Month: April 2015

Early lead vanishes against Rice

The Milton baseball team opened up its game against Division I Rice on a strong note last Saturday afternoon. But after building a 3-1 lead after one inning, things went downhill for the Yellowjackets in the second. Rice plated nine runs in the second inning behind nine hits and two errors to take a big lead and never looked back on its way to a 15-5 win over Milton. “We shot ourselves in the foot that inning,” Milton coach John Learned said. “We gave them too many outs that inning, and that set the tone for the rest of...

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Yellowjacket softball wins two of three

The first inning of Milton’s 7-3 softball victory over the Lyndon Institute Vikings set the stage for what would prove to be a sloppy game all around. With rain complicating conditions in the April 21 contest, the Vikings struck in the top of the first inning, drawing three straight walks and then scoring runs on a passed ball and a ground ball. Down two runs, Milton quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning, also taking advantage of its opponent’s miscues. With the bases loaded and one out, Shyanna Abell walked to force Katie Rayner home from third....

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New budget vote nigh

After a marathon meeting Monday night, Milton’s School Board is inching closer toward approving a new fiscal year 2016 budget since the original failed on Town Meeting Day. The board plans to formally approve a $27.57 million proposal for a June 23 vote at a special meeting Thursday night, a 4.74 percent increase in education spending, or 7.01 percent overall budget increase. This compares to the failed budget’s 6.12 and 8.19 percent increases, respectively. Based on an estimated $1.4171 tax rate, maximum taxes for a $280,000 home would be $3,967, about $53 less a year than the original budget,...

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Jordan’s Bill moves through House

The House Judiciary Committee voted out a bill on Tuesday that, if passed by both legislative bodies, will strengthen reporting procedures for suspected child abuse. S.9 will close loopholes in the mandated reporting law, exposed to public scrutiny last summer when law enforcement discovered Milton school officials didn’t report allegations of sexual assaults on the football team in 2011-12. This larger bill contains language from H.41, or Jordan’s Bill, named for the late Jordan Preavy, a Milton High School student who committed suicide in 2012 following the abuse. Preavy’s family has transitioned from victims into advocates, teaming with Milton...

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Perennials pretty town offices

Rhys Christenson didn’t exactly volunteer to plant flowers at Milton’s town offices on a 30-something-degree Saturday morning. “My mom signed me up without telling me,” he said. “It’s not the best day to plant, but it’s fun.” Rhys, 11, was one of 15 residents – voluntary or not – who planted a dozen varieties of perennials at the newly established municipal gardens that front Bombardier Road. As snow pellets floated to the ground, no one complained, digging holes with vigor and carefully placing plants into the just-thawed earth. The project was made possible with a $5,000 budget allotment for...

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