In this Newsletter
Library Coffee House Concert Series
Pawlet Volunteer Network
Pizza in the Meadow
Pawlet Community Book Discussion
Did you know?
Herrick Brook Road closed during working hours
Helping Hands update/request
Community Support Programs

Upcoming Events & Important dates for July/August 2021
(scroll to the end for details)
July 24 & 25: 53rd Annual Pawlet Public Library Book Sale
July 24 & 25: Merck Forest Bioblitz
July 26: Planning Commission Meeting
July 27: Select Board Meeting
August 3: Library Monthly Board Meeting
August 10: Select Board Meeting
August 12: Pawlett Historical Society Board Meeting
August 14: Pawlet Public Library Coffee House with Freddi Shehadi
August 23: Planning Commission Meeting
August 24: Select Board Meeting

Library Coffee House Concert Series
The library will present a series of concerts over the next few months. The first event is with Freddi Shehadi (see calendar for more info). In October, the library welcomes Mason Daring and Jeannie Stahl. November is an open mic night and December principal cellist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, John Dunlop performs. More information on each individual performance/event will be provided in future eNews letters!

Pawlet Volunteer Network
The Pawlet Library launched the “Pawlet Volunteer Network” earlier this month. The network is a way for community members to find volunteer opportunities around town. There are opportunities for a range of ages, abilities and interests. It’s a wonderful way to get reconnected with the community. For information on what’s available, visit the website HERE.

Naga Bakehouse – Pizza in the Meadow
Naga Bakehouse is continuing the tradition of Pizza in the Meadow. The dinners take place Wednesdays in Middletown Springs. Pizza can be ordered the day before for takeout or to enjoy in the meadow where there’s often a live music performance to enjoy. You can email for the current week’s menu or to order: nagabakehouse@gmail.com

Message from Julie Sperling of Naga: Remember, Pizza Night is a community gathering place and everyone is welcome.  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. 


Pawlet Community Book Discussion in August

The Pawlet Public Library and the Pawlet Community Church will jointly offer a Pawlet Community Book Discussion at the library on Thursdays, August 12 and 26, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Tracy Weatherhogg, pastor of the Pawlet Community Church. The basis of the discussion will be Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson.

Join others from the Pawlet community in reading Wilkerson’s examination of what she calls the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and defined lives by a hierarchy of human divisions. The book has been described by Dwight Garner from The New York Times as “an instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.” Those interested in participating can contact the library at 802-325-3123. The library has a limited number of copies of the book to loan on a first come, first serve basis.

Road Closure

NOTICE FROM THE PAWLET HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Effective Immediately

Herrick Brook Rd. will be closed during working hours. From Sugar Lane to the Rupert Line until further notice. The road will be open to thru traffic each evening.

Did you know?
The Annual Pawlet Library Book Sale is one of the largest used book sales in the Northeast and it attracts book lovers from out of state who are eager to search through 20,000+ books.

The town offers a free WiFi hotspot now! It’s accessible in West Pawlet at the Waste Water Treatment Facility.

Helping Hands – update and request

Friends and Neighbors Supporting Each Other

In March of 2020, the Helping Hands program started to provide meals and help to those whose lives were affected by COVID.  A year later, it is still going!  More recently, a group from the community has been meeting and talking about what other needs there might be in the Pawlet Community that we, as neighbors and community members, could help with.

Pawlet FANs…Friends and Neighbors Supporting Each Other could be a way for us to hear about needs within the community and then be able to assist people to find the resources and help they need.   Resources are abundant in our county; and yet, we are aware that there are people who do not have access to those resources.

How can you help?

  • Help us to identify needs!

Are you aware of needs in our community that are currently unmet?

  • Be a volunteer!

Would you be willing to volunteer to help within our community?

Volunteers may be needed to help with transportation, pick up groceries, reach out with a phone call or visit, and more!

We would love to hear from you!

If you know of someone who could use some support or assistance OR if you would like to volunteer, contact Nancy Bryant (325.3172/ milaurafarm@yahoo.com).

A Helping Hand in Pawlet: 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.

Menus are posted each week on Front Porch Forum and on facebook/McChesneyRealEstateInc.

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 pick up from 5 to 5:30 pm the next day.

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.

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.

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 continue 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. Our supportive community and their donations also allow us to offer healthy meals through our food pantry and emergency fuel assistance. Information on these programs can be found below. We invite you to help support the programs if you’re able. Thank you so much!

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 an 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 888-989-8707 for appointments and for any questions you have regarding your health. Check their website for more details, hours and locations https://www.chcrr.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHealthVT/

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

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

Upcoming Events Details

— July 24 & 25: 53rd Annual Pawlet Public Library Book Sale
The book sale is on for this year! Come support the library while browsing 20,000+ books for sale at bargain prices. The sale opens Saturday, July 24th from 9 am to 4 pm and continues on Sunday, July 25th from 10 am to 2 pm.

— July 24 & 25, noon to noon: Merck Forest Bioblitz
Join fellow naturalists of all experience levels for one or both days of exploration of everything natural across any of 3,167 acres of forest, fields, and waters. From experts to novices, all curious minds are welcome. The goal of this Bioblitz is to document as much natural life as possible on Merk Forest property over the weekend. For more information and to register, visit the Events page at www.merckforst.org.

— July 26, 7:30 PM: Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM; meetings have returned to being held in-person. The agenda for the next monthly meeting is available on the town website HERE. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— July 27, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are currently back to being in-person.  The agenda for the next meeting is available HERE. 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.

— August 3, 6:00 PM: Pawlet Public Library Monthly Board Meeting
The Library Board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meetings are open to the public; please contact the library for more information on how to join the meeting 325-3123.

— August 10, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are currently back to being in-person.  The agenda for the next meeting will be available HERE. 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.

— August 12: Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting

— August 14, 7 – 9 pm: Pawlet Public Library Coffee House Concert Series — Freddi Shehadi
Freddi Shehadi is an EmmyAward/Mobius Award-winning guitarist/composer and producer. Hebegan his musical career in the early80s in New York City and quicklyascended to writing and producing music for pop music artists, movies and major television networks including NBC, CBS and ABC. His work at NBC and The Today Show earned him a Mobius Award, Golden Eagle Award and New York Festivals Award.
Tickets are $5 per person. You can register for the event and purchase tickets HERE.

— August 23, 7:30 PM: Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM; meetings have returned to being held in-person. The agenda for the next monthly meeting will be available on the town website HERE. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— August 24, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are currently back to being in-person.  The agenda for the meeting will be available HERE. 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.

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