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 on: July 24, 2019, 03:06:51 PM 
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Westford –

Madeline Rachel Minor, 94, died peacefully on Sunday afternoon July 21, 2019 surrounded by her three children, Jim, Steve and Maria, at the Franklin County Rehab. Center in St. Albans.

Madeline was born Mary Madeline Rachel Lavallee on October 29, 1924 in Westford, the 13th child of Isidore and Ernestine (Duff) Lavallee.

She graduated from BFA Fairfax in 1943 as Class Salutatorian. She had worked for Pouliot’s IGA, the Merchant’s Bank, as the Westford Post Master for a short time, and as a Real Estate Broker.

Mom married Shirley James Minor on May 28, 1955 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Fairfax.  She and Dad enjoyed camping trips to FL in the winter, traveling and snowmobiling.

She and Dad were very instrumental in starting the Minor Funeral Home in Milton and loved her family and grandchildren dearly.

Mom is survived by her son James Minor Sr. and his wife Karen of Fairfax, Steve Minor of Georgia and his partner Lori Saunders of Williston, Maria Minor of Fairfax, her daughter-in-law Julie Minor of Fairfax and Ohio, her grandchildren Elizabeth Marcotte and her husband Tim, Victoria Reynolds and her husband Ethan, James Minor II, Caitlin Minor and her husband Khaled Nafati and Alexandria Minor and her fiancé Matt LaBelle.  She is also survived by her great grandchildren Elynore and Ava Marcotte and Norah Reynolds.

Mom is also survived by her brother Laurent Lavallee of Westford and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by our Dad on January 23, 2015 and by her siblings Lucien, Marie, Herve, Andre, Yvette, George, Bernadine, Roger, John, Gabrielle and Gilberte.

We would like to give special thanks to the staff at the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans for the Excellent Care given to Mom during her short stay there.  Words cannot express our appreciation.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday July 25, 2019 from 4-7pm at the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday July 26, 2019 at 11am at St. Ann Catholic Church in Milton. Burial will be in St. Luke’s Cemetery in Fairfax.

 on: July 14, 2019, 03:46:08 PM 
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Fairfax Senior Lunch Tues July 16th at noon at the Fire Station. Menu is roast pork loin. Doors open for chit chat at 11:00am. Come join us for fellowship. All are welcome.

 on: July 12, 2019, 01:24:19 PM 
Started by Fairfax Librarian - Last post by Fairfax Librarian
Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees
May 9, 2019

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm.
Present were: Pat Gallant, Lisa Griswold, Emily DiGiulio, and Chris Fearon.

Approval of March 21, 2019 Minutes

There were no changes to the minutes and the minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Eric Foreman was unable to attend the meeting and will update the board at the next meeting.


Pat shared a note from Liz Griffin expressing her gratitude to everyone for the gathering at Pat’s house, which was held to acknowledge and thank Liz for her long service on the library board.


Facilities Committee: School Renovations and the School Library

Nothing new to report on the facilities, which likely have been slowed because of the death of FWSU superintendent Ned Kirsch. We will keep this on the agenda to monitor developments.

Library Highlights

The library participated in an Easter Egg Hunt with the PTSA and the Fairfax Recreation Department. There was hot cocoa, crafts, and the Easter Bunny in the gym with the egg hunt outside. Although the fact that the Easter Bunny would be in the gym rather than the library as in previous years was advertised in the marketing, some people still came to the library expecting to see the Easter Bunny. Elizabeth cheerfully redirected participants to the gym and all in all, it was a fun day.

Summer Student Assistant

There were three applicants for the summer student assistant position, however one of the students was not old enough, so the other two applicants were invited for an interview next Tuesday with Emily and Pat.

Security Buzzer System

It seems that the security buzzer system has been working well for library visitors.


Emily attended the FLARE group (Franklin Libraries Are Really Excellent), a professional group of librarians that gather on the first Monday of the month.

Emily received a letter requesting support from the Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile in exchange for services it could offer to the library. There was discussion of whether this would allow expansion of outreach to preschools, daycare providers, and seniors, an idea that has been raised several times in recent years. It was thought that it might make more sense to complete the Community Survey and develop the Strategic Plan before committing a large sum of money from the library’s budget to this partnership. 

Nicole, Joy, and a kindergarten teacher are working on a grant for STEAM materials.

Elizabeth and Emily will be attending a library conference later in May.

New Business

May 21 Conference

Pat asked if anyone was interested in attending the Library Trustees and Friends Conference on May 21 in Burlington; individuals will not have to pay since the Trustees Fund will cover the registration fees.

