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Citizens rid Chitt. Co. streets of 800 lbs. of unwanted drugs

About 18 people brought unwanted prescriptions to Kinney Drugs in Milton over four hours on Saturday as part of the national Drug Take-Back Day, Police Cpl. Scott Philbrook said. He sealed the prescriptions then transported the drugs to a Drug Enforcement Agency drop-off location. More than 2,390 pounds of unwanted medication was collected from 59 locations around Vermont, Philbrook said. In Chittenden County, 815.4 pounds – including 61.6 lbs. from the National Guard and 9.6 lbs. from U.S. Marshals – was tallied, he...

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Dog alerts family to overnight blaze

Firefighters and the Red Cross helped another Milton couple early Tuesday morning after a fire devastated the home and garage at 11 Red Clover Way. But it is their family dog that deserves the pat on the back, Lt. Steve Burke said. The dog “came into the bedroom growling and barking and woke them up,” Burke said. “When they got up to see what the issue was, they could see lights [outside] and thought someone had pulled into the driveway. However, the front of the house was on fire.” Burke reiterated the climate is very dry this time of...

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3 fires tie up local responders

Local first responders were spread thin last Wednesday afternoon when three fires broke out in Milton and Georgia nearly simultaneously. A neighbor called Milton Fire Department just after 12:30 p.m. April 17 to report a structure fire on Clay Ridge Road, investigating Lt. Steve Burke said. Within 15 minutes, two more calls diverted firefighters’ resources. On Clay Ridge, two outbuildings were on fire and threatened the adjacent mobile home, Burke said. The storage structures, which contained a boat and a variety of large tools, were deemed a total loss. The homeowner, who was inside the home when the fire...

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Contract reached in Georgia

With additional reporting by Michelle Monroe, St. Albans Messenger More than a year after negotiations began, the Georgia teachers union and school board have agreed on terms of a new contract. The parties accepted the conclusions from a fact-finding report during a joint meeting Wednesday, April 10. Georgia Education Association members ratified it after school on Friday, President Brad King said, and the board will do the same this week, Franklin West Supervisory Union Superintendent Ned Kirsch said in an email to the Messenger. “The hard part is done,” said King, a 23-year middle school science teacher. The parties...

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Georgia food service vows change – for a price

The food served at the Georgia school won’t be dramatically different next year, but the provider has promised changes to please kids. At its April 2 meeting, the board answered the Abbey Group’s pleas for a year contract, a general fund allotment and two meal price increases. Abbey’s three-year agreement expires this year, but a provision allowed the board to renew it for another year without rebidding. The decision was counter to the board’s plans to explore an in-house food service program; the district earmarked $90,000 for that option at Town Meeting and will sit on those funds for...

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