Month: April 2016

Barbara MacNutt Hutchins

Barbara Maire MacNutt Hutchins, known lovingly to her family as The Matriarch, died peacefully in her St. Albans home on April 23, 2016, surrounded by three generations of her descendants. Barbara was born on June 24, 1927, in Boston, the only child of Ernest T. MacNutt and Willena S. MacNeil. She graduated from Medford High School in 1945 and the Burdett Business School in 1948. For 25 years, Barbara directed the Religious Arts Guild and the Worship Arts Department at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She donated her time and talents to youth choirs, PTA, the Doolittle Home in Foxboro,...

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A ride to remember

One little boy had a memorable Maple Festival experience thanks to the Georgia Fire Department. GFD deputy chief Jamie Cota had a special passenger in his tanker for the annual parade in St. Albans last Sunday: 4-year-old Asher Lawrence of Fairfax. Like most kids his age, Asher loves fire trucks, but unlike his peers, he is in a wheelchair for life. Asher suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder affecting voluntary muscles. Caused by a gene mutation, the disease prevents muscles from receiving signals from nerve cells, resulting in loss of mobility and physical strength. The organization Cure...

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Milton lax trains with Vt. Guard

Members of the Vt. Army National Guard’s Bravo Company 572nd Engineers conducted leadership and teambuilding exercises with the Milton boys lacrosse team at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho earlier this month. The Leaders Reaction Course is a series of team-based obstacles meant to bolster camaraderie and compel both physical and mental agility from...

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Letter: Highway crewmembers’ quick action saves historic Main St. building

I wanted to recognize the Milton highway crewmembers for their quick action. On Friday April 15 at approximately 3:30 p.m., while returning to the highway garage, they noticed smoke coming from the northeast rear corner of the historic Clark Memorial building located at 3 Main Street. They immediately responded to the building, fire extinguishers in hand, evacuated the building, called the fire department and proceeded to deploy all of their fire extinguishers in an attempt to extinguish the fire. The fire, which appears was started by an improperly discarded cigarette, caught some adjacent debris and the building’s wooden siding...

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Vermont’s Johnny Appleseed

FRANKLIN – Ask Bill Mayo how it’s going, and he’ll tell you lately he’s felt more like a movie star than a storeowner. In addition to the Franklin General Store, Mayo and his wife, Sue, own the Sandy Bay Orchard, the home of a newly discovered breed of apple that might make the obscure, gated-off orchard more known. Russell Powell, president of the New England Apple Association, said Mayo’s so-called “Franklin cider tree” could be the only chance seedling – the result of unintentional tree breeding – ever patented in Vermont. This tree could prove highly valuable to the...

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