Lunch! Dinner! Birdseed? — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

Food! Food! I like food! I’m absolutely, positively wild about food!


I can’t imagine what these poor birds are thinking with this snow, sleet, and freezing rain. I have been glad to hunker down this Sunday and stay right here at home. During lunch Tom and I were fascinated by the junco invasion that filled the yard outside our dining room. The feeder is attached to our window, high above the ground and out of reach of any hungry bears that might wander by.

We have been visited by chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers throughout the winter. More recently the feeder has been cluttered with goldfinches and house finches. I must admit that I become annoyed that they hover there, instead of swooping in, taking a seed and leaving like the more polite chickadees!

But today, in a frenzy of wings and loud chirping, the juncos have joined the mix. They even tried to get the suet, but seemed less agile than the others and often fell away. I decided to throw some seed on the ground, so then we were spell-bound watching them dive down from the tree in what appeared to be a death plunge. But they were fine – dozens of them gobbling up the sunflower seeds and making us smile.

We are excited to have an interesting speaker for the Community Luncheon this Thursday, 4/19. Mary Hartnett previously worked at the Pentagon and will share some of her experiences with us. The menu is beef stew, salad, rolls and dessert. Plan to come at 11:30 to the Tyson Church Community Room door, right off the Echo Lake Inn parking lot.

Please take not there will be a spaghetti dinner at the Plymouth Town Hall from 5 – 7 PM on Sunday, 4/22 , sponsored by Tyson Ladies Aid. It is free, but donations will be accepted and given to the Plymouth Memory Tree and the Gill Home. Reservations are needed, so call Narda at 484-7859 or Janine at 228-8764 to let the group know you plan to attend.

Lastly, there was one recent sale in town: 467 Kingdom Road for $412,500 from the Susan Adams Trust to John & Tiffany Gallagher

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Plymouth Community Spaghetti Dinner: Sunday, April 22

Come celebrate the end of winter with your friends and neighbors at the Plymouth Community Dinner – put on by the friendly ladies of the Tyson Ladies Aid.  It’s time to thaw out, renew friendships, share a meal, laugh and start the spring off with even more of a smile!!! The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, desserts, and beverage (coffee, tea, water, punch).

This is a FREE event but if you would like to make a donation, money collected will be equally divided between the Plymouth Memory Tree and the Gill Home New Van fund.

So, join us at the Plymouth Town Hall between 5 – 7 pm  on Sunday, April 22 to join the feast and your neighbors.  So that we can plan for the amount of food we will need, reservations are required.  Please call:  Narda at 484-7859 or Janine at 228-8764 to make reservations.

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Yoga Classes Resume; Community Luncheon Scheduled — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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“Hey, look! It snowed!”


Since it was still light after dinner on Sunday, Tom and I took a walk in the brisk air and watched the pink hues stretch across the sky. Barely an hour later as I am writing this column, snow is beginning to coat the deck. I want to yell, “enough!” Flurries overnight on Friday added up to almost 6 inches, which was a rude awakening on Saturday morning. I will admit that it was beautiful the way it glistened in the sunlight, but like most folks, I am done with winter and ready for spring!

I don’t seem to have much news this week. I imagine that things are going on, so perhaps I am simply not tuning in. There will be a Community Luncheon in the Community Room at Tyson Church on Thursday, 4/19. Beef stew, salad, rolls, and a dessert to be determined. It begins at 11:30 and all are welcome. Trying to seek out some local musical talent to liven up the gathering. Get in touch if you know someone!

I didn’t see the announcement in time for last week, but yoga classes with Diana Rose Plumley are back at the Community Center on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30. All levels are welcome and the cost is $12 per class or 4 for $40. For more info you can call 802-345-9435 or email

It is time for some of our local business owners to take a break. Although the Inn itself is opening for guests, the restaurant at the Echo Lake Inn is closed. The Inn at Water’s Edge is closed at this time.

