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 on: May 01, 2020, 01:13:27 PM 
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Join us for a virtual presentation by author Rebecca Rupp on Thursday, May 7th at 6:30 pm.! Ms. Rupp's presentation, "Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadourís Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables", is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. As you look forward to summer gardening, or new things to read, you can find out "why a lot of us donít like beets, how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper, how carrots won the Trojan War, and how George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas."

Attendance is via remote access. *If you would like to attend this meeting, please email the library at fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.

 on: April 30, 2020, 07:49:56 PM 
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FAIRFAX Ė John J. Martell, Sr., of Fairfax, Vt., born on January 3, 1948, passed away on April 6, 2020, at Saint Albans hospital.

He was married to his pre-deceased wife Priscilla A. Martell of 50 years. They had six children together; John Martell, Jr., Richard Martell, Crystal Rockwell, Parrish Martell, Priscilla Bessette, and Savana Martell, along with their spouses Linda Martell, Dale Bessette, and Adolph Mangler. He had a brother named Patrick Lowe and a sister Dorothy Solis, along with his sisters- and brothers-in-law; June Therrien, Veronica Brook, Pay Therrien and Richard Begins. John Sr. also had a few grandchildren, who loved him very much; Dakota Martell, Steven Rockwell, Clifford Rockwell, Cindy Martell, Mindy Martell, Skyler Martell Bessette, Desire Leroux, Kodie Bessette, Rebecca Martell, Jake Martell, Jeremy Martell, Anthony Martell, Avery and Jennifer.

He also loved when he was able to talk with and see his great-grandchildren; it always put a smile on his face that would light up the room. He had two dogs named Cracker and Lucky Lady, who were like his shadow and he would take them on car rides to go get ice cream.

John J. Martell, Sr., isnít or wasnít no ordinary man; he was extraordinary and a true family man. Over the years he loved doing things with his children. He took them on vacations to New York for go-cart ridding, lawn sailing, and horse shows, and he liked going hunting and cutting up deer. He enjoyed going bowling with his children, and he even liked fishing and making homemade chowder. He also loved watching his children play sports; he was always the loudest on the stands.

John Sr. enjoyed going to penny bingo every Tuesday at the VFW in St. Albans as well. John really enjoyed when holidays and family BBQs came around because it brought so much joy to him to see everyone. It also gave him the chance to tell his jokes and to see everyone laugh and having a good time.

John was a hero to so many; he always new the right thing to say and he would do anything for anyone. He would give you the shirt off his back, and he would even tell you his door is always open if you need a place to stay.

John was always a hardworking man, who always believed in supporting his family and sticking by their sides no matter what. He was everyoneís rock and motivation to always believe in themselves and to never give up when times got tough. John J. Martell, Sr., is going to be missed by so many for his laugh, smile, joy, compassion, happiness, jokes and even his temper when he had one. Maybe gone but never forgotten.

 on: April 24, 2020, 02:50:56 PM 
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An All-House meeting Wednesday provided the opportunity to gain an understanding of the bills that were coming similar to caucus meetings that allow informal question and answer on the points of legislation being considered. This meeting was/is on YouTube as are the Committee and House sessions and found through links posted https://legislature.vermont.gov/home/noteworthy/announcements/

The House was called to order by the Speaker Thursday. With only a few staff present in the chamber very few Ďseatsí were empty thanks to the electronic communication tools that permit remote attendance. Bills sent over from the Senate and formally referred to committees were S.114 an act relating to the emergency judicial response to COVID-19, S.182 an act relating to Government Operations regarding the emergency medical services and public safety in response to COVID-19, S.333 an act relating to establishing a moratorium on ejectment and foreclosure actions during the COVID-19 emergency, S340 an act relating to FY 2020 interfund borrowing authority and S.341 an act relating to disclosure of tax information to facilitate the provision of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits.

The first vote by the House was to approve remote voting pursuant to temporary House Rule 9A. The Rule permits remote voting and debate and expires at the convening of the 2021 biennial session or the expiration of the Houseís Declaration of Emergency and any extensions of same, whichever comes first. To take effect the Rule required three quarters of those voting to ratify it remotely. Even members who felt there was a flaw in using an action to permit that actionís use voted in the affirmative with a Roll Call of 148 yeas and 0 nays. H.741 had been posted on the House calendar and did not require suspension of rules to be presented for the House to vote on the Senateís proposal of amendment. The members responded by the first Everbridge Vermont House floor vote and concurred to allow it to be sent to the Governor. The Senate bills all required several votes to suspend procedural rules and move them through several steps of passage that would normally require 24 hour delays. After some floor debate and an amendment which removed one controversial section of S.114 the votes all were taken and the Bills returned to the Senate.

