Claudia Harris | Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate | (802)824-3176 | Email | Website
December 2016 

In this newsletter . . .  
  • Welcome Note
  • 'Tis the Season to be Thankful
  • Magic Mountain Has New Ownership
  • Local Food Pantries Need Non-Food Items Too
  • 2016 - Real Estate Sales
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and More
  • Vermont Statewide MLS Access Available to All
Dear ,

I often like to start these newsletters out with a comment or two about the weather and this month I am pleased to report that we have had more snow so far in December than I think we had during all of last winter! Hip hip hooray - let it snow, let it snow!

This Year's Christmas Tree Adventure**
The end of the year is always a time of reflection for me. I recall fondly the wonderful clients we have helped to sell their Vermont properties and all of the new people we have welcomed to the area. No job has ever given me more personal and professional satisfaction as that of being a REALTOR. It's not always easy, especially when the market isn't ideal, but the ups and downs and the chance to help and guide our clients during one of the biggest, most complicated and emotional times of their lives is an honor and a pleasure.

2017 promises great things for Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate. Kathy and I are working on a number of new listings that will hit the market in the next couple of weeks and we will continue to explore ways to enhance our business using tried and true strategies, with an attention to detail and one-on-one personalized services, and advances in digital and electronic technologies! The future . . .  bring it on!

With my very best wishes,

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

** P.S. Don't forget that you can get your Christmas tree in the Green Mountain National Forest. Details are in my December 2015 newsletter - archived, here:

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'Tis the Season to be Thankful
As the end of the year approaches, I like to reflect back on the past 12 months and count my blessings to have good health, a career that I absolutely love, a beautiful home, and my wonderful friends and family. I would also like to take the time to remember and appreciate the community I live in and support the organizations that help those in need and the missions and causes that are important to me.  
In 2016, Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate and I supported the following organizations.   
  • Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity *
  • Children's Hospital At Dartmouth (CHAD)
  • Face Off Against Breast Cancer
  • Flood Brook School Activities Cooperative (FBSAC)
  • Front Porch Forum
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Just Neighbors
  • Landgrove Community Club
  • Landgrove Historical Society
  • Landgrove Meeting House
  • Londonderry Fire Departments
  • Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad *
  • Neighborhood Connections
  • Neighbors Pantry
  • Northshire Bookstore's Book Angel Program
  • Old Parish Church (Weston)
  • Shires ReSale Store (Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity) *
  • Smokey House Center - Farm and Wilderness Education
  • Ski for Heat - Fuel Assistance Fund
  • Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)
  • Springfield Humane Society
  • The Collaborative (healthy choices for youth)
  • The Little School
  • Vermont Foodbank
  • Vermont Public Radio
  • West River Sports (youth soccer and Nordic skiing)
  • Weston Community Association
  • Weston Historical Society
  • Weston's Wilder Memorial Library
               * Donation of Time
Magic Mountain Has New Ownership!
Magic Mountain has new owners and the community is pretty excited about it! Helmed by a small group of committed investors (and long-time Magic skiers), Ski Magic LLC acquired the property in late November. A ton of money and energy has already been pumped (quite literally) into the mountain with new snow making equipment in place and ready for the season, improvements to the lifts and base lodge and a slew of new programs and pass offerings.

Magic offers what I like to call the true
old-fashioned Vermont ski experience - steep difficult terrain, limited grooming, fun friendly staff and a true sense of and commitment to fun and the family can be seen in everything from the affordable ticket and pass prices to the spirit of their volunteer work days to prep the mountain for the 2016/2017 season.
Ticket, season pass and event information can be found on their fantastic, user-friendly and informative new website at

