Author: Michaela Halnon

Milton resident readies for 15th Respite House run

Susan Brodeur’s mother checked into the Visiting Nurse Association’s Respite House in 2003 after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Staff went out of their way to keep care for her mind body and spirit for six months, Brodeur said, including helping her apply her signature lipstick and keeping a rosary nearby at all times. “Truthfully, I consider them to be true angels,” Brodeur said, noting she spent several nights sleeping on a pullout couch in her mother’s room. “They become like your extended family … They catered to every need.” Brodeur, a longtime Milton resident and avid runner, said she...

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Guru brings aromatherapy, crystals to the suburbs

Amethyst Star Healing is a bit tricky to find. That’s partly because it’s been too cold to attach a directional sign to the glass door on the backside of the Blakely Rd. Citgo gas station and partly because, well, you don’t expect to find a holistic healing studio inside a Citgo gas station. Still, wafts of essential oils (mixed with the thick scent of bread baking in the Subway shop below) suggest a path up a set of stairs and down a carpeted hallway. Behind an unassuming office door is owner Stephanie Davis, grinning widely on a cozy gray...

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MHS Theater Company one-act moves to next round

The Milton High School Theatre Company earned top placement at the regional level of the Vermont One Act Festival in St. Johnsbury last weekend and will compete at the state festival in Springfield on April 6 and 7. The 13-person cast performed “The Laramie Project,” a show that walks audience members through the aftermath of the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. MHS art teacher Amanda DeCarlo made her directorial debut with this show, along with student director Faith Carroll. As per the festival rules, the show runs under one hour, including set up and...

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Just breathe: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy comes to county

Dr. Grace Johnstone’s rare form of Lyme disease progressed almost immediately into meningitis five years ago, snaking from her brain down to her spinal cord and leaving her unable to walk, drive or work. “I did everything that you could do, and I wasn’t getting better,” Johnstone said. “Medications, IVs and antibiotics weren’t doing it. This did it.” A friend who owned a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber contacted Johnstone in the throes of her illness, inviting the Hardwick resident to give the treatment a try. Enthralled by the results, Johnstone took out a bank loan and purchased a chamber...

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Local Rotary anticipates record need for holiday basket donations

The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club is requesting donations for its annual holiday food basket project, preparing for a year that may bring record participation, according to a letter from Rotarian Ron Lewis. With donated funds, the Rotarians buy food at a discounted price from area stores and assemble the packages with small gifts, dental supplies, knit hats, gloves and mittens and books in mid-December. The baskets are delivered later that month, just before Christmas — often with some help from area fire departments. The list of basket requests comes through the Colchester School District, who contacts potentially needy families confidentially...

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