Vermont firefighters: Vote for Turner
As a life-long resident of Milton and a 55-year member of the Milton Fire Department, I am requesting your support of Donald Turner Jr. as lieutenant governor of Vermont in our upcoming November election.

I had the privilege of being on the interview committee in 1983 when we signed Don on as a new member of our volunteer department. We recognized him as a young man eager to work hard to serve his community and fellow firefighters on the department.

He soon proved that he was a contributing member when selected by his peers as Milton Firefighter of the Year in 1987, 1997 and 2001. In 1990, he was chosen Chittenden County Firefighter of the Year, and in 2003 while serving as our assistant chief, he received the State Fire Chief of the Year award at the annual state convention. These honors were bestowed upon him as people recognized his strength of character and dedication to getting the job done. For the past 14 years he did an outstanding job serving our department as our fire chief.

As a dedicated family man and one who has served our community in various capacities, I know that Don will work hard advocating for programs that will recruit and retain members on the volunteer fire departments throughout the state as he knows through experience how beneficial you are to the safety and protection for the members of the communities you serve.

Robert E. Lombard
Milton Fire Department


Thank you from food shelf
Thank you does not quite cover our appreciation for the support Colchester citizens give to the Colchester Food Shelf. You have supported the food shelf in so many ways. From the volunteers that work at the food shelf and pick up food donations at local grocery store; students that help weigh and store food donations from large food drives; organizations that conduct food drives and financial donations; gardeners that share their summer produce and all the people who drop by with pounds and pounds of food donations. (There was 15,000 pounds in 2017, and we expect 2018 totals will be even higher.) Thank you!

As we are all aware, the holidays are once again, coming quickly. As we have done in the last seven years, we would like to be able to provide our clients with a turkey and a few of the fixings that make Thanksgiving a special day. Suggested items: stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes (fresh or instant) and the ingredients for green bean casserole. As these items go on sale, we hope you will once again share some with the food shelf. Our freezers will be turned on and ready for turkeys beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Please drop off donations when we are open: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 3:30-6 p.m. We will have special hours on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for turkeys and fixing donations.

Once again, thank you and we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a joyful and peaceful holiday season.

Marcia Devino
President, Board of Directors
Colchester Community Food Shelf


In support of Charlie Delaney
Charlie Delaney began his career in public service on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs, collaborating with others to write the Vermont state law for Tribal Recognition. For the past eight years, Charlie has brought principled leadership to his position as Assistant Judge of Chittenden County. In this position, he oversees the county budget, and has used innovative thinking to find a new revenue source for the County, without raising taxes.

I am comforted knowing there is a dedicated, and non-partisan, public servant such as Charlie Delaney working on behalf of Chittenden County!

Remember to vote on November 6.

Mark Hoppmann