fishman’s nearly famous organic sourdough bread recipe.

Sarah KaminskyHerbalife representative.

Mike BagleyArborist.

Plymouth Memory TreePlymouth residents offering confidential financial assistance to Plymouth residents.

Tyson Ladies Aid Societysupporting the Tyson Library, funding scholarships for local students, and providing programs that benefit our community.

We also invited County and State agencies that provide valuable social services to Plymouth. The following organizations will be here with information and resources:

Ottauquechee Health Foundationsupporting access to healthcare through Good Neighbor Grants to individuals and families, and Organizational Grants to community health organizations.

Mt Ascutney Hospital & Health Center’s Community Health Teamimproving health and health care through community-based medical, social, and mental health services, and education and support programs.

Andrea Nickerson, Vermont Health Connect Navigatorproviding information and assistance in signing up for Vermont Health Connect, Vermont’s Health Insurance program.

Senior Solutions (former Council on Aging)providing a range of targeted social services to Vermonters 60 years and older, their caregivers, and families.

Plymouth Bounty Day is Saturday, September 27th from 10 am – 2 pm, at the Plymouth Schoolhouse Activity Center. See you there!

For more information, or to register as a vendor: terry.bascom@yahoo.com; 672-5390.

Also see PlymouthSchool.org/Bounty, for more information and the latest confirmed participants.

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Lake Rescue Association presentation at Plymouth Selectboard Meeting

From the Plymouth Selectboard

Notice
Plymouth Selectboard
Monday, September 15, 2014
6:00 PM

At the Regular Meeting of the Selectboard

Representatives from the Lake Rescue Association will be at our meeting on September to present information and slides that cover the results of its recent alternatives analyses and to highlight the recommended projects. Afterward, they will entertain a question and answer period.

The presentation should be very interesting and informative, so we hope to see many of you at the Meeting.

Ralph Michael, Chair
Larry Lynds
Russ Tonkin

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2014 Irene Reconstruction: Route 100 at Frog City Road, Plymouth, VT

From Todd Menees, Rivers Program, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Locals and the traveling public will see that a section of the Black River alongside Route 100 in Plymouth below the intersection with Frog City Road is being reconstructed by VTrans over a 2-week period in August and September, 2014. This project is a river restoration effort to bring the Black River channel back up to the original grade that existed prior to Tropical Storm Irene as a result of the unauthorized dredging that occurred in the immediate aftermath of the flood to rebuild the damaged section of Route 100 to restore traffic access between Plymouth and Ludlow.

The project plans were reviewed last year in the design phase and have been authorized by the Vermont Rivers Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project is being reviewed during construction by Todd Menees, VT River Management Engineer, Jim Caulin, VTrans Resident Engineer overseeing the project, and Brian Cote of Milone & MacBroom, the Fluvial Morphologist contracted by VTrans to provide technical assistance and report on the progress of the work effort.

The project requires in-channel wet-work with construction equipment in the river flow due to the nature of the work in reconstructing the river channel back up to the pre-flood existing elevations with large stone rip-rap covered with a foot of in-stream sediment. The reason for the channel bed reconstruction is to restore the channel geometry and to protect the road embankment revetment in future floods. Upon completion, the river channel will be reconstructed to mimic upstream and downstream conditions for fish habitat to the greatest practical extent.

The usual means and methods of bypass of water and control of sediment are not viable due to the large upstream watershed area and steep, deep channel geometry. The work includes two in-stream sediment check dams to moderate sediment discharges and daily monitoring of sediment movement down river to Amherst Lake. The river monitoring last week has indicated that the sediment discharge has settled into the river channel and has not reached Amherst Lake.

The Project Team anticipates that the initial work last week resulted in the greatest sediment discharge and that subsequent work moving upstream will result in diminished sediment discharge in comparison to observed discharge levels last week. The project will continue for about another week and may be delayed due to inclement weather. This public notice is provided as a public education and outreach effort to advise locals and the traveling public about the state government efforts to continue flood resiliency efforts to rebuild Vermont rivers and roads three years after Tropical Storm Irene ravaged our state.

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Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

8/31/14

Well, this is late afternoon on Sunday & the rain has made an appearance, not in torrents, but gently watering the earth. I think my plants are happy. I am told there were quite a few visitors at the Historic Site this weekend. The Folk & Blues performance took place in the church on Sunday just to be on the safe side!

There was a good crowd of people at Hawk on Saturday for the unveiling of the plaque dedicating a special garden area to Mike Bivins. He envisioned & then implemented the lovely array of plantings immediately to the left of the Reception Center. Folks had various stories to share, many of them telling of Mike moving immensely heavy items single-handedly! All agreed that big Mike had a big heart & a big smile to match.

The Reading Group met last week & an in-depth discussion of Defending Jacob took place. It was nice to meet Ruth Brisson, newly moved to Plymouth with her family into the former Merino house. Lucy E by Plymouth resident Cassie Horner is the next book for discussion. Midge Tucker has some copies of this selection. The discussion will take place on Thurs, 9/25 at 6:30!

The week before last was one of new purchases at our house. One day my new washer & dryer were delivered, replacing ones from the early ‘80s. I have no illusion that these new ones will last that long! Also, our heat pump was installed, so perhaps I won’t be freezing this winter. It was interesting to see a recommendation for them by VPIRG in the Rutland Herald.

Plan to attend the Second Grace Coolidge Musicale of the season on 9/7 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Also, mark your calendar for Plymouth Bounty Day, 9/27 from 10:00 – 2:00. Turn out to showcase your areas of expertise & your talents. Let folks know about your business. Learn about various resources & agencies that provide service in our area. Chat with the Sheriff. Come one & all to explore & share the bounty within our community & that includes the great people that live here!

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