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President Coolidge Historic Site Seeks Volunteer Help — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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Spring lambs visit Tyson Congregational Church for Easter services, 2018


I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter. The early morning drizzle didn’t last long and it was nice that the sun appeared to brighten up the day. It was wonderful to see so many people at Tyson Church for Resurrection Sunday. As an added treat, organist, Terry DeYoung brought in two, one week old lambs – dressed in diapers and onsies! Their mom did not survive, so she needs to feed them often. The youngsters enjoyed them, but so did the rest of us!

I understand that there will be a musical performance on Monday, 4/9 at 7:00 PM at the North Universalist Chapel. This concert is a fundraiser for the Yoh Theater Scotland trip, so donations will be accepted at the door. This trip will include several folks from Plymouth – Anna Hepler, Julia Kowalski and Eve Cole are the Plymouth students, and Ian Dupont and Naomi Moyer will be chaperoning.

There is a request for volunteer help at the Coolidge Homestead. Docents are needed, so anyone enthusiastic about history and willing to spend some time chatting with visitors about president Coolidge should contact Diane Kemble, Education Director, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation at or call 802-324-9465. Help is needed to staff the schoolhouse on Summer and Fall Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. as well as on special event days.

There is also a need for volunteers to lead Coolidge Site History Exploration visits with students, their parents and teachers. Most school visits are between mid-May and mid-June and September through October, usually between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Orientation and materials are provided. Consider lending a hand!

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Easter Week Services Schedule; Plymouth Students Inducted into National Honor Society — Margo’s Plymouth Report

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The Rev. Margo Marrone will retire from serving as pastor of the Tyson Congregational Church with the close of Easter Sunday Worship Services this week. (Photo: Easter, 2017)


Glorious sunshine – how it heals and refreshes me. I hope that it does the same for you. The aroma of sap turning into syrup wafts through the air. The ice in the holding tank is breaking up and the precious liquid is being transformed. Tis the season in more ways than one!

Congratulations to recent National Honor Society inductees Anna Hepler, Julia Kowalski, and Lonnie Ennis’ grandson, Matt Ennis. We have a wonderful mix of young people and it is nice to acknowledge their accomplishments. Feel free to send me their stories.

Thanks to Sue Poirier for offering CPR training for the Fire Dept. Also, much appreciation for those willing to learn these important skills.

As usual we had an interesting book discussion at the Reading Group last week. We don’t always share the same opinion, but it is fun to hear different perspectives and the varying experiences folks have had that relate to the books. This next time we are reading something light, “The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules” By Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. We will meet on 4/26 to discuss it.

Don’t forget to enjoy wonderful baked goods prepared by Tyson Ladies Aid that will be on sale between 10 and noon on Friday, 4/30 in the Shaw’s Plaza in Ludlow. Funds raised go to numerous community projects.

I understand that volunteers are being sought to help at Bethany Birches Camp this coming summer. A couple of areas of need are medical help and kitchen assistance. Food and lodging is provided. Contact Amber at or call the camp office (802-672-5220) with questions.

Well, this will be my final week of ministry at Tyson Congregational Church. It has been a privilege to serve there and to minister to the community at large. We will have our Maundy Thursday supper (5:00 PM) and service (6:00 PM) as part of Holy Week. Plans have been made to decorate our large wooden Cross with flowers again this year to help us remember that new life springs forth on Resurrection Sunday.

I will still be part of the community and plan to continue writing this column, so send me your news!

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Yoga resumes in May at The Community Center

Yoga class will start up again in May at The Plymouth Community Center.

Classes are held Sunday mornings at 10:30am, all levels are welcome.

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Tyson Ladies Aid Annual Easter Bake Sale

The Ladies Aid Easter Bake Sale raises money for scholarships, Tyson Library, and local aid.

Want to wow the family with a fabulous pie, cake, bread, cookie, or confection? Let the Ladies of Tyson help you with your holiday meals !  Come on down to Shaw’s Plaza on Friday, April 30th between 10 – 12.  See all the above and more that these Ladies offer for sale.   All proceeds of the sale go towards high school scholarships (Black River and Woodstock), running the historical free Tyson Library and supporting various other community charities.

We’re hoping to run out early so come on over for the best pick of the most luscious, appetizing selection of baked goodies and treats that even the Easter Bunny will envy.  AND you’ll have a great time picking out your favorite piece of goodness while helping to support your community.

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