Town Meeting Warned for Monday, April 12 at 7PM

The Annual Town Meeting has been postponed – now to be held on
Monday, April 12, 2021, at the Town Hall, at 7:00 pm.

We are limiting the number of attendees to twenty;
please call the Town Clerk to reserve a seat.

You may watch the Town Meeting on your own computer at home.
We will have the necessary information on our website shortly.

There will be NO voting of any of the issues on the Warning
at the Town Meeting.
All voting will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2021,
by Australian ballot at the Town Hall.
The polls will be open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.


Voting on all issues and candidates for office will take place on
Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

If you would like absentee ballots, please call the Town Clerk at 802-672-3655.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us.

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Annual Town Meeting Rescheduled and hope for Spring ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

3/7/21


I am writing on Sunday afternoon and what a joy to see this bright sunshine and brilliant blue sky.  I will admit that it is a bit nippy with the wind, but I am looking forward to getting out there shortly.  My wind chimes are playing wonderful music.


I toss peelings across the road and did so wearing my snowshoes yesterday.  The conditions surprised me, so I meandered through the woods and out into Jarvi field.  Amazingly, the crust was not icy, with just enough snow cover to allow for a slight indentation.  From the looks of it, several animals had proceeded me there.  I imagine they are looking forward to spring as much as I am!


Well, I know that the Annual Meeting and voting situation has been a bit confusing.  Hopefully by now everyone has received a copy of the Annual Report.  I believe the delay in obtaining them from the printer is the cause of rescheduling the meeting, allowing for a 30 day mandated warning period.  The Town Meeting will now be 4/12 and the voting will take place on 4/13.  I understand that some folks missed the voting on the school budget since that took place 3/2.  It did pass in Plymouth by a vote of 29 to 11.


Congratulations to Sage Allen for achieving Dean’s list honors at the University of Maine. I would love to hear more news about our students of all ages because I think they are probably doing some incredible things.  Feel free to let me know!


I thought I would share these lovely tulips that a college friend of Tom brought me the other day – such a nice gesture and a symbol of hope for the coming of spring. I learned that tulips are named after the Persian word for turban and they originated in Central Asia.  Tom and I were fortunate to have visited friends in Amsterdam during tulip season one year, so this gift was even more special and much appreciated.

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Plymouth Town Meeting Postponed

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Vote the WCSU School Ballot on 3/2

Windsor County School District
School Ballot
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Town Hall

Polls are open from 10 am to 7 pm.

The Windsor County School District is voting its Ballot on TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021.


Therefore, Plymouth must also vote the SCHOOL DISTRICT Ballot on the same day:

Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Our polls will be open on TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021,
from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm for our
registered voters to vote on the School District Ballot.


(Regular Voting for the Warning Articles, including voting for the local
officials will be done at the Town Hall on Tuesday, March 9, 2021,
from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.
AND the Annual Town Meeting will be at the Town Hall via Zoom and
limited seating on Monday, March 8, 2021.)

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Town Annual meeting and voting protocol info, prix fixe offerings at Inn at Water’s Edge & Echo Lake Inn~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

3/1/21


It is amazing to see the snow rapidly diminishing with the rain this morning.  Even so, my driveway is so decreased in size, that turning around has become a bit of a challenge.  My wind chimes have been blowing in the breeze and playing lovely music, but I notice the ground has become littered with twigs and branches now.  More wind is predicted tonight, too.


It seems like little creatures are beginning to scamper about.  I have noticed red squirrels and chipmonks scurrying up and down the snow banks.  One fellow managed to get to the outside of my dining room window and was hanging on there peaking in at me.  He still couldn’t reach the bird feeder and finally dropped out of sight.


Neighbors have mentioned seeing fox tracks.  While walking near Hawk the other day, sun was sparkling off the stream where the ice was melting, leaving small islands of snow in the middle.  There were tracks on the banks and also on this snow patch, so it appears that some water creatures have been venturing forth, as well.


