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 on: January 20, 2018, 08:00:55 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
Barbara Young & Lawrence Young, Sr. transferred property at 12 A-B Tuttle Road to Franklin South, LLC, $318,000.

 on: January 20, 2018, 07:54:21 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
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.

 on: January 19, 2018, 05:30:38 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Pete King
Hi Barb.
I do not see any information about the marijuana bill that recently passed in Montpelier. Did you vote in favor of this bill?

 on: January 19, 2018, 04:05:49 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
Committee work in Transportation focused on receiving testimony on the Highway Safety Bill as well as hearing updates of several transportation projects such as the North Hero-Grand Isle Bridge project, Canadian border area projects and Middlebury Tunnel. The Highway Safety bill was voted out of Committee on Friday which could allow it to be considered by the House next week. Sections of the bill deal with issues ranging from drivers slowing their speed when encountering vulnerable users in their path, to enforcing seatbelt usage as a primary offense. Current law only permits law enforcement to ticket a driver if there is another reason for the stop.

The Budget Adjustment Act was read on the floor Thursday and was amended by the Appropriations committee to reflect the most recent revenue forecast. To quote directly from the committees summary, “With Federal Tax Reform creating revenue uncertainty and unknown levels of federal funding, the House Appropriations Committee Budget Adjustment focuses on FY 2018 funding needs, and includes strong reserves, while leaving policy decisions for the FY 2019 budget process.” The vote was taken by Roll Call and passed with only one vote in opposition.

The Franklin County delegation has reserved the Ethan Allen room for the noon hour on the third Thursday of each month during Session. This Thursday officers from NWMC shared information concerning the progress of health goals in our county and the RiseVT endeavor.  “OneCare Vermont, the statewide Accountable Care Organization, has adopted RiseVT as a prime strategy for helping keep healthy people healthy and improving the wellness of all Vermonters.”

Last week I had the honor of starting the week with a resident of Fairfax in the State House. This week it was my pleasure to meet Fairfax resident Staff Sergeant Megan Byrne of the Vermont National Guard on Friday. Members of the Guard and representatives from Office of Veterans affairs were recognized by the House during Floor Announcements. 

For more information or to contact me please email me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or call 802-849-6545 or mail to 7 Lily Rd Fairfax VT 05454. The Sergeant at Arms at the State House will also relay messages.

 on: January 18, 2018, 07:10:37 PM 
Started by Sandy Alexander - Last post by Sandy Alexander
My name is Sandy Alexander and I am interested in a 2-year appointment on the BFA Fairfax School Board. I would like to share some professional and personal information about myself to demonstrate why I believe I'm qualified to represent our community on the School Board.

Professionally, I hold a Master’s Degree in Education from UVM, and have taught high school science in a neighboring school district for more than 17 years. Over the course of my career, I have served in several professional roles: Co-Chair of my school’s Climate Committee, Lead Teacher of the science department, Mentor for T.A.P. (Teacher Apprenticeship Program) and advisor for several student groups. In these various positions, I have learned a great deal about respectful teamwork, open-mindedness, budget management, and balancing emotions and priorities within the realm of the public education system. My professional interests include school climate and maintaining academic rigor in a proficiency-based learning environment.

On a personal level, my husband Ed and I have lived in Fairfax since 2004, and our son Elijah is in the 4th grade at Fairfax Elementary School. I've never been involved in any aspect of local politics, but seeing our community become so adrenalized about the pros and cons of the school renovation project really piqued my interest. There’s nothing I am more passionate about than the quality of education provided in our public schools, and I’m excited to be a part of our unique school’s growth and development for many years to come!

If I am elected to the School Board, I will bring optimism, enthusiasm, educational experience and a thoughtful perspective to the table. I am committed to working with the other School Board members to make BFA Fairfax the best that it can be. I hope you will consider voting for me on Town Meeting Day.

