Author: Michaela Halnon

Cops and CrossFit

The two-dozen athletes gathered at 802 CrossFit in Essex Junction were not dressed in typical workout attire last Friday afternoon. Participants fastened inflated balloons to headbands and zipped up colored jumpsuits. Others donned superhero capes and masks, posing for photos before they began a grueling 7-minute burpee challenge, a combined push-up, squat, jumping movement. These outfits were all sported in the name of the Michael Zemanek Foundation that supports police officers and their families after catastrophic incidents. A sheriff’s deputy killed in an interstate crash, Zemanek’s cause hits close to home for 802 CrossFit, as more than 30 percent...

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Women at work

A sea of moss green T-shirts surrounded Dick Shasteen last Thursday. Shasteen, construction chairman of Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, surveyed his crowd of volunteers at the ready. “Who’s willing to go up on the roof?” he asked, nodding as a few women raised their hands. “Great, grab a hammer,” he said, helping them scale the scaffolding set up around the newly framed house at 112 Railroad St. Habitat always relies on a team of volunteers to help complete their projects at the lowest possible cost. But the group of workers on this home was unique: Aside from a half...

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Help MFCC stamp out hunger on Saturday, May 14

Residents will soon be able to donate to the Milton Family Community Center food shelf without leaving their driveway. That’s because Saturday, May 14 marks the 24th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter carriers across the country – including those in Milton – will collect food donations and help get them to people in need. To participate, simply leave a bag, box or bin of non-perishable, non-glass food items by your mailbox before regular mail collection time on Saturday. All donations left in Milton will go to the MFCC food shelf...

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Blaze destroys barn, claims 8 animals

A championship horse and seven other animals were killed in a Georgia barn fire last Friday afternoon. John Aubin, the owner of Austin Stables, lost three calves, two horses – one of them championship-winning – three goats and a handful of chickens. Flames also destroyed a pick-up truck. Georgia Fire Chief Keith Baker said they were able to save one calf from the structure. Baker said the Bullock Road farm was completely engulfed when the department arrived on scene around 1 p.m. St. Albans City, St. Albans Town, Fairfax, Colchester and Milton fire departments aided Georgia. Baker estimated 40...

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