It seems that there has been confusion about the Annual meeting and voting protocol this year.  I understand that the Town Report may still be in process of being printed, so I don’t believe it has been mailed yet.  You can go to the Town website, under the Bulletin Board section and find the report there – all 80+ pages of it!  If you scroll to the very end, you will find the School budget information.

Inns/restaurants in town seem to have been doing a brisk business of late.  Take note that the Inn at Water’s Edge (802-269-0920) will be changing their $50/person prix fixe dinners to Thursday.  According to Tom at the Echo Lake Inn, there will be prix fixe offerings there as well.  More on that next time.

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Schools resuming, Tubing at Bethany Birches, local Honor Roll students, Book Club updates and Town Meeting Details~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

2/21/21


It continues to be winter here in VT.  We are familiar with it, prepare for it and generally know how to deal with it.  Not so for those in Texas.  That it has been an utter nightmare for folks there is to put it mildly.  As is often the case, those on the fringes have suffered the most.  I have family in Katy, TX and they consider themselves to be lucky, since they lost power for a mere 20 minutes and only their cold water pipes froze.  The hardships of others have been much worse, so it puts into perspective our occasional inconveniences due to winter.


School will be back in session this week, but I know that it has been a busy vacation for my grandsons.  Snowmobiling was a big activity, but they also thoroughly enjoyed tubing at Bethany Birches Camp.  Covid protocol was in place and numbers were limited as a result, but with a reservation, the safe outdoor fun was a delightful treat in that beautiful setting.


Speaking of students, it was nice to hear that Schuyler Hagge was on the 7th grade honor roll list for Summa Cum Laude and Calef Hepler on the 12th grade list for Magna Cum Laude.  Congratulations on your accomplishments.


Perhaps it was the result of snow being forecast for Monday, but there seemed to be many people parking at Hawk and walking the road behind the lakes on Sunday.  The sky was a brilliant blue and the moon could be seem against it.  What a great place to live!


The Book Club met last Thursday and despite the fact that most of us did not find Spindle City by Jotham Burrello to be one of the better books we have read, it did generate considerable conversation. The consensus was that the characters were not well developed and nobody felt uplifted by it, although there were a few insights about Fall River and plight of the textile industry.  Our next book, Mud Season by Ellen Stimson is our selection for 3/18, which should be a lighter read. It was initially chosen to coincide with our local mud season, but with the amount of snow on the ground, that may have been optomistic!


According to Sandie Small, the Town Report should be mailed out in another week, but you can find voting information under the Bulletin Board section of the Town of Plymouth website.  Please note that details for attending the 3/8 Town Meeting via Zoom are listed there; the sample ballot for those running for election; plus the other articles, which will be also be voted on 3/9 are listed further down under the Town Meeting warning.  Call the Town Clerk’s office (672-3655) if you would like an absentee ballot.


A final thought:  Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.-Victor Hugo

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Approaching snowstorm, School vacation week, Book Club meeting and upcoming Town Meeting Day ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

2/14/21


As I write on Sunday evening, there is no snow falling – yet!  But, it is time to prepare for more of the white stuff coming our way.  My hope is that it will be light and fluffy.  My driveway has been plowed and sanded nicely, but as is true of many dooryards, it becomes tighter and tighter with each storm.  For next year I might need to consider a small snowblower for the decks and would appreciate suggestions for something I can manage.


This is school vacation week and the crowds have arrived in our area.  Most of us know to plan ahead and avoid stores during this time. I did meet my new neighbors and brought them some maple syrup.  They in turn brought me roses for Valentine’s Day!


Another gathering for the Book Club – Thursday, 218 at 6:30 PM to discuss Spindle City by Jotham Burrello.  Thanks to Rose Vetere for hosting with her zoom connection.


Perhaps folks saw the warning in the VT Journal and know that Town Meeting will be at 7 PM on 3/8 with limited seating – a maximum of 20 people.  Call the town office (802-572-3655) to make a reservation if you would like to be there or to let them know to send you the link so you can attend remotely. All items will be voted by Australian ballot on 3/9.  Absentee ballots may be requested.


