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

In this newsletter . . .  
  • Welcome Note
  • SKI Vermont's 5th Grade Passport to Skiing
  • Local Food Pantries Need Support - Please Give Generously
  • Christmas in Weston - December 3, 2016
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Apple Cranberry Crisp
  • Featured Properties for Sale - Mid-Range Market Options
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

Apologies in advance for the long note this month . . .

In late October I had the opportunity to attend the Vermont Realtors Success Rally and Convention in Burlington. Although the speakers and educational sessions were all excellent, the best part of the conference is that I feel incredibly enthused about being a realtor, proud of my work and my business, thankful for the wonderful colleagues I work with and the customers and clients we work for, and excited about the changes we are starting to and will continue to see in the marketplace.
Members of the South Central Vermont
Board of REALTORS at 2016 Vermont REALTOR Rally

In a former life, I worked in association management and I have always believed that we need to take away from these meeting a few "pearls" of knowledge. I left my two days in Burlington with tons of information, but there were two pearls about being a realtor that I want to share on to you.
1)    Author Jeannette Walls, the author of the memoir The Glass Castle, spoke to us about her experiences with homelessness and she said that something she has always admired about realtors is that we are involved in one of the most precious aspects of our customers lives: the act of finding or selling a home. Not a house; a home. And, we do this during what can be an incredibly emotional time for our clients. Obviously I know that realtors help people buy and sell homes, but I loved the connections she made to how realtors should have extra pride in our careers, and that by doing our jobs well we help people have "homes."
2)    Brad Inman, the "god" of real estate technology news and a trendmaker in his own right, spoke about the future of real estate both in terms of data and technology but also in terms of market trends and practices. The rise of the almighty World Wide Web and the Internet of Things has digitized, mechanized and depersonalized the act of buying and selling real estate. But, realtors, he said, will never be replaced by bots or algorithms or virtual reality. We bring a humanness to the process that machines cannot; realtors bring the "humanness" - we can empathize, sympathize, reason, debate and negotiation.

Go humans! Go REALTORS!!!

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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SKI Vermont's 5th Grade Passport to Skiing
Vermont has a long, deep, rich history of alpine and Nordic skiing and one of the little known but much loved benefits of being a child in Vermont is the 5th Grade Passport program.

Ski Vermont has offered this program for almost two decades and in addition to encouraging young skiers to develop a love for the sport, Ski Vermont will donate any
proceeds from the program to the agricultural and environmental community in Vermont. This year, proceeds from the program will be donated to the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. The initiative protects and progresses the working landscape of Vermont by investing in agricultural and forestry based businesses.

Ski Vermont says, "Skiing and snowboarding are magical sports and that can change lives, supporting healthier decisions and experiences that can last a lifetime. There is no better time to fall in love with snow-covered mountains of Vermont than during a student's 5th grade year. To help our youth get to the hills, we offer participating fifth graders up to 88 days of virtually free skiing and riding at Vermont's alpine and Nordic resorts with the Fifth Grade Passport."

If you have a fifth grader - or know one!! - this is a program you should know about! It is not limited to residents. For more information including who is eligible, how to order, and blackout dates, please go to the Ski Vermont website at
Local Food Pantries Need Support - GIVE GENEROUSLY

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!

Christmas in Weston - December 3, 2016
2016 Christmas in Weston 
December 3  
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
This year, "Christmas in Weston" will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016 throughout the village. At the heart of "Christmas in Weston" are the many activities for all ages and events conducted, without any form of admission charge, by Weston businesses and organizations.

