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

In this newsletter . . .
  • Welcome Note 
  • Equifax Data Breach Impacts 1 in 3 Vermonters
  • October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • Apples - Which Variety is Best for Which Recipe?
  • Featured Property for Sale - 543 Mountain Lake Road, Londonderry
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

We had a beautiful autumn (heads up - it's not quite over yet!) and this week has been absolutely perfect with warm sunny days and cool nights . . . what we Vermonters call "perfect sleeping weather."

Each month we feature an update in this newsletter on the properties we have listed for sale. What we don't show you until our end of the year wrap-up is all of the properties for which we are representing buyers. The good news is that we've had an exciting and very busy fall season for both our seller- and buyer-clients. We have a half-dozen closings coming up in the next couple of weeks and several more on the schedule between now and the end of the year.

If you are thinking about selling, please contact Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate at (802)824-3176 to discuss the market, schedule a meeting or talk about a market analysis. We have been working with buyers and sellers since 1973 and would welcome the opportunity to assist you in the sale of your house or land.

We look forward to hearing from you.

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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Equifax Data Breach Impacts 1 in 3 Vermonters 
Did you know that more than 240,000 Vermonters were affected by the Equifax data breach last month? That's more than 35% of the state's population. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has urged Vermonters to freeze their credit reports following the data breach. To learn more about how the breach affected Vermonters, you can Read More Here.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
According the Vermont Consumer Assistance Program's (CAP) website, scams and fraud cost Vermonters hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Scammers use every tool available to steal money and information from consumers. Most scams originate overseas and use sophisticated technology, and traditional law enforcement won't stop the scammers or Vermont's from being scammed. The following are some recommendations from CAP.
Get informed: Knowledge is power. Sign up on the CAP website to receive instant alerts by text, voice or e-mail message from the Attorney General about new scams as they hit Vermont. Find information on common scams on their Facebook page and stay informed to protect yourself and others!
Spread the word: Share what you know with others so they can protect themselves from loss. Whether it's around the dinner table, out with friends, visiting with relatives or chatting with co-workers, make sure those around you stay informed and aware!
Stop the scam: If you or someone you know are being targeted by scammers, take action to prevent loss. There are a few simple steps you can take:
Hang up! Scammers will try to keep you on the phone. The best way to avoid getting scammed is to hang up the phone. Don't try to talk with them, just end the call. If the conversation is online or by text/e-mail, stop responding, or block the sender. 
Call! Whether you need help for yourself or someone else, we want to talk with you. If it is outside of our normal business hours, you can send us an e-mail or leave a voice message. If you need immediate assistance, contact your local law enforcement agency or call 2-1-1 for information and referrals to other helping agencies.
Stop payment! If money has been sent (by wire transfer, mail, gift card, or any other means), contact the bank or institution you sent it through right away to stop the money before it is picked up. Usually the funds are picked up quickly by scammers, but it's worth trying!
Want to learn more? Read more about the breach and how you can protect your credit files.
Apples - Which Variety to Use for Your Recipe
Vermont has experienced a great apple crop this year and it begs the question: which variety should you use for any given recipe? All apples are delicious, but not all apples are recommended for baking, sauces or pies. For example, Vermont's ubiquitous McIntosh apple tastes great in pies but can result in a mushy filling. And, while a crisp Granny Smith makes the perfect pie, it can be too tart for apple sauce. Consult this chart for advice on which variety you should use for which recipe. Enjoy!

Contemporary Post & Beam with Pond and Barn
543 Mountain Lake Road

With 13.5+/- private acres, this property has it all - a stunning 4-bedroom home, an attached two-car heated garage with workshop above, and a classic Vermont barn with three levels of storage for tools and toys... all located just a short drive to town and ½ mile from Lowell Lake State Park (a local favorite spot to kayak, fish, swim and trail-walk).

The Post and Beam house was built in 2005 and features a yellow pine timber frame with visible joinery. Vaulted ceilings and lots of high-efficiency windows make for bright, happy, light-filled spaces and there are views of the gardens, pond and grounds from every angle.

An open floor-plan on the main level welcomes you with the entry area and mudroom, a well-planned kitchen featuring top-quality appliances and tons of storage and a Great Room with living and dining areas. There are four bedrooms, including an enormous master bedroom suite on the main level and two bedrooms above, along with a den or office, and loft area. The lower level includes a spacious family room and a guest bedroom (or office) with a walk-out to gardens surrounding the property.

The grounds include a large, deep swimming pond with a sandy entry and "pond house" for entertaining and storage. Perennial gardens abound.

Screened Porch_ Deck _ Patio_
Screened Porch, Deck and Patio!

