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 on: March 02, 2018, 02:06:49 PM 
Started by Sandy Alexander - Last post by Sandy Alexander
My name is Sandy Alexander and I am running for the 2-year vacancy on the BFA Fairfax School Board.

Professionally, I have worked in education for more than 17 years. Over the course of my career, I have served in several professional roles: Co-Chair of my school's Climate Committee, Lead Teacher of the science department, Mentor for T.A.P. (Teacher Apprenticeship Program) and advisor for several student groups. In these various positions, I have learned a great deal about respectful teamwork, open-mindedness, budget management, and balancing emotions and priorities within the realm of the public education system. My professional interests include school safety, climate, and maintaining academic rigor in a proficiency-based learning environment.

On a personal level, my husband Ed and I have lived in Fairfax since 2004, and our son Elijah is in the 4th grade at Fairfax Elementary School. I am very passionate about the quality of education provided in our public schools, and I'm excited to be a part of our unique school's growth and development for many years to come!

If I am elected to the School Board, I will bring optimism, enthusiasm, and a practical perspective to the table. I am committed to working with the other School Board members to make BFA Fairfax the best that it can be.

I hope you will consider voting for me on March 6th.

Sandy Alexander

 on: March 01, 2018, 10:18:53 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry

Charlotte Ann Blum died peacefully on February 26, 2018.

Charlotte was born in Burlington, Vt on Feb. 16th, 1936 to Carl Sloan Bashaw and Lucy May Thresher. She was raised in Alburg and St Albans, Vt. She graduated from St Mary's High School in St Albans where she was an outstanding basketball player. She went to work at Stollman’s Department store where our dad spotted her working in the display window and swore he was going to marry her. Roger Schwarzman, who was stationed at the air force base in St Albans, and Charlotte were married at St Mary's Church on May 5, 1955. In 1958 they moved to Roger's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. They were happily married until Roger's death in 1971. Charlotte raised their four children alone while working at JC Penney’s.

In 1979, she returned to her home state, which she loved dearly, where she raised her own food with her second husband, William Blum. At the age of 43 she returned to school to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She graduated from Fanny Allen Nursing School with her LPN in 1980. She continued to further her education while working at NMC and Green Mountain Nursing Home and in 1987 received her RN from Norwich University. She worked as an Oncology nurse for over twenty years at UVM Medical Center. While there she organized and moderated a support group for cancer patients and their families. She was an excellent nurse and loved by all her patients.

Charlotte was a firm believer in giving of one's time. When her children were young she was an officer in the PTO, a brownie leader, a moderator for the Catholic Youth Group, and helped run an annual New Year’s party for over 200 people. After she retired she volunteered with CVAA’s Community Meals & Friendly Visitor Program, AARP’s driving instruction course, Fairfax Library, River Berry Farm and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for over 25 years. She always went above and beyond in caring for her clients.

She leaves behind her loving children, Debbie Tovey (Ed) of Middleburg Hts, Ohio, Kimberly Herne (Bob), of St Albans, Vt, Rebecca Gomez of Fairfax, Vt, and Matthew Schwarzman, of Fletcher Vt. Her adored grandchildren, Patrick and Bridget Tovey , Steven Gomez (Rebeka), and Jessica Gomez, and her precious great-granddaughter, Osa Grace Gomez. She leaves behind her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Jim Groseclose of Fairfax, Vt, her cousin, Martha Smith of Enosburg, Vt, and numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by both her husbands and her grandson, Anthony Gomez in 2012.

Charlotte was a kind, loving, and generous woman but was also a woman with strong opinions. She always stood up for what she believed in and loved nothing more than political discussions with her son-in-law, Ed. She was a wonderful cook who loved to host parties for her family and friends, an awesome gardener, and an avid reader. She was always a constant in her children and grandchildren’s lives. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

In the last few years, Charlotte was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. For the last nine months, she resided at Our Lady of the Meadows in Richford where she received outstanding care. Our special thanks to everyone there who cared for mom with such love and kindness. Because of all of you, she kept her independent spirit and dignity.

Per her wishes, there will be no service or visiting hours. In honor of Charlotte, we ask that you educate yourselves about the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease. Its victims & their families need your patience and understanding as they struggle down this path.

