May/June 2022

In this newsletter . . .

  • Welcome Note
  • Ugh! It's Officially Tick Season
  • Peru's New Farmers' Market
  • Local Farmers' Markets Schedule
  • Tip of the Month: Firewood
  • Avoiding Major Foundation Problems
  • Area Mountain Biking/Hiking/XC Skiing Trails
  • Thinking of Selling? NOW is the Time!
  • Upcoming Local Events
Claudia CH

May 2022

Dear Claudia,

It's mid-May and while summer is not quite officially here, summer weather arrived with a vengeance this week and the trees are "greening up" and flowers are abloom! Hip hip hooray!


With the warm weather comes the arrival of Vermont's newest "season": tick season. Unfortunately, this season actually spans several other seasons and will run from early spring through late fall.


This past month my husband John and I both experienced out first-ever tick bites (about two weeks apart). Both were a surprise, as we don’t have pets and hadn’t been hiking the woods or tall grasses. We both received a prophylactic double-dose of doxycycline immediately after finding them, and fingers crossed that we don't experience any symptoms of a tick-borne illness.


Lyme disease is scary enough, but there are a few other tick-borne illnesses that scare the heck out of me, including anaplasmosis and the closely-related and ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Powassan virus. Those names alone are terrifying! I’ve included some information and tips in the article below, and hope we can all avoid future bites and the nasty diseases that follow.


Enough about the awfulness of ticks… let’s focus on all of the beauty of summer and enjoy the coming months.

Stay in touch, and I'll do the same.

- Claudia Harris


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It's Officially Tick Season

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Let’s talk further about ticks. It’s an awful topic, but clearly more and more relevant with the warmer temperatures Vermont is experiencing year-round.


While not every bite carries the risk of infection, it's hard to know when to worry. According to a Yale Medicine article, the classic bullseye rash around the bite site is an early indicator of Lyme and “(l)ater-stage symptoms can include severe headaches and neck stiffness; additional rashes; arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling; facial or Bell's palsy; pain in tendons, muscles, joints and bones; heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat (Lyme carditis); dizziness or shortness of breath; inflammation of the brain and spinal cord; nerve pain; numbness or tingling; and problems with short-term memory.” Symptoms of the other tick-borne diseases are all pretty similar, but can also include fever, malaise, muscle aches, rash and some symptoms can even exacerbate other medical issues with increased shortness of breath, seizures, tremors and long-term memory loss. 


Tick bites were a stark reminder that not only is Vermont experiencing a warming climate, but Covid isn’t the only long-term health problem we need to be paying attention to on a daily and regular basis. Preventing tick bites is relatively easy, but requires vigilance and some good old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity.

  • Wear long pants and shirts with sleeves if you’re hiking in the woods or walking through fields.
  • Wear real shoes (not sandals) and socks. Better yet, tuck your pants into your socks (who cares if it looks silly!).
  • Some people say there are some effective commercially-available oils, sprays and potions to prevent ticks – do your own research!
  • With this note, I will share one of my best tips for avoiding tick-bites and the illnesses they spread. It involves a common household item: the lint roller! Keep one at home by your entry area, carry one in your car and pack one in your day- or backpack when hiking. or exploring outside When you’re finished, roll the lint roller all over your clothes, shoes and skin. Rub hard and thoroughly. Any ticks that are on your body or clothing should be picked up on the lint roller.
  • And, finally, when you get home give yourself and/or partners, kids, and pets a thorough exam. Pay attention to places you can’t see easily (nape, back, behind the knees, underarms, etc.).


Peru's New Farmers' Market


Local Farmers' Markets Schedule

There is a new Farmers' Market in Peru! Stop by and check it out on Friday afternoons from 5-7:30 PM in the center of town.

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And, speaking of Farmer's Markets, here is the schedule of local farmers' markets:


Londonderry - Saturdays from 9 to 1 at the intersections of Routes 100 and 11 (North Main Street) in Londonderry. 


Peru – Fridays from 5 to 7:30 at the Park on Main Street in Peru.


Manchester - Thursdays from 3 to 6 at Adams Park, Rt 7A North in Manchester. 


Dorset - Sundays from 10 to 2 at the HN Williams General Store, 2732 Vermont 30 in Dorset.  


Ludlow - Fridays from 4 to 7 at 53 Main Street in Ludlow. 

Tip of the Month: Firewood


Tip of the Month: Don’t wait until the end of summer to order your firewood! If you wait too long, prices will be higher, you may not get the size you want, and what wood is available at the end of the summer is often “green” rather than seasoned or “dry.”

