Month: September 2010

Grade 4 scores dip in state science tests

Fourth grade science scores took a dramatic downturn in the latest round of state tests, according to data released by the Vermont Department of Education last week. Scores dropped from 61 percent proficient or above to 36 percent on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), compared to the state’s 54 percent. Last year, fourth grade scores improved by 33 percent points. Grade eight and 11 scores both improved by 1 point to 26 and 18 percent proficient or above, respectively. Still, each grade level tested fell below the state averages. District administrators were surprised by the grade four...

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Selectboard forms dog-barking committee

After failing to pass the vote at its previous meeting, the Selectboard voted to accept the charge of an ad hoc committee to address dog-barking issues at its Sept. 20 meeting. Todd Shepard, who was absent at the Sept. 8 meeting when the charge was first presented, made the motion to form the committee. Lou Mossey, who abstained from the previous vote, seconded the motion. Mossey and Darren Adams voted “aye,” and Randy Barrows voted,“no.” Jeff Turner was absent. The vote came after a back-and-forth dialogue between Barrows and Shepard, who said the current ordinance, which allows for an...

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CCTA sees steady ridership in Milton

Since service began in February, Chittenden County Transportation Authority’s Milton commuter bus has experienced ridership levels typical of a new route. According to numbers provided by CCTA planning manager Meredith Birkett, Milton’s route attracts an average 918 riders per month. March had the highest number with 1,049 people that dipped to 864 in April and 797 in May. Ridership increased to 857 in June, 948 in July and 995 in August. Numbers typically fall when people are on summer vacation, Birkett said. “The real test now is going to be September through May of next year, because that’s really...

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Milton PD seeks unwanted prescription pills

Got some old pain pills in your medicine cabinet? The Milton Police Department is asking you to turn them in this weekend. The effort is part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milton PD lobby. The program is anonymous, said Russell Harrington, Burlington DEA’s resident agent-in-charge. “No questions asked: just come and drop off your drugs, and be on your way,” he said. Both Harrington and Milton PD chief Brett Van Noordt said the program is to divert drugs like Oxycontin from...

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Residents brainstorm uses for Bove Property

The Thursday, Sept. 16 Bove Property public work session generated several ideas for recreational uses on the property but not without some controversy over motorized vehicles. Gail Henderson-King, a consultant with Lamoureux & Dickinson, opened the meeting with a presentation of the inventory, assessment and recommendations study performed this summer. The study showed several wetlands, the largest piece being in the Westford section of the property. The property also contains beaver dams and some Class 2, state-protected wetlands, Henderson-King said. The Bove Property also has various native plants, like pink lady slipper orchids and trillium, and more than 49...

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