September in Pawlet

Haystack Hustlers Seniors potluck lunch, Tuesday, September 9, noon, Pawlet Church: We will report on summer activities and start plans for the upcoming year. This is your program, and we need your ideas!  We will hold our 50/50 raffle and collect items for the Pawlet Food Pantry. As a reminder to those who have signed up for the Northshire Seniors bus trip to the Lake Champlain Islands on September 18, the bus will leave the Manchester Catholic Church parking lot at 8:30 AM. 

Pawlet Property Taxes first payment due Wednesday, September 10: Postmarks are accepted as timely payment. Please send self-addressed, stamped envelope if a receipt is desired. Thank you, Judy Coolidge, Town Treasurer 

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday September 14:  Breakfast is served at the West Pawlet fire house from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  All are welcome.  The menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry; and West Pawlet’s world-famous home fries and scrambled eggs. Sausage and bacon are also available.  The menu’s beverages include: Coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. Breakfast prices are $8.00 for 12 years and up, $5.00 for 5-12 years and free to children under the age of 5 years.  Breakfast profits are dedicated for the department’s equipment and training needs. The department is a non-profit. Donations are appreciated and are gratefully received.  New members are welcome. For more information contact:  Antonio Landon at (802) 345-4312 or email: wp5801@yahoo.com .

Annual Pawlett Historical Society Meeting, Monday, September 15, 7 PM, Pawlet Library: Election of officers and trustees followed by a regular meeting of the Board.

Pawlet Town Government Recurring Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street. Minutes for these meetings are available at www.pawlet.vt.gov, under “Pages.”

Select Board, Tuesday, September 16 and September 30, 7 PM.
Listers, Wednesday, September 17, 9:30 AM.
Energy Group, Monday, September 22, 12 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, September 22, 7:30 PM.

Pawlet Streetlight Study: The energy group has been helping the Town assess its use of streetlights to see how they can be more efficiently operated. The town is considering eliminating 24 streetlights in Pawlet and West Pawlet, which represent about 40 percent of the town’s lighting demand. For more information on the study, see Pawlet Streetlight Study August 2014. Maps showing the location of possible eliminations are also available at the post offices and Town Hall. Community members are encouraged to review this preliminary list and contact the Pawlet Energy Group by September 15 at Pawletenergygroup@gmail.com with any concerns. After this date, the specified lights will be shut off for a three-month trial period during the darker months to help determine if they are necessary. At the conclusion of the 3-month trial period, the town will decide which lights can be eliminated.

AARP Smart Driver Course, Saturday, September 20, 10 AM, Pawlet Library: The library is sponsoring the new, 4-hour course, which concludes at 2 PM, with an hour break at noon for lunch. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, please call Kathy at 379-4002 or Glenn at 325-3449.

West Pawlet Farmers Market, Fridays, 4-7 PM, Fish & Game Club Building: Find “West Pawlet Fish and Game Club Building” on Facebook to learn about weekly specials.

Front Porch Forum is now available in Pawlet: Front Porch Forum is a web site that helps neighbors connect and build community by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood/town forums. The new Pawlet Wells Front Porch Forum is now fully functional, with more than 100 members. Share postings with your neighbors! Help spread the word at http://frontporchforum.com/registrations

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse offers monthly community health clinics: The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice sponsors a wide range of clinics for area residents and businesses, including health education, screening, testing, and adult immunizations. For more information visit http://www.ravnah.org/community-wellness-clinics.html to learn about their flood pressure and foot care clinics; cholesterol, diabetes and glood pressure screenings; and many other important services. 

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August in Pawlet

Pawlet Town Government Recurring Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street. Minutes for these meetings are available at www.pawlet.vt.gov, under “Pages.”

  • Select Board, Tuesday, August 19 and September 2, 7 PM.
  • Listers, Wednesday, August 20, 9:30 AM.
  • Energy Group, Monday, August, 25, 12 PM.
  • Planning Commission, Monday, August 25, 7:30 PM.

