Update: No Salt Ash Inn Site visit tomorrow

The scheduled site visit to the Salt Ash Inn has been canceled for tomorrow, due to illness.

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Planning Board site review, Coolidge Homestead holiday events and Santa at the Fletcher Memorial Library ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/28/22

Coming to the end of November and the rain has washed away most of the snow.  Sounds like the World Cup at Killington was able to proceed and the precipitation did not appear until the end.  Driving home from ME last evening was a bit of challenge with the rain, heavy at times.

Since I have been away, I don’t have much local news.  Thanks to friends for checking my house while I was gone!  The Planning Board will be doing a site review at the Salt Ash Inn at 5 PM on Tuesday, 11/29 to help them make a decision on the feasibility of the cannabis retail store proposed for that location.

Don’t forget the happenings at the Coolidge Homestead on Saturday, 12/3.  1PM tree lighting at the Ciley Store, singing afterward at the Union Christian Church, on-site visit from “Calvin Coolidge” (Tracy Messer), plus vendors and craft opportunities.  The Cheese Factory will be open, too.  Fun for everyone!

Please note that Santa will be making an appearance at the Fletcher Memorial Library on Wed, 12/7 from 3:30 to 6 PM.  Enjoy refreshments and free books for youngsters (as long as they last).

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World Cup Events, Craft Fair canceled, birthdays, births and passings, and upcoming Select Board meeting ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/20/22

Although I was enjoying the warmer weather, I will say that the snow is lovely. I just wasn’t ready for it! The colder temps have allowed it to stay around. Killington is likely quite happy with their World Cup events and I believe that Okemo may be opening this coming weekend.

In speaking with Midge Tucker, I learned that due to illness, the 11/26 and 27 Craft Fair sponsored by the Historical Society has been canceled. I understand that they are hoping to provide other activities, such as Sunday afternoon movies at the Community Center on a monthly basis. New members are always welcome!

Prepare to have some fun at the Coolidge Holiday Open House on Sat, 12/3. Gather for the lighting of the Christmas tree, singing carols, and other entertainment.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the arrival of Lauren and Matt Harootunian’s twin sons, Logan and Landon, who join big brother, Liam.

I missed some November birthdays and others are coming up: Willow Bascom (11/2), the younger Julia Baldwin (11/20), and Joan Day (11/30). Congratulations one and all!

Condolences to the family of Julia Pierson, formerly of Dublin Rd, who passed away at the Gill Home this week. There will be a memorial service at Tyson Church at 1 PM on Friday, 12/2.

A reminder about the important Select Board meeting at 6 PM on Monday, 11/21. There are so many crucial issues to be discussed – weatherization/bond issue, cannabis moving forward, pending law suit, audit review, budget and more. Attend in person or via Zoom.

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Big Brother Liam proudly holds one of his twin brothers

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Upcoming Craft Fair, Holiday events at Historic Site and election outcome – Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/14/22

A few snow flurries in the air yet this morning. It does seem that those recent warm days are gone. Well, it is the middle of November, so it should not be a surprise! Folks are beginning to consider the upcoming holidays. Please note the Holiday Craft Fair on 11/26 & 27 at the Community Center. There is no admission charge.

Mark your calendar for Holiday events at the Historic Site on Saturday, 12/3. This will be delightful family-friendly time and although admission is free, donations are always appreciated. The Tree lighting will take place on the porch of the Cilley General Store at 1:00, followed by caroling at he Union Christian Church with pianist Stephen Morse. Tracy Messer will be on hand as President Coolidge.

While touring the Site, you will be able to make stenciled holiday stationary with local artist Polly Forcier; constructor purchase a live wreath with Terry Guilick and shop at the Cheese Factory. What fun!

There seems to be some consternation about the election outcomes, so please know that a petition to reconsider any article can be submitted with a written petition including signatures of 5% of registered town voters. Also, the VT Journal article regarding the 11/7 special town meeting contained several errors.

For those concerned about the confusing language of the Bond issue, I understand that will be a topic of discussion at the next Select Board meeting scheduled for Monday, 11/21. I have included the proposed agenda below;

Call meeting to order

• Introduction of those present

• LHMP

• Retail Cannabis next steps (if passed)

• Weatherization/bond discussion

• Fire Truck

• Pending lawsuit

• Audit review

• Lister proposal for digitized records $3K setup and annual fee

Budget

Mail and Warrants

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Holiday Craft Fair!

Holiday Craft Fair, Plymouth Community Center Route 100, Plymouth, VT.

Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27 from 10AM to 4pm.

No admission fee.

Masks optional.

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Plymouth Local Voting Results

November 8, 2022 Election Results

Article 1a

Shall the Town of Plymouth borrow up to an additional $800,000 thru a Municipal Bond to pay for the full and proposed weatherization/deferred maintenance project to be paid back over a 25-year period?

YES: 161

NO: 138

Blank: 11

Total Votes: 310

Article 1b

Shall the Town of Plymouth proceed with the weatherization/deferred maintenance project and only complete portions of the project with the funds previously authorized by the Voters in the amount of $950,000?

YES: 194

NO: 88

Blank: 28

Total Votes: 310

Article 2

Shall the Town of Plymouth adopt the Declaration of Inclusion signed by Vermont Governor Phil Scott in 2021 to condemn racism and welcome all persons to live freely and express their opinions as stated in the proposed language for a Plymouth Declaration of Inclusion as written below:

“The town of Plymouth condemns racism and welcomes all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, age, or disability, and wants everyone to feel safe and welcome in our community.

As a town, we formally condemn all discrimination in all of its forms, commit to fair and equal treatment of everyone in our community, and will strive to ensure all of our actions, polices, and operating procedures reflect this commitment.”

YES: 254

NO: 47

Blank: 9

Total Votes: 310

Article 3

Shall the Town of Plymouth VT declare itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary town?

