Fun Day at Bethany Birches, Book Club, Community Discussion: Housing in Plymouth and The HUB information ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard


Writing on Sunday evening as the snow is falling lightly. There seems to be an inch or so, but three are predicted. I bet the ski areas are pleased after all of that rain!

Come enjoy the Fun Day for all ages on Saturday December 17th from 10am – 4pm (come when it suits your family) at Bethany Birches Camp. Lunch Provided!

Here are the Reading Group choices for books over the next 3 months. Happy reading!

1/11 — Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

2/15 — The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

3/22 — Flying Solo by Linda Holmes

From the Select Board – Community Discussion: Housing in Plymouth, 12/19 at 7:30 PM

There is a lot of talk about the ongoing housing crisis in Vermont by employers, families, government and non-profits. The local discussion will be held in the Plymouth Municipal Building and will start with locally identified needs and possible solutions. Our local State Representative Tesha Buss will join us to share what she has learned about Government Funding for Accessory Dwellings, and Moderate Income Housing Development, as well as the HomeShare Vermont program and Plymouth local government representatives will be there as well for zoning and infrastructure questions. If you are interested in helping to solve the problem, someone who’s housing needs are not fully met, investing in a project, or just learning more, please join us. Okemo Valley Television will be providing coverage and zoom video conferencing support. Please contact if you have questions.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 883 4713 8689 Passcode: 143124

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Also, Rep-Elect Tesha Buss Windsor-5 ( has shared some resources.

Programs for Individuals:

Rebates for energy efficiency/electrification projects

Help with heating

Funding to repair vacant rental units or add an accessory dwelling unit

Emergency rental assistance

Child care financial assistance

Subsidy for groceries

Subsidy for internet service

Help with utility bills

First Generation Homebuyer Grant

Funding for projects that spur economic recovery (like housing or childcare projects, or agriculture, arts, recreation or food businesses)

Funding for agricultural and forestry businesses

Health insurance plans and subsidies — remember you must register for Health insurance by Dec 15 for a January 1 start date. Also take note that the income thresholds were increased allowing more Vermonter’s access to tax credits to lower their monthly premiums!


It is likely that Federal funds are coming to VT to help install more Broadband infrastructure, but many of the Federal map locations state that broadband is available at locations where broadband doesn’t exist yet. Be a part of the solution to get broadband to every house in VT, no matter how rural! Click on this article below to learn more and to follow the links to check the status of your home and business. It is very simple to challenge your location, if the map says broadband is available when it is not.

Tesha also noted THE HUB: a 501c3 Project of Woodstock Community Trust, non profit

– Is a new program that makes it easier for you to get help during a time of need.

– Is a central point of contact for you.

– Is a connection with an experienced community volunteer who responds quickly and will help you get assistance.

– Is confidential and respectful of your situation, whether due to divorce, job loss, family illness, financial stress, and food or heat insecurity.

– Can help you if you live in Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, or Woodstock.

– Works with many local organizations such as Barnard Helping Hands and Ottauquechee Health Foundation.

Contact The HUB

  1. Online: Complete an Application at:
  2. Phone: 802-457-7214
  3. Email:
  4. Pick up an Application: Outside Ottauquechee Health Foundation at Simmons House, 30 Pleasant Street, Woodstock. Feel free to attend the Christmas Eve Service at Bethany Mennonite Church at 7 PM on Christmas Eve. All are welcome

Note from Jennifer Coolidge Harville Hello All! I saw Bill at the Coolidge Holiday Open House this past Saturday. He looks wonderful. He is walking a couple of miles each day. Well rested. Taking time to do the things that he wants to do.

No snow at the Notch. Rainy, but a good core group attended. This was my first time attending the Open House. Rejoice’s mom did a hand crank sewing demonstration, we stenciled cards, Terry G. guided wreath making. The tree was set up in the Wilder Barn. President Coolidge, aka Tracy Messer, made remarks and then lit the tree. He offered some information about the Coolidge years in the White House. Did you know that Mrs. Coolidge had 200 roses sent out to the business owners in DC where she purchased holiday gifts?

We sang carols at the church with the accompanied by Steve Morse on the pump organ and Rejoice Sherry played violin. It was beautiful. Between hymns ‘President Coolidge’ shared more anticdotes about Coolidge White House Christmases 1923-1928.

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