While we expect most of you have a preferred firewood provider, we are simply reminding you not to wait until the last minute to put in your order! If you need to know more about where to purchase firewood, your caretaker or lawn care provider will almost always be able to give you a reference. Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate doesn’t have any special connections, but feel free to drop us a message if you’re looking for a referral.

Avoiding Major Foundation Problems


A recent issue of Realtor® Magazine featured an informative article on foundations entitled, “7 Fixes to Avoid Major Foundation Problems.”

As we all know, water can damage a foundation in countless ways, so homeowners should look to experts for the dos and don'ts.

  • Improve grading.
  • Waterproof a foundation.
  • Install gutters and downspouts (not always recommended in Vermont).
  • Keep large trees and bushes away from a house.
  • Don’t ignore diagonal cracks.
  • Check for significant leaks and stains, especially efflorescence (a powdery deposit found on the unsealed surface of brickwork, concrete, rock, or other material as a result of loss of moisture on exposure to air) in a basement.
  • Learn why interior or patio floors may slant.

See the full article here.

Accessing Our Area’s Incredible Mountain Biking/Hiking/Skiing Trails

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Our area is blessed with lots of hiking, biking and ski trails, including the Long Trail and Appalachian Trails, the Catamount Trail (XC skiing), and public and community trail systems like the beautiful West River Trail, walking trails around Lowell Lake, Gale Meadow, Hapgood Pond and an extensive network of mountain biking trails.


Speaking of mountain biking, there is a new trail system in Dorset. Built by the Northshire Area Trail System (NATS), the new trails will be open for riding later this summer. NATS is a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) and has around 200 members. They work to promote mountain biking and build trails in Manchester and the Mountains Towns. NATS has constructed approximately 11 miles of trails in the towns of Dorset and Manchester, using private and US Forest Service land through a combination of volunteer and professional labor funded by private donations. At the same time, NATS has partnered with the US Forest Service to open up approximately 12 miles of existing trails for mountain biking in the towns of Peru, Landgrove, and Weston. All of the NATS-maintained trails are available on and the Trailforks app.


You can learn more about NATS on their website and you can follow them on Facebook.

Thinking of Selling?

Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate is seeking new residential and land listings and we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about listing your Vermont property for sale.

If you've been thinking about it, now is the time to make a move. The inventory of homes for sale is at an all-time low, demand is at an all-time high, and there are buyers looking in ALL price ranges.

Please see our contact information below, or call us at the

office at (802)824-3176. Or, you can send an email here.

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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.)

For all events, be sure to contact the venue/host before the event for more information and to learn more about their COVID protocols.


Thursday, May 19

The History of Women’s Rights in Vermont (Lecture) - presented by Marily Blackwell and the Dorset Historical Society. 12-1:15pm. Dorset Historical Society, Route 30 at Kent Hill Rd., Dorset. 802-362-0331 or

Friday, May 20

An Evening of Violin Duos - Help The Manchester Community Library welcome violinists Heather Braun and Joana Genova in an evening of auditory delight as they delight you with music spanning two centuries: from French Baroque to American fiddling. 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester.

Saturday, May 21

Hazardous Waste Collection – For residents of the following towns only:

Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston, and Windham. Free to households, and businesses must pre-register and pay for disposal. 9am – 1pm at Flood Brook Union School, Route 11 in Londonderry. For more information:

May 20 and 21

Garden Club of Manchester’s Annual Plant, Bake and Tag Sale - Perennials from members’ gardens, potted herbs and annuals at reasonable prices. Proceeds benefit Garden Club of Manchester’s Civic Beautification and scholarships. 9am to 330 each day. Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Dr., Manchester.


Sunday, May 22

Wild Edibles Walk and Talk (Hildene) - Naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen, in collaboration with the Earth Matters’ Regenerative Agriculture Committee, will conduct a “Wild Edibles Walk and Talk.” Cohen will lead workshop participants on a tour through Hildene’s varied habitat to identify edible plants, discuss the conditions necessary for each plant to thrive, and demonstrate responsible and safe harvesting practices. He will also focus on how to use and prepare wild plants to make “wild dishes,” which participants will have an opportunity to sample. 1:00 to 4:30pm Suitable for adults (and interested teenagers): $10 for members/$15 for non-members. This workshop always fills up quickly. Preregistration required by Friday, May 20: or call 802-367-7960. Info at:

Saturday, May 28

Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival – Downtown Bennington’s 35th Annual Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival! Featuring nearly 100 Artisans, Crafters, Performers, Food Vendors, as well as all of Downtown Bennington’s great Brewpubs, Cafes, Galleries, Restaurants, and Shops. It’s fun for the whole family! 10am-5pm.


