Flower Brook Public Meeting Series, October 20 and November 3, Pawlet Library, 6 PM: The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District will hold two public meetings for area residents.
– The October 20 meeting, Headwaters and Stormwater, will address stormwater project ideas, Flower Brook headwater projects, and gully stabilization options. Topics will include changes in the headwaters of Flower Brook, including erosion and increasing sediment flows. Discover a 30-foot gully eroding through old glacial deposits. Hear about projects that might decrease the effects of these changes in Flower Brook, and options for increased flood resiliency.
– The November 3 meeting, Village Septic and Illicit Discharge Analysis, is geared toward homeowners in the Pawlet Village Center. The results of the septic survey conducted this summer will be discussed; also the results of the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Survey contracted by the State of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation. A representative from Stone Environmental will discuss methods to minimize the environmental effects from septic systems of varying type and/or age.  A representative from Watershed Consulting Associates will discuss the results of the IDDE survey and the septic-sniffing dog team. A representative from Vermont DEC will be present to discuss available loan funds to help with septic replacement costs.
For questions, or to speak specifically about your situation, please call or email Hilary Solomon at 287-8339 or pmnrcd@gmail.com.

Vermont Movie, Sunday, October 25, 5 PM, West Pawlet Fire House: The Pawlett Historical Society sponsors the showing of the six-part “Vermont Movie” made by a number of Vermont movie producers under the direction of Nora Jacobson. The first part will be shown on October 25. Admission is free; refreshments will be served. At the showing of part 1, we will discuss when and where the remaining five “Vermont Movie” parts will be offered. Contact Steve Williams at 802- 645-9529 or by email at: voorburg00@comcast.net .

Haystack Hustler Seniors lunch October 27, 12 PM, Mettawee Community School: We will meet at the school for lunch, and the students will present a program.  Lunch is $3.50.  There will be our 50/50 Raffle, and items for the Pawlet Food Pantry will be collected. All Seniors 55 years old and over are encouraged to attend our lunches.  We try to have fun along with learning something new.  For more information, contact Phyllis Mason at 325-3196.

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, October 26, 12 PM.
Planning Commission Monthly Meeting, Monday, October 26, 7:30 PM.
Select Board, Tuesday, October 27 and November 10, 7 PM.

Pawlet Planning Commission seeks new member: The Planning Commission meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7:30 PM, with occasional extra meetings as required. This term expires in March of 2016. Please send letter of interest stating your qualifications to Deb Hawkins, Pawlet Town Clerk, PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761.

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.

News from the Pawlet Town Clerk: The Pawlet Town Office will be closed on November 11, 24, 25 and 26 for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays. Please note that there is no general election this year; the presidential election and general elections take place only in even-numbered years. Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk

New Contact for Pawlet Select Board: The board’s new administrative assistant is Timothy Hughes-Muse, who is now the point of contact for the board at pawletselectbrd@vermontel.net.

Roast pork dinner Saturday, November 7, 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 made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, November 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.  In recognition of Youth Deer Hunting Weekend, all youth hunters who provide proof of your deer will receive a free breakfast. 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 Volunteer Fire Department Game Supper, Saturday, November 14: The Game Supper is a huge meal of local wild game meats that can’t be bought in stores, including moose, bear, and venison, all generously donated by Pawlet’s skilled hunters, plus fresh vegetables, cheeses, and countless homemade pies. This event is a cherished community tradition, now in its 47th year, and a key fundraiser for your volunteer fire department. Come check it out! Service begins at 5 pm at the Pawlet Fire Station, 155 Vermont Route 133 in Pawlet. The meal costs $12 for adults, $6 for children 10 and under. Children under 6 eat free.

West Pawlet Red Cross Shelter Update: The West Pawlet Red Cross Emergency Shelter, established by the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department in 2011, seeks to raise $2,500 to $3,000 for much-needed supplies. Donation checks should be made out to the WPVFD Red Cross Emergency Shelter, and mailed to P.O. Box 87, West Pawlet, VT  05775. Your tax-deductible contributions of $5, $10 or more will make a difference for your local Red Cross volunteers, the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department, and especially for those who will find shelter in the West Pawlet Fire House. Contact Paul Turnley at 645-0955, pturnley@aol.com, or Dolores Luebke, at 645-0109.

Do You Keep Poultry? If you raise chickens or turkeys, take note: the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is a highly contagious poultry disease that can be devastating to chickens and turkeys, and the farmers who depend on them for their livelihood. It is most commonly spread to domestic poultry by infected waterfowl, through direct contact or contact with droppings, during migration periods. The HPAI is not known to impact human health and has not yet been identified in Vermont. But poultry producers should become familiar with it now. The entire Northeast, including Vermont, is preparing for the possibility that an outbreak of HPAI could affect our region this fall or during the spring of 2016. If you raise poultry, please visit: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/animal_health/avian_influenza_preparedness. Education and prevention are key to minimizing the impact of the epidemic on poultry producers. Thank you! -The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

Sunday School is underway at the Pawlet Community Church: Join us for an hour of fun learning, beginning at 9:30 AM. Sunday School is led by Deb Gould Clark and Mairi McCormick.

Congratulations to our own Charles Mason! Charles Mason, Pawlet Lister, is this year’s recipient of the Michael P. Cyprian Award, established by the Vermont Assessor & Lister Association in 1991 to honor Listers and Assessors who demonstrate fairness to all, dedication, helpfulness, working to improve the listing process and pursued better education for the assessment community. Charles also received the Steven Jeffrey Lister of the Year $250.00 Education Grant, which was presented for the first time this year. This grant honors Steven Jeffrey, recently retired Director for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, for his years of service and dedication to the State of Vermont. Charles is an active member of VALA and provides a wealth of knowledge and wisdom surrounding the field of Listing/Assessing here in Vermont.

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://vermontvisitingnurses.org/events/categories/rutland-area/ to learn about their flu and foot care clinics; cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure screenings; and many other important services.