January 2015

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, including our new seafood club. You can now get fresh fish every week through a Poultney farmer and his fishermen colleagues in Gloucester, MA, and Maine; Preordering is necessary. We’re also planning “parties” each month to celebrate important dates, such as Valentine’s Day with neighbors.

Town Offices closed Monday, January 19: The offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular office hours will Resume on Tuesday, January 20. Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk.

Upcoming Pawlet Town Government Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street.
Select Board, Tuesday, January 20, 7 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, January 26, 7:30 PM.
Energy Group, Monday, January 26, 12 PM.

Town Election Ballot Petitions:January 20, 2015 is the last day for voters to file a petition with the town clerk to have an article appear on the ballot.  17 V.S.A. §2642(a)(3)(A) (45 days prior to town meeting).  A petition must contain signatures from at least 5 percent of the registered voters in the municipality.  Contact Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, 802-325-3309 x1.

Town Election Nomination Petitions for Municipal Office:January 26, 2015 is the last day to submit nomination petitions to the town clerk. The name on your petition must be the same name as it appears on the registered voter checklist. Petitions must contain 30 signatures or one percent of the registered voters, whichever is less. To see which Town of Pawlet Offices have terms expiring in March 2015, visit  http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/town-clerk/ or contact Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, 802-325-3309 x1.

Haystack Hustlers Seniors lunch at the Mettawee Community School, January 27, 12 PM: Enjoy lunch and a program presented by the students. Make reservations by calling Phyllis Mason at 325-3196. We also are looking for program presenters and ideas for additional activities for our group.

2015 Annual Woodchuck Festival set for February 7 in West Pawlet: This annual event is held at Mettawee Community School from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday. A fundraiser event sponsored jointly by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary and the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department, the festival is a family day of fun for all ages. Enjoy the silent auction, craft vendor market with many hand-crafted and home-made items, home-baked goods and great food at the firemen’s Woodchuck Café. Games organized by the West Pawlet Fire Department include the Woodchuck Rescue Challenge, the awesome fire drill games and obstacles, cow plop bingo, and the tug-of-war where West Pawlet takes on the world. Contact: Beth (Kashner) Moser-Duquette (802)-645-0398 or Dave Morgan (802)-645-0158.

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, February 8, 7:30 to 11 AM, West Pawlet fire house: 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 $8 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!

Pawlet Planning Commission seeks clerk: Duties include attending evening meetings on the fourth Monday of each month, transcribing and distributing minutes to Planning Commission members, the Town Clerk and others as necessary. Ability to distribute minutes electronically in PDF format is required. Must be willing to attend occasional special meetings also. Please send letter of interest stating your qualifications to Deb Hawkins, Pawlet Town Clerk, PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761.

Municipal Streetlight Study: The energy group has been helping the Town assess its use of streetlights to see how they can be more efficiently operated. Initially the town considered eliminating 24 streetlights in Pawlet and West Pawlet. During a trial period this fall these lights were turned off, and public comments were solicited. This list was then modified to 20 streetlights, which represent about one-third of the town’s lighting demand. The Town is now planning to eliminate those 20 streetlights and convert the remaining 41 streetlights to more energy-efficient LED fixtures. This will reduce the annual operating cost of streetlights by almost 50% after a 1.3-year payback for the cost of installing the LED fixtures. More detailed information is at http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/energy-group/

Heads up when parking at the Pawlet Library: Please note that any banks of snow left in parking spaces directly in front of library are intentional and in line with the snow and ice shedding from the roof. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding that we have a limited parking area and want everyone to be safe!

Home heating fuel assistance programs are available: For seasonal fuel program call 800-775-0516 or 786-5800. For crisis fuel program after November 24 call BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, 775-0878. Other programs are available, including weatherization; call 211 for information. Seniors over 60 can also call the Senior Help Line, 800-642-5119. To get confidential help locally from the Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund, call Pawlet Town Clerk Deb Hawkins, 325-3309.

Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund in Pawlet needs donations: Heating season is here, and our local fund meets emergency situations on the spot. Please make a donation to replenish the fund, which has already provided one fuel delivery this season. 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 blood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

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First events of the New Year

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

Select Board, Tuesday, January 6 and January 20, 7 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, January 26, 7:30 PM.
Energy Group, Monday, January 26, 12 PM.

Town Election Ballot Petitions: January 20, 2015 is the last day for voters to file a petition with the town clerk to have an article appear on the ballot.  17 V.S.A. §2642(a)(3)(A) (45 days prior to town meeting).  A petition must contain signatures from at least 5 percent of the registered voters in the municipality.  Contact Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, 802-325-3309 x1.

Town Election Nomination Petitions for Municipal Office: January 26, 2015 is the last day to submit nomination petitions to the town clerk. The name on your petition must be the same name as it appears on the registered voter checklist. Petitions must contain 30 signatures or one percent of the registered voters, whichever is less. To see which Town of Pawlet Offices have terms expiring in March 2015, visit  http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/town-clerk/ or contact Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, 802-325-3309 x1.

Pawlet Planning Commission seeks clerk: Duties include attending evening meetings on the fourth Monday of each month, transcribing and distributing minutes to Planning Commission members, the Town Clerk and others as necessary. Ability to distribute minutes electronically in PDF format is required. Must be willing to attend occasional special meetings also. Please send letter of interest stating your qualifications to Deb Hawkins, Pawlet Town Clerk, PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761.

Municipal Streetlight Study: The energy group has been helping the Town assess its use of streetlights to see how they can be more efficiently operated. Initially the town considered eliminating 24 streetlights in Pawlet and West Pawlet. During a trial period this fall these lights were turned off, and public comments were solicited. This list was then modified to 20 streetlights, which represent about one-third of the town’s lighting demand. The Town is now planning to eliminate those 20 streetlights and convert the remaining 41 streetlights to more energy-efficient LED fixtures. This will reduce the annual operating cost of streetlights by almost 50% after a 1.3-year payback for the cost of installing the LED fixtures. More detailed information is at http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/energy-group/

Haystack Hustlers Seniors January Events:
Potluck lunch, January 13, 12 PM, Pawlet Church.  We will enjoy our holiday dinner, which was postponed in December due to weather. Baked  Ham, potatoes and beverage will be provided.  The balance of the meal will be potluck by those attending. Think up some good New Year’s resolutions to share.  We will have guests from the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Courtney Anderson and Heather Baker. The program will be presented by Bob Morlino, Pawlet Emergency Coordinator.  A 50/50 raffle will be held, and we will collect items for the Pawlet Food Pantry.
January 27, 12 PM, lunch at the Mettawee Community School and program presented by the students. Make reservations for the school lunch by calling Phyllis Mason at 325-3196. We also are looking for program presenters and ideas for additional activities for our group.

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, January 11, 7:30 to 11 AM, West Pawlet fire house: The fire house, located on Route 153 (Main Street) in West Pawlet, is 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 $8 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!

Craft vendor spaces available for the 2015 Annual Woodchuck Festival set for February 7 in West Pawlet: Limited spaces are available, first come, first serve. Tables and electricity may also be rented. Please contact Beth Moser-Duquette at 645-0398 or email scigal007@yahoo.com. This annual event is held at Mettawee Community School. The Woodchuck Festival is a fundraiser event sponsored jointly by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary and the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. It is a family day of fun and good food for all ages. All are welcome.

Home heating fuel assistance programs are available: For seasonal fuel program call 800-775-0516 or 786-5800. For crisis fuel program after November 24 call BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, 775-0878. Other programs are available, including weatherization; call 211 for information. Seniors over 60 can also call the Senior Help Line, 800-642-5119. To get confidential help locally from the Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund, call Pawlet Town Clerk Deb Hawkins, 325-3309.

Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund in Pawlet needs donations: Heating season is here, and our local fund meets emergency situations on the spot. Please make a donation to replenish the fund, which has already provided one fuel delivery this season. 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 blood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

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Weather-Related Information for Wednesday, December 10

Shelter Assistance: Green Mountain Power reports that there are 49 customers without power in Pawlet. Anyone needing shelter can call Emergency Manager Director Bob Morlino at 325-2116, and it can be arranged. Please check on your friends and neighbors.

