Author: Courtney Lamdin

Meet the Grand Isle-Chittenden primary candidates

Seats for this year’s August primary are unchallenged in the Grand-Isle Chittenden House district, which serves the Champlain Islands and part of Milton. Incumbent House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and her seatmate, Ben Joseph – both Democrats – will face Republicans Leland Morgan and Michael Morgan in the general election November 6. So voters can get to know the candidates before then, the Milton Independent posed them a series of questions, giving a 400-word limit to split between three answers. They were also asked to provide a short biography. Another round of questions will be posed before the general election....

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Mini animal farm opens on Mears Road

Every morning, Sharon Whittle has to pinch herself to believe it: Her childhood dream really did come true. Whittle is the operator of The Miniature Farm at 121 Mears Rd., home to mini horses, chicks, bunnies and goats. She moved there in May, after years of pining for a stable of her own. The mini-farm boasts that and more: As soon as you turn up the gravel driveway, you’re greeted by a flock of Canada geese splashing in a pond. Up the hill is an impressive white farmhouse with columns and gables. The sprawling compound is rounded out with...

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Parties sign settlement for sand pit

Neighbors of a permitted sand pit operation on McMullen Road have signed a settlement agreement with the business operators and the town to address noise and safety, court documents show. Members of the Winter Lane Homeowners Association have been opposed to J&M Sand’s pit since it was proposed back in 2015. The town’s development review board approved an updated plan in April 2017, but the HOA appealed this ruling to the Environmental Court, saying the town didn’t properly warn the new hearing. The HOA concurrently appealed the project’s Act 250 permit. Approved June 22, the settlement amends the Act...

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Meet the Chittenden-10 primary candidates

Seats for this year’s August primary are unchallenged in the Chittenden-10 district. Incumbent Chris Mattos and newcomer John Palasik, a Milton selectman, will feature on the Republican ticket come November. Then, only one Democrat – Todd Buik – will challenge for one of two seats. So voters can get to know the candidates, the Milton Independent posed them a series of questions, giving a 400-word limit to split between three answers. They were also asked to provide a short biography. Another round of questions will be posed to the primary victors before the general election. Next week’s Indy will...

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Police log: Wednesday, July 11 – Tuesday, July 17

WRITTEN WARNINGS 57 TICKETS 6 Speeding 4 Using portable electronic device 1 Operation on approach of emergency vehicle 1 Stop sign 2 Uninsured vehicles 1 Motorcycles – headgear 1 Operating without license 2 Unregistered vehicles 2 Uninspected vehicles ARRESTS 4 Driving with criminally suspended license 1 DUI, 2nd and subsequent 1 Violation of release conditions 1 DUI, criminal refusal 1 Negligent operation 1 Excessive speed TOTAL CALLS 217 7/11, 9:40 a.m., Public Assist, Route 7 at Boysenberry Dr. While on patrol, Cpl. Jason Porter observed a daycare group waiting to cross the roadway. He stopped traffic to ensure the...

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