Month: May 2017

Passing the baton

Gisele McRae surveyed the assembled crew of middle and high school students in the Milton Middle School gymnasium on Friday, gripping a black metal music stand. The kids squinted at their sheet music, playing a few measures of the patriotic songs they prepped for the district’s annual Memorial Day assembly, held just before the long holiday weekend. “You all are so great,” McRae started with a glint in her eye. “I think you should take the next three days off.” She giggled as the students groaned and rolled their eyes with a smile. Even they knew the upcoming week...

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Shop talk: Legislators debrief session

Half of Milton’s congressional leadership and one Chittenden County senator debriefed at Colchester’s Vermont PBS studio last week following a tumultuous end to the legislative session. House minority leader Don Turner (R-Chittenden-10), House speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-Grand Isle/Chittenden) and Sen. Chris Pearson (D/P-Burlington) convened for the channel’s “Report from Montpelier” on Thursday, May 25, nearly a week after adjournment occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, May 19. The day before, Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the legislature’s recreational marijuana bill, and the shadow of his promised budget veto loomed large. The latter is the first-term Republican governor’s response...

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Return of the market: Milton Farmers Market opens June 8

The Milton Farmers Market kicks off next week with a free community dinner, live music and a slew of new vendors. The market will be held every Thursday from 3:30-7 p.m., June 8 – October 12 at the Hannaford plaza, but this year there are several exciting new additions to look forward to. Thanks to a Farmers Market Promotion grant from the USDA, the Milton Farmers Market, which is a project of the Milton Community Youth Coalition (MCYC), is looking forward to a record number of vendors, increased outreach and new programming for kids and families this year. New...

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Digging in, part two: UVM archaeology survey completed at Stannard House

The General Stannard House Committee took another step last week toward meeting Act 250 requirements and gaining approval to move ahead with renovations on the property. John Crock, director of the University of Vermont consulting archaeology program, and his four-student team completed a two-day survey last Thursday of the approximately 150 by 80-foot area on Route 7 – a known Native American site – where the committee hopes to build a parking lot. “The state required this work here because of the broad sensitivity in this area,” Crock said. “Nothing has been found related to the Native American occupation....

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Georgia man, MVU teacher denies sex-related charges

A Georgia man and former Missisquoi Valley Union high school teacher pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and sexual exploitation of a child in Franklin County Superior Court on Tuesday morning. Darren Haynes, 47, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of both felony charges. Police arrested Haynes on May 26. According to Northwest Unit for Special Investigations Detective Trooper Drew Cota’s affidavit, Haynes did not deny the allegations. Haynes allegedly rubbed a 15-year-old MVU student’s leg and slapped her buttocks, and, later, attempted to entice her into performing a...

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