Author: Neel Tandan

General Stannard House nets $30K grant

The General Stannard House Committee has been awarded a $30,000 grant to restore the Civil War general’s historic home off Route 7. “This gives us a really good shot in the arm to get a good chunk of the stabilization work done,” co-chairman Bill Kaigle said of the money. The grant will be administered by the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation and was awarded at the Vermont Statehouse at the end of December.    Kaigle said the money will pay for demolishing the house’s adjoining garage that was added to the original building in the mid-20th century and has...

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Ruth Murphy nominated for VT Mentor of the Year

Ruth Murphy is one of the three finalists for the 2018 Vermont Mentor of the Year Award, a statewide competition hosted by Mobius.    Murphy said being paired with her mentee, Maddie, is a “lifetime gift.” When they are spending time together, Murphy is never distracted. The two keep the channels of communication open, no means no, yes means yes, and you always follow through. Murphy said mentoring is not about spending money, or going on extravagant adventures.  “It’s more the quality than the quantity of the time,” she said. “If it can’t last for more than a year,...

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Neighbors: Sand pit not warned properly

Residents of a Milton neighborhood say they weren’t properly warned about a Development Review Board meeting in March of this year that led to the approval of a 34.5-acre sand extraction site a stone’s throw from their backyards. Many of the residents say they were not aware of the approval of the project proposed by J&M Sand on McMullen Road, until now. State statute requires all adjoining landowners be notified of such a meeting beforehand, including those living across public right of ways, such as a river, a stream or a public road. Winter Lane residents live on the...

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Auditorium fixes: Coming soon to the theater near you

Town Meeting Day-goers, high school students, faculty and theater aficionados are in for a treat as completed auditorium improvements are on their way to Rebecca Lander Drive. The Milton Boosters Club, led by a group of 10 parents, is investing in a project school leaders say will drastically change the efficiency of school presentations. The Boosters invited co-principal Anne Blake and facilities director Bruce Cheeseman to a meeting, where they unveiled a plan to donate $15,000 toward continued auditorium improvements. This adds to the $10,000 it donated last fiscal year. “They invited us because they said they had some...

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Local photog clicks her camera – and dogs smile

“With people it’s more like they care about how their hair is, how their face is, if they’re too fat or something,” photographer Stephanie Madeline said. “With dogs, it doesn’t matter.” Madeline launched Chase & Snap Pet Photography in 2011 and moved the business from New Jersey to Milton in 2016. “People in Vermont still love their dogs, but there are definitely a lot less people,” she said of the move from the heavily populated tri-state area. “The locations are a lot more beautiful.” After begging her parents for a dog in second grade and borrowing her dad’s old...

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