Book Club & PASTA meeting, Green Up Day 2019 ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard


it seems like the whole world is waking up – springing forth with new life! Finches are back, along with juncos and other birds. Barred owls can be heard uttering mating calls or else simply naming their territory. The raccoons seem to have moved on or at least found other food besides seeds dropped from our feeder. I understand a young moose was seen in the Hale Hollow area.

Today on my way back from Ludlow I saw a large turtle moving out on to Rte 100, perhaps a female looking for a place to lay eggs. Fearing it might get hit, I pulled over and alerted traffic. I wondered if I could help move it along – to one side or the other, but seeing the way it was thrusting its neck forward and menacing with its teeth as traffic passed, I realized I was not going be the one assist it. Apparently it wasn’t there much longer because friends who came that way after I left, did not see it. Hopefully that means it survived!

The weather is making it a bit difficult for spring sports since the fields have experienced heavy rain and in some places flooding. I see that Julia Kowalski and former Plymouth resident, Theresa Steward are both playing softball for Woodstock. I imagine there are other student athletes. Let me know who they are!

Please note that Matt Mccormick’s PASTA meeting has been changed to Wed, 5/1 at 6 PM at the Community Center. On the agenda will be brainstorming ideas for a mission statement; discussion about joining the Catamount Trail Association or/and Vermont Mountain Bike Association and submitting an application to the Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program; plus setting up a regular meeting schedule. Bring a pasta dish to share!

It should be a very interesting discussion about the current Reading Group selection, Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles that will take place at at the Community Center at 6:30 on Thursday, 5/2. Join us even if you have not read it!

Roadways need freshening up this time of year and you can be part of cleanup effort as noted by Jen Flaster, who suggests: Grab your friends, join your neighbors and get involved in Vermont’s state-wide Green Up Day on May 4th. It’s easy! Pick a road, grab a bag and do your part! Bags for the Town of Plymouth will be available at the Plymouth Municipal Building on Saturday, May 4th from 8am-10am. Farm & Wilderness and Bethany Birches are teaming up this year to provide some nourishment to volunteers before you head out. Thanks also to ABLE Waste for providing a dumpster at the Town Offices for any trash collected on Green Up Day. Contact Jen Flaster ( if you have any questions or to volunteer.

Happy Birthday to Kathy Lynds on 4/29 and belated congratulations to Brandon Bergey (4/19)




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Program Director/Classroom Teacher Job Opening

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats

We seek an Early Childhood Educator to ignite the spark of imagination in the youngest children of our community.

The Plymouth Schoolhouse is accepting applications for a Program Director/Classroom Teacher. The full time position will start in July. The Plymouth Schoolhouse is located in the Plymouth Community Center, formally the Elementary School at 35 School Drive.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply to the position through this link:


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next PASTA meeting time change

Time Change!
The next PASTA (Plymouth Area Sports Trails Alliance) meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at 6pm at The Plymouth Community Center, not Thursday the 2nd.
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next PASTA meeting at The Plymouth CC

It’s PASTA time again! (Plymouth Area Sports Trails Alliance)

It was great to see the turnout at our last meeting. The Community Center is reserved for Thursday, May 2 at 6 pm for the next meeting.

Here are some topics that will be helpful to touch on as we consider our next steps:

– Mission statement/project brainstorm
– Chapter discussion: Catamount Trail Association or/and Vermont Mountain Bike Association
– Short-term project prioritization/Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program application
– Regular meeting schedule

This time around it will be a pasta potluck. If you can, bring something to share. Hope to see you there!

(The Plymouth Schoolhouse will be open for children to play in again, so little ones are welcome as well!)

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Yoga resumes at The Plymouth Community Center

Yoga class with Dawn resumes on Sunday, April 28th at 10:30am.

All levels welcome, please bring your own mat.   $10 per class

The Plymouth Community Center is located at 35 School Drive, Plymouth VT

A great way to start your week off right!


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Community Luncheons, a great way to connect! ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission by The Vermont Standard.


I hope that folks were not adversely effected by the recent storm that conjured up memories of tropical storm, Irene. I think I actually lifted off the bed when that huge clap of thunder sounded, never getting back to sleep again that night! Rising water from streams and lakes was certainly evident, plus rushing water heading down from upper elevations came into play. Hopefully the rain forecast for the next week will be less dramatic.

I know many of us have been baking for the Tyson Ladies Aid bake sale, which will be long over by the time this goes to print. Their next event is the Spaghetti supper on Sunday, 5/5 at the Plymouth Town Building, so mark your calendar.

Ken Harmon shared an interesting story at the Community Luncheon about his experience flying through the air when a runaway freight car hit the steam train in which he was riding near Bellows Falls. Fortunately, he was uninjured! Also, thanks to Joy Donnelly for her wonderful dessert this time – sorry for those of you who missed it.

David Parker, the recruiter for the US Census Bureau in Windsor county also attended this month. He told us that the hours are flexible, the pay is good, and mileage is reimbursed! Free training is also provided. For additional information, go to or call 1-855-JOB-2020

These monthly luncheons provide a time to gather and not only share a meal, but also enjoy a social time together. It takes a bit of planning and I have greatly appreciated all of those who attend and those who jump in to help – preparing food, setting up, bringing friends, etc. It would be lovely to have a few more people taking part, so please let me know if you would like to join the “planning committee” or help with food prep or speaking.

Two of the delightful people who formerly attended these luncheons have recently passed on. Dorothy Pingree on 4/9 and Bill Jarvi on 4/10. There will be a Memorial service for Bill at Tyson Church on Monday, 5/6 at 2:00 PM. Daughters, Kristen and Lauren would appreciate hearing your memories of their dad, especially since Bill’s grandchildren from far and wide will also be on hand.invited

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Community Luncheon & Composting Presentation ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with Permission from The Vermont Standard.


Seems like spring is struggling to pop. Some of us had a mini-blizzard on Tuesday, although it didn’t last too long.  I don’t believe I have ever seen such huge snowflakes!  Looks like our sad sugaring season will come to an end shortly. I believe most folks have had a questionable season – ours is the worst we have ever had, so I hope the price of maple syrup doesn’t skyrocket.

Ken Harmon will be our speaker at the Community Luncheon on Thursday, 4/18, talking about his experience with a train crash. Hope folks will join us in the Community Room at Tyson Church at 11:30 for chicken, veggies, rolls and dessert.

Please note that the Bridgewater Grange will sponsor a free presentation on backyard composting by VT Master Composter Cat Buxton on Thursday, 5/9 at 6:30 PM. Attendees can purchase one Soil Saver composter per household for $30 and/or a Sure-Close kitchen pail for $5. Pre-registration requested if you’re considering a purchase. Call Ham Gillett at 674-4474 or email

In case you are starting your spring cleaning and finding items you no longer need, think about participating in Plymouth Town-Wide Tag Sale Memorial Day Sunday, May 26th 20199AM – 6PM at The Plymouth Community Center. More details to follow closer to the date!

Here are the recent property transfers:

1) 138 Merlin Way, $555,000 William & Karin Sweet to Paul Watson

2) 162 Bear Hill Road, $137,000 Peoples United Bank N.A. to Kristin and Richard Adkins

3) 314 Dead End Rd $290,000 Neil & Helen Dewar to Michael and Sophia Beland

4) 954 East Ash Rd, Ledges # 17 $240,000 William Dunkin to Edward and Laura Mazzella

5) 2185 Lynds Hill Rd., $200,000 Raymond Gingras and Deborah Woodward to Rebecca Ruplin and Kevin Ross


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