Month: August 2016

Neighbors memorialize late firefighter’s fatal crash site

A property owner’s act of kindness at the scene of a fatal car crash has offered some comfort to widow Christine Barton of Georgia. Barton’s fiancé, Leonard Delage, 32, was killed on July 5 when police say the car he was riding in left the road’s shoulder, struck a culvert and rolled into a field off Route 7 near the Georiga/St. Albans town line. While Delage died on scene, the car’s driver, 28-year-old Justin Hemond, also of Georgia, was critically injured. “This is just a tragic loss for our community,” Georgia town administrator Michael McCarthy said at the time. Over...

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Milton residents certified as peer advocates

As a 20-year old woman, Alaina Heisler had heard presentations about consent, sexual assault and harassment before. But it wasn’t until she transferred to Castleton University that she had an in-depth conversation about dating abuse or family violence. “It was a bit of a shock to think about your own family or your friends’ families and put the pieces together,” Heisler said. “[You] think, ‘Wow, my friends might have gone through some things that are more difficult than they even know.’” That feeling stuck with Heisler, and she decided to take action. After completing 40 hours of training in...

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Try-Town: Casting call

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of our “Try Town” series, in which Milton Independent, Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun reporters try activities available in our communities. Submit your suggestions to It was a bad day for fly fishing. Mid-day summer sun had heated Browns River to at least 72 degrees. That’s according to a thermometer Mark Wilde, a St. Albans fly fishing guide, found on the side of a riverbank years ago. It’s considered unethical to fish in such tepid waters, Wilde explained, making spring and autumn the ideal seasons for anglers. We drove a few miles...

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Georgia sets tax rate

Georgia’s 2016-2017 tax rate is down about a third of a cent from last year despite the town adding an extra $100,000 for legal fees. The selectboard set the town tax rate at $0.2745 at its Aug. 8 meeting, a $0.0033 decrease, or about 1.2 percent, from the 2015-2016 rate. Homeowners will be taxed $1.6145 per $100 of assessed property value. That includes the town portion plus the school’s base homestead tax rate of $1.3385 (up from last year) and the $0.0015 voter-approved exemption for disabled veterans. At $1.6 million, the actual dollar amount to be raised by taxes...

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Wednesday, Aug. 3- Tuesday, Aug. 9

WRITTEN WARNINGS 17 TICKETS 2 Driving with license suspended 1 Regulations in municipalities 1 Speeding 1 Using portable electronic device ARRESTS 2 Driving with criminally suspended license 1 Aggravated assault 1 DUI – 2nd and subsequent 1 DUI – 1st offense TOTAL CALLS 162 8/3, 1:55 a.m., Domestic disturbance, Route 7 Police charged 23-year-old Sean Depatie with aggravated assault and unlawful restraint after he punched someone in the face and ran from the scene. Officers were originally unable to locate Depatie and issued an arrest warrant; he later turned himself in. 8/3, 2:05 p.m., Public assist, Bombardier Rd. Officer...

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