Plymouth Area News for the week of February 22nd, 2016 by Joyce Steiner

I will begin this column with opportunities to eat!  First, the West Point Fire Department will be hosting a Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 5th from 5-7 pm at Sullivan and Son Event Center.  They will be serving chili, chicken noodle, vegetable and oyster soups, maid rites, hot dogs, desserts and beverages for a free will  offering.  Proceeds will be used for fire equipment and supplies.
On Saturday, March 12th Plymouth Pride will be hosting their Second Saturday Breakfast at the Community Center located on the east side of the Plymouth Square.  Breakfast will be served from 7-10 am.  They will be serving biscuits and sausage gravy, meat, potatoes, eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit, grilled cinnamon rolls and beverages for a suggested donation of 5 dollars.  Funds will be used to restore the community center.
On Saturday, March 12th, the Plymouth Women’s Circle will host a chicken and noodle dinner at the PCCC from 4:30-7 pm.  The dinner will include chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, desserts and beverages for $7 for adults and $5 for children.  Proceeds will be used to fund the Plymouth Circle Community Center.
Please put all these important dates on your calendar and plan to support these worthy organizations.
Please keep the Dennis Castlebury family in their prayers.
Thursday there were 8 ladies present for Bible study lead by Pat Phelps.  Mimi Lawton made her famous hot cross buns for dessert.  Thank you Mimi.  We meet around my dining room table at 9:30 am and everyone is invited.
I am a Birkenstock wearing “tree hugger” and proud of it.  I do not believe in open burning or anything that will pollute our environment.  I haul my recyclables to Quincy because I feel so strongly about doing all I can to protect our earth-our only home.  I was very surprised, one afternoon, to get a phone call for a gentleman from the Environmental Protection Association telling me that I owned the Community Center and that I had ordered someone to take juke out of it and burn it.  I replied “no” and “no”.  It would seem that someone in Plymouth has made several calls to the EPA reporting their neighbors for various alleged violations.  One call was made concerning a house that partially burned on West Main Street.  The home stood half burned for sometime before it was purchased with the intent to be torn down and the lot cleaned up.  Before this could be done, the EPA was called and stepped in demanding that the debris all be cleaned up and hauled away rather than being buried as is often done.  The home owner worked for weeks cleaning brick, tossing debris into a dump truck, using a wheel barrow to move debris and more but it seemed unlikely that the site could be totally cleared with in the required time.  On Saturday several neighbors showed up at the  site to help out.  One neighbor brought in heavy equipment, others just showed up with work gloves and a willing spirit.  In the end, the site is totally cleaned up, leveled and is ready to plant grass and trees. 
One of the really great things about living in a small town is that people will go out of their way to help others.  One of the really sad things about living in a small town is that a few  will often work just as hard to tear others down-I am not sure why.  Perhaps they think it somehow makes them look bigger or stronger to tromp on others.
Several years ago another “whistle blower” called the EPA because there was water being discharged into the ditch by the RR tracks.  We are all still paying for this call because it resulted in Plymouth being forced to put in a sewer system.  A sewer system is a good thing but it should have been done because it was the right thing to do and not because someone called the EPA.
If you see a problem that needs to be corrected, why not offer to help out instead of making a hasty, ill advised phone call.  We have a good Village Board and we have a lot of really caring citizens in Plymouth.  If we would work as hard at helping each other and building up each other as a few do at tearing down others, many positive things could be accomplished for our community.
It is Sunday, seems like a good time to quote that the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart but that the second is like unto it and that is to love your neighbor as yourself.
Love your neighbor today,  this week and then try to continue it every week.
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