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1  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Donald Danis Dies At Age 89 on: Today at 10:03:51 AM

Donald Danis, loved by all who knew him, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Donald was born in Fall River Massachusetts but most recently lived in Fairfax Vermont for the past 28 years. Donald was 89 years old and passed away at home on February 11, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Donald was born in Fall River Massachusetts to Eugene and Martha Danis on June 28, 1928. His mother, Martha passed away when he was 3 years old. His father, Gene remarried when Donald was 9. Nine months later Donald's father also died. He was raised by his stepmother Mildred, the only Grandmother his children ever knew.

Donald grew up in Fall River Mass and graduated from Durfee High School, where he joined the Navy Corp. During his high school years he worked at LA Drape, a local fish market. After graduating high school he entered the US Airforce. He attended Air Force Technical School at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. His course of study was in radio operations. Later he was sent to work as part of the 136 Communications Security Squadron.

In 1952 he married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine DaPonte. After leaving the Air Force in December of 1952, he began working for the New England Telephone Company. He began as an installer and worked his way up to District Manager, supervising 13 different town offices. He retired in 1990, and he and his wife Lorraine moved to Fairfax Vermont.

He began volunteering at Fanny Allen Hospital, and as an installer for Lifeline. He also worked for a short time as a FEMA communications specialist. Donald was an avid animal lover of both domestic and wild animals. His wife Lorraine passed away in December of 1996. In 1999, he met Sylvia Bovi of Connecticut, and remained in a loving relationship with her until his passing.

Donald and Lorraine were married for 44 years and are survived by their five children and their families: Patricia and husband Ralph Robinson, James and wife Denise, William, Jean and husband Gary Gilmond Jr., and Kathy and husband Michael Bovat. grandchildren: Bradley, Siobhan, Wendy, Brendan, Gary III, Mark and Kathryn. He was predeceased by two grand children, Erin and Joshua. Great Grandchildren: Brandone, James, Connor, Griffin, and Gary IV.

Special relatives in Kentucky: Nephew, Steve and wife Lynda DaPonte, and their children Dan and Cindee. Niece, Susan and husband Kevin Garrett, and their children Lauren, Matthew and Christopher. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins in Fall River MA.

Special thanks to Franklin County Home Health Hospice.
In the Spring there will be a Catholic Mass at St Luke's Church followed by an inurnment at St Luke's Cemetery in Fairfax Vermont.

Memorial contributions in Don's memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Hospice.
2  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Property Transfers - February 7, 2018 on: February 13, 2018, 05:49:44 PM
Lynn Parah transferred property at 17 Hawley Road, Suite 102 to Jennifer Suyllivan, $158,000.
3  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Clint Paquin Dies At Age 78 on: February 10, 2018, 05:01:13 PM

St. Albans – Clinton E. Paquin a lifelong resident of this area passed away Thursday, February 8th, 2018, at the Franklin County Rehab Center following a brief illness.

Born in Sheldon on August 27th, 1939, he was one of twelve children to the late Ambrose and Florence (Gilbert) Paquin. Clint was 78 years old.

On February 15th, 1958, he married Pauline Plante, who survives him.  They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on February 15th, 2018.

Clint was a 1957 graduate of Bellows Free Academy and 2 years later he began a career of 55 years with Paquin Motors, retiring in 2015.  In 1964, he and Pauline bought Pleasant Acres Farm in Fairfax, which is still operated by their family. Clint was a former member of Lodge #1090, LOOM, St. Albans Lodge #1566, BPOE, The Owl Club and Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4218 - Arrowhead.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline, of St. Albans; their daughters and husbands, Kathy and Jay Guertin of Laconia, New Hampshire and Emily and Rett Heald of St. Albans and daughter-in-law, Maria Paquin of Fairfax. Clint is also survived by his grandchildren, Nicholas Guertin, Erin Caruso and Joe, Chris Heald and Danielle, Meghan Howrigan and Peter, Beth Ann Paquin and Dustin Snyder and Dylan Paquin, as well as his great-grandchildren, Lillian and Harrison, Harper and Chloe, Stella, and Ava and Shay.

Clint is also survived by his brother, Burton Paquin, Sr. of Swanton and sister, Theresa Gearty of Massachusetts and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Clint was pre-deceased by his son, Gilbert C. Paquin on September 14th, 2007, and his brothers, Maurice John, Chester, Ambrose, Jr., Clifford and Alton and his sisters, Phyllis Jarvis, Gladys Cormier, Joyce Bishop and Hilda LaBombard.

Relatives and friends will honor and celebrate Clint’s life by attending calling hours on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. Private interment will take place at the family lot in Fairfax Plain Cemetery.

