A Thanksgiving Poem

11/22/2020

Reprint with permission from The Vermont Standard

Holidays come and holidays go

Time passes, but this I know

The hole in my heart does not decline

For missing loved ones, I still pine

The only way to manage and move ahead

Is to focus upon their gifts instead

The many blessings they brought my way

Will be my remembrance for Thanksgiving Day.

By Margo Marrone

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Dipping temperatures & Echo Lake Inn Schedule~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/15/20


Just think of it – only 5 more weeks and daylight will be lengthening again!  A rude awakening with the weather this week, but it is to be expected – after all, it is November! Today (Sunday) has turned grey and raw, so I had no desire to venture out for a walk. Of course, there are always indoor tasks to be done….


It seems like mice are coming inside in droves these days.  The fellow in this picture startled me the other morning and as a result, lived to tell the story.  He was caught by one foot, managed to flip the trap up on end and was looking at me when I went down to the wood room.  I took the trap with him in it out to the deck and released him.  I guess he wasn’t badly injured because he scampered away.  Since then I have caught and killed 3 more mice in that trap and I have wondered if he learned his lesson or returned to be caught again!

I had a nice email from Anne Marie who worked for many years at the Echo Lake Inn.  She is doing well and sends her best to everyone.  She is still living in Plymouth, but has traded working with people for working with animals at Kedron Valley Boarding, Grooming and Daycare (happypets@kedronvet.com).


It is so difficult to make plans with COVID and it seems advisable not to travel this year.  If you are looking for a place to have Thanksgiving dinner, the Echo Lake Inn will have 3 seatings – 1:30, 4, and 6:30, with appropriate distancing.  Not a turkey lover, there are additional offerings, so check out their website. Please note that the Inn at Water’s Edge will begin Tues evening dinners again on 11/24.

Here is a quote from One Day at a Time to help put things in perspective “Today is only a small manageable segment of time in which our difficulties need not overwhelm us.  This lifts from our hearts and minds the heavy weight of both past and future.” 

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Mild weather and local birthdays! ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/6/20


Considering we had 10 inches of snow Mon – Tues this week, it was remarkable and wonderful to go for a delightful bike on 11/6 with of a temperature of 62 degrees!  The hoses had been put to bed for the season, so I had no way to wash the mud off my car.  Oh well, these mild days are a gift and much appreciated.


Reflecting upon the large number of votes for Governor Phil Scott, it seems like a positive response to his leadership during COVID.  His thoughtful approach and research based strategies, plus his respectful and congenial manner should be a model for other politicians. 


A belated birthday to Willow Bascom (11/2) and upcoming congratulations to Karen Evans (11/7), young Julia Baldwin (11/20) and Joan Day (11/30).  Not much other news at the moment, but a huge thank-you to those who assisted at the polls on Election Day and worked for long hours to tally the votes.

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Snow! and recent property transfers ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/2/20

Writing this on Monday morning and we have 3 new inches of snow! It took several days and rain to remove the snow from last week’s “storm”. I guess winter is encroaching, although a warming tend is in the forecast. No sense moaning and groaning – just enjoying the beauty of it and using my new leaf blower to clear my deck! In only seven more weeks the daylight hours will be getting longer…..

Looks like several more properties have changed hands recently. Here is the list:

