Claudia Harris | Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate | (802)824-3176 | Email | Website
January 2017

In this newsletter . . .  
  • Welcome Note - Happy New Year
  • Real Estate: Nanny Cams and Recording Devices
  • Ski for Heat - January Ski-A-Thon and Concert
  • Rescue Squad Needs Help for 1-Day Project on Sunday, February 5th
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Claudia's Hot Artichoke Dip
  • Featured Property for Sale- 2 Vermont Rt. 100, Weston
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

Happy New Year! According to the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, specifically the year of the Fire Rooster. I was doing a little research on this and found that "within the Chinese zodiac, the Rooster occupies the 10th position and symbolizes a confident, motivated and, at times, pompous character." Perhaps this bodes well for the continued good health of the real estate market?

And, to start of the new year, here is a feel-good story about team work and a valuable sense of community. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of working with a group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers who were packing up the contents of a house I had sold in Peru. The owners had donated a few items to the Habitat for Humanity's Shires ReSale Store in Manchester and these fine gentlemen took part of their afternoon to help bring the items to Manchester. There, the donations will be sold in order to raise money that will then be put towards the construction of another Habitat house in our community.

On the way to the house, Habitat's panel truck broke down and, in the truest spirit of generosity, another local business paid for and donated the use of a U-Haul truck for the afternoon. So, here is a shout out to the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity, the Shires ReSale Store and A Safe Place Self Storage in Manchester for their inspirational display of teamwork and their commitment to making our community a better, richer place to live and/or visit! Click the links above for more information or to visit these organizations and businesses.  

Happy 2017 everyone!

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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Real Estate: Nanny Cams and Recording Devices
What Should You Know About Nanny Cams and Recording Devices **
You may be surprised to know that most video-only (no audio) recordings are legal whether you inform the persons you are recording them or not provided their privacy isn't invaded. Audio recordings, however, almost always require at least one person's consent and 12 states (but not Vermont) require two-party consent, meaning anyone being recorded must be told and give consent. Most states (including Vermont) that allow video-only recordings will, however, prohibit them in areas where there is an expectation of privacy - i.e., bathrooms and bedrooms.
Computer with Dog
The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press states that, "Vermont has a voyeurism statute that criminalizes photographing or recording the "intimate areas" of a person or one engaged in a sexual act in a place where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, and secretly photographing or recording a person in a place where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy within a residence, and disclosing any images obtained by these means. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13, § 2605 (2012)."
Although still quite rare in this part of Vermont, as a realtor showing properties, I believe it is a wise practice to imagine that there is video being recorded at any time. Even without sound, video can tell a homeowner about the realtor's and prospective buyers' demeanor, their movements, facial expressions and whether or not particular areas of the home or property are included in the tour. While in others' homes, we make it a practice to ensure that everyone is on their best behavior.
For more information:
** This is not a legal interpretation or recommendation. If you have specific questions or concerns, consult with your private attorney.

Ski For Heat - Annual Fundraisers

"Ski for Heat" has two fundraisers in late January . .

First, on Saturday night, January 21st, put on your dancing shoes for the HOT BLUES for COLD NIGHTS BENEFIT CONCERT with Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen at the Manchester Eagles Hall on Route 11/30. Tickets available at the Northshire Bookstore, online at or at the door. Suggest price $20 per person but donations gladly accepted.

Then, there is the SKI FOR HEAT (Ski-a-Thon) on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Skiers can choose to cross-country ski or snowshoe at Wild Wings Ski Touring Center or ski or ride at Bromley.
* Wild Wings -All-day, all-trail pass for participants who bring in or make donations and/or pledges. Pre-registration is not required. You can register online or on-site (in the warming hut) on the day of the event.
* Bromley - Special $40 all-day, all-trail lift pass for Ski for Heat participants. Bromley will donate half of all special ticket proceeds to Ski for Heat. Pre-registration is required by 4:00 pm on January 28 in order to qualify for special ticket price.
* Long-sleeve t-shirts will be given to the first 40 Wild Wings participants who have pledges or donations of $35 or more and to Bromley participants who raise $35 or more in online donations by January 18.

All funds raised through these two fundraisers will go directly to fuel assistance programs at the community action agency that serves the area where the funds were raised. Fuel assistance is provided to those with demonstrated need, often in an emergency situation where they don't have enough money to keep themselves or their family warm. There are many thousands of Vermonters that depend on fuel assistance support in emergency situations.

