Pawlet eNews October 23 2021 **Updated 10/28 with information about Library event cancellations**

In this Newsletter
Annual Halloween Parade
VCAAP II
The West Pawlet Vol. Fire Dept. officers
Pawlet Volunteer Network
Did you know?
Helping Hands update/request

Upcoming Events & Important dates for September/October /November
(scroll to the end for details)
October 23: Annual Pawlet Halloween Parade
October 24: VCAAP II deadline
October 25: Planning Commission Meeting
October 27: RSVP Bone Builders
October 30: Library Coffee House Concert Series featuring Mason Daring and Jeannie Stahl CANCELLED
November 1: Pawlet Development Review Board Meeting
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 CANCELLED
November 30: Select Board Meeting

The Annual Pawlet Library Halloween Parade
Bring all your little ghouls and goblins, witches and ghosts!
The Halloween Parade will be on Saturday, October 23 at 10:30 am.
Meet in front of the library.
A party for all our little parade attenders will follow.

VCAAP II
Green Mountain Power urges customers to apply today for pandemic relief grants through the Vermont Department of Public Service, as the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP II) is set to close Oct. 24. Residential customers can qualify for up to $10,000 and farms and businesses can qualify for up to $50,000 in relief for arrearages since March 2020. They can use the money to pay past-due landline phone, electric, natural gas and water service bills. Customers can apply for VCAAP II online at https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/help-past-due-utility-bills-vermont-department-public-service.

The West Pawlet Vol. Fire Dept. officers
The West Pawlet Vol. Fire Dept. held its annual meeting on October 4th and elected the following officers to lead the dept. for the 2021- 2022 Fiscal year:

FIRE OFFICERS
Chief: David Ricard Sr.
1st Assistant Chief: Joey Mullen
2nd Assistant Chief: David Hosley
Captain: David Ricard Jr
Lieutenant: J. “Skip” Wilson

BUSINESS OFFICERS
President: Gary Hadeka
Vice President: Morgan Hosley
Secretary: Craig Watrous Sr
Treasurer: John Lee
Trustee: Roger Gould

Pawlet Volunteer Network
The Pawlet Library launched the “Pawlet Volunteer Network” in September. 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.

Did you know?
The Braintree School at the end of Warren Switch Road in West Pawlet was built in 1852. The single-room schoolhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

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!

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

— October 23, 10:30 a.m. The Halloween Parade
Meet in front of the library.

— October 24: VCAAP II deadline
Green Mountain Power urges customers to apply today for pandemic relief grants through the Vermont Department of Public Service, as the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP II) is set to close Oct. 24. Residential customers can qualify for up to $10,000 and farms and businesses can qualify for up to $50,000 in relief for arrearages since March 2020. They can use the money to pay past-due landline phone, electric, natural gas and water service bills. Customers can apply for VCAAP II online at https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/help-past-due-utility-bills-vermont-department-public-service.

— October 25, 7:30 p.m. — 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 27, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  — RSVP Bone Builders
RSVP Bone Builders of Rutland is holding a training workshop to certify new Bone Builders instructors. Location:  Engle Hall at Christ the King Church in Rutland. If interested, please call Pat at 802-775-8220 Ext 102. There is no cost for this training.

— October 30, 7- 9 p.m. — Library Coffee House Concert Series featuring Mason Daring and Jeannie Stahl

*****CANCELLED*****

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.

****In an abundance of caution, the Board of Directors of the library has cancelled the Concert Series due to Covid-19 concerns. Ticket holders will be refunded.****

— November 1, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Development Review Board Meeting
Pawlet Development Review Board Meeting / Hearing
Location: Pawlet Town Office — 122 School Street, Pawlet

The agenda is available for viewing HERE.

— November 2, 6:00 p.m. — 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 p.m. — 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 p.m. —  Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting

— November 16, 7:00 p.m. — 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 p.m. — 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 27, 7-9 p.m. — Library Coffee House Concert Series – Open Mic Night

*****CANCELLED*****

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!

****In an abundance of caution, the Board of Directors of the library has cancelled the Concert Series due to Covid-19 concerns. Ticket holders will be refunded.****

— November 30, 7:00 p.m. — 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.

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