The Transportation committee met Wednesday and heard a report on the CARES act for the State and Burlington airports as well as for Vermontís Amtrak routes. The information for Amtrak is not complete but information suggests the annual amount Vermont provides for service will be capped at 80% in FY20 which could provide a savings of $1.9M to Rail. The CARES act support to Aviation will allow airports to use 100% of Federal dollars to fund capital projects which could free substantial State dollars. The Agency is still working to confirm which projects may benefit from this. The State will also receive about $300,000 for Operations expenses and BTV is expected to receive $8.7M. The Commissioner of the DMV informed the Committee of a proposal to wave the 6 hour driving-with-instructor requirement for current enrollees of Driverís Ed impacted by the pandemic. The requirement is a rule so would not require legislation to suspend. The Committee also took testimony from the Stormwater Program Manager on the consideration being given to municipalities for missed deadlines. The Department has discretion in how it uses its authority and it was stated that enforcement is a tool of last resort. The link to the Agency of Natural Resources website was provided and offers information to assist municipalities https://anr.vermont.gov/sites/anr/files/emergencyinfo/stormwater-program-enforcement-discretion-guidance.pdf

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 contacted at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545
For up to date information https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19

 on: April 23, 2020, 12:22:36 PM 
Started by Rev. Elizabeth - Last post by Rev. Elizabeth
The Food Shelf will be open every Wednesday of May from 9-12 in the United Church, corner of River and Fletcher Roads.  Park in the lot and go down the ramp! There will be pre-packaged bags waiting for you. 

Also open this Saturday April 25 from 8:30-10:30, and the 4th Saturday of May, the 23rd  from 8:30-10-30

 on: April 17, 2020, 04:05:32 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
Members of the House of Representatives participated in Ďtest runí training sessions in groups and a full House information session over the Zoom platform. Security measures are in place to limit participants to permitted individuals but maintain the ability for public viewing by live streaming on YouTube. The meetings are announced on the General Assembly website and Committee agendas and links are accessible there as well.    https://legislature.vermont.gov 
The House Transportation committee held meetings Wednesday. Agency personnel and Joint Fiscal Office staff presented testimony on the implementation plan for the Federal CARES Act Public Transit Funding. The State is expecting to receive approximately $7.6M for the Burlington (urban) area and approximately $13.3 to be shared by all Vermont public transit providers. The Agency will use the COVID-19 funds strategically in place of State T funds which will then be used to offset revenue losses elsewhere in the budget.  There are risks ahead for how public transit will survive and operate but for now the service providers are following guidelines in cleaning the equipment and maintaining social distancing for passengers as it continues to be an essential need.
The all House briefing on Friday provided an opportunity for the members to receive detailed information from the President of the Vermont Bankers Association on the Federal programs that have been set up to provide funds to individuals and businesses for support in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The direct deposits for individuals has begun to be received and will continue to roll out over the next few weeks, or few months for those who will receive a check in the mail. The loan and grant programs were overwhelmed and have exhausted the original allocation of funds but Congress is expected to provide more funding and the programs are now in place for disbursing them. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) website offers a COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19 for businesses, individuals and communities.
The Governorís address Friday outlined the principles and safety measures that will be used to phase in the restart of the Vermont economy. Outdoor businesses and construction operations with crews of two or less and some single-person low contact professional services will be authorized to operate if they meet specific safety requirements.  The ACCD has been directed to issue guidance available here https://accd.vermont.gov/news/update-new-work-safe-additions-stay-home-stay-safe-order
The most accurate public health information on COVID -19 related issues can be found here https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19
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 contacted at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545

