Author: Jacqueline Cain

Wedding contest salutes Milton couple

If Ric Volp could invite 22,000 people to his wedding, he would. That’s how many votes he and fiancée, Sienna Fontaine, received to win the 2014 Salute to our Soldiers grand prize wedding this month. But the Milton couple will happily stick to the 150-person guest limit for their October nuptials at the Barn at Boyden Farm. In fact, they’re thrilled with their entire prize package. More than 30 vendors from around the state, including caterers, florists and musicians, are offering their services to give Fontaine and Volp a storybook Vermont wedding, organized by Vermont Enchanted Events and VermontWeddings.com....

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Essay: Reflecting on community

Editor’s note: After three and a half years at the Milton Independent, Jacqueline Cain is heading back to her native Massachusetts at the end of the month. In my last few weeks as a Vermont resident, I had the most quintessential, small-town newspaper reporter experience, one anecdote that perfectly sums up the community and trust I’ve developed in my three-plus years reporting on Milton and Georgia. And it’s only fitting it happened during a snowstorm. It was the Wednesday evening commute, March 12, and heavy, wet snow had fallen all day. I was driving to road conditions along Route...

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School board members take on roles for year

Carl Laroe, the most senior Georgia School Board member, will again serve as chairman after the board reorganized at its meeting Tuesday, March 11. Newcomer Meghan Sweeney, who mounted a write-in campaign that netted 67 votes on Town Meeting Day, will be clerk of the board this year. The current trio that represents Georgia on the Franklin West Supervisory Union board – Laroe, Ben Chiappinelli and Kate Barnes – will continue that role. On board committees, Fred Grimm and Barnes will meet about transit issues. The Georgia school’s food service contract, held by the Abbey Group for at least...

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Fire damages Hobbs Rd. home

A fire caused extensive damage to a Hobbs Road home this morning, but Milton Fire Chief Don Turner said there were no injuries, and the building is salvageable. Milton, Georgia and Colchester fire departments all responded to the blaze, reported around 5 a.m. Wednesday. The home, at 26 Hobbs Road, is owned by Harry Barber. Both he and another adult escaped safely, Turner said. The American Red Cross assisted on scene. When the first crews arrived, flames were billowing out of the overhanging roof on the two-story home’s west side, Turner said. First responders entered and attacked the fire...

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Peewee A’s take state championship

Submitted by FRANK FLYNN A combined team of players from Milton and Missisquoi took to the ice this weekend and skated out with a win. The Milton Youth/Missisquoi Amateur team competed and won the Peewee A state championship against Woodstock in Middlebury on Saturday, March 8. To say it was a nail biter would be an exaggeration, but the two teams battled back and forth through three regulation periods, and at the end, found themselves tied 2-2. Both of the MYHA/MAHA goals were scored by Cameron Barnier. Braylen Parent assisted on the first, and Barnier scored the other unassisted...

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