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 on: July 13, 2020, 01:46:27 pm 
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The Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees will hold a regular virtual meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2020. 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
July 16th, 2020
6 PM – (Attendance via remote access)
Call to Order
Approval of Minutes for May 21, 2020 meeting
Treasurer’s Report
    Curbside book delivery
   Summer Student Assistant
   Summer programs/reading program
   Other Library highlights – Emily

New Business
   Library Closed August 3- 7 (cleaning)
   Strategic Plan
   Next phase for Library reopening


 on: July 07, 2020, 02:36:19 pm 
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The Fairfax Community Library has recreation passes for 2020! Library patrons can reserve a VT State Parks Day Use Pass or a VT Historic Sites Pass to visit Vermont recreation areas this summer. Passes can be reserved by phone (802-849-2420) and can be picked up at the Curbside Pickup table on either Wednesdays (1:00 - 5:00 pm) or Thursdays (3:00 - 7:00 pm). Passes can be borrowed for up to 4 days and returned in the book return bin at the end of the borrowing time. Thank you!

 on: July 03, 2020, 08:03:57 pm 
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Obituary for Captain Scott Sterling Coon

Fairfax, Vermont – Captain Scott Sterling Coon a former longtime area resident passed away early Friday, June 26, 2020, in Wicksburg, Alabama as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Born in Burlington, Vermont on November 27, 1972, he was the son of Sterling D. and Janet F. (Desmarais) Coon. Scott was 47 years old.

Scott was a 1991 graduate of Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax, where he was on the cross-country team. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Rucker Alabama, where he attended Warrant Officer School, Fort Drum, New York, where he was deployed as a Medevac Pilot in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and then back to Fort Rucker, where he was due to retire on December 31, 2020, following 20 years of service.

Scott was a tri-athlete, having participated in 5 ironman contests in Lake Placid New York and a member of the Chaotic Few Motorcycle Group in Dothan, Alabama.

In addition to his parents, Sterling and Janet of Fairfax, Scott is survived by his daughters, Makayla and Kendalyn and their mother, Toni (Bissonnette) Coon of Enterprise, Alabama; his brother, Brent Coon and his fiancé, Janice Ladd, and his son, Joshua, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and his daughter, Olivia of Burlington, Vermont and his sister, Valerie Lipman and her husband, Zachary, and their children, Aidan, Isaac and Maya of Redding, California, as well as his girlfriend, Sara Urban of Chipley, Florida and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Private services will be held at the Heald Funeral Home followed by prayers of committal at the St. Albans Bay Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of his life followed by military honors will be scheduled at a later date when we are sure family and friends can travel and congregate safely.

In honor of his daughters love of animals, donations may be made to, Alaqua Animal Refuge, 914 Whitfield Road, Freeport, Florida 32439 or www.alaqua.org.

Scott’s passing is a huge loss to all who knew and loved him. He leaves many friends in both Vermont and Alabama.

To send Scott’s family a message of condolence or share a memory, kindly go to his online guest book at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

 on: July 02, 2020, 01:47:24 pm 
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Betty and her husband and family lived in Fairfax for many years before moving to Fletcher.

Elizabeth "Betty" Rae Flanders Cota Poulin

Fletcher - Betty passed away peacefully on July 1, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 7, 1938 in Fairfax, VT, the daughter of Ray and Mildred Flanders. She was born the second of eight children.

She is survived by her sisters June Whitcomb, Vivian (John) Dutil, and a brother Duane Flanders. She leaves her husband Allen Poulin, her children Larry Cota, his wife Denise, Steve Cota, and the mother his children, Linda Cota, Michael Cota (Barb LaForce), and Susan Cota (Peter Boissoneault), also her stepson Lance (Jen) Poulin. She leaves her grandchildren, known by them as "Gramma Dee and Gramma Betty", Chris (Ashley) Cota, Emily (Justin) Dallier, Curtis (Jess) Cota, Ben (Allison) Cota, Bethany Cota (Nick Deavitt), Kyle Ovitt, Kody Ovitt (Hannah Churchill), Kole Ovitt, and Shannon Poulin. She leaves her great-grandchildren Nick and Jayleigh Ovitt, Autumn and Ryleigh Dallier, Nora and Beau Deavitt, Ella Cota, Caroline Cota, and Raelynn Ovitt. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, her sister Shirley Flanders, her brothers Kermit and Gary Flanders, and her stepson Allen Poulin, also Pearl W. Cota, the father of her children, brothers in law Floyd Morgan and Howard Whitcomb.

