Month: October 2016

FWSU Act 46 committee disbands

The Franklin West Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee met for the last time at BFA-Fairfax on Thursday night when they voted unanimously to disband after 10 months of work. The decision came after 90 minutes of discussion about how to proceed following nearly a year exploring how to merge under the landmark education law. The study culminated in presentations on two potential options at a well-attended meeting in Georgia two weeks ago. Then, the 10-member group split in half to discuss what it deemed the most viable pursuits for FWSU schools to satisfy the law: a three-town merger...

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Ethel Bedard

MILTON – Ethel P. Bedard, 90, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Ethel was born March 30, 1926 in Burlington, the daughter of Perley and Cornelia (Scribner) Gardner. She married Adelard “Pete” Bedard on Dec. 15, 1942 in the United Methodist Church in Burlington. They were married for over 63 years when Pete died in 2006. Ethel enjoyed going to the Arrowhead Senior Center and the Groovy Lunch Bunch. She loved crossword puzzles, yard sales and baking. She also loved watching the birds at her feeder, working in her garden and watching the Hallmark Channel....

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John S. Roberts

WORCESTER, Mass. – John Stephen Roberts, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester after an extended illness. Born in Haverhill, Mass., he graduated from Natick High School and resided in Durham, N.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Stony Brook, N.Y.; Braintree and for the past three years Shrewsbury, Mass. Summers throughout his life were spent on Drake’s Island in Wells, Maine. He was the son of the late Ivan & Evelyn (Wiffen) Roberts of Natick and Kennebunkport, Maine. John received a bachelor’s in zoology from Dartmouth College in 1959 and earned his...

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Turner, Hubert talk policy at forum

Facing no opposition, Milton’s incumbent lawmakers had a full half-hour last week for talking points at a candidate forum co-sponsored by Lake Champlain Access Television and the Milton Independent. Minority Leader Don Turner and Rep. Ron Hubert, both Republicans in Milton’s Chittenden-10 district, are seeking another term. Turner has served in the legislature for 11 years, six as the top House Republican, and Hubert was elected in 2009. At the Oct. 19 event, both candidates cited healthcare reform as a major reason to return to Montpelier, which led into moderator and LCATV director Kevin Christopher’s first question: whether the...

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District to implement active shooter drills

More than two-dozen parents gathered in the high school auditorium early last week to hear school resource officer Cpl. Scott Philbrook explain the building blocks of school safety drills. Most were familiar: clear the halls, lockdown, shelter in place and evacuate in the case of a fire or gas leak. But added to that list was a new model called ALICE, an acronym that instructs students to alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate during an active shooter event or terrorist attack. “What we’re trying to do here is take control of our safety,” Philbrook told parents. The training model,...

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