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1  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Greg Hartman Plans 8th Haiti Relief Mission Trip to Haiti on: December 09, 2017, 07:33:59 AM
2  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Jean Martell Dies At 50 Years Old on: December 07, 2017, 06:18:38 AM

Fairfax – Jean Ann Lozell Martell a longtime Chittenden County resident passed away Friday, December 1st, 2017, at he McClure-Miller VNA Hospice House surrounded by her family.

Born in Burlington on July 4th, 1967, she was the daughter of Katherine “Kitty” (Sweeney) Richard and the late Ross Richard. Jean was 50 years old.

Jean was educated in Burlington and was a longtime waitress and bartender at Sh-Na-Na’s and served in the Vermont Army National Guard. She was a homebody who took care of her children and grandchildren.

Jean is survived by her husband, Dwayne A. Martell of Fairfax and their children, Ronald Lewis Smith of Fairfax, Gary Lee Billodeau of Swanton, Crystal Lee Charette and her husband, Adam, of Westford and Amber Marie Raymond of Winooski as well as here grandchildren, Hazell, Samuel, Nevaeh, Danasia, Avontae, Carma, Moriah, Nancy and Ariel.

Jean is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Ross Richard, Jr. and his wife, Barbara, Robin Fry and her husband, John, Star Trayah, Reed Richard and his wife, Heather, and her in-laws, Bernard Farnsworth and Donna Richard.

She was predeceased by her father, Ross Richard, her sister, Kathleen Farnsworth and brother, Kevin Richard.

A time for sharing memories will be held at 1154 Main St., Fairfax on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at 12 Noon. For more information please call Dwayne at 802-582-6329.

Assisting is the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.
3  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Russell Goodsell Jr. Dies At Age 83 on: December 07, 2017, 06:17:20 AM

ALBURGH – Russell W. Goodsell Jr. age 83, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at his home in Alburgh surrounded by his loving family.

He was born August 14, 1934 in Rutland, VT to the late Russell Sr. & Catherine (Griffith) Goodsell.

Russell was an avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt, fish and work in his garden. He worked as a plumber for several years until he started the family business, Crossroads Mobil in Alburgh. Russell loved his role as Grampa and Great Grampa and he always looked forward to Alburgh’s July 4th parade, his home was the parade headquarters.

He is survived by his children, Paula Whitcomb and her husband Robert, Glen Goodsell and his wife Martha and Martha Goodsell and her husband Steve all of Alburgh; 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson; his long-time companion, Evelyn Dubuque of North Hero; sister, Betty King and her husband Fred of Colbrook, NH and many nieces, nephews & cousins. Besides his parents, Russell was predeceased by his wife, Sylvia (Hebert) Goodsell; their daughter, Andrea Balch and his sisters, Judy Clapper and her husband Arvin and Rita Lucas and her husband Fritz.

Visiting hours will be held Monday, December 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton, VT. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 PM with Deacon Duane Langlois officiating. Interment will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery in Fairfax.

For those who wish, contributions in Russell’s memory may be made to the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446.

Condolences, photos and favorite memories may be shared through www.gossfs.com
4  General / Local Business Announcements / Nan's Mobil - Weekly Dinner Specials on: December 04, 2017, 10:06:03 AM
5  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Re: Property Transfers November 24, 2017 on: December 03, 2017, 03:02:36 PM
I have been told that property at 293 Fletcher Road that was sold above and was owned by Amoskeg was bought by Runamok Maple.  I have no idea what they do or how many people they employ.
6  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Laura Lee McMurray Dies At The Age Of 49 on: December 01, 2017, 11:46:09 AM

Laura Lee (Gravelle) McMurray, 49, passed away at her home in Fairfax on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. She was born on July 31, 1968 in Burlington.

Laura grew up in Burlington where she attended St. Joseph’s School as a young child. Living in the Old North End on North Avenue, Laura could be found riding her bike to see her cousins, Vicki and Valerie, visiting her friends that lived close by or playing on the playground at Flynn School. Laura’s kind and sweet nature was clear as a young child when her baby sister, Karen, was born right before she turned 8 years old. Laura’s loving care for Karen is legendary and Laura would often say that having “her baby” was one of the best parts of her childhood.

In her adolescence, as she was growing her independence as rebellious, exploratory spirits often do, Laura leaned on her extended family and spent time in Lamoille Valley attending Lamoille Union High School while staying with her aunt and uncle, Donna and Frank Hutchins in Cambridge. Laura loved the area and in many ways, found her life long home during this period in her life.

After highschool, Laura spent some time living with her Aunt Patty in Texas and was able to see the bigger world. While staying only a short time in Texas, it made an impact as she often made recipes she learned while there for her friends and family. While she talked about enjoying this experience, it also reinforced her love for Vermont and she returned to start her own family with Bob McMurray.

