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 on: May 10, 2019, 04:18:04 PM 
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The devotion Friday morning was given by Representative Kimbell in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday. He highlighted the plaque for Mother of the Year which hangs in the State House. His mother is among the recipients for the year 1990 and the past Representative from Georgia, Carolyn Branagan was the 2010 recipient. Wednesday afternoon the State House provided a great vantage point for viewing the All State parade. It was wonderful to cheer on the members of the BFA marching band and offer a hearty congratulations to all the participants.
Floor action has been a mix of voting to concur with or without amendments to bills sent over from the Senate and on the appointments to Committees of Conference. H. 529, the T-Bill has been sent to a conference committee due to irreconcilable differences between the House and Senate versions. Three members of each chamber’s Transportation committees will produce the final version that is then offered for a final vote of yes or no by the respective Chambers.
Tuesday the House listened to the report from the committee on Human Services on proposed amendment to the Vermont constitution, proposal #5. If it passes all future votes it will be added as Article 22.  Personal reproductive liberty: “That the people are guaranteed the liberty and dignity to determine their own life’s course. The right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty protected by this Constitution and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.” The adoption of the proposal was decided by Roll Call with 106 yeas and 38 nays and will be up in both Chambers again in the 2021-2022 biennium. H. 57, an act relating to preserving the right to abortion was passed as amended by the Senate on a voice vote Friday.
Thursday floor time was taken up by long debate on S. 113, an act relating to the management of single-use products (plastics) and S. 96, an act relating to the provision of water quality services. Concern for what bags could be provided and where as specified by the bill was debated including the removal of an exemption that had permitted dry cleaning establishments use of plastic on cleaned items. The concerns raised by the clean water bill focused on the funding sources being specified. S. 96 reallocates four percent of the twenty five percent of the Meals and Rooms Tax allocated to the Education fund last session over to the Clean Water Fund. Arguments were presented that this is an attack on the integrity of the Education Fund. Other fund sources were identified that make the Education Fund whole but there was concern that a precedence was being set. Both bills were passed by Roll Call with the vote being 120 yeas to 24 nays on S. 113 and 124 ayes to 14 nays on S. 96.

 on: May 07, 2019, 12:09:12 PM 
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Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees Meeting
May 9, 2019
6:30 PM – Fairfax Room

Call to Order
Approval of minutes of March 21, 2019 meeting
Treasurer’s Report

Facilities Committee:  School Renovations and the Community Library
Highlights from our Library since last meeting  - Emily
Summer Student Assistant
Security Buzzer System

New Business
May 21 Conference
Draft Survey for Strategic Plan- Emily
Draft policy for library closures - Chris
   -Information school parking lot plowing -Emily
Summer library plans
   -Budget request
Schedule interim evaluation for library director
Draft emergency procedures - Pat

 on: May 05, 2019, 12:35:05 PM 
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Senior Lunch on Tues May 7th at noon at the fire station in Fairfax will be roasted pork loin. Music will start around 11 with our friends from Waterville so come on over and listen or dance a jig or two!

 on: May 03, 2019, 02:19:19 PM 
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The official biennium photograph was taken on Tuesday between raindrops and committee work is winding down:  these are signs the final weeks are here. The House voted to convene a mock session on Monday to advance the calendar which means bills can be warned to Monday and then acted on when the Floor is convened Tuesday. For much of the session a rhythm for the week develops which will now be altered to make the most of the two weeks left of budgeted session.  H. 529 and S. 149, the committee bills the Transportation committee has been engaged with are poised for Senate action Tuesday. The Senate action can be either further amendment, concurrence or a request for a Conference Committee. Historically the differences have been settled by the latter but that is yet to be determined.
During the week organizations arrange to set up displays to share information with General Assembly members and visitors to the State House on many topics. Representatives from Age Well VT were in the Card Room one morning offering information on their services. “These agencies coordinate and support a wide range of home- and community-based services, including information and referral, home-delivered and congregate meals, transportation, employment services, senior centers, adult day care and a long-term care ombudsman program. They also provide assistance for adults in need of protection or supportive services.”  When introduced on the House Floor emphasis was placed on sharing the phone number for their helpline 1-800-642-5119.
H. 550, an act relating to unclaimed property passed the House on Wednesday. A list of property owners is available via: https://secure2.vermonttreasurer.gov/unclaimed/ownerSearch.asp The State receives new financial property continuously so encourages individuals to make an annual check of their database. S. 40, an act relating to testing and remediation of lead in the drinking water of schools and child care facilities passed the House by a roll call vote with 138 yeas to 3 nays. A roll call failed 61 yeas to 81 nays to send S. 133, an act relating to juvenile jurisdiction back to committee. During debate concern was raised that this bill was not correcting a serious flaw that has been identified in the ability to charge defendants who commit certain crimes before turning eighteen but aren’t accused of it until after. Prior to third reading the House Judiciary committee invited members to hear testimony that language will be placed in a separate technical corrections bill to correct this concern. With this confirmation of redress the bill passed on strong voice vote.
Friday members of the 14th Star Brewing Co. family were present for the reading of H.C.R. 131, House concurrent resolution congratulating Steve Gagner on his selection as the 2019 U. S. Small Business Administration’s Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Franklin County members were pleased to join the rest of the House in welcoming them and Steve.
Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545 or through the Sergeant at Arms office (802) 828-2228.

