Author: Colin Flanders

Milton boys dominate 5K

BARRE — A veteran Milton team dominated the boys 5K cross country race September 6 at Millstone Mill, sweeping the top three spots and leading the Yellowjackets to first place among the four teams competing. Callie Parks of Missisquoi led a strong day for the local girls in the meet with Franklin County and Milton athletes taking the top 15 spots in a race that included host Spaulding and Mt. Abraham. BFA-St. Albans freshman Caitlyn Dasaro finished second behind the MVU junior with MVU’s Anna Brueckner third, Milton’s Angela Lazarro fourth and BFA’s Kayleigh Sweeney fifth. Mike Ferro led...

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After Hurricane Harvey, Texas pets find Vt. homes

Reese, a small Texas puppy, rested softly in the arms of Milton resident Elizabeth Sirrico last week outside Williston’s All Breed Rescue. She was one of 29 dogs adopted on September 7, notching an all-time high for the rescue. Across both the county and state, various efforts are working to bring animals from Texas rescues to Vermont households in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. As Reese headed home with her new family, other Vermonters awaited their foster animals traveling north. Earlier this week, through foster-based Pibbles and More Animal Rescue, Jackie Wheel of Essex Jct. picked up a mother...

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Details still uncertain, regionalized dispatch plan advances

A multi-town committee studying the implications of consolidating emergency dispatch operations in Chittenden County has debuted a draft charter, paving the way for the creation of a separate municipal entity. Residents in eight interested communities, including Colchester, Burlington, Essex, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski, will likely see the measure appear on their Town Meeting Day ballots in March 2018. Since the committee began meeting in January, many town reps have touted the effort as a service and financial win, saying a regional model could shorten emergency response times by an average 71 seconds, create a cost-efficient staffing...

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The fast and the furriest

Rounding the corner into Camp Dudley at Kiniya early Saturday morning, I saw it: A muscular woman sprinted across the dirt road and hoisted herself up a tall wooden wall with a grunt, a line of mud slicked across her cheek. Her dog shimmied through a hole at the base of the wall and sat patiently below in the drizzling rain as she steeled herself up for the jump to the ground. With a thud, the pair was off again — scaling another wall, then another. My folks, enlisted to snap some photos and cheer me on as I...

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Police investigating fatal crash on I-89

Vermont State Police say a 51-year-old South Burlington man died Monday morning after his delivery truck left Interstate 89 and hit a large tree. Police say Armelindo Marchesini wasn’t wearing a seatbelt when his truck crashed about a quarter-mile north of the Colchester/Milton exit, 17. He died at the scene and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the news release said. The incident, which occurred around 5:30 a.m., reduced traffic to one lane for about five hours while police investigated the crash and the vehicle was removed. Police say the area was graded for re-pavement...

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