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 on: September 20, 2020, 04:02:34 PM 
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Douglas R. Lothrop of Fairfax, VT was called home by the Lord on September 14, 2020 to be with God and his beloved wife, Nancy to whom he was married for 47 years.

Doug is the son of Col. Guy C. and Virginia R. Lothrop. He graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, VT in 1961 and served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1962-1964.

His last full-time employment was with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency from which he retired in 1999.

He is survived by two sons Andrew Lothrop of Milton, VT, and Richard Lothrop of Fairfax, VT, a daughter-in-law, Becky Lothrop of Milton, VT, three grandchildren, Brooke Lothrop of Fairfax, VT, Eric & Dawn Lothrop, of Milton VT, a great granddaughter Haley Lothrop of Milton, VT, and Doug’s favorite and only
Sister-in-law Virginia R. Lothrop of Loveland, OH, his dear friend Lois Strong and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

Doug will be buried at Mt Hope Cemetery in Northfield, VT next to his wife Nancy, where they will be together for eternity. A Celebration of Life to be determined, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763 in memory of Douglas & Nancy Lothrop and Daisy.

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 on: September 20, 2020, 12:49:56 PM 
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Fairfax – Robert G. Carlson, 67, passed on to Heaven unexpectedly at his home, following a brief illness, on Tuesday September 15, 2020.
Bob was born on February 1, 1953 in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Robert and Shirley (Dumoussaud) Carlson. He graduated from Essex High School in 1971 and worked for Colonial Distributors, AC Hathorne Roofing, TriAngle Metal Fab, and Chucks Heating & AC. He began working at IBM in 1981 and retired following 30 plus years of service. He was an Advanced Technical Specialist. He also worked at Global Foundries and then enjoyed several years of retirement.
Bob was married to Catherine Wilkinson 48 years ago on September 16, 1972 and together they raised four children, trusting their Heavenly Father through joys and troubles.
He spent his early years in and around the ocean. He loved spending time outdoors with his sister, Heidi, his Mom, and Grandfather, Gus. As a teen he enjoyed being the big brother to his baby sisters.  He continued to be a nature enthusiast throughout his life, sharing adventures with his children and grandchildren. 
He was a devoted grandpa, cherishing every moment with his grandchildren. His grandson Nicky’s favorite memory of him was learning how to ride a mini bike. His grandson Edison loved building campfires with him and toasting marshmallows to make s’mores. Gwyn’s memories are camping with Grandpa and going to the Falls. Micah’s fond memories are his tickling sessions and fishing. Henry says there was never an adventure that Grandpa wasn’t up for.  When everyone was too tired to explore they would talk about how a clock ticks, the names of all the construction equipment or their common love of tractors. On special days they would even drive his tractor. Every day with Grandpa was an engineering lesson with lots of hugs in between. When baby Maya smiled at him it melted his heart.
Bob had many hobbies and loved to tinker. He was a ham radio operator for many years. His call sign was N1ETS until a few years ago when it changed to W1EXZ. He was always working on new projects, loved to fix and build things and was never without his tools. He loved all things mechanical and was a master metal fabricator.  He also liked computers and technology but also loved simple things and had a great time with his power assist bike.  He took many motorcycle rides and loved driving his Miata all over the state. In recent years he enjoyed having coffee in the morning at Minor’s Store with the guys.
Bob had a great and steadfast faith in God, resting on the promises in His word and sharing that joy with our small group. He had a big heart and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife Cathy Carlson of Fairfax and their children Rebecca Bisking and her husband Ed of Lancaster, PA,  Zeb Carlson and his companion Kim Salzmann of So. Burlington, Melissa Seifert and her husband Nick of Marshfield and David Carlson and his wife Leslie Osterman of Montpelier, and by his grandchildren Nicholas, Gwyneth, Edison, Micah, Henry and Maya.
Bob is also survived by his sisters Heidi Carlson of Midway, GA.; Kris Yandow and her husband John of Georgia, VT; Jennifer Jocelyn of Midway, GA and Terri Stone and her husband Duane of Durham, Maine; his in-laws, Earl and Marcia Wilkinson of Hurt, VA, and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be from 1 - 2 PM on Thursday, September 24 with service to follow at Essex Alliance Church .  Masks and social distancing required. 