Town Office will close early today: Please note that the Town Clerk’s Office will be closing at 2:30 today (earlier if weather gets too bad). Have a great day and stay safe on the roads. Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk

Home heating fuel assistance programs are available: For seasonal fuel program call 800-775-0516 or 786-5800. For crisis fuel program after November 24 call BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, 775-0878. Other programs are available, including weatherization; call 211 for information. Seniors over 60 can also call the Senior Help Line, 800-642-5119. To get confidential help locally from the Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund, call Pawlet Town Clerk Deb Hawkins, 325-3309.

Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund in Pawlet needs donations: Heating season is here, and our local fund meets emergency situations on the spot. Please make a donation to replenish the fund, which has already provided one fuel delivery this season. 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.

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Pawlet, December 2014

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, including holiday wreaths.

Christmas Craft Fair and Flea Market, West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department, Saturday, December 6, 9 AM – 3 PM: This event, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department, includes a bake sale, luncheon, and raffles. Santa arrives at 12:30 PM. For more information, please contact either JoAnne Reid 645-0244 or Beth Duquette 645-0398.

Pawlet Library 7th Annual Holiday Market, December 6 – 7, Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM: Stop by the library and shop local for your holiday giving; support your library and community and give unique, hand-crafted gifts.

Red Cross Shelter Staff Training, Monday, December 8, 6:00 PM, Mettawee Community School: If you have not yet signed up there is still time to volunteer. Contact Bob Morlino at 325-2116 or email Robertm850@aol.com. Thank you, Bob Morlino, Pawlet Emergency Management Director and Brooke DeBonis, Principal, Mettawee Community School.

Haystack Hustlers Seniors Holiday Dinner, December 9, noon, Pawlet Church:  We will provide ham and potatoes; please bring a potluck side dish to balance out the meal.  If you have table decorations,  a holiday reading, story or music to share, please bring that also. We will collect food for the Pawlet Food Pantry and hold our 50/50 Raffle. All area seniors are welcome at our monthly events to share a meal, visit and learn something new. Come and join the fun!  For more information contact Phyllis Mason at 325-3196.

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 under “Pages.”
- Planning Commission, Monday, December 22, 7:30 PM.
- Select Board, Tuesday, December 9 and December 23, 7 PM.

Public Forum on Efficiency Vermont’s New Three-Year Plan, December 11, Brandon, 6 PM – 7:30 PM: This event, held at the Neshobe Elementary School, 17 Neshobe Circle in Brandon, is one of seven community forums being held around the state by Efficiency Vermont, the state’s energy efficiency utility. Efficiency Vermont is creating a three-year plan to meet Vermont’s energy needs, and it needs your input. The forum includes a light supper and is free.

Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, December 14, 7:30 to 11 AM, West Pawlet fire house: The fire house, located on Route 153 (Main Street) in West Pawlet, is 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 $8 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!

Pawlet Planning Commission seeks clerk: Duties include attending evening meetings on the fourth Monday of each month, transcribing and distributing minutes to Planning Commission members, the Town Clerk and others as necessary. Ability to distribute minutes electronically in PDF format is required. Must be willing to attend occasional special meetings also. Please send letter of interest stating your qualifications to Deb Hawkins, Pawlet Town Clerk, PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761.

Home heating fuel assistance programs are available: For seasonal fuel program call 800-775-0516 or 786-5800. For crisis fuel program after November 24 call BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, 775-0878. Other programs are available, including weatherization; call 211 for information. Seniors over 60 can also call the Senior Help Line, 800-642-5119. To get confidential help locally from the Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund, call Pawlet Town Clerk Deb Hawkins, 325-3309.

Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund in Pawlet needs donations: Heating season is here, and our local fund meets emergency situations on the spot. Please make a donation to replenish the fund, which has already provided one fuel delivery this season. 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.

