Month: November 2017

Gov. calls to level fund budgets

As budget season kicks off, Gov. Phil Scott sent a letter to Vermont education leaders last week detailing his call for school districts to level-fund per pupil spending in fiscal year 2019. “At the end of the day, I will not support any legislation that authorizes state spending to grow faster than the rate of growth in the economy and wages,” Scott wrote in his four-page letter. Over the past six years, he estimated average state economic and wage growth to be 2.5 percent. Across the state, boundaries for per pupil spending must be developed, he wrote. Last year,...

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Horse barn draws support after fire

In the days following a devastating fire at a performance horse barn, the Milton community and beyond has rallied behind the cause to rebuild. An online fundraiser for $25,000 has raised nearly half its goal in only two days to support Erin Longworth Performance Horses, a 35-plus-stall operation that offers lessons, camps and more, owned by Erin and Lindsay Longworth. Milton police responded to the fire at 276 Westford Rd. at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. Milton Fire Department crews stopped the flames’ spread to the main portion of the barn, a press release said. According to the GoFundMe...

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Food shelves stay busy year round

“Around the holidays we are doing fine, but last month I can tell you we had a week when we had two cans of soup on our shelves,” said Kelly Hughes, manager of the Milton Family Community Center’s food shelf last week. “I was doing food pleas to the community. I was saying to myself, ‘I can’t do this again.’ How many times can you legitimately say, ‘Our shelves are empty, please help,’” she said. In 2011-2012 MFCC served 221 families or just over 700 individuals, and in 2015-2016 it served nearly 330 families or 900 individuals. These numbers...

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Milton’s Hannaford gets pre-order option

Grocery shopping in Milton just got a whole lot more convenient.     On November 9, the town’s Hannaford Supermarket gained a new to-go option, letting residents order groceries from the comfort of their living room couch. “We’ve gotten very positive feedback, and we’re really excited about it,” Milton’s Hannaford To Go assistant manager Scott Bassett said. Hannaford To Go now has 41 New England locations, five of which are in Vermont. For an extra $5, the feature allows shoppers to create an account on the store’s website, choose desired products and allocate a pick-up time between 9 a.m....

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Milton Independent plans 5th annual tree lighting

When it was the weekend after Thanksgiving, and the Milton Independent still didn’t have a tree for our 5th Annual Milton Community Tree Lighting, we were a little worried. But once again, Miltonians came through in a true Christmas miracle. This year’s tree lighting is set for Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Hannaford plaza. And thanks to Milton developer and businessman Billy Sawyer, there will be a tree to light. Sawyer said Don Turner – acting in his capacity not as town manager but as the Indy’s helper-extraordinaire for the annual lighting – approached him after...

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