Dipping temperatures, Book Club Zoom meetings, and beware of scammers! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

9/21/20


Brrr – not too much more to say about that!  I have picked the tomatoes and put the pots to bed.  I have been shielding the 4 hanging plants and a lovely big one that was a gracious gift because they are all blooming beautifully and I cannot bear to let them go yet.  Autumn has arrived and I plan to shift the hummingbird feeders today and replace them with the sunflower seed one.  I fill it out my dining room window, so it is high and not a bear magnet.


There was an amazing discussion at the the zoom Book Club gathering last week about The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  There were so many layers to this book. One twin opted to claim being white and went on to live that falsehood with both positive and negative results.  The other twin propelled herself into a good job in DC and marriage to an attorney, but opted to leave that abusive relationship and return to her roots in a small southern town.  Not only were racial issues addressed, but transgender ones as well. 


Our next selection is Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler.  “Micah’s story of being jarred out of a fear-based, inert, complacent existence, and realizing that his very structured existence has left him feeling empty, lonely, and wanting more”.  Plan to read it and join us on 10/5 for the discussion!


I recently received an email from Dish that I thought might be worth passing on. It noted that scammers use a variety of techniques to entrap you.  For instance they try to give you a sense of urgency. They may ask you to help someone in need or a loved one or offer some kind of incentive or something of value in return for your personal info. 
Sometimes they impersonate government agencies by saying that your taxes are past due or you’re violating some law. I just received a call today supposedly from Social Security that my SS # has been suspended because of some fraudulent activity!  Often they reference computer vulnerabilities like your device needs new software or has a virus. The email cautioned against providing any personal information such as a credit card or bank account numbers, passwords, pin, birthdate, Social Security numbers.  Although most of us are aware and prudent, they often besiege us at vulnerable times.

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Open House/Court for New Pickelball Court at The Plymouth Community Center

Open House/Court for the new Pickleball Court at the Plymouth Community Center, this Sunday 9/20 from 4-6 pm.

Come learn and play. Bring your paddles if you have them. Dress in loose fitting clothes and sneakers. Bring water and enthusiasm! 


Call 892-353-7969 with questions

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VTrans meeting on Rte 100 Culvert Replacement-9/21

A public meeting will be held Monday, Sept 21 at 6:00PM at the Plymouth Town Hall and virtually. The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of the culvert replacement project located at Route 100, Bridge 114 over Reservoir Brook. Representatives of VTrans and the Town of Plymouth will be available at the meeting to address public concerns about the project.

Click the link below to find the full meeting information.

https://theplymouthpress.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/bridge-114-meeting.pdf

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School Board Vacancy

The Windsor Central Unified Union School District has a Plymouth representative board seat vacancy to fill the term until the next WCUUSD Annual District Meeting, March 2021.

Interested persons should write a short letter of intent to:

Plymouth Town Select Board

c/o Plymouth Town Clerk

68 Town Office Road

Plymouth, VT 05056

or email clerk@plymouthvt.org

Deadline for the receipt of the letter is Friday, October 2, 2020.

Please be prepared to attend the October 5th Plymouth Select Board meeting to be appointed. For more information, 

contact the WCUUSD Board Chair, Bryce Sammel, at bsammel@wcsu.net, or 

Rayna Bishop, WCSU Exec. Asst., at rbishop@wcsu.net.

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Turning leaves, marauding bear, Park Closed for season and local passings~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

9/13/20


Heading toward the middle of Sept and some trees seem to be jumping the gun!  Oh well, we know that autumn is upon us with these chilly nights.  Somehow adding a blanket seems to make sleeping better.


An update on that marauding bear.  No, I haven’t seen it again, although several have been sighted in the neighborhood.  I just wanted to commend the kind person who used plywood to seal the shed up again.


Camp Plymouth State Park is closed for the season, but their message indicates it may still be utilized.  Parking should be limited to the designated all year parking lot, however.  The Vista trail should be beautiful when the foliage pops!
I need to step up my reading because the Book Group will be meeting this Thursday at 6:30 pm via Zoom to discuss The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  It seems like a very opportune time to read this selection in light of racial tensions.


We are so fortunate that VT has low COVID numbers, but there have been a number of recent deaths that are not related to the pandemic.  In addition to Tom passing on 7/27, Hazel Tatro passed around that same time.  Len Stillings, formerly of Plymouth died recently in FL and his service will take place at the Notch cemetery on 10/10..  
Last Wednesday, Mike Gianola, son of Echo Lake Inn owner, Tom Gianola passed away as well. There is an open invitation to attend any of these events on Saturday, 9/26.  The Catholic Mass at St Raphael in Poultney at 10 AM. Internment at 11 AM at the St Raphael Cemetery.  Celebration of Life at 2:30 PM at Tyson Community Church, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at the Echo Lake Inn at 3:30.


Condolences to all of these families.

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Abundant wildlife! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

9/6/20


Amazing weather and the perfect time to enjoy it before school begins.  Melissa and I met friends from MA at Shaftsbury State Park on Friday, an ideal COVID meeting place.  Small, tucked away with a charming swimming area.  Sun and shade and large, very clean port-a-potties – what more could you want!


Although I am seeing fewer hummingbirds these days, other wildlife is abundant.  My driveway alarm alerted me to three visitors early one morning last week.  When I looked out, it was a doe and 2 fawns, nibbling their way up the side of my driveway.
I have been noticing that my cherry tomatoes are disappearing, just when they are ripe and I am planning to pick them.  A visitor noted that she witnessed a chipmunk munching away!


