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 on: January 24, 2020, 03:11:15 PM 
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The week opened with the House vote to adopt Proposal 2, an amendment to the Vermont Constitution which has been adopted by the Senate. The amendment must also be passed by both chambers of the 2021-2022 General Assembly before coming before the voters for final approval. Its purpose is described to eliminate reference to slavery; “while Vermont was the first state to include a prohibition on slavery in its Constitution in 1777, it was only a partial prohibition, applicable to adults reaching a certain age”.
Tuesday afternoon a Joint Assembly in the House Chamber heard Governor Scott’s budget address. The highlights ran the gamut of State supported programs with a cautionary that Vermont has experienced bonding downgrades which encourage fiscal discipline. Transportation committee members found the detailed information for that portion of the Governor’s recommended budget on their desktops afterwards.
The Secretary of the AOT testified before the Transportation Committee Wednesday morning, providing a high-level overview. Throughout the week the Committee heard from Agency directors and mangers on their specific programs within the larger budget. These reports will continue to be on the agenda until the introductions are all complete. The committee members are making notes of areas of concern that need more testimony and will revisit these in detail.
Public Transit continues to be a high area of interest for the committee. Representatives of the transit companies that serve Vermont gave testimony that included the reliance on volunteers for wellness, recovery and job access programs. There has been growth in ridership for all seven companies over the last year, but these numbers include these rides as well as the traditional bus route riders. The AOT public transit coordinator spoke to the recommended budget and the initiatives it will support. One of the initiatives which affect a transit company and three school districts (with FWSU for BFA Fairfax being one) is the Volkswagen settlement program to replace two diesel school busses from their fleets with two electric busses and the training and equipment for them.
Action on the House Floor on Thursday and Friday was dedicated to H107 and S23 respectively. H107, an act relating to paid family leave was passed on a Roll Call vote of 89 yeas to 58 nays. S23, an act relating to raising the minimum wage also passed on a Roll Call vote of 93 yeas to 54 nays. Both bills have now been sent to the Governor for his action which can include his signing into law, letting become law without his signature or vetoing. If the Governor chooses to veto both or either bill the House will have to have several members decide to support the majority vote and not maintain their opposition to the bill(s) to override the veto.

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 24, 2020, 10:48:33 AM 
Started by Fairfax Librarian - Last post by Fairfax Librarian
Correction: PJ Story Hour with Kristie French will happen at the library on the second Thursday of the month. In February, PJ Story Hour will be on Thursday, February 13, from 6-7 pm. Hope you can join us for fun stories, songs and crafts!

 on: January 17, 2020, 01:53:19 PM 
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The House has seen the Floor introduction of a flurry of bills as the deadline for doing so closed. They have been assigned to relevant committees for further action. A few caught the attention of the media, but this is not an indication of a Committee focus.

A Resolution, HCR 191 was read designating January 2020 as School Board recognition month. The House was asked to recognize Don Collins a past Fairfax resident, superintendent, Senator, and Vermont School Board Association board member who was present in the Gallery for the reading.

Floor action on Tuesday sent S23; an act relating to increasing the minimum wage and H107; an act relating to paid family and medical leave, each to a Committee of Conference to settle the disagreeing votes of the two Houses. H107 was on the Senate calendar Friday for action on the decision. The Senate voted to pass the Conference Committees decision on H107 and send the bill back to the House.

The Transportation Committee took testimony on many subjects of interest that will be studied during the session. The Governor’s budget address next Tuesday will draw the focus to priorities identified by the Administration as well as those of the Legislature. Sponsors of bills that have been assigned to the Committee have been invited to give a ten minute “pitch” of their bill. This may be the only attention the bill gets, or it may ignite interest that will direct the Committee to schedule further testimony.

Tom Kavet, a Legislative Economist gave a revenue briefing to the committee at the end of the afternoon Thursday. A quote from the January 2020 Economic Review and Revenue Forecast Update his team presented earlier in the day to the State of Vermont Emergency Board and the Legislative Joint Fiscal Office speaks to the economic costs of climate change. This is echoed in the discussion as the Transportation committee looks to opportunities to diminish the contribution of Green House Gas from this sector of the economy but also the needs presented by infrastructure maintenance and repair of damage such as the failure of the I89 Exit 18 culvert during the Halloween storm.   

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 17, 2020, 12:26:03 PM 
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Tuesday January 7th the Vermont Legislature was reconvened for the second year of the 2019-2020 biennium. Two new members were welcomed to the House to fill vacant seats and a few committee assignments were rearranged. The Speaker’s welcoming remarks contained a focus of three “asks”: a request to treat all with civility and respect, trust everyone is here honoring Vermont’s past and caring about its future and to get to know a colleague outside the day to day contacts.

The afternoon Committee work was dedicated to the Agency of Transportation updates presented by Secretary Joe Flynn. The presentation ended with a funding update and included information on areas that are being changed by the FY2020 Budget Adjustment bill. The adjustments are necessary to meet the projected reduced revenue and are in a few areas where the actual needs were less than what was budgeted. One item that provides a $400,000 savings is the Amtrak subsidy which is expected to be less than budgeted due to increased ridership.

