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, including our new seafood club. You can now get fresh fish every week through a Poultney farmer and his fishermen colleagues in Gloucester, MA, and Maine; Preordering is necessary. We’re also planning “parties” each month to celebrate important dates, such as Valentine’s Day with neighbors.

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, February 17, 7 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, February 23, 7:30 PM.
Energy Group, Monday, February 23, 12 PM.

2015 Annual Woodchuck Festival set for February 7 in West Pawlet: This annual event is held at Mettawee Community School from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday. A fundraiser event sponsored jointly by the Ladies Fire Auxiliary and the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department, the festival is a family day of fun for all ages. Enjoy the silent auction, craft vendor market with many hand-crafted and home-made items, home-baked goods and great food at the firemen’s Woodchuck Café. Games organized by the West Pawlet Fire Department include the Woodchuck Rescue Challenge, the awesome fire drill games and obstacles, cow plop bingo, and the tug-of-war where West Pawlet takes on the world. Contact: Beth (Kashner) Moser-Duquette (802)-645-0398 or Dave Morgan (802)-645-0158.

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, February 8, 7:30 to 11 AM, West Pawlet fire house: 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!

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/

Heads up when parking at the Pawlet Library: Please note that any banks of snow left in parking spaces directly in front of library are intentional and in line with the snow and ice shedding from the roof. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding that we have a limited parking area and want everyone to be safe!

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.