Month: February 2014

Evening fire destroys Milton home

A Milton family’s home was destroyed in a Thursday night blaze, officials said. Milton Fire responded to 201 Murray Ave. just before 7:30 p.m. and found the garage and one-story home fully engulfed in flame, Milton Fire Chief Don Turner said. None of the six occupants of the home, owned by Walter and Ella Bidwell, were injured, and all escaped safely, officials said. Firefighters gained entry but were forced out by intense heat and smoke, Turner said. Georgia and Colchester Center departments helped knock down the flames, which took several hours to extinguish, while Grand Isle and South Hero...

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BPD nabs two more robbery suspects

Burlington police arrested two more suspects yesterday, identified as part of a Feb. 16 robbery on No. Prospect Street in Burlington. Malachi Buswell and Joseph Stewart were among a group of men who assaulted and robbed a male victim at his apartment in what police say was a targeted act, a BPD press release said. Both men face charges of assault and robbery, burglary and unlawful mischief. Stewart is on escape status with the Department of Corrections and was arrested by Burlington detectives and U.S. Marshals, the release said. Milton resident Sundance Seals was charged February 19 with the...

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Fair Haven knocks Milton out in semis

Second-ranked Fair Haven kept Milton’s offense under control from the start of Wednesday night’s Division II girls basketball semifinal in Barre, and cruised into the championship game with a 38-17 victory. After building a 22-13 hafltime lead, the Slaters (18-5) shut Milton out in the third quarter, not allowing a point for the Yellowjackets as they fell behind 30-13 with eight minutes remaining. Danielle Phelps scored almost half of Milton’s points, with eight on the night. Kaitlyn Brouard gave the Yellowjackets a lift at the end of the first quarter, hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from well behind the halfcourt...

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Messages from Montpelier

By CAROLYN BRANAGAN Franklin-1 As Town Meeting draws closer, many Franklin County residents will be taking a close look at their proposed school budgets. A big frustration for me has been that many blame local school board members for the increasing amount of tax revenue needed to fund our state school budgets. Keep in mind that the increases in the school budgets are not totally the fault of the local school boards. Nearly every year well-meaning legislators have made some change in the rules through which we raise money to fund our schools. All these changes affect the bottom...

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Run, candidates, run

with additional reporting by JACQUELINE CAIN Serving on a school board is hard work. You deal with long meetings, complicated issues and different priorities, and the only certainty in the balancing act between fiscal responsibility and quality education is that you aren’t going to please everyone. This Town Meeting, voters will consider the first contested school board seat since 2009, when Cathy Vadnais competes against incumbent Doug Stout for his three-year seat. Milton teacher Pete Wyndorf and his student, Portia Smith, hope to change this trend. Using Milton High School’s media lab, the duo produced a 9.5-minute film to...

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