Funds raised during the event this year will go to fabulous Weston Fire Department.  They are a valuable asset in our community and we are proud to support them. Thanks to all who helped and participated this past year to make it a huge success!
Event venues include The Vermont Country Store, Weston Playhouse, the Old Parish Church, and many other historic destinations, where visitors will enjoy caroling, unique gifts, raffles, local artists and vendors, and live music. The day will end on the Village Green with the carols and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

For more information, go to 
Green Mountain Gourmet

Apple Cranberry Crisp
With winter nearly upon us and the holidays approaching, I think a tart Apple Cranberry Crisp is the perfect dessert for just about every occasion.
  • 12-15 firm, tart apples (MacIntosh or Granny Smith are best). Depending on size, you want to end up with about 9-10 cups of sliced apples.
  • 1 cup fresh whole cranberries
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup oats (rolled, quick, etc.)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup/1 stick butter, cut in small pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease a 9" x 13" glass pan.
  3. Slice the apples 1/4" thick or in chunks and place them in the pan.
  4. Toss in the cranberries and distribute evenly.
  5. In a small bowl, add the dry ingredients - flour, oats, salt, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg - and whisk well.
  6. Add the cold butter, working it in to the dry mixture with your fingertips to create pea-sized pieces and make a crumbly mixture.
  7. Spread the topping evenly over the apples in the pan and place the pan on top of a foil-lined cookie sheet (to prevent spillovers!) and place that on the center rack of the oven.
  8. Bake for 60 minutes.
The crisp is best if it's allowed to cool for about one half hour so that it firms up before serving. Serve alone or with Manchester's Wilcox Dairy's Sweet Cream or Vanilla ice cream.

Featured Properties
Mid-Range Market Options in
Landgrove, Londonderry and Weston

58 Vermont Route 11, Landgrove - $275,000  
(click on the photo below for more information and photos)
* 4+/- acres
* 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths
* Built in 1985
* New Kitchen 2015
* Full basement
* Two-car garage with large workroom attached
* Covered Bridge (really!)
* Long river frontage
* Convenient to school, shopping and more

246 Evergreen Lane, Londonderry - $149,450 
(click on the photo below for more information and photos)
* Super clean and easy to maintain
* Three bedrooms and one bathroom
* Features include fireplace and deck
* Just over an acre on a pretty, wooded parcel
* Convenient to school, shopping and more
* Minutes to skiing at Magic, Bromley, Stratton AND Okemo
57 Obed Moore Road, Weston - $250,000  
(click on the photo below for more information and photos)
* 4 BR/2BA, including large master suite
* Spacious living areas with separate living and family rooms
* Newly renovated kitchen
* Woodstove
* One-car attached garage
* Large, level, sunny 2 acre lot
* Quiet, town-maintained, dead-end road
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Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 
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

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
Vermont Village Colonial  
685 Main Street 
Weston, VT
Village Farmhouse
5915 Route 100
Londonderry , VT
4 BR Expanded  
Weston Ranch
57 Obed Moore Road
Weston, VT

Landgrove Village Charmer   
7 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT
Beautiful Mountain Views
250 Mansfield Lane
Londonderry, VT
Magic Alpine Chalet
480 Magic Circle
Londonderry, 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
Beautiful Mountain Views in Weston 
19 Obed Moore Road
Weston, VT
One-Level Living
at its Best
6635 Route 100
Londonderry, VT 

Pretty Landgrove Cape
92 Nichols Road
Landgrove, 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
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
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
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
Centrally-Located Contemporary
58 Route 11
Landgrove, VT
Magic Mountain Condo
10 Mountainside #10
Londonderry, VT
Just Minutes from Okemo and Skiing
1507 Route 100
Weston, 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
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.)

November 15 - December 15 
November 18 - 20
Okemo Mountain School Ski and Snowboard Swap - The Okemo Mountain School Ski and Snowboard Swap is the BEST place to gear up for winter with new and used equipment for sale at great prices! You will find everything you need to get out on the hill this season- skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets, goggles, outerwear and more! Join us at the Main Base Lodge at Okemo Mountain Resort on: Nov. 18th from 4-7 pm Nov. 19th from 9 am-5 pm Nov. 20th from 9 am-1 pm.
November 18- 19
Beer Tasting, Food Drive and Anniversary Party -
Meuleman's Craft Draughts is celebrating it's 6th anniversary with a craft beer tasting on both Friday and Saturday from 3-6 PM. Meuleman's specializes in beers from Vermont's amazing breweries, you will find craft beers from around the country (and some international) as well. While the event is free to those 21 and over, they will be collecting food donations for the Jamaica-Wardsboro Community Food Pantry. 8814 Vermont Route 30 in Rawsonville/Jamaica at the intersections of Routes 30 and 100.

