August 7 Public Forum on Land Use Warned

On August 7, 2018 at 7:00PM the Town of Plymouth Planning Commission & Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a public forum to discuss potential changes to future land use in the Town of Plymouth and review the current town plan.

Please visit the Two Rivers – Ottauquechee Regional Commission Site @

for the current town plan and zoning ordinance.

Public input is encouraged.

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Two Student Plays to be Performed at Bookstock. And RIP John Wheeler — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard


Isn’t it fortunate that we have lovely lakes in our town where we can cool off on hot days? I drove through Reading on Sunday afternoon and hit a cloud burst. Coming up Tyson/Reading Rd I could see where the rain stopped. Needless to say, when I arrived home, I had to water my gardens!

How exciting that two of our Plymouth students are having their one-act plays performed at Bookstock – Anna Helpler’s is “What a Piece of Work is Will” and Julia Kowalski wrote one entitled “’Right Back at It”. They will be presented on Saturday, 7/28 on the Green in Woodstock.

It is with sadness that I note the passing of John Wheeler. He was a fixture in our area in many ways. As a member of the Plymouth Fire Dept, he worked hard at fighting fires, but also put out some wonderful dinners as well. The younger generation will always recall his role as Santa Clause! When Tom and I visited on Saturday, he was on comfort care and Bea was by his side. Please note the funeral will take place on Thursday, 7/19 at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Annunciation in Ludlow. Tyson Ladies Aid, of which Bea was an active member for many years, we be handling the luncheon there.

The Community Luncheon will still take place at Tyson Church at 11:30 on Thursday, 7/19.

Real estate in moving and we have had another two property transfers. 1. 463 Crown Point Road for $182,000, Michael Shannon to Alexander Baker. 2. Land on Round Top Road for $2,800 from the Iain Mackay Disclaimer Trust to Laurie Cieciuch and Christine Cohen.

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Reading Group Activities — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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It seemed like my plants were screaming “help, I’m drowning” after those torrential downpours the other night. I usually have little dishes under those I put out on the deck, but needless to say, they were full and overflowing. I guess the opposite problem will occur when the projected heatwave hits us. Oh well, if all our problems were so inconsequential!

Tom and I attending Our Town at the Weston Playhouse the other night.  Christopher Lloyd has not lost his touch and the play was both entertaining and thought-provoking.

We had another lively discussion of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles at the Reading Group. The interesting mix of characters was quite intriguing. This time we are reading Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. Thanks to Nancy Hagge who brought the book from the Killington Library to the Town Building, where it can be signed out. We will discuss it on 8/2 at the Community Center at 6:30 PM.

There are so many wonderful happenings in our area to celebrate the 4th of July – not all of them on that date either. Of course, there are many interesting things going on at the Notch. By the time the paper comes out, I hope that folks will have taken advantage of many of the activities available in our area!

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Local Inns Offer Dining Specials; Preview of July 4 Celebrations at President Coolidge Homestead — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Plymouth residents and friends queuing up at Wednesday’s Strawberry Festival (photo: S. Poirier)

Strawberry Festival music was offered by Adam Boyce and Sue Hunt (photo: S. Poirier)


Unsettled weather continues, but there have been some simply wonderful days. One of them was the day of the annual Strawberry Festival. This event, a collaborative effort of Plymouth Emergency Services, Tyson Ladies Aid, and Tyson Church drew a large crowd of local folks and visitors to Camp Plymouth State Park on 6/20, where a light breeze helped to keep the bugs at bay while everyone ate and enjoyed music by Adam Boyce and Sue Hunt. As usual, there was much excitement as friends, family and visitors won many marvelous raffle prizes! Thanks to the hard workers, park staff and everyone who participated and joined in the fun.

Here is an interesting promotional idea by Tina and Bruce at the Inn at Water’s Edge, in addition to their regular weekly Thursday evening dinners. Enjoy a free 4 course birthday dinner on Saturday or Sunday during the one week prior to or following your birthday. As always call 802-228-8143 at least 48 hours in advance to make a reservation and be sure seating is available. You will need to bring your license for verification!

