Community Candlelight Service: Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard.

Well, how about that storm last week!  Folks seemed to be out of power for varying amounts of time – a couple of hours here in Tyson, but a couple of days or more in other parts of town.  I hope that the electricity has now been restored to everyone.  I had not done my usual preparation of filling a couple of buckets of water & making sure to have batteries, but we are now up to speed for the winter!

If you see Carol Coyne on 12/17, be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday.  I am sure there are more congratulations in order, so please let me know about these occasions for celebration.

I imagine that we already know there are some pretty talented folks in our community.  One of them is author Jon Clinch.  He came to the Reach Out Luncheon quite some time ago & read from his book, Finn.  I understand that it might become a movie.  John recently said he would possibly be interested to meeting with our Book Group if we read & discuss one of his books.

Jon’s latest effort, Belzoni Dreams of Egypt, was serialized over the last six months, but it is available now in both paperback & electronic editions.  It is about real-life explorer & circus performer, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, known for pillaging the Valley of the Kings in the early 19th century.  Check out all his books on his website!

Get ready to celebrate the Season with the Community Candlelight Service at Tyson Church on Sunday, 12/21 at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome to join us to sing carols & hear the beloved Christmas story via a wonderfully illustrated book to be read to the children & all of us who are young at heart!  Refreshment will follow, so come greet your friends & neighbors.

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Selectboard Taking Town Clerk Applications, Resumes


 Please  be advised that the Selectboard of the Town of Plymouth is requesting a letter of application and resume for the position of Town Clerk. Said position is to begin January 5, 2015.

All letters and resumes must be submitted by 3:30 pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, to the Selectboard by delivering said letter and resume to any of the following at the locations listed:

  • Assistant Clerk or Town Clerk, at the Town Hall front office
  • Russ Tonkin
  • Ralph Michael, Michael Engineering, Ludlow
  • Larry Lynds, at the Town Garage


        Ralph Michael, Chair
        Larry Lynds
        Russ Tonkin


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Photos from Recent Plymouth Events

With all of the weather-related problems (that is, because I was without power most of the week), I did not get Margo’s Plymouth Report from last week posted. It was, of course, in the Standard. But here are some nice photos of the Coolidge Holiday Open House and the lighting of the Memory Tree that, I believe, were meant to go with the report. I think they’re too good not to post. Please enjoy them!

Thanks to Sue Poirier for these from the Memory Tree lighting:

Pam Bruno, Sally Scarp & Sandie Small - Tyson Ladies Aid elves serving at Wilder House

Al Poirier at the lighting of the Plymouth Memory Tree

Pam Bruno, Sally Scarp & Sandie Small - Tyson Ladies Aid elves serving at Wilder House

Pam Bruno, Sally Scarp & Sandie Small – Tyson Ladies Aid elves serving at Wilder House

Pam Bruno, Sally Scarp & Sandie Small

Sally Scarp, Carol Coyne, Betty Aubin

Sue Poirier and Sally Markwell

Sue Poirier and Sally Markwell











Thanks to Elsa Gilbertson for these from the Coolidge Open House:

Gesine Bullock-Prado

Gesine Bullock-Prado

 Shirley Billings and Cathy Lee looking at Gesine’s book

Shirley Billings and Cathy Lee looking at Gesine’s book

Cilley Store in the background, Fred DePaul with his horses & sleigh

Cilley Store in the background, Fred DePaul with his horses & sleigh






Now, if only I can get my phone service back, all will be right in my world. (I hope your snow-power-phone-TV-internet issues are resolving themselves, too!)

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Update from State Rep Alison Clarkson

FROM: Alison Clarkson
DATE: 17 November 2014

Many thanks to the voters in Plymouth, Reading and Woodstock for re-electing me to be your State Representative in the Vermont Legislature. I am honored to have this job and deeply appreciate the opportunity to serve our community.

Over the last 3 months, I’ve visited 1,887 homes in an attempt to touch base with as many constituents as possible. Thank you for welcoming me and sharing your concerns. ‘Door to door’ campaigning gives you the opportunity to know me better and gives me a real sense of the people I represent, where and how they live. I enjoyed seeing old and meeting new friends in each town I serve and celebrating some of the high moments in each community from Plymouth’s Strawberry Festival to Reading’s Fourth of July celebration and Woodstock’s Chili Cook Off.

