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Many Vermonters have switched to online school and remote work since Governor Phil Scott's order, "Stay Home, Stay Safe," which directed the closure of in-person operations for nonessential businesses. With so much of life online these days, starting a book club is a great way to take your m…

In every crisis there is a point when the leader says to those being managed, “Don’t tell me why it can’t be done, tell me how it will be done, and it would be best if it happened yesterday.”

I enjoy the old books that have advice, recipes, old hacks on how to do just about everything you might

This month has proven itself a challenging and unprecedented one. With the spread of COVID-19 through our world, nation, state and community, we’ve had to rethink our lives as we know them. For those who have adhered to social distancing guidelines we applaud your efforts and thank you for d…

When I was a kid I didn't quite get the term “rock bottom.” Pretty much everything I knew had rock bottoms – cellars, foundations, sills were all stone in my experience. The fields also must have been rock bottomed, for every single year the frost brought new ones up from below and they had …

First off, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these trying times related to COVID-19. Please remember to continually wash/sanitize your hands, stay home if possible, keep social distancing if you’re out in public and if you are able to, help those who are in need.

Friday, March 13th was our last day physically working within the Statehouse due to the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Representatives have been working from home. Legislative committees have been meeting via conference calls to take up COVID-19 related measures, such as changes to our…

In response to COVID-19 and to encourage recommended social distancing, all in-person Milton Recreation programs and events have been cancelled through April 6, as well as the Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11. We have been in contact with program participants, and will issue refunds for those…

Vermonters are very protective of the Vermont brand, maybe especially when it comes to maple syrup. Adulterate it, disrespect it, say you can’t tell the difference in taste and you can expect Vermonters, old and new, to jump on you like ducks on a June bug. You have been warned!

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: If you’re an investor, you haven’t liked what you’ve seen in the financial markets recently. The effects of the coronavirus triggered a market “correction” – a decline of 10 percent or more – and more volatility is almost certainly on the way. But instead of f…

Lots and lots of activity at the State House last week. As you probably have heard by now, the State House is closed until March 24th. There will be a deep clean of the whole building. The building is a petri dish to potentially spread any sort of virus back to each of the 180 members distri…

Here we are, trying to get our bearings while we turn our clocks to try to get the most out of their days. The date has changed all my life, except for once in the 70s when we had it all year around to save energy. I hated getting up with hours of darkness to follow; I went around turning on…

As I write this month’s Manager’s Message, Town Meeting 2020 is a recent memory. We are pleased that our FY21 budget proposal passed by a large margin. I want to welcome returning Selectboard (SLB) member Brenda Steady and newcomer John FitzGerald. I also want to thank longtime SLB Member Da…

It was a busy week in the State House leading up to the Town Meeting Day break. Lots of bill were passed out of committee and voted on the floor.

While I was writing this piece last week, my younger daughter was busy having my second grandchild! I got this sent off, and then went to check my messages and the little guy was already born, so it was quick work. He’s adorable, but of course you’d expect me to say that. My older daughter w…

In light of the continued worldwide spread of a novel coronavirus called COVID-19, the state of Vermont has moved to form an interagency task force to develop a public response, health officials announced Friday.

Every two minutes someone dies from Sudden Cardiac Arrest…..many can be saved. Hands Only CPR is the Link to Survival. Milton Is a Heart Safe Community. This is because of our strategic placement of AEDs (Automatic Electronic Deliberator) throughout town and our CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resusc…

On Tuesday, March 3rd, the voters of Milton will be given the opportunity to vote for Brenda Steady for a three year seat on the Selectboard. Brenda’s experience as a public servant gives her incredible confidence in the capabilities of this community and a clear vision of what Milton could …

In several of the recent issues of the Milton Independent you have published several articles on Milton’s town and school budgets. All the stories mention that both the school and town budgets need to increase to level fund the system. I maintain that the school budget can be decreased by mi…

Food for Thought Lorinda A. Henry 02/2020There is an old, old saying that

It was terrific to see so many young people engaged in the workings of government this week. The 2019 class of Eagle Scouts were honored for their accomplishments with a House resolution. Congratulations to all the Eagle Scouts for their accomplishments and to their families, Scoutmasters, m…

The life of S.23 – an act relating to increasing the minimum wage continued last week. The Governor vetoed the bill on Monday. He cited in his veto message his concerns with a mandated increase to be projected job losses, decreased employee hours and increased costs of good and services. The…

It’s no secret that like many northeastern states Vermont faces difficult demographic challenges. In a state with an aging population, we’ll need more younger workers in the coming years to have a healthy tax base and to provide the services many older Vermonters rely upon.

