Primary Election, Tuesday, August 11: Please see important Voting Information at the Town Clerk page for pandemic-related guidelines on voting in the primary this week.

Phase II Re-Opening of Pawlet Library, Tuesday, August 11: This week the Pawlet Public Library reopens the library building to foot traffic two days per week with patron limits. Only 10 people (patrons and staff combined) are allowed in the main floor on Tuesdays, 11 AM – 6 PM and Thursdays, 10 AM – 5 PM. Masks are required, and visits are limited to 15 minutes. Curbside pickup of library materials, including Inter Library Loan requests, will continue. This no-contact pick up is recommended and encourage. Curbside pickup is on Wednesdays, 1 – 5 PM and Saturdays, 11 AM – 1 PM. Patrons continue to call or e-mail the library staff with requests for curbside service. Please visit the library website at www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com for information about safety protocols. Staff members are available by phone (802-325-3123) or by e-mail (pawletpub@gmail.com) during regular library hours, Tuesday through Saturday. Community use of the library meetings rooms is still suspended until further notice. Plans for future phases of reopening the library will be communicated on our website and Facebook page and through other available channels. Thank you, Mary Lou Willits, Director, Pawlet Public Library.

Pawlet Select Board Meeting, Tuesday, August 11, 7 PM: The meetings are currently being held online. The agenda, which includes information on how to participate in the online meeting, is available here: Revised Agenda 8.11.2020. The Pawlet Select Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Town Treasurer’s Office Closed Wednesday, August 19

Mettawee School Board Meeting, Wednesday, August 19, 1 PM: Board members will participate electronically via Zoom; audience can participate by phoning in or viewing on YouTube. To participate in the meeting, you can call in as follows: dial: 1-646-558-8656; meeting ID: 874 2001 6344; passcode: 06929984. You can also view the meeting live on YouTube: go to www.brsu.org; click Events Link; click on YouTube Link.

Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting, Monday, August 24, 7:30 PM: The Planning Commission usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM; meetings are currently being held online. The agenda for the August 24 meeting, which will explain how to participate virtually, will be posted when available.

Pawlet Public Library Monthly Board Meeting, Tuesday, September 1, 6 PM: Due to COVID-19, the Board Meetings will be held virtually. The meetings are open to the public. Please call the Library (325-3123) for information about how to join the meeting.

The Town of Pawlet Highway Department requests that citizens do not come to the town garage to contact them. Please call them by phone and leave a message: 802-325-3467.

A Helping Hand in Pawlet: Free meals are available for those struggling to make ends meet. Wednesday’s meal is prepared by Mach’s Market; meals on Friday and Sunday are prepared by The Barn Restaurant. To reserve a meal, call the Pawlet Community Church at 802-325-3022 from 10 AM to 12 PM the day before (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) for pick up from 5 to 6 PM the next day. Menus are posted each week on Front Porch Forum and on facebook/McChesneyRealEstate, Inc. Those who can are asked to make a tax-deductible donation to support this valuable outreach to our neighbors. Send checks payable to Pawlet Community Church Food Pantry, c/o Timothy Bryant, 337 Milaura Lane, Pawlet, Vermont 05761.

Naga Bakehouse Weekly Pizza Night: This week only we will be baking on Thursday instead of Wednesday! Place your orders by Wednesday, August 12, at noon and sign up for your pickup slot between 5 and 7 on Thursday, August 13. Click here to pre-order your pizza and you’ll be directed to sign up for a pick-up time in 15-minute intervals. (If you can’t afford a pie just let us know, we’ll provide one, no questions asked. Just choose the “free of charge, please” payment option when you order.) On Thursday please come to Naga Bakehouse (Sundog Lane, Middletown Springs) as close to your 15-minute time slot as possible. We’ll have a tent set up at the bottom of the road and we’ll be there to greet you, pizza in (gloved) hand. Pizza in the Meadow at Naga Bakehouse will continue for the entire month of August. Next week we’ll be back to our regular schedule. Questions? Send us a note at nagabakehouse@gmail.com. Thank you, Julie and Doug Sperling

Bottle/Can Return Fundraiser, Pawlet Community Church: Return your refundable bottles and cans while helping us raise funds for our church! Conveniently located in the church parking lot at 38 Rt. 133 in Pawlet, our little red Returnable Shed sits next to the clothing drop box. No water bottles, please. Note that the clothing box is currently closed due to COVID-19. Please do not leave any bags of clothing as there is no pick up. There is another clothing drop in the Price Chopper parking lot in Granville. As our church has been closed since March, we are unable to hold our monthly Pork Suppers which have been our main source of funding. Additionally, we are not able to collect Sunday Offerings. We continue with our Mission Work of addressing food insecurity with our food pantry and Helping Hands meals, which we offer to those in need three times per week. We thank you for your support, please spread the word!

