Barn Day Camp waterfront at F&W open M-F 4-5pm

Dear Neighbors,

The Barn Day Camp Waterfront at Farm & Wilderness will be open for Plymouth Residents MONDAY-FRIDAY from 4-5pm through August 8, only when a lifeguard is present (weather permitting). For those who have visited our waterfront before, this is a change of practice due to insurance requirements.

Visit the Main Office during business hours to get a parking permit. Please contact Sam Green with any questions at 802-422-3761.

We look forward to seeing you around this summer!

Rebecca Geary

Farm & Wilderness

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Strawberry Festival recap & a settled Pastor for Tyson Church! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with Permission by The Vermont Standard

6/20/19

Either folks didn’t listen to the weather forecast or they just didn’t believe it would rain because the Strawberry Festival was near record capacity. I heard a figure of 400 cars being counted and not even a drizzle to dampen anyone’’s enthusiasm!

So many people worked to lay the groundwork and then even more volunteered to pull it all together and make it run smoothly – new faces and familiar ones working side-by-side. It is truly a wonderful community event run by Emergency Services, Tyson Ladies Aid and Tyson Church, but many others join in, as well. Thanks to one and all!

Personally, I just love to chat with everyone – some folks that I don’t see often, so we cheerfully catch up. The youngsters take part in their own way, enjoying the crowd and the music, as well as the face-painting and crafts. Hopefully some of the pictures depict the spirit of the evening.

Also, some exciting news about Tyson Church. Terry Bascom has accepted the call to be the settled pastor, after over a year of relying upon pulpit supply. Those who have led worship have done a wonderful job, but hopefully the continuity will bring new life to the church.

People in photos include: Alice Nitka, Joan Day, Kathy Lynds, Marge Macintyre, Corsi Maurello, Kirk Turner, Bruce Verdrager, Tom Marrone.

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Strawberry Festival, Camps starting soon & real estate sales ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard

6/14/19

Changeable weather persists, although we have had some delightful days. Hoping for a nice day for the Strawberry Festival on 6/19! Remember, no Community Luncheon this month, but let me know if you want to help with salads and such for the July gathering on 7/18.

The busy end-of-school days have come to an end for this year. Our graduates have been celebrated and are now beginning a new phase of their lives. I neglected to offer congratulations & mention that Kyleigh Savery graduated from Black River High School and is going to Castleton University for early childhood/special education in the fall. Tyson Ladies Aid has given their scholarships to Julia Kowalski (WUHS) and Aaron Merrill (BRHS). I was pleased to learn that the Plymouth Memory Tree is presenting scholarships as well, the recipients are Anna Hepler, Julia Kowalski and Dana Castro.

Our two local camps are gearing up and welcoming young people and staff. Farm & Wilderness opens on June 24. For families with kids age 4-10, they are holding a FREE Bring A Friend Open House on Sat, 6/29, 10 am-12 pm at the Barn Day Camp. Activities include: waterfront (bring a suit), meet the animals, garden and camp tour, farm fresh snacks, play structure and more. Chaperones required and come rain or shine!

Bethany Birches Camp had its free fun day on Sat, 6/15 and hopefully many folks attended. They offer summer camps for ages 6-17 and day camp for ages 5-9, with many fun activities, geared to the interests of the various age groups. There may still be some opportunities to volunteer at camp as well. Call 802-672-5220 or learn more at www.bethanybirches.org. I did attend a birthday party at BBC this past winter and it was wonderful, so remember that such parties can be hosted there!

The Book Group met 6/13 and had a lengthy discussion about The Rent Collector. It was a riveting book about life at the Strung Meanchey dump in Cambodia that was inspired by the documentary The River of Victory. It is planned to view this film at our next meeting on 7/18. We will also be discussing Into the Wilderness by VT author, Deborah Lee Luskin, which is our next book.

Sadly, we bid farewell to Sharon LaFrance who has recently moved to CT. There are more turnovers in real estate in town:

181 Upper Round Top Rd. $261,500 Andrew Visinski to Peter and Emma Zelken

832 Grand View Lodge, Unit D   $57,300    Peter and Geraldine Marchessault to Jesse Gagnon

894 East Ash Rd, Ledges 13.     $150,000    Clara Garcia to Ernest and Carmen Ruzza

998 East Ash Rd, Ledges 21   $135,000     Zorn Family Trust to Wesley and Patricia Wilkey

27 Hillside Rd.      $345,000    Benjamin Nazzaro to Richard and Suzanne Walsh

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Annual Strawberry Festival!

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Property transfers, Passings & the upcoming Strawberry Festival! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

6/7/19

This morning (Friday) is gloriously sunny, as was yesterday. Maybe the nice weather is finally here! I think most of us are ready to engage in some outdoor activities. When Tom and I went for a walk last evening, the light breeze kept the black flies at bay, which was a nice perk.

