Margo Marrone’s Plymouth Report

Republished with permission from The Vermont Standard


Well, the first gathering of the Book Group took place at the Community Center on Thurs 3/26 with 6 of us in attendance – Betsy Tonkin, Carol Ackley, Dee Beckman, Kat Robbins, myself, & Sandy Small who brought cookies!. Emails from 5 or 6 others indicated their interest but inability to be there that evening. It was great fun to hear about what others are reading & many were familiar with the various books we discussed. The book we will be reading for our 5/8 meeting is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Contact Betsy Tonkin ( if you are interested.

Black River High School Rock Climbing Team

Black River High School Rock Climbing Team

On Saturday, March 22 the Black River High School Rock Climbing Team took first place in the State Championships. Freshman Sage Allen won top female climber in the state. The team has been training since November & climbed difficult routes that were longer than they are used to climbing. Strategic thinking, balance & flexibility are as important as strength in this type of competition. Co-captains are Cedar Allen & Katie Cloutier & other members are Eli Tucker, Rye Greineder, Sage Allen, Sullivan Miele, Abigail Schmidt, & Elsa Eliasson. The coaches are Bonnie & Jim Allen.

Also, congratulations to Julia Kowalski who won 1st place in kata (martial arts routine) & 2nd place in kumite (fighting) in the Girls Age 13-14 in the Advanced Division at the Champlain Valley Open Martial Arts Tournament in Rutland on Saturday, 3/22.. I noticed that there was a nice picture of Holli Olsen in the Standard for her part on the Alpine ski team at WUHS.

It is a bit early, but mark your calendars for Plymouth Historic Sites Tour on Sunday 5/4, from 1-4 PM. It will begin at the Plymouth Historical Society section of the Community Center & be a celebration of their 20th Anniversary! Several locations (minimal walking) illustrating moments in our town’s colorful heritage will be highlighted, with commentary at each stop. Transportation by school bus will happen if a minimal participation is confirmed, otherwise car pools will be arranged. The tour will end with a tea at the Echo Lake Inn, then folks will be returned to the Historical Society. Please RSVP your interest to or call 672-3179 by April 24th.

We have been asked to include this notice at the Empty Bowls benefit on Sunday 4/6 from 4-7 PM at Pomfret Town Hall. Sunday April 6, 4-7. For $10, you can choose a bowl in which to enjoy chili or one of a wide variety of homemade soups You get to keep the bowl as a reminder that there are always Empty Bowls in the world. 100% of money goes to hunger relief organizations. A donation of non-perishable food for the Woodstock Community Food Shelf or $5 donation in exchange for a borrowed bowl will also be accepted. This event is sponsored by Pomfret Potter’s Group & Artistree. There will be live entertainment as well. For more Info call 457-9035 .

Calling all volunteers! It has been brought to my attention that help will be needed to make sure we have someone to coordinate our GreenUp day, since Eric Johnsen will not be able to continue. A huge thanks to him for the many years he & Elaine took on this task.

Also, it appears that Plymouth is in a black hole as far as medical transportation for our senior citizens is concerned. I have been working in conjunction with the Council on Aging, after numerous calls to various agencies that provide such service – all in other towns! Currently there is a need for a ride from Plymouth to a doctor in Rutland on 4/8 for a 10:30 appt.

I had been approached by a clergy colleague a couple of weeks ago about the need for folks from our area to serve on the Council on Aging Advisory Board. A situation such as the one I mentioned, highlights one of the needs in our area. In the past Betty Jarvi & Liza Ward had volunteered in that capacity. It would be great to again have someone from Plymouth be part of this Board. Let me know if you are interested!


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