The Echo Lake Inn is currently offering a $32 pairing special, which includes a beverage with your meal. Reservations are requested by calling 802-228-8602. They will be serving dinner this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but plan to be open on Wednesdays after 7/11.

Don’t forget the many special events taking place at the President Coolidge Historic Site on July 4th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to celebrate the birth of our nation, plus the birthday of Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Union Christian Church, then at 10 AM watch the induction of 20 new US citizens. At noon the people parade to the gravesite, led by the Vermont National Guard.

You can enjoy lunch at the Wilder House with free birthday cake before you take advantage of the many other ongoing activities – wagon rides, music by the Springfield Springers old-time string band, cheese making at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory, children’s games on the Aldrich House lawn, spinning demonstrations by Fiber Arts in Vermont, and the Plymouth Historical Society’s one-room schoolhouse exhibit, in addition to the Coolidge Cup National Debate Tournament and Calvin Coolidge impersonator, Tracy Messer at 4:00.

While there check out the “More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge” exhibit and the new, “Presidential Holiday: The Coolidge Summer Retreats, 1924-1928.” For further information, call 802-672-377

There was one property transfer to note: 6/14/18, 325 Dix Hill Road for $310,000, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science and Jean Pimm to Steven and Marcheta Dalene.

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Don’t Miss the Strawberry Festival Wednesday Evening! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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BBQ, Strawberry dessert, raffle, music, and friends! Wednesday evening’s Strawberry Festival supports local services.

You never know what wonders nature will place along your path. Walking in Ludlow the other day I watched a small red squirrel chasing a larger grey one. That fierce little guy was in hot pursuit!

Recently our family enjoyed an amazing weekend in Burlington, where we surprised Tom for his birthday with a sailboat ride through Whistling Man Schooner Company. It was a perfect day – sunny, warm and breezy enough to move us nicely through the beautiful waters of Lake Champlain. So, if you are looking for some different way to enjoy nature, I would highly recommend it. Plus, Church Street always provides entertainment and interesting shopping!

Reminder about the annual Strawberry Festival starting at 5:00 PM on Wednesday evening at Camp Plymouth State Park – food, fun, and Adam Boyce for entertainment.

The Reading Group will meet on Thursday, 6/21 at the Community Center at 6:30 PM to discuss Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. All are welcome.

Celebrate the weekend! Refresh your body and soul! Join Dawn for yoga at the Community Center Sunday mornings.

Consider attending Sunday morning yoga with Dawn Wetzel at 10:30 AM at the Community Center. The cost is $12 per class or $90 for 10 classes. You will need to bring your own mat. For more information contact:

I understand that the New England Brass Band (NEBB) will provide a free performance on Tuesday, July 3rd at Albert Bridge School in Brownsville beginning at 5 PM. Starting at 6 PM, there will be music, food, then fireworks at dusk at Ascutney Mountain. It is a lovely spot and perfect for kids to work off some energy.


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Sunday Yoga Class at the Community Center


Start the week with a Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga class, held at the Plymouth Community Center (35 School Drive, Plymouth VT). The class will leave you feeling relaxed, stretched and centered.

10:30am-11:30am, Sunday mornings

Cost: $12 a class or 10 classes for $90

All levels welcome, please bring your own mat.

Instructor Dawn Wetzel, E-RYT500

Email Dawn with questions or to learn more:


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Free Camp Day, and Strawberry Festival! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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There will be NO snow tubing at Bethany Birches Camp’s Open House day, but there will be lots of fun! Come get some!

Line up! Our Town’s annual Strawberry Festival is marching over the horizon! Don’t miss the party. That would be a real ‘Dave’ move.

Come enjoy a free day at Bethany Birches Camp on Saturday, 6/16 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM where you can swim in the pond, play games, meet the staff, and cook dinner over a fire – just like they do at camp!

Also, join the fun at the annual Plymouth Strawberry Festival on Wednesday, 6/20 at Camp Plymouth Camp Park on Echo Lake starting at 5:00 PM.  BBQ by Emergency Services, Strawberry shortcake by Tyson Ladies Aid, and the raffle by Tyson Church.  All these organizations work together to benefit the community. 

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