Memorial contributions in Charlotte’s name may be made to Franklin County Hospice or Meals on Wheels. (Agewellvt.org)

 on: February 28, 2018, 06:46:31 PM 
Started by dvallett - Last post by dvallett
This Sat. 7-8 PM. N. Winooski Ave. in Burlington. Come hear our first ever original song: "My Smart Phone is Makin' me Dumb!" Great venue. Great food. Great beer.

 on: February 23, 2018, 03:31:46 PM 
Started by Franklin West SU - Last post by Franklin West SU
SCHOOL BUDGET NEWS: We recently received updated information that may lower the proposed tax rate for 2019. These slides show possible tax rates with and without approval of the special article.

 on: February 23, 2018, 02:57:17 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The Transportation committee spent substantial time this week taking testimony and considering H808, an act relating to all-terrain vehicles. The need for H808 came from a long term and growing concern raised by illegal ATV activities. Evidence of the cooperation between Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association and Vermont Association of Snow Travelers necessary for portions of the bill was identified and reinforced through witness testimony. The committee gave clear direction that the bill support an individual’s right to use an ATV on their own land without new regulation. 
A representative from the trucking industry gave testimony in the committee as to some industry concerns; these included the lack of sufficient drivers, challenges created by compliance with the Federal law regarding drivers scheduling and the ability for an oversize vehicle to travel on wet roads. The committee also discussed a signal light project for the I89 exit 14 corridor and the taxation of aircraft fuel.
Tuesday morning the House passed H 693, designating the Honor and Remember Flag as the State Veterans Flag. This flag is a national symbol which 23 states have adopted as an official symbol. H 636, miscellaneous fish and wildlife subjects came to the House floor Wednesday morning and generated heated action both with debate and proposed amendments on a section that addressed coyote hunts. The debate was passionate from members on both sides of the issue. Rep. Donahue proposed an amendment on Thursday’s final reading of the bill that would give the authority to ban hunts to the Agency so as to base the decision on scientific and biological facts. The amendment failed on voice vote but one proposed by Rep. Willhoit that removed jail time as a consequence of a violation of this provision passed on a roll call vote of 75 to 64.
The Governor released a memorandum to Legislators Thursday outlining a range of steps that can help make our communities healthier and our children safer. The steps proposed for action by the legislature either reference specific current legislation or areas to be considered for the future. S221, an act relating to establishing extreme risk protection orders is one of the bills identified and was passed out of Senate Judiciary Friday afternoon. The bill is on the Notice Calendar for the Senate for Tuesday and will move to the House before weeks end. What was voted out of committee is a strike all from the “as introduced” version and can still be amended by any action on either the Senate or House floor. The Governor’s goal to “reduce the risk of violence in our communities, now and in the future, while preserving our Constitutional rights as Vermonters and Americans” is non-partisan and shared by all members, the ‘how’ is the tough part.

 on: February 23, 2018, 11:23:41 AM 
Started by mkr - Last post by mkr
Please join us for another great Calcutta on March 10th! $1500 Grand Prize and at least every 5th ball wins a prize!
Eagles Club
42 Centre Drive, Milton, Vermont 05468

5:00pm - Happy Hour & Hors d'oeuvre
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Calcutta

Tickets are $100 which includes a dinner for two and one Calcutta ball.

We would love to see our whole football family there for this fun night.

If you are interested in a ticket please seek out a board member or one of the head coaches.

You can email Sam Sweet if interested in a ticket

 on: February 20, 2018, 05:16:04 PM 
Started by Library Assistant - Last post by Library Assistant

Act of Revenge            Dale Brown
An American Marriage      Tayari Jones
Fifty Fifty               James Patterson
The Great Alone         Kristin Hannah
Girl Unknown            Karen Perry      
The Girlfriend            Michelle Frances
The Girls in the Picture      Melanie Benjamin
Green                  Sam Graham-Felsen
Grist Mill Road            Christopher Yates
Hidden Depths            Ann Cleeves
The Immortalists         Chloe Benjamin
Munich                  Robert Harris
Need to Know            Karen Cleveland
The Night Child            Anna Quinn
Night Moves            Jonathan Kellerman
Now That You Mention It   Kristan Higgins
The Masterpiece         Francine Rivers
The Perfect Nanny         Leila Slimani
Poison                  John Lescroart
Robicheaux               James Lee Burke
Sisters Like Us            Susan Mallery
Song of a Captive Bird      Jasmin Darznik
Spy of the First Person      Sam Shepard
Surprise Me               Sophie Kinsella
A State of Freedom         Mukherjee Neel
Still Me                  Jojo Moyes
A Wedding at the Two Love   Kieran Kramer
White Chrysanthemum      Mary Lynn Bracht
The Wife               Alafair Burke
The Winter Station         Jody Shields
Winter                  Ali Smith

Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Resilient Children         Sara Zaske
Girls Auto Clinic            Patrice Banks
The Danger Within Us: America’s Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry            Jeanne Lenzer
The Monk of Mokha         Dave Eggers
Murder Beyond the Grave: True-Crime Thrillers   
James Patterson
The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
        Laurie Gwen Shapiro
White American Youth      Christian Picciolini

