Author: Kaylee Sullivan

Board discusses superintendent search

School board members began discussing next steps for a superintendent search last week as Ann Bradshaw’s June 2018 departure looms. Community members, teachers and students lent their input at the board’s Wednesday, Jan. 10 meeting. One thread rung true among all comments: the desire for an open process. “We have the school board elections coming up, we have a superintendent search, so right here is our chance to really do this right for the [students] in Milton,” 12-year teacher Joe Smith said. Smith said honesty, setting positive examples for students and collecting input from residents throughout town are all...

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Residents to vote on dispatch consolidation

Milton residents will have a say on Town Meeting Day if the town’s emergency dispatch services should join a regional center, a measure the selectboard approved Monday night. The vote to add the item to this year’s ballot comes after an almost yearlong debate amongst area officials, who say consolidation would shorten emergency response time by 71 seconds. Members voted 4-0 to add the measure to this year’s ballot. Vice-chairman Ken Nolan, who has expressed stark concern on the matter, was not present. “We’ve talked about it in far as depth as we can go,” selectboard member John Cushing...

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Visually impaired artist makes beautiful paintings

Christina Lesperance is a master of all trades. Ornate paintings of all breeds line the walls of her Westford Rd. home, as do stained glass masterpieces, treasured woodwork, self-made architecture and the sculpture of a human body. “Once you get the bug, it’s hard to stop,” Lesperance said with a smile, laughing shyly. The 62-year-old’s painting adventure began in 2012, when she picked up her late mother’s brushes. She’s self-taught, she noted, pointing to an award-winning watercolor painting of a man and draft horse hanging on her living room wall — her second-ever piece. At first, it seemed hard...

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Two hospitalized in Route 7 collision

A Milton man was hospitalized earlier today after a head-on collision on Route 7’s Lake Arrowhead causeway, Milton police said in a news release tonight. Taylor Smith, 26, was traveling north when he crossed the centerline and struck St. Albans resident Bruce Hill, 40, in the southbound lane, the release states. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles until rescue crews extracted them and transported them to the University of Vermont Medical Center, police said. Smith’s 2011 Kia Sportage and Hill’s 2011 GMC pickup sustained “significant damage,” the release said. For two hours, Route 7 between Main Street and...

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Public works supervisor Dustin Keelty nets national award

The man of the hour, public works supervisor Dustin Keelty, was in tears. Surrounding him were a sea of proud supporters, decked in navy blue shirts emblazoned with “Keelty Strong,” that matched his emotion. At a selectboard meeting in the town offices’ community room on December 18, Keelty received a 2017 Special Achievement Award from the American Public Works Association for his skillful management of the town department. “Thank you guys very much. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without …” Keelty trailed off, before regaining composure. “… everybody in this room.” Soon, his wife and two...

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