Reception for George Bouret photography exhibit, “Portraits at the Fair,” Pawlet Library, Friday, August 15, 6 – 8 PM: The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury says, “Harkening back to photographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, George Bouret uses painted backdrops and props to construct an imaginary moment for a portrait image–and he has created these uniquely revealing portraits at fairs and public gatherings throughout southwestern Vermont.” Refreshments will be served.

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Auction, Thursday, August 21, West Pawlet Firehouse, 6 PM: Auctioneer for the event will be Chriss Mars; items will be available to view starting at 5 PM. All proceeds will support the department’s general operating costs and much-needed equipment and training programs. Donated items for the auction are still being gladly accepted by the department. Food will be available for purchase, including grilled burgers, hot dogs and French fries, sodas and bottled water. Contact:  Dave Hosley at 645-0158 or Tom Collard at 645-0839 or email: wpvfd@yahoo.com.

Statewide Primary Election, Tuesday, August 26: The primary election will be held to vote for candidates for these offices: U.S. Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of Account, Attorney General, State Senator(s), State Representative(s), Probate Judge, Assistant Judge, States Attorney, Sheriff, High Baliff. Polls at the Pawlet Town Hall will open at 9 AM and close at 7 PM. The full warning and sample ballots are available here: http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/town-clerk/.

Pawlett Historical Society, “The Idea of Vermont,” Thursday, August 28, 7 PM, Pawlet Library: Green Mountain College Professor Laird Christensen will explore how Vermont has evolved and how it is continuing to redefine itself.

Art on Edie’s Green, Pawlet Village, Saturday, August 30, 10 AM – 4 PM, ,  thirty area artists will converge in Pawlet,  for Art on Edie’s Green.  This will be the 17th annual art show and sale in support of the Pawlet Scholarship Fund.  Artists donate 20% of their sales to the Fund, which helps Pawlet high school graduates and adults with post-high school education.  Food and drinks will be available. For information contact organizer,  Anita Pomerance, at skyshows@vermontel.net or 325-3786 and visit http://pawletsartonthegreen.blogspot.com/.

West Pawlet Farmers Market, Fridays, 4-7 PM, Fish & Game Club Building: Find “West Pawlet Fish and Game Club Building” on Facebook to learn about weekly specials.

Front Porch Forum is now available in Pawlet: Front Porch Forum is a web site that helps neighbors connect and build community by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood/town forums. The new Pawlet Wells Front Porch Forum is now fully functional, with more than 100 members. Share postings with your neighbors! Help spread the word at http://frontporchforum.com/registrations

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse offers monthly community health clinics: The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice sponsors a wide range of clinics for area residents and businesses, including health education, screening, testing, and adult immunizations. For more information visit http://www.ravnah.org/community-wellness-clinics.html to learn about their flood pressure and foot care clinics; cholesterol, diabetes and glood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

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July Events in Pawlet

Pawlet Town Government Monthly Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street.

Select Board, Tuesday, July 8 and July 22, 7 PM.
Listers, Wednesday, July 16, 9:30 AM.
Planning Commission, Monday, July 28, 7:30 PM.

2014 Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Auction, Thursday, July 24: The famous auction returns! This community tradition involves bargains, great food, live auction entertainment, and a great chance to have some fun with your neighbors– in short, there’s something for everyone! We begin accepting donations on Wednesday, July 2, so check those garages and attics. Your no-longer-needed items can become a major source of support for your fire department. The fire department can be reached at 802-325-3222.

Pawlet Library’s 47th Annual Book Sale, Mettawee School, Saturday, July 26, 9 AM to 3PM, and Sunday, July 27, 10 AM to 2 PM: The Library seeks volunteers to help moving and setting up 25,000 books, facilities for the bake sale and food service. Please call the library at 325-3123 or Glenn Munson at 325-3449.

Washington County Band Concert, Pawlet Library, Tuesday, July 29, 7 PM: Note new date for this concert, which was rained out in June. The Pawlet Library welcomes the band back for this free concert after its last appearance in Pawlet in August 2012. Band director Geoffrey Gee is also the music director at Long Trail School, and the band’s program includes something for all: jazz, Broadway, marches, and a medley of popular tunes. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment by the newly renovated green in the Pawlet Village Center. Band players include professional musicians, music teachers, students, some from Pawlet and neighboring communities. This event is sponsored by the Pawlet Library, The Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont. For more information, call 325-3123  or 325-3449.

