Can You Help with the Monthly Reach Out Luncheon? — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Dorothy and Roger Pingree, Betty Ann and Bob Hayward are pictured with Captain Claude Weyant from the Windsor County Sheriff’s Dept at the Reach Out Community Luncheon on 2/20/2015 downstairs at Tyson Church.


In order to meet the VS deadline, I am writing this one early. We have just had the Reach Out Luncheon featuring a wonderful turkey dinner prepared mostly by Tyson Ladies Aid. The snow may have been a limiting factor, but I wish there had been more folks there to share it. Those who did attend enjoyed socializing as well as the bountiful meal. The help of the teens from the Windsor County Youth Services boys and girls homes was invaluable, as usual. Their youthfulness adds a certain hum of activity and gaiety to this gathering.

So now I have a plea to send out to the community. Tyson Church reimburses the expenditure for the entree, but the side dishes and dessert are provided by volunteers. Although the teens assist with serving and clean-up, someone needs to help plan the meal, see who will be on-hand and make sure all the pieces come together. The Community Room at the church provides an ideal setting and I believe we have been serving the community in this way for approximately 6 years now.

We have had some elaborate meals, but the main purpose of this monthly event is the time to socialize – to get to know folks in the surrounding area. In other words, to promote a sense of community. There are no age limitations, no fees – just getting to know your neighbors. We usually have a speaker for entertainment or information – sometimes both. We have a wealth of interesting and knowledgable people around here!

I know that many non-church folks, even from neighboring towns help with the popular breakfasts at the Bridgewater UCC church. It is a community effort and seems to be fun for all who participate, including the volunteers as well as the attendees.

In the past the partnership of the church and Tyson Ladies Aid has helped to make it possible for these luncheons to take place 10 months per year – none in December or June. Are there folks out there who have not previously been involved who would be willing to lend a hand so this special time can continue that often? It doesn’t need to be a fancy meal. Soup and cold cuts, or a tasty casserole, salad, perhaps with a favorite cake or batch of cookies. Email me if you would like to help!

Thanksgiving is upon us and I am truly thankful for all of those who have participated in the past. Let’s come together to see that it continues. Thanksgiving Blessings to one and all!

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Reachout Luncheon Turkey Dinner This Week; Tyson Church Christmas Season Events Announced — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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So, are we done with those glorious Oct days of unseasonable warmth? How can we complain after such gorgeous color so far into fall. Believe it or not, I had a second crop of tomatoes off one of my potted plants – amazing because we live in the woods and have limited sunlight!

Such fun to see folks at the turkey dinner at the Grange on Saturday night. As usual, a wonderful feast! I know it is hard work ahead of time, in the kitchen and out with many attentive servers scurrying around, but I hope you know it is greatly appreciated.

You can still enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the Reach Out Luncheon downstairs in the church Community Room at 11:30 on Thursday, 11/16. This marvelous meal is jointly sponsored by Tyson Ladies Aid and Tyson Church. All are welcome!

The change in the weather does signal the desire and the need to think about Christmas. We had our Church Council meeting today after Worship to make our plans, so I thought I would share them with you. Advent begins 12/3, when we will have special readings and start lighting our Advent candles. That evening will be our Service of Remembrance at 5:00 PM, when we will light individual candles for those we are missing during this Holiday season. Our Annual Community Candlelight Service will be at 7:00 PM on 12/17. All are invited and encouraged to stay for our cookie sharing fellowship time downstairs afterward! On 12/24 in the morning, Janice Chilek will be with us, as we sing Christmas carols & reflect on how Christ has been reborn in our hearts this year. We do not have a Christmas Eve service, but many of us enjoy visiting other churches for their celebrations.

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Letter to a Veteran

I could tell by the way you stood in line, your knees slightly bent

to relieve the tension in your back, your body moving from

one leg to another, seeking a moment of relief… I knew you

were in pain, your gaze to the floor, as you tried to

control your frustration.


I sensed by your demeanor that you had lived a hard life. You looked

too thin, your were too restless.

Both lines were stuck, and you, with your small basket of a few items,

desperately tried to hold yourself together.

You looked at me and said, ‘It doesn’t matter what line I choose,

it always seems to be the wrong one.’

I replied, ‘you always have to go with your gut and hope for the best’.


