Town Offices Closed on January 16, 2017: The Pawlet town offices will be closed this Monday In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Regular office hours will Resume on Tuesday, January 17.

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, 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.
  • Energy Group, Monday, January 23, 12 PM.
  • 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.

Preparing for Local Elections, March 7, 2017: Thinking about running for local office? A preliminary list of town offices with terms that will be expiring March 2017 is available from the Town Clerk or at http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/town-clerk/. 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.

Property Taxes Due February 10, 2017: Tax bills were mailed out in September 2016, and the second installment is due on Friday, February 10, 2017 to the Town Treasurer. Tax payments in envelopes postmarked on or before due date will be considered timely. Interest is charged at the rate of 1.5% per month on all accounts not paid on or before due dates. Taxes are turned over to the delinquent collector within twenty days of final payment. An 8% collector’s fee is charged at that time. Thank you, Judy Coolidge, Town Treasurer, PO Box 128, Pawlet, VT, 802-325-3309

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, February 12, 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: The Library is located at 141 School Street in the Pawlet Village Center. It houses 10,000 items and provides access to Audio books, Videos, DVDs, CD’s and wireless high speed internet access. Hours are: Tue: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Wed: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thu: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Fri: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Sat: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Library offers a weekly story time for children, monthly book groups and more. Space is available to rent for classes and other events of benefit to the community. For more information contact Librarian Melissa Curtis at 802-325-3123 or Facebook “Pawlet Public Library”

Craft Vendors Sought for 14th Annual Woodchuck Festival: This fundraising event is sponsored jointly by the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department and its Ladies Auxiliary and will take place this year on Saturday, February 4, 10 AM – 3 PM at the Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet. Woodchuck market place spots are available for rent at $30; tables and electricity are available for an additional fee. For more information contact Morgan Hosley at 802-770-2302. To register your firefighter team for the main event, the Woodchuck Rescue Challenge, call Chief Dave Hosley at 802-645-0158 or Leon Corey at 802-342-6436.

CPR Training Available: The Granville Rescue Squad offers CPR and basic first aid training to the general public when they have enough people for a group. If you are interested in signing up, contact Michael Zinn at michaelzinn@hotmail.com or 518-642-1830. Once they have a list generated, they will get with their instructors and get a class scheduled.

Legislative Update, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, State Representative, Rutland-Bennington: This January sees a complete changeover of leadership in the capitol, with a new Governor, Lt. Governor, Senate President Pro Tem, Speaker of the House, several new caucus leaders and over thirty new House members. Change like this creates uncertainty and offers many new opportunities. Tradition does hold sway, and the start of the new biennium consisted of much ceremony and many speeches. It has also been a time of committee assignments and administration appointments. In November I was elected to be leader of the Progressive Caucus. In that new role in the opening minutes of the session I issued a formal challenge to the seating of a member whose election results are still under appeal and will likely be recounted. The objection was overruled, but it made the point that some of our election law needs updating and refining. That improvement will happen this year. Also in my new role I was honored to formally nominate the new Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson. Her request that the Progressive Leader nominate her is an indication of willingness on both our parts to work across party lines for the best outcome. While this is a new session with new leadership, the challenges facing Vermont are the same: stagnant wages, lack of affordable housing, a sputtering economy, an aging and declining population, and the ravages of opiate addiction. These problems, which face all of rural America, are not partisan. In the speeches last week I heard commitments across the board to solve them, and I pledge to work hard for solutions in the same light. My committee assignment is the new Energy and Technology Committee with jurisdiction over energy, telecommunications, and IT systems. Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at rchesnut-tangerman@leg.state.vt.us. Thank you.

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.

Easy Ways to File Your Vermont Income Tax & Claims:

  • Download fillable PDF forms from the web www.bit.ly/vttaxforms
  • Order forms by email tax.formsrequest@vermont.gov
  • Order forms by phone 802-828-2515 or 855-297-5600 (toll-free in U.S.)
  • File online at www.myvtax.vermont.gov. File the Homestead Declaration, Property Tax Adjustment, Renter Rebate & Landlord Certificate. Find the status of your refund, too!