2014 November/December Town Office Hours: The Town Clerk’s office will be closed on Tuesday, 12/23 thru Friday, 12/26; Wednesday, 12/31/14 thru  Friday, 1/2/15. The office will be open Monday, 12/22; Monday, 12/29; & Tuesday 12/30. Regular office hours will resume 1/5/2015. Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk.

Donations sought for Veterans Memorial Stone: Vermont Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and others are placing a Vermont gray granite WWII Veterans memorial stone at the new visitor’s center on VT Route 279 in Bennington. Highway 279 was officially named the “WW II Veterans Memorial Highway” in 2004. Next year marks 70 years since the end of WW II, and VT VFW and its Auxiliaries want to honor all WW II Veterans and their families with this memorial. This memorial stone etched and installed by Austin Memorials of Springfield, VT and final landscaping will cost $9,000. To date, 1/3 of the total cost has been raised. Please help us reach our goal. Send your check, payable to District 1 VFW of VT, to District 1 VT VFW Quartermaster Steve Leach, PO Box 111, Pawlet, VT 05761, sarge1@vermontel.net. Thank you for any support. All donors will receive a thank you and receipt from District 1 VFW of Vermont.

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 blood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

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

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Fall Events in and around Pawlet

Betts Bridge Road in West Pawlet is now open to through traffic following installation of a box culvert near the Route 153 end of the road.

Unofficial Results from the November 4 General Election: Results can be viewed here: Election Results November 2, 2014.

Give Input on Efficiency Vermont’s New Three-Year Plan: Efficiency Vermont, the state’s energy efficiency utility, is creating a three-year plan to meet Vermont’s energy needs, and it needs your input. The public is welcome to attend one of seven community forums around the state. The forums closest to you are: November 5, Bennington: Southwest Vermont Career Development Center, Assembly Room, 321 Park Street, and December 11, Brandon: Neshobe Elementary School, 17 Neshobe Circle. All forums run from 6 PM to 7:30 PM, include a light supper and are free and open to the public.

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, December 14, 7:30 to 11 AM, West Pawlet fire house: The fire house, located on Route 153 (Main Street) in West Pawlet, is 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 $8 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!

Haystack Hustlers Seniors November Activities: Our monthly potluck lunch is November 11, noon, Pawlet Church.  Southwestern VT Council on Aging in partnership with Efficiency Vermont and George Hooker will present “Saving Money through Energy Efficiency.” Learn easy ways to save money on your heating and light bills, and receive free CFL light bulbs!  We will also collect food for the Pawlet Food Pantry and hold our 50/50 Raffle. On November 25 we will participate in the Community Thanksgiving Feast at the Mettawee Community School, a great time as we interact with the students and enjoy a fantastic dinner. For more information contact Phyllis Mason at 325-3196.

Veterans Day Dinner Tuesday, November 11 from 5 – 6:30 PM, Rupert Firehouse: The Mount Anthony Grange and Rupert Mettawee 4-Hers invite all service men and women to a free Veterans Day Dinner featuring ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, carrots, gravy, stuffing, rolls, beverage and maple sundae for dessert.  All veterans eat free of charge; cost for the general public is $5; children 5 and under eat free. If you have questions, or would like to donate toward the meal or reserve a meal, please call Edna at (802) 645-0174.  

Pawlet Volunteer Firehouse 46th Annual Game Supper, Saturday, November 15: The Game Supper is a huge meal of local wild game meats that can’t be bought in stores, generously donated by Pawlet’s skilled hunters, plus fresh vegetables, cheeses, and many pies. This event is both a cherished community tradition and a key fundraiser for the fire department. Come check it out!

Annual West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Turkey Raffle, Friday, November 21, 7 PM, West Pawlet Firehouse: Doors open at 6 PM. Come and purchase a playing card for 50 cents each or 3 cards for $1; cards will enable 27 lucky winners to each win a turkey with a bag of potatoes. Refreshments – hot dogs, chips, coffee, donuts, soda and water, will be available. Tickets are also on sale for four Grand Prizes: a Remington Model 7600 Pump Rifle (or $400 cash); Binoculars; $100 cash; Turkey Meal with Fixin’s. Raffle tickets for the Grand Prizes are $1 each and 8 for $5. Get your tickets soon. The Grand Prize winners will be announced at the Turkey Raffle event. One need not be present at the Turkey Raffle to win a Grand Prize. Ticket proceeds support the fire department’s equipment and training needs. Tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated. New members are always welcome. For more information contact Ron Taylor, Jr., at 802-645-0003 or cell # 802-683-8988.