West Pawlet Farmers Market, Fridays, 4-7 PM, Fish & Game Club Building: Find “West Pawlet Fish and Game Club Building” on Facebook to learn about weekly specials.

Front Porch Forum is now available in Pawlet: Front Porch Forum is a web site that helps neighbors connect and build community by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood/town forums. The new Pawlet Wells Front Porch Forum is now fully functional, with more than 100 members. Share postings with your neighbors! Help spread the word at http://frontporchforum.com/registrations

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse offers monthly community health clinics: The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice sponsors a wide range of clinics for area residents and businesses, including health education, screening, testing, and adult immunizations. For more information visit http://www.ravnah.org/community-wellness-clinics.html to learn about their flood pressure and foot care clinics; cholesterol, diabetes and glood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

 

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June 2014

Roast pork dinner Saturday, June 7,  5 PM, Pawlet Church: The menu includes: roast  pork baked with topping, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot vegetables, cabbage, salad, applesauce, fruited Jello, rolls with butter, and hot and cold beverages. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for kids up to age 12; free for anyone up to five years old. Takeout orders can also be make on the dat of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

Town of Pawlet Development Review Board Hearing Monday, June 9, 7:15 PM: The DRB hearing will be held in the conference room of the Pawlet Town Hall to discuss the application for a Conditional Use Permit followed by discussion of the application for a Variance Permit. A site review will precede the hearing at 6:30 PM at 2870 VT Route 153, West Pawlet. Permit applications are posted for review at the Pawlet Town Hall.

Listers hold 2014 Grievance Hearings Monday, June 23 at the Pawlet Town Hall. Call the Listers office at 325-3309 x 4 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Grievance requests must be filed in writing by 3 PM on June 23. The Listers will be available for questions on June 9, 11, and 12 from 9 AM to 2 PM.

 Haystack Hustler Seniors trip to Bridport farm June 10, 8:30 AM: In June we have only this one event planned: a trip to Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, for a 10 AM tour of the farm, where we will learn about all the byproducts developed from the unused waste from the farming process, including solar electricity production, wind mills etc.  After the tour, we meet for lunch at The Wheel Inn Restaurant in Benson. Lunch reservations are necessary; contact Phyllis Mason at 325-3196.

An evening with Rusty DeWees, the Logger, to benefit Mach’s General Store, Tuesday, June 17, Barn Restaurant and Pawlet Town Hall Auditorium: This evening, hosted by The Friends of Mach’s General Store, is part of the community-wide effort to revitalize Mach’s. Rusty’s 8 PM show at the Pawlet Town Hall auditorium is sold out, but he will also be making a pre-event appearance at The Barn Restaurant, where a buffet barbecue will be available from 5:30 – 7:30 PM: sausage, chicken, pulled pork, sides and dessert for $18; cash bar. No Reservations needed.

Washington County Band Concert, Pawlet Library, Wednesday, June 25, 7 PM: The Pawlet Library welcomes the band back for this free concert after its last appearance in Pawlet in August 2012. Band director Geoffrey Gee is also the music director at Long Trail School, and the band’s program includes something for all: jazz, Broadway, marches, and a medley of popular tunes. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment by the newly renovated green in the Pawlet Village Center. Band players include professional musicians, music teachers, students, some from Pawlet and neighboring communities.

Mach’s Fest, Saturday, June 28, 11 AM – 3 PM, Pawlet Village Center (rain date June 29): Celebrate our community and Mach’s General Store with a day of activities and food for everyone! Proceeds will benefit the revitalization of Mach’s. Enjoy live Music, J.J. on The Grill, Beer Tent, Wine Tasting in the store, Silent Auction, Paint Your Own Pottery with Flower Brook Pottery, Make a Night Light with Lake’s Lampshades, Alpacas, Hula Hoops, Maple Cotton Candy, Pawlet Potter, T-shirts, Kids Fishing Derby (sign up at 11 AM, with prizes from Orvis), Specials from The Station Restaurant and more. Please park by the church or fire department grass lot.

