“Date Night” Childcare at the Community Center Available Saturday ; Yoga Classes Have Resumed — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Remember you’re not just parents! Register your child for Saturday’s Date Night!


Although there are still some visitors coming up to see the leaves, it seems like we are coming into a down time. I actually love what I call the “golden phase” of foliage with only a few splashes of red and orange left, but a soft golden glow instead.

Another “Date Night Childcare” will take place at The Plymouth Schoolhouse on Saturday October 20th, from 4pm-8pm for children ages 3 and over for $20 per child. Besides Lauren, Maddy Cassano will be assisting, which means a few more youngsters can be accommodated. So, pack dinner for them and register at 802 417 6895 orlskaskiw@gmail.com.

Start the week right! Join Sunday Morning Yoga!

Also, at the Community Center, Yoga class is taking place at 10:30 on Sunday mornings and will continue into the Fall. $12 a class or $90 for 10 classes. Spare mats are available and  all levels are welcome.

Silent Cal says “…..”
Well, nothing, actually, because he’s silent. But you can stop by and visit his Homestead until the end of the month anyhow!

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will be open through October 21st so make a point to get there if it has been on your agenda but you haven’t made it yet this year! For further information, please call (802) 672-3773 sites online at www.historicsites.vermont.gov.10/5/18

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Bill Jarvi Celebrates 94 Years; Community Luncheon Scheduled — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Happy 94th Birthday, Bill Jarvi!


Writing this on Friday, at the start of the Holiday Weekend. It seems that several visitors searching out foliage views didn’t want to wait because the restaurants and roadways have been busy places lately. Twice within the past week I have encountered foxes running across the road, so do be careful of our wonderful and varied wildlife!

This is the time of year when some establishments take a much-needed break. Please note that the Inn At Water Edge will stop serving dinner on 10/14. The restaurant at the Echo Lake Inn will close 10/20, although they will re-open for three seatings on Thanksgiving.

The Reading Group met on 10/4 and there were mixed feelings about Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes. It was agreed that it was interesting to learn about some of the customs of this small town in Italy, especially the olive and wine production. Our next selection is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, which will acquaint us with Japanese/Korean culture.  We will meet on 11/1 and everyone is welcome to join the discussion.

Sally and Dana Dolloff hosted a delightful early birthday party for Bill Jarvi (see picture), who will turn 94 on the 11th. He even had an extra serving of the ice cream cake! In attendance were daughter, Kristen Jarvi, Joan Day, as well as Tom and me.

I understand that the Meals on Wheels program serving Ludlow, Cavendish and Plymouth is in desperate need of volunteer drivers to bring home-delivered meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact Black River Valley Senior Center, 10 High Street, Ludlow, VT 05149, 802-228-7421, brvsc10@gmail.com if you can be of help.

Another Community Luncheon is planned for 10/18 in the Community Room at Tyson Church. Hearty soup, cheese and fruit platters, and the teens are providing some luscious desserts. Join us at 11:30 and be thinking about some of your most interesting mouse stories to share. These tenacious little creatures are preparing for winter by coming inside. Tell us some of your strategies for dealing with them, too!

These are the most recent property transfers:

PCN Road, Land 2.6 acres $30,000 Renelda Higgins Walker to Sewell Family Trust

38 Birch Landing, Unit 1 $274,000 Raymer McQuiston to Daniel and Katie Uriano

4344 Route 100 $274,500 Tony & Melissa Moore to Vetere Family Trust

107 Blueberry Ledge Ridge # 44 $55,000 Daniel Murphy to Okemo Investments, LLC

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Apples, Moose, and Bear, O My! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Storms, floods, earthquakes – the world is full of natural disasters. Yet, here in VT our big nature news is that a rather large moose is wandering around town! Sharon LaFrance on Rte 100 in the Union had the big fellow in her driveway and I understand that Kathy Lynds saw him on Lynds Hill as well.

I heard a rumor that there was a bear break-in recently in town, but I don’t have any details to share. I know that on warm evenings, I still make sure to close and lock the door off our deck in order to discourage any unwanted four-legged guests. By the way, the other day I watched a chipmunk nibbling on my potted parsley plant – who knew these little creatures liked parsley!

