Author: Neel Tandan

Milton painter gives landscape warmth, vibrancy

Lorraine Manley’s studio was glowing with soft morning light. She had a large acrylic painting propped up on her easel with tall supple trees rising out of a yellow ochre field, splotched with pastel colors. The trees flanked the canvas like a parted crowd, and behind them, in the middle of the painting, a cotton-candy pink sunset blistered behind a wall of deep green. Manley said the painting had sat unfinished for months, waylaid by the holiday season and sickness. “I was almost ready to just paint it all white – gesso it.  But then I thought, ‘No, you’re...

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MHS performs “The Laramie Project” for annual festival

On Thursday night at 7 p.m., the Milton High School Theatre Company will put on “The Laramie Project” for the community in the high school’s auditorium. They will perform the same show this upcoming Saturday for the Vermont Regional One Act Festival in St. Johnsbury, competing against five other Vermont schools. The top two schools will advance to the festival’s statewide competition in Springfield this April. “The Laramie Project,” selected by the students, is a play about the reactions and aftermath of the 1998 murder of the gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. To meet the festival’s requirements,...

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Messages from Montpelier (3/8/2018)

MINORITY LEADER DON TURNER We have reached the mid-point of the legislative session. A point referred to as crossover, this means that a bill that has any chance of becoming law has now been passed out of either a House or Senate committee. As with anything in the legislature, controlling leadership can modify this rule if they can convince the other body of the bill’s necessity. This week a number of bills passed the House, and many more will be up for action upon our return to the legislature after Town Meeting break. Emotions continue to run high at...

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Thinking about food waste

In Vermont, 26 percent of the trash that ends up in landfills is food waste, according to Chittenden County Solid Waste District. Milton resident and dietician Brigitte Harton is doing her part to stop that. At the South Burlington Hannaford on March 25, Harton will teach a free “Makeover Your Leftovers” class that focuses on saving money and eliminating food waste. Harton was first exposed to food waste through her continuing education classes that she takes as a dietician and wanted to shine a light on the issue. “It’s become a very important topic. We are, as a nation,...

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Meet the library trustee candidates

Each year before Town Meeting, the Milton Independent poses questions to candidates for local office about issues they may address if elected. This year, five people are running for three seats on the Milton Library Board of Trustees. Incumbent Veronica Valz and newcomer Henry Bonges are both seeking one three-year seat, and new faces Christine Hauslein and Judy Schmidt are both running for the remaining year of a three-year position. Chairwoman Jen Dooley is running for a two-year spot unopposed. The candidates had 300 words to answer the following three questions: 1. Why are you running for library trustee,...

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