Month: February 2015

Milton skates into semifinals, 7-1

HIGHGATE — The Milton and Missisquoi hockey teams had faced each other three times this season, each a fingernail-biting one-goal game. Everybody’s fingernails remained intact in Wednesday’s playoff game, as Milton cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Thunderbirds. The Yellowjackets came ready to play and scored 27 seconds into the game. Hunter Goodwin tipped in a point shot by Nick Goodrich to give Milton the early lead. The T-Birds had a chance to tie a couple minutes later when Zach Dezotelle went after a loose puck sitting in the crease as a Milton penalty was ending. Liam Fersing...

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Bucking the trend

North Country Saloon may have opened on Friday the 13th, but owner Scott Levy is looking to break a curse. On the corner of Route 7 and Middle Road, Milton’s newest eatery is housed in a building that carries a stigma of frequent tenant turnover. The space has seen a number of ill-fated restaurants in recent years, including TNL’s, Roadside Tavern and most recently Vermont Thai Restaurant, which closed last March despite favorable reviews. “I didn’t know that,” Levy said, laughing. New to Vermont with a dream of opening a bar and restaurant, all he saw driving past 216...

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Manager hiring committee to convene

The committee tasked with finding Milton’s next town manager will formally meet next month to begin winnowing applicants. The selectboard officially appointed Vice Chairman John Gifford to lead the group, which is comprised of six other men, the majority with prior or current service on local boards. The group is: Michael Boisjoli, local businessman and former school trustee; Tony Micklus, Milton Business Association president and economic development and planning commissioner; Michael Morgan, Air Guard colonel and de facto town moderator; Lou Mossey, Air Guardsman and former longtime selectman; Jay Mitiguy, former planning commission alternate and John Palasik, recently retired...

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Candidates outline views at forum

Miltonians seeking seats on local boards  joined Lake Champlain Access Television and the Milton Independent for a set of Town Meeting candidate forums last week. The third annual forums quizzed candidates from Milton on February 16; no one from Georgia responded to our invitation. Moderated by LCATV Director Kevin Christopher, the forums featured Lori Donna and Julia Hoover, both aiming for a three-year term on the school board, and John Cushing and Ken Nolan, both seeking a one-year seat on the selectboard along with Brenda Steady, who was unable to make it. See a summary of her viewpoints on...

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Indy wins 7 awards

Milton and Georgia’s hometown paper again earned regional reporting and advertising awards this year. The Milton Independent brought home seven awards, the most in editor Courtney Lamdin’s tenure, from the New England Newspaper and Press Association annual banquet in Boston last weekend. The Indy won: 1st Place: Newspaper-Sponsored Promotion, for the rollout of the Monster Mile fun run; 2nd Place: Courtney Lamdin, Transportation Reporting, for a piece following a ridealong with town plow driver Bruce Trombly; 2nd Place: Courtney Lamdin, Local Personality Profile, about Milton High School teacher Peter Wyndorf’s innovation; 2nd Place: Abby Ledoux, Environmental Reporting, for a...

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