Clint’s family asks that memorials be in the way of contributions to either the Franklin County Animal Rescue, 30 Sunset Meadow, St. Albans, Vermont 05478 or to Fairfax Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 428, Fairfax, Vermont 05454.

To send Clint’s family a message of condolence, please go to his on-line guest book at www.healdfuneralhome.com. 
4  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Property Transfers - January 24, 2017 on: February 03, 2018, 10:27:15 AM
Superneau Custom Homes, Inc. transferred property at 60 Button RD to Nicky & Sharon Rock, $55,000.

Carolyn & Kevin Wheel transferred property at 531 Nichols RD to Federal National Mortgage Association, $nla.

Brett & Erin Goertemoeller transferred property at 170 Wilkins RD to Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, $248,710.

5  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Shelly Pottala's Mother, Holly O'Harra Dies At Age 76 on: January 28, 2018, 02:02:16 PM

Fairfax, Holly O’Harra, 76 of Fairfax passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, January 24, 2018 in the Franklin County Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans.

Holly was born May 16, 1941 in San Francisco, CA, the daughter of the late Alan Marion Heckman and Ann Tappan.

Holly was unequivocally the definition of class and elegance. She enjoyed jazz music and had a deep appreciation for fine art, but more importantly the stories behind them. Wherever Holly lived, she would turn it into her own beautiful gallery, which told her story and showcased many important memories and experiences in her life and throughout her journey. She had an uncanny gift for gardening and interior decorating, which was inspired by her love of flowers and design. What Holly saw as solely a hobby, was highly regarded and desired by others all over and featured in magazines across the state of Washington, including the prominent and well-established Better Homes magazine whose readers look to for inspirational posh décor. Anything she touched was truly magnificent. She lived a life most could only dream of and enjoyed the finer things that life had to offer.

She is survived by her children, David Maclean of Langley, Washington, Tracy Maclean of Seattle, Washington, John Shannon and his wife, Shawna of Wasilla, Alaska and Shelly Pottala and her husband, Lafe of Fairfax, Vermont; Her grandchildren, Rachael, Jenae, Andrew, Lafe and Koben; Her dear friend Billy Israel of Montreal and her loving dog, Stella.
Memorial contributions may be made to: BFA Fairfax Farm to School 75 Hunt St, Fairfax, VT 05454

A family celebration of Holly’s life will be held at a later date.
6  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Property Transfers - January 17, 2018 on: January 20, 2018, 08:00:55 AM
Barbara Young & Lawrence Young, Sr. transferred property at 12 A-B Tuttle Road to Franklin South, LLC, $318,000.

7  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Property Transfers - January 10, 2018 on: January 20, 2018, 07:54:21 AM
Blake Bolk & Liisa Vonende transferred property at 26 Sugar Ridge RD to Denae & James Coco, $277,000.

Mill Hill Development LL transferred property at Lot 13B, Bentley RD Extension to Clifford Abrecht, $130,000.
8  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Walter LaBrie Dies At Age 81 on: January 18, 2018, 07:37:03 AM
SWANTON – Walter Labrie, age 81, passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2018 at his home in Swanton.

He was born May 31, 1936 in Franklin, VT, the son of the late Steve & Elaine (Bates) Labrie.

Although he lived his life with a hearing disability, he worked in Manchester, NH as a meat cutter and then Wright Construction in Franklin, VT, until he retired. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting & fishing.

Walter is survived by his brother John Labrie and wife Ramona of Fletcher; several nieces & nephews, his aunts, Polly Labrie of St. Albans and JoAnne Grondahl of Lake Worth, FL. He also leaves behind his special furry friend of 15 years, his cat Jack.

In keeping with Walter’s wishes, there will be no public services. His final resting place will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Franklin.

Condolences, photos and favorite memories may be shared through www.gossfs.com
9  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Bill Fay Dies At Age 75 on: January 18, 2018, 07:35:21 AM


William “Bill” Fay, better known as “Bing” to the family, a lifelong resident to the area, passed away Sunday, January 14th, 2018 with his loving wife by his side.

Born August 30, 1942, in St. Albans, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Gladys (McKinney) Fay. Bill was 75 years old.

Bill was a graduate of BFA St .Albans. On March 25, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna (Frazier) Fay who survives him.

Bill was a very dedicated man and proud of his career in the United States Air Force. He loved hunting, fishing and watching deer. He also enjoyed painting deer pictures and working with wood. He was an avid fan of John Wayne and knew every movie John Wayne had appeared in.

