Author: Colin Flanders

Milton man regains stride after life-altering crash

He’s still running through Milton in his neon green jacket that stands out against the grays and browns of a delayed spring. He’s still getting his hands dirty in the yards of his tree care clients. He’s still smiling: A big, hallmark smile that’s defined him for years. Change isn’t always visible, like how the miles don’t come as easy, and the memories are harder to keep and the words are bit more elusive. But some things are different now, and Maxwell Curtiss knows it. … The day of July 19, 2017 had gone like so many others. Curtiss...

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Locals honored for heroism in near drowing

A group of Milton and Essex residents were honored at Founders Memorial School last month after they saved a young boy from drowning. Students Julian Ercole, Liam Kang and Abigail and Zachary Jackman were joined by parents on stage during a packed assembly March 30 to receive life-saving awards from Essex emergency departments, recognizing their heroic efforts on January 27 in Hartford, Conn. There for a gymnastics meet, the four kids were swimming in the hotel pool when other children from a birthday party joined them. At one point, some of the Vermont parents started to notice one boy...

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New beginnings

Milton football undefeated amid season full of change Jim Provost sat alone in the Milton high school locker room, clipping stacks of laminated sheets he’d soon distribute among his players. Meanwhile, assistant coaches watched as the football team ran through pre-practice calisthenics, a playful banter detected above the click of bouncing shoulder pads. Nothing extraordinary jumped out from last Thursday’s scene, but after a season full of changes, even the routine can feel luxurious.  “Everything is new. It’s literally like learning a new language. Even these were new to them,” Provost said, waving the stack of play sheets. In...

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Milton F. Knapp

COLCHESTER – Milton F. Knapp, 97, died peacefully Wednesday morning, Sept. 6, 2017 at the Starr Farm Nursing Home in Burlington. Milton was born Oct. 21, 1919 in St. Johnsbury, the son of Geraldus and Florence (Tubbs) Knapp. On Oct. 6, 1942, he married Anne Lane Clifford in St. Johnsbury Center. He worked for many automobile dealerships in the St. Johnsbury area and the New England Power Company at Comerford Dam before retiring in 1988. Milton served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post # 91 in Colchester. Milt...

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Dick McGrath

GEORGIA – Richard J. “Dick” McGrath, 75, passed away on Sept. 7, 2017 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on June 4, 1942, the son of James and Edith (Laird) McGrath. They later moved to Massapequa Park, N.Y., where he graduated from Massapequa High School in 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On Aug. 21, 1965, he married Darelle “Dee” Mansfield in Massapequa Park. Richard was employed in the electrical field as a master electrician and...

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