Pawlet News, March 19, 2017

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!

Town Meeting Time in Pawlet

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. To see the warning and sample ballots, visit http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/town-clerk/ . The Town Report may be viewed at http://pawlet.vt.gov/town-offices/town-clerk/annual-report/

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, Wednesday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 21, 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.

Upcoming School Board Meetings:

  • Pawlet School Board Organizational Meeting, March 15, 6:15 PM, Mettawee Library, Mettawee Community School
  • Union District #47 Board Organizational Meeting, March 15, 7 PM, Mettawee Library, Mettawee Community School

West Pawlet Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, March 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.

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.

Pawlet Energy Fair, Saturday, April 22, 1-4 PM, Town Hall: The Pawlet Energy Group will host a spring energy fair on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, from 1-4 PM at the Pawlet Town Hall. This event will offer information on energy efficiency and technology options for area residents. Confirmed presenters include Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, and climate scientist and former Pawlet resident Alan Betts. The group is soliciting ideas and input for the energy fair and hopes to feature stories from local users of renewable energy technologies, as well as those who have made home energy efficiency improvements. If you are interested in presenting or participating in this 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 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 still 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.

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!

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!

January 2017

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!