Pawlett Historical Society Annual Yard and Bake Sale Saturday, June 28, 9 am – 1 pm, Pawlet Firehouse: Please drop off donation items or call ahead for them to be picked up Friday, June 27, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM. We are accepting clean household items in good working order, furniture, jewelry, linens, toys, etc. (No clothing or electronics – thanks!) Baked Goods may be dropped off  at the Firehouse on Saturday morning June 28 before 9 AM. The Historical Society is very pleased to announce its Summer Raffle for a federal oval table, handmade out of cherry wood, and donated by, Ray Finan from Arlington. The table is valued at $1,500. Raffle tickets will go on sale June 28 during the Yard and Bake Sale. For information or help with donation pick-up, call Steve Williams at 645-9529 or Susanne Rappaport at 645-0993.

Sorters Needed for Pawlet Library Book Sale: We need volunteers to sort books every Tuesday morning, 9 – 11 AM at the Circle of Healing, Lower level, 6256 VT Rte 30, Pawlet. Get first crack at the book sale books, pick up on recommendations and reviews from fellow sorters, and even start getting some stocking stuffers.  Come once, come often! Contact Paul Turnley, 645-0955 orpturnley@aol.com.

Support the Mettawee School Kids Summer Lunch Program: 100 percent of the money we raise goes directly to feed our children; $13 will feed a child for one week; $130 will feed a child for the entire summer; $1,300 will feed 10 children for the summer. Your donation is fully tax deductible. Please make your check payable to: Kids Summer Lunch/lnterfaith Council and send to Kids Summer Lunch, c/o United Church of Dorset, PO Box 263, Dorset, VT 05251. For more information please contact Karen Allen, famallen4@comcast.net or Paul Turnley, pturnley@aol.com.

West Pawlet Farmers Market, Fridays, 4-7 PM, Fish & Game Club Building: Find “West Pawlet Fish and Game Club Building” on Facebook to learn about weekly specials.

Front Porch Forum is now available in Pawlet: Front Porch Forum is a web site that helps neighbors connect and build community by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood/town forums. The new Pawlet Wells Front Porch Forum is now fully functional, with more than 100 members. Share postings with your neighbors! Help spread the word at http://frontporchforum.com/registrations

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse offers monthly community health clinics: The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice sponsors a wide range of clinics for area residents and businesses, including health education, screening, testing, and adult immunizations. For more information visit http://www.ravnah.org/community-wellness-clinics.html to learn about their flood pressure and foot care clinics; cholesterol, diabetes and glood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

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May in Pawlet

Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 11, 8 – 11 AM at the Pawlet Firehouse: Let us cook up a hot breakfast for the mom in your life, and support your fire department while you’re at it! The menu features pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, homemade muffins, coffee and juice, and every penny raised benefits the fire department.

Pawlet Town Government Monthly Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street.

Select Board, Tuesday, May 13 and May 27, 7 PM.
Listers, Wednesday, May 21, 9:30 AM.
Planning Commission, Monday, May 25, 7:30 PM.

Haystack Hustlers Seniors May Events: Potluck Lunch, May 13, Tuesday, 12 PM, Pawlet Church — The program after lunch will be “All About Honey Bees,” by beekeeper Stewart Dittmeier.  We will hold our usual 50/50 raffle and collect items for the Pawlet Food Pantry. Mettawee Community School Lunch, Tuesday, May 27, 12 PM — This will be our final lunch for the season at the School. The students will present an entertaining and educational program. A 50/50 raffle will be held and we will collect items for the Pawlet Food Pantry. Please contact Phyllis Mason at 325-3196 for reservations; the cost of the meal is $3.50. Looking ahead, an auto trip on June 10 is being planned to Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport. Watch for further information. 

