Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

3/14/11

I am so pleased to report that our grandson, Owen Anthony Perrino, was born at 11:11 AM on Sunday, 3/13! He weighed 8 lbs, 9 oz & was 20 inches long. After a little more than three hours of labor, this robust little boy emerged in good shape & with a healthy set of lungs…..

Sorry if I confused folks about the Historical Society meeting. It was actually 3/6, so I missed it, too. The next one is 4/3 at 3:30 at Spikes Place. A close race for the position on the Select Board with Andy Crossman winning by 4 votes! You can check out local events at the on-line version of the Plymouth Press – www.theplymouthpress.com.

We are very fortunate to have such dedicated members in our Emergency Services. Many were “on the job” from 2:00 PM until 5:00 AM battling the fire at the condos on Round Top Rd. on 3/7-8. One condo unit was lost & another damaged, but the remaining six in that section were not harmed. Many thanks to the Depts that came to assist – Ludlow, Bridgewater, Killington, Proctorsville, & Mt. Holly. The Windsor County Sheriff helped with traffic control at the base of Bear Creek, where the Woodstock Ambulance stayed on standby for five hours. Also, the food & beverages provided by John & Bea Wheeler, Chris & Dale Lynds, & the Echo Lake were greatly appreciated.

I don’t know if you noticed a couple of weeks ago that the ice sculptured heart in front of the Echo Lake Inn had been transformed into a apple! The reason being the North East Apple Society retreat was being held there. The group was formed in 1966 by VT apple grower William Darrow of Green Mountain Orchard in Putney Vt. The educational component this year featured George Hamilton from UNH Cooperative Extension talking about the Brown Mamorated Stink Bug. First discovered in the US in eastern Pennsylvania in 1998, it is native to China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. It was confirmed in Portsmouth, N H in the summer of 2010 & poses a threat to fruit, vegetable, ornamental and field crops. Not sure if any have been spotted in VT yet, but for more info, go to answers.

I was able to speak briefly with Naomi Moyer about her time in Peru, but she also sent me some reflections & I will share a few here. She enjoyed spending time with Woodstock Union high school students & getting to know some of them. For those of you who don’t know, Naomi is a nurse, so she was able to help at a clinic, where she assisted folks & noted the they are often unable to access much medical care, except in these clinics. She said they were very trusting, barely moving during procedures, even when the anesthesia was minimal. She was thrilled to see Inca ruins at Machu Picchu; survived a wild bus ride on narrow, winding roads; & enjoyed night sightseeing adventures looking for caiman (smaller alligator-like reptiles). Sounds like a trip that served many purposes!

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