Call for Volunteers: The Mettawee Community School has been designated as a Red Cross Emergency shelter for use in times of disaster, in addition to the West Pawlet Fire House which is already a Red Cross Shelter. Two shelters are advised because one may be isolated due to road closures, as happened in Tropical Storm Irene. The school is looking for volunteer staff to help man the shelter if and when it must open. Free training for staff will be provided by the American Red Cross and will be scheduled for an evening session, about 3.5 hours. The only other time commitment, in addition to when the shelter must open, will be a drill lasting a few hours about twice a year. Please note: volunteers for this shelter should not be first responders, since those people would likely have other duties during a disaster, nor shelter staff from the West Pawlet Fire House shelter. If you would prefer to volunteer at the West Pawlet Fire house shelter you may also take this training, since that shelter can also use additional staff. This is a way to play a significant part in helping the community during emergencies. To sign up for training please contact Bob Morlino at 325-2116 or email Robertm850@aol.com. Thank you, Bob Morlino, Pawlet Emergency Management Director, and Brooke DeBonis, Principal, Mettawee Community School.

Pawlet Planning Commission seeks clerk: Duties include attending evening meetings on the fourth Monday of each month, transcribing and distributing minutes to Planning Commission members, the Town Clerk and others as necessary. Ability to distribute minutes electronically in PDF format is required. Must be willing to attend occasional special meetings also. Please send letter of interest stating your qualifications to Deb Hawkins, Pawlet Town Clerk, PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761.

Donations sought for Veterans Memorial Stone: Vermont Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and others are placing a Vermont gray granite WWII Veterans memorial stone at the new visitor’s center on VT Route 279 in Bennington. Highway 279 was officially named the “WW II Veterans Memorial Highway” in 2004. Next year marks 70 years since the end of WW II, and VT VFW and its Auxiliaries want to honor all WW II Veterans and their families with this memorial. This memorial stone etched and installed by Austin Memorials of Springfield, VT and final landscaping will cost $9,000. To date, 1/3 of the total cost has been raised. Please help us reach our goal. Send your check, payable to District 1 VFW of VT, to District 1 VT VFW Quartermaster Steve Leach, PO Box 111, Pawlet, VT 05761, sarge1@vermontel.net. Thank you for any support. All donors will receive a thank you and receipt from District 1 VFW of Vermont.

Pawlet Library 7th Annual Holiday Market Date: December 6 – 7, Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM: Submit an application as soon as possible to reserve your vendor space. Access to the library for setup will be Saturday morning, 8 – 9:45 AM. Each space is approximately 6’ x 8’. No nails, hooks, or hangers of any kind are allowed to be attached to the library walls. Electricity is available. The fee is a donation of $30 per space for two days; please make checks payable to The Pawlet Public Library. Applications are available at the library.

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 under “Pages.”
Energy Group, Monday, November 24, 12 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, November 24, 7:30 PM.
Select Board, Tuesday, November 11, 7 PM.

Home heating fuel assistance programs are available: For seasonal fuel program call 800-775-0516 or 786-5800. For crisis fuel program after November 24 call BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, 775-0878. Other programs are available, including weatherization; call 211 for information. Seniors over 60 can also call the Senior Help Line, 800-642-5119. To get confidential help locally, call Pawlet Town Clerk Deb Hawkins, 325-3309.

2014 November/December Town Office Hours: The Town Clerk’s office will be closed on Tuesday, November 11; Tuesday, 11/25 thru Friday, 11/28; Tuesday, 12/23 thru Friday, 12/26; Wednesday, 12/31/14 thru  Friday, 1/2/15. The office will be open Monday, 11/24; Monday, 12/22; Monday, 12/29; & Tuesday 12/30. Regular office hours will resume 1/5/2015. Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk.

