Author: Courtney Lamdin

CCTA sees steady ridership in Milton

Since service began in February, Chittenden County Transportation Authority’s Milton commuter bus has experienced ridership levels typical of a new route. According to numbers provided by CCTA planning manager Meredith Birkett, Milton’s route attracts an average 918 riders per month. March had the highest number with 1,049 people that dipped to 864 in April and 797 in May. Ridership increased to 857 in June, 948 in July and 995 in August. Numbers typically fall when people are on summer vacation, Birkett said. “The real test now is going to be September through May of next year, because that’s really...

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Milton PD seeks unwanted prescription pills

Got some old pain pills in your medicine cabinet? The Milton Police Department is asking you to turn them in this weekend. The effort is part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milton PD lobby. The program is anonymous, said Russell Harrington, Burlington DEA’s resident agent-in-charge. “No questions asked: just come and drop off your drugs, and be on your way,” he said. Both Harrington and Milton PD chief Brett Van Noordt said the program is to divert drugs like Oxycontin from...

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Residents brainstorm uses for Bove Property

The Thursday, Sept. 16 Bove Property public work session generated several ideas for recreational uses on the property but not without some controversy over motorized vehicles. Gail Henderson-King, a consultant with Lamoureux & Dickinson, opened the meeting with a presentation of the inventory, assessment and recommendations study performed this summer. The study showed several wetlands, the largest piece being in the Westford section of the property. The property also contains beaver dams and some Class 2, state-protected wetlands, Henderson-King said. The Bove Property also has various native plants, like pink lady slipper orchids and trillium, and more than 49...

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Milton artist re-creates historic statue Conn. park

Emily Bedard, 23, didn’t expect to receive her first art commission before she’d even graduated from art school. But when her professor approached her with a chance to re-create a historic statue, she couldn’t turn it down. “It’s really hard to get work as an artist, so I was just really thrilled to have the opportunity,” Bedard said. Bedard, now a graduate of Lyme Academy College of the Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Conn., recently remade the “Lady Liberty” statue that stands atop the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War monument at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. The original, built...

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Canadian company to expand into Georgia

A Montreal-based company will soon expand into Georgia Industrial Park, thanks to financing from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA).    Bariatrix, a manufacturer of nutritional products, received $1.08 million in financing from VEDA. The company will move from its 32,500 square-foot facility in South Burlington to a 56,000 square-foot building in the industrial park. Bariatrix has been in its current location for 20 years. Rod Egger, president of Bariatrix, said the facility is conveniently located near the interstate and near Colchester, Essex and Westford, where many of its current employees live. “Our employees are ecstatic with the choice,” Egger...

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