Calling sorters for Pawlet Library Book Sale: We need volunteers to sort books every Tuesday morning, 9 – 11 AM at the Circle of Healing, Lower level, 6256 VT Rte 30, Pawlet. Get first crack at the book sale books, pick up on recommendations and reviews from fellow sorters, and even start getting some stocking stuffers.  Come once, come often! Contact Paul Turnley, 645-0955 orpturnley@aol.com.

Scholarship Deadline June 1: The Morning Flower Lodge #71 is offering two $500 scholarships to seniors from the Pawlet/Rupert area. Any student accepted to a school for post secondary education may apply. Applications are available at the Pawlet Public Library and the Pawlet Post Office. The deadline to apply is June 1. Applications should be mailed to Myron “Mike” Waite, 354 VT Route 133, Pawlet VT 05761.

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April in Pawlet

Haystack Hustlers Seniors Potluck Lunch, Tuesday, April 8, 12 PM, Pawlet Church: Our guests will be Ellen Malona and Richard Strange of Second Nature Herb Farm of Wells.  They will talk about organically grown herbs. We will schedule a visit to their herb gardens when they are in season.  We will collect nonperishable items for thePawlet Food Pantry and have and our usual 50/50 raffle.

April 22, 12 PM, lunch at the Mettawee Community School, followed by a presentation by the students.  Reservations should be made by April 15; contact Phyllis Mason at 325-3196. The cost of the meal is $3.50.

VT Department of Environmental Conservation Holds Public Meeting in Pawlet on Tuesday, April 8, 5:30 PM at the Pawlet Public Library to Solicit Comment on the Draft South Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan: The southern Champlain Basin includes the Poultney and Mettowee River watersheds, as well as the East Creek and several other small discrete tributaries that drain directly to southern Lake Champlain, which includes all of the land in Vermont that drains to the lake generally south of Crown Point. The draft plan has been completed by the agency and many community partners. It lays out the current condition of the surface waters and aquatic habitat, problems with water quality and strategies to be taken by the agency and partners to improve water quality. The public is invited to about the plan and offer comments and suggestions. Copies of the plan are available on the web at:  http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/waterq/planning/htm/pl_lowerlakechamplain.htm or by calling Ethan Swift at 786-2503. The public comment period extends until April 28, 2014.  Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary. For further information or to submit comments please contact: Ethan Swift, Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation Regional Office, 88 Merchants Row, Suite 430, Rutland,  VT 05701 or e-mail: ethan.swift@state.vt.us.

Update on Mach’s General Store: A group of community members has come together to help the store overcome difficult financial hurdles. The group is encouraging community members to put 100, 200, 500 dollars on your account at the store to help bring immediate cash flow after this long winter. The group is reaching out to other sources of support, including The Preservation Trust of VT and The Orton Foundation. We are having weekly meetings to address key areas of need at the store. Volunteers with retail experience have helped JJ rearrange the store so that it is more fully stocked in the front and organized so as to encourage sales. Hope you will stop in and see what’s going on. Our general store is the center piece of our community; let’s help it survive the changing times. Judy Lake, 325 6308, Judylake@vermontel.net; Marsha McLean, 325 6242, Marsha@vermontel.net.

Sixth Grade Play, Mettawee Community School, Thursday, April 10 at 1 and 7 PM: The public is invited to enjoy the sixth grade’s performance of “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,” directed by John Hadden. The event is free. For more information contact the school at 645-9009.

Pawlet Select Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 15, 7 PM, Town Hall: Select Board meetings are held every other Tuesday; the public is welcome.

Pawlet Listers monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 16, 9:30 AM, Lister Office at the Town Hall: Regular Pawlet Lister meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM. The public is welcome.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Saturday, April 19, 8:00- 9:30 AM, Mettawee Community School Parking Lot, Route 153, West Pawlet: Free service to all residents of Pawlet and West Pawlet; proof of residency required. Visit www.rutlandcountyswac.org for additional information on what items are accepted. Electronics are not accepted at this event.

