Month: December 2010

2010: The year in review

As the first decade of the new millennium comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on all that happened to shape 2010 in the town of Milton. Political turnover This year was one for change at Bombardier Park, what with former town manager Sandy Miller’s departure and lively Town Meeting Day elections that ousted incumbents Diana Palm and Lori Donna. 2010’s first issue of The Milton Independent detailed the Selectboard’s decision not to renew Miller’s contract, based on “extended negotiations” where parties “were unable to arrive at a mutually agreeable renewal agreement,” as stated in the board’s press...

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300 troops make it home

For Lorrene Palermo of Georgia, Thursday, Dec. 16 was a special day. For one, it marked the day her husband, Thomas, would return from a nine-month tour in Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard. For two, it was the anniversary of the day he came home from Kuwait in 2005. For Palermo, it means closure. “It’s done,” she said excitedly at the ‘Welcome Home’ ceremony at the Air Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington before her husband arrived. “We’re ready. We’re ready to pick up where we left off.” Palermo’s husband was one of about 300 soldiers to return...

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District commits to state budget target

The School Board confirmed it will meet the state-set budget reductions known as Challenge for Change at its Dec. 13 meeting. Milton was in the minority in this commitment: according to the state Department of Education, 39 districts shunned the targets, and 14 met or exceeded them. This leaves the state with a $15.9 million shortfall in its attempt to trim $23 million from fiscal year 2012 spending. Milton’s share of this cut is $318,466, but both board chairman Doug Stout and superintendent Marty Waldron said the way the board will arrive at the cut hasn’t quite been fleshed...

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98 more troops home for the holidays

A cheering crowd greeted the 98 Vermont National Guard troops that came home Thursday, Dec. 9. Jen Tourangeau, who welcomed her brother home last week, anxiously awaited the arrival of her husband, Jason. Personnel at the Army Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington told her family that the troops would enter from both doors, so in the final 15 minutes before the bus rolled up to the hangar, Tourangeau’s attention was split between the two entrances. Her mother-in-law, Brenda, clutched a digital camera, and Tourangeau twirled her wedding ring before the band started up a tune and the doors...

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Local Scouts celebrate 50 years of service

Boy Scout Troop 603’s annual Christmas party carried on pretty much as it has every year: There was a Court of Honor ceremony where Scouts receive merit badges, a spread of homemade foods and the high-energy gift-swap/card game. But underlying this year’s event was a sense of pride, being that the Troop just celebrated its 50th birthday. Troop 603 was founded Nov. 1, 1960, when it was known as Troop 1. Roger Reil, Scoutmaster in the 1970s, designed Troop 1’s red-and-yellow arrowhead logo that’s still in use today. It gave the boys another sense of identity besides their uniforms,...

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