Month: June 2016

Coming full circle

For 25 years, a three-foot high silver milk jug has sat in the Hiltebeitels’ basement. The kids messed with it every so often, but luckily, Patty Hiltebeitel tucked it away for safekeeping since this year, another Milton child was destined to open it. The jug is actually a time capsule sealed in July 1991, when Harley Alger was just six days old. Back then, Milton’s bicentennial committee, formed to celebrate 200 years of Vermont statehood, decided a child born that year would open the capsule 25 years later, in 2016. This July 4th, just weeks before Harley turns 25,...

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Beach gets a boost

A series of small upgrades to Georgia Beach this summer add up to what manager Kerry Burke hopes is a renewed interest in the town’s lakefront property. Renovated in 2014, the boat launch saw a brand new dock installed at the beginning of this month. Though identical to the structure it replaced, the new dock is much sturdier, safer and more attractive, Burke said. “There’s been lots of positive comments,” he added. “[Visitors] appreciate that we have something safe.” The selectboard approved purchasing three sections of dock, each between 16 and 18 feet, at the end of May. With...

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Police: Milton company loses $100k to embezzlement

A Colchester man is accused of fraudulently racking up more than $100,000 worth of building materials and manual labor from his former employer, police said. Colchester police say Randy Berard, 33, was the construction project manager for JJ Jimmo Development in Milton since 2008. He left in April of this year to begin his own company. Police say dating back to 2014, Berard used his former employer’s staff for independent side jobs while also ordering building materials using his employer’s accounts through local vendors. The vendors would then send invoices to JJ Jimmo Development for the building materials, who...

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‘A trailer park graduation’

Catamount Industrial Park in Milton is home to two new buildings as of last week after a ceremonial “trailer park graduation.” NG Advantage and J.P. Noonan General Transportation can now begin to fully settle into the park. For the past three and a half years, compressed natural gas company NG Advantage worked out of onsite trailers. By the end of the month, it hopes to move its dispatch and operation center and offices into the newly constructed building. To celebrate, nearly 75 people including employees, families and business partners gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 23....

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Truck strikes barn, driver reported safe

A truck crashed and burned on Vermont Route 207 in Swanton last Sunday. Vermont State Police said Rene Lafromboise, 62, of Milton was driving along the route around 3:30 p.m. when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. Lafromboise drove off the road, broke a utility pole and crashed into a nearby barn, and his truck catching fire. Flames engulfed the vehicle, which was already totaled from the crash. Lafromboise only received minor scrapes and bruises because he was wearing his seatbelt and the airbags deployed, according to police. Police said speed, drugs and alcohol weren’t factors in this...

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