Claudia Harris | Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate | (802)824-3176 | Email | Website
December 2019

In this newsletter . . .  
  • Welcome Note
  • A Thankful Year
  • Hunger Relief in Vermont
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Festive Cranberry Holiday Salsa
  • 2019 -The Year in Real Estate Sales
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

Greetings from snowy Weston, where we are excited to welcome the winter, appreciate the holidays and the upcoming ski season, and enjoy all that makes Vermont fun and festive during the winter months. Bring it on!

2019 was an exceptional year for Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate (MMMRE). Year to date statistics show:
  • MMMRE represented the sale or purchase of homes and land valued at more than $12 million.
  • MMMRE is the #1 local real estate office for combined sales in the towns of Weston, Landgrove, Londonderry and Andover.
  • MMMRE is the #1 firm for sales in the towns of Weston and Landgrove, tied for #2 in Andover and is #3 in Londonderry (behind two much larger firms). We have also represented sales in Peru, Winhall, Stratton, Manchester, Ludlow, Cavendish, Grafton and Windham.
We are especially proud that through these efforts we welcomed 34 new homeowners to the area. We hope these new neighbors get involved in their new community, stay active and excited about Vermont and (of course!) keep in touch with us.
With that in mind, 2020 is shaping up to be another great year and we have some beautiful listings on hand and are working on several exciting properties that will come on the market later in the year.
The truth is that inventory is really LOW! I know this may seem surprising, but we are working with buyers in all price ranges who are ready to buy and simply can't find the property they're looking for. If you are thinking about selling, or are on the fence as to timing, NOW is the time to give us a call at (802)824-3176. We will put together a comprehensive market analysis, discuss pricing and timing, create a solid marketing plan and strategize for an optimal result in your best interest. We welcome the opportunity to represent you on the sale of your property.
With my very best wishes, please enjoy the holiday season and have a Merry Merry Christmas!

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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A Thankful Year
As the end of the year approaches, we like to reflect back on the past 12 months and count our blessings to have good health, great clients, a wonderful community and the best friends and family.  
We also take the time to remember and appreciate the community we live in and support the organizations that help those in need and the missions and causes that are important to us.  
In 2019, Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate supported the following organizations.    
  • Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center (Wounded Warriors)
  • BROC Community Action (serving Bennington & Rutland Counties)
  • Chester Ambulance Service
  • Flood Brook Student Activities Cooperative
  • Just Neighbors - assisting neighbors in crisis
  • Komen Race for the Cure
  • Landgrove Community Club
  • Landgrove Historical Society
  • Landgrove Meeting House
  • Londonderry and South Londonderry Fire Departments
  • Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad *
  • Neighborhood Connections
  • Neighbors Food Pantry
  • Northshire Bookstore's Book Angel Program
  • Smokey House Center - farm and wilderness education for at-risk youth
  • Southeastern Vermont Community Action (serving Windham and Windsor Counties)
  • The Church on the Hill
  • The Collaborative (healthy choices for local youth)
  • The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
  • Vermont Foodbank
  • Vermont Public Radio
  • West River Sports (youth soccer and Nordic skiing)
  • Weston Business Council
  • Weston Community Association
  • Weston's Easter Egg Hunt
  • Weston Historical Society
  • Weston's Scoping Study for Traffic and Pedestrian Safety
  • Weston Volunteer Fire Department
In addition, in conjunction with the Vermont Association of REALTORS, we contributed tons of school supplies to several area schools, and collected food and monetary contributions for local and state area hunger relief organizations.
Finally, we have also given generously to local individuals and families in crisis. There is nothing more important than taking care of our community, especially when they are in need of emergency assistance. 
* Donation of Time
No Vermonter Should Be Hungry
In addition to the charities listed above, Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate and the South Central Vermont Board of REALTORS share a long-standing commitment to raising funds and awareness for local and state hunger relief organizations. PLEASE JOIN US and make a contribution today.  
The Londonderry area (including Weston, Landgrove, and Peru) is served by the Neighbors' Pantry at the 2nd Congregational Church in Londonderry. Your donations can be mailed to PO Box 77, Londonderry, VT 05148.
Chester and Andover residents enjoy the services of the Chester-Andover Family Center and donations can be made to 908 Vermont Route 103 South, Chester, VT 05143.

Residents of Mount Holly, Ludlow and the surrounding towns are supported by the Black River Good Neighbor Services and donations may be made to 37B Main Street, Ludlow, VT  05149. 

Statewide, the Vermont Foodbank is an important resource and your contributions there would be gratefully appreciated.

Click on the logo below to be directed to the Vermont Foodbank's donation page!

