Author: Abby Ledoux

Wednesday, April 27 – Tuesday, May 3

WRITTEN WARNINGS 44 TICKETS 5 Driving with suspended license 3 Speeding 3 Uninsured drivers 2 Counterfeit plates, stickers, etc. 1 Inspection sticker not assigned to vehicle 1 Riding on motorcycles and mopeds 1 Underage drinking 1 Uninspected vehicle 1 Unregistered vehicle ARRESTS 4 Driving with criminally suspended license 3 Domestic assault 2 Violation of conditions of release 1 DUI, 2nd and subsequent 1 Unlawful mischief (misdemeanor) TOTAL CALLS 155 4/27, 2:33 p.m., Juvenile Problem, Herrick Ave. Cpl. Scott Philbrook received a call of a problem from a guidance counselor. 4/27, 4:48 p.m., Accident – Property Damage, Route 7/Legion Rd....

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Firefighter appeals lumber on

Allegations of sexual harassment, unsafe working conditions and retaliation were leveled against Georgia Fire Department leadership last Tuesday at the fourth continuation of hearings before the selectboard, as six former firefighters appealed their March 8 dismissals. The town maintains those members were terminated for failing to sign a confidentiality agreement, adopted last fall at the behest of GFD leadership to limit first responders’ posting of confidential or sensitive information on social media. The former firefighters say the policy infringed on their rights to free speech and privacy, but allege their not signing it was not actually the reason for...

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Act 46 committee ranks options

A side-by-side merger consisting of Fairfax and Fletcher on one side and Georgia on the other was deemed the most favorable arrangement for Franklin West Supervisory Union schools in an informal poll by its Act 46 unification study committee last week. With the help of adviser and a former superintendent Mike Deweese, the committee looked at six potential options to pursue under the landmark education law mandating districts merge into more equitable, cost-effective structures by 2019. Each FWSU-member school’s representatives distributed six “votes” – distinguished by colored stickers – among the options, which included: A side-by-side merger between Fairfax-Fletcher and...

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Longtime Georgia fireman first to die in line of duty

The Georgia firefighter who collapsed at a brush fire scene last week has died, the town announced in a press release Thursday afternoon. Steven Lapierre, 58, a lifelong Georgia resident, served on the department for more than 40 years, the town said. The first firefighter to die in the line of duty in GFD’s 64-year history, Lapierre remained at the University of Vermont Medical Center until he died May 5, a week after suffering a heart attack April 27 on scene. “Steven Lapierre embodied the spirit of local public service,” Georgia Fire Chief Keith Baker said in a statement....

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A ride to remember

One little boy had a memorable Maple Festival experience thanks to the Georgia Fire Department. GFD deputy chief Jamie Cota had a special passenger in his tanker for the annual parade in St. Albans last Sunday: 4-year-old Asher Lawrence of Fairfax. Like most kids his age, Asher loves fire trucks, but unlike his peers, he is in a wheelchair for life. Asher suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder affecting voluntary muscles. Caused by a gene mutation, the disease prevents muscles from receiving signals from nerve cells, resulting in loss of mobility and physical strength. The organization Cure...

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