Pawlet News December 22, 2016, Happy Holidays Everyone!

Christmas Services at Pawlet Community Church will be held at 7 PM, Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, and on Christmas morning, Sunday, December 25, at 9:30 AM.

2017 Cow Town Calendars are here! They are on sale at the Library and the Town Clerk’s Office for $20 each. The calendar is an annual fundraiser for the Pawlet Public Library, and it features the people that serve our town. They make a wonderful gift for those that love Pawlet. There are also opportunities to gift the Library with a favorite book of your own or one of the many wish books hanging on the tree in the library. Stop by and check it out!

Farmer’s Market in Dorset Saturday, December 24, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM: The Dorset Farmer’s market will be holding a special Christmas Eve Saturday market from 10-1 at the regular winter market venue at JK Adams. Come join us for some last minute shopping! Stock up with the freshest produce for your Sunday dinner and finish up your down to the wire gift shopping. Also take part in our free raffle for a gift basket! All while enjoying the great sounds of our musician friend Paul Brotchie.

2016 December Office Hours for Pawlet Town Clerk: The Town Clerk’s office will be CLOSED: Wednesday, 12/21 thru Monday, 12/26; Thursday, 12/29/16 through Friday, 12/30/16. The office will be OPEN: Tuesday, 12/27, & Wednesday, 12/28. Regular office hours will resume 1/2/2017.

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

· Energy Group, Monday, December 26, 12 PM.

· Pawlet Planning Commission, Monday, January 23, 7:30 PM. (Note: No meeting in December)

· Select Board, Tuesday, January 3 and January 17 and January 31, 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.net by 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.

· Joint meeting of Select Board and Planning Commission, January 31, 7 PM: Lyle Jepson of the Rutland Economic Development Corporation and Mary Cohen of the Rutland Chamber of Commerce will attend to discuss regional marketing initiatives and other economic development issues.

Public Hearing, Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 7 PM, Town Hall Conference Room: The Select Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the town’s Unified Bylaws. For more information, including the Planning Commission’s report on these revisions, the proposed amendments and river corridors map, stop in at the Town Office or visit: http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/planning-commission/.

Preparing for Local Elections, March 7, 2017: A preliminary list of elected town offices expiring in March is available at http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/town-clerk/. Note that this list is subject to change. Nominating Petitions AND Consent of Candidate forms need to be filed with the town clerk by 5:00 PM January 30, 2017.  Candidates MUST be registered to vote in the town he or she is seeking office in.  VSA 17 §2681 (a)(1)(A & B); (2)  Eligible petitions shall contain at least 30 valid signatures of voters of the municipality or one percent of the legal voters of the municipality whichever is less.  VSA 17 §2681 (b) The Town of Pawlet currently has 1082 registered voters.  Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk

Rabies Notification: I have been notified by the Vermont Department of Health that a skunk in the Waite hill Rd area has tested positive for rabies. There is no particular public health issue, but this does indicate that other animals in this area may be inflicted with the disease. Please avoid getting to close to wildlife – especially wildlife with unusual behavior. Bob Morlino, Town of Pawlet Health Officer

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, January 8, 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.

Events at Pawlet Public Library:

· Flow Yoga Sundays 9 AM with Meghan Cancio-Bello

· Weekly Story Time, Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11 AM

· Tea Read Book Club, third Thursday each month at 1 PM.

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 the Pawlet Library, 2nd Thursday of each month, 10 – 11:30 AM. Questions? Email Brooke at Brooke.Hughes-Muse@vermont.gov.

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. Please note: wood fuel is now also available, thanks to local donations.

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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