Author: Kaylee Sullivan

Parents learn about e-cigarettes at Milton High School forum

By KAYLEE SULLIVAN For the Milton Independent Bubblegum, mango, strawberry, chocolate are all fruitful flavors that contrast with the stark, musty smell of cigarettes. But now, they’re the smell of nicotine, too. Among teenagers, smoking devices resembling pens, USB drives and inhalers are replacing conventional cigarettes. With appealing aromas and minimal smoke emission, detecting smoking is not as easy as it once was. Milton school administrators say this proposes a whole new challenge. As such, the district hosted a forum on vaping and e-cigarettes April 19 at the high school library. “We got caught this year without really seeing...

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One sweet maple sugar on snow party

Milton Town School District farm-to-school coordinator Keely Agan gave a sugar-on-snow demonstration to the second-grade Explorers team on Friday, March 16. Students learned the history behind maple sugaring and got to try the tasty treat. For some students, like the girl pictured below, it was their first time trying the taffy-like substance. “I don’t like it. I love it!” one student proclaimed, hands still sticky with syrup. Here are some pictures of Hillary Schmid and Lisa Reyell’s second-grade students relishing in some sugary fun. (Pickles were also included.) Photos by Kaylee Sullivan...

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Dragon brothers inducted into racing hall of fame

For Milton’s auto racing heroes Harmon “Beaver” and Bobby Dragon, winning awards is commonplace. Their basements are full of trophies big and small, plaques and helmets from victorious races and personal achievement awards spanning back to the mid-1950s. Last month, they headed to the podium yet again to collect another accolade. This time, they weren’t on Catamount Stadium’s old Milton track or in the winning circle at Barre’s Thunder Road, Plattsburgh’s Airborne Park or West Haven’s Devils Bowl speedways. Instead, they were in Daytona, Fla. being inducted into the Living Legends of Auto Racing Hall of Fame. That’s right...

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Racism response: Progress made, ‘long way’ to go

Last summer, a black Milton Middle School student reported her peer called her the N-word. The allegation touched off a veritable flood of similar reports. Parents stormed school board meetings. Teachers asked for more training on addressing racism. They wanted minority students to feel safe, because some said they didn’t. Almost a year later, stakeholders say there’s been progress but also endless miles to go. POWER OF VOICE Being a student of color in a predominately white community creates a complex dynamic. “It’s definitely different,” said Molly Gary, a biracial Milton High School sophomore. “You have all these people...

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Superintendent search quickly makes way

The search for a new Milton superintendent is quickly gaining traction. Survey results are in, and first-round interviews are completed. A screening committee of 12 community members interviewed applicants on Saturday, March 10 and is sending two or three candidates for second-round interviews with the Milton School Board. “We have some good options,” search consultant Daniel French said last week. The final candidates’ names won’t be released for confidentiality reasons, and the board interviews will occur March 19 in executive session, French said. Milton Town School District can expect a new superintendent to be named by April 1. Current...

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