Strawberry Festival a success, items of importance at Select Board meeting and Calvin Coolidge’s 150th birthday! ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

6/26/22

It appears that summer is back, but I have appreciated the fact that the humidity has been relatively low. The plants (flowers and veggies) are doing well and adding some soaker hoses has allowed me to escape the bugs! The rain this morning (Monday) is most welcomed.

I have to say that there were not many biting insects on the prowl at the Strawberry Festival on Wed. Perhaps it was the cold weather that kept them away, but it didn’t prevent over 300 from attending and enjoying themselves. It was nice to see familiar faces, yet many new people were there, also. As usual, volunteers from Emergency Services and Tyson Ladies Aid worked together and there was a 50/50 raffle by Tyson Church. Adam and Sue provided great music, too.

The Select Board meeting on 6/20 attracted a number of participants and several more people attended via Zoom. I am hopeful that the VT Journal will make note of the meeting particulars in the issue this week, since there were several important discussions including: the scope of Select Board approvals in regard to an inclusion statement presented by Todd Menees and a previously approved firearms statement; interim appointment of Beth Lombard as part-time Town Clerk; and an update on Town Hall renovations.

I have learned from Kristi Rollins that her mom, Karen Mansfield, passed away peacefully on 6/21/22. Many will remember Karen from her time as a resident here, in particular when she was administrative assistant at the Coolidge Foundation during the time it was housed in the basement at the Union Christian church. Condolences to family and friends.

It’s 150th birthday for Calvin Coolidge, so hopefully folks can join some of the activities! As usual at noon on 7/4, the Vermont National Guard will lead a march to the cemetery where a wreath from the White House will be placed at the president’s gravesite. Afternoon activities include tours of the historic village, birthday cake, wagon rides, Stringfield Springers old-time string band, traditional craft demonstrations, and children’s games, all free although admission is charged to tour the historic buildings. The Coolidge Cup National High School Debate will finish up on 7/4 and be followed by the award ceremony. As you can see it will be an exciting time!

Pictures by Sue Poirier

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