Pawlet eNews September 30, 2021

In this Newsletter
COVID relief funds survey
Pawlet Library Raffle Fundraiser
Pawlet Public Library – Director Position open
Town of Pawlet Unified Bylaws in effect
Fraud Prevention Policy
Pawlet Volunteer Network
Did you know?
Helping Hands update/request
Library Coffee House Concert Series

Upcoming Events & Important dates for September/October /November
(scroll to the end for details)
September 30: Mary Lou Willits retirement celebration
October 5: Library Monthly Board Meeting
October 5: Select Board Meeting
October 9: 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
October 14: Pawlett Historical Society Board Meeting
October 18: Pawlet Development Review Board Meeting
October 19: Select Board Meeting
October 25: Planning Commission Meeting
October 30: Library Coffee House Concert Series featuring Mason Daring and Jeannie Stahl
November 2: Library Monthly Board Meeting
November 2: Select Board Meeting
November 11: Pawlett Historical Society Board Meeting
November 16: Select Board Meeting
November 22: Planning Commission Meeting
November 27: Library Coffee House Concert Series – Open Mic Night
November 30: Select Board Meeting

COVID relief funds survey
The Pawlet Selectboard wants to hear your thoughts about what should be done with the COVID relief funds Pawlet is getting from the federal government. Please fill out this survey by Oct. 15 to give your feedback: https://forms.gle/fdUU8KiV6q6oDL6i6

You can submit additional ideas by emailing the Selectboard at pawletselectboard@gmail.com or by attending one of our meetings. Information on meeting times and agendas is here: https://pawlet.vt.gov/town-goverment/selectboard/

Pawlet Library Raffle Fundraiser

“Root for the Library Raffle,” is running now through October 5 when the drawing will be held. Raffle items are valued at $100 and over, including a cruise on Lake St. Catherine, outdoor patio furniture, $100 gift certificates to local restaurants and retailers, and specialty food and products baskets.

 

Raffle tickets are $25 each or $100 for five. Participants can choose which raffle items they are
interested in. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to purchase new books for adults and children, subscribe to digital resources like e-books and audio books, and to provide interlibrary loan, public Wi-Fi access, statewide circulation automation, and educational programs.

You can browse the raffle item list a www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com/root-for-the-library-raffle and download tickets to mail in, but be sure to remember the October 5th drawing date! You can also visit the Library Tuesdays through Saturday when the building is open to view items and purchase tickets. The library is located at 141 School Street, Pawlet, Vt.

Town of Pawlet Unified Bylaws in effect
After working through the process and the Select Board adopting the updated Unified Bylaws on July 13th, the Bylaws are in effect (as of August 3rd). The Bylaws can be viewed HERE.

Fraud Prevention Policy
The Select Board has adopted a fraud prevention policy. The policy can be read here: HERE

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.

The Pawlet Public Library Directorship Position
The Pawlet Public Library is in search of a new library director. The job description, information on qualifications and more can be found on the library’s website HERE.

Did you know?

The Pawlet Library has been in continuous operation since 1903. It’s among the 180 libraries Vermont has — giving our state the most public libraries per capita of any state in the nation!

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.

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/

Library Coffee House Concert Series
The first event is with Freddi Shehadi just wrapped up 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!

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

— September 30, 5 – 7 PM: Mary Lou Willits retirement celebration
The Pawlet Public Library is holding an Open House to celebrate the retirement of our librarian, Mary Lou!  The celebration will be at the library on September 30, from 5-7! Please come celebrate Mary Lou as she moves forward to the next chapters in her story! We look forward to seeing you and sharing all that Mary Lou has accomplished!

— October 5, 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 at 325-3123.

— October 5, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are offered as a hybrid option — you may attend in-person or online. 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.

— October 9, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM: 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Fair Haven Transfer Station, 175 Fair Haven Avenue (off West Street), Fair Haven

What to bring: Any substance with labels that say CAUSTIC, TOXIC, CORROSIVE, POISON, FLAMMABLE, DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, USE IN AN OPEN ENVIRONMENT.

What not to bring: Electronics, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, large batteries, fluorescent bulbs, tires, vaping devices.

More information including information on disposing of the items banned from Saturday’s event can be found HERE.

— October 14, 7:00 PM:  Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting

— October 18, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Development Review Board Meeting
The DRB will convene a Regular meeting to conduct regular business and Public Hearing to review the following application:

Conditional Use Permit Application for a catering kitchen (parcel ID 4-14.1) located on the Danby Pawlet Rd. located in the Agricultural and Rural Residential Zoning District. Effective section of the Zoning Ordinance: Article 11: Section 7; Article 111: Section 2 And Article IX Development Review Board Section 10: Granting Waivers.

The agenda is available HERE.

— October 19, 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.

— October 25, 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.

— October 30, 7 – 9 PM: Library Coffee House Concert Series featuring Mason Daring and Jeannie Stahl
Film and TV composer Mason Daring and premier vocalist Jeanie Stahl celebrate over 40 years of musical collaboration. In the 70s the Boston Globe dubbed them the darlings of the folk scene. One of their albums garnered national attention with Mason’s original song, Marblehead Morning. Mason went on to become an award-winning composer and Jeanie continued as a featured vocalist for Masterpiece Theatre and other films and as a solo recording artist.

The concert will be at the Town Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased HERE.

— November 2, 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 at 325-3123.

— November 2, 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.

— November 11, 7:00 PM:  Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting

— November 16, 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.

— November 22, 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.

— November 30, 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.

— November 27, 7 – 9 PM: Library Coffee House Concert Series – Open Mic Night

It’s Open Mic night for anyone who sings or plays music. Sign up right away to be included on the roster for this two-hour coffee house event by calling the library at 802-325-3123. Create an ensemble or play solo, and be sure to invite your friends and family. Share what you have to offer on this night when neighbors meet neighbors in a casual and welcoming setting. We’ll provide the sound system, and the stage is yours!

The concert will be at the Town Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased HERE.

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