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.