Month: March 2014

Tap into profit

Every morning, Donnie Richards wakes up on his farm, gazes out at his 106-acre sugarbush and wonders – how can I challenge Mother Nature today? “I keep learning to outsmart those trees. Sometimes they get me,” the 62-year-old Milton man said, sitting in his red pickup at his Lake Road sugarhouse. “I’ve worked with Mother Nature all my life, I’ve been a farmer all my life, so it’s fun working with her.” Though he’s run Meadowbrook Maple Syrup for 16 years, Richards just landed what he hopes will turn the tables and win him sweeter profits. Richards is the...

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Musicians head to All State

Auditions for the statewide All State Music Festival aren’t easy, but two Milton High School students made the cut this year. Sophomores Brielle McDonald and Ryan Racicot will bring their musical talents to St. Johnsbury this year, from May 8 to 10. Ryan will play tenor saxophone with the band, and Brielle will lend an alto range to the chorus. “They’re both so innately musical,” MHS music teacher Gisele McRae said. “They’re not afraid to go for it and take positive risks and push themselves, which is what it takes to be really excellent.” Both students have played instruments...

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‘Oedipus’ advances to states

The play itself might be about bad news, but the announcement that Milton High School Theater is bringing “Oedipus” to the State One Act Festival is something to cheer about. The department’s winning regionals on March 15 marked the sixth time in eight years the group has advanced to the state-level competition, set for this weekend at Otter Valley High School in Brandon, Director Paul Curtiss said. This year, Curtiss chose “Oedipus Rex,” a 2,400-year-old Greek play by Sophocles that epitomizes tragedy. Curtiss read it when he was in high school, and it made an impact. The play follows...

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Wedding contest salutes Milton couple

If Ric Volp could invite 22,000 people to his wedding, he would. That’s how many votes he and fiancée, Sienna Fontaine, received to win the 2014 Salute to our Soldiers grand prize wedding this month. But the Milton couple will happily stick to the 150-person guest limit for their October nuptials at the Barn at Boyden Farm. In fact, they’re thrilled with their entire prize package. More than 30 vendors from around the state, including caterers, florists and musicians, are offering their services to give Fontaine and Volp a storybook Vermont wedding, organized by Vermont Enchanted Events and VermontWeddings.com....

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Elks share knowledge

Elroy the Elk received a warm welcome from Milton Elementary students last month, and he came bearing gifts. Every year, the Burlington Elks club hands out 500 dictionaries to third and fourth-graders in Chittenden County, said Elroy aka Gary Poirier, the lodge’s state trustee. This year, the group picked Milton, and four representatives handed out 240 dictionaries to eager students on February 21. “We haven’t seen a case where a kid just says ‘I don’t want a dictionary,’” Poirier said, noting some teachers question the program since information is so easily accessed online. “But sometimes this is the first...

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