Flood resiliency community gathering today, August 28, at Edie’s Green in Pawlet – Tropical Storm Irene, Five Years Later – Where Are We Now?  The Poultney Mettowee Conservation District and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission are holding a three-town gathering on Sunday, August 28, 2016 (the 5th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene) from 11 AM -2 PM at Edie’s Green in Pawlet Village. This event is free and open to the public. Presenters include Ned Swanberg, VT DEC Rivers Program; Ethan Swift, VT DEC Watershed Coordinator; and Hilary Soloman, PMNRCD Director. There will also be Tropical Storm Irene Photo and Story Displays. There is great fun for the kids as well: Wonderfeet Museum and the Rutland Area Food and Farm Link (RAFFL) will have hands-on activities, and there will be a Watershed Model and Flume Table: an interactive display with sand and running water that helps users visualize how dynamic streams interact with the landscape.  We’ll have pizza, BBQ, pies and ice cream for sale and rousing music by Spruce Knob Uprising. For those who would like to explore the stream and to better understand its dynamic potential, there will be a hike along the Flower Brook from 2-4 PM starting from Edie’s Green.

One Night Only, Monday, August 29, 4:30 PM, Mexican Monday Returns to The Pawlet Station to Benefit Mettawee School Generator Fund: The team returns for one night to cook up the Mexican Monday menu that everyone loved. Tom, Stacy and Mark Rees will prepare their Mexican Monday favorites, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Mettawee School Generator Fund. Enjoy fish tacos with their citrus cilantro verde sauce, slow roasted beef burritos with chipotle sour cream, house-made salsa & guacamole, and more. The Pawlet Station team has volunteered along with other members of the Pawlet community to make this happen in support of the Generator Fund. The Mettawee School is an American Red Cross-certified shelter for the community in the event of major disasters: however, the school needs a generator in order to be able to accommodate the people of Pawlet overnight. A FEMA grant has been awarded for 75% of the cost, but the remaining $16,200 must be raised locally from the public. First come, first served! Enjoy a margarita while you wait. Cash & checks only please. See you there! For more information, contact Bob Morlino, robertm850@aol.com. Checks can be made out to the “Mettawee School Generator Fund” and also sent directly to: Brooke DeBonis, Principal, Mettawee Community School, 5788 VT Rte 153, West Pawlet, VT 05775; or Robert Morlino, Emergency Management Director, 4825 VT Rte 30, Pawlet VT 05761. Thank you.

 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, August 30 and September 13, 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.
  • Energy Group, Monday, September 26, 12 PM.
  • Pawlet Planning Commission, Monday, September 26, 7:30 PM.

Pawlet Town offices closed Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.

Act 46 Merger Study Committee Meeting, Pawlet/Rupert/Wells, Wednesday, September 1, 6:30 PM, Mettawee Community School Library: Act 46 is the new education reform law which will require school district mergers in the near future. Members of the Pawlet/Rupert/Wells Merger Study Committee, appointed by the school districts, must determine whether it’s advisable for the Rupert, Wells and Mettawee school districts to merge into a single district to meet the requirements of Act 46. At the September 1 meeting the committee seeks community input on whether the proposed district should offer school choice or designation of three schools (Granville, Salem and Poultny). Childcare will be provided from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The committee plans on voting on the choice versus designation issue after hearing from the public.

Roast pork dinner Saturday, September 3, 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, and this month’s special dessert – gingerbread with whipped cream. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children up to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Takeout orders can also be made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, September 11, 7:30 to 11 AM, West Pawlet fire house: The fire house is located on Route 153 (Main Street) in West Pawlet, and it’s a handicap-accessible site.  All are welcome. 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 $10 for 12 years and up, $5 for 5-12 years and free to children under the age of 5.  A 501(c) (3) non-profit, 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.

Bringing Nashville to West Pawlet! Courtney Shayne as Patsy Kline, Saturday, September 17, 7 PM, Mettawee Community School: Tickets will go on sale August 25 at the West Pawlet Firemen’s Annual Auction, price: $15.00 per person. Light refreshments and a 50/50 raffle. This is a charity event sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Pawlet Fire Department. Auxiliary Contacts: Bernadine Hull, (802) – 353-1089 or Joann Reid (802) – 645-0244

PHS Presents: Nineteenth Century Tablets – Schoolhouse Slates, Sunday, September 18 at 3 PM: The Pawlett Historical Society program is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Braintree School on VT-153 in West Pawlet. Refreshments will be provided. Dale & Joan Prouty will discuss America’s early school slate industry, which began right in the Slate Valley of West Pawlet. The presentation will include many examples of the creative slate improvements designed and marketed to the needs of schools and young scholars in the years from the mid-19th Century through the mid-20th Century. The Proutys are members of the Country School Association of America where both serve on the Board of Directors. In 2015 they were instrumental in bringing the CSAA National Conference to New York State which included a stop at the Braintree School in West Pawlet. For more information, please contact Steve Williams at voorburg00@comcast.net or 802-645-9529.

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 students coming to Vermont for the 2015-2016 high school year and we need to find them 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. 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. 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.

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.