We are in “stick season” now, the time after the autumn leaves have fallen and before the first snowfall, the time when the trees look like sticks against sky. There’s a lot happening in Pawlet during these shorter days.

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, November 10 and November 24, 7 PM.
– Energy Group, Monday, November 23, 12 PM.
– Planning Commission Monthly Meeting, Monday, November 23, 7:30 PM.

Order your Mettawee Community School PTO Community Calendar now: Contact Linda Maness at lmaness@brsu.org or mail $5 to: MCS PTO, Attn. Linda Maness, 5788 VT 153, W. Pawlet, VT 05775. Thanks for supporting your PTO.

Button Up Your Home for Winter, and make it fun on “Button Up” Day November 7: Mark the 3rd annual “Button Up Vermont Day of Action” by taking some action – even a small one – that highlights the benefits of energy efficiency investments. Tell your story, organize an event, write a letter to the editor or engage your hardware store to help promote the benefit of do-it-yourself solutions. There are lots of things you can do. And stay tuned for far more details about the day at Buttonupvermont.org.

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.

Pawlet and Rupert Community Forum on Act 46, November 17, 6:30 PM, Mettawee Community School Gym: Members of the public are invited to attend a community forum on Act 46, the new education reform law which will require school district mergers in the near future.  A presentation will be made by BRSU Superintendent Dan French followed by a question and answer session.  A focus of the evening will be exploring the pros and cons of maintaining designation with New York schools.

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Turkey Raffle, Friday, November 20, 7 PM, West Pawlet Firehouse: The doors will open at 6 PM and the turkeys start flying at 7! Learn how to purchase a playing card to participate. The cards will enable 27 lucky winners to each win a turkey with a bag of potatoes. Refreshments – hot dogs, chips, coffee, donuts, soda and water – will be available. Additionally, tickets are also on sale now by the fire department for four Grand Prizes to be raffled: Remington 30-06 Model 7600 Pump Rifle (or $400 cash); Binoculars; $100 cash; Turkey Meal with Fixin’s. Ticket proceeds support the fire department’s equipment and training needs. Tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated. New members are always welcome. For more information contact:  Ron Taylor, Jr. at 645-0003 or cell # 802-683-8988.

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

Christmas Craft Fair and Flea Market, Saturday, December 5, 9 AM – 2 PM, West Pawlet Fire House: This seasonal festival includes craft and flea market items, a food sale, raffle and lunch. Santa arrives at 12:30 PM.

Craft vendor items include mittens, wreaths, jewelry, decorated boxes. The food sale will feature Polish nut rolls, decorated holiday cakes, cookies, pies, and more. There is a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a complete ham dinner. Raffle tickets for the 50/50 drawing price are $1.00 and may be purchased at the event. Lunch is served starting at 11 AM – hamburgers, hot dogs, corn chowder, sandwiches, beverages and more. Some vendor spaces in the flea market area are still available, $10 per space; contact Edna Winot at 645-0174. This event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, contact JoAnne Reid 645-0244 or Beth Duquette 645-0398.

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 help replenish the fund. 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. To get confidential help locally from the Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund, call Pawlet Town Clerk Deb Hawkins, 325-3309.

Pawlet Bone Builders Group, Monday and Thursday Mornings: The Osteoporosis Prevention and Reversal Program is an effective combination of weight bearing, balance and stretching exercises, with nutritional information and socialization. Originally developed from the Strong Living Program of Tufts University, Bone Builders is a free, ongoing program open to all those with concerns about osteoporosis. The Pawlet Bone Builders group meets at the Pawlet Library on Monday mornings at 10:15 and Thursday mornings at 9. We have room available for new members to join us. No experience is necessary. Volunteer coaches will teach you the exercises, which may be done seated or standing. Men and women of all ages are welcome. For additional information, call Ruth Friedman  802-645-0226.

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! 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 very 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

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.