Pawlet Select Board Meeting, Tuesday, January 12, 7 PM: Meetings are held online; the agenda, which includes information on how to participate via Zoom, is available here: Agenda 1.12.2021. The 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.

Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Meeting, Thursday, January 14, 7 PM: The public is welcome to attend our monthly meetings, currently being held online via Zoom. Information on joining the meeting virtually is available here: Join PHS Meeting.

Pawlet Development Review Board Meeting, Monday, January 18, 7 PM. The DRB will convene a meeting to conduct regular business and a Public Hearing to review Application #2020-34: To consider a permit amendment to 2014-19 for a shed/garage located at 206 Maple Grove Rd., Pawlet, Vermont. For additional information, including how to participate virtually in this meeting, please see the Development Review Board Page.

Important Town Office Dates January 2021:
– January 14, last day to submit a request for an article to appear on the ballot.  The Select Board has made a temporary amendment foregoing the requirement of signatures for this year
January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Office Closed
– January 25, last day to submit a Consent of Candidate form to appear on the ballot (per Act 162, signatures are not required for Town Meeting 2021) 
January 27, last day for candidates to withdraw for Town Meeting

The Town Office continues to be closed to walk-in traffic, but we are making appointments.  Please call ahead and thank you for your patience and understanding. Masks are required to enter the building. For more information see the Town Clerk’s page. Thank you, Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk

Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting, Monday, January 25, 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 next monthly meeting, which includes information on how to participate virtually, is available here: PPC Agenda January 25, 2021. 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, February 2, 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.

Property taxes due February 10, 2021:  Any taxes not paid after the final due date will be delinquent and subject to an 8% penalty in addition to 1.5% interest each month that they are late, or unpaid. Please see the Town Treasurer’s page for important information on payment procedures during the pandemic. Thank you,  Julie Mach, Town Treasurer, 802-325-3309 x 2;

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 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 important outreach to our neighbors. Send checks payable to Pawlet Community Church Food Pantry, c/o Timothy Bryant, 337 Milaura Lane, Pawlet, Vermont 05761. Thank you!

Pawlet Community Church Update: Our food pantry has been coordinating our “Helping Hands” meals program, which continues providing meals to those in need. We expect this program go on for quite some time. Mach’s Market and The Barn Restaurant have been preparing the meals that are being paid for by many donations from members of our community. Thank you so much! As we move into 2021, the Trustees and the church council will be meeting by Zoom on January 13 to address issues concerning our church and paying our bills.  To help us meet all our financial obligations, we are asking those who are able to please support the Pawlet Community Church with your offering by sending it to: Pawlet Community Church, P.O. Box 116, Pawlet, VT 05761. Thank you and take care.

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.

Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund in Pawlet needs donations: Heating season is here, and our local fund meets emergency situations on the spot. Please send donations payable to “Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund” to: Pawlet Fuel Assistance Fund, Attn: Tim Bryant, Treasurer, 337 Milaura Road, Pawlet, VT 05761. To get confidential help locally from the Pawlet Community Church Fuel Assistance Fund, call Pawlet Town Clerk Deb Hawkins, 325-3309.

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. 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

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 or on Facebook at

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