May 28-29

30th Anniversary Open Studio Weekend at Craft Studios throughout Vermont - a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a variety of artists and craftspeople in their studios, some of whom are only open to the public during this event. Those who experience Open Studio gain an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont’s communities. Participating small galleries and art centers show the work of local artists. Information, pictures, and directions are available on the Vermont Crafts Council website, where you can also order a printed map booklet. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, June 3-5

Cambridge (NY) Valley Balloon Festival 20th Anniversary - Balloon Launches, Carnival, Food & Crafts at Cambridge Central School. Fireworks Friday night, Moon Glow Saturday night with more food vendors at The Mansion lawn (behind The Village Market) Block Party & Pilots BBQ Friday night at Railroad Park. Pilots Breakfast Sunday Morning at American Legion.

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Saturday, June 4

West River Trail Run - This trail run is 11 miles from South Londonderry following the West River to Jamaica State Park. It's an amazing trail and encourages outdoor enthusiasts of all levels to participate or spectate. There is an option to participate as an individual runner, take part in a 3-leg relay, or in the 5K Fun Run. All proceeds go to The Collaborative, a nonprofit implementing healthy activities for youth in the Southern Vermont communities. For more information or to register please visit


Saturday, June 4

Electronics Recycling Collection Event – For residents of the following towns only: Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston, and Windham. Free to households and charities, and businesses must pre-register and pay for disposal. *Computers *Monitors *Televisions *Copiers *Microwaves *FAX Machines *Typewriters *VCRs and anything else with a cord. 9am – 1pm at Flood Brook Union School, Route 11 in Londonderry. For more information:


June 9 - 12

Manchester Library's Green Mountain Festival and Book Sale - A celebration of books and reading, an appreciation of literature and literacy, and a way for community members to reconnect with the Library. Lots of FREE events, but some ticketed events as well. For further information:

June 17-19

42nd Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft and Music Festival - Father's Day weekend once again will see the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire filled with hot air balloons ushering in the 42nd annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft and Music Festival, the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England. Don’t miss this exciting festival featuring up to 20 hot air balloons with five flights scheduled throughout the festival and additional tethered rides during the day. Enjoy continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and over 50 craft artisans and commercial vendors, and several interactive activities in our Free Kids Zone. And of course there will be festival food with local healthy options and a beer and wine garden, with more surprises on site! Adults $15/kids $5.


Saturday, June 25

Strawberry Festival - Wellwood Orchards will host its 2022 Strawberry Festival from 10am- 3pm. This is an outdoor event and subject to cancellation in extreme weather with a rain date for following day, June 26th, same time etc. Wellwood has lined up an amazing group of artists and vendors for your entertainment! It’s a day of free live music, plus take a visit to the petting zoo, country store, eat at the food booths and visit the vendors galore. Make it a day filled with the fun of Pick Your Own (PYO) Strawberries and free wagon rides during the festival!


Saturday, July 2

Londonderry’s 4th of July Parade and Fireworks – Parade at 11 AM on Main Street (Route 100) through Londonderry with fireworks at Magic Mountain at dusk.


Sunday, July 3

4th of July Fireworks at Stratton Mountain - Fourth of July weekend celebration with gates open at 8:30pm and fireworks are set to hit the sky at 9pm on Sunday, July 3.


Sunday, July 10

Sundays on the Hill at Weston’s Church on the Hill – Enjoy an afternoon concert by the Taconic Chamber Players. Admission is only $5 for adults and children under 12 may attend at no charge. Please be aware that there are no reserved seats, no advance tickets, and admission is paid at the door. 4PM, Lawrence Hill Road in Weston.


Saturday, July 16

MHCA Garden Tour in Mount Holly – support the Mount Holly Community Association purchase a self-guided brochure to the mountain gardens in Mount Holly. Stop in at the Belmont store for a special lunch to take on your tour. Visit the gardens from 9:30am-4pm.


Sunday, July 17  

Sundays on the Hill at Weston’s Church on the Hill – Enjoy an afternoon choral chamber music concert with Counterpoint. Their repertoire ranges all over the map, including folk songs from around the world, African-American spirituals, sacred music of many traditions and concert works by classical composers of the past and our own age. 4PM, Lawrence Hill Road in Weston.


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