July News and Events in the Mettowee Valley

Pawlet Emergency Management: We are updating our VTAlert emergency phone contact list. This is a list of phone numbers in Pawlet/WestPawlet that will be contacted to provide information in the event of town wide emergencies. If you are a Comcast telephone user and have an exchange number other than 325 or 645 please email me your name, address and phone number if you would like to be included on this list. Please send the information to RobertM850@aol.com. Thank you, Robert Morlino, Emergency Management Director.

Town of Pawlet seeks administrative assistant for the Select Board; applications due by July 7: The Select Board’s Administrative Assistant works at the discretion of the board, about 12 hours per week, to provide assistance and leadership in carrying out the operations and activities necessary for the effective, efficient operation of the town. For more information, see  http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/select-board/. All applications submitted are public record.

Pawlet Town Offices Closed on Monday, July 6 for the Independence Day holiday; regular office hours will resume on July 7, 2015.

Upcoming Pawlet Town Government Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street.

  • Planning Commission Working Meeting on Town Plan Draft, Monday, July 13, 7 – 9 PM.
  • Select Board, Tuesday, July 7 and 21, 7 PM.
  • Energy Group, Monday, July 27, 12 PM.
  • Planning Commission Monthly Meeting, Monday, July 27, 7:30 PM. The commission is continuing to work on revising the Pawlet Town Plan. Public input is an important part of this process.

Help draft the agriculture portion of Pawlet’s 2015 Town Plan: Fred Stone of the Pawlet Planning Commission will be working on drafting the agriculture portion of the 2015 Pawlet Town Plan on Friday, July 10, 6:30 PM in the conference room of the Town Hall. Anyone interested in the future of agriculture in our town is encouraged to attend.

GMP schedules power outage for July 11: Notice to the Town of Pawlet from GMP – On Saturday, July 11, 2015 between the hours of 00:00 AM and 04:00 AM Green Mountain Power Corporation will interrupt your electric service. This outage is necessary to provide safe working conditions for Green Mountain Power Corporation crews while working on our equipment. In the event of bad weather, the outage will occur on Sunday, July 12, 2015 between the hours of 00:00 A.M. and 04:00 A.M. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during the planned outage. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 1-888-835-4672 and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to assist you. Sincerely, Green Mountain Power Customer Service

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary’s Annual Flea Market, Raffle and Bake Sale, Saturday, July 11, 9 AM – 3 PM: This family event will be held on Town-Wide Yard Sale Day in West Pawlet at the fire station located on Vermont Route 153 (Main Street). The firehouse kitchen will open at 9 AM for a light breakfast of donuts and coffee, and it will also be open for lunch. Many homemade items will be available at the food sale. Vendor tables in the flea market area are available for rent at $10 each. Reserve a table soon! Flea market contacts are Edna Winot: 645-0174 and Ellie Parks: 287-1639. The Big Raffle drawings will begin around 2 PM with more than 50 items to be raffled, including Telescope furniture and cash! Raffle tickets are now on sale and may be purchased through any Auxiliary member. The whole community is invited to have a lawn sale. For more information, please contact Joanne Reid at 645-0244.

Roast pork dinner Saturday, July 11, 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 $12 for adults. Takeout orders can also be make on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

2015 Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Auction, Thursday, July 23: The famous auction returns! This community tradition involves bargains, great food, live auction entertainment, and a great chance to have some fun with your neighbors– in short, there’s something for everyone! We begin accepting donations on Wednesday, July 8, so check those garages and attics. Your no-longer-needed items can become a major source of support for your fire department. Items can be dropped off at the station on Tuesday evenings in July, or call 325-3222 and leave a message to arrange a pickup.

Pawlet Library’s 48th Annual Book Sale, Mettawee School, Saturday, July 25, 9 AM to 3PM, and Sunday, July 26, 10 AM to 2 PM: The Library seeks volunteers to help moving and setting up 25,000 books, facilities for the bake sale and food service. Please call the library at 325-3123.

2015 Hildene Award Luncheon Honors Pawlet’s Susanne Rappaport on Sunday, July 26, 12 PM: The contributions of Jane Beck and Susanne Rappaport will be celebrated by family, friends and colleagues at a luncheon honoring them at Hildene. The Hildene Award, given annually to a Vermonter(s) selected by Hildene’s Board of Trustees, includes a $10,000 prize that will go to a project of the recipient’s choosing. This year Susanne Rappaport’s  is a posthumous award, therefore the 2015 project will be chosen by Jane Beck. The project will be announced at the luncheon. This event is open to the public. The cost to attend the luncheon is $30 per person, $20 for Hildene members and volunteers. This includes admission to Hildene for the day. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or stephanie@hildene.org by July 17.

Art on Edie’s Green, September 5, Pawlet Village: This event is a major fundraiser for the Pawlet Scholarship Committee which provides scholarships to Pawlet and West Pawlet residents 18 years and older who plan to attend college or continue their education. Please plan on stopping by, supporting your local artists and facilitating someone’s education. The artists donate 20% of their profits to support the scholarship fund. For more information contact Anita Pomerance, skyshows@vermontel.net or 325-3786.

Notice from Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk: My 2nd Grandbaby is due to come into the world within the next month! If you come to the office or call during regular hours and find it closed, please accept my apologies in advance. I will make every effort to make sure there is coverage during regular office hours. Thank you for understanding. Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, Town of Pawlet, 802-325-3309 x1

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.

Call for Pawlet Newsletter: Please send any material for this issue by July 7, 2015. News, upcoming events, announcements and ads to: Elizabeth Gibson, egib@vermontel.net. Ad rates: $25 for one-time business card-size ad ($70 for 3 issues); $50 for double business card-size ad ($140 for 3 issues). The Pawlet Newsletter is published about three times per year and distributed at no charge to Pawlet residents and nonresident taxpayers. Others may subscribe to three issues for $10.

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.