Month: March 2017

No injuries reported after car strikes bus

A Georgia school bus was struck by a car backing out of a driveway Thursday morning, but no one in either vehicle was injured, Vermont State Police said. Police reported Nikki Lavee, 19, of Georgia reversed a Ford Focus out of a driveway on Rounds Road in Georgia as a school bus driven by Cathy Boissonneault, 43, of St. Albans drove past to make rounds for school pickup. After it was struck, the bus continued for several more feet, which caused damage to the Ford’s rear left panel and trunk, a VSP press release said, and the bus was...

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‘Devoted to it’

Laurie Broe worked for the town of Georgia for half her life. That’s longer than she was married. And she’s lived in town longer than she’s lived anywhere else, including her neighboring hometown of Fairfax, where she attended high school. Broe joined the municipal payroll in 1989 and never looked back, rising to the rank of town clerk in 2002 following her predecessor Judy Greene’s retirement.   Now, it’s Broe’s turn to retire. This Town Meeting Day was her last as clerk; at the end of the month, she’ll leave the Town Common Road building for the first time...

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Chef Jackets win again

It’s another winning year for Milton Middle School’s Junior Iron Chef team, The Chef Jackets. The team bested its competition for the Lively Local award once again at the 10th annual Junior Iron Chef event, held Saturday, March 18 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Jct. The award is given to the team who best uses local ingredients, and the team’s winter vegetable curry, apple raita and homemade naan was full of them. The dish incorporated fresh butternut squash, parsnips, potatoes and cauliflower, all seasoned with a spicy mix of cumin, chili paste, garlic and ginger with some...

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School board approves $29M revised budget

After three weeks of deliberation, the Milton School Board approved sending a revised $29.2 million general fund budget to ballot at its meeting Monday night. The new plan – to be voted Tuesday, April 18 – represents a $565,204, or a 1.98 increase from the current fiscal year. On Town Meeting Day, voters shot down the board’s original $30.1 million proposal — a 5.45 percent, or $1.5 million increase — 1,038 to 677. The new proposal would decrease education spending per equalized pupil by almost half, from a 6.79 percent increase down to 3.56 percent over FY17, or $15,039...

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Fireworks business looks to open in town

Milton’s Development Review Board reviewed an application last Thursday that, if approved, would allow a business to sell consumer fireworks during the summer months. The conditional use approval request, submitted by Matthew Lavigne and William Kirk, asked the board to approve the use of approximately 11 acres owned by David Goodrich Properties located at 496 Route 7 South in the Checkerberry zoning district for temporary consumer fireworks sales out of a commercial display tent ending August 31. The hearing began with town planner Jeff Castle reading a letter submitted by adjacent landowner Michael McCormick urging the board to deny...

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