Many issues surfaced during my ‘door to door’ conversations with you – education cost, quality and funding/property tax, Vermont’s Health Connect/Exchange and health care reform efforts, high-speed internet access, affordable housing, drug related crime and drug addictions, labeling of food, speed on our highways, rumble stripes, environmental protection and economic development. I will approach these challenging issues better informed as a result of your input.

I extend enormous gratitude to my dedicated and talented ‘kitchen cabinet’, to the 36 people who drove or walked with me ‘door to door’, to those kind enough to ‘host’ a lawn sign, to those who helped with mailings, to those generous donors who financed my 2014 campaign, and to my family: Oliver, Ward and William for their patience, fortitude, and good humor during campaign season. Thanks also to the Vermont Standard, for its local campaign coverage, for its lively letters and columns, and for the honor of its endorsement.

Alison Clarkson
Vermont State Representative
Plymouth, Reading & Woodstock

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Plymouth Remembrances Past and Upcoming: Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard.

Julia FlasterWell, congratulations to Jen & Jay Flaster & big sister Josie on the 11/14 arrival of Julia Rose, who weighed 5 lbs 12.7oz & was 19.5 inches in length. They brought their new little bundle home on Jen’s birthday, 11/16.

We had a large crowd at the Reach Out Luncheon. About 50 folks came for a marvelous turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. I will have more next week & some pictures. Thanks to everyone who cooked, served, & attended!

I understand that 11/20 was the birthday of a very special Tyson Ladies Aid member, actually our youngest member – Julia Baldwin who just turned eight. Belated Happy Birthday wishes & many blessings for a wonderful year.

Someone a little older had a birthday on 11/22 – none other than Steve Heilner, so congratulations & by the time this comes out in the paper, that luscious chocolate cake will undoubtedly be gone!

Just a quick reminder about the Coolidge Holiday Open House coming up from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, 12/6. I will follow-up with more details next week, but just remember that some of the same ladies who cooked for the Reach Out Luncheon will be making food to be served at Wilder House that day!

Please note the Tyson Church Service of Remembrance at 4:00 PM on 12/7, which is a time when we gather & light candles to fondly remember loved ones no longer with us. It is a short, but meaningful service & anyone may attend.

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Care Giver Referral Services and Respite Grants

Do you need caregiver services in your home for you or your loved ones?  The Caregiver Referral Services  is a referral service, which can provide you with information regarding private independent caregivers and licensed agencies available in the community.  The Ottauquechee Health Foundation also helps individuals in the Ottauquechee service area with respite grants for those who require temporary in-home help and have financial challenges.
If you or someone or know needs caregiver services, you can contact the Ottauquechee Health Foundation (802) 457-4188 or
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New Book Discussion Starts Soon: Margo’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

We had an interesting discussion on the Orphan Train at the Book Club meeting last week.  Although it was fiction, it was based upon a difficult period in our country’s history when children were shipped out west in an attempt to find suitable homes for them.  However, we learned that for many, they were used as forced labor instead of receiving any kind of loving nurture.  Our next book for reading is Sparta by Roxana Robinson.  This should provide insightful discussion about the plight of soldiers upon their return when we meet on 1/14 between 11- 1:00.

Well, it sounds like the Town-wide tag sale went well with $1,000 being realized by those who were vendors.  It was also a great opportunity for folks to connect with others in town. According to Terry, most folks want to have another one in the late spring with some changes in the schedule & more publicity.  Stay tuned….

MiaA tardy welcome to Mia Lillian Murray, daughter of Olivia Burroughs & Dillon Murray, who was born 7/31/14.  The family is residing with Nisa & Aaron Adams & daughter Ayla in Tyson.  Enjoy this picture of this little cutie!

Don’t forget the multi-church Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service being held at Tyson Church on Sunday 11/23 at 4:00 PM.  Come enjoy a service of praise & fellowship time afterwards.  Food Shelf donations & items for our Mitten Tree will be accepted.  Everyone is invited!

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