Audio Books on CD

The Indigo Girl            Natasha Boyd


Cookie Monster’s Best Bites
Home Fires: Season 2


15 Cool Card Games
Austrian Dominoes
Go: An Oriental Strategy Game
Guess Who?
Laster KHET 2.0
Shut the Box
Time Shock

 on: February 19, 2018, 09:44:18 AM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Senior lunch Feb 20., is noon at the Fairfax Fire Station is shepards pie with a garden salad, rolls, etc. Hope to see you there. Come on out and chat with your friends and neighbors.

 on: February 17, 2018, 06:03:50 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
Through out the week the transportation committee addressed sections of the Transportation bill which includes miscellaneous changes to transportation-law. A presentation was made on the upcoming and current technology in autonomous  vehicles and a take away was the concern for maintaining the attention of the driver in escalating levels of automation. Another proposed transportation law change would extend the punishment for someone who provides alcohol for a minor who then has a vehicle accident that causes death or serious bodily injury to include a snowmobile, vessel or ATV as vehicles. The language was requested by a legislator representing a constituent whose son was killed in an accident. The mother gave emotional testimony as to the incident and the lack of consequence.
The Franklin County delegation met with Catherine Dimitruk the executive director of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission at the third Thursday lunch. One of the points discussed was the bridge on 104A which has been identified as a point of concern for years. A scoping report in 2013 was performed and a follow  up just completed has moved it forward to be potentially considered for a new decking repair which could also widen it. Pamela Parsons the executive director for NOTCH joined the meeting via speaker phone and shared the difficulty of hiring doctors which she believes will be even more challenging if a program of loan forgiveness is curtailed.
A joint committee meeting of the House and Senate Transportation committees was held to hear concerns from officials present for Town Government day. The Vermont League of City and Town sponsors the day and opened the meeting with a general concern for the challenge of storm water obligations all communities are facing with the municipal road permit. Several community representatives spoke of the stress to meet the basic transportation infrastructure needs and a sense that the Washington proposal is insufficient.
Two bills on the House floor Thursday were voted out of their committees with less than consensus votes. This can indicate there will be discussion of them on the floor and that was the case.. H 624, the protection of information in the statewide voter checklist and H 764, data brokers and consumer protection both spoke to the security and accessibility of our personal information. The intent is a worthy goal but as the testimony revealed there is disagreement over whether either of them achieve it. Both bills will move on to the Senate and have an opportunity to be refined. The first roll call vote of the day on H 294, inquiries about an applicant’s salary history was passed by a unanimous vote of the 137 members present but the roll calls on the other bills came in divided about 2 to 1. Consensus is not always achievable.

 on: February 17, 2018, 10:03:51 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry

Donald Danis, loved by all who knew him, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Donald was born in Fall River Massachusetts but most recently lived in Fairfax Vermont for the past 28 years. Donald was 89 years old and passed away at home on February 11, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Donald was born in Fall River Massachusetts to Eugene and Martha Danis on June 28, 1928. His mother, Martha passed away when he was 3 years old. His father, Gene remarried when Donald was 9. Nine months later Donald's father also died. He was raised by his stepmother Mildred, the only Grandmother his children ever knew.

Donald grew up in Fall River Mass and graduated from Durfee High School, where he joined the Navy Corp. During his high school years he worked at LA Drape, a local fish market. After graduating high school he entered the US Airforce. He attended Air Force Technical School at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. His course of study was in radio operations. Later he was sent to work as part of the 136 Communications Security Squadron.

In 1952 he married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine DaPonte. After leaving the Air Force in December of 1952, he began working for the New England Telephone Company. He began as an installer and worked his way up to District Manager, supervising 13 different town offices. He retired in 1990, and he and his wife Lorraine moved to Fairfax Vermont.

He began volunteering at Fanny Allen Hospital, and as an installer for Lifeline. He also worked for a short time as a FEMA communications specialist. Donald was an avid animal lover of both domestic and wild animals. His wife Lorraine passed away in December of 1996. In 1999, he met Sylvia Bovi of Connecticut, and remained in a loving relationship with her until his passing.

Donald and Lorraine were married for 44 years and are survived by their five children and their families: Patricia and husband Ralph Robinson, James and wife Denise, William, Jean and husband Gary Gilmond Jr., and Kathy and husband Michael Bovat. grandchildren: Bradley, Siobhan, Wendy, Brendan, Gary III, Mark and Kathryn. He was predeceased by two grand children, Erin and Joshua. Great Grandchildren: Brandone, James, Connor, Griffin, and Gary IV.

Special relatives in Kentucky: Nephew, Steve and wife Lynda DaPonte, and their children Dan and Cindee. Niece, Susan and husband Kevin Garrett, and their children Lauren, Matthew and Christopher. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins in Fall River MA.

Special thanks to Franklin County Home Health Hospice.
In the Spring there will be a Catholic Mass at St Luke's Church followed by an inurnment at St Luke's Cemetery in Fairfax Vermont.

Memorial contributions in Don's memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Hospice.

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