1) 2-62 GOSHAWK DR. 1.5 ACRES $12,500 GREEN MOUNTAIN BUREAU, LLC

2 )472 SOARING HAWK RD. $265,000 RICHARD and LAURA PULIE TO DAELIM LEE and VICTORIA CEBAN

3)502 ECHO VIEW RD. $690,000 RONALD LITTLEHALE TO DAINIE and ALEXIS SINGH

4) 648 SALT ASH RD. $276,000 AEX ERYNN VT, LLC TO CHRISTOPHER and ANN MOSBY

5) 429 CHAPOMAN RD. $395,000 BACCAGLINI FAMILY TRUST TO CLINT and ASHLEY COOPER

6) 145 BLUEBERRY LEDGE # 49 $107,000 DIAN FRIEDMAN TO HEMMERICH FAMILY TRUST

7) 764 ROUTE 100 $652,500 THOMAS and KIMBERLY PHILLIPS TO ARTHUR and MARYA CARTER

8) 2003 HALE HOLLOW RD. $700,000 TOM and GAIL SMITH TO VIKASH KUMAR MANSINGHKA

9) DIX HILL RD. 10.6 ACRES $60,000 JOSEPH SIMONELLI TO ADAM and ELIZA CUDAKIEWICZ

10) 3110 ROUTE 100, PARCEL B $65,500 RALPH, JUDITH, and JEREMY MICHAEL TO MICHAEL O’KRENT and PAUL LENINGER

11) 453 DUBLIN RD. $289,000 LARRY MILLER TO JAMES BOOTH

12) 1537 CHAPMAN RD, 58 ACRES $95,000 BERNARD GOTTIER TO KEVIN SPEAR

13) 286 ECHO VIEW DR. $725,000 RANDY RAMUNDO TO NANGLE FAMILY TRUST

14) 110 HILLSIDE RD. $325,000 MELISSA REINKE and KELLY LAREAU TO RAYSTON and ELIZABETH GLASSPOOL

15) 167 UPPER ROUND TOP RD, EXT. $265,000 STEVEN TONELLI TO BENJAMIN HEISLER

First Snow Angel of the season! Photo by Lauren Skaskiw, Angel made by local children
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Correction on Bethany Birches Camp Auction Date

The BBC auction is live on Saturday, 11/7/20.

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Colder weather, COVID numbers rising, upcoming election, & Annual Bethany Birches Online Auction! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission of The Vermont Standard


10/25/20

I am wondering if those lovely warm days are over.  They certainly were a delightful treat and I hope that everyone was able to be outside doing all of the myriad tasks that need to be done before the snow flies.  Sunday I walked around the Historic Site and found a couple from NY strolling there, too.  They didn’t realize it was closed for the season, but were enjoying the sunshine and sense of serenity that was prevailing there.

I took a nice bike ride to Plymouth Union the other day and am thinking it might be the last until spring!  I probably need to take bike riding lessons from Schuyler Hagge, since she has been showing her winning ways recently.  Nice work!

It is a bit disturbing that VT has noted a spike in COVID cases recently.  Certainly we are not seeing the huge uptick that many places are experiencing, but it does sound a note of alarm that calls for caution and prudence.  It is so difficult to know how to maintain contact with family and friends in a way that is safe.  Sometime it feels like a game of Russian roulette…

I guess I am becoming weary of the election drama.  I will certainly be glad when it is over.  Having received the ballot in the mail, I put it behind me by voting early.  We have recently received the separate ballot for Justices of the Peace with the names of the five people who are running.  According to the Vermont Justice of the Peace Guide, “justices of the peace do far more than solemnizing marriages. Their duties are many and varied, from administering oaths to deciding property tax assessment appeals to delivering and counting ballots as elections officials”.  It is an important position and I am grateful that folks are willing to take on these responsibilities. 

Get ready for the annual Bethany Birches Auction, which has been revamped by COVID as so many things have.  On-line bidding starts on Monday, 11/2 at noon.  The live virtual auction takes place on Sat, 11/8 with the preview at 9:30 and the auction starting at 10:00. Check out the website. This is an important fundraiser, so your support can make a difference in the lives of youngsters if you participate.  Staff did an amazing job of keeping the campers safe this summer in light of the pandemic!

I liked this quote I found in Courage to Change:  “We may never have the choices we would have if we were writing the script, but we always have choices”.  To me that means we can choose to be cheerful and loving!

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Less tourists, Echo Lake Wine tasting, Book Club & Tuesday dinners at Inn at Water’s Edge~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission of The Vermont Standard

10/18/20


There are noticeably fewer people around now that the holiday weekend has passed.  Although many leaves have fallen, the golden glow persists in some places and is lovely on its own.  In addition to many bear sightings in Tyson, there were numerous turkeys crossing Dublin Road this week.  Yes, we do share this place with an amazing number of different animals – big and small.  Joan Day said there was even a moose pictured recently on her trail camera.


