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Abigail Ledoux

Print & Multimedia Journalist

Location icon United States

Emerson College alumna
Class of 2014 - Summa cum laude
Print & Multimedia Journalism
Minor in Political Science

Experience:
*Milton Independent reporter/production
*St. Albans Messenger correspondent
*Boston.com "Your Town" correspondent
*Emerson College campus news reporter
*Green Mountain Coffee Roasters public relations intern
*WECB FM political talk radio show host/DJ

Contact:
[email protected] / [email protected]

Portfolio
Miltonindependent
12/23/2014
Big bonds headed for Georgia ballot

The Georgia School Board will likely introduce two big-ticket items on the Town Meeting ballot, as discussed at a presentation last Tuesday night. About 20 people came to the school library to hear about a $2.2 million cafeteria expansion and $1.3 million bond to replace its aging heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.

Miltonindependent
02/18/2015
House blaze forces family into the cold

A house fire in Georgia forced a family and its numerous pets into the sub-zero cold early last Saturday morning. According to Georgia Fire Department Assistant Chief Jamie Cota, reports of the blaze came in at 12:36 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the Sawyer residence at 3256 High Bridge Rd., the blaze was raging inside.

Miltonindependent
02/12/2015
Georgia: Spending down, budget up

The town of Georgia is relying on its grand list growth to tamp down expected tax levy increases in 2015. The $2.45 million budget actually spends less than in 2014, but it also assumes nearly $160,000 less in revenues, requiring a $1.59 million tax levy, a 10 percent increase or $140,000 more than in 2014.

Miltonindependent
02/12/2015
Georgia: Spending down, budget up

The town of Georgia is relying on its grand list growth to tamp down expected tax levy increases in 2015. The $2.45 million budget actually spends less than in 2014, but it also assumes nearly $160,000 less in revenues, requiring a $1.59 million tax levy, a 10 percent increase or $140,000 more than in 2014.

Miltonindependent
02/04/2015
Act 250 considers quarry impacts

Georgia businessman Jim Harrison's quest for Act 250 approval of a rock quarry resumed on Wednesday, Jan. 28, this round to discuss effects on water supply, earth resources, traffic and compliance with local plans. Neighbors also returned to voice their opposition to Harrison's scaled back plans for the operation, sited on a 103-acre parcel between Skunk Hill Road and Route 104A.

Miltonindependent
01/28/2015
Chilly cheer

Milton may be spared the worst of the blizzard that blanketed the northeast, but any Vermonter knows winter here is more than a season - it's practically a lifestyle. Milton Recreation will celebrate that with food, fun and games at the seventh annual Winter Festival on Friday, Feb. 13 - Sunday, Feb.

Miltonindependent
11/25/2014
Town asserts position on ancient roads

Four months ago, Georgia residents Tony Heinlein and Patrick Burke presented the town with a map of over 200 ancient roads that, unless the town officially accepted, would disappear from history. Last week, the ad hoc committee charged with examining the fruits of the men's labor announced they would take no action to retain the now-identified corridors unless asked by an abutting landowner or interested party.

Miltonindependent
11/25/2014
Wanted Georgia man now in custody

A Georgia man wanted by Vermont State Police for escape, grand larceny and failure to appear in court is now in Vermont Department of Corrections custody. Travis Sweeney, 30, was detained Wednesday, Nov. 19 when he turned himself in, officials confirmed. Sweeney had been at large since September, the Independent reported.

Miltonindependent
11/25/2014
Tom and Jake return home for the holidays

Milton's favorite fowl have found a new home since their School Street eviction several months ago. A hospitable benefactor who prefers to remain anonymous has formally adopted Tom and Jake. They now live with him and a host of other animals in a private chalet, where they are kept warm and fed regularly.

Miltonindependent
09/03/2014
Spontaneous matrimony - The Milton Independent Online

On Tuesday, Wayne Baker-Rockholmes arrived home in Vermont after a 3,000-mile journey from Japan. On Thursday, he was married. Baker-Rockholmes, a Montgomery native and staff sergeant crew chief jet mechanic in the Air Force for almost 12 years, is stationed in Okinawa. It was there that he met his bride, Asuka Huddleston, just over a year ago.

Miltonindependent
01/22/2015
Harrison quarry seeks Act 250 approval

After Georgia's Zoning Board of Adjustment denied him twice, local businessman Jim Harrison took his proposed quarry endeavor to Act 250, seeking approval for the business sited just south of his concrete facility. The embattled venture has been in the works since Harrison purchased the 103-acre parcel in 2007, project manager Peter Garceau of Cross Consulting Engineers said.

Miltonindependent
09/18/2014
3rd generation Milton firefighter honored - The Milton Independent Online

3rd generation Milton firefighter honored In Milton Fire Department's 77 years, at least one - and often two - of its members has been a Lombard. This year, third generation Milton firefighter Corey Lombard received the Firefighter of the Year award, a peer-awarded honor. Lombard's father, Bob, recently celebrated his 50th year on the department.

Miltonindependent
11/13/2014
Vote for me

On November 4, 18-year-old Kristyn Holsopple cast her first-ever vote - for herself. More than 1,200 other Miltonians did, too, and just three months into her 18th year, she was elected justice of the peace. "I'm excited," the Milton High School senior said. "It's something new, something different."

Miltonindependent
10/16/2014
Pro skier inspires students' service

Everyone looks forward to a lunchtime break, but the 30 students who pile in Lynne Manley's classroom give that up once a week to plan community service projects. This is Interact Club, a Rotary-affiliated service group in its third year at MHS with a steadily growing membership.

