I am a civil engineer, a matter of considerable personal pride. And when I think about some of the significant challenges that Vermonters have met and overcome, many of the most impressive that come to mind (or at least the mind of a civil engineer) are feats in which engineering had a centr…

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We didn’t grow up thinking of ourselves as poor, although I expect we were. I don’t remember wanting for anything, although if I had paid attention perhaps the kids in my neighborhood wore their school clothes longer than some. But our mothers passed things back in forth in those days before…

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The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance, a priority for legislative leadership, is already sitting in conference committee, before the first week of the Vermont 2020 Legislative session is over! As with all bills, there needs to be agreement between the Senate version and House version b…

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Last week, Vermonters from all corners of the state returned to the State House for the 2020 legislative session. The Speaker kicked off the first day with her vision to create an economy that works for everyone, not just a select few. Vermont faces its share of challenges and opportunities.…

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Dad says, “The good old days were mostly just old.” He has gotten a couple of magazines about the old days over time, and they seem to be quite popular, but I am beginning to notice that most of the pieces are written, like mine, from the point of view of the kids! Seldom have I seen one by …

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1. Reporting Hazardous Road Conditions. During normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., hazardous road conditions can be reported to the DPW Office or Town Manager’s Office by calling 893-6655. Outside of normal working hours, please call Police Dispatch at 893-2424.

The call came into our Crisis Fuel Office after hours. We could tell it was an elderly gentleman. He stated he “really needed help with emergency fuel”. He left his name and phone number. This was the first time he had called. What he didn’t realize is that he didn’t hang the phone up after …

Dad was 95 yesterday. We gathered in the afternoon, bearing pizza, lasagna, chocolate cake and a great-granddaughter. Everybody talked at once, which is usual. Mike provided candles in the shapes of numbers 9 and 5 – we talked about changing them around to read 56, but didn’t. So there were …

A few years ago I learned that as we edge closer to our 60’s we feel more sharply time going by and the changes that come with age, especially the loss of friends.

Funding from OneCare Vermont – the organization leading the state’s “all payer” experiment in health-care reform — is keeping an innovative and proven system of support for vulnerable Vermonters called SASH (Support and Services at Home) operating in all corners of Vermont.

We stare at our children and envy their lightness of being, like snowflakes swept along the hard edge of winter’s first breath. They are spared the cares that shadow their parent’s lives. Their Christmas orbits are drawn with the truest of lines; you are their center, and they yours.

You may have heard that timing is everything. And in many walks of life, that may be true – but not necessarily when it comes to investing.

Ho ho ho! The Town of Milton Recreation Department would like to thank all who participated in the “Letters to Santa” project this year!

Milton Rescue would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to the Cornerstone Community Church and Milton Boy Scout Troop 631 for the generous donation they made to our Department.

We’ve had a busy and productive year to cap off the decade. I couldn’t be more grateful to our town staff, who work tirelessly to deliver the services and amenities we expect of Milton. Team morale is strong and we’re all ready for another exciting year of working with friends.

The total cost of Vermont’s Education is estimated at $1.7 billion for the next school year. It is the amount needed to run Vermont’s public pre-K through grade 12 schools for FY2020-2021, and is the state’s largest fund. Where does all that money go?

When I was little my grandmother gave me a tiny green book from her childhood. It was a Christmas gift of the size that would fit in a stocking and it contained several stories of the Victorian sort set in tiny type. We are often amazed at how small the type was, and that it was read by cand…

One of the public policy issues of our time is looking ahead to see how we can rejigger our educational system to adjust to the expected impact automation will have on the workforce. The warning is that if we don’t adjust we will run headlong into a future of greater income inequality, less …

So we had a baby shower for my younger daughter yesterday. I was all prepared with a booklet on Infant Care I thought I’d share since it was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (I don’t think they intended any pun here) in 1914. I guess that was about in time for my grandmother to have be…

In this last month of the year (and the last year of the decade!), it’s time for our annual favorites list. Milton Public Library staff chose these as their favorite books read in 2019.

Ever since the passage of Act 60 in 1997 and Act 68 in 2003, Vermonters have been perpetually frustrated with our education financing system. And for good reasons. Vermont has the second highest property tax burden in the nation. Marry that with a declining student population and wild inequa…

The topic of health care consolidation – or, the coming together of hospitals, doctors and other types of providers – has been in the news quite a bit recently. In fact, early last month, the Health Reform Oversight Committee of the Vermont Legislature heard from a Stanford University econom…

My mother used to say that anyone who liked to read couldn’t clear out an attic. That says more about the things people stored in their attics than about the actual cleaning of them, I think. I have found some good books stuck away in attics and storerooms, some of which I put there. This we…

Earlier this week the Vermont Tax Commissioner sent out the annual letter from the administration to state legislative leaders recommending rates for the FY 2020/2021 homestead property tax and the non-homestead rate.

