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, June 4 and June 18, 7 PM.
– Pawlet Planning Commission, Monday, June 24, 7:30 PM

Town Clerk’s Office closed: Wednesday, June 5, all day; Thursday, July 4, all day

Mettawee School Board Meeting Retreat, Saturday, June 8, 8:30 AM – 12 PM, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, 6378 VT-7A, Sunderland, Vermont

Pawlett Historical Society Yard and Bake Sale, Saturday June 8, 9 AM-1 PM, Pawlet Firehouse: The Society requests donations for the yard sale and the bake sale; please drop off at the firehouse on Friday, June 7, 9 AM-4 PM. We cannot accept appliances, electronics or clothing. For more information contact John Malcolm at 802-325-3424. 

Jeffrey Tibor Tornyos Celebration of Life, Saturday, June 8, 10:30 AM, St. Francis Cabrini Church, West Pawlet: For several years Jeff managed the wastewater treatment plant in West Pawlet. His commitment to environmental protection was just one of his many pursuits. The Town greatly appreciates his many years of service.  A reception after the service will be held at 11:30 AM at the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department.

Go Fish with the Pawlet Public Library, June 8, 10 AM – 1 PM, Lake St. Catherine State Park: The Library is hosting free fishing lessons for all ages and skill levels. Space is limited; advanced registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, stop in at the library. June 8 is designated as a Free Fishing Day by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, so you won’t need a fishing license for this program. Try your hand at this new skill or join in to help teach if you are experienced. Meet at Lake St. Catherine State Park (also free on this day), and Let’s Go Fishing Program volunteer instructor Richard Mann will teach youth and adults how to fish. Bring your own freshwater fishing pole if you have one. A limited number of fishing poles will be available at the park. Wear water shoes or sandals and bring your own lunch if you want to picnic. To view additional public programs offered through December, visit the library’s website at www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com, or stop by the library to pick up a printed brochure. The library is located at 141 School Street in Pawlet.

Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Meeting, Thursday, June 13, 7 PM, Chriss Monroe Chapel: Our monthly board meetings are held every second Thursday at 7:00 PM and are open to the public. From May through August we meet at the Chriss Monroe Chapel on Cemetery Hill Road in the Pawlet village center; from September through April we meet at the Pawlet Public Library on School Street in the Pawlet village center. Visit us online at http://pawletthistoricalsociety.org or see our Facebook page.

Library programs teach how to encourage young readers, June 15, 22, 29, July 6: Library literacy coach Catherine Hunter will explain how parents, grandparents and child caregivers can foster better reading skills for young children. The free programs are scheduled on  4 Saturdays, June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 10-11:30 AM at the Pawlet Public Library. Participants will learn how to engage young readers in lively book talks, use books as a springboard for conversations, assess a child’s present reading level and choose books for optimal literacy growth, and assist emergent writers as they being to express their ideas in written form. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more details contact the Library at 802-325-3123.

Multi-location tag sale in Pawlet Village, Saturday, June 22, starting at 9 AM: All are welcome to participate. A portion of the proceeds will benefit VNA & Hospice of SVHC. Pawlet Potter Marion Waldo McChesney will be having a big sale in her studio. For more information contact Melissa O’Brien, 802-325-2345.

Up Home – Hand-Colored Photographs of the Griswold Home in Pawlet, by Susanne and Neil Rappaport, Exhibit at the Pawlet Town Hall, June 22 through July 28: After Minnie Griswold passed away in 1952, her sons locked up their mother’s house in Pawlet and left all her belongings in place, unaltered. Thirty years later, Pawlet documentarians Susanne and Neil Rappaport returned at the invitation of one of the brothers, Charlie, and went on to produce a collection of hand-colored photographs of Minnie’s home. This collection of over 45 hand-colored photographs will be on exhibit in Pawlet’s Historic Town Hall this summer! Hosted by the Pawlett Historical Society on these dates:
·        Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23, Opening Weekend, 10 AM-3 PM
·        Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2-4 PM
·        Saturday – Sunday, June 29-30, 10 AM-5 PM
·        Friday, July 5, 12:30-3 PM
·        Saturday, July 6, 10 AM-5 PM Grand Opening, with special presentation at 2 PM by Eileen Travell, senior photographer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
·        Sunday, July 7, 10 AM-5 PM
·        Remaining Saturdays and Sundays in July through July 27-28, 10 AM-5 PM

Grange Documentary Film and Discussion, Sunday, June 23, 2-4 PM, Pawlet Library: This film, produced in 2018 by the Vermont Folklife Center and Historic New England, documents the Grange, the national farmers’ organization, and explains how it has worked to strengthen and preserve rural communities since 1867. A panel of local farmers will also discuss the history of Pawlet’s former Grange organization and the impact that changes in agriculture have had on the local community. This event is free.

Roast pork dinner Saturday, July 6, 4:30 PM, Pawlet Church: The menu includes: roast pork baked with topping, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot vegetables, cabbage, salad, applesauce, fruited Jello, rolls with butter, and hot and cold beverages, and this month’s special dessert. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children up to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Takeout orders can also be made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 325-3022.

Seeking Vendors for West Pawlet Flea Market and Tag Sales on July 6: West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary will kick off summer with a Town Wide Tag Sale, Giant Raffle, Chicken Barbecue, Flea Market and Food Sale on July 6.  While town residents offer their yard sales, the West Pawlet Fire House, located at 2806 VT Rte. 153 (Main Street), West Pawlet, VT, will open its doors and fire up the grills from 9 AM to 3 PM. Vendor spaces are available for crafts, collectibles, seasonal gifts and flea market items at a pre-paid, non-refundable price of $10 per inside table and $15 for a limited number of outside 10’ x 10’ spaces until June 30.  Unreserved tables can be rented for $15 and outside booth space for $20 from July 1 through the day of the sale.  Please call Anne at (802) 362-2682 to reserve your space or for general information, call JoAnne 802-645-0244.

Healthy Meals at the Pawlet Food Pantry: Frozen prepared meals, healthy and free, are available at the food pantry for those in need every third Friday of each month, 9 AM-12 PM, at the Pawlet Community Church, junction of Routes 30 & 133 in Pawlet Village. Know someone in need who can’t make it to the pick up? We can help! Call: 802-867-2409. Meals are provided by The Grateful Hearts non-profit food program.

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.

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.

From the VT Department of Health – Be Tick Smart This Spring and Summer! Most of the tickborne diseases in Vermont are caused by bites from the black-legged tick during early spring and late fall. The best way to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites. Take these steps to protect yourself and your family from the diseases ticks spread:
– Use an EPA-registered insect repellent: https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you 
– Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush and leaf litter.
– Wear long pants and long sleeves. 
– Check your whole body after being outdoors.
– If you spot a tick on your body, remove it using fine-tipped tweezers and pull straight up. Flush the tick down the toilet.
– Contact your health care provider if you get any of these symptoms after a tick bite: fever, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue, or rash. Symptoms can start 3 to 30 days after a tick bite.
Learn more at http://www.healthvermont.gov/BeTickSmart.