Thomas A. Russell

Milton – Thomas A. Russell, 59, died peacefully early Saturday morning, Oct. 20, 2012 with his wife, Kathy, by his side. Tommy was born on December 9, 1952 in Burlington, the son of Leonard and Barbara (Paradee) Russell. He graduated from Milton High School in 1970. On Sept. 8, 1973, he married Katherine Lee Desranleau. He had served in the Army Reserves and was most recently employed by Home Depot as a tool technician. Tom had also worked for Vermont Transit and Cole’s Trucking for many years. Tom had a great love for woodworking and enjoyed making furniture for...

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Letters: Readers respond to Holly Bessette’s K9 letter

The majority of this week’s letters respond to a letter from Milton resident Holly Bessette, titled “Re: ‘Milton considers K9 program,’” which ran in the Oct. 11 issue of the Milton Independent.   Holly Bessette has clearly done the math about the Milton Police department. One hundred ten – 140 calls per week and 168 hours in a week does equal less than one call per hour. I’m sure that every officer would love to be able to handle a call in less than an hour. To get the investigating, paperwork, follow-up and just plain stupid stuff done in...

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Letter: Keep sidewalks clean

It seems that some Milton dogwalkers are not aware of the ordinance (Litter Ordinance, Section 3;b) requiring owners to pick up after their dogs. We often walk the Barnum Street, Herrick Avenue, Railroad Street loop and are appalled at the dog droppings next to or even in the middle of the sidewalks or along the school playgrounds. Dog feces are not only unsightly but a health hazard as well. Please pet owners, be responsible and curb your dogs on your own properties or at the very least, pick up and dispose of your pet’s waste properly. Nancy Bouffard Sandy...

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Letter: Supporting McAllister and Degree

I look forward to the new biennium in January with two new strong Republican state senators representing Franklin County in Montpelier.  Norm McAllister and Dustin Degree will bring not only legislative experience  but also a balance to the lopsided Vermont Senate. Norm is the guardian of agriculture in Franklin County and will bring his 10-year-long history of leadership on crucial issues with him to the Vermont State Senate. Dustin will bring his experience from both the executive and legislative branches of government to the Senate chamber. Most importantly, he will bring his high energy and enthusiasm to getting the...

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Letter: We need Jason Lee

We need Jason Lee, who will bring a fresh approach to our state government this year. He will work hard for everyone and listen to all points of view. He will provide a common sense approach to all our problems in the Vermont House and would use our tax money wisely and responsibly. Jason would like to identify and eliminate wasteful spending to create a balanced budget. Jason feels strongly about preserving and enriching Vermont’s natural resources, especially Lake Champlain, and challenges we face in protecting all our lakes and waterways. He would like to work on solutions to...

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