Friday, September 20, Spaghetti Dinner for the benefit of MCS bus driver and community member Cyndi Legg: Cyndi lost her West Pawlet home to fire on Labor Day. The dinner will be at the Mettawee Community School on VT-153 in West Pawlet beginning at 5 PM and going till all are served. The menu includes spaghetti, with or without meatballs, tossed salad, bread, beverage and brownie sundae for dessert. Cost is $8 per person; takeout available. The school community is trying to give back to Cyndi for all the times she has given to the school and its students. Please join us in helping Cyndi replace what she lost. Contact Kelli Lewis, Lisa Wood or Cindy Collard at 802-645-9009 .

Saturday, September 21, Native Plant Nursery open house and plant sale, 10 AM to 2 PM, Green Mountain College: The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District with the Nature Conservancy and Green Mountain College announce the fall open house at the Champlain valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery.  Visit the nursery located on the west side of the campus behind Sage Hall and the Waldron Athletic Complex. Staff will conduct tours and answer questions.  Select native trees, shrubs, and perennials will be available for purchase.

Sunday, September 22, 10 AM to 7 PM, Bake Sale to benefit Cyndi Legg, 3677 VT Rte 153 Apt 1, West Pawlet: We will also be accepting cash donations as well as kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, and pet essentials. If you cannot attend and wish contribute please mail donations to: 3677 VT Rte 153 Apartment 1, West Pawlet, VT 05775.

Tuesday, September 24, Haystack Hustler Seniors Lunch, 12 noon, Mettowee School: Suggested price for the lunch is $3.50.  Please be thinking of activities you want to participate in for the next program year. For reservations contact Phyllis at 325-3196.

Sunday, September 29, West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, 7:30 AM to noon,  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:  Tom Collard at (802) 645-0839 or email: wpvfd@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, October 2, Pawlet Energy Group Meeting, 12 PM, Town Hall: The public is welcome to attend the energy group’s regular monthly meetings. Learn about the Button Up Vermont program and other weatherization and energy-related initiatives. For more information contact Sue LaPorte at 325-3424 or Facebook “Pawlet Energy Group.”

West Pawlet Farmers Market every Friday, 4-7 PM, Fish & Game Club Building: Menus and goods look very tempting! Come join the fun! Find “West Pawlet Fish and Game Club Building” on Facebook.

RAVNAH Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia Clinic: The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) and Dorset Nursing will be hosting a series of 23 flu and pneumonia vaccination clinics from September 24 to November 20. The Pawlet clinic will be held on Thursday, October 17, 1:30 – 3:30 PM at the Pawlet Community Church. The clinics are open to all adults age 18 years and over. This flu season RAVNAH will offer 3 vaccines for the flu: Trivalent, the regular vaccine for  18 years and older, with 3 types of protection; Quadrivalent, new, with 4 types of protection for 18 years and older and a high dose vaccine designed for adults over 65 and older who may be at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. For more information call RAVNAH Flu Hotline at 770-1574 or visit www.ravnah.org.

Saturday, November 16, Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Annual Game Supper: Mark your calendars now for this major fundraiser for the Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. Adults $12, and $6 for children under 12.

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. It began in a Burlington neighborhood in 2006 and now serves the entire state. More than 60,000 households use it to organize a group yard sale, find a lost cell phone, report a bear sighting, find someone to clear the snow, recommend a plumber, and more. Each community has its own distinct forum. The new Pawlet Wells Front Porch Forum is in the member recruitment phase. So far, 8 members have signed up. Once we get 100 members on board, then full functionality will turn on and everyone can start using it to share postings among neighbors. Help spread the word! http://frontporchforum.com/registrations

Participate in the Vermont Atlas of Life: Join our growing community of citizen naturalists from around the Green Mountain State in discovering and sharing observations of Vermont life on the Vermont Atlas of Life http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vermont-atlas-of-life. Your observations can be turned into research-grade, citizen science data that will help us discover, track and ultimately conserve our natural heritage. You can now track the observations and species in any Vermont town, ideal for town conservation commissions, students, town planners and naturalists. Watch our short screencast about this exciting new tool on our YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/a_SfXZGVnyM.

Electronics disposal information: Visit the Vermont e-cycles web site at http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/e-waste/ or call toll free 1-855-6ecycle.

Last call for fall issue of Pawlet Newsletter: 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).

Energy Assistance Program helps with electric bills: Green Mountain Power will give qualifying customers a 25% discount off your monthly electric bill. To be eligible, you must be a GMP customer and meet certain gross monthly income levels, depending on the number of people in your household. For more information call 1-800-775-0516 or visit online http://dcf.vermont.gov/esd/eap/GMP.