Author: Sam Heller

Local volunteers have state impact

Kent Henderson’s Georgia home is a manicured jungle. Fragrant lilies project out of attractive planters in the living room and oversized, split-leaf philodendrons creep up the dining room walls. But Henderson, a soft-spoken man with a warm smile and a tidy mustache, is no gardener. The flora, he said, belongs to Mrs. Henderson. “I’m just trying to keep them alive for the week,” he explained with a chuckle. Henderson is more of a fauna guy. In his younger days, he was a roving cattle veterinarian, working with farmers to keep their furry friends happy and healthy. Eventually, the physical...

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Milton diners try new fare

Two new restaurants have opened in Milton this past month. Shueh Ling’s Kitchen and Bakery, located on Middle Road, is a mid-sized bakery with a small seating area and a large open kitchen. Shueh Ling, a Georgia resident, is the owner and head-baker. She and her husband, Dennis Smith, churn out homemade pies, tarts, muffins and turnovers daily. Prior to opening the bakery, Ling worked as a seamstress and small business owner out of an office in Essex Jct. She retired in June and opened Shueh Ling’s Kitchen on August 30 as a retirement project. “I decided I needed...

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Eagle Scout improves River Walk

Milton’s Lamoille River Walk has recently become more, well, walkable, thanks to the efforts of local Boy Scout Spencer Lane. As part of his Eagle Scout project, 17-year-old Lane constructed four wooden footbridges over muddy, flooded patches that previously obstructed the path.  He also built a crude yet comfortable bench on a low bluff overlooking the Lamoille River. An Eagle Scout project is a community service effort led by a Scout from the proposal stage through completion, before he can ascend to the highest rank of his order. Lane’s Boy Scout troop, 658, is based in Winooski. But Lane,...

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Med center helps sew support after surgery

Sewing enthusiasts and craftspeople across Chittenden County volunteered their talents this week in a spontaneous show of support for breast cancer patients. The countywide effort came in response to a solitary Facebook post by Abby Raymond, an employee at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery center in Colchester. “We are in desperate need of drain bags for our breast cancer/breast reconstruction patients. We can’t seem to keep up with demand,” Raymond said in the Aug. 15 post. “Are you handy with a sewing machine and have some spare fabric that feels good against the...

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A breath of fresh air

NYC child finds home away from home with Milton family New York City is one of the great tourist hubs of the world. Nearly 60 million people visit annually, about 10 million from overseas. But for the past three years, 13-year-old Brooklynite Alex Duran has made the same six-hour bus trip to Milton, Vt. (population: 10,325), for a two-week vacation at the Anemikos family’s suburban home. Alex is one of 18 kids from NYC visiting Vermont this summer as part of the Fresh Air Fund, a 140-year-old program that ships kids from low-income neighborhoods in NYC to various ruralities along the...

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