From the Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Facebook Page, May 12: Pawlet units responded to a barn fire on Rt. 30 north of the village this evening. The barn was severely damaged, but the fire was prevented from spreading to adjacent barns and was extinguished. Animal losses were limited to a single bull. We wish to offer our sincerest thanks to the West Pawlet, Rupert, Granville, Wells, Dorset, and Hebron fire departments for their outstanding mutual aid support, and to Granville Rescue for their support at the scene. As we become aware of any community efforts to aid the victims of this fire we will post them on this page.

Burn Ban through May 19: Vermont has ordered a statewide burn ban in response to dry, windy conditions that are creating a very serious wildfire hazard. This ban is in effect through May 19. It means that any brush burning, even on your own land, is illegal. Campfires and contained fires for heating and cooking are still OK, but please use extreme caution! If you have any questions contact your local fire department.

Updated Zoning Fees: After reviewing local zoning fees around Vermont, the Town of Pawlet has adopted an updated zoning fee schedule, which can be viewed here: http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/zoning-administrator/ . This schedule will go into effect at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2015. Please contact Zoning Administrator Eric Mach with any questions at 325-3309, ext. 3.

Road Closure starting June 1: The Town of Pawlet informs residents that effective June 1 and until further notice Bullfrog Hollow Road will be closed to through traffic while a culvert is being replaced.

Library Fundraiser Dinner, Bites for Gigabytes, Monday, June 15, Barn Restaurant: The Pawlet Public Library invites you for an evening fundraiser at the Barn Restaurant. Dinner will include salad, entrée, and dessert with coffee or tea and a cash bar. Tickets are $20, and 50% of the sales will go directly to fund the acquisition of much-needed computers for the library. If you can’t make it, we gratefully accept donations mailed to the Pawlet Library, P.O. Box 98, Pawlet, VT 05761 and payable to “Pawlet Public Library” with notation “for library computers.” For more information or to buy tickets call the library at 325- 3123 or Janno Gay at 867-2409. The Pawlet Public Library is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

Upcoming Pawlet Town Government Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street.
Energy Group, Monday, May 25, 12 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, May 25, 7:30 PM. The commission is continuing to work on revising the Pawlet Town Plan. Public input is an important part of this process.
Select Board, Tuesday, 26, 7 PM.
Listers 2015 Grievance Hearing, Wednesday, May 27, by appointment only. Contact the Listers at 325-3309, ext. 4.

Girls On The Run Benefit Dinner, Friday, May 15, Rupert Fire House, 5-7 PM: The Girls on the Run Team will be hosting a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Rupert and Pawlet food pantries as their Community Impact Project. Cost: $7; 10 and under $5.  Takeout available.

Meet Pawlet Community Church’s New Pastor, Sunday, May 17, 4 PM: Welcome Pastor Melissa O’Brien and help celebrate her 50th birthday at the church with pie and a free concert featuring Burlington musicians Brett Hughes, Kat Wright and Tyler Bolles.

Haystack Hustler Seniors Lunch, Tuesday, May 26, 12 PM, Mettawee Community School: This will be our last school lunch until fall. A 50/50 raffle will be held, and we will collect items for the Pawlet Food Pantry. We will complete our plans for the summer schedule. Make reservations for the school lunch by calling Phyllis Mason at 325-3196.

2015 Grievance Hearing, May 27: The Pawlet Listers have lodged the Grand List with the Pawlet Town Clerk. The 2015 Grievance Hearing will be held on May 27, 2015 by appointment only, at the Pawlet Listers’ office. Phone 325-3309 ext. 4 to schedule an appointment. Property owners are urged to contact Listers with any questions or concerns before initiating the formal grievance process. The Listers’ office will be open for questions on May 15, 2015, 9 AM to 12 PM and May 13, May 14, and May 18, 9 AM to 2 PM.

Roast pork dinner Saturday, June 6, 5 PM, Pawlet Church: The menu includes: roast  pork baked with topping, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot vegetables, cabbage, salad, applesauce, fruited Jello, rolls with butter, and hot and cold beverages. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for kids up to age 12; free for anyone up to five years old. Takeout orders can also be make on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

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.

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.

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.