Vermonters value our strong communities. We celebrate the good times with cheers and hugs, and we lend a helping hand when times are tough. Taking care of our neighbors – that’s what we do. During a power outage, we check in on our neighbors. After a heavy snow, we help shovel stoops and pus…

Republicans in Montpelier have once again made clear exactly where their priorities lie with a pair of vetoes shooting down two pieces of widely supported, impactful legislation: paid family and medical leave and a minimum wage increase.

Love Spreads... The morning of February 14, the residents of Milton were greeted with Hearts — EVERYWHERE. I was astounded that every turn — signs — store fronts — businesses — telephone poles — you get my meaning — there were symbols of love. I realize that there are many who think this was…

If you visit the Statehouse this time of year you won’t see many long debates in the House chamber. Instead, House committees are deep in the work of developing and refining proposals, some of which will make it to stage where those bills are voted on by the full body. About 1250 ideas in th…

The hot topic of this past week was Paid Family Leave. The Governor had vetoed the bill and it was again take up in the House with hopes of overriding his veto. After much discussion and debate it was voted on again. The two thirds majority needed was not attained and the bill did not become…

Dear Editor-Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women. It kills one woman every ~80 seconds including my mom in 2011. While at work, her symptoms began as what she described as “a little gas”. She died a few hours later in her car in her driveway.

Happy 2020! Looking back on the first month of the New Year, our team has accomplished a fair amount of work. And we’re looking forward to more projects and programs to come.

We have now completed the sixth week of this year’s session. The biggest thing this past week was the Governor’s veto on the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill that would have added a 29-million-dollar payroll tax to be paid by all workers, even those who could not receive these benefits. As…

I kind of hate to admit how long I have been a member of the Milton Historical Society. I started out as one of the youngest of charter members, so you can look it up if you want. But it would be a mistake to assume that I, or anyone else, except maybe Jim, really knows the answers to all yo…

It’s budget time again, and the MTSD Board has been hard at work over the past three months finalizing our budget for the 2020-2021 school year.

I put my toast on a little plate – a saucer, actually – and a memory showed up. It is a sturdy immigrant from England, a flowery Victorian pattern of brown leaves and flowers. The memory is of a sunny day in a field with my grandmother. It was mid to late summer, the hay was mown short. Some…

We have come to the end of the third week in the 2020 Legislative Session. The end of this past week was quite busy on the floor. The House passed two impactful bills.

On Tuesday, voters in Iowa will traipse to their individual caucuses to give the nation its first report on who is leading among the Democrats running for the presidential nomination. Depending on the poll, the lead has bounced from Pete Buttigieg, to Elizabeth Warren to Bernie Sanders and n…

At VTrans, we know how much you count on us to keep Vermont’s roadways safe for travel during winter weather and storms. This time of year, you’ll see our fleet of 268 plow trucks out in full force, plowing millions of miles of roads and highways and doing our part to keep you moving.

This legislative session began on January 7th, and got off to fast start. Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife (my assigned committee) picked up right up where we left off. The major focus is still on the rewrite and update of Act 250, with hopes of having it leave our committee this session…

When I was a kid we were told that the windows were painted in winter by Jack Frost. You’d get up in the morning and marvel at the lace and forests that covered the windows before the house warmed up. On really cold days that could be all day, although there might be periods when the wood st…

On Thursday morning, hours before senators were sworn in to serve on President Trump’s impeachment trial, an independent, nonpartisan government watchdog confirmed what I have long suspected: When Trump froze congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to compel…

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…