Changing Seasons ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard
Not much news to report on, but there is an upcoming presentation by The VT Department of Financial Regulation about how to not get scammed that will be held at The Plymouth Community Center on January 7th at 10am. Mark your calendars to attend and learn about how to safeguard yourself and your personal information.
      Autumn & Life
Crimson leaves, plus orange & gold 
         are drifting into my planter
                  of once lush impatiens.
Two different seasons,
                  Yet they blend together
During this time 
                  of in-betweeness.  
One seeps into the other
                  How much like life….
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Upcoming Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest & Community Luncheon ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard


Well, with the wind and rain it amazes me that there are any leaves left, but many areas are still bright and beautiful! Gardens are being put to bed and summer clothes are being put away, as we all tighten up for winter. Snow out west seems premature, but you never know….

Speaking of closing, the Tyson Library will close for the season on 10/12. Don’t forget to join the myriad of activities taking place at Notch this coming weekend, in advance of its closing on 10/20.

The Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest takes place on Saturday, 10/12, beginning at 10 AM with the second annual Coolidge 5K race. Walkers can engage in the “I Do Not Choose to Run” 1-Mile Walk at 11:00. Register at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation,

Hopefully the weather will cooperate for the wagon rides, craft exhibits, culinary treats and music with Adam Boyce. Youngsters can join in games on the Aldrich House lawn and visit the one-room schoolhouse for an apple treasure hunt and hands-on history activities. There will also be cheese sampling and the self-guided tour at the Plymouth Cheese Factory.

Come see the special display detailing the commissioning of the U S Naval Submarine “Vermont” and learn about Henry Breault, the only enlisted submarine sailor to receive the Medal of Honor which was presented by President Coolidge in 1924.

How exciting that Cassie Horner was able to go up in the flying fortress, Aluminum Overcast when it visited Rutland a couple of weeks ago. Please note, this was not the plane that crashed several days later!

The Book Club engaged in a probing discussion of Educated, sharing observations and the mix of feelings this book creates. We are a diverse group who enjoy reading a wide variety of books and there are always interesting discussions when we gather. Consider joining us!  Our next selection is Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva, that is said to be a peek into Dicken’s life with considerable humor laced into it. Books are available at the Town office, courtesy of Nancy Hagge, who has gathered them from the Killington Library for us. We will meet at the Community Center at 6:30 PM on 11/7.

It was wonderful to participate with Rev Christian Huebner in the Blessing of the Animals at Lucy MacKenzie this past weekend. Many people brought their beloved pets or pictures of them to receive special prayers of blessing. There are many animals for adoption at the shelter deserving of a forever home and they were blessed, too. The kittens are a favorite, but there are many delightful older cats and a number of dogs in need of homes. They receive loving care at Lucy Mac, but please consider taking one of them into your home and into your heart.

It is with sadness that I note the passing of Barbara North who lived for a time in Tyson and attended Tyson Church. A spirited lady, who will be missed.

Mark your calendars for the Community Luncheon on 10/17 downstairs at Tyson Church. Come enjoy Shepards Pie with others in Plymouth and the surrounding area. Start time is 11:30 when we will learn from a professional how to ice cupcakes, then after lunch we will eat them!


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Dog found, no owner located yet

This dog was found in the Plymouth/Tyson area. There is no collar or chip on the dog. Call l 802 228 5048 for additional info


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A new community member and the upcoming Coolidge Apple Festival! ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard


Greetings – we are back in VT after our two week vacation! We spent a few days with family in England, then began a delightful and enlightening eleven day tour of Scotland and Ireland. The US is such a young country by comparison. Many of the castles are crumbling, so all you see are ruins, as was true of this monastery, Clonmacnoise, in Ireland on the River Shannon, which was founded in 544. The fact that they were built without modern equipment is amazing in itself!

I see that the leaves are changing and falling, plus it looks like it has been a rollercoaster in regard to the temperatures. Astonishingly there are still cherry tomatoes ripening on the vine and my impatiens have flourished. Wonderful neighbors provided care for our cat, our plants, and our house. Many thanks!

While we were gone, Sydney Grace Bergey was born on 9/16/19 to Amber and Brandon, joining siblings, Susie and Simon. A healthy weight at 7 lbs, she has lots of dark hair, as did her siblings at birth. Welcome!

Saturday was such a lovely day and provided a wonderful backdrop for the Bethany Birches Camp fundraiser auction. Per Brandon, it was very successful and will help to provide funds for camperships, so that no child will be left out.

I understand that the Community Luncheon went well on 9/19. Several people worked together to make it happen. Thanks to one and all! It is nearly time to start planning for the October one, which will be 10/17. I believe there is someone willing to make the main dish and as soon as that is determined, I will put out the word for sides to go with it!

The Reading Group will be meeting at the Community Center on 10/3 at 6:30 PM to discuss Educated.  Always an enjoyable evening, so join us!  A reminder that the Coolidge Apple Festival is coming up on 10/12. More details to follow!