The rest of the week the Transportation committee received reports from Agency personnel as well as other individuals who provided supporting information on various
topics. The public transportation program and policy plan, Transportation and Climate Initiative, Electric Vehicle Incentive and High Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Repair Programs were agenda items and initiatives the committee had prioritized last year.
Friday morning the committee heard from the Youth Climate Lobby. Thoughts and concerns were shared in areas where Transportation can be addressed to diminish Vermont’s contribution to the climate crisis.
Thursday afternoon the Legislature convened a Joint Assembly to hear Governor Scott’s State of the State. The Address was interrupted early on with a demonstration by members of the public who shouted that everyone “listen to the people” and attend the climate emergency. They were allowed to share their message for about 10 minutes until their statements became repetitive and they refused to end the disruption. After a brief pause to clear the demonstrators from the House chamber, the Governor resumed his speech. Woven through the address was the belief in a common cause that is bigger than politics. That if we care about the details rather than the talking points, we can find a purpose which allows us all to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

 on: January 13, 2020, 02:22:46 PM 
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The Fairfax Senior Lunch for Jan 21rst is canceled as the Fireman are having their Annual Dinner Meeting. Any questions call 849-6820.

 on: January 11, 2020, 06:54:38 PM 
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Hi Everyone, The United Church of Fairfax is cancelling Service for the 12th of January because of the expected ice storm and poor driving conditions.  Please be safe and stay home until conditions improve.  The Methodist Trustee meeting that was planned for after service on the 12th will be pushed back to the Sunday of the 19th.  Please check out the Church calendar for additional notices.  Call Steve Lynch with questions and concerns 802 849-6398.  May God keep you safe, Steven Lynch

 on: January 10, 2020, 11:30:23 AM 
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Essex Junction – Arlitha Anne (Howrigan) Racine, 76, died on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Born in Colchester, VT on November 15, 1943, Arlitha was the daughter of Wilson P. and Katherine E. (Harte) Howrigan.
She attended elementary school in Westford, VT and graduated from Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax, VT in 1961.
On May 15, 1965, Arlitha married Conrad H. Racine at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Fairfax, VT.
Arlitha was employed by IBM, Essex Junction, VT until her retirement in 1996, after 29 years of service.  She had previously worked at the Mary Fletcher Hospital (now the University of Vermont Medical Center) for 5 years and General Electric (now General Dynamics) for 2 years.  She was last employed as Assistant Town Clerk in Westford, retiring in 2008 after 6 years of employment.
Arlitha enjoyed spending quality time with her friends, going to movies/plays, luncheons and dinners, shopping or just spending time visiting with them.
Arlitha is survived by her loving husband, Conrad, of 55 years, her sister-in-law Alice Buinicky of Milton, VT, Alice’s daughter Melodie Pierce of Milton, VT and many cousins in VT, NY and Quebec.
She was predeceased by her parents, Wilson P. and Katherine E. (Harte) Howrigan, her father-in-law, Conrad L. Racine, her mother-in-law Edith (Martin) Racine and her brother-in-law, Dennis W. Racine.
Donations in Arlitha’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadow, St. Albans, VT 05478.
Arlitha’s family would like to thank Dr. Unger and his competent and caring staff.  Thank you Margaret.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday January 13, 2020 from 4-7 pm at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton. 
A Funeral Service will follow at 7 pm.

 on: January 07, 2020, 02:00:28 PM 
Started by Fairfax Librarian - Last post by Fairfax Librarian
Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees Meeting, January 9, 2020, 6:30 PM – Fairfax Room

Call to Order
Approval of minutes of December 4, 2019 meeting
Treasurer’s Report

   Highlights of our Library since last meeting
   Trustee Vacancies for March Ballot 

New Business
   Trustees and Library Presence at Town Meeting, 2020 -
   Programs: What programs are planned for 2020?  How will programs be evaluated? 
   Community Survey Results 
      Next steps:  Strategic Plan
   Set date for next Trustee meeting

Executive Session
   Library Director Evaluation


 on: January 05, 2020, 01:30:20 PM 
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Senior Lunch at the Fairfax Fire Station on Tues. Jan. 7th at noon with Baked Ziti for the entree.  The musicians will be there at 11 so come on down and listen, sing, dance or jig!

 on: January 04, 2020, 03:52:14 PM 
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Obituary of Gerald Max Ryan

East Fairfield – Gerald M. Ryan, 76, died January 1, 2020 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington with his family by his side.
Gerald was born on May 9, 1943 in Bakersfield the son of Alfred and Arlene (Draper) Ryan.
At a younger age, he loved hunting and fishing.  He loved welding and doing mechanical work and worked at Ormond Bushey Excavating for 27 years, mainly operating their Fairfax Sand and Gravel pit, then the North Hero Quarry. 
He enjoyed going to tractor pulls, yard sales and out to breakfast.  He also loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his longtime partner Harlene Wright of East Fairfield, his special friend Judy Bilodeau, his children Tammy Hurley of Manhattan, Ill., Gerald Ryan Jr. and his wife Karen of St. Albans, Jodi Bard and husband her Rick of Montana, Jeremy Ryan of Boston, Matthew Ryan and his fiancé Kelly Gillilan of Fletcher, and Travis Ryan of Enosburg, by his grandchildren Leslie, Josh, Jennifer, Christopher, Rachel, Ryan, Matt Jr., Colin Grace, Sophia and Mia, and by his great grandchildren.  Jerry is also survived by his brothers Mike Ryan of Milton, Fred Ryan and wife Betty of Fairfield, Dennis Ryan and wife Tammy of East Fairfield and Richard Ryan and wife Bonnie of Fletcher and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sister-in-law Cindy Ryan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312
A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday January 11, 2020 from Noon to 2:30pm with a funeral service held at 2:30pm at the Minor Home in Milton.  Burial will be at the Sanderson Corners Cemetery in Fairfax at 2pm on May 15th.

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