Rescue Squad Needs Volunteers for 1-Day Project
The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad (LVRS) is looking for volunteers for a one day project!
When: Sunday, February 5, 2017.
Time: 10 a.m. to noon (or thereabouts)
Where: LVRS is located at 6068 Route 100 in Londonderry, approximately 1/3 mile north of the blinking light at the intersection of Routes 100 and 11.
Project Details: Volunteers are needed to help label and stuff over 6,000 letters for the rescue squad's annual benefit and fundraiser. Come for an hour or two, or plan to stay for lunch. Lunch, snacks and good company will be provided. Come one, come all - join us for good cheer and conversation. Volunteers of all ages are welcome!
The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad serves an area of 255 square miles in the all or parts of the towns of Londonderry, South Londonderry, Landgrove, Weston, Peru, Windham, Winhall, Jamaica, and Stratton. LVRS responds to approximately 500 calls per year and operates two Advanced Life Support ambulances, a heavy-duty rescue truck with equipment for a variety of critical rescue situations - ranging from motor vehicle extrication to high-angle rescue and back-country rescue - and a Mass Casualty Incident trailer. LVRS is staffed completely by highly-trained volunteers, does not charge any patient for the services it provides, and is completely funded by private contributions, grants and donations from within the community.
Green Mountain Gourmet
There is something about a long, cold, dark January night that just calls out for comfort food and there is almost nothing better than an ooey-gooey hot dip served with fresh, locally-made bread and a simple tossed salad for dinner!
My Favorite Hot Artichoke Dip
I can't remember where I acquired this recipe, but it's been a favorite of mine for many, many years.
Winter Sunset
  • 2 14-ounce cans artichoke hearts
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1)  Preheat oven to 400°F.
2)  In a food processor, mix one can of the artichoke hearts with two cups of Parmesan, the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon zest and salt. Puree until slightly chunky and not-quite smooth.
3)  Add the second can of artichoke hearts and pulse until roughly chopped and added to the mixture.
4)  Put the mixture in a 2-quart casserole or baking dish and smooth to cover evenly.
5)  Sprinkle the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan and the red pepper flakes.
6)  Bake about 20 minutes until top is a light golden brown.
7)  Serve with lightly-toasted fresh bread, pita chips, or crackers of your choice.
This can be assembled (but not baked) ahead of time and stored for up to two days. Bring almost to room temperature before baking.
Featured Properties
FUN FUN FUN in Weston
2 Vermont Rt. 100, Weston 

Perched on a hillside far off the road, this large 5BR home has lots of room for family and guests. There are pretty mountain views from house, which is very private and offers a large sunny lawn, private pond, covered picnic area and an outdoor fire/BBQ area, and a beautiful array of birch, maple, apple and pine trees.

The living areas include a spacious living room, den/TV room, hot tub room, a formal dining room off the country kitchen, a fun loft and there is even a bonus room over garage that might be perfect as an office or family rec room. Bedrooms include a huge master suite (with full bath and gorgeous views) and a "family" suite with bunk room and two bedrooms at the far end of the house.

What makes this a fun house you might ask . . . well, how about the picnic pergola and outdoor stone BBQ area, the long sledding hill in front of the house, the pond (ice skating anyone?), the hot tub, or the spacious family/recreation/game room and bunk area above the three bay garage? Offered fully furnished with a few exceptions. 
Enjoy the Vermont Mountain Views
Living Room (with Wood Stove) and a Wall of Windows from Which to Enjoy the Views
Cozy Den for Snuggling on Cold Winter Nights
Spacious Bonus Room Above the Garage
Country Casual - Dining Area of Kitchen and Living Room
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Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 
Centrally-Located Contemporary
58 Route 11
Landgrove, VT
Walk to the Slopes 
287 Magic Circle 
Londonderry, VT

Just Minutes from Okemo and Skiing
1507 Route 100
Weston, VT

Halfway Between Weston and Ludlow    
118 Slawson Road
Weston, VT
Octagon at Powder Mill
389 Howard Hill Road 
Londonderry, VT
9.99 Hillside Acres
Old County Road West  
Landgrove, VT
Weston Contemporary on 6+ Acres
335 Route 100
Weston, VT
Large Ski House Just Minutes To Skiing

302 Route 11 
Peru, VT
Cute as Can Be!
Chester Ranch
2092 VT Route 11
Chester, VT
Views from Every Window 
67 Chester Mtn Rd
Weston, VT
Tucked Away in the Woods on 37 + Acres
908 Under the Mtn
South Londonderry, VT
Weston Village Charm (with Retail Options)
686 Main Street
Weston, VT

One-Level Living
at Its Best 
6635 Route 100
Londonderry, VT
Beautiful Mountain Views
250 Mansfield Lane
Londonderry, VT
Magic Alpine Chalet
480 Magic Circle
Londonderry, VT
10+/- Acres Mostly Open & Sunny!
Weston Andover Road
Andover, VT
7.2 Acres with Bromley Views
South Road
Peru, VT
43 Acres in Andover
Weston- Andover Road
Andover, VT
Vermont Village Colonial 
685 Main Street 
Weston, VT
Village Farmhouse
5915 Route 100
Londonderry , VT
Recently Renovated!
4 BR Weston Ranch
57 Obed Moore Road
Weston, VT
15 Acres in Landgrove 
Old County Road West
Landgrove, VT
Long-Range Views
with Clearing
Andover Ridge Road
Andover, VT
Pretty View with Clearing
10.25 Acres
Spruce Drive  
Andover, VT
Quiet and Private
8.5 Acres
Arrau Road
Andover, VT

Convenient & Affordable! 
246 Evergreen Lane 
Londonderry, VT
Elegant Landgrove Home on 15 Acres 
116 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT
Spacious House
Fun for All 
2 Vermont Rte 100
Weston, VT
Absolute Solitude in Landgrove
14 Sled Run Road
Landgrove, VT
Best Views in Town
170 Landgrove Road
Weston, VT
Unique and Charming in Landgrove
102 Nichols Road
Landgrove, VT

Contemporary Vacation Home in Londonderry 
96 Eves Drive
Londonderry, VT
Weston Building Lot
5+ Acres
116 Cody Road
Weston, VT
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.)

