Author: Amanda Brooks

Vermonters benefit from land conservation

A new report from the Trust for Public Land reported that for every $1 invested in land conservation in Vermont, $9 is returned in natural goods and services. “This is the third highest return on investment we’ve seen among the dozen studies we’ve conducted in states across the country,” said Shelby Semmes, the TPL’s Vermont and New Hampshire state program director. The 900 percent return on investment in land conservation comes back to local municipalities in various forms of natural goods and services, the report said. The TPL report explained that conserving lands bolsters local economies directly in many...

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Milton celebrates Night Out

Despite the rain that sprinkled off and on, Miltonians gathered at the municipal complex last Tuesday, Aug. 7 for the annual National Night Out event to strengthen police-community ties. Photos by Amanda Brooks, Milton Independent...

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After legalization bill, medical cannabis company looks to grow

Tucked away in a corner of the Catamount Industrial Park just off Interstate 89, Champlain Valley Dispensary’s medical cannabis manufacturing operation is a quiet one, working in the background of the Milton community, just as they like it, executive director Shayne Lynn said. CVD didn’t even have a sign out front for the first year of operating in Milton and directed people to the business by indicating the building with “three flags out front,” Lynn explained. But things have changed since July 1, the date Vermont’s marijuana legalization bill became effective. Now that Vermonters age 21 and older can...

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State encourages stewardship

Tom Rogers began his lecture June 14 by explaining the sobering facts of global climate change and its negative impacts on wildlife. “Even if we get our act together and dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, based on what’s already happened, they’re projecting that our climate by 2090 will look more like northern West Virginia,” he explained. “Under the high emissions scenario, they’re predicting it to be more like the Smokey Mountain Range.” Rogers’ lecture, titled “Vermont’s Wildlife in a Changing Climate,” was part of an outreach program for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to promote habitat protection...

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Fishermen rescued at Milton Falls

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, Milton fire and police crews rescued a group on a Father’s Day fishing trip at the Milton Falls below Clark’s Dam. The group, which included a father, two young children, an older son and a friend, was fishing on the rocks in the river below the hydroelectric dam when the water level increased from a few inches to a few feet in about five minutes, according to Fire Chief Chris Poirier, who responded to the scene Sunday. Poirier said Green Mountain Power shuts off dams when they produce too much energy to avoid overloading the...

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