Well, as I write, the new month is almost upon us. That means that the annual Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest will be happening. Mark your calendar for Saturday, 10/6, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, so you don’t miss out on all of the apple fun at the [President Calvin Coolidge] Historic Site. You can check out the heirloom apple orchard, try some apple peeling with an antique kitchen implement, and run or walk in the 5K race.

As usual there will be wagon rides, sheep shearing, cheese sampling and self-guided tours at the Plymouth Cheese Factory. Yummy food will be available at the Wilder House. Youngsters will enjoy period games and hands-on activities, plus an apple treasure hunt. Join Anne Collins at 1:30, to hear about and sample some old-time recipes.

I understand there will be an opportunity to learn more about medicinal plants from Northern Naturals and Gardens. Of course the day would not be complete without listening to fiddle music by Adam Boyce or meandering through the booths of the Vermont artisans who will be on hand. For more information call 802-672-3773 or visit: www.HistoricSites.Vermont.gov.

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Bethany Birches Camp Auction and Breakfast — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Although Camp Plymouth State Park is open until the end of the month, the weather has probably kept many from venturing over there. With help from our friend John, Tom has taken our sailboat off Echo Lake and put it to bed for the season. Of course that likely means we will have some beautiful days yet to come!

Thanks to the several people who made food for the luncheon last Thursday. Over 25 people attended, filling the room with wonderful energy and lively conversation. Thanks to Dana Dolloff for sharing his firsthand knowledge of Ticonderoga pencils, as well as some local history about the church and Tyson Ladies Aid.

Are you ready for the amazing Bethany Birch Camp auction? It is happening on Saturday, 9/29 up on Lynds Hill, starting at 9:00 AM with free breakfast that includes freshly made donuts. Peruse the items and be ready to start the bidding at 10 AM. You can view the items now at http://www.bethanybirches.org/benefit-auction/online-auction-bidding/ and if you can’t attend you can even bid online.

The after-auction lunch, sponsored by Gallagher Flynn and Company provides a wonderful time to socialize and check out the camp. This event is an important component of the camp budget that allows children to receive scholarship help and be able to participate in the various programs. Come join the fun!

Our condolences go out to Shirley Billings on the recent passing of Bob. It true that some of our folks are getting older and several have had to move out of town. We still remember many of them and even visit with them. Coming up on 10/11, Bill Jarvi will be turning 94. If you would like to shower him with cards, the address is the Meadows, 157 Heritage Hill – Room 49, Rutland, 05701.

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Sunday Morning Yoga Returns; Ludlow Elementary Hosts Harvest Fair; Community Luncheon This Week — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Emily Dupont, who stared as Alice at the Paramount this last Spring, attends Nutmeg Conservatory in CT this Fall.


Although there has been a hint of fall in the air, the recent warm sunshine has been delightful, so I hope that everyone has been able to get outdoors to enjoy it!

Yes, the Community Luncheon at Tyson Church will be taking place this Thursday, 9/20 at 11:30. Thanks to folks for jumping in to provide yummy 4 cheese and pasta, chicken salad, green salad and dessert. All are welcome.

I am pleased to be able to share news about our own Emily Dupont, who is well known for her amazing dance talent. In July she even shared her skills with local youngsters at Pentangle. For the second summer in a row, she participated at The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, CT and has now enrolled in their Year Round Post High School Program, while also taking courses through CCV. To help cover expenses, she has become an RA there. If anyone would like to encourage Emily in her endeavors, please consider donating on her behalf to The Nutmeg: 58 Main Street; Torrington, CT 06790 so that she can continue her program.

Start the week right! Join Sunday Morning Yoga with Dawn!

I understand that Sunday morning Yoga classes with Dawn will be resuming at the Community Center on 9/22 at 10:30. the cost is $12 per class or $90 for 10 classes. So, bring your mat and join in.

Get ready for the Ludlow Elementary School Parent-Teacher Group Harvest Fair on the front lawn of Black River High School on Saturday, 9/29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes local vendors, artisans and crafters, a “teacup” raffle, bake sale and live music. The PTG will also be running their inaugural “Donkey Doo Bingo.” Plan to attend since it will be held rain or shine.