January 15 - February 15  

Thursday, January 19
Third-Thursday Luncheon-Lecture at the Dorset Historical Society - Textile Conservator Michele Pagan will discuss her work with Vermont's Civil War flags and Painted Theater Curtains. Free, from 12:00pm-1:30pm at the Dorset Historical Society, Route 30 at Kent Hill Rd. in Dorset.    

Saturday, January 21
Ask the Local Expert: Trouble-Shooting Computer Basics - Join Matt, owner, a computer repair service, for a free trouble-shooting computer basics class for PC Windows users.  Bring your PC Windows laptops, tablets and other devices to the library and feel free to ask Matt questions about your specific computer trouble spots. Registration is required. 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at Weston's Wilder Memorial Library, 24 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston. To sign-up please contact: or phone 802-824-4307.

Saturday, January 21
Alice in Wonderland - The Missoula Children's Theatre is proud to present a special production of Alice In Wonderland, performances at 2 & 7 pm. Adults - $13 Youth (6-18 years) - $6 5 and under - Free when accompanied by an adult. Information at or call (802) 867-2223.

Monday, January 23
STEM Night * Snowflake Science*
- How do snowflakes form? Who first photographed snowflakes? We'll learn all this and more during this fun evening of exploration and hands on activities. Best suited for grades K-6.5:00 pm - 06:00 pm at the Fletcher Memorial Library, 88 Main Street, Ludlow.

Thursday, January 26
Net Zero Homes - The Manchester Community Library is proud to host architect Alan Benoit's latest discussion as part of the Sustainable Living Series.Wouldn't it be great if you could dramatically reduce your heating and electrical bills? Wouldn't it be better to eliminate them altogether? Great news, it can be done and local architect, Alan Benoit will tell you how. He will explain how to find the right combination of insulation, air sealing, heating system and renewables, and clearly demonstrate that owning a Net Zero home is now quite achievable.  If you are considering building a new home or doing energy upgrades to your old house, you cannot afford to miss this free talk, which is open to all. From 6:30pm-8:00pm at the library.   

Saturday, January 28
Bennington Winter Festival 2017 - The day's events include the Paran Plunge at Lake Paran, an Ice Sculpture Contest at the North Bennington Train Depot, Norshaft Lion's Chilifest at St. John the Baptist Church, an Indoor Winter Carnival at the Village School, bonfire, hay rides, children activities, and hot chocolate. See event website for detailed schedule.Time: See event website for details 

January 28 and 29
Wounded Military Heroes Weekend at Bromley - The Bart Center will host the eleventh annual Wounded Military Heroes weekend. This weekend is dedicated to our service veterans who have been wounded in action.  It gives them an opportunity to experience the sport of skiing or snowboarding with some of the best instructors in the business! Learn more, or how you can participate at

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Bromley Mountain Ski for Heat - Special $40 all-day, all-trail lift pass for Ski for Heat participants. Bromley will donate half of all special ticket proceeds to Ski for Heat. Pre-registration is required by 4:00 pm on January 28 in order to qualify for special ticket price. Register at   
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Ski for Heat at Wild Wings Ski Touring Center - All-day, all-trail pass for participants who bring in or make donations/pledges. Register at
Wednesday, February 1
1st Wednesdays Presents: All About Eve -
Dartmouth professor of religion Susan Ackerman considers both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story and how recent scholarship on women and the Bible pushes us to rethink our common assumptions about Eve. Free at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Manchester. Call 802-362-2607 for more information.

Friday, February 3
14th Annual Mom's Day Off Event at Bromley
- Simply show us a picture of your kid and ski or ride all day for a $20 donation to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center - a mouthful, but 100% of the proceeds are donated! Satellite Shine will join us for live aprés in the Wild Boar from 1-4pm. Keep it local and have fun; this is a great way to get out on the slopes and support a great cause!

February 10 and 11
Gypsy Layne Burlesque Show at Bennington's Oldcastle Theatre - "The Gypsies go out of their way to be cheeky.  Theirs is not a watered-down striptease patched together with a few corny jokes.  Gypsy Layne makes burlesque cool again". ~Take Magazine. Adults, advance $22, at-the-door $26 (mature audience only). Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm at the Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, Bennington, 05201.
Monday, February 13
Garrison Keillor at Rutland's Paramount Theatre - One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Garrison Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. Offering insight and stories from his journey as one of America's greatest storytellers, Keillor captivates audiences with his unique blend of comedy, charisma and wisdom. 7:30 pm with ticket prices ranging from $45-56.   

February 18 and 19
17th Annual Vermont & Beyond Fine Art Exhibit -
join local artists at the Weston Playhouse for this art show and sale. Free admission, refreshments and live music.

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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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