Author: Kaylee Sullivan

Wings in the wind

“Are ya ready, honey?” Quietly contemplating if I should pay closer attention to the minuscule pit of nausea in my stomach or the lingering soreness in my cheekbones from smiling wide with thrilled anticipation, I soon realized my answer didn’t quite matter anymore. I was 1,300 feet off the ground, traveling 90 mph, and the green tops of trees and the ripple of the lake, and an essence of reality became increasingly distant. To my right, the bright synthetic green turf at The University of Vermont sparkled in the sun; to my left, the Shelburne Museum looked even more...

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Masks for Milton’s pets

Milton Fire Department is in for some new gear – but not for the firefighters: This gear is for the community’s pets. Emma’s Foundation for Canine Cancer is fundraising this weekend for pet oxygen masks to donate to Milton Fire and Rescue. Though the organization normally raises money for canine cancer, it’s switching up its philanthropic mission this month. “I’m a huge animal lover, especially dogs, after losing our dog Emma,” founder Tina Hatin said. “If there’s anything I can do to help, I’ll do it.” Hatin said she’s specifically passionate about helping animals trapped in fires – with...

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Shooting horseshoes for charity

A sunny Saturday brought fun and friendly competition to Milton by way of the Champlain Valley Horseshoe Club. On July 30, the group hosted a non-sanctioned horseshoe tournament to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. At day’s end, they raised about $850 for the cause. Twenty players entered the doubles tournament for $20 each, and attendees also enjoyed lunch, a silent auction, 50-50 raffle, free face painting and American Cancer Society merchandise for sale. About 15 others milled around to watch the games and support the cause. To boost the friendly atmosphere, players chose from a deck of cards to...

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State: Provost on the hook

  A Plattsburgh man accused of committing fraud at last year’s Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Derby appeared in court Thursday morning. Craig Provost, 44, pleaded not guilty to the felony offense of false pretenses in Vermont Superior Court – Criminal Division. The 10.26-pound walleye Provost claimed as his was actually caught by his derby teammate, James Braid, court documents show. Provost had purchased “cash extras” that Braid had not, LCI director James Ehlers told police, making Provost eligible for the extra rewards, Sgt. Michael Fish’s affidavit says. According to the document, the “cash extras” for a derby record...

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Barber’s leadership scouted in national pool

When more than 70 inches of snow downed Boston during snowstorm Marcus in winter 2015, two-thirds of the Vermont Army National Guard’s Bravo Company 522nd Engineer Battalion responded. The other third was on a humanitarian mission in Senegal, Africa, building a de-mining training center. There, Cpt. Austin Barber of Milton, maintained daily communication with his unit, ensuring everything was running smoothly across continents. Barber’s leadership in this scenario is just one of the many reasons he was honored at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. this past May. One of seven Army National Guard soldiers nationwide to earn the Gen....

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