2019 Local Real Estate Sales
Festive Cranberry Holiday Salsa
  • 12 oz cranberries (1 standard bag)
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallion
  • 1-2 jalapeños (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar, depending on taste
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar Bob's Finest Kind Smoked Maple Syrup
  • 1 bag blue corn chips
  1. Rinse the cranberries under cold water and remove any that are mushy.
  2. Cut open the jalapeños and remove the seeds, mince finely and add to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Place half of the cranberries in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Remove and add to bowl.
  4. Add second half and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add to bowl.
  5. Add scallions, cilantro leaves, ginger, lime juice and smoked maple syrup. Mix gently but well.
  6. Add sugar to taste, starting with 1/4 cup and adding more until you're satisfied with taste. Remember that flavors will develop further.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour and as long as overnight to allow flavors to develop.
  8. Serve as is plain or over a softened brick of plain cream cheese with blue corn chips.
2019 Local Real Estate Sales
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate and our brokers Claudia Harris and Kathy Snyder are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with our seller and buyer clients to welcome new owners to these Vermont properties in 2019.
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons/SIR   
Magic Circle
Nichols Road
Photo courtesy of Maple Leaf Realty
East Branch Farms

Marsh Hill Road
Adams Drive
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons/SIR
Chester Road
Stigers Road
North Hill Road
Russet Hill Road
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons/SIR 
Winhall Hollow Road
South Londonderry 
Landgrove Road
Old County Road
Magic Circle
Cody Road
Andover Ridge Road
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons/SIR
Uphill Road
Spruce Drive
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons/SIR
Route 100
South Road

Rinehart Road
Photo courtesy of Kelley Real Estate 
Andover Ridge Road
Expected to close 12/2019 
Main Street
Expected to close 12/2019
Markham Road
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons/SIR
Landgrove Road
Photo courtesy of TPW Real Estate 
Brophy Lane
Slawson Road
Photo courtesy of TPW Real Estate
Main Street
Evergreen Lane
Chaves Road
Cross Road
Photo courtesy of Stratton Real Estate 
Long Trail House Condo
Photo courtesy of TPW Real Estate  
Beechwood Drive
Chester Mountain Road
Photo courtesy of Barrett and Valley Associates
74 Lawrence Hill Road

