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, December 8, and December 22, 7 PM.
Energy Group, Monday, December 28, 12 PM.
Planning Commission Monthly Meeting, Monday, December 28, 7:30 PM. Public Hearing on the Pawlet Town Plan (see below).

Pawlet and Rupert Communities consider implications of Act 46: Act 46 is the new education reform law which will require school district mergers. At a special meeting of the Pawlet and Rupert school boards on December 3 the members voted to form a formal merger study committee. The members also agreed that they would have a six-person committee with four Pawlet members and two Rupert members. The Pawlet Board will be meeting Wednesday, December 9 at 6:15 PM. They are looking for volunteers to be serving on the ACT 46 merger study committee. If you are interested, please attend the meeting. If you can’t attend the meeting and would like to be a volunteer, please e-mail Ray Foster at drraymo@sover.net or call him at 802-384-1158.

West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, December 13, 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 Planning Commission Notice of Public Hearing, Monday December 28, 2015, 7:30 pm, Pawlet Town Hall: This hearing is to allow interested parties to express their views on the readoption of the Pawlet Town Plan under T.24 VSA §4384. The existing town plan was last adopted on November 16, 2010. The new town plan is proposed for readoption by the Pawlet Select Board in February 2016. Copies of the proposed town plan are available at the Pawlet Town Office and can be viewed here: Draft Pawlet Town Plan for Public Hearing. Written and oral comments on this plan will be accepted at the public hearing.

Shelter Defibrillator Fund Update: The Red Cross Emergency Shelter for West Pawlet is collecting funds to buy a defibrillator for the firehouse. Thanks to another very generous donation from the Rupert Mettawee Valley 4H Club, we are now only $175 away from being able to purchase it. This is something that will benefit the whole community; anyone who attends any event in the Fire House will have the benefit of knowing it is right there to save your life if you need it. Won’t you step up and help us over that last little hurdle of $175? Send your donation today to: The WPVFD Red Cross Emergency Shelter, P.O. Box 87, West, Pawlet, VT 05775. Your donation is tax-deductible, thank you! For further information, please call Paul Turnley, Shelter Manager, 802-645-0955 pturnley@aol.com or Dolores Luebke, Shelter Volunteer at 802-645-0109.

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.

2015 December Town Office Hours:
The Town Clerk’s office closed Wednesday, 12/23 thru Friday, 12/25; and Wednesday, 12/30/15 thru Friday, 1/1/16.
The Town Clerk’s office open Monday, 12/21, Tuesday, 12/22, Monday, 12/28, & Tuesday 12/29.
Regular office hours will resume 1/4/2016! Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk

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.

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 review information posted here: http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/health-officer/. Thank you! Bob Morlino, Health Officer

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.