Month: December 2013

Tree lighting brings cheer

Milton certainly felt the festive holiday spirit last Tuesday, when more than 100 people showed to the first-ever Milton Community Tree Lighting, organized by the Milton Independent. The event, at the Hannaford/Milton Square plaza on December 17, was assembled in less than two weeks with great support from community members. Held just a week before Christmas Eve on a snowy, cold night, the lighting brought warmth to the crowd, which huddled in close just before 6 p.m. when my co-worker, Milton Indy reporter Jackie Cain, flipped the switch. Cheers rang out when the 1,200 lights burst into color. I...

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Meet Georgia’s road crew

The Georgia Highway crew welcomed last week’s steady flurries – and then some – but Assistant Foreman Todd Cadieux might not have the same response if you ask him in the spring. “This time of year, [snow] is nice. March or April, I’ve had enough,” he said with a laugh. But it’s early yet. The four-man department, which includes two relative newbies in addition to Cadieux and Foreman Wesley Combs, a 10-year veteran who was promoted last year, has assigned plowing routes, stocked the sand and salt shed and is ready for the white stuff. Robert Quesnel just joined...

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Big turnout for breakfast

More than 30 local leaders from all walks came together for breakfast last week to discuss legislative and local priorities. That’s the biggest turnout in at least four years. Attendees included lawmakers, school and selectboard members and town and school officials. They started with a short agenda – economic development and healthcare – but topics turned to education funding, zoning, transportation and, briefly, gun control. The annual meeting, held last Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the municipal building, began with brainstorming how towns can stimulate growth now that there’s a cap on tax increment financing districts, a topic that dominated...

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Year-in-review: 2013

With additional reporting by JACQUELINE CAIN The year 2013 was defined by celebrations, challenges and change. Here, we remember some of the biggest stories that defined Milton and Georgia’s year. Biggest headlines 2013 itself made news this year, as both Milton and Georgia celebrated 250th birthdays. June 8 and August 17, 1763, respectively, marked the towns’ first charter signings when Gov. Benning Wentworth granted part of his native New Hampshire to the present-day towns. Neither missed the opportunity to recognize their history. In Georgia, the historical society hosted author Willard Sterne Randall, who, in just an hour’s time, explained...

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2013: Year in police fire & rescue

2013 kept police, fire and rescue crews busy. Fire had eight fewer and rescue had eight more calls; MPD’s statistics are slightly skewed this year, as officers are now required to enter all incidents, including traffic stops as calls for service. Note: All statistics are taken from the Jan. 1 – Dec. 15, 2013 date range. Police stats Numbers reflect calls to dispatch and aren’t entirely representative of what police find on scene. For example, a call as “suspicious” may end up being a burglary but isn’t recorded as such in the record system, VALCOUR. Robbery 2013    1 2012   ...

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