Let's hope there is a ton of snow and a great ski season ahead!
Opening Day is slated for December 17.
Local Food Pantries Need Non-Food Items Too
It is not a well-known fact, but many local food pantries also distribute non-food items to their clientele. The following is a list of the non-food items typically collected. Print it out and get a few items each time you go shopping so that you can donate the items to your local hunger services organization.
  • Diapers/baby wipes/diaper rash ointment
  • Toothpaste, tooth brushes
  • Soap
  • Tampons/pads, etc.
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Body wash, lotions, hand cream
  • Razors/shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent/dryer sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Dish detergent
  • Sponges
  • Dog food/dry & canned
  • Doggie treats
  • Kitty litter
  • Flea treatment for dogs and cats
  • Nail files/emery boards/clippers
  • Hair brushes/combs
  • Toilet paper/Kleenex /band aids
  • Garbage bags/plastic wrap/sandwich bags
The Weston, Londonderry, Landgrove and Peru area is served by the Neighbors Pantry in Londonderry. Items can be dropped off at the Second Congregational Church at
2051 North Main Street, Londonderry, VT 05148 - (802) 824-6453.


2016 Local Real Estate Sales
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with our seller and buyer clients to welcome new owners to these beautiful Vermont properties in 2016.
22+ Acres on Route 100

North Hill Road
Blue Jay Lane
Little Brook Road

Pierce Ridge Road
Breznick Road
Route 100
South Londonderry
3+ Acres - Rowley Circle
South Londonderry
80+ Acres - Under the Mountain Road
South Londonderry
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Cody Road
Landgrove Road
Priest Lane
Danby Mountain Road
East Hill Road

Mountainside @ Magic

Mansfield Lane
Route 100
Route 11
Under the Mountain Road
South Londonderry

12+ Acres on Spruce Drive
Main Street
Upcoming Local Events 
(Note: If you know of a community event that you would like included in this calendar, please submit the information to Claudia Harris (click link here) no later than the 10th of the preceding month.)    

December 15 - January 15 
December 17-18 
Manchester's Elf Express - join local entertainers aboard the train for merriment and fun. Departing from the r.k.Miles Depot Station in Manchester at 10:00,11:30 AM, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 PM daily. Tickets are $25 (adults and over 13 yo) and $20 for children. Contact for more information. 

Saturday, December 17
Caroling! - Join friends and neighbors at Weston's Church on the Hill for an afternoon of Christmas Caroling. Saturday December 17th at 2pm. Come one and all! No registration or sign up needed; just come with a joy-filled heart and ready to sing!! 37 Lawrence Hill Rd, Weston, VT. Information at 
Sunday, December 18
Our Lady of Ephesus Festival of Lights - 
This beautiful little shrine will celebrate their 21st Festival of Lights, Gathering starts at 4:30 with caroling and a procession to the living crèche. Children are invited to come dress as shepherds and angels and there will be a bonfire with hot chocolate and doughnuts. 35 Fawn Ledge Drive in Jamaica. (Having visited what is reportedly (with some debate) the Virgin Mary's house at Ephesus in Turkey, I can attest that this is an exact replica and absolutely charming! - Claudia). Information at  

Thursday, December 22
Polar Express Pajama Party! - All Aboard! The Children's Department at Northshire Bookstore invites all little ones to wear their jammies and bring their parents for to a cozy evening with a reading of The Polar Express and visit from Santa Claus! Hot cocoa and a treat will be provided to all Polar Express passengers. FREE - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the Northshire Bookstore located at 4869 Main Street in Manchester.
Tuesday, December 27
Okemo: Holiday Fireworks and Torchlight Parade - A spectacular pyrotechnics show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Okemo Clock Tower base area. An amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo's Open Slope trail precedes the fireworks show.
Saturday, December 31
New Year's Eve at Star Lake in Mount Holly - Welcome in the New Year with good friends, good cheer, fireworks, a bonfire and skating (if possible). Co-sponsored with the Mount Holly Sno*Drifters. Free!
Saturday, December 31
Stratton's Torchlight Parade and Fireworks - Spend the evening with family and friends, celebrating with the torchlight parade, 21 jump salute and a spectacular fireworks display. There's something for all ages, including the Torchlight Parade, 21 Jump Salute, Fireworks at 8:30pm in the base area. Free event, details at
January 14
Okemo's Let it Glow Laser Show & Fireworks - Okemo presents a laser light show spectacular with colorful lasers projected on the Bull Run trail and into the night sky just outside Okemo's Clock Tower base lodge. A fireworks finale is sure to amaze. Okemo's Sitting Bull will be open for beverages and rocking live music. Free event! Details at
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