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