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, July 21, and August 4, 7 PM.
Energy Group, Monday, July 27, 12 PM.
Planning Commission, Monday, July 27, 7:30 PM. The commission is revising the Pawlet Town Plan, scheduled to be complete by August 24. Public input is an important part of this process. 

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. The firehouse is filling up with great donations for Thursday’s auction. If you have donations and want them picked up, please call 325-3222 today and leave a message. Firefighters will be making picking donations up this evening.

 Pawlet Library’s 48th Annual Book Sale, Mettawee School, Saturday, July 25, 9 AM to 3 PM, 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. We would like to thank everyone who has so generously donated so many books for the sale; our challenge now is to finish sorting what we have already, so if you have books to donate please keep them until the beginning of August when we will be happy to take them again for next year.

 Development Review Board Hearing, Monday, July 27, 7 PM, Pawlet Town Hall conference room: The DRB will meet to discuss the application for a variance at 186 Betts Bridge Road; Permit applications are posted for review at the Pawlet Town Hall

 Roast pork dinner Saturday, August 1, 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.

 West Pawlet Fire Department Seeks Items for its Annual Auction in August: The WPVFD annual auction, a major fund-raiser event for the benefit of the department, is set for Thursday, August 20. Donated items for the auction will be gladly accepted. Please be in touch with the department should you need assistance getting items to the auction site. Contact: Dave Hosley, 645-0158 or Tom Collard, 645-0839; or email: wpvfd@yahoo.com.

 Art on Edie’s Green, September 5, 10 AM – 4 PM, 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. We are now seeking artists to participate! For more information contact Anita Pomerance, skyshows@vermontel.net, 325-3786 or Facebook “Art on Edie’s Green.”

Host Families needed: CIEE is a non-profit agency that coordinates foreign exchange students and has been designated by the State Department to supervise the students when they come into the country.  Our mission is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. We have a couple students coming to Vermont for the 2015-2016 high school year and we need to find them good homes and families. We accept all kinds of families – kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, and so on. The main requirement is kindness and a willingness to learn about a foreign culture. Families who welcome a student will not only gain a new member, but will also learn about the world, its many values, traditions, languages, food, and more. Our students have the appropriate visa, medical insurance and pay for all of their own expenses, with the exception of food and utilities. Students are between the ages of 15-18. They are arriving in August and are on a 10 month program. A family may act as a welcome family and bring the student into your community for a part of their experience as well. Please contact me if you are interested in helping. Thank you, Virginia Doss, CIEE Regional Director, 300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101,  vdoss@ciee.org, 207-553-7812, ciee.org/highschool/host

 Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Upgrades Communication: The PVFD recently applied for and was awarded a Homeland Security Grant by FEMA in coordination with the Vermont Communications Steering Committee. The grant paid for a repeater system which was installed on Town of Pawlet property as approved by the Pawlet Select Board. The new 100-Watt repeater will allow the Pawlet fire department to have more reliable communication in areas where, up to now, reception has been inadequate or impossible. “Due to the mountainous terrain of Pawlet, radio reception was sometimes a challenge, and in an emergency you need to have a reliable system. The repeater now allows us to communicate across town without interruption” says Bob Morlino, Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Vice President and Project Director.

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.