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Changing leaves and the next Community luncheon ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard


My goodness, there has been a precipitous nip in the air lately. I may be overreacting, however, because I remember a former neighbor saying there is always a frost during the Rutland Fair and we have not had one yet! Someone asked me recently why a particular tree can still be all green, with only one branch bursting into color. Does anyone know the answer?

School is back in session and many students are involved with sports, various clubs & scholastic pursuits. I don’t know many of our young people any longer, but I would love to share their activities. We are a town with many sections/hamlets, so we don’t always know what is going on with folks. Please feel free to send me information that I may include.

I understand that the turnout was light for the Town Plan vote, but it did manage to pass. Thanks to the several people who manned the poles!  Condolences to Michelle and Justus Pingree on the passing of her Mom.

The monthly community luncheon will take place Thursday, 9/19 at 11:30 AM downstairs at Tyson Church. This event is organized by volunteers in an attempt to bring folks together to socialize over a hearty meal. We have some new folks in town and this is a good way to meet them. All are welcome.

I don’t know whether some of these sales will bring full-time residents to Plymouth, but here is the latest listing of property transfers:

Scout Camp Rd    3.1 Acres  $2,000     Sheryl Tepper to Corsi Norniella

182 Upper Round Top Rd     $75,000     Estate of Joan Carbonaro to Philip and Barbara Walker

140 Rte 100    $100,000    Rodrick and Katherine Pingree to Gerard Smyth

1672 Hale Hollow Rd.      $440,000     Kenneth and Carol Ackley to Joan Rubin

2396 Rte 100 A        $239,000     Jon and Diana Plumley to Carol Cotie


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Next Community Luncheon, Bethany Birches Camp Auction ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with Permission from The Vermont Standard


I would like to back up for a minute to comment on the overflow attendance and wonderfully celebratory mood that engulfed the activities at the Coolidge Homestead over the Labor Day weekend. The Union Christian Church filled to capacity for “Shakespeare Alive” and the audience was not disappointed with this very witty performance.

The crowd continued to grow over the two days of the Folk and Blues Festival. The music was lively and those in attendance were totally engaged. Of course, the weather was ideal – sunny, but relatively cool and enjoyable. The preparation for all of the various activities made for smooth sailing, as they say – congrats to all!

The Book Club meeting on 8/29 included some new members and provided varied insights and ideas about Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens. Many laughs punctuated the evening! The next selection is Educated by Tara Westover with discussion slated for 10/3.

Tom and I attended some of the amazing sessions at VINS special Holiday weekend program on mammals. Of course there were raptor talks and demonstrations, but there were a number of animals not indigenous to our area. Fascinating, to say the least!

Another monthly Community Luncheon is being planned for Thursday, 9/19 at 11:30 AM in the downstairs room at Tyson Church. It looks like Nancy Hagge’s outstanding meatloaf may be the main course. Anyone want to volunteer to bring side dishes or dessert? Please let me know. We usually have 25 – 30 participants, including teens from Windsor County Youth Services who kindly help to serve and clean up. Come meet your neighbors and enjoy lively conversation and a luscious lunch.

Plan to attend the annual Bethany Birches Camp Auction on 9/28. Start the morning with free treats of fresh donuts, coffee and breakfast at 9:00 AM. You can also stroll the tables and view items. Cider, apples and popcorn are available throughout the morning and the bidding begins at 10:00 AM. As the auction winds down around noon, plan to remain for lunch! This fundraiser makes possible the wonderful tier system that allows children of all economic levels to attend camp sessions at BBC, so come enjoy the day, acquire some great items and take part in helping kids!

The cast of “Shakespeare Alive” f_k0305kfk0

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Vote on the Town Plan and upcoming Ice Cream Social~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard


More amazing weather – what a great place to live! No hurricanes bearing down upon us or forest fires threatening. Still plenty of time to enjoy our lakes and streams before winter sets in. I took our grandsons on a bike ride to Buttermilk Falls before school began and we walked down to the water. I never learned to skip rocks and apparently it is not a skill that improves with age!

Registered voters, don’t forget to review the proposed Town Plan so you can vote knowledgeably on Tuesday, 9/10, at the Town Hall between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. You can read it on the Plymouth website or pick up a copy at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Recently I attended a very informative session in Londonderry about fraud and scams given by the VT Dept of Financial Regulation, which deals with banking, insurance and securities issues. One important tip was never to put a payment with your check inside in your mailbox to go out. Anyone can come along and gain considerable information about you and your bank account.

We learned that a scam differs from fraud because basically you provide information, albeit often unintentionally, that allows the financial consequences. Three delightful folks from this agency are going around the state alerting folks to various scams. Go to or call 802-828-3301 to learn more.

Please note that Tyson Community Church will be having an ice cream social on Sunday, 9/15 from 2-3:30 as a way to celebrate and introduce their new pastor, Terry Bascom. All are invited!

This lush setting was overflowing with people listening to great music at The Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival this past weekend.


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