Author: Abby Ledoux

Town announces death of selectboard chairman

Georgia Selectboard chairman Chris Letourneau, who led the board since 2014, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Friday, Oct. 13, the town announced Monday morning. He was 51. Letourneau was elected to the board upon his first run in 2012, and he was named vice-chairman that year. He served as chairman for the last three years. “Chris placed an extraordinarily high priority on the values of family and community and served Georgia with a blend of enthusiasm and pride,” the town said in a statement. Letourneau is survived by his wife of 29 years, Cheryl – Georgia’s town clerk...

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Homegrown: Anatomy of a heroin investigation

Much of Milton Police Department’s combatting of the opioid epidemic occurs behind the  scenes. Last month, that wasn’t the case. MPD had a big bust in one Jeffrey Drown, 36, arrested September 30 after an extensive investigation. Police found nearly 23 grams of heroin in Drown’s possession. They seized 890 blue, unmarked glassine bags from Drown’s car and arrested him for possessing, selling, transporting and trafficking heroin – four felony counts with the combined potential for 70 years in prison and more than $2.3 million in fines. Informants told police Drown, who lives in Milton with his wife and...

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‘The cat whisperer’

Georgia Eagle Scout candidate builds cat condos for FCAR Trey Uttecht has never met a cat he didn’t like. “Every cat I’ve met, I’ve gotten along with,” he said, noting even a mild allergy hasn’t hampered the bond. Even cats he’s warned will attack on approach “just start loving on me,” he added. “It’s really weird ¬– it’s weird but nice at the same time.” Trey, 15, may not fit the profile for a typical cat lover, but the Georgia teenager is rounding the corner on some milestones: He got his braces off, and he’s about to achieve Eagle...

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Georgia to study South Village Core once more

State offers $50k for transportation master plan By ABBY LEDOUX The town of Georgia will again study its South Village Core, but this time with a $50,000 kickback from the state. VTrans’ allocation “is not typical,” Northwest Regional Planning Commission assistant director Bethany Remmers said, and indicates the state values the town’s participation in planning for transportation needs. “Georgia is in a unique situation where we could fund this study with no local match from the town,” Remmers told the Georgia Selectboard at its Sept. 11 meeting. The $50,000 plus $10,000 already allocated in NRPC’s Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation Planning...

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Safari scenes

Milton artist depicts endangered species Just down the road from Milton Veterinary Hospital, no fewer than four lion statuettes greet visitors to Claudette Eaton’s home. Rendered in stone, the miniature beasts flank the drive and gaze out ceaselessly from the garden. The theme continues inside, where cats of all varieties – house and jungle included – can be spotted in every corner. It should come as no surprise, then, that Eaton counts animals as the chief inspiration for her art, now exhibited at Milton Public Library through the end of the month. “There’s just a nobility about them,” Eaton opined...

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