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 20 - February 15 
December 21-22
Manchester Lions Elf Express Train - This whimsical holiday train will leave r.k. Miles Depot Station on December 21st and 22nd, 2019, taking its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont. Refreshments will be served on decorated trains. Adding to the memories of this holiday ride, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift. DEPARTURES: 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, *4:00 (*4:00 PM ride is for Saturday only). Information:
Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve service at Second Congregational Church in Londonderry - The community is warmly invited to the Christmas Eve service on Tuesday evening, December 24th, at the Second Congregational Church in Londonderry. The church is located at 2051 Vermont Route 11 in Londonderry, VT. The service is at 5:30 PM and will be a traditional service of Lessons, Carols and Candlelight. If you have questions, or need directions, please call the church office at (802)824-6543.
Thursday, December 26
Bromley's Polar Express Pajama Movie Party - Families are invited to come in their pajamas (if they choose), for a viewing of the Polar Express! We will have popcorn and cocoa on hand, for this special event! Remember, everyone leaves Bromley as a believer! This fun for all ages event will take place from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the Silver Griffin Room!
Friday, December 27
Okemo's Torchlight Parade and Fireworks - An amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo's Open Slope trail precedes a spectacular pyrotechnics show in the Okemo Clock Tower base area. Would you like a different perspective for Okemo's fireworks display? Join in on a guided snowshoe hike up the mountain with Naturalist Joe Karl. Meet inside the Okemo Rental Shop (Main Base) to be fitted for snowshoes. Tour departs from the Okemo Base Area beside South Ridge Quad A and heads up on Bull Run to watch the fireworks! 4:30 PM snowshoe and 6:30 PM Torchlight Parade. Info:
Saturday, December 28
SMS Summit Series - Faction: The Collective - Adventuring to undiscovered peaks together, platting midnight-raids on city handrails, lapping your home run until that last ray of sunshine...Skiing is Collective. Featuring SMS alumna and Olympian Caroline Claire '18 and World Champion Freeskier Mac Forehand '20. The show starts at 7 p.m. on the SMS campus, and tickets are only $10.
Saturday, December 28
Brown's Brewing Co. Tap Takeover with The Mallett Brothers Band - Enjoy the fun at Bromley's Boar's Head Tavern. The Mallett Brothers Band are an independent rock and roll / Americana / country band from Maine, they're a musical melting pot that is influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds. Join them in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.  
Tuesday, December 31
New Year's Eve Celebration at Stratton - Torchlight Parade, 21 jump salute and fireworks in the Main Base Area at 8:30 PM.
Wednesday, January 1
New Year's Day Snowshoe to Stratton Pond with the Green Mountain Club (Manchester Section) - Welcome in the New Year with a snowshoe hike to Stratton Pond. Meet at the Winhall Post Office at 10 am. Carpool from here to the trailhead where there is very limited parking. Snowshoe or use traction device depending on how much snow there is. Travel via Catamount Side Trail to IP Rd (VAST 7), via the IP Rd to the crossing of the Long Trail. Follow the Long Trail to Stratton Pond. Lunch at the pond, but if it is really cold, lunch at the shelter to get out of the wind. Return the same way you came. Total distance a little over 5 miles. Total elevation gains about 500 feet. Difficulty - moderate. Must bring extra layers, wool or fleece hat, extra mittens, snack and lunch, fluids, hand warmers. Poles are helpful. NO COTTON. Bring snowshoes AND traction device - the decision of what to use will be made at the trail head. The group will wait frequently for its slowest members so be prepared to stop and wait. MUST have a LEASH for any dogs for the part on the IP road because it is a snowmobile trail with fast traffic. 10:00am-4:00pm RSVP REQUIRED to Bob Fish, 802-384-3650 or
Wednesday, January 8
Art History Lecture: Reinventing the Family Home - Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of "the simple life," attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Free, 7:00pm-8:00pm at the First Congregational Church of Manchester, 3624 Main Street, Manchester.
Wednesday, January 8
The History and Structure of Stone Walls -
New England has thousands of miles of stone walls. Author and builder Kevin Gardner discusses the history of stone walls and how they became a significant element of our landscape, all while building a miniature New England wall in the library. 7:00 pm at the Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro.
January 11
Full Wolf Moon Hike - A moderate hike (or snowshoe - depending upon snow cover) on moonlit trails. Dress for the cold and have sturdy footgear, micro-spikes/snowshoes, water & snacks, and a headlamp or flashlight. Reservations required, $5pp at Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315, Rupert, VT.
Saturday, January 18
Stratton's MLK Weekend Torchlight Parade - 8:30 PM.
Sunday, January 19
Saints & Liars at Bromley - This is a four piece Roadhouse String Band hailing from Vermont. Their raw speed and gruff howling resonates through the green mountains. Be prepared to dance and stomp. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.
Wednesday, January 22
Screenagers: Next Chapter - The Flood Brook School and The Collaborative partner to bring the screening of "Screenagers: Next Chapter." From Screenagers' website, "High Stress, Anxiety and Depression are experienced by millions of young people. We follow physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age. " Parents, caring adults, teachers, community members, coaches, physicians are encouraged to attend. The screening is January 22, 2020 at 6pm at Flood Brook School, 91 Route 11, Londonderry. The snow date is January 23rd.
Saturday, January 25
Tracking Workshop - Join the folks at Merck Forest for an adventure. Hike across snowfields and into the woods to find ... whatever has come before. Held weather-permitting. Dress for the cold and have sturdy foot gear, micro-spikes/snowshoes, water & snacks. Reservations required, $5pp. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm,
Sunday, January 26
Komen New England Snowshoe Vermont - Enjoy the crisp Vermont winter air and help raise money for Komen New England. Funds raised will support local organizations who are providing breast health services in Vermont and New Hampshire! Join as an individual, member of a team, or make a donation. 9am - 11am at the Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center -783 Townshend Rd, Grafton, VT. $30 adults/$15 kids 12 and under.
Saturday, February 15
Getting from Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlement in Vermont - The difficulties of traveling in Vermont played a significant role in the state's settlement, development, culture and politics. But Vermonters weren't always eager to have good roads. Opposition began in 1753, when the Abenaki joined forces with the French to protest the building of a British military road along an established Abenaki trail. Resistance to new roads has continued ever since, from the Green Mountain Parkway to the building of the interstates. Novelist Deborah Lee Luskin asks, given this opposition, how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weathers, in all corners of the state? Free, 6 PM at the Reading Town Hall, 799 VT Route 106, Reading, VT.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Bromley's February Festival and Fireworks - It's February Festival time! Torchlight parade and fireworks around 7pm.

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Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate has been working with buyers and sellers of southern Vermont real estate in the tri-mountain area between Okemo, Bromley and Stratton ski areas for more than 40 years. We are a full-service real estate brokerage firm specializing in the sale of fine homes and properties in Weston, Londonderry, Peru, Landgrove, Dorset, Manchester, Andover, Chester, Ludlow (Okemo Mountain), Mount Holly, Stratton, Winhall and Windham. Fully licensed in Vermont.

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