Betty's passion was time spent with family. She truly loved her family and had many gatherings and celebrations at her home and she enjoyed every minute of it.

Betty was employed by IBM and retired after 25 years of service. She made many friends while she was at IBM. She had wonderful, wonderful friends and you all know who you are. Thank you for all the kind things you have done for her. Betty was really appreciative and grateful for you all.

The Family would like to thank the UVM Med Center Miller 5 doctors and nurses and Franklin County Home Health and Hospice for the care they gave her.

There will be a graveside gathering at Binghamville Cemetery on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00pm. Due to COVID-19 please wear a mask and social distance. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

 on: June 29, 2020, 09:39:29 am 
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The library is now offering Curbside Pickup Service for books and materials on Thursdays! The new schedule is Wednesdays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and Thursdays from 3:00 - 7:00 pm.

Visit the library website at fairfaxvtlibrary.org where you can use the online form to submit your book requests, or you can reserve books through the online catalog. You can also send an email (libraryfairfax@gmail.com or fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com), call the library at 802-849-2420, or message the library on Facebook with a list of items.

Thank you!

 on: June 26, 2020, 08:57:36 pm 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The goal for the week has been to adjourn the General Assembly on Friday to meet again August 25th. That meant a fast and furious pace of Bill action and frequent suspension of rules to allow the same all week. HR 22 House Resolution allowing for the House of Representatives to vote remotely to extend the House Declaration of Emergency was taken up and passed in preparation of the August return.
Numerous Bills were passed with amendments being proposed or concurred with between the House and Senate. Agreement was reached between the House and Senate on many and the August return provides the opportunity to continue debate on others. Legislation was passed to set the groundwork for the Administration to spend the COVID-19 funds and operate Government through the first quarter of FY2021 which starts Wednesday. The remainder of the budget will be drafted after the August revenue forecasts are in.
The gavel fell on the virtual Floor at 8:43PM placing the session in temporary adjournment.

I offer my deep gratitude to each and every one of you who are being cautious in contact but taking care of and serving our community.  I can be reached at  bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545.

Use  the following link for the most current updates to the Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Order
https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19  The Northwest Regional Planning Commission has an extensive listing of informative links as well      https://www.nrpcvt.com

 on: June 24, 2020, 09:48:11 am 
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Arrowhead Golf Course hosts The Buck Hollers Band (www.buckhollers.com) this week (http://arrowheadvt.com/) Friday 6:30 - 9:00 PM. After coming up with socially-distanced rehearsals (which, based on the eating habits of at least two members, we should have done a LONG time ago ...), we're ready to rock with some traditional Americana, bluegrass, country, and Irish tunes. And, we have a couple hilarious new pieces that'll lighten up the viral load just a bit! "The Buck Hollers Band, COVID-safe since since 2015 with never a crowd more than 25" smiley Reservations strongly recommended: 802 893 0234.

 on: June 19, 2020, 04:30:18 pm 
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The House Transportation committee met Thursday morning to take testimony on amendments to S.339 an act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles. The committee supported the amendments and the bill as amended passed third reading on the floor later that morning.
Tuesday through Friday Floor sessions encompassed the passage of much legislation.  Three resolutions; J.R.S.58 joint resolution relating to weekend adjournment, J.R.S.54 Joint resolution relating to the annual land transactions and H.R.21 House resolution commemorating the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth and recognizing our State’s and Nation’s continuing struggle for racial equality were taken up and passed, two on Roll Call votes; J.R.S.58 due to a glitch in the voting platform and for H.R.21 a member’s request made and sustained.
H.435 an act relating to the Board of Medical Practice and the licensure of physicians and podiatrists, H.788 an act relating to technical corrections for the 2020 legislative session and H.936 an act relating to sexual exploitation of children were all passed in concurrence with Senate proposals of amendment. The changes for each bill were deemed minor or based on action taken by other legislation and supported by the committee presenting the legislation. Two other bills permitting local option taxes on select services, H.943 an act relating to the charter of the City of St. Albans and H.946 an act relating to adoption of the Charter or the Town of Elmore were both passed with an amendment to each from the Appropriation Committee which clarified the permitted use of the tax to be collected.
H.611 an act relating to the Older Vermonters Act, H.607 an act relating to increasing the supply of primary care providers in Vermont, H.963 an act relating to judiciary procedures and H.962 an act relating to the duration of temporary relief from abuse orders were all passed after floor debate. Amendments were made in some cases to respond to changes since they were drafted prior to the COVID-19 crisis.
H.965 an act relating to healthcare-and human services- related Appropriations from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and H.966 an act relating to COVID-19 broadband connectivity and housing initiatives were both passed the latter with two substantial amendments. One amendment was offered by members of the Committee on Human Services and the other by members of the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.  Roll call votes were requested and sustained for both of these bills.

