Month: September 2017

Crews battle smoky fire at Georgia salvage yard

Billows of smoke wrapped around the trademark wind turbines that frame Georgia’s horizon as first responders entered their fifth hour on scene at a salvage yard fire this morning. The first tones went out just after 4 a.m. when a caller reported lots of smoke and, later, 60-foot flames near where tires are stored on B&B Road off Sandy Birch. Georgia Fire responded to find a fully involved fire into the woods, assistant chief Jamie Cota said. “With the material we have right now, it’s been very time consuming,” he said. An excavator pulled material away so firefighters could...

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Turner signs manager contract

After being named the selectboard’s only candidate for the job, Don Turner Jr. is officially Milton’s new town manager. His contract became official September 18. As per the town charter, the contract is indefinite but includes a provision to reassess compensation at Turner’s hire date, listed as June 20, or when the board identified him as the preferred and only candidate. The contract provides a $105,000 annual salary, the amount former manager Donna Barlow Casey would have made this fiscal year had she stayed, selectboard chairman Darren Adams confirmed. As expected, the contract addresses what Adams called “the hat...

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Wagar settles in as interim AD

Trading floor hockey sticks and kickballs for a desk and laptop, eight-year physical education teacher Trevor Wagar has a new challenge as interim athletic director: Sitting. Wagar, on a one-year professional development leave from his usual job, has played an active role in Milton athletics, coaching boys lacrosse and hockey since 2010. When administrators pushed him to apply for the interim job this summer, he followed suit. “I’m the same face the kids know, and the people, teachers, community members and parents know,” he said. “That transition, I think, made it easy for people, and for me.” Wagar said...

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Trustees launch communications committee

With two recent additions to the Milton School Board, trustees reorganized their committee assignments last week, simultaneously adding a communications group. The latter committee, aimed at increasing dialogue between the board and community, tacks onto the historic facilities, finance, policy and negotiation teams. “[The goal] is to try to figure out a way to get information to people,” board vice-chairwoman Cathy Vadnais said. “And also to get an idea of what people want.” Vadnais will sit on the committee, along with new appointees Mike Joseph and Greg Burbo. This summer, residents repeatedly questioned the district and board’s transparency, demanding...

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School unveils equity initiative

Following a summer of racial turmoil, superintendent Ann Bradshaw unveiled the workings of a new equity initiative for the Milton Town School District this month.  First brought to the Milton School Board’s attention on September 14 and again on the 21st, Bradshaw outlined the initiative, which is in its beginning stages. The plan addresses long and short-term goals, the latter which includes professional development and hosting a community forum on race. “It’s really not just a school issue; it’s a community issue,” Bradshaw said, inviting all community members to the discussion for which a date is yet to be...

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