Month: August 2014

Conger’s role in Raid retold

On a warm night in late August, Colin Conger donned a wool jacket and unsheathed a long sword. He looked prepared to mount a horseback and ride through the night. Instead, he gave a historical presentation at the Georgia Public Library. Conger is the great-great-grandson of Cpt. George Parker Conger, a hero of the St. Albans Raid. As the 150th anniversary of the northernmost land action in the Civil War approaches, Conger dressed in period garb replicated from the only two photographs known to exist of his ancestor. A former Georgia selectman largely involved with the historical society, Conger...

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Muddy waters

On a Monday visit to Georgia Beach, the sun shimmered upon Lake Champlain. A boat eased off the dock, and waves lapped softly on the shore. You might never know there were toxins in these waters as recently as last week. As of August 19, the Vermont Department of Health has listed Georgia Shore as a “high alert” site on its blue-green algae tracker. After examining a water sample from the town beach, the independent nonprofit Lake Champlain International identified at least one species of blue-green algae – known as cyanobacteria – in the water. A high alert status...

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FairPoint union holds picket

Editor’s note: Since this story went to press on Tuesday, Aug. 26, FairPoint has decided to implement its last proposed contract “because it sees no likelihood of agreement given the union’s bargaining position,” it announced on Thursday. Today, the unions posted on their Facebook page Fairness@FairPoint that they don’t know what terms were imposed and that representatives would meet with attorneys “to assess the situation and decide on our next steps.” An enormous inflatable rat greeted commuters to and from Milton last Thursday morning, an atypical sight at the Catamount Drive industrial park entrance. Like most of his kind,...

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Bellavance to cultivate community hub at library

The last month has been a whirlwind for Meghan Bellavance. She and her husband sold their Vancouver home, packed up their belongings and drove across the country, not for a roadtrip but for Bellavance’s new job as director of Milton Public Library. She started August 12, replacing Scott Murphy, who left at May’s end. After winnowing 13 candidates to two, Milton’s Library Board of Trustees extended a contract to Bellavance, a South Burlington native, on July 12, Chairwoman Jen Dooley said. “It’s been a lot of change,” Bellavance said. That might be an understatement. Bellavance last worked in North...

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Wednesday, Aug. 13 – Tuesday, Aug. 19

WRITTEN WARNINGS 51 TICKETS 2 Speeding 1 Driving with suspended license 1 Inspection sticker not assigned to vehicle 1 Possession of marijuana 1 Unregistered vehicle ARRESTS 3 Driving with criminally suspended license 1 Assault on law enforcement officer (misdemeanor) 1 DUI, 1st offense 1 Simple assault 1 Unlawful mischief TOTAL CALLS 168 8/13, 8:49 a.m., Vandalism, Park Pl. Officers Jon Cooper and Chris Grenier responded to the rec fields after town staff noticed the grass and topsoil had been disturbed. The officers documented the damage. There are no known witnesses or suspects. 8/13, 1:39 p.m., Juvenile Problem An out-of-control...

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