I understand that the Town-wide Tag Sale over the Holiday weekend was quite successful with over $1,200 in vendor sales. Thanks to Lauren and others for all their hard work. Also, The Plymouth Schoolhouse will be hiring its first employee and staying open for year round childcare starting this summer and will be able to accommodate infants and toddlers, as well as the preschool aged children. For more information, contact Director Lauren Skaskiw-Harootunian at 802 417 6895 or email lskaskiw@gmail.com.

Tom and I were away for a week, including the Memorial Day weekend. It was nice to see the festive bunting draping the lighted bridge in Tyson upon our return. Thanks to Tyson Ladies Aid for providing it.

At the recent TLA meeting, final touches were added for their part of the Annual Strawberry Festival to be held at Camp Plymouth State Park on Wednesday, 6/19, starting at 5:00 PM. Admission to the park is free at that time, so come enjoy the BBQ by Emergency Services, including salads by many community members. Plus feast on the delicious strawberry shortcake dessert by Tyson Ladies Aid.

You can make yourself comfortable in this lovely park setting while listening to Adam Boyce and Sue Hunt provide delightful music, as you munch away and wait for the Tyson Church raffle drawing. Fun things for youngsters to do, too. The added benefit is seeing friends and neighbors, while supporting local organizations that then turn right around and utilize these funds to enhance our community. This will also provide an opportunity to meet the new Park Ranger, Garecht Brunner!

Please note there will not be a Community Luncheon this month in hopes that everyone will attend the Strawberry Festival instead. For July, we will be back in business and likely have a BBQ, so folks can look forward to gathering again.

It is with sadness that I note the passing of Bea Wheeler. Recently a resident of Gill Home, she had become quite frail and ready to move on. Kudos to Dale & Larry Lynds for their devotion to caring for her needs for so long. For many years, when John was an active member of the Fire Dept, Bea made a dessert for each meeting. None of us other wives picked up the gauntlet, so meetings no longer include these regular sweet treats! Thanks to those who responded to the dumpster fire at Coolidge State Park the other day.

Many folks will probably remember Ruth Bostock, who passed away last year. Her niece, Martha, will be holding an estate sale at Ruth’s home at 59 Lake Pauline Rd, Ludlow on 6/22. I understand there will be many books and personal items that might be meaningful to those who knew her.

Property transfers still abound, so listing the latest below:

1) 181 Upper Round Top Rd. $261,500 Andrew Visinski to Peter and Emma Zelken

2) 832 Grand View Lodge, Unit D $57,300 Peter and Geraldine Marchessault to Jesse Gagnon

3) 894 East Ash Rd, Ledges 13 $150,000 Clara Garcia to Ernest and Carmen Ruzza

4) 998 East Ash Rd, Ledges 21 $135,000 Zorn Family Trust to Wesley and Patricia Wilkey

5) 27 Hillside Rd. $345,000 Benjamin Nazzaro to Richard and Suzanne Walsh Fresh strawberry background

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Tyson Library open for Season! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard

Although the weather may contradict it, we know summer is on its way because the Tyson library is now open for the season. The times of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM until noon and also the first and third Mondays from 6 to 7 PM. This amazing little building, maintained by Tyson Ladies Aid, has such great reading material. Stop by and check it out!

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Local restaurants & Calvin Coolidge Site opening and the upcoming Strawberry Festival! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard

5/24/19

By the time this goes to print, most of the Holiday Weekend activities will have come and gone. Hopefully the intermittent thunder storms will not have dampened the festivities.

Our restaurants are open and ready to serve delicious food. Bruce and Tina at the Inn at Water’s Edge are offering a SPRING FLING through June on Friday and Saturday nights with a 4-Course American Cuisine dinner for $25.00 Pre-Fixe and all bottles of wine are 50% discount. There will be meat, fish, and poultry items, but call 802-228-8143 for reservations at least 24 hours in advance.

According to Tom at the Echo Lake Inn, they will generally be open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday, unless they have a weekend function. Locals are encouraged to call 802-228-8602 for the Pre-Fixe special of $32.

President Calvin Coolidge Historical site will open on 5/25 for the season with a new special exhibit entitled Presidential Menagerie: The Coolidges and Their Pets. As is true for most of us, their pets played an important role within the family and produced several humorous stories.

Of course, this is also the time that Camp Plymouth State Park opens for the season and I imagine that camping is underway at our Calvin Coolidge State Park as well. The temperatures should be warming up any time now, so folks can enjoy the many facets of these pristine places. The wonderful community gathering for the Annual Strawberry Festival will take place at Camp Plymouth on Wednesday, 6/19 starting at 5:00 PM with the BBQ (Emergency Services) and famous strawberry shortcake (Tyson Ladies Aid). Tyson Church will be holding the 50/50 raffle, plus have a few special door prizes. Plan to attend!

I admit that I was surprised to learn that we have so many students graduating from WUHS this year. Here is the list: Angelina Amadeo, Bridgit Black, Dana Castro, Hartley Coates, Anna Hepler, Julia Kowalski, and Tim Rogers. Congratulations to one and all!

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