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 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, For advertisements contact Barry Schoenwetter, Rates for single issue: $25 for business card size ad; $50 for double business card size ad (20% discount to advertise in 4 issues).