In this Newsletter (Scroll down for details).
2022 Vermont General Election Information
Scoping Study – pedestrian improvement project
Job Postings
Pawlet Library Tech Time
Pawlet Community Book Discussion
Childhood Cancer Awareness Week
VNA and Hospice of the Southwest Region
Rutland County Free Clinic
West Pawlet water payment assistance program
Town clerk office hours
Pawlet Public Library hours of operation
Pawlet Volunteer Network
Did you know?
Healthy Meals at the Pawlet Food Pantry
Pawlet Community Church
SVCOA shopping service for older Vermonters
Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region
Highway Department — contact information

Upcoming Events & Important dates for October/November
(scroll down toward the end of the newsletter for details)
October 24: Planning Commission Meeting
November 1: Public Library Monthly Board Meeting
November 1: Select Board Meeting
November 1: Scoping Study final presentation
November 8: General Election
November 10: Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting
November 15: Select Board Meeting
November 28: Planning Commission Meeting
November 29: Select Board Meeting

2022 Vermont General Election Information
General Election information is available HERE. Elections take place November 8th. You should have already received your mail-in ballots.

For those voting in person, the polls will be open on Tuesday, November 8th at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. that day. The official warning can be found HERE. Note for those mailing or dropping off ballots: ballots received after 7 p.m. on November 8, 2022 cannot be counted.

A sample ballot can be viewed HERE.

Scoping Study — Pedestrian Improvement Project
A final presentation meeting regarding the scoping study conducted to consider pedestrian improvements along VT Route 30 will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pawlet Town Hall.

This meeting is intended to give all residents and interested parties the opportunity to view and learn about proposed improvements. More information about the proposal as well as information about how to join the meeting remotely is available HERE.

The presentation flyer which maps out the proposed improvement areas can be viewed HERE.

Job Postings
The town is looking for a road foreman. The position is a full-time opportunity.

Pawlet Public Library is seeking a community resource coordinator. This part-time position will require about 12 hours a week at a pay rate of $17 an hour.

For more information about either position, visit the Employment Opportunities section of the town website HERE.

Pawlet Library Tech Time
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pawlet Library will offer classes and assistance for today’s technology. Topics will include smartphone basics, tablet basics, social media, protecting your personal information online, digital photography and more. Information will be offered in small class settings, individualized learning and drop-in possibilities.

Pawlet Community Book Discussion
The Pawlet Library and Pawlet Community Church are offering a book discussion on November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the library for the book The Grace of Silence:A Family Memoir by Michele Norris. Norris’ family story reveals the power of silence and secrets within a family, especially as it relates to racial legacy. While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama’s election, Norris discovered there were painful secrets within her own family that had been willfully withheld. Her findings inspired a journey into her family’s past, from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the Deep South. Books will be available to borrow through the Pawlet Library. The conversation will be facilitated by the Rev. Tracy Weatherhogg, pastor of the Pawlet Community Church.

Those interested in participating can contact the library to reserve a copy of the book by calling 802-325-3123 or emailing pawletpub@gmail.com

Childhood Cancer Awareness Week
The week of October 23-29th has been designated Childhood Cancer Awareness Week in Pawlet. The full decree from the select board can be viewed HERE.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region www.vermontvisitingnurses.org
Blood Pressure & Foot Care Clinics
The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice offers monthly Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics. Suggested donations are $2 for blood pressure and $5 for foot care. For more information please call 802-775-0568 or visit www.ravnah.org/blood-pressure-foot-care.html. The clinic schedule is available HERE.

Rutland County Free Clinic
The Rutland County Free Clinic (RCFC) provides free essential medical and dental care to uninsured and under-insured adults living in Rutland County. We provide these services at our clinic location at 145 State Street in Rutland as well as via community based clinics throughout Rutland County. The RCFC provides access to dental assessments, X-rays, fillings and extractions, health check-ups, medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries or illness, adult immunizations, women’s health screenings for heart disease, breast and cervical cancer, nicotine intervention, as well as nutrition and mental health referrals. Our patients have access to free medications and many other health related supplies to help them improve their overall wellness. Please visit our website at www.rutlandcountyfreeclinic.org for more information about our organization. Call 802-775-1360 ext. 1 for our clinic schedule.

West Pawlet water payment assistance program
The Town of Pawlet is now participating in the Household Water Assistance Program through the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division. If you make less than 60 percent of the median state income and are having a hard time paying your water fees, this program may be able to help out. Visit https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/hwa to get instructions and an application. You must include a copy of your water bill with the application. For questions about the Water Assistance Program, call 1-800-339-6433.

Town Office
The town offices are open but appointments need to be made ahead of time for land record and genealogical research.

Town clerk office hours
Monday:
 10 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 3 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 3 PM (office/home)
Thursday: 10 AM – 1 PM
Friday — closed

Pawlet Public Library hours of operation
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday 11:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 11:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday 11:30am-5:00pm
Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

Curbside service is available by appointment on the days the Library is open. Contact the Library staff at 802-325-3123 or pawletpub@gmail.com.

Pawlet Volunteer Network
The Pawlet Library launched the “Pawlet Volunteer Network” in September 2020. 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?
Trick-or-treating has been a tradition in the United States for about 100 years.

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/

Highway Department
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 24, 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 1, 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 1, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
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 1, 7:00 p.m. Scoping Study — Pedestrian Improvement Project
A final presentation meeting regarding the scoping study conducted to consider pedestrian improvements along VT Route 30 will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pawlet Town Hall.

This meeting is intended to give all residents and interested parties the opportunity to view and learn about proposed improvements. More information about the proposal as well as information about how to join the meeting remotely is available HERE.

The presentation flyer which maps out the proposed improvement areas can be viewed HERE.

November 8, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Polls open for General Election Day
For those voting in person, the polls will be open on Tuesday, November 8th at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. that day. The official warning can be found HERE. Note for those mailing or dropping off ballots: ballots received after 7 p.m. on November 8, 2022 cannot be counted.

— November 10, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting

— November 15, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
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 28, 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 29, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
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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