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 on: March 10, 2020, 02:48:17 PM 
Started by Fairfax Librarian - Last post by Fairfax Librarian
Join us at the library for an evening of Arts & Crafts for adults! The next drop-in session will be on Thursday, March 12th, from 6:00-7:45 pm. Sarah will be here with supplies for paper marbling.

Also on Thursday, Chess Club will meet from 3:15 - 4:00, and Mrs. French will lead PJ Story Hour with fun stories, songs and a craft for children starting at 6:00 pm.

This Saturday, March 14th, is Take Your Child to the Library Day! Follow clues for a storybook themed scavenger hunt for prizes.

 on: March 09, 2020, 11:04:39 PM 
Started by dvallett - Last post by dvallett
Join us at Snow Farm winery in S. Hero from 6:30 - 8:30 PM this Friday for a great evening in a wonderful setting (food and beverage available). After a Winter break The Buck Hollers Band returns with a new look and some new sounds! We’ve added the rich baritone R&B stylings of Joel Snyder along with some toe-tapping percussion to our traditional mix of folk, heartland rock, classic country and witty originals (and if any little ones are in the audience you never know when a baby shark might swim by ...). Finally, with St. Patricks day coming up we’ll feature a handful of our great Irish songs, from romantic to rowdy. https://www.snowfarm.com/winter-wine-downs/

 on: March 01, 2020, 12:19:16 PM 
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Whats for senior lunch on March 3rd at noon? BBQ chicken with mashed potato at the Fairfax Fire Station you will find this good food at noon. Doors open at 11.

 on: February 28, 2020, 03:04:58 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The week was marked by extended floor debate and roll call votes on high profile bills. Tuesday the vote on the Governor’s veto of S. 23, an act relating to increasing the minimum wage was held. The bill was voted to pass “the failure of the Governor to approve notwithstanding’ on a roll call vote of Yeas 100 to Nays 49. 
Wednesday H. 557, an act relating to municipal regulation of livestock running at large and S. 240, an act relating to recruiting new remote workers and new relocating workers were both read the third time and passed. Also, S.54, an act relating to the regulation of cannabis was brought to the floor for second read. After much debate a roll call of Yeas 90 to Nays 54 ordered it to third read.
Thursday brought H. 926,an act relating to changes to Act 250 to the floor for second read as well as the third read on S.54, H. 254, an act relating to adequate shelter for livestock and H.555, an act relating to rulemaking on food concessions, buildings within the jurisdiction of the Department of Buildings and General Services. The third reading of S.54 was punctuated by numerous amendments some agreed to and some not with a roll call vote taken on the inclusion of preliminary roadside testing of saliva failing on a vote of 27 Yeas and 117 Nays. H. 926 had several amendments that were debated, and some agreed to on voice votes. A motion was made to recommit the bill to the committee on Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife which was disagreed to on roll call vote of yeas 43 to nays 93.
The calendar for Friday included the third reading of H.580, establishing a classification system for criminal offenses; H.740, changes to the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel; H.933, technical correction to municipal charters and H.934 renters rebate reform, which were all passed. H.926, Changes to Act 250 was also brought to the floor for third read and after amendments being voted before and on, procedural action, after, had a request to postpone denied on roll call yeas 45 to nays 96. The bill passed out of the House on roll call vote of yeas 88 to nays 52.
With so much time dedicated to Floor activity this week House Transportation had limited time to attend to testimony. Moving the T-Bill out of committee will be the focus when the session picks back up after Town Meeting break.
A bright spot to end the week was created by the inclusion of HCR 279 in the week’s Consent Calendar. HCR 279 is a resolution congratulating Ian Carpenter of Fairfax on being named the Special Olympics Vermont Unified Athlete of the Year (2019).

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: February 21, 2020, 03:26:16 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara

Tuesday’s public hearing on H. 610, an act relating to firearms and domestic violence brought many people to the State House including a few residents of Fairfax. Version 8.2 is available on the House Judiciary website for documents and handouts for February 21.
The House Transportation committee took testimony during the week from several witnesses on language to support the adoption of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) for Vermont’s large employers. The intent is to encourage measures that reduce vehicle trips through alternative transit options where available. Testimony was also taken on H. 854, an act relating to the modification of a motor vehicle’s exhaust system. The Chief Inspector, Department of Motor Vehicles testified to the current regulations and the challenge of enforcement. Equipment violations can be identified at the annual inspection but do not cause a failure of inspection, just notice of the violation.
As the session progresses more time will be spent on Floor debate as demonstrated by a late gavel fall on Thursday and extended discussion Friday. The topic of discussion for much of both these times was H. 688, an Act relating to addressing the climate change. The House Energy and Technology committee presented a strike-all amendment to the bill and two further amendments were proposed for consideration. The main points of contention focused around the “cause of action” language and the perception that the bill cedes Legislative authority to the Executive branch. The vote on Thursday to accept the amended language was taken by Roll and passed 105 yeas to 37 nays.
Other bills taken up, read a third time and passed this week are H. 922, an Act relating to miscellaneous amendments to the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System,
H.674, an Act relating to clarifying the definition of development used for use value appraisals and H. 568, an Act relating to human trafficking and prostitution. H.674 allows more than one dwelling to share the same housesite, provided the dwellings are contained within a two-acre area, for the Agricultural and Managed Forest Land Use Value Program. H. 568 was divided in order to vote separately on sections of the bill and sec 3 which creates a sex work study committee to make recommendations to the legislature regarding the modernization of Vermont’s prostitution laws was passed on Roll Call 126 yeas to 19 nays.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department had a display in the Card Room Friday with information on the Green Mountain Conservation Camps whose program’s goal is to “cultivate a caring attitude among our youth for Vermont’s fish and wildlife resources”.  Visit https://vtfishandwildlife.com/learn-more/gmcc  for information and applications.

