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 on: Today at 08:34:47 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
Deborah & Francis Gambone transferred property at 2241 Main Street to Amy & Kenneth Grey, $342,500.

Dale & Lauri Fisher transferred property at 35 Allen Irish Road to Bonny Downing & Charles Platt, $260,000.

Heather K vasnak transferred property at 20 Craftsfield Road to Katherine Moody & Stanley Moody ill, $274,900.

 on: April 29, 2017, 10:24:42 AM 
Started by Rev. Elizabeth - Last post by Rev. Elizabeth

Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees Meeting
May 3, 2017
6:30 PM - Fairfax Room

•   Call to Order

•   Approval of minutes of March 30, 2017 meeting

•   Treasurer’s Report

•   Correspondence

•   Updates
o   Outcomes of April 13, 2017 Joint Board Meeting
o   Other

•   New Business
o   Funds for summer t-shirts
o   Proposal for indoor library renovations
o   SLACK Technology Demo
o   Other

•   Adjourn

 on: April 28, 2017, 04:31:50 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara

As of Thursday, thirty three bills had passed both houses and were ready for the Governor to respond. The House continues to pass several motions to suspend the rules and speed action on bills, while also requesting delay of a Legislative day on others. This is all done to allow committees the flexibility of amending bills in such a way that “must pass” action makes it to the finish line.
Friday the House spent a great deal of time debating and recording roll call votes on H513, an act making miscellaneous changes to education law. The amendments that passed allow much of the language of S122, an act relating to increased flexibility for school district mergers and S130,  an act relating to miscellaneous changes to education law be incorporated into the bill, as it more than likely heads to a Committee of Conference.
H494 and S127 are the two Transportation bills that are making it to the end. The committee of conference has completed its work on H494 and the House members for the conference committee for S127 have yet to be appointed. On Tuesday the committee took testimony for two amendments being offered on S127. The members supported the recommendation of the committee that one amendment not be permitted and the other was withdrawn. The one that was brought to the floor would have allowed law enforcement to assess two points against the driving record of a motor vehicle operator driving without the use of safety belts. The committee offered the concern that the discussion required more attention than a floor amendment could provide. That can occur next year if a bill with similar intent is offered. Wednesday, the Transportation committee took testimony on the capital bill and the areas within it of clean water support available to municipalities. Other than information on the final decision of the conference committees, the Transportation committee will have very little on its agenda next week.
The diminishment of committee work allows for additional time to remain alert to the morphing of bills as described in Friday’s action on H513.
The schedule next week is set for a 1 PM floor time for the House on Monday, 9:30 AM Tues thru Fri and 10AM on Saturday the 6th. With that schedule, the goal of completing the initial work of the biennium may be accomplished one week short of the budgeted 18 weeks. Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us, 802-849-6545, or by mail at 7 Lily Rd. The Sergeant at Arms office in the State House will pass on queries as well.

 on: April 28, 2017, 09:00:00 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry

Roland A. Pigeon

Westford – Roland A. Pigeon, 95, died peacefully Wednesday evening, April 27, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Roland was born on May 11, 1921 in Saint- Joachim, Quebec, the son of Emile and Dorilla Pigeon.
In 1929, his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Westford, where they purchased a family farm.
Roland started playing music for local events at the age of 16. He later formed the band Roland and his Happy Ramblers, playing professionally throughout northern Vermont for over 60 years as well as serving several generations of family events.

He married Nettie Burnor on November 6, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Albans. 

Roland contracted school busses for Westford and others for over fifty years, retiring in 1996.  He also operated charter coach bus services for everything from local high school teams to national presidential campaigns.

In addition to Nettie, he is survived by his sons George and wife Noreen and Dayle and wife Ann, both of Westford and by his daughter Luane Pigeon and her husband Andrew Jacob of Tempe, AZ.
Also surviving are his grandchildren Stefanie, Justin, Shauna, Jordan, Susan, Sarah, Benjamin, Samuel, Anna and Danielle, by 9 great grandchildren, by his siblings Annette Boutin, George and Raymond Pigeon and Doris Emond and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 3-6pm in the Minor Funeral Home in Milton.