 on: April 30, 2019, 08:36:53 AM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
The family lived in Fairfax for a long time.

On April 26, 2019, Joyce C. Lamphere passed away at her home after a long battle with Neurological Lyme Disease.

She is survived by her husband Dolor Lamphere; her son Schuyler and his wife Aliza and grandson
Brennan; her daughter Bailey and her fiancé Marty Rabtoy and his sons Isaac, Tripp, and Maddox; her
mother Margaret (Peterson) Cootware; her siblings J. David Cootware (Susan), Diane Schwarm (Ron), Barbara Lehouiller (George), Janet Mazzola (Bob), Brenda Edwards (Tom), Rick Cootware, Tracey Hunt (Palmer), Jennifer Cary (Alan); her closest friends Marlene Corse and Candace Pratt; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She is predeceased by her father William H. Cootware; her brothers Paul Cootware and William J.

Joyce worked for 33 years as a software engineer. In her retirement, she found great joy in being a driving force in their family sugaring business. She was deemed the “headlamp warrior” - always the last one out of the woods for the day; And nicknamed “Dynamite” (exciting, wonderful, and unpredictable) by her dad.

Joyce loved playing hockey with her partner-in-crime, Diane, gardening into the wee hours (also via headlamp), and spending time with her friends and family on the back deck. She was a gifted seamstress, a skill handed down to her by her mother, which came in handy when creating one of her many gag-gifts. She instilled in those around her the ability to have fun in most any situation. Her kind, selfless nature was felt by many, as she always found time to care for those in need, and never ceased to find the good in all.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joyce’s memory can be made to Sojourns Community Health Clinic, 4923 US Rte 5, Westminster, VT 05158, as it was her wish to raise awareness on the seriousness of Lyme Disease and to help others in their battles.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, May 3rd at A.W. Rich Funeral Home in Fairfax from 5-8pm. Joyce’s internment will be a private family service at the Binghamville Cemetery. A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at Fletcher Elementary School from 1pm to 4pm.

 on: April 29, 2019, 08:56:45 AM 
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St. Albans - Karen Susan Benoit Martell died unexpectedly on April 24, 2019, in her home surrounded by her loving family at the age of 47. Karen is survived by her three daughters Brooke, Alyssa (Casey) and Taylor; Her significant other Chris Wood; Her step children Cameron, Jillian, Liza, Colby, and Liam Wood; Her puppies Midas and Aria; Her parents, Norman and Jacqueline; Her siblings Lynn (Bruce), Mark (Jen), Eric (Marie); Her nieces and nephews Mindy (Devin), Teia, Sierra, Tanner as well as her great nieces and nephews Trent, Grady, Charlie, and Emalynn; her extended family and work family through Northwestern Counseling & Support Services (NCSS). Karen is predeceased by her paternal and maternal grandparents as well as her Aunt “Dot” and Uncle Leo.

Karen was born on December 5, 1971, in Saint Albans, Vermont to Norman and Jacqueline Benoit. She graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2011 with a Master of Science in Administration. Karen began working for NCSS in 2003 and continued to work there until the time of her passing. She will be remembered by her girls as a “super mom” who loved them more than anything in the world and gave them the strength to get through this time together.

Karen was accomplished at everything she attempted and always strived for perfection. She was a generous and dedicated individual who had a passion for life and was a pillar of strength for anyone who needed it.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday May 2nd from 3:00-6:00 pm and the service with a reception will follow on Friday May 3rd at 11:00 am. Both calling hours and the service will be held at Northside Baptist Church: 1321 Fairfax Rd, Saint Albans, VT 05478. Pastor Dan Frost will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Karen’s beautiful life.

Karen’s girls have created a memorial website where you can go to remember and share your favorite memories (https://sites.google.com/view/karen-s-benoit-martell/home).

The Heald Funeral Home also has a webpage (www.healdfuneralhome.com) you can visit to send your condolences.

We ask that any donations made in Karen’s name be made to Northside Baptist Church.