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 on: September 18, 2020, 03:51:08 PM 
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Action taken on Tuesday during a brief House Floor session included the passage of two bills in concurrence with proposal of amendment, S. 220 an act relating to professional regulation and S. 234 an act relating to miscellaneous judiciary procedures and was messaged to the Senate. Two more bills were taken up and considered during Floor on Wednesday. H. 967 an act relating to the provision of child care at family child care homes during remote learning days was passed with the agreement to the Senate proposal of amendment and this action was sent to the Senate and the Governor. The bill and its amendment changes statute to allow students to be in their day care settings on remote learning days with the effective date set to the first day of school. H. 880 an act relating to Abenaki place names on State park signs was considered and again the vote was to agree with the Senate proposal of amendment.
Thursday the House took action on the Governor’s veto letter of H. 688 an act relating to addressing climate change. On a roll call vote to determine ‘shall the bill pass the failure of the Governor to approve notwithstanding?’ the decision was to override the veto on a roll call of 103 Ayes and 47 Nays. The Senate now has the deciding vote. S. 54 an act relating to the regulation of cannabis was the next order of action and the question whether the report of the committee of conference be adopted was agreed to on a roll call vote of Yeas 92 Nays 56. The last piece of legislation passed out of the House during the afternoon was H. 962 an act relating to the duration of temporary relief from abuse orders with the Senate proposal of amendment agreed to.
During a marathon Zoom session on Friday the House took action on H. 952 an act relating to the charter of the City of Burlington, H. 99 an act relating to trade in covered animal parts or products, H. 663 an act relating to expanding access to contraceptives, S. 352 an act relating to making certain amendments to the Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program, S. 353 an act relating to expanding the Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program and S. 237 an act relating to promoting affordable housing. There was much discussion and several amendments on all of these bills. At the end of the afternoon rules were suspended and our actions were messaged to the Senate on H. 663, S. 352 and S. 353. The Speaker of the House, Representative Mitzi Johnson shared the news that of the twenty-two legislative staff members selected to be honored nationwide by the National Council of State Legislatures three were from Vermont. The Vermont General Assembly is served by a great team of professionals.

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 on: September 13, 2020, 08:12:59 AM 
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Obituary of James Douglas Groseclose

Fairfax – James Douglas Groseclose, 83, died peacefully Friday September 11, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving wife and family.  While we offer the following tribute, it is not possible to capture the true legacy of Jim “JD” Groseclose.

Jim was born in Rural Retreat, VA on March 26, 1937, the son of Pearl Groseclose Corvin and her husband Osborne.  He was raised in large extended family, many of whom grew up together with his Granny and Grandad Blessing.  His humble beginnings, as part of this large, loving, family were the foundation that influenced his great love of family forever.

Following high school Jim enlisted in the US Air Force, where he earned a good conduct medal and stood up for his fellow airman, when treated unfairly due to his race.   The CO considered what Jim said, leading him to say, “You are right, this isn’t a white man’s Air Force or a black man’s Air Force, it is the US Air Force.” In 1958, was transferred to the radar base in St. Albans, the 764th Radar Squadron, where he met the love of his life, Jean Bashaw.  He and Jean married on March 7th, 1960, in St. Albans, where they began their family.  Jim worked for DHIA, testing milk at many farms in Northwest Vermont, making friends along the way.  He moved to Fairfax where he was active in the community, as a founding member of the Fairfax Rescue “jump squad”.  Jim worked for IBM as a Quality Control Engineer for 30 years, retiring in 1992.   

Jim was very active in St. Luke’s Parish.  He was a Eucharistic Minister, was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus,served as the Grand Knight, Provost, and Treasurer, and Cursillo including Team Leader and New England Regional Cursillo Team member.

From an early age his athletic ability in multiple sports was evident.  He was a member of the track team, and played basketball and baseball in high school, being invited to try out for the Phillies minor league team. His love of baseball transitioned to softball leagues and Little League coaching.  Jim enjoyed golfing with his friends and family throughout Vermont.  He excelled as a bowler.  Jim was the first to roll a 300 game at the St. Albans Bowling Center. He bowled several 700 series as well, even bowling a 299 game when in his 70s.  It was a sport he and Jean both enjoyed, traveling regionally for tournaments with a group of close friends. They also enjoyed frequently traveling to the coast of Maine where they enjoyed the beautiful ocean, scenery, seafood and time together. 