Memorial contributions in Roland’s memory may be made to the Red Brick Meeting House, P.O. Box 63, Westford, VT  05494.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 1pm, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Fairfax with burial following in St. Luke’s Cemetery.

 on: April 26, 2017, 06:03:25 PM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Watchman
Playing the devils advocate here. I wonder what would happen if there was a proposal to send students taking AP classes to Saint Albans. Maybe all sports could be cancelled and students could participate at area high schools.
In reality, I don't believe the students interested in technical education are valued the same as other students. It seems that high schools, including Fairfax, are elitist in there approach to students. I can tell numerous stories about successes of former students who attended Tech. The business across the street from my house does 9 million in business a year. It is co- owned by a former tech student. My furnace is cleaned by a former tech student who also owns  oil delivery business that provides my fuel. I could go on and on but you get the point.

 on: April 26, 2017, 01:26:08 PM 
Started by Henry - Last post by ohhman
Glad conversation is finally starting on this! I agree with MKR, our kids have excelled @ our current tech centers & I mentioned at our last meeting I took offense to the remark made once again, that we send lots of $$$ & our students & we never hear anything from CTE. I took offense as my 3 sons all went there & the communication with teachers & how they treated our students was excellent. They are not just money or a number when it comes to the teachers...they are individual important human beings that the teachers are doing their best to have them achieve their highest skills.  MKR you have brought up many questions that I have~teachers being hired back to what cost here, it has been stated bringing in more programs here, again, to what cost & possiblility of here being a "satellite" for Maple Run, again to what cost, yet no response, because surely it is not known but, surely it is an added cost so that will take away the "cost savings".  The other issue...the bus ride: we were told @ 1 meeting our kids were on the bus 3 hrs; that I question having attended Burlington tech, growing up there many years ago, so then the time went to 1.5-2 hrs one way, nope, still doubtful, & then this was settled as a student came to the meeting last time & yes, they are on the bus : 1 hour down when dropping kids off @ CTE & 45min back.  So there was a bit of an exaggeration there!  I still say & will stand strong to say, we can propose the "alternative structure" yet we do not need to add a change in tech centers as part of "the package".  And yes, it has been stated that kids can go to Enosburg.  So, please come & be a voice, be informed.  Meetings are the 1st Thursday of the month & the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

 on: April 26, 2017, 11:36:21 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by mkr
7pm is what I was told for the meeting times.

I also hope to be there to hear more and ask questions.

 on: April 26, 2017, 11:32:41 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by suze
I don't know anything about Enosburg's involvement. I'll look forward to learning more at the next meeting on
May 4th in the old FACS room.  What time does that meeting begin?

 on: April 26, 2017, 10:50:36 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by mkr
Actually we have many kids doing full day programs to eliminate travel time during class time and has been great.  Essex and St. Albans Tech programs are not a savings in distance. Burlington would be, but going to Enosburg for some tech classes is no different than going to Burlington.

Also the whole point of the School Board wanting to pull our kids is saving money. So now we could have many kids going to Essex and Burlington still and now besides the couple that go to NWTC for Fire program, we would have trips to St. Albans and I hear some would go to Enosburg for certain tech programs.  So on top of this, having half day programs back to Fairfax now means teachers/suppport staff needed to cover the half day core classes.

The savings gets eaten up and I feel our current Tech Programs are the best option based on reasons I have previously mentioned.

 on: April 26, 2017, 10:39:12 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by suze
Certainly not taken as a personal attack.  I'm just saddened and surprised that this is a perception. Our Tech Center is well regarded and respected, with students winning state competitions, entering competitive colleges, the military, and gaining meaningful employment. 

Also, the state allows students to enroll in centers not in their regional area if the regional center does not provide that program. Students would still be able to take advantage of those programs offered at BTC and CTE if the program was not offered at NWTC, so no step down. As a half day program, students could travel the short distance to St. Albans to take advantage of Career and Technical Education vs traveling to Burlington for the half day programs they offer, while maintaining their academic classes in Fairfax. Less time on a school bus is a win win.

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