Pawlet News February 10, 2017

Second installment of property taxes is due today, Friday, February 10: The Town Treasurer’s office is open until 4 PM for collection.  Any unpaid taxes will be turned over to the delinquent collector tomorrow. Once they become delinquent an 8% penalty will be levied in addition to interest. Tax payments in envelopes postmarked on or before due date will be considered timely. Thank you, Judy Coolidge, Town Treasurer

Dreaming at the Pawlet Library, February 10, 2017, 7:00 PM: Understanding and exploring the power and meaning behind your dreams. Cost $7 per person. All are welcome to this event.

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, February 14 and 28, 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, February 27, 12 PM.
  • Pawlet Planning Commission, Monday, February 27, 7:30 PM.

Town Offices Closed on February 20, 2017: The Pawlet town offices will be closed in observance of Presidents Day. Regular office hours will Resume on Tuesday, February 21.

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.

Lot holders and Annual Mettowee Valley and Northeast Cemetery Association Meeting, Pawlet Town Hall, Monday Feb.23, 2017 at 6:30PM.

New merger study committee forming: At a joint meeting of the Pawlet and Rupert school boards in January, it was unanimously decided to form a new merger study committee using Act 46 guidelines to study the feasibility of combining Pawlet, Rupert, and UD #47 (the Mettawee Elementary School) school boards into one unified board. The first step is to form a study committee with members from all towns involved, in this case Pawlet and Rupert. Ultimately the committee brings a decision back to the school boards, and the boards bring a proposal to the towns for a vote. Residents from Pawlet and Rupert interested in being appointed to the newly created Pawlet/Rupert/UD47 Merger Study Committee should send a letter of interest to Celeste Keel (celeste.keel@brsu.org) by March 1, 2017.

Town of Pawlet Annual Meeting and Elections, March 6-7, 2017: The Town of Pawlet Annual Information Meeting will be held on March 6, 2017, 7:30 PM, at the Mettawee Community School, with elections the following day, March 7, 9 AM to 7 PM at the Pawlet Town Hall, 122 School Street, Pawlet.

Tap Dance Class Starting Up: Are you interested in learning to tap dance, or you would like to do it again? Consider joining the Tap Dance Club here in Pawlet. This is an informal group who are getting together once a week to tap dance just for fun. Will be meeting in the auditorium above the Pawlet Town Hall on Fridays. The time will be determined based on response. If interested please contact Janine Seitz at 802-325-2708.

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”

Please note: Nursing Nook for New Moms Monthly Meetings will not take place in March: Meetings will resume in April. 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!