You were distracted for a moment when a man

approached and started a conversation.

It was then I realized you are a veteran.

I overheard the names of many places in which our country had been

involved in conflict, such as Somalia and Fallujah.

You have been far and seen much.


The day before, while going thru a box of keepsakes,

I found the Time Magazine edition of the September 11, 2001 attack on our nation.

As always, tears flowed at the photos of people running,

ash on their faces so thick it looked like mud, the profound picture

of people jumping to escape being burned alive,

hoping for one more moment of fresh air and possibly a sensation

of flight, before the blackness.


Those memories, of our Connecticut community

with so many families impacted by the attack

in New York on that day, those wives who waited

at the train station for the person who never returned;

I was not one of those, but like everyone, I felt deeply

their loss.


You had chosen a difficult career,

perhaps as a response to the attack

on 9/11. Perhaps it was your only choice.


You chose to be a warrior.

You told me about your squad’s encounter with an IED. How that device

had detonated behind you, how the others with you in your vehicle

were unrecognizable after the explosion. How that event

resulted in your physical and spiritual pain.



You saw then, the tears rolling down my face

and quickly added, “it’s ok, I was lucky.

The VA gave me a German Shepherd, trained by a

breeder in California to help soldiers with PTSD.”

You were so sensitive to the sadness that overwhelmed me, so humble at being

the one left standing.


I told you there are probably many people like me, who have no clue of the danger

soldiers, such as yourself face every day.

I told you I am ashamed of that, of not giving thought

to you in the far off regions of unrest that you serve.

Ashamed that I take for granted the freedom from fear

that most of the world cannot know.


A lifetime of experience separates us,

but on this afternoon, in a grocery store line,

as we waited to check out, we found common ground,

we connected as only a soulful warrior and a caring citizen can,

by listening with compassion, humility and gratefulness.


As you gathered your bag of groceries, we shook hands and exchanged names.

You thanked me for asking about your life. I thanked you for taking care of the freedoms I enjoy.

I was struck by the imprint of a stranger who crossed my path that day.

There are some whose stories are so profound, so difficult to imagine, yet

their humility is so powerful, it leaves an indelible impression of great character.


With respect and honor to all those who serve,

a grateful citizen



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President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site to Host Annual Holiday Festivities in Early December — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Sleigh ride at Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, December 2013


Well, today (Sunday) was for me a typical November day – damp, chilly and overcast! It is the kind of day that almost makes me yearn for some gentle white snowflakes to soften the landscape. Almost, because I haven’t bought my new tires yet!

Halloween has come and gone, but I imagine there is still a preponderance of candy stashed in various places, especially if you have youngsters around. Thanks to Sue and Phil Tomlet for another outstanding Halloween party with several luscious soups and plenty of scrumptious desserts as well.

Tyson Ladies Aid held its November meeting on the 2nd and plans were made for the special Reach Out Luncheon (a joint venture of TLA and Tyson Church) that will include turkey and all the trimmings. So, consider joining the party – 11:30 AM on Thursday, 11/16. It was also discussed that the ladies will be providing food at the Holiday festivities at the Coolidge Homestead, so soups, chili, pies and pastries will abound on 12/2. More to come later…..

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Support Our Fire Department! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Wow, what wind and rain overnight! As I am writing on Monday, Plymouth Fire Dept personnel are out working on multiple issues – mostly downed wires. That does not include the 4:30 AM call for a fire alarm going off. We are so fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers and we owe them our thanks. Our Department is small in size, so if anyone is able and interested, please consider joining. They meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:30 PM

Congratulations to Tom Gianola who was named the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Member of the month!

In case you are interested in visiting with Bill Jarvi, he will be at the Cafe at deLight on Friday, 11/3 at 10:00 AM. Wow, it feels strange to be thinking about November after the balmy weather we have had, but indeed, it is upon us. Did I hear something about snow on Sunday?

Tom and I were in Portsmouth NH for a couple of days last week, but I don’t believe that is why I have so little news this week. This seems like an in-between time needed for washing windows, putting away screens and outdoor furniture, and generally preparing for winter. It will seem more real when we “fall back” this weekend with the time change.

I do want to note that Tyson Church will have a shortened Worship Service this Sunday. One hymn and the serving of the Lord’s Supper before we adjourn downstairs for our Annual Meeting.

