Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/20/11

We enjoyed a wonderful beef stew made by Kathy Lynds at the Reach Out Luncheon last week. Our speaker was Laurie Marechaux who provided pamphlets & information about the Starting Over Strong Vermont program, that has been put in place with FEMA funds, for the purpose of assisting with “managing the emotional consequences of storms & flooding”. Laurie talked about how the emotional stress caused by Hurricane Irene can take its toll. She advised us that she is the local representative in our area & can be reached at 802-272-2320.

Despite the lack of snow as yet, Karen Evans has sent out an email to some of us regarding possible places to snowshoe this year. Several of us venture out on Sunday afternoons, so if you would like to be included, please let me know. Last year we did an evening trek on the night of the brightest moon, then went inside & shared wine, cheese & other goodies!

Recently I was in Shaw’s, still located in a tent in Ludlow. I was told that they will be putting an addition on the tent because the store will not be reopening until January. That means many of us are traveling quite a bit to get our food. One thing that I miss is having access to fresh fish, since Pleasant Valley Foods has also gone out of business. No wonder folks are talking about “the new normal”. What is also worrisome is that means many of the employees are not working their normal hours either…..

We are entering the Holiday season & no matter what your faith tradition, sometimes this can be a poignant time of missing loved ones who are no longer here to celebrate with us. For this reason, we will be having a service at Tyson Church on Sunday, 12/4 at 3:00 PM to light a candle for these special people & bolster one another in prayer. Everyone is welcome.

Bill Cherico presents a check from the Knights of Columbus of the Church of the Annunciation in Ludlow to Elaine Gambone for the Plymouth Memory Tree Community Fund

Although the Plymouth Resource Center is closed now, folks can still ask questions or present concerns by calling 672-3666 or emailing jillplymouth@gmail.com, according to Betsy Tonkin. Resource materials are on a table at the town hall. The applications are still being accepted by The Plymouth Memory Tree Community Fund Inc for flood related losses or other needs, too. You can find these forms at the Plymouth Post Office & the Plymouth Municipal Building. There are few on hand at the Tyson Church as well. Applications should be returned to PMT Community Fund Inc, PO Box 47, Plymouth, VT 05056.

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