Year: 2016

Neoma Paquette

MILTON – Neoma June “Lee” Paquette, 78, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester. Lee was born on Sept. 11, 1938 in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of   George and Lucille (LeClaire) Murray. She worked for IBM for many years and for the Country Pantry in Fairfax before retiring. Lee loved watching the Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR races and had a strong affection for cows. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Nola Murray; by her niece, Emilie Levesque, and her daughter, Haley; by her nephew, Kenneth Murray, all of Townsend, Mass.; by her dear...

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2016: Year in review

  As 2016 comes to a close, the Milton Independent is pleased to reflect on another year. For us, it’s been one of major change. We’ve taken over the helm of two other weekly papers in our group, which has altered our positions drastically. But we’re still your local paper, delivering news on the people, places and things that make Milton unique. We’re honored to tell this little-big-town’s story year after year. Biggest headlines As in the two years prior, one of 2016’s top stories was Milton High School’s football hazing scandal and its related fallout. One major arc...

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Finding Milton’s hidden Christmas tree

“You’ve gone too far.” After 40 minutes of scouring Milton for the hidden “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree, I was relieved by the subtle hint. I glanced down at my car’s thermometer: 8 degrees. Idling in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot on Route 7, I clutched my phone in one hand and a pen in the other. “OK,” I said to a fellow reporter on the other end. “Give me one more tiny hint.” * * * Late Monday morning, I set out determined to find the 4-foot soft pine without any clues. I left the brown loafers I usually...

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Milton PD completes Operation Fire Cuffs

Smiles abounded last Thursday at the University of Vermont Medical Center as children gathered with police officers, firefighters, Champ and the big man himself – Santa. Milton Officer Ed Larente was among the 50 or so personnel from around the state who helped collect toys and gifts from the community for the children’s hospital as part of Operation Fire Cuffs. Before heading to the hospital, where he had the opportunity to go up to the children’s wing and deliver the toys, Larente made his rounds around town for a couple last minute gifts. He stood in the waiting area...

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In Loving Memory of Joseph Mazza III

Joe, You were with us for such a short span, God took you as you were becoming a man. When you left for work that morning, none of us knew our farewells should have been longer, for that’s the last time we’d ever see you. No one knows how the accident happened, and I guess we never will. We only know that we loved you then, and we love you still. They said at the time that our hurt would heal, But no one knows the loss and pain we still feel. A day doesn’t pass when we’re not...

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