Good Commons gathering, Plymouth Memory Tree scholarship grant recipients, Book Club, Amherst Lake report and upcoming Strawberry Festival! ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard


I have been enjoying time outside walking, visiting and planting because the wind is keeping the bugs away! A little rain this evening (Sunday) will mean that I won’t need to water either. The rain held off for the gathering at Good Commons today, where Tesha Buss continued her campaign as a candidate for VT House of Representatives. She spoke about her desire to help improve daycare and affordable housing opportunities, a livable wage and simplification of the process for developing a business here in VT. Folks who did not attend missed a fabulous BBQ!

So nice that for the fourth year the Plymouth Memory Tree has awarded financial aid scholarship grants to graduating seniors from our town. This year the awards went to Eric Blanchard, Liam Harper and Evan Kurash. Congratulations!

Coming up on Wednesday, 6/15 the Book Group will meet at 6:30 pm via Zoom for a discussion of The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. It was an unusual story that explored the meanderings of Monsieur Perdu, self-described as a literary apothecary. “From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life.”

I am including a report from Todd Menees about last month’s gathering regarding the dam between Amherst and Echo Lake. For more information visit or go to

Close to 28 Folks arrived at the O’Loughlin’s home on May 28, 2022 to see the failing Amherst Lake dam for the first time and a “wake-up” vision for all but one who paddles the lake. The Owners and attendees spoke about the possible project outcomes including a dam removal if the Owner’s can not find a buyer of the dam for a future repair. Many folks commented that the Dam Owners are behind the 8-ball and said “I’d remove the dam too, if I were them” in different ways. This was an informal neighborhood meeting, and the diverse group included two Preserve Amherst Lake (PAL) Board members, landowners on Amherst Lake and Echo Lake, Hawk Mountain owners, some Plymouth residents and 2nd home-owners, and a couple who live in Town who had attended the town virtual meetings, and three Black River Action Team members.”

Don’t forget to come out to the Plymouth Strawberry Festival on Wednesday, 6/22 from 5 – 8 at Camp Plymouth State Park – tasty BBQ and salads, yummy strawberry shortcake, and time to socialize, rain or shine.

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