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: February 18, 2020, 11:12:55 AM 
Started by LibraryPrograms - Last post by LibraryPrograms
Come join us at the Fairfax Community Library this Thursday 2/20 for an exploration of Paper Crafting with Sara from 6-7:45pm.  Sara is sharing her knowledge and skills in paper making, paper marbling, paper mache, printmaking and other crafts.

No need to pre-register for this program.  Just drop in.
Sara will be available to assist anyone on an individual basis during this program.

 on: February 18, 2020, 10:58:25 AM 
Started by LibraryPrograms - Last post by LibraryPrograms
PostScript, by cecelia Ahern
The Mercies, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Sisters by Choice, by Susan Mallery
Weather, by Jenny Offill
A Divided Loyalty, by Charles Todd
Salt River, by Randy Wayne White

 on: February 16, 2020, 02:15:31 PM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet

Marjorie Manley

LEESBURG - Manley, Marjorie S., age 88, Leesburg, FL., died January 20, 2020. She was born November 15, 1931 in Fairfax, VT, daughter of Herbert and Marjorie Shepardson. She is preceded in death by her husband Ira, sisters Ruth Dowse, and Mary Granger. Surviving are her children, David (Shirleen) Manley of Piperton, TN, Susan Peet (Tim) of St. George, VT and Robin (Paul) Manley-Jenkins of Irvine, CA; granddaughters, Charlotte, Emily, Andrea, and Kaitlyn; great granddaughters Kenadie and Haysleigh, and great grandsons Quinton and Ira; several nieces and nephews.

Marge grew up in Fairfax, Vt where she met the love of her life Ira. She graduated from the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing in Burlington, VT in 1952, beginning her life as a professional and personal care giver. She and Ira were married on May 10, 1953, and they moved to Salina, KS soon thereafter where Ira was stationed with the Air Force. After Ira’s service ended, they returned to Vermont, settling in South Burlington. Through the years she worked in several different nursing roles, and eventually retired as a hospice nurse in Florida.

In 1988 Marge and Ira “retired” and moved to Florida. Over the next 3 decades they enjoyed many great adventures including countless trips to Disney World with the grandchildren. “Nana” was a force of nature, usually wearing out the grandkids long before she was ready to quit. Her life was rich, full, and filled with many deep and lasting friendships. She is sorely missed by those who called her Mom, Nana, or friend.

A Memorial Service will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL and will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in her name to the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House, 1520 West Poplar Ave., Collierville, 38017.

 on: February 16, 2020, 01:39:47 PM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Senior Citizen Lunch will be at the Fairfax Fire Station on Feb 18th at noon with shepard's pie. The door opens at 11 so come on down and get some nice hot food and enjoy some conversation.

 on: February 14, 2020, 04:29:32 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
Friday the House celebrated and said goodbye to the first of the three groups of Pages who will serve in the State House this session. The Colors were presented, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by members of the 2019 class of Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scouts before Rep Christie sang the National Anthem for the day’s devotion. H.C.R.243 was read honoring the sixty-five Vermont Scouts who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2019.
Wednesday Floor saw several bills passed on third reading to the Senate. They included; H.1 an act relating to agreements not to compete, H.608 an act relating to incompatible local offices, H.722 an act relating to Department of Libraries and H.793 an act relating to the powers and duties of the Auditor of Accounts. There was floor discussion, and a few agreed to amendments during Tuesday’s second read of these bills, but they all passed on voice support without further dialogue.

The Transportation Committee took testimony on medium and long term AOT IT projects to better understand the masterplan of the separate projects in the budget. Testimony was also taken on language in the Transportation bill, supplemental guide signs to direct travelers to state airport and rail facilities, EVs and their infrastructure, work zone safety and TDM (Transportation Demand Management). TDM can be a benefit for both employers and employees as it reduces the single vehicle costs such as parking and infrastructure. The Go!Vermont website can be used to assist in transit planning.  https://www.connectingcommuters.org/

Thursday was the Vermont League of Cities and Towns municipal day in the State House and Transportation committees of both House and Senate hosted the annual public hearing that many municipal officials attended. Fairfax lister, and 2019 Lister of the Year Pat McNall attended and in an aside asked about the 104A bridge project scheduled for this summer. The road is expected to be closed for 45 days not to commence until the end of the school year.  The following link is for information on the project http://www.aot.state.vt.us/FactSheet/default.aspx?pin=18B265  Several municipal officials  took the opportunity to share their concerns on issues ranging from the impact of stormwater regulations, storm damage expenses, funding for the real cost of projects and road repair as well as offer support for the completion of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and the way VTrans partners with local government.

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.

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