The greatest joy of Laura’s life came when she became a mother. Laura was an amazing mom to her babies. She anticipated their every need and went out of her way to make sure that they never felt a moment of worry or discomfort. She took her role as their first teacher very seriously and it was common for her to spend hours with her young children doing activities, practicing in workbooks and engaging in enriching adventures. She would spend hours outside gardening with her kids, walking her road with the kids in a wagon collecting rocks that they would paint and planning their days to make the most of every moment. Laura took the time to teach her kids about the beauty of the natural world. She regularly took them camping, fishing, berry and apple picking and to swim at the beach and ensuring that the grew up understanding the value of our natural resources. Laura made a huge deal out of birthdays and holidays and loved making magic for her kids! Looking at pictures of Laura gazing at her children, it is clear that her every happiness was found in their smile and she couldn’t envision a life any better than by their side. Laura raised amazing, wonderful children and they are a reflection of the love and care she invested in them as they grew.

Laura loved all kids and after her children were grown, she provided care to her nephews, Connor and Mitchell, and niece McKenna, as infants. The kids loved their “Yaya” and she enjoyed her days playing with her Conman, Mitchie Moose, and McD. Later, she spent time working at the Cambridge Elementary School as a substitute teacher and para-educator. She so enjoyed the energy of the school and being involved in whatever way she could contribute to growing and supporting the children in her community.

Laura’s life was far too short and those that love her are left with a gaping wound that will likely never heal. The love that we all have for Laura continues and she would want those that loved her to find peace and comfort in one another. There was nobody more loving than Laura. She had the ability to make you feel like the most special person in the world. She cared about others and wanted nothing more than for those in her life to have joy and happiness.

Laura is survived by her son Sean McMurray of South Burlington, her daughters Elizabeth McMurray of Burlington, and Lasah McMurray of Cambridge, as well as her parents, Timothy and Brenda (Dumas) Shea of Burlington and her sister and brother in law, Karen and Douglas Denniston of Cambridge and their children Connor, Mitchell and McKenna. Laura was blessed to have many aunts and uncles and was very close to Donna and Frank Hutchins, Mary Skog, Patricia and Howard Wells, all of Cambridge. Laura’s cousins were all very important to her and she loved each and every one of them deeply. She also leaves behind her beloved and faithful companions Ivy her Dachshund and her big orange cat Pumpkin who she lovingly referred to as "Fat Boy".

Laura’s biological father, Marc Gravelle and his wife Bonnie reside in Thomas, WV. While not physically close, Laura cared greatly for and about her paternal relatives including her half siblings Tracy Johnson, Carrie Scott and Deven Bunnell. She was predeceased by her half-sister, Michelle Gravelle.

Most recently, Laura resided with her partner, Brian Cootware and his son, Chauncy. Laura loved Chauncy and went out of her way to make a special loving home for him. In many ways, he brought the joys Laura experienced raising her own children back to life and provided her with purpose and meaning.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday December 3, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel, 1176 Main Street, Fairfax, VT 05454. Funeral services will be held on Monday December 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at United Church of Fairfax with Reverend Katherine Arthaud officiating. A gathering and light meal will follow at the church for those that wish to attend. Memorial contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to Cambridge Elementary School, 186 School Street, Jeffersonville, VT 05464 so that she can continue to positively impact the lives of children in her community. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.
7  Fairfax News / Upcoming Events / Operation Happiness - Fairfax Food Shelf - Nov 26 - Dec 12, 2017 on: November 29, 2017, 11:58:19 AM
8  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Sara McDonald Dies At Age 60 on: November 27, 2017, 08:23:29 AM

Williston / Milton – Sarah Jean McDonald, 60, died peacefully on November 25, 2017 at the Burlington Health and Rehab. Center.

Sarah was born in Burlington on September 2, 1957, the daughter of Francis and Eleanor ( Lane ) McDonald.

She graduated from Milton High School and began working at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.  She returned to school during this time and received her nursing degree from UVM.  She continued working at the University of Vermont Medical Center where she worked for over 40 years, 35 years as an RN.

Sarah had lived in Milton for most of her life, the last three at Maple Tree Place in Williston.

Sarah is survived by her longtime partner Barbara Tyler of Williston, Barb’s children Rob, Lisa, Kim and Jenn Tyler.  Her sisters Elizabeth “Betty” Morgan of Fairfax; Carol Ann Bushey and her husband James of Green Cove Springs, FL; Eleanor Parker of Kernersville, NC; her brother George McDonald and his wife Marie of Milton and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Calvin Morgan.

