West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, April 10, 7:30 – 11 AM, West Pawlet fire house: This monthly event benefits the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. The breakfast menu includes pancakes – regular, chocolate chip, blueberry, cranberry – with local maple syrup; as well as waffles, home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Beverages include: coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. Breakfast prices are $9.00 for 12 years and up, $5.00 for 5-12 years and free to children under the age of 5 years. Breakfast profits are dedicated for the department’s equipment and training needs. New members for the department are welcome. For more information contact:  Antonio Landon at 802-345-4312 or wp5801@yahoo.com .

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

  • Select Board, Tuesday, April 12 and April 26, 7 PM. If you have a specific topic to discuss with the board and wish to be added to the agenda, please notify Tim at pawletselectbrd@vermontel.netby the Friday before the meeting you are planning to attend. The meeting agenda is posted at the Pawlet and West Pawlet Post Offices and on the town website at least 2 days in advance.
  • Development Review Board, Thursday, April 14, 7 PM – to discuss the application for a Conditional Use Permit for 4418 VT Route 30, submitted by Brian Leach. Permit application is available for review at the Pawlet Town Hall during regular operating hours.
  • Energy Group, Monday, April 25, 12 PM.
  • Pawlet Planning Commission, Monday, April 25, 7:30 PM.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Saturday, April 16, 8:00- 9:30 AM, Mettawee Community School Parking Lot, Route 153, West Pawlet: Free service to all residents of Pawlet and West Pawlet; proof of residency required. Visit www.rutlandcountyswac.org for additional information on what items are accepted. Electronics are not accepted at this event.

Mettawee School Generator Fundraising Committee, Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 PM, Mettawee Community School: All are welcome to participate in this fund drive to supplement a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant which has been awarded to the Town of Pawlet for an emergency generator for the Mettawee Community School. The school is a certified American Red Cross shelter. After the generator is installed, the school will become the location for the Town’s Emergency Operations Center. The FEMA grant is for $48,698 which is 75% of the cost for the generator and installation. The purpose of this fundraising effort is to come up with the additional $16,232 required to pay for the generator. The first major fundraising activity will be on a pig roast Saturday, June 4 at Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet.

Annual Kids Fishing Derby, Saturday, April 30, 9 AM, West Pawlet: This free event is open to kids ages 12 and under and is sponsored by the West Pawlet Fish & Game Club, located 2 miles south of West Pawlet village – watch for signs. For more information, contact Tom at 802-645-0839. Please, no spinners! 

3rd annual Turkey Shoot, Saturday, April 30, Noon – 3:30 PM: The Pawlet Bushwhackers Annual Turkey Shoot will take place at Ross’s Gravel Pit off Herrick Brook Road in Pawlet. There will be a Turkey shoot, trap/skeet shoot and handgun competition with 12-15 lb. turkeys, cash and many other prizes awarded. We will also have the grill going with hot dogs, cheeseburgers and soft drinks. Proceeds will go to the Pawlet Fire Department and the Pawlet Bushwhackers. Call Mike Bellemare for more info at 325-2151.

Pawlet Public Library in Need of Sandwich Board: Is there a woodworker/handy person out there willing to make and donate a 2.5′ X 3.5′ sandwich board that we could use to advertise our events? We are a 501(c)(3) organization, making your donation a tax deduction! The Pawlet Public Library is free and open to the public, with new computers for Internet access, updated material and space for community to hold events and classes. We offer these amenities from funds we raise, which is why we are asking for help in promoting our events. We greatly appreciate your support, and for spreading the word~ Thank you! Georganna (Janno) Gay, janno6@live.com, Weatherby Lane, Pawlet

Take the Act 148 Survey: The Vermont Legislature passed the Universal Recycling Law, Act 148, in 2012. It bans disposal of certain recyclables by July 1, 2015; leaf and yard debris and clean wood by July 1, 2016; and food scraps by July 1, 2020. It also requires solid waste haulers and facilities to collect these same materials. As part of the plan for implementing this law, solid waste management entities must survey residents on their knowledge of waste disposal practices. Please take the survey! It takes only a few moments, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S86DB77 . For more information visit www.rutlandcountyswac.org. Thank you, Pamela Lavoie Clapp, Administrator, Solid Waste Alliance Communities 

Legislative Update by Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, State Representative, Rutland-Bennington: It has been a couple of action-packed weeks in Montpelier, with another 4 or 5 weeks to go before the end of session. The big “Money Bills” have passed the House and moved over to the Senate Including the Capital, Yield (education tax rates), Tax, Fee, Budget, and Transportation Bills. The T-Bill (transportation), which includes $331 million in federal dollars, funds a wide range of projects. The number of crumbling bridges and “poor condition” roads continues to shrink as repairs are made. Challenges like public transport and bike paths continue to get serious attention, and the long- awaited completion of the railroad between Rutland and Burlington is now fully funded, although work will not be completed for a couple of years. The Budget Bill has a lot to like, including greater stability, better planning toward multi-year funding, and integrating Results Based Accountability into the allocations. This budget ends reliance on “one time” money for ongoing needs, fully funds current state retirement commitments, increases support for child services related to the opiate crisis, and even modestly boosts state college funding for the first time in a decade. Education costs are seeing only a 1.5% increase, less than the rate of inflation, mostly thanks to strict budget paring by local school boards. There are many less critical but still highly controversial bills at play in the statehouse. A random sample includes a complicated but important revisiting of the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor, marijuana legalization, renewable energy siting, and a proposal to raise the smoking age to 21. Because this is so short it might raise more questions than answers – if you want to know more, the Legislature’s website is here 24/7: http://legislature.vermont.gov. As always, feel free to contact me with your thoughts at rchesnut-tangerman@leg.state.vt.us.

Nursing Nook for New Moms Monthly Meetings: Nursing Nook is a comfortable place to ask breastfeeding questions, get advice, and hang out with other nursing moms. Free and open to the public. Presented by WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. Monthly meetings at two locations in Pawlet: Pawlet Library, 2nd Friday each month, 2-3 PM and Mettawee Valley Family Health, 4th Monday each month, 9:30-10:30 AM. Questions? Email Brooke at Brooke.Hughes-Muse@vermont.gov.

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.