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean, of Fairfax; and by their children, Dawn Pelkey and her husband Phil of Fletcher; their son Philip James (PJ), his wife Stephanie and their children Cody, Ariana, Shawna, Vanessa and Carson of Milton; their daughter Tiffany Sharp her husband Bobby, their children Spencer, Navin and Lincoln of Fairfax; Cindy Groseclose and her son Leonard James (LJ) of Fairfax; Karen Bushey and her husband Rick, their daughters Kaydee and Emily, son Rickey, his partner Alicia and their children, Autumn and Madison, of Winooski;  Douglas Groseclose of Fairfax; Bill Groseclose, his wife Karen, their children Katrina and Mikayla Groseclose of Milton. 

He is also survived by his sister-in-law Martha Corvin, as well as her children Linda; Jerry and his wife Kay; Tim and his wife Nancy; nieces and nephews Deb Tovey and her husband Ed; Kim Herne and her husband Bob; Rebecca Gomez and her partner DJ Lawrence; Matthew Schwarzman, and their children. He also leaves his Uncle, Pete Groseclose, his wife Mary Grace and their children; his many cousins from Virginia and Vermont, especially his special cousin Barbara Marsh; as well as many great nieces and nephews.  The number of people whose lives he touched are too numerous to list, co-workers, friends and “extra” children. 

Jim was predeceased by his parents, his brother Lawrence and his son Roger, his dear sister-in-law Charlotte Blum, his aunts and uncles Margaret Hall, Dorothy Surratt, Lona Hills, Joy   Umberger, Lillian Bralley, Verge Cox, Roy Groseclose, and his special cousin Larry Groseclose. 

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 from 4 to 7 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Luke Catholic Church in Fairfax.  Those wishing to make charitable contributions on his behalf, two of his favorites were Covenant House and United Spinal Association.

To leave an online condolence, please go to www.minorfh.com 

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 on: September 11, 2020, 04:50:50 PM 
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The House concurred with the Senate in adopting two joint resolutions this week; JRS 62 the weekend adjournment resolution and JRS 63 a resolution scheduling the Joint Assembly vote on the retention of six Superior Judges. This vote has been scheduled and postponed and needs to occur during the 2020 Adjourned Session of the General Assembly. The Joint Assembly will be held on Monday, September 14 at 5 P.M. and available to view via a link on https://legislature.vermont.gov/ as are the House, Senate and Committee sessions.
H.969, the Budget Bill was voted out of Appropriations on Tuesday and as it makes its way through the legislative process will set the timeline for ending the 2020 Session. The final vote was on Friday but during the week action was taken on several other bills. H.968, an act relating to the Vermont Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Equity Program passed, offering eligible Vermonters who were deemed ineligible to receive the CARES Act stimulus payment the ability to be awarded grant payments. S.187 an act relating to transient occupancy for health care treatment and recovery passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment to move the effective date to ‘on passage’. The Senate proposal of amendment to H.578 an act relating to proof of financial responsibility and H.688 an act relating to addressing climate change were agreed to. Three roll calls were requested this week. One was on H.688 and the vote was 102 yeas to 45 nays. A common concern stated by members who requested to explain their vote was that the Legislature was ceding its authority to the Vermont Climate Council being created. The bill states that the “General Assembly may repeal, revise, or modify any rule or amendment to any rule, and its action shall not be abridged, enlarged, or modified by subsequent rule.” The second and third Roll Call for the week was on H.969 .The result was 140 yeas to 4 nays to allow a third reading, and on an amendment to appropriate funds set aside for H.688 should it pass, the vote was 100 yeas to 42 nays.  H.969 an act relating to making appropriations for the support of government will provide “steady state” funding for FY21 and leaves reserves in place for use by the next General Assembly to mitigate the potential revenue needs of FY22.

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 on: September 11, 2020, 03:56:53 PM 
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The Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees will hold a regular virtual meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm. If you would like to attend, please send a request for the Zoom link to fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com. The meeting agenda follows:

Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees Meeting

September 17, 2020

6:30 PM – Zoom Meeting


Call to Order

Approval of minutes of July 16th meeting

Treasurer’s Report

Correspondence


Updates

   Highlights from our Library since last meeting

   Strategic Plan

   Donation Policy

   Other



New Business

   Early Literacy Project Proposal

   Agenda for October Joint Board Meeting

   Other




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 on: September 04, 2020, 07:26:59 PM 
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Steve Overton announces his wife's death.