 on: April 14, 2020, 12:44:48 PM 
Started by mkr - Last post by mkr

Obituary of Bernard Joseph Gregoire Sr.
Bernard J. Gregoire, Sr. passed away on April 7, 2020 in St. Albans, VT.  Born on July 23, 1939 in Fairfield, VT, Bernie grew up on the family farm with his parents and siblings.  After graduating high school in 1957, he enlisted in the US Army for 4 years while serving two of those years in Germany, specifically in the Army Air Wing Division.  Upon returning to the states, he took a job at Kaman Aircraft adjacent to the Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT which specialized in military helicopters. 
After finding an apt in Windsor Locks, he met the love of his life, Jean Quagliaroli, who lived next door.  The two love birds married and began a family.  In 1965, with two sons born and another child on the way, the family moved to St. Albans, Vermont so Bernie could begin his career at IBM.  Preparing for a larger family, he began construction on a new house in Fairfax in 1967.  The family moved in 1968, just before the last two children were born.  Now a family of seven, we became regular attendees of St. Lukeís Catholic Parish.
Bernardís passions ranged from tinkering with engines which grew from working on the farm to collecting cars.  He was smart and witty with plenty of spunk and creative ideas.  He often found a reason to laugh and wanted you to enjoy life with him.  He spent his retirement endlessly taking long walks and watching many movies.  During his last years, at St. Albans Health and Rehab, Bernie made many friends with both staff and residents.  Our dad will be missed by many.
Bernard was predeceased by his parents Ė Gerard and Alice Gregoire, Jeanís parents, Jessie and Joe Quagliaroli, two sister-in-laws and six brother-in-laws.  He is survived by one brother, Raymond (Sheila); and five sisters, Madelyn Shattuck; Suzanne (Tom Schofield); Rita Lamothe; Cece (Tony Franceskino); and Mary Jane (Larry Fisher); and Jeanís sisters Ė Joyce and Janice; many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Bernard leaves behind his wife, Jean, of nearly 60 years along with their 5 children and spouses, Bernard, Jr.(Donna); David (Tammi); Patty (Steve); Mark; and Linda; 11 grandchildren  Ė Stephen, Joseph, Rebecca, Danielle, Matthew, Abigail, Justin, Luc, Naomi, Brenden, and Nicole; and two great grandchildren and another on the way.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.  Cards of condolence can be sent to Jean at St. Albans Health & Rehab, 596 Sheldon Road, St. Albans, VT  05478.  Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com .

 on: April 11, 2020, 08:48:30 AM 
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Obituary for Burton C. McGowan

Saint Albans Ė Burton C. McGowan, 87, devoted husband, career military, avid skeet shooter, instructor and promoter of the shooting sports, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

He was born on June 8, 1932, in St. Albans, at the hospital where the St. Albans Messenger is now located, one of two sons of Charles Merton and Mildred Olive Sweeny McGowan. His boyhood home was along Route 104, next to the St. Albans reservoir, where his fatherís garage was located. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1954 and was assigned to duty as a mechanic at Smoky Hill Air Force Base, now known as Schilling Air Force Base in Selina, KS based on the skills heíd learned at his fatherís garage. Because of his prowess at skeet, he was selected by a B29 pilot to be his tail-gunner and, following training at Randolph Air Base in Texas, was reassigned to this duty. The Korean war ended before Burt was deployed overseas. After four years in the Air Force, he was discharged on December 29, 1958 and found work surveying and truck driving. It was in Kansas that he met Phyllis Whelchel, who became his first wife. He taught Phyllis to shoot and she quickly became very proficient. He and Phyllis shot in many skeet matches and frequently won both the menís and womenís matches. His prowess at skeet led to his meeting many of the top shooters in the country.

In 1966 He and Phyllis moved to Vermont and settled in Fairfax. He enlisted in the Army National Guard and took up full time duty as a recruiter. Many of the men and women he recruited became lifelong friends. During his term as recruiter he won the Chiefís 50 award as the top recruiter in the state. He was discharged from the guard at age 65 on July 1, 1994, with the rank of Sergeant First Class.

His love of skeet prompted him to introduce the sport to Vermont. He was a founding member of the Sportsmenís Club of Franklin County and of the Underhill Rod & Gun Club. He was personally responsible for setting up the first skeet field in the state, at the Franklin County Sportsmenís Club, then located at the foot of Hardíack Hill in St. Albans. As the first state NSSA director, he organized, promoted and won the first skeet match in Vermont. He also organized and won the first black powder skeet match in the state. He and Phyllis continued to compete in state championship skeet matches in Vermont and other states.

He had a lifelong love for fine shotguns, automobiles and flying. Over the years, he had a number of fine cars, amassed a collection of shotguns and loved having the opportunity to go flying.

In 1998 Phyllis passed away. Bereft of his partner, he moved to Florida where he continued to shoot skeet. He later returned to Vermont and promptly joined the Vermont State Guard, where he rose to the rank of Command Sergeant-Major of First Battalion, based in St. Albans. He continued to recruit for the Vermont State Guard and was still a member at the time of his passing.

In 2016 he met Ruby Jones and the two became friends. In October, 2018 they were married in St. Albans and made their home there. In his later years, he could no longer shoot but he loved to go to the skeet range to watch, visit with other shooters and reminisce about his life of shooting.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby, his step-children Brenda (Jones) Gray and her husband Tim and their daughters Samantha and Jennifer, Rick Jones and his daughters Ashleigh and Jada, Cheryl (Jones) Vance and her husband Jeff and their sons Chad and Steven, Chadís daughter Zakyia, and David Jones, his brother Dorian McGowan of East Burke, retired as a Professor of Art at Lyndon State College and his children Nicholas, Kaya, Tara, and Martin, his cousin Dan Gilbert and his wife Pearl, as well as many friends.