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Hunting Season Opens — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Margo and Melissa participate on  DHaD Hero Fundraiser’s Team Nolan


What strange weather, but it has been wonderful for so many outdoor activities as well as the usual autumn cleanup and winter prep. It was also perfect for those of us who participated in the CHaD Hero Fundraiser on Sunday. Melissa ran and I walked the 5K on Team Nolan, a child who overcame his cancer and is now a delightful 6½ year old.

Speaking of youngsters, it is exciting to note the PlayGroup, taking place every second Saturday of the month at The Plymouth Schoolhouse Childcare and Community Playground. The hours are 9 AM to 1 PM, but Lauren says to come at whatever time works for you and enjoy socializing as your child explores the classroom, various play materials and the large playground. There is a basketball court and ample lawn space for running and games. You are asked to bring your own snacks. The cost is $3.00 per child.

We were pleased that EMTs, Dan Stoughton and his son, Greg from the Ludlow Community Ambulance Service were able to join us at the Reach Out Luncheon last week. Many questions were answered and information was given about the ambulance service membership program starting November 1st that costs $45 per year per household and will cover any applicable deductible or co-payments associated with ambulance transports. Plymouth residents who live south of Rte 100A are served by Ludlow. You may obtain an application online.

Just a reminder that hunting season has started for various animals. Archery season for deer and turkey, plus early black bear hunters may be out, so be aware when walking in the woods. VT Fish and Wildlife can provide the particulars.

Although the [President Calvin Coolidge] Historic Site in now closed, keep in mind that the Holiday Open House will take place on 12/2.

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Local Establishments Plan Thanksgiving Meals — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Bill Jarvi marks his 93rd birthday!


Well, a change in the weather this Monday morning! No complaints though, it has been delightfully mild and many of the trees are still lovely. I see where a tropical storm has caused destruction in Ireland and the CA fires are still an issue, but here in Plymouth, we have been blessed with an extended warm spell for the numerous autumn activities.

Sorry to say that I missed Bill Jarvi’s birthday, which was 10/11. He is still looking quite dapper these days! You can still send him a card at 57 Heritage Hill Pl, Rutland, VT 05701. I don’t have many birthdays on my list, so feel free to send me yours.

The Reach Out Luncheon (a partnership meal of Tyson Ladies Aid and Tyson Church) will take place 10/19 in the Community Room at the church. We usually start to gather about 11:15 AM and this month feel free to wear an interesting hat as a pre-Halloween treat. A story will be shared and there will be a special guest from the Ludlow ambulance service. This cheerful gathering takes place every month to provide a social time for anyone and everyone in the community. Come meet some new folks as you enjoy this month’s menu of grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, soup, salad and dessert are provided at no charge. You might enjoy it so much that you will want to volunteer to help!

The quarterly Plymouth Historical Society meeting will take place 10/26 at 7:00 PM. Their mission to preserve and to savor the history of our town is an important one, so consider becoming part of this group. All are welcome.

Please be aware that our eating establishments are taking a well-deserved break but will be open and ready to serve us again next month, so call for reservations. The Inn at Water’s Edge (228-8143) will be offering a 4-course thanksgiving dinner for $25 with Tina’s grandmother’s special stuffing. The bar opens a 3:00 PM and the meal will be served at 4:00.

The Echo Lake Inn (228-8602)  will be offering three Thanksgiving Day servings at 3:00, 5;00 and 7:00 PM, serving crab, roast beef and turkey for $39 and $20 for children under 13. The Five Corners Pub will be open weekends until the end of Oct then take a break, reopening around Thanksgiving.

The Book Club has decided on a lighter selection this time – The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. We will meet to discuss it on 11/16, so grab a copy and join us!

We are having our Annual Tyson Church meeting at the beginning of November. We are very grateful for the response to our Let’s Rise Above the Waters campaign to help recent hurricane victims – over $2300 will be sent out this week to the UCC Emergency US fund. Although we are a tiny congregation, our mission is to follow Jesus by spreading His love through serving the community. We have provided for various local needs, including sending 4 youngsters to Bethany Birches Camp. We would like to know what other ways we can be of help to others. So, please get in touch with me and I will pass along your suggestions.

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