It is with great sadness I report that Toni A. (Acker) Stone of Fairfax, VT passed away peacefully at home on August 26, 2020.

She was born on September 28, 1944 to Antonio and Helen Federico of South Boston Massachussetts. She is survived by her husband Steve Overton, daughter Noelle, grandson Antonio and Brother Michael.

She graduated from Gate of Heaven high school, So. Boston, studied Divinity at Unity School of Christianity, Kansa City, MO, and worked at the Boys Club of Boston where she created an integration program called Shared Summer that is still being used today. She started a coaching/consulting business called Wonder Works Studio in 1970. She was a prolific writer and quilter. She has written more than 40 books and made more than 1000 quilts.

She moved to Vermont in 1989 and continued running Wonder Works Studio until she passed

 8 
 on: September 04, 2020, 02:23:00 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
Tuesday the House took up S.233 an act relating to uniform licensing standards for its third reading and it passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment. Other floor action this week included debate on S.337 an act relating to energy efficiency entities and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the thermal energy and transportation sectors before it passed in concurrence with the Senate and H.683 an act relating to the protection of migratory birds was passed on a vote to concur in the Senate proposal of amendment with a further amendment. The further amendment tidied up the effective date to be on passage rather than retroactive to July 1, 2020. Three bills were taken up to allow the committees of jurisdiction to be relieved of them and have them committed to others and J.R.S.61 was passed to allow weekend adjournment.
The Transportation committee continued to review the applicable portions of the Governor’s recommended FY21 Restatement budget and draft a recommendation to House Appropriations. Appropriations determined the General Funds that had been proposed to be used were able to be swapped out for COVID-19 funds. This allowed the Transportation committee to work on the prioritization of budget changes proposed from the first quarter bill. Changes were made to the Governor’s recommended to restore a few of the General Assembly’s original allocations from July. Testimony was taken from a representative for Vermont League of Cities and Towns that supported a recommended one year suspension of two of the annual grant programs and in their place a supplemental payment through the General Town Highway Aid program to all. Additional funds are also being allocated to the Paving and Leveling program and for a DMV IT modernization project. Thursday afternoon the committee agreed on a recommendation and it was accepted by Appropriations.

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 on: August 31, 2020, 03:09:43 PM 
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The new school year is starting and the Fairfax Community Library will be changing its Curbside Pickup Service schedule. New Curbside Pickup Service hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm beginning September 8, 2020. Feel free to call us with any questions at 849-2420. Find more information on our website: www.fairfaxvtlibrary.org. Thank you!

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 on: August 28, 2020, 03:47:32 PM 
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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mitzi Johnson brought down the gavel to reconvene the 2020 session Tuesday morning. H.R. 23 was passed to extend the state of emergency to September 30 which allows members to continue to work and vote remotely. Other actions taken during floor time this week included the introduction of H.967 an act relating to the provision of child care at family child care homes during remote learning days. Action on this bill was permitted through the suspension of rules voted Friday which also were suspended to permit it to be messaged directly to the Senate after passing the House. A strike all amendment to S.233 an act relating to uniform licensing standards was offered and passed. The bill supports reciprocal endorsement of military and other U. S. jurisdiction's licensure held by Vermont residents across several fields of employment. J.R.S. 60, a joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment was passed to permit the body to adjourn and meet again no later than Tuesday, September 1.
The Transportation committee took testimony from Secretary Flynn and members of the Agency of Transportation on the agency’s portions of the Governor’s recommended FY21 budget restatement. The new revenue projections did provide for an uptick in the anticipated revenues from what was forecast in June, but there is still a deficit in what was the January forecast. The stand out challenge seen by the committee is that the Governor has recommended the use of $7.2 General Fund dollars to support the recommended budget and that is not tenable. The Appropriations Committee has made it clear that the Transportation budget must be balanced within the dedicated funding sources. The committee will look to resolve any differences between the recommended budget and the priorities of the legislature by the end of next week. The work of the reconvened session is on a fast track.

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