Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

4/23/12

Our strange weather continues, but with possibly heavy snow predicted for Buffalo & parts of PA, guess we can’t complain! Things are starting to come alive, even in areas hard hit by “Irene“, green is poking through the silt & debris. Although I haven’t been in that direction, I understand that daffodils are coming up along the damaged lawn at the Duponts!

Don’t forget to come out & lend a hand at GreenUp Day on 5/5 – 8:00 AM, behind the town building. Along similar lines, I noticed in the Message ads for picking up junk cars. I spoke with Ed Johnson in Weston (824-8197) & he will come to Plymouth to collect them. His ad says that he will pay for junk cars! Also listed was Chet at 875-3788, who advertised that he will pick up junk cars & scrap metal for free, plus he will buy cars. Just think, we could really clean up Plymouth, even our own yards!

Kudos to Farm & Wilderness for being named one of the “Best Places to Work”. Many folks became familiar with their staff through the wonderful help they provided during the “Irene” clean-up effort. They tackled some very messy jobs with sensitivity, hard work, & a sense of humor. During the summer, F&W is the largest employer in town & the positive reports of their employees led to this notable designation.

Approximately 50 people attended the Selectmen’s hearing on the Town Plan on 4/16, where it was noted that we have been without a current Plan for quite some time. There were individual questions about where certain parcels were on the new map. It was pointed out that the former plan did not have sections designated as resort areas, which has been rectified in the proposed Plan.

Wendell Beckman, Chairman of the Planning Commission, indicated that work has begun to update the zoning regs, in the event the new Plan is adopted, which will be by Australian ballot after the date has been duly warned. The Select Board can adopt the new zoning map when the Plan has been passed & changes made in conformance with the new Town Plan. There will be a special meeting with The Plymouth Planning Commission in & Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission on May 1 at 7 pm at the Town Offices to learn about proposed changes to the current Plymouth Zoning.

I have not been able to attend, but I wanted to let folks know that the Act 250 hearings regarding the proposed gravel pit are continuing, as both sides present their arguments for & against it. Discussion has revolved around noise levels, but will continue on such issues as dust, traffic, etc. I understand that it still needs to come to the town for final approval.

I see that Anna Hepler was part of the recent “Seussical” performance at the Bridgewater School. Also, Holli Olsen is currently on the Lacrosse team at WUHS. Since school is out this week, perhaps I will have more news on what our youngsters have been doing with their time off!

There was a Celebration of Life at Tyson Church this past Saturday for Pearl (Lynds) Warren, who was born in Plymouth on 3/8/1914, the daughter of Walter & Janetta (Donovan) Lynds. This petite, but spirited lady was 4-wheeling a little over a year ago & there‘s a picture to prove it! She was known for her love of animals (canines, Piper & Little Bear in particular) & also for her horse-backing riding. Many generations were present to honor her & share memories. Missy Lynds had corresponded with Pearl over the years while she lived in Ludlow & she read some letters from this delightful woman, who remained alert & amiable throughout her 99+ years.

Thanks to Dan Brinton for an interesting presentation at the Reach Out Luncheon last Thurs on his time roughing it in the wilds of Canada. One of the teens from Windsor Youth Services assisted in getting past some technical problems! It was a terrific lunch of roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans with mushrooms, & applasauce – thanks to the good cooks of Tyson Ladies Aid!

Last, but not least, don’t forget the presentation on Sunday, 5/6 at 1:00 PM at the Town Building by Civil War historian, Howard Coffin‘ “Vermont and the Civil War”. There will be a Plymouth Historical Society meeting on Sunday, 4/29 at 3:00 PM at the home of Mike Clarke, 149 Hawk Hollow Lane.

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