Month: March 2011

A fond farewell

Three longtime town staff are set to retire May 10, thanks to an early retirement buyout program adopted by the Selectboard in December. Assistant town clerk and treasurer Loretta Devino, zoning administrator David Joachim and town manager executive secretary Betty Couture will take the incentive, designed for employees over 60 years old with 20 years of full-time service to the town. The incentive offers a week’s pay for every year of employment and maintenance of healthcare coverage for one year or until the employee becomes eligible for Medicare. Town manager Brian Palaia estimates that this year’s departures will result...

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New Business: Rocky Ridge Vehicle Storage

Though it doesn’t have a sign yet, Rocky Ridge Vehicle Storage is open for business. Steven and Becky Lamos own the facility at 141 Plains Road in Georgia, next door to the town’s highway garage. So far, they have one customer who is storing a boat, a trailer and eight vintage cars. The Lamoses, who live next door to the plot on the other side, bought the former pallet mill in September 2010 after debating the purchase for several years. “We drove by it every day and thought, ‘We should buy that and do anything with it,’” Steven Lamos...

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New Business: Roadside Tavern

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Steve Campagna sat on a barstool, sipping chocolate milk through a straw. Above the newly finished bar, the multiple flat-screen televisions were on, showing a Dave Matthews Band performance. Campagna turned down the volume. “It’s the entertainment that we’re trying to bring back to Milton,” he said. “There’s not much here; there really isn’t.” Campagna is the owner, bartender and sometimes-waiter at the Roadside Tavern, the latest business to occupy the building nestled in the Middle Road-Route 7-Railroad Street intersection. The bar opened in January, and Campagna said they’ve had a steady stream of...

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Star goalie to play at USouthern Maine

At first glance, Nikki Lauziere looks like a regular girl. She wears dress shirts and blue jeans, and both ears are bedazzled with numerous sparkly stud earrings. Her magenta nail polish is just chipping at the ends. This is how her teammates see her most of the time – until she puts on her real uniform: helmet, pads, skates and a fierce determination to show those boys up. Lauziere, a Milton senior who attends Burlington Technical Center, competed side-by-side with 22 high school boys on the Milton Yellowjackets hockey team for her four high school years. The varsity season...

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Rhoades liable for releasing lead to soil

A Superior Court judge ruled on the remaining counts of liability against junkyard owner Gil Rhoades in a Feb. 9 order. The 14-page order said the court found Rhoades liable for the release and threatened release of lead to the environment, for abating it and for operating the Shirley Avenue junkyard without a license between 2007 and 2009. Rhoades’ wife, Blanche, was also found liable for the threatened release and abatement of lead. Because the court ruled Blanche Rhoades is not an operator of the yard, she escaped liability for operating an unlicensed junkyard and for improperly managing hazardous...

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