Meet up with the Easter Bunny  at the WPVFD spring market, West Pawlet Fire House, April 8, 9 AM to 3 PM: The West Pawlet Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary holds its annual Spring Market at the West Pawlet Fire House tomorrow. Be early to enjoy Ellie Park’s famous rolls, cookies, cakes and pies – they go quickly. The Easter food sale features many other homemade delights. Coffee and donuts are available for early shoppers; lunch is served from 11 AM until closing: corn chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and salad. The Easter Bunny arrives at noon with treats for the children. Auxiliary member Edna Winot will be running her usual group of raffles, which include a 50/50 drawing, a complete ham dinner, and a variety raffle of a table filled with “basket” gifts donated by the vendors and auxiliary members. Raffle drawings begin at 2:50 PM. For information, call JoAnne Reid at 802-645-0244.

Easter Egg Hunt, 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 more! Easter Egg Hunt takes place at 11 AM (sign up starts at 10:30) for all children ages toddler to 12.  Suggested donation $5; all proceeds to benefit Two Momma’s Angel Team Relay for Life 2017.  Bring the kids to hunt for eggs and then take in festival, a benefit for the Library.

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, April 11 and April 25, 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, April 17, 12 PM.
  • Pawlet Planning Commission, Monday, April 24, 7:30 PM

Effective 4/1/2017 dog licenses & renewals will be assessed a late fee: (20 V.S.A. §3581{a}) “…If the license fee for any dog or wolf-hybrid is not paid by April 1, its owner or keeper may thereafter procure a license for that license year by paying a fee of 50 percent in excess of that otherwise required.”) $6 late fee for an animal that is not spayed or neutered; $4 late fee for an animal that is spayed or neutered. Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Saturday, April 15, 8 – 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.

Pawlet Community Church Easter Events, April 16, 2017: Sunrise service, 6:30 AM in the Cemetery Hill Road cemetery in the Pawlet village center. All are invited to a pancake breakfast afterwards. Regular service at 9:30 AM at the Pawlet Community Church.

Pawlett Historical Society program “Pawlet Area Soldiers of the 14th Vermont Infantry Regiment in the Civil War,” Thursday, April 20, 7 PM, Pawlet Town Hall: Presented by Pawlet resident Steve Leach, a Civil War expert who has participated in Civil War reenactments for many years. Bring your friends and join us as Leach shares his knowledge about the town’s participants in this conflict. This is a free event; refreshments will be served! Watch for our other spring events: the topic for May 18 will be the marble industry and on June 17 we will hold our annual yard and bake sale. For more information contact Steve Williams at 802-645 9529 or at voorburg00@comcast.net.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Pawlet Energy Fair, April 22, 1-4 PM, Pawlet Town Hall: Interested in test driving an electric car? Want to learn how weatherizing your home could save on your fuel bills? Would solar power work for you? Stop buy the fair to find out. Hosted by the Pawlet Energy Group, together with Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont, the fair is your chance to get up to speed on the latest developments in the rapidly changing energy sector – and what they mean for you. In addition to representatives from GMP, Efficiency Vermont, and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, several speakers will offer expert perspectives. Steven Letendre of Green Mountain College will discuss the economics of residential solar systems. Climate scientist and former Pawlet resident Alan Betts will explain what’s happening to the climate of Vermont. Consultants and installers of renewable energy systems, including Grassroots Solar, Power Guru, Weatherization Works, and Renewable Fuels of Vermont will offer their expertise and advice. Local users of renewable energy technologies, as well as those who have made home energy efficiency improvements, will be on hand. There is no fee; donations will be accepted for the Town Hall Restoration Fund. For more information contact the Energy Group at pawletenergygroup@gmail.com or Facebook Pawlet Energy Group.

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, April 23, 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.

Legislative Update #8, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, State Representative, Rutland-Bennington: The main attractions in Montpelier this week were the budget and tax bills, which passed nearly unanimously. Many other bills also passed – a domestic violence bill, election reform, and updated criminal statutes. The bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana was not passed and has been referred to the Human Services Committee for more testimony, and to allow House leadership to secure more votes. My vote in support of the budget represents what I see as the difference between politics and governing. One can play a lot of poker with the budget by bluffing or posturing or trying to send a message, or one can be a pragmatist. Because it is an austerity budget, I’m not thrilled with it. As it raises no new fees or taxes. And there are inevitable inflationary pressures and contracted pay raises that result in cuts elsewhere. Such cuts always create losers, often among the most vulnerable. This budget continues to underfund vital needs: mental health treatment, opiate addiction treatment, Parent-Child Centers, and rebuilding infrastructure, to name just a few. But I supported it because a serious budget battle is still ahead, in October, when the federal budget is released and we learn what its impacts are on Vermont. That is when the real debate on our values takes place. What are our essential priorities, and what are we willing to pay for – and possibly pay more for? Please contact me with questions of concerns at rchesnut-tangerman@leg.state.vt.us.

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.

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. See us 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!