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 blood pressure screenings; and many other important services.

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

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October in Pawlet

Betts Bridge Road in West Pawlet is closed to through traffic until further notice pending installation of a box culvert near the Route 153 end of the road.

Planning Commission seeks new member: The Pawlet Planning Commission wishes to thank retiring member John Thrasher for his leadership and service as Chair of the commission. The Select Board will appoint a new member to serve the remainder of his term, which ends in 2016, at the next Select Board meeting on October 28. Anyone interested on serving on the planning commission should submit a letter of intent to Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, before October 28.

Haystack Hustlers Seniors October Events: Potluck lunch, October 14, 12 PM, Pawlet Church.  After lunch Linda Bates will talk on seeking and collecting rocks of all kinds. She will tell us about the Marble Trail in Vermont and show a video of this trail. October 28, 12 PM, lunch at the Mettawee Community school and program presented by the students. Reservations for the school lunch should be made by October 21; please call Phyllis Mason at 325-3196. We also are looking for program presenters and ideas for additional activities for our group.

Town of Pawlet Select Board special meeting, Thursday, October 16, 9:30 AM, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Railroad Avenue, West Pawlet: The board will meet with Green Mountain Engineering to discuss process issues.

Fall Festival and Flea Market, Saturday, October 18, West Pawlet, 9 AM – 3 PM: The event will be held rain or shine at the fire station on Vermont Route 153 (Main Street).  Vendor spaces are available to rent. Reserve your space soon!  Contact Edna Winot at 645-1074. Activities include a food sale, luncheon, raffle and 50/50 drawing, and bobbing for apples for the children. Take part in the pumpkin painting contest from 10 AM to 1 PM. Or make a pumpkin or apple pie for the pie baking contest at 11 AM. There is a $5.00 entry fee for the pie baking contest.  Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Pie entries must be delivered before 10:45 AM. Luncheon begins at 11:30 AM; menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages. This event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, please contact either JoAnne Reid at 645-0244 or Beth Duquette at 645-0398.

Town of Pawlet Development Review Board Hearing, Monday, October 20, 6:30 PM, Pawlet Town Hall: To discuss the application for a Conditional Use Permit for a Kennel at 1146 Danby Pawlet Road, Pawlet, VT 05761. Permit applications are posted for review at the Pawlet Town Hall. Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk.

Walk, talk and look at pedestrian safety in Pawlet, Thursday, October 23, 10 AM – 12:30 PM, beginning at the Town Hall: Members of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, AARP, and the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition invite area residents to join them as they walk around Pawlet village as part of a health impacts study to assess paving, sidewalks, streetscapes etc. to ascertain suitability for walkers. The group will survey sidewalk conditions, speed zones, street signage, crosswalks, and more. The survey will help efforts to develop a healthy, safe, supportive infrastructure in Pawlet. For more information, contact Susan Schreibman, Rutland Regional Planning Commission, susan@rutlandrpc.org .

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 under “Pages.”
Listers, Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 AM.
Energy Group, Monday, October 27, 12 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, October 27, 7:30 PM.
Select Board, Tuesday, October 28, 7 PM.

Share the Warmth Clothing Drive, 9 AM – 1 PM, Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, Mettawee Community School: This semi-annual clothing drive and giveaway at Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet, offers thousands of clothing items and footwear free for anyone! Please bring your own shopping bags. Please also consider donating new/used clean, stain-free clothing (babies through adult, any season), outerwear, footwear, accessories, blankets and even prom dresses, suits and Halloween costumes. If you are donating a large lot, please sort items into warm weather or cold weather groups. Donations will be taken Thursday, October 23 from 2:45-5:30 and Friday, October 24 any time before 4 PM at the school. If you wish to donate but are unable to get there or have any questions about the event, please contact Brooke Burnham at 802-645-0968.

Voter Registration Deadline is October 29 for the November 4 General Election: Register at Town Clerk’s office or contact Town Clerk Deb Hawkins for more information at 802-325-3309 x1.