Contributions in Sarah’s memory may be made to All Breed Rescue, 491 Industrial Avenue, Williston, VT 05495

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday November 30, 2017 at 11am in St. Ann’s Cemetery in Milton.
9  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Property Transfers November 24, 2017 on: November 25, 2017, 05:05:24 PM
Charles & Mary Taylor transferred property at 153 Shepardson Hollow RD to Heidi Molgaard, $345,000.

Karry & Matthew Walker transferred property at 64 Fletcher RD to Jody & Kimberly Desjardins, $220,000.

Kerry Guyette & Thomas Horton transferred property at 136 West ST to Karry & Matthew Walker, $289,900.

People's United Bank N.A. transferred property at 293 Fletcher RD to 293 Fletcher Road LLC, $575,000.

Jessica & William Dowd transferred property at 68 Fergusen RD to Jesse Carswell & Marissa Turner, $287,500.

10  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Property Transfers - November 17, 2017 on: November 19, 2017, 08:51:09 AM
Darren & Kimberly Kelley transferred property at 632 Fletcher RD to Matthew Mlyniec & Crystal Pontius, $270,000.

Sunset View Estates LLC transferred property at 45 Toof RD to Travis Belisle, $325,000.

Christine & Stephen Brown transferred property at 20 Hawley RD to Joanne Saunders & Joshua Wheeler, $219,900.

JS Homes LLC transferred property at 213 Wilkins RD to Chelsea Bombard, Bird Bombard, II and Bird Bombard, III, $273,000.

Paige Benham    transferred property at 43 Colonial RD, Unit 101 to Sarah Lothrop, $151,000.
11  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Wanda Palmer Dies At Age 88 on: November 16, 2017, 02:38:34 PM

Fairfax – Wanda F. Palmer, 88, died peacefully on November 14, 2017 at her home.

Wanda was born on January 18, 1929 in St. Albans the daughter of Nelson and Bertha (Delaney) Chappel.

She married Leslie Palmer on November 8, 1946 at St. Ann’s in Milton.

Wanda and Leslie raised their family and operated a large dairy farm on Cherrierville Road in Fairfax for many years. She loved gardening and going to the casino.

She is survived by her children Sandra Lucia and Dwight Dimond of Bristol, Mike Palmer and wife Kathy of Georgia, Nancy Coon of Williston, Mary Meigs and husband William of Fairfax, her daughter-in-law Denise Palmer of Fairfax and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, one great great grandson and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Leslie; son’s Dennis and Elijah and her son-in-law Gary Coon.

As per Wanda’s wishes funeral arrangements will be private.

Memorial contributions in Wanda’s name may be made to the Fairfax Rescue, P.O. Box 428, Fairfax, VT 05454, the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT  05478 or the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT  05478
12  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Lorraine A. Bosley Dies At Age 65 on: November 12, 2017, 04:41:18 PM

Lorraine A. Bosley, 65 (March 2, 1952) died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, early November 11, 2017.  Family and friends were the center of her life.  She will be gravely missed by all who shared in her loving and gracious spirit.  

She is survived by her husband,  Richard Bosley Sr. of St. Albans, her children David and Cheryl Arminio of Gastonia NC, Shelly Bosley and her fiance Rick Dion of Johnson, Michelle and Thomas Cramer of Georgia, and many grandchildren. 

 She is also survived by her father Richard Moran of NC, her sisters Suzanne and Bob Baxter, and Barbara and Rick Gregory, both of Texas.  She was predeceased by her mother Theresa Gale and her brother Larry Moran. 

Laurie and her son Gerry Brault passed hand and hand into the open arms of the loved ones who have passed and are waiting for them. 
"Be my friend, Hold me dear
Forever is not too long
Love me a love with tenderness
Hold me when I fall
Stay with me awhile
My life is yours
I give you my heart and hands
I will work with you always
Share my body and my mind
I will love you forever"
In keeping with Laurie's wishes, there will be no services at this time.  A celebration of her life will be private and at the discretion of the family. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Assoc., 372 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101 Williston VT 05495
13  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Gerald Brault Dies At Age 43 on: November 12, 2017, 04:25:52 PM

Fairfax – Gerard R. Brault Sr., 43, died unexpectedly on Saturday November 11, 2017 at his home on Old Academy Road in Fairfax.

Gerard was born on September 3, 1974 in Burlington, VT, the son of Michael and Lorraine ( Moran ) Brault.  Gerry graduated from BFA Fairfax in 1992 and worked for IBM in Essex Junction in the “Cribe” area as a test operator.  He later started G&R Yard Service doing lawn maintenance and snow plowing.

