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Special to the Observer

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PHOTOS: Haunted Forest

Observer courtesy photos by Kathleen Porter or North Photography

Observer courtesy photos by Kathleen Porter or North Photography

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PHOTOS: CVU Field Hockey


Observer courtesy photos by Al Frey


PHOTOS: Fall Fest

Observer courtesy photos by Denise Johnson

Observer courtesy photos by Denise Johnson

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PHOTOS: CVU Boys Soccer


Observer courtesy photos by Al Frey

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EVERYDAY GOURMET: Cooking with pumpkin

By Kim Dannies

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John Robert Fay, age 79, died peacefully at home on Oct. 15, 2013 with his family by his side.

Bob was born in Colchester to Laura and John Fay on Feb. 19, 1934. He attended Cathedral High School and served our country as a Navy sonar man in the Korean War. Returning from overseas, Bob graduated from the University of Vermont with an electrical engineering degree and was a dedicated career employee of IBM for 32 years.

Bob was an usher at St Anthony’s Church, was a referee for Burlington Amateur Hockey Association and took pleasure in family genealogy. Bob enjoyed time with his best friends on the golf course; loved: Florida sunshine, sharing the family garden harvest, wood working, tending to his apple trees, riding the tractor and visiting with dear family and friends sharing good food and laughs.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pauline and daughter, Debra Fay-Artist and her husband Michael; his aunt, Emma Fay; sister Paulette Peters; brothers and their loving wives: Lionel and Susan Fay, Paul and Vicki Fay; Alan and Kathy Fay; Neil and Carol Fay; and sister in law, Claire Chalifoux and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Claude Fay. Special thank you to wonderful neighbors and our family for all the support.

Funeral services will be privately held and memorial donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties Vermont; www.vnacares.org.


Joan Johnson unexpectedly died on Oct. 10, 2013. She was born Jan. 20, 1937, the daughter of Maragret and Kenneth Bessette Sr. of Williston. A 1955 Burlington High School grad, Joan worked as a school bus driver in Williston and Pasco County, Fla., and won many driving awards. When she retired she didn’t stop, Joan was active in Bunco group, Bocce ball, and Bingo clubs, two Red Hat chapters, was secretary of Beacon Woods Board of Directors where she lived, was an avid garage saler, and of course, with her beloved ‘08 Corvette convertible was a Corvette Club member. Joan was a vibrant woman also known as “Joanie-ago-go.” Joanie will be dearly missed. Joan is survived by her five children, G. Scott Delaire of Williston, Mark A. Delaire of California, Jeffrey L. Delaire of Florida, Laurie A. Gaylord of New Hampshire, and Susan A. Moore of Florida; stepsons, John and Dan Johnson; sister, Joyce Fredette of Florida; brother, Kenneth Jr. and Gayle Bessette of Williston; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Joan was predeceased by her husband, Lee Ward Johnson. A graveside service will be held at East Cemetery in Williston at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, followed by a celebration of her life from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burlington Country Club, 568 So. Prospect St., Burlington. Arrangements are in care of the Gifford Funeral Home, Richmond.

Police Notes

Lewd and lascivious conduct

On Oct. 23, police responded to Once Upon A Child regarding a report of a man who had molested a woman inside the store. Police subsequently cited Joshua Geraw, 24, of Winooski on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct, according to police reports. Geraw allegedly walked up to an unknown woman in the store, reached through her legs and forcibly grabbed her genital area, according to the report. The woman reported the incident to the police and officers subsequently made contact with Geraw, who had fled the scene. Geraw was lodged at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

False pretenses

Michael Bronson, 26, of Burlington, Michael Dulude, 18, of Richmond and Robert Dulude, 28, of Richmond were cited on charges of false pretenses for allegedly making a fraudulent return of a Hewlett-Packard printer valued at $139 at Wal-Mart on Oct. 14, according to police reports. No other information was released.

Driving with suspended license

Anna C. Clarke, 29, of Winooski was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on Oct. 7, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court on Nov. 5.

Michael L. Duncan, 50, of East Fairfield was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on Oct. 8, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court on Nov. 5.

Paul S. Bryant, 33, of Williston was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on Oct. 12, according to police reports.  No other information was released.

Rebecca M. Lawrence, 30, of Winooski was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on Oct. 12, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court.

Christina Hunt, 25, of Jericho was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on Oct. 13, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court.

Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department and the Vermont State Police. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Academic Honors


Local graduate

Emily Faraone of Williston received a Bachelor of Arts from Roger Williams University in the spring.

Student makes dean’s list

Timothy Clarke was named to the Savannah College of Art and Design dean’s list for the spring 2013 quarter.

Students named to honor societies

St. Lawrence University students Jessica A. Novak and Aden M. Peterson, both of Williston, were selected for membership in the St. Lawrence University chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honorary society.

To be eligible for membership, a student must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.25, have completed four biology courses and have earned a 3.5 GPA in those courses.

St. Lawrence student Katherine E. Buxton of Williston was elected to the university’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest distinctions of academic achievement. To be considered, students must earn a 3.5 or better cumulative grade-point average by the close of their junior year, and have completed six semesters at St. Lawrence.

South Burlington looms before CVU in grid semifinal

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