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

Community Flu Clinic, Pawlet Community Church, October 21: This could be your most important flu shot ever. Offered by VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region. Protect yourself. Protect others. By appointment only; you must wear a mask. Book here: Pawlet Flu Clinic. For more information, see https://www.vermontvisitingnurses.org/.

Pawlet Select Board Meeting, Tuesday, October 6, 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 10.6.2020.  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.

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 Board of Tax Abatement, Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 PM: The purpose of this online meeting is to discuss abatement of property taxes on the following properties owned by: (1) Kathi Barese for Irene Barese, 500 Briar Hill Road, Parcel ID #0010-0500 (6:30-6:55 PM); and (2) Roland & Elizabeth Gibson, 229 Robinson Hill Road, Parcel ID #0027-0229 (7:00-7:25 PM). Information on how to participate virtually is available here: BTA Oct 13 2020

Pawlett Historical Society, Thursday, October 15, 7 PM: The PHS monthly meetings are being held online via Zoom. For connection information, please see here: PHS Meeting Link

Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting, Monday, October 26, 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 October 26 meeting, including information on how to participate via Zoom, is available here: PPC Agenda.

Town Treasurer’s Office Closed October 19 – 23. The office will reopen on Monday, October 26. Thank you, Julie Mach, Treasurer, Town of Pawlet, 802-325-3309

Pawlet Community Church: In these challenging times we are working hard to keep our church vital and active. One new fundraiser is 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 operating now. As we are not able to hold-in-person services, please consider supporting the Pawlet Community Church with your offering for the month of October 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 and an important fundraiser for our agency. However, it is also a family-style event that does not comply with current social distancing requirements, 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.

Last Chance, Root for the Library Raffle: The raffle drawing will be at 6 PM on Tuesday, October 6. We must have your tickets by 5 PM on October 6! While there is still time, please browse the 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 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 get your tickets to us right away. 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. This week’s menu: Wednesday, October 7 – Roast Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes; Friday, October 9 – Pasta with Salmon and a Light Cream Sauce; Sunday, October 11 – Meatloaf Dinner with Boiled Potatoes and Veggies. To reserve a meal, call Nancy Bryant at 802-325-3172 from 10 AM to 12 PM the day before (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) for pickup from 5 to 5:30 PM the next day. Menus are posted each week on Front Porch Forum and on Facebook/McChesneyRealEstateInc. 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, October 7: Come get a pizza-to-go or reserve a table and listen to some tunes at sunset.  Follow this link to see this week’s menu: pizza order form.  And send us a note at nagabakehouse@gmail.com and we’ll add you to our mailing list! Remember, we started this in an effort to be here for our community, so 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 Sperling, (802) 235-1282 cell: (802) 772-5406 (voice/text).

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/

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