When doing your taxes, remember that there is a place to donate to the Non-game Wildlife Fund to help some of Vermont’s threatened and endangered species. These donations support work to monitor songbirds, salamanders, butterflies, and bats. It also protects habitats for bald eagles, loons, peregrine falcons and spiny softshell turtles.  I understand that every dollar you give is matched by grant money from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Windsor Central Unified District budget report & a poem ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

1/7/21


As I write this on Sunday afternoon, a gentle snow is falling.  I am certainly getting my exercise shoveling this winter!  Thanks to Chris and Donnie for raking and chopping the ice/snow off my roof.  I am about to venture out to see if it is light enough for my leaf blower to handle.  Here’s hoping it will do the trick.


I am glad there are delightful ways to deal with winter.  I enjoyed a walk with Naomi yesterday at Hawk and behind the lake. My grandsons do not have school tomorrow, so I think I will take them snowshoeing – a good way to spend time together and have some fun, too.  I would consider a nap afterward, but I doubt they will agree.


I see that the VT Standard included a comprehensive Windsor Central Unified District budget report last week. It is difficult to keep track of the school information, so it was wonderful to be able to review it. The budget and additional news can be viewed at www.wcsu.net.  Please note that there will be an informational audio/video conferencing meeting at 6:30 on 2/25.  Look under the School Board section for the link.


NOW

Here I am at this moment in time

Some days start poorly, but end up sublime

What is the sense of fretting and planning

Eyes open wide, time to start scanning

For things that occur both simple and wise     

  Like smiles and song birds and a vivid sunrise

Picture by Susan Mordecai

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Big Snow & a Poem~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

2/1/21


I am late in writing my article because I have been attempting to prepare for the anticipated Nor’easter coming our way.  A few quick items at the pharmacy, then distributing peelings outside for the animals, plus securing anything that might blow around.  It is amazing that there are still such huge clumps of snow in the trees.  Here’s hoping that the power outages are limited!


Not much news today.  There was considerable input at the recent Zoom meeting, with a wide range of opinions expressed about the proposed Airbnb regulations.  Clarification was requested and received about the tax collection issue.  Although the voter turnout was quite low last Thursday, both articles were approved, which will allow the Selectmen to appoint the Collector of Delinquent Taxes and to pay that person on a part-time basis.


Whether The Weather –

Lyrics from the internet

Whether the weather be fine, 

Or whether the weather be not, 

Whether the weather be cold, 

Or whether the weather be hot.

We’ll weather the weather, 

Whatever the weather,

  Whether we like it or not! 

Picture by Naomi Moyer

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Book Club selections & special Town meeting via Zoom ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

1/24/21


Some nippy temps lately and wild wind.  As I look at the rest of the country, I guess we are not having more than a normal VT winter.  Of course, our snowfall has been fairly light the last couple of years.  The road crews, utility workers, and snowplow operators have been kept pretty busy lately.  My leaf blower has been a tremendous help when the snow is light.  Some areas still need to be shoveled, but I keep telling myself that it is good exercise.


We had a good discussion 1/21 about Lisa Wingate’s book, The Book of Lost Friends.  The fact that some slave owners moved their slaves to TX after emancipation in order to keep them subjugated was an eye-opener for several of us.  The book also brought into perspective the long-term consequences of slavery.  The Book Group has chosen the next three selections:  Spindle City by Jotham Burrello for 2/18; Mud Season by Ellen Stimson for 3/18; and The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare for 4/15.  Since we meet via Zoom, it is a safe and enjoyable way to discuss these books.  All are welcome to participate.


Just a reminder about the special meeting on Wed, 1/27 at 6:00PM to discuss proposed Airbnb regulations and the appointment of the Collector of Delinquent taxes.  Contact Sandie at the Town Office to zoom information.

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