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, November 9, 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 $8 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!

Home heating fuel assistance programs are available: For seasonal fuel program call 800-775-0516 or 786-5800. For crisis fuel program after November 24 call BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, 775-0878. Other programs are available, including weatherization; call 211 for information. Seniors over 60 can also call the Senior Help Line, 800-642-5119. To get confidential help locally, call Pawlet Town Clerk Deb Hawkins, 325-3309.

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

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Fall Events in Pawlet

Betts Bridge Road in West Pawlet is closed to through traffic until further notice pending installation of a box culvert near the Route 153 end of the road.

Turkey/Archery Shoot, Sunday, September 28, 12 PM, Ross’ Gravel Pit off Herrick Brook Road: The Pawlet Bushwackers Snowmobile Club will be holding the turkey shoot; ten winners will receive each a 12-lb turkey. Ammo will be provided by the club, 12 & 20 Ga. shotguns only. There will be a cash prize for the Archery Shoot (bring your target arrows), a 50/50 raffle and a “Poker Run” with a $50 cash prize plus many other prizes. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Mike Bellemare, 325-2151.

Town of Pawlet Development Review Board Meeting, Monday, September 29, 6 PM, Pawlet Town Hall, 122 School Street: The purpose of the meeting is to review the Conditional Use Permit for Caroline Albert.

Forum on Upcoming Gun Legislation in Vermont, Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 PM, Pawlet Fire House: Senator Kevin Mullin, Moderator; Evan Hughes, VP & Registered Lobbyist, VT Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs; Chief William Humphries, Fair Haven Police, Rutland County High Bailiff; Lars Jacob,  Fine Gun Expert, Director, Covey & Nye Shooting School; Senator Peg Flory, Esq., Chair, Vermont Senate Committee on Institutions; Brian Kukon, Chief Master Firearms Instructor Certified in 50 States. Join the discussion. For more information, contact Dolores Luebke at 802-770-2006.

RAVNAH Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia Clinic in Pawlet on October 9: The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) and Dorset Nursing will be hosting a series of 23 flu clinics from now through October 15. On Thursday, October 9, 1:30 – 3 PM, the flu clinic will be at the Pawlet Community Church in the Pawlet village Center. For those with Medicare Part B, Managed Medicare, or private insurance, you need only bring your card and we will bill your insurance. Mastercard, Visa, AmEx accepted. For more information call the RAVNAH Flu Hotline at 770-1574 or visit www.ravnah.org.

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, October 12, 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 $8 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!

Fall Festival and Flea Market, Saturday, October 18, West Pawlet, 9 AM – 3 PM: The event will be held rain or shine at the fire station on Vermont Route 153 (Main Street).  Vendor spaces are available to rent. Reserve your space soon!  Contact Edna Winot at 645-1074. Activities include a food sale, luncheon, raffle and 50/50 drawing, and bobbing for apples for the children. Take part in the pumpkin painting contest from 10 AM to 1 PM. Or make a pumpkin or apple pie for the pie baking contest at 11 AM. There is a $5.00 entry fee for the pie baking contest.  Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Pie entries must be delivered before 10:45 AM. Luncheon begins at 11:30 AM; menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages. This event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, please contact either JoAnne Reid at 645-0244 or Beth Duquette at 645-0398.

Walk, talk and look at pedestrian safety in Pawlet, Thursday, October 23, 10 AM – 12:30 PM, beginning at the Town Hall: Members of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, AARP, and the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition invite area residents to join them as they walk around Pawlet village as part of a health impacts study to assess paving, sidewalks, streetscapes etc. to ascertain suitability for walkers. The group will survey sidewalk conditions, speed zones, street signage, crosswalks, and more. The survey will help efforts to develop a healthy, safe, supportive infrastructure in Pawlet. For more information, contact Susan Schreibman, Rutland Regional Planning Commission, susan@rutlandrpc.org .

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 30, 7 PM.
Listers, Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 AM.
Energy Group, Monday, October 27, 12 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, October 27, 7:30 PM.

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

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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 blood 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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