I did want to mention that on 10/11, the Echo Lake Inn hosted the wine-tasting and silent auction fundraiser for the Black River Independent School.  Most of us ventured outside the tent when sampling the wines (donated by the generous owner of a vineyard in Argentina) and wonderful appetizers, otherwise masks were worn.  Area businesses very kindly donated gift certificates and the community support was greatly appreciated.


The Book Group “met” this past Thursday and discussed in detail Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler.  It featured a number of interesting characters and the evolution of relationships.  From fiction, we turn to The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson for the next selection.  It chronicles the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, with wonderful historical detail.  Pick up a copy and join us for the discussion via Zoom on Thursday, 11/19 at 6:30 PM..


I learned from Joel at the Inn at Water’s Edge that they will be taking a break in regard to lodging, but they may still be having their Tuesday evening dinners.  Check out social media or their website (/www.innatwatersedge.com) for current information.


I understand that the Bridgewater Grange has voted not to have their annual Turkey Supper this year, in light of COVID.  It was a difficult decision since so many local folks, as well as visitors look forward to the delicious offerings, but it seems to be the prudent choice.  There will be a container and collection jar located at Maple Leaf Farm and Garden Supply on Rte 100A where donations may be left that will be used to provide Thanksgiving baskets for families.  It is open from 8:30 – 5:00 Monday – Friday and 1/2 day on Saturday.  Your generosity is appreciated.

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Active bears, Woodstock Mountain Bike Race, and new staff at Coolidge Foundation~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

10/11/20


It just seems impossible to know what to wear these days!  I have had my winter jacket on for an early morning walk, enjoyed bike rides with only minimal layers, and then reveled in a summer skirt, blouse, and sandals – all in the matter of one week.  Most of us have been busy putting gardens to bed and I took advantage of the 70+ degree weather on Saturday to plant some bulbs.


It doesn’t seem unusual these days to hear bear stories.  They are trying to pack on weight to carry them through winter hibernation, so they are diligently seeking any food they can find.  Even though my feeder hangs from a window high off the ground, one fellow apparently thought it was worth a try to raid it.  Around 7:15 PM last Wed I heard noise outside my dining room and decided to see what was going on.  I flipped on the spotlight to look out my bow window and came practically face-to-face with a huge bear.  He had climbed a tree about 10 feet from the house and was eye level with me!  We looked at each other, but by the time I regained my wits and grabbed my phone to take a picture, he had ascended further up the tree and peeked at me over a branch.  I opened the far window to gain a better angle, but he quickly clamored down the back side of the tree and then lumbered up our sugarhouse road.  I was amazed at how quickly this large creature could move up and down the tree.  It would have been an amazing picture.


Congratulation to Schyler Hagge on taking first place in last Thursday’s Woodstock Mountain Bike race that included grades 7 through 12!
I understand that the Coolidge Foundation has recently announced some staff updates. Jared Rhoads, who has led the Coolidge 5K race is at the Notch will be on site several days per week and is the person to contact (jrhoads@coolidgefoundation.org) if you would like to be a debate judge or volunteer with the high school debate program. John Ferrell, longtime office manager and archivist is often on hand as well.


The Foundation has recently hired Dean Ball as the new executive director, reporting directly to Chairman and CEO, Amity Shlaes.  Although based at the Foundation’s office in Washington, D.C, he will spend significant time at the Notch overseeing the Foundation’s many programs in Vermont. Planning will include working on the Coolidge centennial in 2023. 


Beginning next year, Matt Denhart, who has served as executive director and then president since late 2013, will be shifting his role to focus on development and administration of the Coolidge Scholarship.  Although COVID-19 has forced many events and programs to be online this year, it is hoped that in-person programs can return in the future, including 4th of July fireworks. 

