Community Luncheon and Book Club Coming Up — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

I am writing this on Sunday on a near perfect weather day! My cousin from Mobile called this morning bemoaning their heat and humidity – a bit jealous of our lovely forecast. The storm on Saturday afternoon unleashed some heavy rain and caused power outages, although not in the immediate area. After supper it was cooler and clear – just right for an evening walk!
The Calvin Coolidge Foundation arranged for the fireworks on the 3rd and there were a few very pretty new ones this year. Unfortunately nearby grass caught fire, but thankfully several firemen were on hand and a second fire truck was mobilized to handle it. Thanks to Steve Radonis for adding a comment to the Plymouth Press regarding Angela Kissel, who unbeknownst to me, joined the Dept a few months ago and has even completed Fire Fighter One training. Way to go!
There was quite a crowd on hand at the July 4th events at the Coolidge Homestead. With folks coming and going, it was difficult to estimate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if 500 people were in attendance. It was a toasty day, but the music was delightful and everyone seemed to be having fun.
Emergency Service quickly sold out at the BBQ. Bill Jenney was grateful that they agreed to provide food, since Wilder is not currently open. Someone from the Coolidge Foundation was walking around cheerfully handing out bottled water! There were many takers for the birthday cake (see picture), as well.
The monthly Luncheon downstairs in the Community Room of Tyson Church on Thursday, 7/18 will be a BBQ. Thanks to Tom Gianola from the Echo Lake Inn for loaning us the grill and Windsor County Youth Services for providing the burgers and hot dogs and cooking them up! For sides, we have offers of pasta salad and coleslaw, but we probably need another salad and also dessert. Anyone interested in providing these items please let me know. There is no charge for the luncheon, so it is wonderful how various people assist with meal prep. If summer weather continues, I will pick up a watermelon, too!
The Book Group will be meeting at the Community Center at 6:30 PM on 7/18, which could make for a busy day for some of us. We will be discussing Into the Wilderness by VT author, Deborah Lee Luskin.  Come join the discussion
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4th of July Celebrations at The Calvin Coolidge Homestead ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard


It looks like we are really into summer! Storms and showers are passing through, but the sunshine has been lovely and our gardens need some rain. I just plan indoor activities when those clouds roll in. I know I always have plenty of inside tasks that need my attention, although on nice days I struggle to deal with them…..

On the 4th of July, our Historic Site celebrates the birth of our nation as well as the birthday of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge with several activities: The reading of the Declaration of Independence in the Union Christian Church at 9:00 a.m. The Naturalization Ceremony at 10 and at noon the “parade” with the Vermont National Guard to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery to lay the wreath from the White House. Coolidge family members will be in attendance. Then, the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to provide the BBQ.

Throughout the day enjoy the many activities: wagon rides, the Stringfield Springers old time string band, cheese sampling at the factory, children’s games on the Aldrich House lawn, and the Plymouth Historical Society’s “The Villages of Old Plymouth” exhibit. Don’t forget the championship round of the Coolidge Cup National Debate Tournament starting at 1:00 and Calvin Coolidge re-enactor, Tracy Messer, presenting “Recollections of 1919: The Boston Police Strike” at 3:00.

For more details about the Declaration of Independence reading, Naturalization Ceremony and Debate Tournament, contact the Coolidge Foundation at 802-672-3389.  Be sure to check out the award-winning permanent exhibition, More Than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge at the Education Center, as well as this year’s temporary exhibit, Presidential Menagerie: The Coolidges and Their Pets.  More information can be obtained at 802-672-3773 or

I understand that the Fire Dept has taken in a new member – welcome to Donnie Girard! Although the usual number of fires in town is small, investigating smoke alarms & assisting at accidents are other important functions. There is always a need for more members, so consider how you can help.

Windsor County Youth Services assists with our monthly Community Luncheons that are held in the space downstairs at Tyson Church and for July 18th, they will be helping to provide our BBQ with hot dogs and hamburgers. I already have a donation of pasta salad. Anyone interested in providing other salads and dessert, please let me know! Come get to know your neighbors and enjoy some time socializing – everyone is welcome!


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A public service announcement for those who visit:


Bears are awake and hungry.  The most common sources of food that attract bears are pet food, bird feeders, barbecue grills, garbage, household trash containers and open dumpsters.

Plymouth residents know this, however, visitors who come here for a short visit might not be aware that leaving their garbage at “curb side” on Sunday afternoon, or in a container that is not bear proof, is a calling card for bears. Bears love garbage and will leave no container unopened.   They’re not very good about keeping things in a neat pile either.  Your garbage is dragged into the road and across the landscape, a long trail of everything you left behind.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife lists the following measures to protect property from bears:

Never feed bears deliberately or accidentally

Feed your pets indoors

Feed birds from December to March only

Store trash in a secure place.  Trash cans alone are not enough.

If you don’t have a secure place to leave your trash, consider taking it back home with you!

We welcome you to our town and know you want to be a good neighbor.  We can all work together to keep our landscape safe and free of litter.

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Seeking Operator for The Wilder House Restaurant

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is seeking an operator for The Wilder House Restaurant at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.
For further information, please contact Bill Jenney at 672-3773.
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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


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


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 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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