Mom, we thank you for all that you were and all that you gave. You made us into the people that we are today and it’s your strength that will get us through this difficult time. We love you.

 on: April 26, 2019, 02:00:45 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The Transportation committee offered the second reading of S. 149, an act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday to the House. An amendment from the committee was offered and accepted to mirror the point assessments for a junior operator found violating the handheld device ban in school and work zones that were put into law for operator’s over 18 in prior session. Representatives from Rochester and Pittsford offered an amendment to proscribe the type and use of GPS by trucks and to have that requirement be enforced as a secondary offense when the operator is stopped for a violation of restriction for trucks such as access or weight limits.  The amendment was withdrawn before the floor vote, but the committee did discuss it and voted not to support the intent as framed but intends future discussion to try and find a means for municipalities to enforce the use limits that protect infrastructure.
Other floor action this week included the votes on tobacco21 and its amendments. Tuesday S. 86, an act relating to increasing the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age was reported with a committee amendment to set the effective date at September 1, 2019 rather than the proposed July 1, 2019. The Roll Call vote supported the bill being read for a third time with 124 votes for and 14 against. Prior to the third read two amendments were offered for consideration. The first would allow for an exemption when “the person is in possession of tobacco products or tobacco paraphernalia in connection with participation in a bona fide religious, spiritual, or ceremonial activity”. The presenter withdrew the amendment after speaking to it with the hope that consideration would be given to the idea that it be seen as similar to the exclusion for sacramental wine from the under 21 alcohol prohibition. The second amendment would provide an Armed Forces exemption from the under 21 age restriction and was defeated on a Roll Call of 33 to 109 after consideration which included the reading of excerpts from a letter written by the Adjutant General which spoke to the need to support the health of service members.
On Thursday the Committee listened to testimony from the current and past operators of the Franklin County State airport. Between them, Cliff and George Coy have been the fixed-base operators of the airport since 1996 and were in the State House to testify before the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. They presented information and a short video to the Transportation committee giving evidence of the value the State airports have had in past economic growth and specifically to Franklin County.
Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545 or through the Sergeant at Arms office (802) 828-2228. (802()) (802

 on: April 19, 2019, 02:13:52 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The week opened with Floor debate and Roll Call on two bills. S. 49, an act relating to the regulation of polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking and surface waters was presented and passed for Third reading on a vote of 135 to 1. The debate on S. 68, an act relating to Indigenous Peoples’ Day focused on what date should be appointed for this observance. The bill passed to third read on a Roll Call vote of 113 to 24. An amendment was put forward Wednesday to identify the first Monday in February as Indigenous People’s Day and retain Columbus Day on the second Monday in October but failed on Roll Call vote of 42 to 95.
The Transportation committee voted S. 149, an act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles out unanimously Thursday afternoon rather than Tuesday as intended. The bill was not ready for the vote out of committee on Tuesday and the committee was not able to have enough time to take action Wednesday as many of the House members attended the funeral of Rep Bob Forguites in Springfield. S. 149 was on the House calendar Friday for notice but affecting the revenue of the state, under rule 35(a), was referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
A public hearing on Proposal 5, proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Vermont regarding personal reproductive liberty was held Wednesday evening for members of the public to give testimony to the House committee on Human Services. Proposal 5 has been adopted by the required two-thirds of the Senate and the next step is for the House to vote as to whether it concurs. The Vermont Constitution provides the requirements for how it may be amended. A concurrence by the House will mean it must be brought forward in the 2021-2022 biennium for a vote in each chamber again. The final General Assembly vote moves the proposed amendment to be put before the voters for approval by a majority of those voting.
Floor discussion Thursday on H. 207, an act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the City of Montpelier regarding non-citizen voting in City elections focused on concerns for the creation of a list of non-citizens that might be used to target individuals, a conflict with the Freeman’s oath language and the right for a person who is a resident of a municipality but non-citizen to vote on city issues. Charter changes are often cut and dried bills when they reach the House floor, but on this instance, there was a great deal of debate.  A Roll Call was requested on whether the bill should have a third read and passed on a vote of 95 to 46.
Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545 or through the Sergeant at Arms office (802) 828-2228. (

 on: April 15, 2019, 10:56:14 AM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Easter Services for United Church of Fairfax:

Tenebrae Service – Good Friday, 4/19, 6:30 – 7:00pm Please join us for this simple yet moving service which describes the time between the Last Supper and the Passion of Christ. For more information contact ucffairfaxvt@gmail.com

Easter Service Sunday at 10am at the United Church of Fairfax at 8 Fletcher Rd her in Fairfax.

 on: April 14, 2019, 02:02:01 PM 
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Senior Citizen Lunch Tues the 16th at the Fairfax Fire Station at noon. Lunch is BBQ chicken. Doors open at 11 so come on over and have some chit chat with your neighbors.

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