Information Meeting by VTrans Coming on August 7th

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President Coolidge Homestead “Old Home Day” Coming Soon — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Coolidge Old Home Day, 2014. (Image: T. Bascom)

After being bombarded by large pellets of hail in Ludlow the previous Monday evening, it has been nice to have sunshine this past weekend.

My only animal encounter this past week was with bickering hummingbirds who nearly crashed into me while chasing each other from the feeder. Why can’t they play nice and share?

 As I am writing this, we are on our way home after visiting friends on Webster Lake in NH, then Pontoosuc Lake in MA. This has been a “Lake” week for us with a trip to Lake George last Tuesday!

Our next Book Club selection is “A Piece of the World,” by Christina Baker Kline about Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious painting, “Christina’s World.”  With the upcoming move, Betsy will only be joining us for this book discussion on 9/7, but Cassie Horner will be taking over as organizer with help from the rest of the group!  All the best to Betsy and Russ, who have contributed greatly to our town over their years here in Plymouth.

Mark your calendar for Old Home Day at the Notch on 8/5. More details next time! 

Please note the informational meeting on 8/7/17 at 6:00 PM by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to  discuss Bridge #115 over Reservoir Brook

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Bears, Eating, and Reading — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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I hope that folks are more tuned into the closing of Rte 100A than I am.  I had just made note of it last week, but when I had to do an internment at the Notch Cemetery, I didn’t remember until I was on my way.  Traveling at a good clip, it took me 20 minutes from the bottom of the hill to go around!

I had an interesting bear encounter the other evening.  On my into the house at 7:30 PM, I noticed the small hummingbird feeder was empty.  So, I brought it inside, washed and refilled it, then headed back out the door to replace it on the deck.  As I stepped out and was about to let go of the door, I heard a commotion on the bank just across the driveway.  I froze as 2 large bears emerged about 20 feet from me.  They were as startled as I was and froze in their tracks too.  Time seemed to stand still as the 3 of us stared at one another.  The idea that I could certainly get to the edge of the deck and hang the feeder crossed my mind, but I decided against it.  The bears, obviously not seeing me as a threat, finally turned up the hill between our barn and sugar house and ambled further up into the woods.  My fear subsided and awe took over – they were very handsome!

The Reach Out Luncheon will take place this Thursday in the newly painted Community Room of the church.  The menu is chicken, pasta salad, potato salad & tossed salad with strawberry dessert.  Come join the fun!  Coming up this week is Justine Jeffery’s birthday and on 7/30 is Bea Wheeler’s.  While visiting John Wheeler this past week as the Gill Home, he said to send his regards to folks in town.

Thursday evening at 6:30 PM will be the Reading Group discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrow and Mary Ann Shaffer.   It was very light and entertaining, even though it told about the German occupation of the Channel Island of Guernsey during WWII.   Don’t worry if you haven’t read it, feel free to join the group and help to choose the next selection.

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Josiah Wood’s Tavern Opens for One Day Only! Come Celebrate with Us!

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Road Construction Reminder, Reach-Out Luncheon Coming — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Bethany Birches Campers. (Click image to access their website.)


Wow, all I have seen for storm damage around town is certainly minimal compared to some areas of VT, although I know that several of us have had to do some re-grading of our driveways!  I am loving these low-humidity days, though.  The nice weather and the holiday meant Camp Plymouth State Park has been hopping and watercraft of every size and shape could be seen vying for space on Echo Lake.

On the birthday list I believe I missed Susie Bergey turning two on 7/1.  Also, Larry Miller had a birthday on 7/3 that included the gift of a new grill so the BBQ with family and friends proceeded nicely!  Our Owen had a delightful time at Bethany Birches Day Camp last week and will attend another week in August.

Lots of wildlife have been seen in the area lately.  A moose further up Dublin Rd caused quite a reaction from Steve and Cindy’s dogs.  Besides deer, we had a red fox in the yard the other day.  I took Landon to a raptor program last week and I think I have been hearing a red-tailed hawk in the area during the day and of course the barred owls at night.  However, I didn’t exactly appreciate the dead skunk at the bottom of our driveway!  Life in VT…..

There seems to be road construction no matter where you go these days.  By the time this comes out, 100A will already be closed weekdays between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, although it will be open on the weekends.  It is anticipated that the work will continue until 8/25.  Going all the way around to Rte 4 will certainly add extra time to your trip, so plan accordingly!

As usual, we enjoyed wonderful music with Erik Johansson at church this week.  Next month Melissa Maravell will be providing her lovely music for us.  The Reach Out Luncheon (sponsored jointly by Tyson Ladies Aid and Tyson Church) will take place at the church on 7/20.  The menu will be chicken, mac and cheese, salads and a strawberry treat for dessert.  The Community Room has been painted and several other events have taken place, so consider attending and socializing in our revitalized space.  All are welcome!

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Tyson Store is Under New Management — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Tyson Store has reopened under new management!

Enjoy the 4th of July at the Coolidge Homestead!
President Calvin and First Lady Grace Coolidge.

The holiday weekend is upon us and the weather looks challenging.  This has been a busy week, but I wanted to let folks know that if you need any last minute supplies, visit the newly renovated Tyson Store.  It looks so clean and organized now. 

Pictured are Maddie Cassano, Vickie Henry, and co-owner, Tina Rebideau.  She and her husband, Jeff purchased the store a few months ago and now have an updated deli and fully stocked shelves. 

They are still offering boat rentals, along with fishing and hunting supplies.  

Erik Johansson will join us for Worship at Tyson Church on 7/9 at 10:30 AM with his harp, guitar and other instruments.  All are welcome

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Get Ready for the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site July Fourth Celebration — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Photo by Betty Aubin

Photo by Sue Poirier

Well, another successful Strawberry Festival.  According to Chris at the park, the count was 360, including those who worked at the Festival.  I believe that is a few less than last year, but it was still a wonderful cooperative effort and a fabulous gathering.  I just love meandering around and visiting with folks I don’t ordinarily see.   It was nice to have Sally and Bruce Markwell back in town and they pitched right in.  Music by Adam Boyce and Sue Hunt set a nice tone for the evening.   Many thanks to all who came over and joined the fun and to those who donated time, effort, items and food!

The Notch will be hopping on the 4th.  The Naturalization Ceremony, hosted by the Coolidge Foundation and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will take place at 10:00 AM.  The Procession to Cemetery with the Vermont National Guard laying the wreath from the White House will begin at noon.  At 1:00 PM, Cal Thomas will interview President Coolidge (portrayed by impersonator Tracy Messer), then the group reading of the Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge will commence.  Contact Ryan Kline in the Coolidge Foundation office at or 802-672-3389 Ext. 113 to volunteer to read a part!  The final rounds of the Coolidge Cup National Debate Tournament will begin at 2:00 PM.

By the way, if you are interested in learning about fly fishing, lessons are being given at Hawk Mtn Resort with Kathy Ehlers.  Rod, reel and equipment are available for the lesson.  Call 802-672-3811 ext 2 to learn more.

Tyson Ladies Aid was pleased to award Andrew Buchan-Groff one of the two scholarships that they give out each year.  A graduate of WUHS, he will be going to UVM in the fall.  We have considerable talent in our small town!  Please note that a new edition of Jon Clinch’s book, Finn, is in bookstores, with a passionate introduction by Oscar winner Jared Leto.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Dick Turner.  The Celebration of Life last Saturday was a wonderful tribute to him and his legacy will live on.

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