YES: 122

NO: 177

Blank: 11

Total Votes: 310

Article 4

Shall the Town of Plymouth permit the operation of licensed cannabis retailers pursuant to the Title 7 V.S.A §863 which states:

“Prior to a cannabis retailer or the retail portion of an integrated licensee operating within a municipality, the municipality shall affirmatively permit the operation of such cannabis establishments by majority vote of those present and voting by Australian ballot at an annual or special meeting warned for that purpose. A municipality may place retailers or integrated licensees, or both, on the ballot for approval.”

YES: 161

NO: 129

Blank: 2

Total Votes: 292

Justice of the Peace Results

Shawn H Bemis 181

Karen Evans 191

Chase Morsey 161

Richard G Olmstead III 171

Steven J Radonis 161

Write-ins: 8

Blank Votes: 677

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Special Town meeting tonight & Turkey dinner at Bridgewater Grange 11/12 ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

11/6/22

Wow, this weather has been amazing – I guess I removed my window screens too soon! I hope that everyone was able to get outside and enjoy it since temps will be dipping again. I spent several days in ME recently and really enjoyed the sunsets because I can’t see any from my house.

Some of you may remember Dick and Marilyn Geise who lived on Dublin Rd over 30 years ago, then moved back to Ohio. They were delightful neighbors with three children who came back to visit a number of times. It has been learned that Marilyn recently passed away. If anyone would like to send condolences to Dick, his address is: 4115 Woodsly Drive, Batavia, OH 45103; phone: 513-256-8949.

A reminder that the wonderful turkey dinner is on for Saturday, 11/12 at the Grange in Bridgewater at a cost of $15. Dinners may be ordered to go by calling 802-672-6223 by Friday and pick-up will be at 4:30. The other option is to eat-in from 5:30 – 8 PM. Either way, it will be delicious!

In addition to the Board, there were a dozen or so people at the 11/1 Planning & Zoning meeting, many of whom had questions regarding the proposed cannabis retail store at the Salt Ash Inn barn. Several of the issues brought up were not within the purview of these boards, but the concerns expressed by several people regarding parking and traffic backing out into Rte 100A could be deemed “undue adverse impact”. Of course, ballots (pink) were mailed out to voters and that will be the determining factor in whether the town as a whole is in favor of a local dispensary.

There are many important items to be discussed at the Special Town Meeting at 6 PM on Monday 11/7: the proposed building renovation and Bond issue; the adoption of the Declaration of Inclusion; the declaration of becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary town; plus addressing questions regarding the proposed cannabis retail sale within Plymouth.

Directions for how to join meeting by Zoom:

11/4. Cross Lake, ME

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Wild turkey’s roaming, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment consideration November 1 at Town Hall, Echo Lake closed until 11/23 ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

10/31/22

Well, I am writing this on Halloween, but I don’t anticipate any treat-or-treaters to stop here this evening, although I always have treats available just in case! Perfect weather recently to tend to outdoor tasks to prepare for winter. All my planters and most of my outdoor furniture is now safely stored away. As far as I am concerned, the snow can hold off for a bit longer.

The Jarvi field on Dublin Rd has been a favorite place for a dozen or so turkeys lately. Sometimes they venture over to my house and set off my driveway alarm. I understand they may only be hunted with a shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. I am not sure how these wild creatures compare with domestically raised one, however.

For those who are interested, the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment consideration of an application for Conditional Use and Permit and Variance for: Salt Ash Land LLC 4738 RT100A Plymouth, VT 05056 to consider change of occupancy of Salt Ash Inn from lodging to retail sales will take place on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00 P.M., in the Town Hall. I assume the request was made as a result of the desire to sell cannabis from that location, the vote for which is now on the ballot.

For your info, the Echo Lake Inn is currently closed for dinner, but will reopen on 11/23. Be sure to make reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner – 802-228-6802

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The election is fast approaching! ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

10/24/22

Although we are past peak and into the golden foliage season, there still seem to be many visitors here peering at the leaves. Although it is comical at times to see the extent to which people go in order to obtain a picture, it can also be dangerous. I try to remember that they are here to enjoy our beautiful state….

Tourists staying at the Echo Lake Inn lately have been treated to the sight of a young bear basking in the sun a mile up on Dublin Rd. On a recent walk, I was proudly shown a photo by a woman who was thrilled to get that close!

The election is fast approaching. Just a reminder that you will need to bring the ballot mailed to you by the State, even if go to the polls to vote. Recently the town has sent out a separate ballot about allowing a cannabis retailer to operate in Plymouth. This is an important decision for our town, so please make sure to cast your vote for this issue as well.

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Additional information! Forum between VT House candidates Tesha Buss and Keith Cappelini and Public Notice of Hearing ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Sometimes pertinent info comes my way after I have submitted my weekly report.  So, I want to share with you a couple items that Plymouth folks might find interesting. 

I have learned that the VT Standard will be moderating a forum between VT House candidates Tesha Buss and Keith Cappelini that can be accessed via okemovalley.tv this Friday. Although not a live event, questions will be asked that should provide an opportunity to examine the views of each candidate.

Also, if you peruse the town website with a bit of persistence, all sorts of interesting information can be gleaned. For instance, there are several warnings listed, one of which I have noted below.

TOWN OF PLYMOUTH PUBLIC NOTICE OF HEARING

BEFORE THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

A public hearing before the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment of theTown of Plymouth will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00 P.M., in the Town HallMunicipal Building, 68 Town Office Road, Plymouth, VT, to consider an application for Conditional Use and Permit and Variance for: Salt Ash Land LLC 4738 RT100A Plymouth, VT 05056 To consider change of occupancy of Salt Ash Inn from lodging to retail sales.

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