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.