Month: November 2016

Amelia L. Deforge

MILTON – Amelia Laura Deforge, 96, formerly of Winooski, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Nov. 19, 2016 at the home of her niece, Nancy Hayes, in Milton where she had made her home for the past three years. Laura was born Jan. 19, 1920 in West Rutland, the daughter of the late George J. and Amelia Payne Deforge. At age 2, her family moved to Colchester where she attended a one-room elementary school. She graduated from Winooski High School, Class of 1937. Amelia worked for Shelburne Industries for many years, retiring in 1985. She loved camping, bowling, gardening, playing...

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Save the date for 4th annual tree lighting

Well, the snow has started to fall, and as unbelievable as it may be, the Christmas season is nearly upon us. As such, plans for the 4th Annual Milton Independent Community Tree Lighting are well underway, and already, the community has generously made sure the event will go smoothly. The Independent started the tree lighting four years ago after realizing Milton needed an event to bring people together during the holidays. And gather, they did: More than 300 people attended last year’s lighting, bringing endless cheer to make up for the lacking snow. This year’s event is set for...

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Tots tell us how to cook a turkey

Sue Tougas’ kindergarten class at Georgia Elementary & Middle School tells us … If I had to cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family, this is what I would do: I would turn on the oven and make it a little bit hot. I would make chocolate chip pie, blueberry pie and a raspberry pie. I would go the grocery store and get a medium turkey and cook it after the pies were done. We could eat berries and carrots and celery. My whole family would go outside and play tag after dinner. -Bella I would go hunting with Dad and shoot a turkey...

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Filabot recognized for success

Five years after he quit college to start his own business, Tyler McNaney has one big regret: not dropping out sooner. His Barre-based plastic extrusion and 3D printing business, Filabot, has recently earned him a “Rising Star” award from the Vermont Business Magazine and the Best Small Business Award from the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation. “It’s cool to be recognized as a growing business,” said McNaney, a Milton native. Filabot was born out of boredom five years ago in McNaney’s Milton home. Always a tinkerer, McNaney assembled Filabot with the goal of making filament – the thin, plastic...

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VNA: Living until you die

Donni Caggiano quietly slipped into the hallway at the McClure-Miller VNA Respite House last Tuesday. Her mother, lying in a mechanized bed, turned her head slightly. Her eyes fluttered open, then firmly shut. “Today is a bad day,” Caggiano said, shutting the door softly behind her. Caggiano hails from Watertown, Mass., but has been spending her days in the Colchester end-of-life, or hospice, care facility this week. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer four and half years ago and received treatment at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Just weeks ago, doctors found tumors metastasized in her brain. Faced...

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