Results from Town of Pawlet Annual Meeting and Elections, March 6-7, 2017: See http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/town-clerk/ .

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, March 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.
  • Energy Group, Monday, March 27, 12 PM.
  • Pawlet Planning Commission, Monday, March 27, 7:30 PM.

Informational Meeting on Education, Pawlet/Rupert, March 20, 6:30 PM, Mettawee Community School: Families for Education in Vermont will share their report, also submitted to the Vermont State House and Senate Education Committees, which examines the impact and outcomes of the current secondary education funding system on students, parents, and taxpayers. Rupert resident Charles Armentrout will lead the presentation and facilitate the discussion. The goal is to ensure that all members of the Rupert and Pawlet community are informed and engaged in the future of our children and our towns. For more information about Families for Education in Vermont, visit their Facebook page or email familiesforeducationinvt@gmail.com. Please bring a nut-free dessert to share.

Spring Yoga Classes Begin March 25: Join Lindsey Cassidy and Brooke Hughes-Muse for a 6-week yoga series to welcome Spring. The series will run from March 25 through May 7 (no classes April 15 and 16) on Saturdays, 9:00 -10:15 AM Vinyasa Flow (appropriate and adaptable for all levels); and Sundays, 4:00-5:15 PM Slow Flow Yoga (appropriate for all levels). All classes will be held on the second floor of the Pawlet Town Hall. The cost is: Vinyasa Flow-6 weeks: $48 ($8 per class); Slow Flow-6 weeks: $48 ($8 per class); drop-in rates: $10 per class. Please bring a yoga mat and any additional props you would like. Contact Lindsey (lindsey.cassidy14@gmail.com) or Brooke (treesongvt@gmail.com) with questions.

Third Annual Springtime Handmade & Homegrown Festival, Pawlet Library, Saturday, April 8, 10 AM – 3 PM: Live Demonstrations, Silent Auction, Children’s Activities, Handmade Arts & Crafts, Local Artisan Food, Seedlings, and much more! This event is a benefit for the Pawlet Public Library. See the Library’s “Pawlet Public Library” Facebook event page for updates or call the Library at 325-3123. 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.

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, April 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.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Saturday, April 15, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Mettawee Community School Parking Lot, Route 153, West Pawlet: Free service to all residents of Pawlet and West Pawlet; proof of residency required. Visit www.rutlandcountyswac.org for additional information on what items are accepted. Electronics are not accepted at this event.

Call for Presenters at Pawlet Energy Fair on April 22: The Pawlet Energy Group will host a spring energy fair on Earth Day, April 22, 1-4 PM at the Pawlet Town Hall. This event will offer information on energy efficiency and technology options to help area residents create more cost-effective and sustainable energy systems. Confirmed presenters include Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, Green Mountain College, and climate scientist and former Pawlet resident Alan Betts. Professor Steven Letendre of Green Mountain College will discuss the economics of residential solar systems. We are soliciting ideas and input for the fair, which will also feature stories from local users of renewable energy technologies, as well as those who have made home energy efficiency improvements. Users and suppliers of energy improvements and alternatives are encouraged to participate. Vendors are asked to make a donation to the Pawlet Town Hall Restoration Fund in return for display space at the event. Contact the Energy Group at pawletenergygroup@gmail.com.

Pawlet Food Pantry Seeks donations: Monetary donations can be mailed to: The Pawlet Community Church, PO Box 116 Pawlet, 05761. Attention: Tim Bryant. The Pawlet Community Church is deeply grateful for your support.

Friends of Haystack Projects: The Friends of Haystack is a nonprofit, community supported group that owns the property that includes the summit of Haystack Mountain in Pawlet. We have permanently protected the summit of Haystack so it can be enjoyed by townspeople and visitors alike. We plan two projects this summer to improve recreational access, help our neighbors and protect water and soil resources along the trail. In partnership with the Town of Pawlet and some adjoining owners we plan to improve the parking area and trailhead to make it more user friendly and reduce overflow parking in places where it affects our neighbors. Please support Haystack and the beloved trail to the summit by contributing at our website http://www.friendsofhaystack.org/ or by mail to FRIENDS OF HAYSTACK, PO BOX 201, PAWLET, VT 05761. Questions and comments are welcome; contact me at alan@calfeewoodland.com. Thanks, Alan Calfee, Chair, Friends of Haystack Board of Directors.

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.

Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District (PMNRCD) Annual Plant Sale: Native trees and shrubs are available at low cost to local landowners. Native plants are more likely to thrive in our regional climate, and they provide the resources our wildlife depend on. Consider these plants for backyard wildlife and pollinators, stabilizing stream banks or for use in rain gardens. Orders are due by March 30; prepayment is required! Please make checks out to PMNRCD and send to: PMNRCD, PO Box 209, Poultney, VT 05764. All orders must be picked up between 10:00am and noon on Sunday, May 7 at the Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery on the Green Mountain College campus in Poultney. To access the brochure and order form, copy this link: http://www.pmnrcd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-PMNRCD-Plant-Sale-brochure.pdf.  See us also at the Annual Tinmouth Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13, 8 – 10 AM.

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!