Spring Flea Market and Easter Food Sale, West Pawlet, Saturday, April 19, 9 AM to 3 PM, West Pawlet Fire House: Sponsored by the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the sale includes many homemade food items, special activities for children, lots of flea market items and raffle prizes. Vendor tables in the market area are available for rent at $10 each.  Reserve a table soon by calling Edna at 645-0174. Lunch menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, corn chowder, deviled eggs, chips, apple crisp, soda and coffee. For more information contact Edna Winot at 645-0174.

Open House Welcome for New Librarian, Pawlet Library, Saturday, April 19, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Please join us in welcoming our new librarian, Melissa Palulis. Join in the merriment, enjoy refreshments and let Melissa know how happy we are to have her at our library! Pawlet Library Board

9th Annual Bart Jacobs Memorial Turkey Calling Contest, April 19, 10 AM, Kehoe Conservation Camp in Bomoseen: Attention all Youth Turkey Callers! Get those turkey calls warmed up! The Oxbow Mountain 4H Club invites everyone to the contest. Kids ages 0 – 18 can share their turkey calling talents and compete in three different age divisions to win custom handcrafted slate prizes. Food will be available for purchase. The annual shotgun raffle will be concluded at this time as well as a small teacup auction. For more information, contact Tom at 802-394-2445.

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:30 to 11 AM, West Pawlet fire house: The fire house is located on Route 153 (Main Street) in West Pawlet, and it’s a handicap-accessible site.  All are welcome. Pancake menu includes regular as well as chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry. Sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and home fries are also served, along with coffee, milk and orange juice. Prices are $7 for 12 years and up, $5 for 5-12 years and free to children under the age of 5.  A 501(c) (3) non-profit, all proceeds are for the benefit of the department’s equipment and training needs. Contact:  Antonio Landon at 802-345-4312 or email: wp5801@yahoo.com. Our monthly benefit pancake breakfasts run from September through April each year. Hope to see you there!

West Pawlet Farmers Market, Fridays, 4-7 PM, Fish & Game Club Building: Find “West Pawlet Fish and Game Club Building” on Facebook to learn about weekly specials.

Mothers Day Brunch at Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department, Sunday, May 11, 8 AM to 11 AM: Menu includes pancakes, local maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, muffins and home-fried potatoes; milk, orange juice, tea and coffee also available. For more information call 325-3222.

Front Porch Forum is now available in Pawlet: Front Porch Forum is a web site that helps neighbors connect and build community by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood/town forums. The new Pawlet Wells Front Porch Forum is now fully functional, with more than 100 members. Share postings with your neighbors! Help spread the word. http://frontporchforum.com/registrations

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse offers monthly community health clinics: The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice sponsors a wide range of clinics for area residents and businesses, including health education, screening, testing, and adult immunizations. For more information visit http://www.ravnah.org/community-wellness-clinics.html to learn about their flood pressure and foot care clinics; cholesterol, diabetes and glood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

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Town Election Results, March 4, 2014

The results from the March 4, 2014 town election are posted here: Certificate of Votes March 2014.

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Town Meeting Day

Town elections will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Pawlet Town Hall from 9 AM to 7 PM. The information meeting will be on Monday, March 3, 7:30 PM at the Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet.

To view the warning and articles for the Town of Pawlet Annual Meeting, see Town of Pawlet Warning.

To view the ballot for Annual Town Meeting and Town School District Meeting, see Official Ballot March 2014.

The Town of Pawlet Annual Report for 2013-2014 can be viewed here: Town of Pawlet Annual Report, February 2014.

The last day to register for 2014 Town Meeting is Wednesday, February 26, 2014. For more information, contact Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, 802-325-3309 x1.

 

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Improving public safety in Pawlet

Pawlet Emergency Management Exercise, January 2014

Pawlet Emergency Management Exercise, January 2014 (Source: Robert Morlino)

On January 23, 2014, the town of Pawlet conducted a tabletop exercise to assess how it would handle a significant flooding event. The exercise, held at the Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department’s firehouse, was coordinated by Robert Morlino, Pawlet emergency management director.

The scenario presented to the group of 26 participants was a flooding event with slightly more disastrous impacts than the real-world effects from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.  The major difference between this scenario and actual events post- Irene was that this exercise assumed widespread power outages, causing a greater challenge for communication and coordination between the response agencies.