Sandy Alexander

 on: January 18, 2018, 07:37:03 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
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

 on: January 18, 2018, 07:35:21 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry


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.

 on: January 17, 2018, 10:43:06 AM 
Started by Rev. Elizabeth - Last post by Rev. Elizabeth
Fairfax Community Library Trustees
January 11, 2018
Meeting Minutes (draft)
The FCL Trustees’ meeting was called to order at 6:30 by chair Pat Gallant. Board members
present were Debbie Landauer, Liz Griffin, Janel Gamm, Christine Fearon and Eric Foreman .
Also present was a member of the public and library patron Anne-Marie Shepard Parent.
The minutes of the 11/16/17 trustees meeting were reviewed and approved. The motion to
approve was made by Janel.
A note thanking the trustees for the holiday gift card was received from Joy Choquette, the new
Library Assistant. She also thanked the trustees for their warm welcome!
Debbie received a letter from Molly Foreman, coordinator of the Success by Six program in the
community, regarding the spring baby book dedication. Concerns were: how to honor all the
new 2017 babies in Fairfax; which babies/families to include.
After discussion the following motion was made by Chris to support the ideas Molly has
expressed in her letter: All current Fairfax residents with a baby born in 2017 have the
opportunity to dedicate a book to their baby regardless of where they were living when the baby
was born. Babies who were adopted and babies who were taken into foster care during 2017
are included in this program. The motion was approved and this policy vis a vis baby book
dedication was accepted.
The trustees welcomed Anne-Marie Shepard Parent, 35 year resident of Fairfax and a long
time library patron. She expressed concerns about the library’s space. She observed that the
library has changed and grown, with more activities, more patrons, and yet the space has
remained the same. It is time, she believes, for the community to be proactive in seeking to
somehow expand the space available to the library, as it serves both school and greater
community. She has expressed an interest in both being a library trustee and perhaps
participating on the facilities committee. The trustees expressed their wholehearted support for
her desire to participate in both/either of these activities as an avenue for her to act on her
Currently no individuals have submitted petitions at the Town Clerk’s office for the two library
trustee positions currently open and to be voted on in March.
The new assistant, Joy Choquette, is receiving ongoing training and is doing well. Patrons have
expressed appreciation for her.
Highlights of the Library Director’s quarterly report.
Many people both brought candy and received candy at the annual Halloween event at the
All staff evaluations were completed.
All after school programs are up and running. There are more home school students from
Fairfax and the surrounding area participating in these programs.
There is a new leader for the chess club.
Treasurer’s Report
Savings account: 2335.30
Checking account: 110.08
It was decided to add $500 to the balance in the checking account.
A discussion ensued about the need for fundraising to replenish the savings account, and this
will be discussed at a later meeting. Chris has access to some fundraising information garnered
at the Library Conference she attended in November. Debbie has ideas she can share from
working in other Franklin County Libraries and FLARE meetings.
Steve Cormier of the Selectboard has been in contact with Eric about the library budget, which
the selectboard initially rejected. After an exchange of questions and answers between the
Select Board and Eric, the concerns were resolved and the Selectboard has approved the
Library budget as it was submitted by the Trustees.
When the facilities committee will reconvene is uncertain, but Eric has expressed an interest in
being on that committee.
The Town Meeting Informational Meeting will be Saturday March 3 and Debbie will be there with
a table, as will Pat and Liz.
The library was asked to update their section of the Town Plan. Debbie has written the library
report, and Chris will edit it as needed. All agreed that a section on the challenges facing the
library be included.
After a discussion about whether the Library’s quarterly report will follow the fiscal year or the
calendar year, it was decided that Debbie and Joy Mercer should do whatever they felt was
most appropriate and convenient.
The next trustees’ meeting will be March 22nd, and will include an orientation for the new
trustees. At that time plans will be made for the creation and distribution of a community survey
about the library. Debbie will find some examples of other library surveys. The surveys will be
returned to the trustees.
The results of the survey will help to inform the next Strategic Plan. Looking toward the next 5
year strategic plan will also be included in the March 22nd meeting. Our current plan expires in
The Joint Board meeting will be April 12.
At 7:55 the trustees went into executive session to discuss personnel. They came out at 8:10.
Pat Gallant and the trustees and the Library Director thanked Janel Gamm for her five years of
excellent and appreciated service as a library trustee. Her term expires, and this is her last
A motion to adjourn was made by Chris and the meeting adjourned at 8:15.
Respectfully submitted
Rev. Elizabeth Griffin, secretary.

 on: January 16, 2018, 01:42:02 PM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
D Jay it was so nice of you to join us for our senior meal.  It was wonderful to see you.  Glad you came.  See you next time.

 on: January 15, 2018, 06:26:48 PM 
Started by dvallett - Last post by dvallett
Come check out why Seven Days says "The Buck Hollers know how to get boots a'tappin!" We'll be back at Twiggs in St. Albans this Saturday from 7:00 - 9:30 PM. Hope to see lots of familiar and new faces.  www.buckhollers.com

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