Then on a walk on Sunday, I passed a house and heard a noise.  I thought it strange because there were no cars there.  Then I noticed a shed door pushed open and a large bear saw me, just as I saw it.  I imagine it considered me to be a threat because still clinging to a full black garbage bag, it sprinted deeper into the woods.


So, only creature info this week.  Send me some news!

Small fawn curled up in the grass.

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Thanks to First Responders, improvements at The Community Center, and dinners served at Echo Lake Inn! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission of The Vermont Standard

 

8/30/20

I feel remiss that I have not expressed gratitude for the response to our emergency at Echo Lake on 7/27. The park’s exceptionally kind personnel cleared the beach, but before some of the folks left, they offered help, water, and heartfelt concern.  I can’t begin to thank all of the emergency professionals who responded.  Trucks and folks from both Plymouth and Ludlow Fire Depts were there.  I am deeply thankful for the care taken by Stephanie Grover and Dan Stoughton of Ludlow Ambulance Service in regard to locating Tom. State Trooper Steven Schutt was very kind and accommodating. This is truly a caring community that responds with kindness and compassion.

 

So nice that fun things are happening at the Community Center (former Plymouth Elementary School).  Upgrades to the playground will not only make it more attractive, but safer for the youngsters.

 

More improvements in the works include a pickle ball court the beginnings of which can be seen in the picture.  It will be made with special lines added to the basketball court.  More to come soon!  Several volunteers have been working to beautify the gardens and to make this space welcoming.  Thanks to one and all!

 

In checking with Tom at the Echo Lake Inn, dinner is being served Wed – Sun, from 5:30 until 9:00 PM.  Please take note that both indoor and outdoor seating is available.  I believe that the Inn at Waters Edge is still offering dinners on Tuesdays.  Check their website for details.

 

I understand that hazardous waste collection will take place between 2:00 and 6:00 PM on Tues, 9/15 at the Springfield Transfer Station, 135 Fairground Road/100 Recycle Way. Masks are required and you need to stay in your vehicle.  For additional details, visit

www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org or call 674-9235 or email mobrien@swcrpc.org.  Aubuchon Hardware and LaValley Building Supply in Ludlow will accept paint in labeled, non-rusty cans. Bring all other paint cans to a household hazardous waste collection.

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Fierce storms, new wood chips at The Community Playground and a new book for the Book Club! ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

 

8/23/20

 

My goodness, the storm on Sunday evening was fierce!  We were on Lake George today and storms threatened, but didn’t materialize.  I do not know who left the lovely flowers that I found on the deck upon my return – beautiful glads and cheerful black-eyed Susans. Such a thoughtful and lovely gift, many thanks.

 

I went for an abbreviated walk with a friend around 7:15 that evening.  The sky was rose-colored, but thunder began to rumble, so we turned back and headed for shelter.  Even with the recent storms things are dry.  I just wish this rain could be a little less intense!

 

I hope that the weather cooperates for the spreading of the newly delivered wood chips  at the community playground that were purchased jointly by the Town and the Plymouth Schoolhouse Childcare.  Rick Kaminski will be bringing his tractor on the Saturday, 8/29 but help will be needed.  Please mark your calendar and venture over to lend a hand!

 

The discussion of the Priest’s Grotto provided a better understanding and a greater appreciation for the hardship and determination of this extended Jewish family as they hid for their lives deep within caves in the Ukraine for months on end. Most of us found it difficult to comprehend spending so much time tucked away from sunlight.

 

Our book for next time will be the fiction bestseller, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.  “It’s a poignant family story that doesn’t shy away from the intersections of race, class, and gender—all while capturing the reader’s heart and mind in a way only Bennett can.”

The meeting will be Thursday, 9/17 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.

 

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Help requested for Pickelball Court

Dear Plymouth friends and neighbors,

We have secured through donations everything we need to add a nice Pickleball Court at the Community Center. The only thing left is: WE NEED HELP. We need folks that are able to handle a hand post hole digger or a shovel to dig holes for the posts. Then we need several hands to put up the fencing, including driving staples into pressure treated posts, and carrying bags of concrete mix. Then we could use help painting the lines for the Pickleball Court. We will be using our net for the rest of this season and we have balls and a couple of paddles to share. I am working with Pickleball Central to get a grant for a nice portable net for next year.
Please consider putting in some time to enhance our community.
Please call us if you can lend a hand. Tell us days/evenings that you can help and we will be there too. Thank you.
Sincerely. Rodrick Pingree 8027738767
Katherine Pingree. 8023537969
PS. We would like to get this done soon so you all can come play or learn to play this really fun racquet game!

 

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Cloth Face Masks for Plymouth Residents

Cloth Face Masks for Plymouth Residents

Plymouth Emergency Management has received an allotment of cloth face masks to distribute to Plymouth Residents.  Our shipment included 150 masks which is equal to 25% of our census full time population.

Face masks will be distributed through the town office which is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every week.  Distribution will be on a first come first served basis and limited to one face mask per resident living in Plymouth.  You will be asked to indicate your address and sign for your mask(s) at the time of distribution.  If we have any face masks left after Labor Day, non resident home owners may call the office to apply for a mask.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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