November 3 General Election: Please see the Town Clerk’s page for important voting information: Pawlet Town Clerk page

Pawlet Select Board Meeting, Tuesday, September 22, 7 PM: The meetings are currently being held online. The agenda, includes information on how to participate in the online meeting, is available here: Agenda 9.22.2020.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.

Development Review Board Hearing, Wednesday, September 23, 2020, to be held online at 7 PM Eastern Time: Purpose – to hold a regular meeting and also a Public Hearing to review a Conditional Use Permit Application to open a vehicle repair shop/Inspection station located at 875 VT Route 133 located in the Village Commercial Zoning District. Effective section of the Zoning Ordinance: Article 11: Section 6 and Article 111: Section 2. For more information, including how to participate via Zoom, see the warning for the meeting here: DRB Agenda Sep 23 2020  – Jonas Rosenthal, Interim, Zoning Administrator

Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting, Monday, September 28, 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 September 28 meeting, which explains how to participate via Zoom, is available here: Agenda Sep 28 2020.

Pawlet Public Library Monthly Board Meeting, Tuesday, October 6, 6 PM: The Board Meetings are being held online and are open to the public. Please call the Library (325-3123) for information about how to join the meeting. Our Board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM.

Pawlet Community Church: In these challenging times we are working hard to keep our church vital and active. One of the new ways we are raising funds is via our bottle and can refundable drop-off in the church parking lot. This is for refundable bottles and cans only! Please do not use this as a way to get rid of unwanted household items or trash. Note that we are not able to do the clothing drop currently because the organization responsible for that collection shed is not presently operating. As we are not able to hold-in-person services, please consider supporting the Pawlet Community Church with your offering for the month of September by sending it to: Pawlet Community Church P.O. Box 116 Pawlet, VT. 05761. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please stay safe and we pray that you all stay healthy. Blessings to all, Enoch Pratt, Chair of the Pawlet Community Church Trustees

Pawlet Fire Department Cancels 2020 Game Supper: The Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department regrets to announce the cancellation of our 2020 Game Supper. The Game Supper is a beloved community tradition that draws visitors from all over the Northeast, and an important fundraiser for our agency. However, it is also a family-style event that does not comply with social distancing requirements in effect this fall, so we have decided to put the safety of our community first and take this year off. See you Game Supper fans in 2021! To support your fire department directly, please visit http://pawletfire.org/donate.

Root for the Library Raffle: Your support for the Pawlet Library keeps us going! While there is still time, please browse the Pawlet Public Library website’s list of super raffle items at www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com and download/print your raffle tickets. A featured new item is “Rainbow Trout Lure,” a colorful 16″ x 42″ indoor/outdoor wall sculpture by wood artist Gary Burditt, a part-time Pawlet resident. To view this item and all other items in person, visit the library now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Raffle items are valued at $100 and over. Thanks to all who donated spectacular raffle items, including 100 gallons of #2 heating oil, outdoor patio furniture, $100 gift certificates to local restaurants, $100 gift certificates to local food markets, and specialty food and products baskets. Raffle tickets are $25 each or $100 for five. Indicate on each ticket which raffle item you want. Winners will be drawn at the monthly library board meeting on October 6, so don’t delay sending in your tickets. We greatly appreciate your support!

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.

Free Face Masks Available: Vermont Emergency Management is distributing face masks free of charge to towns at the level of 25% of the population. The masks are cloth and can be washed. Pawlet Emergency Management has acquired Pawlet’s allotment, and we are ready to distribute to those who need masks. If you need a mask, send an email to RobertM850@aol.com and we will find a way to get them to you. Stay safe, Bob Morlino, Pawlet Emergency Management Director and Pawlet Health Officer.

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 in the Meadow, Wednesday, September 23 and Bike Ride Pizza, Thursday, September 24: Get your pizza-to-go or reserve a table for dinner and music in the meadow on Wednesday. For more information and to order your pizza for Wednesday, see our order form. (Please order by Tuesday at noon.) On Thursday, September 24, join Analog and SVT for a solstice-week ride on SVT trails to a beautiful vantage point to see a hint of foliage beginnings.  We will meet you at the top, hot pizza in hand. To sign up for the bike ride led by by Slate Valley Trails and Analog Cycles on Thursday 1) sign up here and then 2) order pizza here.  Remember, 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. Questions? Send us a note at nagabakehouse@gmail.com. Thank you, Julie and Doug Sperlingbakery: (802) 235-1282 cell: (802) 772-5406 (voice/text)

Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Saturday, October 3, 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.

United States 2020 Census: The 2020 Census will end on September 30th and Vermont’s response rate still ranks among the lowest in the nation. So far, Pawlet has just over a 55 percent self response rate. Please do your part. It takes 10 minutes, no hard questions, completely confidential. An accurate census is vital to ensuring Vermont receives adequate funding for key public services, including schools, hospitals, roads, and other vital programs. If you haven’t already, please take five minutes and visit 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to make sure you count. Already filled out your Census form? Thank You! Now, ask your friends and family if they’ve done the same to ensure that your taxpayer dollars come back to Vermont.

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.

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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