Survivors include his wife Donna Fay; daughter, Cindy Sweeney and her husband, Scott Sweeney; sister, Rita Fay; brother-in-law, Bruce Frazier; granddaughter, Jessica Kohler and her fiancé, Jeff Stewart; and great-grandson, Benjamin Kohler. Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Fay. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews as well as many friends and fond memories of Cottonwood Cove Campground.

Visiting will be Saturday, January 20th, 2018 in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main St., St. Albans from 10:00 AM until 12 Noon, followed by a funeral service. Rev. Megan Stowe, Pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, will officiate. At the conclusion of the services, Military Honors will then be accorded the Air Force Veteran.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Messages of condolences to be shared with the family may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com.
10  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Property Transfers - December 27, 2017 on: January 13, 2018, 08:40:56 AM
Robert Couture Town of Fairfax transferred property at 3 Deer Run Road to Kristopher &   transferred property at 15 East Road, Unit 108 to William Bouffard & Katelyn Schraml, $197,000.

Champlain Housing Trust, Inc. transferred property at 5 East Road, Unit 103 to Meagan Sears & Lucas West, $193,000.

Sarah Hull transferred property at 52 Sunrise Road to Brittany Downs, $240,000.

Fecteau Residential Inc. dba Fecteau Homes transferred property at 5 Hidden Valley Road to Bradford & Jessie Davis, '99,820.

Kristopher & Nichole Garrow transferred property at 3 Deer Run Road to Megan Goodell, $269,000.

O & R Realty, LLC transferred property at 75 Bushey Road to Kristopher & Nichole Garrow, $331,500.

Estate of Gilbert Fortin transferred property at 320 Nichols Road to Hiedi Hadley, $239,000.

Alexandria & Jacob Kent transferred property at 5 East Road, Suite 103 to Champlain Housing Trust, Inc., $138,000.

11  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Colleen Toof Blake on: January 12, 2018, 07:27:02 AM

Colleen Toof Blake
       Colleen T Blake, 86 of Fairfax died peacefully Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 at the Manor in Morrisville, Vt.

       Colleen was born September 27, 1931 in St Albans, Vt., the daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth Rounds Toof.  She is predeceased by her husband Dean W Blake and her brother Arthur D Toof Jr. She attended B.F.A. Fairfax, and was married on July 15, 1950 at the United Methodist Church of Fairfax. Colleen had a love for music, played the piano, sang at many weddings and was a member of the church choir. She also performed with the Barber Shoppers and a member of The Eastern Stars.

She is survived by her children, Dean W. Blake Jr. of St Albans, Christine Blake Rainville and her husband Claude, Jeff Blake and his wife Johanna of Fairfax. She is survived by 5 Grandchildren, 11 Great grandchildren, and 10 Nieces and Nephews, who will all miss her dearly.

     Funeral services will be held at the Minor Funeral Home on Monday January 15, 2018 at 2 pm with a Social gathering to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Colleen's memory to a charity of one’s choice.

     The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and staff at the Manor for the excellent care they provided.
12  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Grandson of Charlene Boudreau, Colby Pattee Dies At Age 11 on: January 01, 2018, 01:40:15 PM

He was born on March 3, 2006 in St. Albans to Thomas & Renee (Boudreau) Pattee.

Colby accomplished a lot in his 11 years. He was an excellent outdoorsman; he loved to hunt and fish. He had a tremendous work ethic; he would regularly take care of the animals at his grandfather’s barn. He made a difference in the lives of others with his compassion and genuine kindness. Colby would give the shirt of his back to anyone that needed it. Aside from hunting and fishing, his favorite hobbies were hanging out with friends, playing soccer and going to camp to play cards with Pepe V.

He is survived by his parents, Thomas & Renee Pattee, his brother, Dylan Pattee and his best friend, CoJak Pattee all of Enosburg; paternal grandparents, Bill & Rachel Pattee of Enosburg; maternal grandmother, Charlene Boudreau of Poinciana, FL; aunt, Terri Deuso and her children, Brendan & Aleta and their father Keith Deuso all of Enosburg; uncle Kris Boudreau and his daughter, Elle Boudreau both of Port Orchard, WA; special friend, Tyler Elwood; his special “uncles”, Al Burnor and his wife Debbie, Jody Kane and his girlfriend, Christine Frost and Scott Howard and his wife Kelli and many great aunts & uncles. Colby was predeceased by his great grandparents, Charles & Frances Vaillancourt, Ruth Pattee, Arthur Toof and Dorcas & Clarence Boudreau and his hunting partner, Donny Messier.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 3-5:00 PM at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. A funeral service will be held at the conclusion of visiting hours with Rev. Dr. Jason McConnell officiating.