The housing market seems to have picked up lately. Here are some of the latest sales: 343 Dublin Rd. $166,900, Andrew and Tara Hodgkins to William Kelly and Sherrie Ober; 1042 Dublin Rd. $80,000, William English and David McCarthy to Robert McGann and Barry Johnson; 1631 Hale Hollow Rd. $2,500 (1.13 Acres) Samuel Giddings and Cheryl Davis to Jeffrey and Paige Gehris; 846 Quarry Rd. $187,000 David Crandall to Patrick and Laurel Brandon; 1723 Hale Hollow Rd. $1,150,000 Jeffrey and Paige Gehris to Mark and Tina Fletcher; 911 Messer Hill Rd. $307,000 Eric Johnsen to Danielle Dell’Olio, Tanya Hahnel, and Ryan Diloreti; 1226 East Ash Rd. $102,500 Paul and Grace Beattie to William and Kim Morrissey; Grand View Lodge Rd., Unit C $76,200 Geoffrey Green to Jonathan Green; 2192 Lynds Hill Rd. $331,000 Nigel Hollis and Jill Davies to Tadeusz and Katarzyna Bebenek; 11 Blueberry Ledge Ridge Lane, # 4 $140,000; David and Eileen Clark to Boris and Claudia Rogoff; 501 Hawk Spur Rd., $90,000; Estate of Janet McKay to Geret and Jill DePiper; 289 Birch Landing, # 11, $275,000; Thomas and Teresa Eagan to Stephanie Joy; 106 Scott Terrace, $178,000, Donald Sullivan to Kenneth and Laura Speranza; Lot 2-12 Meadow Hawk Rd., $5,000; Muriel Burstein to Hawk Resorts International


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“Date Night” Childcare Available; Camp Plymouth Open All Month — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Ooh La La!


Definitely a change in the weather – a portent of things to come! I guess it will be heating again next week, though, so don’t put your warm weather clothes away just yet. We still seem to have a few hummingbirds around who don’t appear to be panicked about heading south. Remember that Camp Plymouth State Park is open until the end of September and that is a great place to take a dip or go out on the lake with a boat.

It was so nice to have Reading Group come to my house last Thursday so that I could participate in the discussion. My new hip and I were just home from the hospital that afternoon, so it was wonderful to have a pleasant diversion.

The book selection for this next time is Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes. It will be a bit more lighthearted that our recent books, but everyone agreed it is fun to mix things up! Since this is not a book for which several copies can be obtained from the Killington Library, you will need to obtain a copy on your own. The next meeting will take place at 6:30 PM on Thursday, 10/4 at the Community Center.

For parents who want a night out, consider taking Lauren up on her offer of “Date Night” childcare at the Plymouth Schoolhouse from 4-8 PM on Saturday, 9/22. The cost is $20 per child and dinner should be sent along with them. Contact Lauren Skaskiw, 802 417 6895 or lskaskiw@gmail.com to make the arrangements.

We are still trying to pull together the Community Luncheon at Tyson Church for Thursday, 9/20. If anyone would like to help, please let me know!

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Hazardous Waste Collection; Coolidge Site Needs Help — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Although I have been spending most of my time at home, I understand that the leaves are beginning to turn. I am not ready! I guess I will have an opportunity to see for myself when we drive to Rutland on Tuesday, 9/4 for my total hip replacement. I never thought I would be looking forward to surgery, but to be out of this pain and to begin the healing process will be wonderful!

The sight of bright yellow school buses means that school is back in session. It always seems to me that something new and exciting should be starting at this time of year, even for those of us who are no longer in school. Perhaps we should all become motivated to participate in an activity that is challenging and fun!

According to Diane Kemble, the Education Director at Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, help is being sought at the Notch Schoolhouse in order to keep it open for the public. Folks are needed for 2 hour shifts in the afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00 on the following dates: Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 13. Contact Diane at education@calvin-coolidge.org or call 802-324-9465 (cell) or 802-885-1156 (home).

Mark your calendar for the free Southern Windsor/Windham Solid Waste Management District collection and safe disposal of household hazardous materials on Saturday, September 8 at the Springfield Transfer Station and on Saturday, September 15 at the Goodyear building in Windsor, from 9 AM until 1 PM. Bring in a mercury fever thermometer and receive a new digital fever thermometer. For more information, call 674-9235 or visit www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org for a list of what you may bring.

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