“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” This quote, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, underscores the importance of active learning. And while this term is frequently used to describe a more hands-on approach to education, it’s also true for most learners.

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Hunger Free Vermont, a nonprofit organizaiton formed to address statewide food insecurity, is asking for Vermonters to oppose proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP) that, according to Hunger Free Vermont, would impact the Green Mountain state the hardest.

We live in a beautiful county in a beautiful state. We asked readers to share their Fall photos with us and they didn't disappoint!

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WINOOSKI — A Milton man was charged with driving under the influence after being stopped for lacking registration plates.

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For the first time in recent memory, women are heading two of the area’s largest veterans’ groups.

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More than 80 area 4-H’ers and family members gathered at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction on Nov. 3 for the annual Chittenden County 4-H Achievement Dinner and Awards Night.

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GEORGIA — If everything goes smoothly, the southbound exit ramp at Exit 18 here may be reopened within two weeks, but that is the best case scenario, according to Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) spokesperson Amy Tatko.

Milton High School (MHS) senior, Molly Loucey, was one of ten student-athletes in the state recognized at the Vt. State Athletic Directors Association Student-Athlete Leadership Conference on Nov. 4.

Between Friday, Oct. 25 and Thursday, Oct. 31, the Milton Police Dept. responded to 186 incidents, issuing nine traffic tickets and 47 warnings. MPD arrested two people, both for driving under the influence, during that period.

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As the period for comments on a proposed rule change to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) comes to an end, the Vermont Secretary of Education joined other state officials in decrying the rule change, releasing a statement on the matter Friday.


GEORGIA – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) reported on its social media channels Monday that the southbound off ramp for Interstate 89 in Georgia was closed “for emergency repairs.”

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ST. ALBANS — Todd Hoyte, a 49-year-old Milton resident, pleaded guilty to nine counts and no contest to one more in a four-page plea agreement the Franklin County Criminal Court accepted Friday morning.

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MONTPELIER – According to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released Wednesday, despite largely performing better than the national average, student scores continued to decline in Vermont.

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A spat between the Town of Colchester and the owner of a now-shuttered fireworks store went before the Vt. Supreme Court last week, with justices listening to arguments over whether the town legally barred the store from selling within its boundaries.

Cynthia Wojtyna made her first body butters as cost-saving holiday gifts for her family. Wojtyna’s family members said her butters were so good she should go into business.

According to Alexa Jackson, a senior at Milton High School (MHS), former Vt. Supreme Court Justice John Dooley eats chicken, coleslaw, and pickles for lunch. At least, he did when she had lunch with him on Oct. 24, when the current Vt. Supreme Court traveled to the high school to hold five h…

More than 1,500 ghosts, ghouls and goblins came to Bombardier Park on Friday night for the third annual Trunk or Treat organized by the Milton Recreation Dept.

Between Friday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 24, the Milton Police Dept. responded to 150 incidents, issuing five traffic tickets and 21 warnings. MPD arrested three people during that period.

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I’m Corey Parent – a dad, a husband, and State Senator for Franklin County and Alburgh in Northwestern Vermont.  I have never been a real coffee drinker – I never really had a taste for it, so I relied on soda for caffeine – usually a Diet Coke or Dr. Pepper.  On a typical morning, I’d open …

Between Friday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 17, the Milton Police Department responded to 158 incidents, issued 12 tickets and 49 warnings, and made three arrests.

Head lice is the common name for the species pediculus humanus capitus. These creatures are a type of ectoparasite, or parasites that live on the outside of your body, which feast on blood several times each day. These lice like the scalp because of its warmth. The type of head lice that hum…

MILTON – The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC), a water quality advocacy group based out of Franklin County, is expanding its scope toward Milton, a soft expansion that the organization’s chair said made “total sense.”

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Scott Bassett of Milton will travel to San Diego, Calif. to represent Vermont in the National Best Bagger Competition in February 2020.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is holding public informational meetings about Eastern coyotes which the department says have become well-established throughout Vermont and other northeastern states.

O'Rourke Media Group, the parent company of the Milton Independent, has partnered with New England Federal Credit Union and other local community organizations and businesses to help those in need with the Food from the Heart Drive. The drive is being held from October 21 thru November 1, 2019.

Girls on the Run Vermont’s spring coach registration is now open. Becoming a coach for Girls on the Run Vermont means creating a positive impact for Vermont girls. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ soc…

Roads were, as is often the case, a major topic of conversation at the Milton Selectboard’s meeting on Oct. 7. But there was an unusual item on the agenda — coyotes.

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More than a thousand ghouls, monsters and superheroes are expected to descend on Milton’s Bombardier Park West on Friday, Oct. 25 in search of candy and other goodies.

Alan K. Kinney III was recently named president of the Vermont Insurance Agents Association. He is principal at Kinney Insurance Agency, with his brother Drew Kinney. Kinney Insurance has offices in Milton, St. Albans and South Hero.

WINOOSKI — A Milton is facing a driving under the influence charge following a traffic stop on I-89 here on Saturday.

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Vermont SportsCar is off to a fast start at it’s new facility in Milton — literally. After a few engine revs to ready the crowd, one of Vermont SportsCar’s signature Subaru cars tore down Gonyeau Road last Friday, through a blue ribbon and into the company’s next chapter.

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Milton High School (MHS) enacted a new procedure this school year prohibiting cell phone use in classrooms in an effort to curb the negative impacts of screen addiction. Some students are thankful for the relief from social media, but so far, reinforcement of the rule has proved rocky.

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Julie Jones said she raised "a couple hundred dollars" for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer when she started fundraising for the awareness walk in late August.

Between Friday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Oct. 3 the Milton Police Dept. responded to 184 calls for service, issued 14 tickets for traffic violations and 51 warnings.

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Four enormous pumpkins boxed it out for first place at the Milton Farmers Market last Thursday evening, with a 220 pounder taking home the Great Pumpkin title. Christian Dymond won first place with his vibrant orange gourd, Macy MacBeth claimed second place with a 189 pound pumpkin, Leila Ma…

Judge dismisses district’s request for summary judgment A victim in the Milton High School hazing scandal may soon get his day in court after a judge ruled that a jury could potentially find the former student has enough evidence to support his claims against the school district. Filed in 2017, the lawsuit alleges that the […]

By NEIL ZAWICKI The Milton Town School District on Aug. 26 awarded a bid to Essex-based KJ Construction to build its new administrative office building, to be located at 12 Bradley Street, just South of Milton Elementary and Middle School. The firm beat out five other contractors with a price tag of $899,790.   Funding […]

By NEIL ZAWICKI Joy Spencer has always loved scented candles. In fact, she’s just fine with saying she’s obsessed with them. But when she discovered the paraffin wax candles she was using were giving her headaches, she looked for a better product, and then began making her own candles out of soy wax, a material […]

By NEIL ZAWICKI Milton Police Officer Matthew McQueen is in his fourth year on the force. The Westford native says he always wanted to go into law enforcement; he has family members who were officers.  Before going to the Vermont Police Academy, McQueen earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from Castleton University, and went on […]

By NEIL ZAWICKI The Milton Town School District wants to redesign how teachers deal with behavior and discipline problems in the classroom.  Specifically, the district wants to add a Restorative Practices policy, which focuses on dialogue and inclusion, giving a voice to both the offender and the victim, with the goal of “restoring” harmony and […]

By COLIN FLANDERS The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington last week released a report naming 39 priests who dating back to 1950 have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children in Vermont.  Four of the accused served at St. Ann Catholic Church for at least a portion of their careers (See the accompanying list for […]