GreenUp Day Success, Planning Forum and Reach Out Luncheon This Week

Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report
Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard

5/7/12

It was wonderful to see over 40 people at the Historical Society event this past Sunday, featuring Howard Coffin. His talk about Vermont’s part in the Civil War was enlightening. For instance, I was not aware of the heavy losses sustained by VT troops, especially soldiers from Plymouth & the important role they played at Gettysburg.

I noticed that Sage Allen was on the Honor Roll at Black River – congratulations! Someone said there are only 6 weeks of school remaining. Could that be possible – where does the time go??? I would love to include information about our graduating seniors, so please be in touch with me…..

There were approximately 20 people at the Planning Commission forum on 5/1, where Kevin Geiger of Two Rivers Ottaqueechee Planning Commission presented general information about zoning. He went over terns such as conditional use, variances, subdivisions. There will be a second forum on 5/15 at 7:00 PM, which will provide more detail regarding specifics under our proposed Town Plan.

Things are “looking good” at the Tyson Library, thanks to the energetic efforts of a number of Tyson Ladies Aid members & their spouses. Funds received in memory of Mary Gross were the impetus for sprucing up the grounds & her family also dove right in to clean up debris from “Irene”. Once the grass grows, new plantings will help to beautify the area. Others dealt with organizing inside in anticipation of the 5/26 re-opening, at which time there will also be a book sale.

The Reach Out Luncheon will be Tuesday, 5/17 with a menu of steak & cheese sandwiches, coleslaw & of course, a yummy desert. Not certain yet about our speaker, but come at 11:00 AM & be surprised. We do manage to get such interesting people as presenters!

Did you catch the picture of some of our Plymouth residents – Carol Coyne & Sue Poirier at the Zumba class in Ludlow in the Message? Looks like lots of fun! Speaking of fun, Tyson Church is considering having a We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby – Let’s Give Thanks celebration on Sunday, 8/26. Hopefully it will be a way to gather & note all that has been accomplished since “Irene” came to town. More details to follow as the event evolves, but mark your calendar to join us for a potluck lunch. The food at the dinner after the flood was great, so I imagine we will have another feast!

Plymouth GreenUp Day 2012

There was a wonderful turnout for GreenUp this year & I am including this report from Erik & Elaine – organizers extraordinaire! This year, 44 volunteers of all ages took part in GreenUp in Plymouth. We filled a record total of 125 bags! In addition, 12 tires were collected, and truckloads of building debris and furniture were hauled up off the banks of the Black River in Plymouth Union below the Irene devastated Mordecai home. Susan Mordecai herself led a small group cleaning up the scattered remains of her former household. It was a sobering challenge, and Susan rose to the occasion with a little help from friends. Road warriors Bob and Pat Lambert cleaned up 9 town roads as well as the Calvin Coolidge State Park entirely on their own before Green Up day. Another road warrior, Kevin Laski, single handedly cleaned up Route 100A from Plymouth Union to Town Line Road, a stretch of several miles. Twenty-eight volunteers came back to the Municipal Building to share a pot luck meal, which was delicious and varied, with a focus on excellent desserts this year. Green Up t-shirts and hats (some in organic cotton) were available for every volunteer. Eric and I want to thank everyone who participated this year, helping to make Plymouth a cleaner place to live. Our 10th year of coordinating this annual event in our little town and we are pleased once again to have the opportunity.

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