Month: April 2014

Plaza perks up

Route 7 travelers may have noticed some changes at the Milton Square Plaza this month. Besides getting a facelift to match the anchor Hannaford supermarket, the northern arm of Milton’s shopping center has a new tenant in Family Dollar with others coming, developer Ernie Pomerleau said last week. An expanded Aubuchon will occupy a portion of the former grocery, and Advance Auto will take over the hardware store’s location. The national parts company bought out Carquest, which will close Milton’s River Street location, a store employee confirmed. Pomerleau will also sign a lease for an undisclosed restaurant, and with...

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Georgia resolves Rhodes case

Georgia’s Selectboard unanimously voted to pay John Rhodes his court-awarded damages and attorney fees at its meeting Monday night, resolving the decade-plus land use lawsuit. Last month, a judge awarded Rhodes $232,800 in damages after finding the town prevented him from developing houses and a golf course on 209 acres of his family’s farm off Georgia Shore Road by refusing to reclassify an access road. The court found the town did so to benefit another family, the Bechards, who owned property at the intersection of the two possible access roads, violating Rhodes’ rights under the Vermont Constitution. After meeting...

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3 Milton men cited in deer poaching case

Three Milton men were ordered into criminal court for allegedly poaching at least 12 deer, Vermont Fish & Wildlife announced Tuesday. Game Warden Robert Currier received a tip, and a team executed a search warrant on a Milton home and two vehicles on March 31, the department said. Evidence seized and further investigation resulted in citing three suspects for multiple crimes. Jordan Draper, 18, and Scott Little, 25, were both cited for 12 counts of taking deer in closed season; Christopher Munro, 34, received one such citation and one for illegally transporting big game. Draper also picked up four...

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You can grow your own way

Forget James and the Giant Peach — in Milton, it’s Brent and the Giant Pumpkin. Last year, local Brent Towne took his green thumb to his backyard and grew a prize-winning 1,290-pound pumpkin big enough to carry Cinderella to the ball. This year, the Milton Recreation Department hopes residents will take a page out of Towne’s book and grow their own: The department is hosting a giant pumpkin growing contest this summer and fall. “We thought it would be a good community event, friendly competition,” Rec Coordinator Kym Duchesneau said. “We’re hoping people of all ages will get outside...

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Milton man found with meth

A Milton man crashed his car into a South Burlington business on Sunday night and was found in possession of methamphetamines, police said. A neighbor to South Burlington’s EDGE fitness center at 75 Eastwood Dr. called police after hearing the crash just before 9 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Officer Chris Bataille said. Police identified the driver of the Toyota Scion as Alec Stephens II, 46, of Milton, an EDGE employee, Bataille said. He appeared intoxicated and was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington where Vermont State Police Trooper Jay Riggen, a specially trained drug recognition expert, determined...

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