Representative Chesnut-Tangerman Constituent Meetings: I want to hear your thoughts before the Legislature reconvenes on August 25th to build a budget for the rest of the fiscal year. COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our lives, from chatting with friends to stopping by the swimming hole to cool off. It also put an end to the constituent meetings I had been holding in town libraries and has stifled the door knocking we’re used to in a campaign year. Since the usual ways for me to hear your thoughts and ideas aren’t viable, I am reaching out to ask you to contact me. Send me an email with your thoughts, or just your phone number and I will be happy to give you a call or set up a time to come by if you’re comfortable with that. I look forward to hearing from you! Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, State Representative, Rutland-Bennington, rchesnut-tangerman@leg.state.vt.us

United States 2020 Census: A complete count is vital to securing dollars for our state, our county, and our town. So far, Pawlet has just over a 52 percent response rate. Please do your part. It takes 10 minutes, no hard questions, completely confidential. The deadline for the self-reporting portion of the census has been moved up to September 30, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic makes self-reporting the safer, smarter way to make sure you count. Fill out the census survey at my2020census.gov/; make a call to 844-330-2020; or return the questionnaire you got in the mail. you can follow the census response rate across Vermont, by county and by town, at 2020.mapvt.com/. Presently Vermont has one of the lowest response rates which means when federal dollars are being allocated Vermont will not receive its fair share for the next 10 years!

Pawlet Emergency Management Covid-19 Updates: For regular updates  please watch and like the Pawlet Emergency Management Facebook page. We are focusing on local and State information. For ongoing Executive Order Measures issued by Governor Phil Scott in response to COVID-19, see Executive Orders. See also the Covid-19 Rutland County Resource Guide, prepared by the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office. For national or global information we refer you to the CDC website or the Vermont Department of Health website. To sign up for daily updates on the coronavirus situation in Washington County, NY, click here. We hope you are all well and safe.

Information resource offered by Pawlet Library: Community Connector Sara Young has compiled a information resource that includes updates from the Vermont Department of Health and Town of Pawlet Emergency Management. It also lists local services in the Pawlet area, and State regulations and resources. For more information see Pawlet Area Covid 19 Information and Resources.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Postponed: Due to Covid-19, the Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC), the towns of Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth, and West Haven, have rescheduled the Saturday, May 16 household hazardous waste collection event.  The collection event had been scheduled for May 16. The newly scheduled date for this event is Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Rutland Town Transfer Station. Please check the Solid Waste Alliance Communities website at www.rutlandcountyswac.org for updates and additional information. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Courier Service for Self-Isolating Seniors: Joe and Martha Pofit of Wells are running a Courier Service as part of a state-wide program to help home-bound seniors with groceries, prescriptions, clinic visits, errands. If you know someone in need in Wells, Poultney, Danby, Pawlet and surrounding towns, contact us at 802-345-3965 or martha.pofit@gmail.com. We are excited to do our little part to spare any suffering we can for those in self-isolation who are at-risk for infection.

SVCOA Offers Shopping Service for Older Vermonters: Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging has started a new grocery and supply shopping service to support older Vermonters in Bennington and Rutland counties during the COVID-19 issue. The shopping service, which is supported by vetted SVCOA volunteers, is available to anyone age 60 or over, as well as eligible younger disabled individuals. If you or someone you know is interested in accessing the shopping service, or if you’re interested in volunteering, please call SVCOA at 802-786-5990 and ask to speak with Ellen Green. For more information about SVCOA, visit www.svcoa.org.

Update from Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region: Don’t hesitate to call us at 888-989-8707 for appointments and for any questions you have regarding your health. Check our website for more details, hours and locations https://www.chcrr.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHealthVT/

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse monthly community health clinics are cancelled until further notice. For more information visit http://vermontvisitingnurses.org/events/categories/rutland-area/ .

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