Author: Courtney Lamdin

Prosecutor expects resolution in football case

Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan expects to wrap up the Milton High School football hazing and assault case by December 10, the five defendants’ next calendar call, he said in court Wednesday morning. The prosecutor wouldn’t specify details of an offer or if the defendants will change their pleas, only saying, “We’re in the process of negotiating.” The update comes three months after five former Yellowjackets were charged with simple assault following allegations they sodomized former teammates with wooden objects during the 2011-12 seasons. Brandon Beliveau, Ryan Carlson, Colby Darling, William Jenkins and Brian Lasell, all graduated now, pleaded...

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Military hero finds sweethearts in students

Rick Yarosh undoubtedly looks unlike most people Milton Elementary School students see every day. More than 60 percent of Yarosh’s body was covered with second and third-degree burns when his military truck hit an improvised explosive device and caught aflame. The blast, on Sept. 1, 2006 in Iraq, caused him to lose part of his leg, both ears, his nose and multiple fingers. He stood in front of the gym on Tuesday, Veterans Day, packed with third, fourth and fifth-graders with his service dog, Amos, lying at his feet. “I look different, right?” he asked, and the audience agreed....

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In ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ old story is brought to new life

The story of Jesus’ crucifixion is a familiar one, but Milton High School Drama Department’s retelling comes with a lot more guitar. The 50-member cast and crew will produce Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” next week, a rock opera that’s a clear departure from the charm of the troupe’s prior fall productions, “Grease” and “Spamalot.” “There’s nothing sweet about this musical,” Director Paul Curtiss said. The 1970 passion play generally follows the Gospels’ account of Jesus’ last week of life but explores themes not found in the Old Testament, some which have upset religious critics of the Broadway...

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Love for aviation leads to service

As a boy, John Hoyt made nearly 60 toy airplanes. He’d fling them into flight with the flick of a rubber band, and they’d soar sometimes for four minutes before landing again. This was the simple fun found by Hoyt, a farm boy who grew up on Milton’s Lake Champlain shore in the 1930s, when his father operated Cold Spring Camp, a tourist destination until its closure in 1994. Today, part of that land forms Eagle Mountain, a conserved property gifted by the Hoyts to the town in 1998. As children, Hoyt and his sister, Gladys, spent their summers...

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Serving those who served

What services are available for those who served? It’s Dennis Hamel’s job to answer that question every day. An outreach specialist with the Vermont Veterans and Family Outreach Program, he works with up to 15 veterans weekly, making sure they can access the benefits afforded for their service. Created in 2007 through Vermont National a Family Programs, the program is staffed by veterans, most of whom saw combat. Hamel, a Milton resident, served 24 years in the Army and Guard. He’s worked for the outreach program for six years, covering Chittenden and Lamoille counties. “I had been the military...

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