Get involved in Pawlet’s Town Values Mapping Project: The Pawlet Planning Commission invites Pawlet community members to participate in our Town Values Mapping project, with assistance from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Three open community input sessions are planned over the next several weeks: Tuesday, October 1; Wednesday, October 16; and Thursday, November 14, all at the Mettawee Community School from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The Pawlet Planning Commission is currently preparing the latest update of the Town Plan, and these mapping sessions are your opportunity to add your voice to the Plan. The future of the Town is your future, so get involved now and let us know what in Pawlet is of value to you. 
 
Upcoming Pawlet Town Government Meetings: All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Pawlet Town Hall on School Street in Pawlet Village, except where noted otherwise. 
– Pawlet Library Board, Tuesday, October 1, 6 PM (held at the Library)
– Pawlet Planning Commission, Monday, October 28, 7:30 PM
– Select Board, Tuesday, October 8 and October 22, 7 PM
 
Town Clerk Office Closings, October – December: The Town Clerk’s office will be closed on these days:
– Monday, October 14 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as signed into law by Phil Scott on May 6, 2019) 
– Thursday, October 24 
– Tuesday, November 5 
– Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day) 
– Wednesday and Thursday, November 27-28 (Thanksgiving) 
– early closing at 3:30 PM, Tuesday, December 3 
– Tuesday, December 24 – Thursday, December 26 (Christmas) 
– Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1 (New Year’s holidays) 
Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk, pawletclerk@vermontel.net.

October Programs at the Pawlet Public Library:
1.
Vermont Life Skill Share – Session 2: Timber Harvesting, Session 3: Firewood; October 5, October 19, 3-4 PM: Pawlet forester Gabe Russo explains how to harvest trees, and prepare or purchase firewood for your home. In Session 2, Gabe will talk about the basics of forest management, consulting foresters, the benefits of active forest management, and what to expect when timber is harvested, including equipment and how wood is marketed. In Session 3 he will give you tips on firewood: where and when to buy, split or log length, stacking and best species to burn. When winter comes, you’ll be happy you mastered this skill. 
2. The Great Little Halloween Parade, Saturday, October 26, 10 AM – 12 PM: Calling all ghosts, goblins, fairies and book characters! It’s time for the library’s annual Halloween Parade featuring parents and children birth through grade 6. The public is invited to join the parade with their own “little” entries–think wagons, ponies, lawn tractors. Arrive early  at the library for pictures and get ready to parade up School Street and back. Children will stop for treats along the way. Parade goers and participants are invited inside the library for apple cider and pumpkin bread afterwards. Free. 
For a schedule of more public programs through December for adults and children at the Pawlet Public Library, visit www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com, or stop by the library for a printed brochure. The library is located at 141 School Street, Pawlet, VT.
 
Roast pork dinner Saturday, October 5, 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.

Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Meeting, Thursday, October 10, 7 PM, Pawlet Library: 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.
 
West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, October 13, 7:30 – 11 AM: The fire department hosts its monthly pancake breakfast at the Fire House, 2806 Vermont Route 153 (Main Street) in West Pawlet.  The menu includes regular, chocolate chip, blueberry, and cranberry pancakes with local maple syrup, waffles, WPVFD world-famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and are served with coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. Breakfast prices are $8 for seniors 65 years of age and up, $10 for 12 to 65 years of age, and $5 for 5-11 years of age. Children under the age of 5 years of age eat for free. The West Pawlet firehouse is handicap accessible and all are welcome. The department extends a sincere thank you to the many patrons of our pancake breakfasts which are held monthly September through April.  Breakfast profits are dedicated to the department’s equipment and training needs.  New members are always welcome.
 
Pawlett Historical Society Program, Howard Coffin, “Vermont Women and the Civil War,” Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7 PM, Pawlet Town Hall: Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state’s military hospitals, and more. Drawing from letters and diaries, Coffin tells their story in their own words, to describe life during the Civil War in the Green Mountain State.  A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Pawlett Historical Society. Contact: Theresa Jones, 802-325-3382.
 
Flu Clinic, Pawlet Community Church, Tuesday, October 22, 12 PM – 1 PM: 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 information on flu immunizations offered in Pawlet, Manchester, Rutland and Castleton during the month of October 2019, visit http://vermontvisitingnurses.org/events/categories/rutland-area/ to learn more about flu and foot care clinics; cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure screenings; and many other important services.
 
Positions Open: The Town of Pawlet is accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) for the two positions (1) Zoning Administrator and (2) Clerk/Secretary of the Pawlet Planning Commission. More information is available at https://pawlet.vt.gov/employment-opportunities/.

Robert (Bob) Morlino of Pawlet is the Vermont Emergency Management Director of the Year. The award was bestowed on Morlino at the Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference in Fairlee September 7, 2019. Morlino was one of the first EMDs to receive their official certification from the state of Vermont and has guided Pawlet through several natural disasters and other emergencies.
 
Healthy Meals at the Pawlet Food Pantry: Frozen prepared meals, healthy and free, are available at the food pantry for those in need every fourth Friday of each month (third Friday in December), 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.

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