Visible Joinery - Bright Open Living Spaces
Visible Joinery - Bright Open Living Spaces

Large_ Highly Functional Kitchen
Large Highly Functional Kitchen

Main Level Master Suite

Four Spacious Bedrooms

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Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 

Mountainside Home       
10 Hapgood Pond Rd
Landgrove, VT
Rustic Elegance in a Converted Barn
88 Jaquith Road  
Landgrove, VT
Woodland Magic
85 Kile Road  
Weston, VT

Peru Cottage on 7+ Acres     
275 Lovers Lane
Peru, VT
  Mountain Property with 
58+ Acres
Howard Hill and Popple Dungeon Roads 
Windham, VT
1.4+/-Acre Permitted Building Lot
Old County Road
Weston, VT 

Centrally-Located Contemporary
58 Route 11
Landgrove, VT
Tuttle Barn Condo 
27 Lawrence Hill Road
Wes ton, VT
One-Level Living
57 Obed Moore Road
Weston, VT
Fun Vacation Home 
124 Vacation Lodges Rd
Londonderry, VT
Convenient & Affordable! 
246 Evergreen Lane 
Londonderry, VT
Landgrove Estate  
116 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT
Overlooking West River 
27 Old County Road
Weston, VT
Weston Village Cape 
75 Lawrence Hill Road
Weston, VT
8 Acres, Views & Pond
16 Piper Hill Road
Weston, VT
Turn-Key Andover Contemporary
519 Spruce Drive 
Andover, VT
ReDesigned Church  
2418 Route 11
Londonderry, VT
Overlooking Weston
24 Burton Road
Weston, VT
Magnificent Views
650 Cross Road  
S. Londonderry, VT
Homesteaders Dream 
44 Red Pine Drive
Landgrove, VT
Big Views on 5+ Acres
580 Cross Road
S. Londonderry, VT

Landgrove Road Contemporary     
169 Landgrove Road
Weston, VT
Antique Farmhouse on 28+ Acres
91 Old County Road 
Weston, VT
East  of Londonderry
224 Twin Brook 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
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
Moses Pond Road 
Weston, VT
Mountain Lake Timber Frame 
543 Mountain Lake Road  
Londonderry, VT
Quintessential Landgrove 
108 Landgrove Rd
Landgrove, VT
All Ready to Build
Loon Circle
Londonderry, VT

2.3 Acres in Weston 
Casper Lane 
Weston, VT 
Octagon at Powder Mill
389 Howard Hill Road 
Londonderry, VT

Affordable One-Level Living
6635 Route 100
Londonderry, VT

Magic Alpine Chalet
480 Magic Circle
Londonderry, 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.)

October 15 - November 15
Thursday, October 19
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? 7:00 pm at the Pawlet Town Hall.
Saturday, October 21
ThrillerFest 2017 at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester - Thriller and mystery book lovers unite for a pre-Halloween thriller event featuring multiple authors ready to add fright to your night! The store will be serving beverages and small bites prior to this event. Each author will present their new book, take Q&A and a group book signing will follow.  Reservations appreciated but not mandatory. Please email to ensure a seat for this event. 6:00pm, 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT.
Through October 31
Hathaway Farm Corn Maze on Prospect Hill Road in Rutland celebrates the 75 years that the family farm has been operating. The all new 2017 maze is 12 acres of clues, smart phone options, punches to find, a relaxing grassy knoll to enjoy and four big bridges to overview the whole property. There's a mini-maze for little kids and other entertainments. See website to learn about Midnight Mazes.
Time: Daily except Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Over age 3, $10 to $12
Telephone: 802-775-2624
Wednesday, November 1
The Voyage of the St. Louis and American Refugee Policy - Keene State professor Paul Vincent tells the story of the 1939 voyage of the St. Louis, which carried mostly Jewish refugees fleeing Germany. Turned away by Havana, despite holding Cuban landing permits, the ship sailed for the US, where passengers were also denied entry. Vincent discusses the event in the context of the history of US immigration policy. 7:00 pm at the First Congregational Church of Manchester -
Sunday, November 5
Stick Season Social - the Black River Good Neighbor Services is holding its eighth annual Stick Season Social this year on Sunday, November 5th in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. The silent auction and the bar will open at noon and a buffet lunch will be served at 1:00 p.m. Stick Season is that time between fall leaves and winter snow with no free concerts and not as much to do, so it's a great time to party and this is BRGNS's major fund raiser of the year and will help the Food Shelf with program costs so it can continue to help local people in need of food, rent, utilities and heat assistance. Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased at the BRGNS Thrift Store, Peoples United Bank, the Book Nook, and The Wine & Cheese Depot, all located in Ludlow. Call 802-228-3663 for details.
November 5-9
Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival - The 8th annual Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival 2017 will be held at the Ice House at the Jackson Gore Resort, Okemo Mountain. This year's event will exceed all expectations as carvers and guests enjoy Vermont's Fall Foliage and the art of Chainsaw Carving. Food and beverages will be available. For more information . $6 admission.
November 11-12
National Parks Fee-Free Day - Visit any national park on Veteran's Day Weekend and pay no entrance fee. This includes Vermont's only national park, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and mansion in Woodstock, Vt.
November 17 to November 19, 2017
OMS Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap at Okemo - Here is a great opportunity to purchase new and pre-owned ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories at great prices! All proceeds benefit Okemo Mountain School. Sellers keep 75 percent of the selling price and OMS receives 25 percent. Drop off gear to sell Nov. 11, 12 and 15; 10 3 p.m. in Okemo's Sitting Bull Lounge. Sale opens in the Clock Tower base lodge on Nov. 17, 4 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (802) 228-1513 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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