Saturday, November 19
Resourceful Centerpiece Design - Join my dear friend Tara Pollio of Tara Pollio Floral Event Design as she leads a class on floral design using locally foraged, seasonal plants and other fun textures from the backyard - yes, even in November! All supplies included. Students will need to provide their own clippers. The fee for the class is $40 and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit
Friday, November 25
Stratton Mountain School Ski & Snowboard Sale - SMS's annual Ski and Snowboard sale to benefit the SMS Scholarship Fund. New and used equipment: race-stock skis, pro-stock snowboards and Nordic skis and gear. (Friday 3 - 7 PM with $5 admission for adults; children under-12 admitted free) and Saturday 9 -5 (admission is FREE for all).
Saturday, November 26
Small Business Saturday - Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when the big guys are rolling out their holiday deals, Shop Small Saturday is a reminder to support your local retailers and restaurants. Manchester has an incredible community of independently owned small business-everything from gear to gifts and good things to eat! Find unique and specialty items and get great advice from our expert shopkeepers. Fun events and opportunities to note: The Sahidi Sisters belly dance troupe returns to JOY All Things Underthings at 3 pm so swing by for that, plus sales and promos on select items! Northshire Bookstore celebrates "Indies First," with author events for grownups and kids. Hit Comollo's Fine Wine & Antiques for a post-Thanksgiving wine tasting from 2-5 pm and find awesome deals on stocking-stuffers at Olive & Ives in the Green Mountain Village Shops. A calendar of events is at
December 2 - 11
"BAH HUMBUG!" performed by The Dorset Players - Come share the magic of this wonderful musical adaptation of everyone's favorite Christmas classic! Lots of local talent! Adults 15.00 - Members 13.00 - Youth 6-18 6.00 - 5 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, December 3
Christmas in Weston - Experience an Old Fashioned Christmas Festival: tours, horse drawn wagon rides, Santa, caroling and more. At the Vermont Country Store, the Museums, the Old Parish Church and other locations throughout Weston. 11 AM - 5 PM.
Tuesday, December 6
Why Trump Won, and What His Presidency Means for America -Green Mountain Academy welcomes Middlebury College Professor Matthew J. Dickinson to examine the factors that led to Donald Trump's surprising victory, and consider the challenges that he will face in the next four years as he attempts to 'Make America Great Again'. This is a free lecture open to the public. For more information or to register, please call our office at (802) 867-0111 or visit our website.
Wednesday, December 7
Where Am I? The Power of Uniqueness - Former Scenic America President and TED talk lecturer Ed McMahon, who holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, highlights the importance of a sense of place and explores why our physical surroundings are worth caring about. 7 PM at the First Congregational Church of Manchester .
Saturday, December 11
Sankta Lucia Celebration - Experience the Inn's most popular, annual event, Sankta Lucia is the perfect kick-off to the holiday season. Join Carl Eric and the rest of the "Nordic Harmoni" choir as they evoke the spirit of the season when they sing your favorite Christmas Carols in more languages than you could ever imagine. Sample Katie's and Marijke's mouth-watering Scandinavian dishes that will remind you of Christmas long ago. Limited seating still available, reservations required (call early!!!!) (802)824-6673 or
Saturday, December 11
Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops 2016 - VSO's Chorus joins the VSO for a festive celebration of the season. In addition to excerpts from Messiah, traditional favorites, and a carol sing-along, the program includes a marvelous piece by Sowah Mensah from Ghana that features African percussion. Nothing gets you in the mood for the holidays like joyful music, so make merry with your symphony orchestra this Christmas! Price: $10-$32 - 802-775-0903 or

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.  

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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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