Summer Book Discussion

Book Discussion template protrait May 2018.

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Fire Department Quells Wildfire; Coolidge Homestead Opens; Town Tag Sale This Weekend — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

Come to our Annual Town Tag Sale this weekend at the old schoolhouse Activity Center!


Variable weather persists, but we did need rain. It has been too dry to burn and we have seen what can happen when the burn ban is not followed. Our small Plymouth

Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders provide essential services to our community. New volunteers are always welcome!

Fire Department needed lots of help to try to contain the brush fire that got away and scorched many acres. Thanks to the ten or so surrounding Fire Companies who aided in the effort to control the blaze. How fortunate that no houses were in harm’s way, although fire support was dispersed to several locations overnight in case the fire spread to nearby homes. It took until late in the afternoon the following day to bring the fire under control. Thanks also to all who lent a hand with water, food, other needed manpower.

Another successful community luncheon took place Tyson Church this past week.  Thanks to John Oliveri for the wonderful chicken, Nancy Hagge for a delicious salad and Kate Andrews for dessert.  Folks are encouraged to attend the Plymouth Strawberry Festival on 6/20, so there will not be a luncheon in June.

Please note that the book group will meet on Thursday, 5/24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center to discuss The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith. Join in the fun and also help to choose the next selection to be read!

President Coolidge Comes to Life

President Coolidge at the Education Center’s Museum

Get ready – the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will open 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM on Saturday, 5/26 through 10/21/18. This year’s new temporary exhibit is The Coolidge Summer Retreats, 1924-1928, which looks at President Coolidge’s five Summer White House locations. Of particular interest is the head dress given to President Coolidge when he was made leader of the Sioux Nation, which is on display for the first time in Vermont, having been at the Forbes Library in Northampton since the 1920s.

Come visit the Site and enjoy the two museum shops, walking trails, the restaurant for breakfast and lunch, the sheltered picnic areas, and of course the luscious offerings at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory. Make note of the various ongoing programs: Tuesday Tales of The Notch with Bill Jenney; Wednesday Afternoons with Farmer Fred including wagon rides; and Summer Thursdays and Saturdays at the Old Notch School—activities organized by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation in the 1890 one-room schoolhouse.

I want to express appreciation for the wonderful retirement party that Tyson Congregational Church hosted for me at Bethany Birches Camp this past Sunday. The food was plentiful and delicious, Erik Johansson played three instruments and sang some of his wonderful songs, noting that it was Pentecost Sunday, plus there were many folks from a number of different churches who came to enjoy the celebration. The boys from the Windsor County Youth Services Home made a delightful card with a heartwarming poem written by one of the teens. I am grateful that many donations were received for the camp. A number of folks suggested possible places where I could volunteer with my extra time!

Some of us have already deposited items for the upcoming Town Tag Sale at the Community Center (the former Plymouth Elementary School on Rte 100) to be held this weekend – Saturday, 5/26 and Sunday, 5/27 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Come peruse the array of offerings and chat with local folks at the same time!

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Drop off times for Plymouth Tag Sale

Drop off times for vendors of the Tag Sale~
Today (Saturday May 19th) from 11am-1pm and tomorrow (Sunday May 20th) from noon-3pm.
Final drop off time will be Wednesday the 23rd from 4:30-6:30pm.

The Tag Sale is one week away already!

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The Memorial Day Weekend Annual Tag Sale is Almost Here! — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

Annual Tag Sale Coming Right up! Contact Lauren Skaskiw to participate as a vendor!


What lovely weather for Mother’s Day – hope everyone enjoyed it! Of course we certainly deserved it after the brief return to winter on Saturday. The baseball parade took place in Ludlow on Saturday, plus both of our grandsons had games. It was absolutely freezing! The cold wind was whipping and showers were threatening and it certainly didn’t feel like the 50 degrees that was predicted. I hope that was the last of warm coats, hats and gloves!

I understand that WUHS prom took place at Bethany Birches Camp this past weekend. What a lovely setting and a nice way to acquaint folks with the camp. There will be a work day there on Saturday, 5/19.

The time is fast approaching for the big tag sale at the Community Center that will take place from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. There is still some limited indoor space, so contact Lauren ( if you are interested. Items may brought over on Saturday, May 19th 11am – 1pm, Sunday, May 20th Noon-3pm, and Wednesday, May 23rd 4:30pm-6:30pm

Real estate seems to be moving these days as evidenced by these latest sales On 4/30/18: 96 Echo View Drive for $345,000, John and Nancy McGarty to Duston and Stacey Ladieu.  On 5/2/2018: 2370 Route 100 for $310,000, Christopher and Jennifer Cosgrove to Matthew Scher and Asha Samal. On 5/7/2018: Salt Ash Road, SA 3-35 & 3-36 (Land) for $10,000, Melissa Loinaz-Bautista to Joanna Keefe

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Classes resume in June at The Plymouth Community Center

Yoga and Knitting classes will resume in June at The Plymouth Community Center, in preparation for the Annual Tag Sale over Memorial Day weekend. Limited spaces are still open for vendors for the community-wide Sale.

Call 802 855 7566 to reserve a space and be apart of the Sale!

Lauren Skaskiw, CC Director


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Hazardous Waste Drop-off Schedule — Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted by permission of The Vermont Standard

Annual Tag Sale Coming Right up! Contact Lauren Skaskiw to participate as a vendor!


A friend and I went for a lovely walk in the woods on Friday and were marveling that there were no black flies in evidence. The following day, both of us found ticks embedded in our bodies. Apparently this is a very bad year for these unwanted hitchhikers, so do be vigilant. I have just ordered treated gators to wear on my next outing!

So the bears are definitely out and about here in Tyson as well. A neighbor left her feeders out just a little too long and paid the price of having to buy new ones for next season! The storm the other night with strong winds shook some nests loose, but the robin who built under the eaves of Tyson Church remains safe. Trees and branches littered the roads, so thanks to those who cut and removed them.

How could I forget Kathy Lynds birthday on 4/29 – belated best wishes! Most of the neighborhood attended the birthday party of Keith and Jin Cappellini’s son, Eugene on Saturday. He turned three and thoroughly enjoyed his Thomas the Train cake.

I was not aware that green bags were available at Town Hall and a dumpster was there for GreenUp Day. There is still a way to participate because green bags can be brought to Fast Trash in Bridgewater, or curbside customers can leave them out with their trash at no charge. Ludlow transfer station is also another resource for disposing of green bags.

Please note this information for the upcoming hazardous waste collections for Plymouth folks. May 12th from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Springfield Transfer Station, then the same times on May 19th at the Weathersfield Transfer Station. Apparently you can bring an old mercury fever thermometer and receive a new digital one for free! You may call 674-9235 or visit for a list of what to bring.

The next Community Luncheon to be held at Tyson Church will happen on Thursday, 5/17 at 11:30. Chicken, veggies, salad and dessert will be served. Come join the fun!

How exciting for Jackson Ellis that his book, Lords of St Thomas has won the 2017 Howard Frank Mosher First Book Award. It is on sale at the Book Nook in Ludlow and there will be a book signing on 7/6 at at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. Also at that time, Rachel Carter will provide a showing of My Name is Art, a short film based on a story by Asher Ellis. Lots of talent in the family!

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Calling all Vendors for the Plymouth Tag Sale!

Less than a month before the annual Tag Sale at the Community Center! If you will be selling items in the sale, please contact Lauren Skaskiw to reserve a spot at 802 855 7566 or email

The Sale is on Memorial Day weekend May 26th and 27th, from 9am-6pm both days.

*Thank you!

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