Monkton


DAVID AUCLAIR WAS shot and killed in the parking lot of the La Platte Headwaters Town Forest in Hinesburg. Police charged his stepson Kory George with possession of the gun that killed him. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
09/09/2019
BURLINGTON — Vermont State Police have arrested Kory Lee George, 31, of Monkton for firearms violation charges, including possession of the gun police say was used to kill his stepfather, David Auclair. “A VSP investigation has established that George possessed the Beretta which was used to kill his stepfather, David Auclair,” said Det. Sergeant James Vooris of the VSP Major Crimes Unit in an affadavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Burlington Wednesday. David Auclair, 45, a longtime Monkton resident, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest, off...

THE TOWN OF Monkton owns the beautiful 6.6-acre parcel in Monkton Ridge — just south of the Methodist Church — for the proposed community center that would house town offices and library. Learn more about it at a Sept. 26 meeting.
09/09/2019
MONKTON — For nearly a decade, Monkton has been searching for a solution to its aging and inefficient town offices and library facilities. Later this month, a town committee will host a public meeting where citizens can see the latest architectural drawings and question officials about a solution they are developing. This past April, town officials solicited proposals from qualified architecture and engineering firms to assist the town with creating a community center to house the new Monkton Town Offices and library. On Aug. 12, the selectboard approved the proposal from Bellwether...
09/05/2019
BURLINGTON — Vermont State Police have identified the gun that was used to kill Monkton resident David Auclair on July 11, and have arrested Auclair’s stepson, Kory Lee George, 31, of Monkton, on firearms violation charges. The firearms charge alleges that George was in possession of the gun that was used to kill Auclair. George, a convicted felon, has been charged with possession of two firearms — a 9mm Beretta pistol and a shotgun — both of which state police say had been stolen. His felony convictions prohibited him from possessing either weapon. According to the criminal complaint filed...
09/02/2019
MONKTON — The Monkton Friends Methodist Church is in transition with the arrival of a new minister, Pastor Len Rowell. He is making a fresh investment in serving the community, a renewed commitment to our fall youth program, and even a new starting time for Sunday morning services, beginning Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. The church is a group of people from different walks of life who gather for worship, ministry from the Scriptures, spirit-filled music in a variety of styles, and fellowship. This is a community church. Whether long-standing or new residents, all are welcome. Regardless of background,...

BILL MARTIN OWNS a home and a business in Monkton. His business, Greentree Real Estate, has a North Ferrisburgh ZIP code, but his nearby home has a Hinesburg ZIP code. Martin gave up on such confusion a long time ago and rented a P.O. box at the Monkton Firehouse. Independent photo/Steve James
08/29/2019
MONKTON — The United States Postal Service sometimes makes living in Monkton a real pain in the butt. Packages get misdelivered. Real estate gets wrongly listed. Other towns get credit for the accomplishments (and occasionally the misdeeds) of Monkton’s residents and businesses. Monktonites get stymied at the Department of Motor Vehicles. And more troubling: When there are emergencies in Monkton, haggling sometimes has to happen before a 911 dispatcher can establish the caller’s exact physical location. The Independent asked Monkton residents for their thoughts, and they had plenty to say. “...
08/22/2019
MONKTON The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Monkton between Oct. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019: •  Oct. 2: Frederick Rotax to Miranda E. Fisk, home on 46.67 acres at 40 Cemetery Road, $300,000. •  Oct. 9: Nancy P. Zylstra to Ethan H. Swift, home on 10.03 acres at 475 East View Road, $348,000. •  Oct. 12: Kassie V. Deary to Alyse Wanke, home on 2 acres at 29 Hardscrabble Road, $261,000. •  Oct. 16: Corinne Hayes to Kevin Lambert, home on 2.59 acres at 230 Twin Ridge Road, $425,000. •  Oct. 25: Michael Alderman to Miles Lindsay, home on 17.1 acres at 2432 Monkton Road...

Vermont State Police searched a property on Cattail Lane in Monkton this past Friday; it was the home of David Auclair, who was shot and killed last month.
08/05/2019
MONKTON — Vermont State Police on Friday executed a search warrant at the former Monkton home of a man who was shot and killed last month in Hinesburg, according to a report by WCAX-TV. The home on Cattail Lane is listed as the property of David Auclair — who was shot to death in Hinesburg on July 11 — and Angela Auclair, his estranged or possibly former wife. The couple purchased the home in 2004. No arrests were made, according to WCAX. Vermont State Police did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the police search, but several people familiar with the search confirmed...
08/05/2019
MONKTON — The Monkton selectboard on July 22 approved a 15 percent increase in the 2019 municipal tax rate, which was set at $0.4119 per $100 of assessed property value. Over a two-year period, however, the increase amounts to only 4.8 percent. Last year the municipal rate went down nearly 9 percent because of changes to the town’s grand list. Monkton’s residential education tax rate for fiscal year 2020 increased by 7.4 percent to $1.6547, in part because this year the Mount Abraham Unified School District is not receiving the one-time tax discount of 8 cents per $100 it received last year...
08/01/2019
MONKTON — The historic East Monkton Church will again be open for worship services during the month of August. Services will begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by refreshments and time to socialize. Then Len Rowell, pastor of the Monkton Friends Methodist Church, will lead this year’s services. Weekly messages will be based on the book of Psalms with selected verses from Psalm 107 on Aug. 4, Psalm 50 on Aug. 11, Psalm 80 on Aug. 18, and Psalm 71 on Aug. 25. Dedicated in 1867, the East Monkton Church was once one of three places of worship for the Methodist Episcopal Church of Monkton. Although the...

A DEDICATED GROUP of Monkton residents is helping eradicate the invasive species from the meadows that surround town playing fields and the Monkton Central School’s playground. Independent photos/Steve James
07/29/2019
MONKTON — “Is it weird to find it therapeutic?” asked Whitney Leighton earlier this month, after she had spent an evening helping pull up wild parsnip in Morse Park, near Monkton Central School. Leighton is one of 16 or 17 Monkton residents who have at one time or another this summer gathered in small groups to fight what is being called the Wild Parsnip Battle. And they’re making progress. Wild parsnip is an invasive plant, native to Europe and Asia that outcompetes bird- and pollinator-friendly plants, and contains a phototoxic sap that can cause burns, blistering and discoloration when...

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