For those who wish, contributions in Colby’s memory may be made to the Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, Attn: Melissa, P.O. Box 241, Harbor Creek, PA 16421 or online at www.huntofalifetime.org.

Condolences, photos and favorite memories may be shared through www.gossfs.com

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Colby C. Pattee
13  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / John Tougas Dies At Age 87 on: December 29, 2017, 02:26:15 PM

SWANTON – John F. Tougas, age 87, peacefully passed into the next life on Thursday, December 28, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Swanton.

He was born November 14, 1930 in Pike River, Quebec to the late Aristide & MaryAnne (Samson) Tougas.

John married Imedla (Rainville) Tougas on May 15, 1954. They owned and operated Johnny’s Restaurant in Swanton for 35 years. John also worked at Fonda Container for 27 years. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and biking. His favorite hobbies included woodworking, visiting and playing cards with relatives and friends and taking care of his home. John also cherished the time he spent with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Imelda “Millie” Tougas of Swanton; their children, Susan Tougas of Charlotte, NC, Donald Tougas and his wife Nanette of Colchester, Richard Tougas and his wife Sarah of Enosburg and David Tougas and his wife Lorelei of Swanton; grandchildren, Leah & Billy Poggi, Matthew & Amber Nietupski, Andrew Nietupski, Justin Tougas, Adam Tougas & Jordan Lareau and Nathan & Denise Tougas; 6 great grandchildren; his brother, Clement Tougas of St. John, Quebec; 2 brothers-in-law, Jean-Guy Rainville and his wife Fernande of Fairfax and Gilles Rainville and his wife Claudette of Georgia; 3 sisters-in-law, Therese Paquette of Jericho, Lillian Rainville of St. Albans and Fernande Tougas of Swanton and several nieces & nephews.

John’s family would like to thank Dr. Manchester, Dr. Fitzgerald and Susan Williams, RN from Franklin County Home Health for the great care they provided.

In keeping with John’s wishes, services will be private and held at the convenience of his family.

For those who wish, contributions in John’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
14  Fairfax Town Office News / News From Fairfax Town Office / Property Transfers - December 14, 2017 on: December 23, 2017, 09:31:20 AM
Eric & Mary Ellen Lapine transferred property at 3 Wilson RD to Cartus Financial Corporation, $285,000.

Estate of Samuel T. Hudson transferred property at 1230 Main ST to Barbara Rescott, $nla.

Nathan Botala transferred property at 232 Shepardson Hollow RD to Jennifer Botala, $nla.
15  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Lucy Montague Dies At Age 99 on: December 19, 2017, 04:52:19 PM

 Lucy B. Montague, 99, passed away at Copley Hospital, in Morrisville, Vermont on December 14, 2017. She was born July 23, 1918, in Plattsburgh, New York to Martin and Alice Bromley. She graduated from Plattsburgh High School and Plattsburgh Normal School. A teaching position brought her to Fairfax, Vermont, where, on a blind date, she met her future husband, George Montague. They were married on November 28, 1942, in Chazy, New York.  Upon their return to Fairfax, she taught school periodically in addition to raising four children. She taught 4-H, was a member of the Church Women’s Auxiliary, and a member of the Eastern Star. Lucy was an accomplished seamstress-creating entire wedding ensembles for friends and family. She had a passion for oil painting, knitting and crocheting afghans and intricate sweaters for family members. She created beautiful quilts, and each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild received one. Above all, she was a loving and caring mother.

She is survived by her brother, Calvin Bromley, of Plattsburgh, New York, her daughter, Diancy Boyden and husband Frederick, son Michael and wife, Kathy, daughter Melanie Ripley and husband, Bryan, and former daughter-in-law Diane Montague. Lucy is also survived by her grandchildren: Mark Boyden and wife Lauri, David Boyden and wife, Linda, Stephanie Campbell and husband Matteo, Jason Putnam, Travis Putnam and wife Hollie, Ryan Montague and wife Aubrey, Stacie Paratore and husband, Louis. Her great-grandchildren include: Emily, Lucy and Rachel Boyden, Laurence Couture and Juliette Boyden, Ila and Reuben Campbell, Juliette and Gabrielle Paratore, and Eleanor Putnam.

Lucy was predeceased by her husband, George, in November 2003, her son, Gary, in January 2017, and her sister, Doris Anderson.

The family would like to thank the staff at Copley Hospital for the compassion and care Lucy received while she was there.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the A.W. Rich Funeral Home in Fairfax.  A graveside committal service will be held in the Spring at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Varnum Memorial Library located at 194 S. Vermont 108, Jeffersonville.  The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

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