Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

4/16/12

Many folks have been fascinated by the huge lottery that was just won & intrigued by the desire for anonymity. But none of that here! Ryan Blanchard sold tickets in our area to fund-raise for the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree. He & his family want to thank community members for their support. The grand prize, a Naked Table, was won by our own Rachel Lynds! The two hand mirrors were won by Sarah Woodhead & Chris Blanchard.

Julia Baldwin & Janine Norman's dog, Kelly at the Ladies Aid Bake sale in Ludlow on Good Friday

Don’t forget the Reach Out Luncheon, Thursday, 4/19, at Tyson Church, starting with a speaker at 11:00. Join us for this roast pork dinner! The picture is Julia Baldwin & Janine Norman’s dog, Kelly, decked out for Easter at the Ladies Aid Bake sale in Ludlow on Good Friday.

As May approaches, many of us will be gearing up for GreenUp day on Saturday, 5/5. Elaine & Eric are spearheading the effort here in town, as they have done for many years. If you want to clean up an area ahead of time, that is an option, but please let them know (672-3493), so that same area is not assigned again. Also, some trucks are needed to bring the filled bags back to the transfer station.

On that Saturday, volunteers gather at 8:00 AM behind the town building where we sign in, collect the official GreenUp bags, & choose a route along one of the town roads. You can receive an official shirt or hat & put on a safely vest. For those who have not participated previously, it is important to have sturdy shoes/boots, wear gloves, & bring water to keep hydrated. Some of us make stab sticks to help grab the paper without undue bending.

One of the most enjoyable parts is the potluck lunch that takes place at noon in the fire station. The food is both varied & delicious, but one of the highlights is the sharing of stories about the day’s adventures. It is simply amazing what is out there & the tales of daring to retrieve it are often very entertaining!

The following Day, Sunday, 5/6 is Civil War historian, Howard Coffin‘s presentation at 1:00 PM at the Town building, “Vermont and the Civil War”. It is a free VT Humanities Council event hosted by the Plymouth Historical Society. This will also be an opportunity to renew your membership, purchase items, & bring memorabilia you might want to loan for the Plymouth exhibit at the History Expo in June. Light refreshments will be served. Call Missy Lynds (672-3547) for more information.

Plymouth’s Irene Recovery Assistance is looking for a willing volunteer with good organizational & communication skills, to be project manager to oversee the organization of Mennonite volunteer teams coming into Plymouth to help with clean up & construction projects related to storm recovery. Responsibilities would also include being the point person for volunteers supplied free of charge by the state to assist with projects not covered by FEMA or other recovery funds, until the Irene anniversary date. This person would help to supervise the demolition/restoration projects related to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in the event a grant is awarded to the town. Please call Betsy Tonkin (672-3179) or Jill Davies (203-919-6393) if you are interested.

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