Participants discussed how their agencies would prepare for, respond to, and recover from such an event. A major area of focus involved the communication and coordination between different levels of responders, local, county and state, as well as the ability of the town of Pawlet to operate an emergency operations center during an emergency.

Several participants said they appreciated the opportunity to spend time with all the key players from different groups who would be working together under difficult circumstances. This allowed everyone to strengthen their working relationships and gain a better understanding of each others’ roles during such an event.

Those participating included Pawlet emergency management officials, members from the Pawlet and West Pawlet volunteer fire departments and the Pawlet Highway Department, as well as representatives from the Mettawee Community School, Pawlet shelter management, Vermont State Police, American Red Cross, Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Vermont Public Safety Answering Point (e911), Rutland Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Emergency Operations Center, and the Washington County, N.Y., Department of Public Safety.

Results from this exercise will be incorporated into Pawlet’s Emergency Operations Plan. The overall goal is to improve public safety in Pawlet.

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Winter Events

The Pawlet Library’s Board of Trustees needs volunteers to help as we seek a new Library Director: Beth Kashner is resigning the position after six years, and we thank her for her dedication and years of service. Library hours are: Sunday and Monday closed; Tuesday 11 AM – 7 PM; Wednesday 12 – 6 PM; Thursday 11:30 AM – 5 PM; Friday 11:30 AM – 3 PM; Saturdays closed until the new Library Director is hired. All activities and meetings such as yoga, Bone Builders and organization meetings will not be affected by this change of staff. For information, call the library at 325-3123. Also note: The library will  be accepting books until shortly before this year’s annual Book Sale, July 26 and 27. Thank you, Library Board

Benefit Basket Party for Jim and Deb Ross February 8 in Granville: The basket party will be at the Granville Hook and Ladder Fire Company at 42 Quaker Street, Granville, NY. Doors open at 11 AM and drawings begin at 2 PM. Jim and Deb Ross recently lost their home to a fire. For donations or information please contact Esther Sheldon at 802-325-3376 or Jessica Sheldon at 518-642-3267.

Benefit Ham Dinner for Rutland County Fire Victim Families February 8 at Poultney United Methodist Church: Dinner will be served 5 to 7 PM in the church fellowship hall, buffet style, first come, first served. Reservations are not required. Poultney United Methodist Church is located at 108 Main Street, Poultney. All are welcome. The benefit dinner event and free-will contributions are designated for three families who lost their homes to fire this winter – the James family of Pawlet, the Chandler/Savage family of Castleton, and the Cole/Wardwell family of Chittenden. Contributions will be received at the door and/or by mail (Poultney UMC, P.O. Box 203, Poultney, VT 05764-0203) and dedicated to relief for these families. Volunteers who would like to help set-up, serve, or clean-up will be much appreciated. Contact: Pastor David Adams (802-287-4406) or Linda Leach (802-287-9087).

Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund in Pawlet needs donations: Heating season is here. Our local fund meets emergency situations on the spot. Donations should be made out to: “Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund” and mailed to: Pawlet Fuel Assistance Fund, C/O Tim Bryant, 3449 Vt. Rt. 133, Pawlet, VT 05761. For more information contact Bob Schoenemann, Town Service Officer at 325-3146 or 325-3420.

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse offers monthly community health clinics: The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice sponsors a wide range of clinics for area residents and businesses, including health education, screening, testing, and adult immunizations. For more information visit http://www.ravnah.org/community-wellness-clinics.html to learn about their flood pressure and foot care clinics; cholesterol, diabetes and glood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

Call for winter issue of the Pawlet Newsletter: Please send any material for this issue by February 7. Approximately 1,200 copies of each issue are distributed to Pawlet residents and out-of-town subscribers. News, upcoming events, announcements to: Elizabeth Gibson, egib@vermontel.net. For advertisements contact Barry Schoenwetter, bartsky@together.net. Rates for single issue: $25 for business card size ad; $50 for double business card size ad (20% discount to advertise in 4 issues).

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