He is survived by his son Gerard R. Brault-Montani Jr. of So. Hero., his daughter Margaret Dudek and her husband John of Voorheesville, NY, by his step children Lexi LaCross and her fiancé Corey Begnoche of Colchester, Kayla Brouillette of Georgia, and Karlie Montani of So. Hero, by his longtime companion Jessica Brault of Fairfax, his grandchildren Nicholas, Bryleigh and Ila.  He is also survived by his father Michael Brault and his wife Linda of Milton, by his father Richard Bosley Sr. of St. Albans, by his sister Michelle Cramer and her husband Thomas of Georgia, his brother David Armino and his wife Cheryl of Gastonia, NC, his sister Shelly Bosley and her fiancé Rick Dion of Johnson, his sisters Lisa Shover & her fiancé Darcy Putnam of St. Albans, and Corrine Rich of St. Albans, and his brother Joseph St. Amour and his wife Erin of Colchester and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother Lorraine Bosley, who welcomed him with open arms.

Donations in Gerry’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312

A Celebration of Gerry’s life will be held on Wednesday November 15, 2017 from 4-7pm, with a time for sharing at 6pm, in the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton.
14  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Obituary For Kathleen Ann, (Graves) Gallagher on: November 08, 2017, 07:32:37 AM

Kathleen Ann, (Graves) Gallagher

Kathleen Ann, (Graves) Gallagher, a long time resident of Fairfax, who, at age 72, passed away, peacefully at her home November 8, 2017. She was born November 14, 1944, in Plattsburg, NY to the late Arthur and Hortense Graves.

Kathy loved her Family and Friends the most. She was a woman of faith and integrity. Whom had a permanent smile that brightened the lives of so many! Her sense of humor was second to none, and that could “Turn your frown upside down!” Her life consisted of always putting others before herself. Always giving and always caring for others. She was a Celtic Thunder groupie, loved her computer games, and would never say no to a lemon drop!

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

She leaves her loving husband of 52 years, Howard Gallagher of Fairfax, sons: Robert Gallagher of Columbia, IL, Rick Gallagher and Julie Ashline of Fairfax, her brothers Arthur & Sarah Graves and David & Debbie Graves, grandchildren: Skylar Gallagher, Kaylee Gallagher, Riley Gallagher, Colin Gallagher, Keegan Gallagher, Ashley Langlois, Taylor Ashline, Levi Ashline, Trinity Mercy also many nephews and nieces.

Kathy was also predeceased by her brother Thomas Graves, and sister Rosemary Martin.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017at 3:00 pm (with luncheon to follow in fellowship hall in the Church) at Northside Baptist Church,
1321 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, VT 05478. Please no Flowers to Church. Flowers and such to be sent directly to: Howard Gallagher, 935 Main St., Fairfax, VT 05454. Memorial contributions in Kathleen’s memory may be made to Howard Gallagher.

The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.
15  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Marie Benoit Dies At Age 74 on: November 07, 2017, 06:08:02 AM


Fairfax: Marie Phyllis Benoit, 74, a longtime Fairfax resident passed away Monday, November 6, 2017, at the McClure Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester. Marie had struggled with ALS, Lou Gehrig ’s disease for many years.

Born in Gulfport, Mississippi on January 11, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Marvin and Lillian (Williams) McMahon.

After graduating from Holy Angels School, Marie was first employed at Eveready in St. Albans and later at IBM in Essex until her retirement. In addition to working on the family farm, she also operated her own greenhouse.

She married Leo J. Benoit on August 21, 1965. He passed away on April 11, 2014.

Marie enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered for her love of house plants and the beautiful orchids she grew. Marie also enjoyed feeding and watching the birds, plus spending time at the pond to feed the turtles. She had a love for all music, especially Tom Petty.

She leaves her children, John L. Benoit and wife, Nancy of West Swanton, Gerald J. Benoit and wife, Rhoda of Fairfax, Lori Benoit and her significant other, Jeffrey Houghton of St. Albans and Brenda Hood and husband, Dana of Williston, her grandchildren, Thomas, Emily, Cameron, Nevin and Andre.

She also leaves a sister, Linda McMahon Geno of Milton, her brothers & sisters in law, Evelyn & Robert Ashline of Fairfax, Mary & Dennis Shorey of St. Albans, Norman & Jackie Benoit of Fairfax and Claire Benoit of Franklin, her friend, Penny Nichols of Fairfax and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer a special thanks for the wonderful care Marie has received from the Franklin County Home Health, Meals on Wheels and the McClure Miller VNA Respite House.

Private visiting hours and funeral services will be held for Marie on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans with Rev. Mr. Duane Langlois, Deacon from Holy Angles Parish officiating. Interment will be in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery.

For those considering of making a memorial contribution, the family has suggested the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to Franklin County Senior Center Meals on Wheels, 75 Messenger St., St. Albans, VT 05478.

Arrangements are by the Heald Funeral Home where online condolences may be sent by visiting www.healdfuneralhome.com
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