I offer my deep gratitude to each and every one of you who are being cautious in contact but taking care of and serving our community.  I can be reached at  bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545.

Use  the following link for the most current updates to the Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Order
https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19  The Northwest Regional Planning Commission has an extensive listing of informative links as well      https://www.nrpcvt.com

 on: June 12, 2020, 04:02:48 pm 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The week started with the completion of the passage of H.961 an act relating to making first quarter fiscal year 2021 Appropriations for the support of State government, Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) appropriations , pay act appropriations and other fiscal requirements for the first part of the fiscal year. The bill was taken up and amended to include a section that creates and directs a select committee on the future of public higher education in Vermont. Discussion as to the inclusion of students identified that several of the categories for selecting the 22 members permitted the person selected to be a Vermont State College student but there was not a space reserved specifically. After the third reading of the bill further debate ensued over the request to offer an amendment specifying a student from each of the Vermont State Colleges would be seated on the committee. The House rules don’t permit offering amendments after a bill has been read a third time without a vote on that request. The vote was asked to be taken by roll call and was “decided in the negative” Yeas 73, Nays 74. The bill was passed as originally amended.
Other bills passed this week and ready for Senate response include H.960 an act relating to miscellaneous health care provisions, S.301 an act relating to miscellaneous telecommunications changes and S.128 an act relating to physician assistant licensure. Bills passed by the House in concurrence with the Senate were S.338 an act relating to justice reinvestment, S.350 an act relating to creating emergency economic recovery grants and S.348 an act relating to temporary elections procedures in the year 2020. Two amendments proposed to S.348 were decided in the negative by roll calls after substantial debate. They both addressed a concern that the collection or return of ballots by a candidate in the election should not be permitted. If the Secretary of State does order or permit the mailing of 2020 General Election ballots to all registered voters the mailing will include a stamped pre-addressed envelope for ease of return. The final vote to pass in concurrence was decided by a roll call vote of Yeas 115, Nays 29.
The House Transportation Committee completed its work on S.339 an act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and will present it on the Floor next week. Any schedule for further  committee meetings will be based on a need to respond to Senate amendments to either this bill or H.942 the T-Bill. That response may also be handled by a Committee of Conference rather than the full committee.

Use  the following link for the most current updates to the Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Order

I offer my deep gratitude to each and every one of you who are being cautious in contact but taking care of and serving our community.  I can be reached at  bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545

 on: June 07, 2020, 10:44:34 am 
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Obituary of Evan Matthew LaBonte

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic death of Evan M. LaBonte, on May 27, 2020. He was born January 31, 1996 in Burlington, VT.

Evan leaves behind his mother, Lisa D. Dubuque and father, Richard A. LaBonte. He was the youngest of their three sons whom he also leaves behind: oldest brother Jorey M. LaBonte and partner Chelsea Tanner; older brother Alex R. LaBonte and fiancé Cheyanne M. Stewart, nephew Caleb M. LaBonte, and niece Amelia R. LaBonte.
He lived and grew up in Fairfax, VT. He participated in an automotive class at the Burlington Technical Center and graduated from Center Point in 2014. He worked in several fields, but one incredible job opportunity allowed him to travel all over the country with his brother Alex.
Evan was a kindhearted, genuine spirit with an incredible sense of humor. He worked hard and loved harder. He was always there for his friends and family, willing to jump in and help with anything at any time. He was silly, goofy, and the life of the party. He had a smile that could light up the room, with the kindest eyes, and a charming personality. He was generous, reliable, and above all else, loyal.
He was an avid animal lover who leaves behind a bearded dragon named Leo, a dog named Hailey and his collection of fish. He was always up for an adventure, going swimming, fishing, hiking with his dog, and spending time in the woods. In his free time, he loved to play video games, cook, whittling, making knives, and draw. He also enjoyed building forts, skateboarding, and no one could beat him in a game of chess. He had a passion for listening to and writing music, as well as working on cars. He also collected rocks/gems and loved his tools.
Visiting hours for Evan will be held at Minor’s Funeral Home in Milton, VT on Friday June 12, 2020 from 5-8pm.

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