Bear crossing sign on the road
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Bright Fall colors, Tyson Library Closing and Coolidge Site closing soon! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission of The Vermont Standard


10/4/20

If you blinked, you might have missed the beautiful, vivid colors.  They popped so quickly, but disappeared just as swiftly with the wind and rain!  Oh well, we needed rain and we still have some green leaves and more subdued colors – pretty nonetheless.


A few weeks ago my sister in NY state said she had a praying mantis on her screen.  Well, I couldn’t believe that I saw one this week, clinging to the cement leading down to the basement.  I was curious to learn more, so I did a little research.  They are so named because their front legs fold together, as if kneeling. One article referred to them as “the martial artists of the insect world”. Melissa Breyer provided some fascinating facts.  Because of the placement of their eyes, they have a wide field of vision and unlike most insects, they are able to turn their heads from side to side.  They are quite agile and can flip their bodies in mid-air.  Their legs have little spikes that work well when jumping upon and securing prey.  

Gardeners appreciate that they eat destructive insects like beetles, crickets, and grasshoppers, but they also eat bees and butterflies and possibly even hummingbirds (according to Mike Lewinski) if the opportunity arises.  Bats will attack them, but they apparently put up quite a fight.  And yes, according to the article, females have been known to lop off and devour the heads of the partners!

As you can probably tell, I don’t really have much news….  Please note that Tyson Library will be closing for the season on 10/10.  The Calvin Coolidge Historic Site will be closing on 10/18.  Unfortunately, there will be no Holiday Open House this year due to COVID.  

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Summer like weather, beautiful foliage and lots of local property transfers! ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

9/28/20


I hope others have been enjoying the return-to-summer weather!  I had pulled out some warmer clothes, but put them aside for the moment.  That cold snap did bring out our beautiful colors, though.  Everything serves a purpose.


I happened to be looking out the window the other day when something huge flew by.  This has happened in the past, but on this occasion, it landed in a nearby tree, so I was able to grab the binoculars and have a wonderful view of a barred owl.  I hear them nightly, so this 5 PM sighting was a nice treat.


I think we are all aware of our amazing COVID status here in VT and perhaps that partially accounts for the many property transfers noted below.

Pine Hill Rd. $140,000 Stryhas, Lawn, Shea, & Danyew to JAM Properties, LLC and Blayr and Beverly Crowley

2861 Hale Hollow Rd $535,000 Theodore and Kelly Earle to Nathaniel Hendren and Sarah Miller

Messer Hill Rd, 4.16 Acres $49,000 Mark and Laurie Silva to Jeffrey and Kathleen Campbell

323 Crimson Hawk Rd. $252,900 Robert Freedman and Steven Wexler to Mark and Karen Philip

1187 Kingdom Rd 0.8 Acres $1,438.83 Michael and Shawn Kershaw to Thomas and Holly Ellis

998 East Ash Rd L-19 $122,000 Steven and Amy Daddona to Victor and Jacqueline Thelian

515 Round Top Rd. $329,000 Scott and Fatima Westlund to Marcus and Dorothy Doyle

190 Coopers Trace $495,000 Robert and Jaime Wolfangel to Robert Freedman and Steven Wexler

Snowy Owl Lane, 1.85 Acres $4,000 Gerard and Ann Dehner to Richard Ticino

582 Weaver Hill $333,000 Estate of Richard Dougher to Michael andShawn Kershaw

700 Great Roaring Brook Rd. $265,000 Northern Woods LLC to Matthew and Patricia Lurvey

Echo View Drive Lot 6 $35,000 Thomas Derlinga to Brian and Lauren Bargmann

180 Meadow Hawk Rd. $370,000 Titus Leung to Andrew and Susan Vershon

1226 East Ash Rd. L-35 $285,000 Harvey and Nancy Gottlieb to Hillary Hunt and Alex Solomon

529 East Ash Rd. $265,000 George and Sarah Wilkins to Jesse and Danielle Kachapis

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