Draft Survey for Strategic Plan

Emily presented a draft of the community survey that is a preliminary step in developing the next strategic plan. People were pleased that Emily began work on this, and discussion ensued about the organization of the survey and how questions might be reworded, combined, or added to the survey to best elicit feedback from the community. Emily, Lisa, Pat, and Chris will meet on June 11, from 1-3 pm to work on the next iteration of the survey. This will be followed by further work from the entire board and Emily.

Draft Policy for Library Closure

Chris presented a draft policy on library closures in the event of inclement weather. Suggestions were made to include the word safety and to add that the library director will also inform employees about the closure status. Chris will incorporate these suggestions and send it out to everyone for a final review.

Summer Library Plans

Nicole will be working this summer and the theme of the summer reading program is “Universe of Stories.” One of the programs is a Star Base engineering program, which a library patron will be leading. Elizabeth and Nicole attended a sci-fi conference at the Fairgrounds to promote the summer reading program. Emily said Union Bank gave money for tee shirts, and BFA Fairfax trustees generously donated one bike for the summer reading program.

There is still some confusion about who controls two library funds—the McArdle Memorial Fund and the Goldsmith Memorial Fund. The question is: Are the funds controlled by the library director, the town, or the trustees? It is not known if Eric knows the answer to this from conversations with the former library director, or if he should get clarification on this.   

Schedule Interim Evaluation for Library Director

The board will schedule an informal check-in with Emily now that she has officially been in the position of library director for 6 months before completing her formal evaluation later this year.

Draft Emergency Procedures - Pat

Pat presented a draft for emergency procedures in the library when school is not in session, drawing on a template developed by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library Systems. (When school is in session, the library follows school policies in an emergency.) A few changes were suggested and Emily and board members should review and send any changes, suggestions, and questions to Pat by June 1 so she can make further edits.


Chris shared her conversation with Brad Docheff regarding paying for blinds in the library space. Brad felt that the timeline for the pending school renovations may determine who should pay for the blinds. Since the school is leading the effort to renovate the school facilities, and if construction begins in the near future, perhaps the cost of the blinds could be included in the budget for the overall school renovation project. However, if the time frame for the proposed school facilities renovation, which includes the library space, are further in the future, the school and library may want to install blinds sooner to improve security. In that scenario, the school and library may want to share the costs of this upgrade, which could be included in the next library budget. If the blinds are to be installed during the current budget cycle, we would need to talk further with the school and town about how that would happen.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Chris Fearon, Secretary

 on: July 08, 2019, 01:28:02 PM 
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Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees Meeting
July 11, 2019
6:30 PM – Fairfax Room
Call to Order
Approval of minutes of May 9, 2019 meeting
Treasurer’s Report

School Renovations and the Community Library
Summer Student Library Assistant
Highlights from our Library since last meeting - Emily
Library Closure Policy Revision Draft - Chris
Emergency Procedures Document-Pat

New Business
Draft Survey for Strategic Plan- Lisa
Program Planning Position
Schedule interim evaluation for library director (By August 1)

 on: July 01, 2019, 08:28:12 PM 
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For more details click on the link below


 on: July 01, 2019, 08:27:12 PM 
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4th of July parade starts @ 1pm on the 4th! Click on link below for where the parade goes or if you want to be part of the parade.  We take last minute submissions! ~Mary Kay Raymond


 on: July 01, 2019, 11:22:58 AM 
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Wed Jul 3: Mills Riverside Park, Rte. 15 in Jericho, 6-8 PM https://www.millsriversidepark.org/
Fri Jul 5: Arrowhead Golf Course, Georgia, 6:30-9 PM http://arrowheadvt.com/events/
Sat. Jul 6: Fairfax Party in the Park, 6:45-7:30 https://www.facebook.com/events/fairfax-recreation-park/fairfax-party-in-the-park/423182525081789/

 on: July 01, 2019, 09:12:30 AM 
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Please note: The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, for Independence Day. The library will reopen on Friday, July 5th. Looking forward to seeing you then!

 on: June 30, 2019, 02:09:48 PM 
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Fairfax Senior Lunch will be held on Tue July 2nd at noon at the Fairfax Fire Station.  Our musicians from Waterville will be with us again at 11.  So come on down and listen to some good music and have some lunch.  Meat loaf and mashed potatoes are the menu.  See you then.

 on: June 16, 2019, 11:39:21 AM 
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Fairfax Senior Citizens lunch on Tues June 18th at noon. Location is the Fairfax Fire Station off Main Street. The doors open at 11 for conversation. The meal this time is meatloaf. Hope to see you there. Come on down and join your friends and neighbors.  For info call Elaine 849-6820.

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