Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

Well, Tom & I are taking a couple of days away to celebrate our 40th anniversary, so I have not been able to scout up much news this week! I do want to put a question out to all of you though. Does a community need a church?

We recently had our annual congregational meeting at Tyson Congregational Church. We took stock of what has been done over the past year. In addition to regular Sunday Worship services, we held our December Service of Remembrance for those who have left us, but are still living in our hearts; our annual Candlelight Service for the community & fellowship time afterwards; our Ash Wednesday observance & our Maundy Thursday meal & service & our Easter service were mentioned.

The church hosted meetings of Tyson Ladies Aid, as well at the monthly Reach Out Luncheon sponsored by both groups. We participated in the town Strawberry Festival, using the raffle money solely for meeting community needs. We gave out funds for special needs & were able to distribute several hundred dollars given to us by the National UCC after Irene hit our area. We assembled (with community help) school kits for Church World Service.

Our congregation takes great care to pray for folks in our area & many people asked to be added to our prayer list. Funerals & weddings for local people took place at the church. Without a school in town now, sadly our after-school program has ended. It was felt that we worked hard to live up to our mission of reaching out to others with God’s love, but it was acknowledged that sometimes it is difficult to keep going.

At this meeting, it was problematical to find enough people to fill the positions that are needed to run the church. Most of us are far from spring chickens, but many are handling several “jobs”. It was noted that we have lost members – some passing on, others moving out of the area, leaving some holes in our fabric.

As a result I wonder what Plymouth would be like without the church. Would it be missed? Sunday Worship church attendance throughout New England has declined. There are many things that keep folks busy on Sunday mornings.

So, is the church relevant? Are there ways that our tiny congregation can be better at serving the community? Are there folks out there who could benefit from being part of our church? I don’t have the answers, but I would greatly appreciate your comments…..

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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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