It’s that time of year again. Beyond the turkey and fixings, it’s time to take stock of what we’re thankful for. I couldn’t be more thankful for our beautiful town and the wonderful people in it. Here at the Town Offices I’m very grateful for our hard working staff and all of the things we a…

In the early 1800s, British poet and humorist Thomas Hood wrote, at the end of a wry piece called “No!”, “No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!” It is all kind of true around here, too. It is definitely a season of fading color, …

Recently, there have been conversations at library conferences about the recognition of heritage and history months, including African American History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May, and Native American Heritage Month in November. Some…

Well, it rained. Then it rained. After that it rained. My son-in-law was dispatched to buy umbrellas before trick-or-treat time. He returned with three of them (and pizza) in time to watch the three-year-old get gussied up as a baby tiger. Then they were off, juggling everything they had bef…

The Milton Craft Committee Inc. would like to thank the community for making last Saturday’s 43rd Annual Milton Pre-Christmas Craft Show an enormous success. We had a great crowd from the moment we opened, with many folks starting their holiday shopping with local handmade crafts. The MFCC F…

My apologies for my absence last week – I was having computer issues and have become dependent on the darn thing! Hope your Hallowe’en was a good one.

Winter is coming. But we’re not letting these last fall days go unappreciated.

The Town of Milton Recreation Department would like to thank the 1,500+ community members who attended Milton’s Trunk or Treat event on Fri, October 25 in Bombardier Park West! A very special thank you to co-sponsors, Milton PTA plus the amazing businesses, organizations, judges, Milton Publ…

I’ve previously written about how our unfunded pension liabilities are Vermont’s sleeping giant. We owe our state employees and teachers about $4.5 billion more than we have in the bank. We’ve seen two credit-rating downgrades in one year. Our “funded ratio” (the ratio of assets to liabiliti…

This article is the third in a series to provide the Milton community with an understanding of ‘The What’, ‘The Why’ and ‘The How’ for the MTSD implementation of Restorative Practices.

It’s that time of year when there are various effigies all over the place to scare, to celebrate, to let the adult kid out to play. I remember when a pumpkin face was as far as we’d go, an evening set aside with Dad for opening, scooping, discussing various faces. Dad did all the cutting, th…

Detective series have become popular in adult fiction literature. Characters like Joe Gunther, Armand Gamache, and Eve Dallas seem to take on real-life personas to their fans. Milton library patrons who’ve completed one series often ask for recommendations of another. So, this month’s Book B…

One autumn afternoon when I returned from college classes to the farm, Gram greeted me in her oldest clothes and asked me go put on some old clothes myself. I donned old jeans, which were my studio clothes and no doubt paint-spattered. She said we were going to clean the chimney and that was…

I read with great interest the letter from Kristen Cameron in the Milton Independent October 10, 2019. While some of her writing was accurate, much of it was not. I guess the easy way to set things straight is to pick it apart by paragraph.

There has probably never been a time when most schools had enough cash to do everything that was needed or wanted. I imagine that traditional apple for the teacher was often a welcome addition to her or his diet when they didn’t earn much. Or perhaps they were boarding around and one househo…

Many Vermonters love to hike, especially in the fall. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of our state. It is also a chance to spend time with our dogs. What some Vermonters do not know is that there are hidden dangers in the woods: baited leghold and body-crushing kill traps.

With all the news headlines that could have been printed last week (or any other week for that matter), the Milton Independent chose the headline “QUEENS OF THE LIBRARY”. Do you really believe that the majority of folks in Milton think this whole “story hour with drag queens” is a wonderful,…

The public library of the 21st century is a community center offering resources and services beyond books.  Of course, books are still a cornerstone of our mission, and we have them for adults, young adults, and children in print, large print, and audio editions.

We are two thirds of the way through with 6 more weeks to go of the scheduled legislative session this year.

The current MTSD proposed school budget offers a balance of smart investment in our priority areas of educational instruction, proactive maintenance of our infrastructure, restructuring our administrative structure to be more effective and efficient, and fiscal responsibility for the future.…

After a week off for town meeting day break, we were back in Montpelier leading up to crossover. Crossover happens once a year in the Legislature when the deadline for bills, except for money bills, have to be passed out of committee and head to the floor for a House or Senate vote. These bi…

The Milton community is so fortunate to have Susan Larson as their Milton Public Library Director. Although I am in Florida for the winter, I saw her Book Bits titled ‘Am I a racist’ posted  2/14/19 in the Milton Independent. I ordered the referenced book ‘White Fragility’ and completed read…

I am somewhat bemused when I go to write, since I keep Mark Twain’s words of warning to writers in mind. “The people of New England are patient …but … some things they will not stand. Every year they kill a lot of poets for writing about ‘Beautiful Spring.’ ” I’m not exactly sure I could man…