Benefit Concert, Saturday, September 17, 7:30 PM, Mettawee Community School: Bringing Nashville to West Pawlet – Courtney Shayne as Patsy Kline! Price: $15 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. 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 raffle drawing for the craftsman-style bedside cupboard donated by Vermont cabinetmaker Ray Finan of Arlington will also take place at this event. For more information, please contact Steve Williams at voorburg00@comcast.net or 802-645-9529.

Act 46 Merger Study Committee Meeting, Pawlet/Rupert/Wells, Monday, September 19, 7 PM, Rupert Fire House: 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.

The Pawlet Community Church will begin offering Sunday School on Sunday, September 25: We are fortunate to have Diane Morris Weeden as our Director, and we look forward to having the kiddos back, making lots of noise and sharing in community. Questions, please call Pastor Melissa O’Brien at 325-2345.

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, September 27 and October 11, 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.
  • Board of Civil Authority, Tuesday, October 4, 7 PM: to hear inspection committee reports resulting from hearings held on September 12, 2016.

Planning Commission seeks new member: Please send letter of interest stating your qualifications to The Pawlet Select Board, c/o Town Clerk, PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT 05761, by September 27, 2016. Duties include attending monthly meetings and occasional special meetings. Thanks to retiring member Paul Elsholz for his service to the planning commission and for continuing as Clerk.

Roast pork dinner Saturday, October 1, 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, October 9, 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.

Order fall bulbs for generator fund by September 28: Mettawee Community School students are selling Dutch Mill Bulbs as a fundraiser to benefit the Mettawee Generator Fund. The school has been designated as a Red Cross Emergency Shelter. With the generator in place, Mettawee Community School will become the location for the town’s Emergency Operations Center. The goal is to raise $1,000. Students will earn at least 50 % profit on every package of bulbs sold. The bulbs are economically priced and guaranteed by Dutch Mill Bulbs to grow and bloom. The fall bulbs can be previewed at http://www.dutchmillbulbs.com/. Payment is due at the time of sale. Customers paying by check should make them payable to “Mettawee Community School.” Be sure to order no later than Wednesday, September 28. Contact Dawn Robertson during school hours, 8 AM – 3 PM, 802-645-9009.

Update on School Emergency Generator Fund: The successful August 29 Mexican Monday fundraiser generated about $6,300 for the Mettawee School Generator Fund, about half the amount needed. To help with the remainder, please make out checks to the “Mettawee School Generator Fund” and send directly to: Brooke DeBonis, Principal, Mettawee Community School, 5788 VT Rte 153, West Pawlet, VT 05775; or Bob Morlino, Emergency Management Director, 4825 VT Rte 30, Pawlet VT 05761. Thank you. For more information, contact Bob Morlino, robertm850@aol.com.

Legislative Debate, Thursday, September 29, 6:30 PM, Pawlet Fire House, Route 133, Pawlet Village: The Rutland-Bennington District House candidates will meet in Pawlet. Vermont Representative Robin Chesnut-Tangerman and challenger Jonas Rosenthal will debate the political issues that impact Rupert, Tinmouth, Wells, Middletown Springs and Pawlet. District officials have been invited to submit debate questions through their town’s select boards. Questions will be organized by topic and selected so that each town is represented. There will also be an opportunity for district voters to ask questions from the floor. John Thrasher, Esquire, of Rupert will serve as Moderator. For information, contact Dolores Luebke, Debate Organizer, 802-645-0109.

Property taxes due October 11: Tax bills were mailed out earlier this month. The first payment is due on October 11, 2016, one month later than usual. Postmarks are accepted as timely payment. Please send self-addressed, stamped envelope if a receipt is desired. The second payment will be due February 10, 2017. Thank you, Judy Coolidge, Town Treasurer

Events at Pawlet Public Library:

  • Flow Yoga Wednesdays, 8:15 AM and Sundays 9 AM with Meghan Cancio-Bello
  • Weekly Story Time, Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11 AM beginning September 27
  • Star Wars Party, Saturday, October 15, 10:30 AM – 1 PM; games, activities, prizes, snacks, party favors, come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character.
  • Annual Library Halloween Parade, Saturday, October 29, 10:30 AM; for young children and their families, gather on the steps at the library for photos, then trick-or-treat to the local businesses from the library to the post office – a safe, friendly tradition.
  • Holiday Market, Saturday, December 3, 10 AM – 3 PM; contact the library to be a vendor at this annual event!

Looking for a venue for your next bridal/baby shower, small event, meeting, or gathering. Want to teach a class in art, writing or other area of interest? For a small fee you can have a choice of three rooms to hold your event or class at the Pawlet Library. Contact Melissa at the library for more information. Thank you, Melissa Curtis, Library Director, Pawlet Public Library, 802-325-3123

Free Arsenic Water Test Kits for Private Well Owners: The Vermont Department of Health is offering 75 freeE arsenic drinking water test kits to private well owners in the towns of Poultney, Wells, and Pawlet. Western Rutland County has some of the state’s highest levels of arsenic in groundwater. The percent of drinking water tests with arsenic levels higher than the EPA’s standard (10 micrograms per liter) is 12% in Pawlet, 26% in Poultney, and 47% in Wells. Private well owners with arsenic levels above the EPA’s standard are encouraged to install an arsenic removal treatment system, use bottled water, or get water from a known safe location. Consuming water contaminated with arsenic over long periods of time increases the risk of developing bladder, lung, or skin cancer. If you are on town water, you do not need to test your water. The EPA requires public water suppliers (town water) to regularly test water for arsenic and other contaminants. You can pick up a free test kit from Nora Sargent at the Wells Town Clerk Office: 1064 Route 30. The kits will be available from Monday, September 19 through Thursday, September 22. Limit one per household. To check if there are kits left, call (802) 645-0486. Be sure to return your water sample to the Wells Town Clerk’s Office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Health Department also recommends you regularly test your private drinking water supply for other chemicals, bacteria and radiation. To learn more about the private water testing schedule, go here: http://healthvermont.gov/tracking/documents/PrivateDrinkingWaterSpotlight_FINAL.pdf. If you have other questions about your private drinking water, call the Health Department at (802) 863-7220 or toll-free at (800) 439-8550. To order drinking water test kits, please call the Health Department Lab at (802) 338-4736 or toll-free at (800) 660-9997.

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.

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