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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…

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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.

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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…

When someone comes to the desk asking for science fiction recommendations, I rattle off the names of the classic writers, like Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, or Ursula K. Le Guin.  The response is usually, “I’ve already read those.”  

I’m reading a book that makes me uncomfortable.

February’s here again – with it’s usual associations. Naturally each of us has his or her own associations; I have a friend who never loses the chance to remind us that there are two “Rs” in February and we should pronounce them both. Sara Coleridge stated that “February brings the rain / Th…

When I started at the Indy in September 2009, I was 22, fresh out of college, without a gray hair to my name. This was my first job in journalism, a craft I discovered in high school after reading “All the President’s Men.” I imagined myself the next Woodward or Bernstein, chasing down the s…

Here we are at the beginning of our longest month. The calendar says, of course, that it’s the shortest, but let us not fool ourselves. There are short days and long evenings to while away one way or another, and always have been. There are only so many cookies or batches of popcorn you can …

Grampy used to tell a story involving a hired man who was working for board and room and a little cash on the side. Board included three square meals – meat, potatoes, whatever vegetables were coming along in the garden. Apparently too many vegetables to suit him, because long about Septembe…

So some of you know I was in the hospital last week, which is why I wasn’t here. I thought I should just let everyone know – two or three years ago I had folks checking the obituaries when I ended up in hospital care. Don’t look in the obits – here I am. Home. I had a concussion from falling…

The tax rate would increase 2 cents based on zero grand list growth and the likelihood of another downgrade in value of the Green Mountain Power hydro dams. If passed, the town portion of your property taxes on a $250,000 home would increase annually by $53. We have important and competing p…

Dad’s birthday was Saturday – he’s 94. I remember a kid at school when I was volunteering telling me, very seriously, “My grandfather is 90. And he’s not even dead or anything.” Neither is Dad, and though he is sometimes very lame, his thoughts are still nimble, and if you all would just lis…

The other day I was at my daughter’s house admiring her Christmas tree. She said, “It’s a little uneven, but I love that! It’s so old fashioned!” It was one of those times I noticed how, though they are of course modern about many things, my kids appreciate some old time traditions as well. …

On behalf of the municipal staff and volunteers, I presented the first draft of the fiscal year 2020 town budget this month. Our budget building process began this fall as we gathered historical data to begin projecting future operational costs. Over the last two months department heads have…

Slade is in the midst of figuring out how people relate. On my birthday, Dave was cooking and I said “Daddy’s cooking bacon.” She said firmly, “He’s MY Daddy.” I agreed, that Dave was hers and Papa is mine. A few weeks before she wouldn’t have noticed… “Daddy’s at work, Mommy’s busy, Grammy …

It is commonly said that Inuit peoples have half a hundred words for “snow.” I am suspicious, actually. I am wary of any figure that seems too quotable (50, not 47 or 53) and that doesn’t follow the logic—we are, after all, talking about several languages, and I have read that some of the wo…

The Milton Department of Public Works is providing the following information and FAQs to town residents concerning 2018 Milton Winter Operations.

In my family, Dad, his mother, and I all have December birthdays, so that, along with Christmas, has always meant extra everything, including food, big meals (cake!) and presents. Mom always wanted Dad to be truly celebrated on his day because she felt he had been short-changed as a kid in h…

During the Thanksgiving meal, somewhere between more than enough and too much, I got to talking to Dad about cousin Gilbert’s truck. Some years back, when Gilbert’s family threw him a significant birthday party, Dad wrote a poem about the machine, and presented it framed with a wooden truck.…

In the sky the bright

If you had to cook Thanksgiving dinner for your family, what would you do? Courtesy of Sue Tougas’ kindergarten class at Georgia Elementary & Middle School 

Sometimes when thinking about writing these things, I am afraid I am going to run out of ideas. Other times I am afraid there is not enough time to say everything. There are all the things we did, said, grew up with, and experienced that make us who we are. The making of our being is what I …

One hundred years ago the guns and artillery in Europe suddenly went silent. It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (Paris time), and an armistice had been signed with Germany only hours previously in a railroad car in France. There are probably no words to describe the quali…