A graveside memorial service including Military honors and a Masonic Service is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 2:00 PM at the family lot in St. Luke Cemetery, Route 104 in Fairfax.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Lodge 4 F&AM in care of Gerald Morong, Secretary, 76 Prospect Hill Road, St. Albans, VT 05478, or the Shriners Childrenís Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114, or Green Mountain Post 1, American Legion, 100 Parah Drive, St. Albans, VT 05478, or the Underhill Rod & Gun Club, P. O. Box 23, Westford, VT 05494 and to the Sportsmenís Club of Franklin County, P. O. Box 150, St. Albans Bay, VT 05481.

Ruby is being assisted by the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans, where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com. .

 on: April 10, 2020, 04:14:43 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The work of the House continues to be conducted through the electronic platforms of ZOOM and streamed live over YouTube. The Committee agendas are available on the Legislatureís website https://legislature.vermont.gov and provide a link to the live stream or recorded meetings. The fiscal forecasts that were used to generate the FY21 budget have been downgraded and the crisis has compounded critical need. Every committee is adjusting and amending their legislation from earlier in the session to respond to the current crisis climate.   
Information provided to the Transportation Committee from a member of the Joint Fiscal Office highlighted the FY20 revenue impact due to COVID-19 which is currently projected to be $45M less than anticipated. This is the impact on the current year. The revenues for FY21 are expected to be lower than originally forecast as well. In response the Agency of Transportation has provided recommended changes to H.492, the T-Bill. The Senate Transportation committee is doing similar work on S.339, the DMV Bill. The Department of Motor Vehicles has opened a program to offer online license renewal and with House and Senate approval will offer a 60 day extension on vehicle inspections.
The State Treasurer testified to the Ways and Means committee Friday morning. Vermont will receive $1.25B for increased expenditures related to COVID-19 but these monies are not to replace lost revenue. Language was drafted that would grant authority for interfund borrowing within a window of time that extends 45 business days either side of the end of  FY2020. Interfund borrowing is the most efficient and easiest to implement fiscal tool and is at no additional cost to the taxpayer. Like any loan this must be paid back.
A press release from the Department of Labor offers instructions for accessing the Unemployment Insurance center. The details are available on their website https://labor.vermont.gov.  They contain guidelines for an alphabetized system for applicants calls with  Mon A-E, Tues F-L, Wed M-R, Thurs S-Z and open to all on Friday and Saturday. The intent is to make it easier to reach the office. 
Earlier this week Governor Scottís request for federal disaster funds to provide assistance to Vermont in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic was approved by the President. This will provide 75% reimbursement to state and local governments and some non-profits for emergency measures. More detail is available at the official website  https://vem.vermont.gov/covid19/disaster In his press conference Friday the Governor extended Vermontís State of Emergency and the ĎStay Home, Stay Safeí order to May 15th.
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 contacted at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545

 on: April 10, 2020, 10:58:36 AM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Corm
Thanks Barb!

 on: April 04, 2020, 06:01:06 PM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Obituary of Margaret Ida Minor
Fletcher Ė Margaret Minor, 88, died Friday April 3, 2020 at the St. Albans Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Margaret was born on April 14, 1931 in Fletcher, VT the daughter of the late Roger M. Thomas and Ida (Popple) Thomas.
She graduated from Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax in 1949 and married Wallace R. Minor on June 3, 1950. She and her husband were dairy farmers in Fletcher until their retirement.
Margaret is survived by her daughter Martha Webb and her husband Bruce, her son Thomas Minor and his wife Beverly and her daughter Julie Hall and her husband Francis.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Audra Fast and her husband Clinton; Adam Minor and his wife Melissa; Sarah Webb; and Ian Webb and his partner Loree Garceau; Amanda Richards and her husband Lewis; Casey McNally and her husband Tyler and Douglas Hall and his wife Mara and their child on the way; by her great grandchildren Makayla and McKenna Minor, Aiden and Mandy Richards, Klayton and Kalvin McNally, Gabriel, Roarke and Kellen Webb, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband Wallace in 2009, her mother Ida in 1996, her father Roger in 1985 and her great grandson Colt Richards in 2018.
A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Binghamville.  In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Binghamville United Methodist Church or to a charity of oneís choice.

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