Miltonindependent
10/09/2014
Aiming high

The town of Georgia can now count among its namesakes a Vermont Air National Guard fighter jet. Aircraft 365 was named the "Spirit of Georgia" by the 158th Fighter Wing, which recently dedicated each of its 23 F-16Cs to Vermont and New York towns with the most airmen.

Miltonindependent
09/29/2014
Georgia man at large - The Milton Independent Online

Georgia man at large A Georgia man is wanted by Vermont State Police for escape, failure to appear in court and grand larceny. Police say 29-year-old Travis W. Sweeney escaped on foot after state police, U.S. Marshals and a U.S. Border Patrol K9 unit attempted to locate him at two Georgia residences on Ballard Road and Cedarwood Terrace.

Miltonindependent
10/02/2014
Melissa Fisher: An open door policy - The Milton Independent Online

Each fall, schools around Vermont recognize their most excellent educators. In Milton and Georgia, colleagues nominate candidates for the University of Vermont Outstanding Teacher award, presented at an annual banquet. Up to 100 teachers are nominated each year in the 45 participating districts.

Miltonindependent
10/02/2014
Open for business - The Milton Independent Online

The much buzzed-about Dollar General on Georgia's Route 7 opened for business on Sunday, Sept. 14, much to some locals' chagrin. Last Saturday, the store held its grand opening. Dollar General spokeswoman Crystal Ghassemi said the retailer foregoes traditional ribbon cutting events for a less grand, more low-key opening.

Miltonindependent
09/24/2014
Longtime Georgia gun shop to close - The Milton Independent Online

After nearly 40 years of business in Georgia, Bob's Gun Shop is shutting its doors. "It's just not fun anymore," said owner Bob Letourneau, who opened the shop on Ballard Road in 1977. "The whole country is changing ... it makes it kind of difficult to stay in business."

Miltonindependent
01/15/2015
GEMS budget up .5 percent

In its first meeting of 2015, the Georgia School Board wasted no time getting down to business. The board unanimously approved the fiscal year 2016 budget it will present to voters on Town Meeting Day. At $12.89 million, the budget is up a half percent over FY15, a conservative increase board members and administrators reveled in.

Miltonindependent
01/15/2015
GEMS budget up .5 percent

In its first meeting of 2015, the Georgia School Board wasted no time getting down to business. The board unanimously approved the fiscal year 2016 budget it will present to voters on Town Meeting Day. At $12.89 million, the budget is up a half percent over FY15, a conservative increase board members and administrators reveled in.

Miltonindependent
10/30/2014
Playing the odds: Living with a 50 percent risk

Ashliegh Belrose remembers the car ride to her doctor's office last November like it was yesterday. On the radio, Sara Bareilles crooned her hit song, and Belrose swore the pop star was singing directly to her: "I wanna see you be brave."

Miltonindependent
10/30/2014
Up, up and away

Standing in a woven wicker basket nearly 2,700 feet off the ground is a good way to gain some perspective. Everything is small - swimming pools, parking lots, highways. More than half a mile above the earth, you quickly realize how little separates you from freefalling past the oak trees you glide over, through the sharp wind that whips your face as you take in the vistas.

Miltonindependent
10/30/2014
Up, up and away

Standing in a woven wicker basket nearly 2,700 feet off the ground is a good way to gain some perspective. Everything is small - swimming pools, parking lots, highways. More than half a mile above the earth, you quickly realize how little separates you from freefalling past the oak trees you glide over, through the sharp wind that whips your face as you take in the vistas.

Miltonindependent
11/25/2014
Kindergarteners plan Thanksgiving

Georgia Elementary School kindergarten teacher Sue Tougas asked her students: What would you do if your mom told you to make Thanksgiving dinner this year? These are their responses. I would go to the store and get a small turkey.

Miltonindependent
11/13/2014
Wardens euthanize moose on Route 7

A Milton moose's 15 minutes of fame came to an end Thursday morning after game wardens euthanized the animal for safety concerns, authorities confirmed. The female yearling, who drew a sizable crowd and brief Internet popularity, had wandered toward Route 7 near Ritchie Avenue early Thursday morning, snarling traffic. Lt.

Miltonindependent
11/13/2014
Three months in Riyadh

After her high school graduation, Jackie Shiffler knew she wanted to escape her hometown of Altoona, Penn. She got what she bargained for when she found herself in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia a few years later. Shiffler, now a Milton resident, enlisted in 1988 because "I wanted to fight for my country," she said.

Miltonindependent
02/18/2015
Cold as ice, Winter Fest - mostly - plows on

With temps dipping well below 0 degrees and the wind chill pushing them even lower, last weekend was, in a word, cold. Still, Milton Recreation's 8th annual Winter Festival went on, and people showed up. Lots, Rec Coordinator Kym Duchesneau said, all things considered.

Miltonindependent
09/24/2014
Special report: Poultry proclaim their purpose - The Milton Independent Online

T he Milton Independent obtained exclusive access to the pair of turkeys that have been terrorizing townspeople as of late. W e know you have questions. We have answers. See the revealing Q&A with the birds everyone's talking about below. Special report: Poultry proclaim their purpose Milton Independent: First thing's first ...

Miltonindependent
12/18/2014
Big topics discussed at breakfast

Last Wednesday began with nearly half a foot of fresh snow and a morning gathering of officials in Milton. Following the first large storm this winter, Milton's annual legislative breakfast on December 10 joined state lawmakers, town staff and board members for a morning of quiche, coffee and discussion of priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

Miltonindependent
01/08/2015
Checking up on book patrons

Starting this month, Georgia residents who want to check their blood pressure need look no further than the town library. Georgia Public Library is one of 12 statewide partnering with the Vermont Department of Health to offer blood pressure monitors for patrons.

Miltonindependent
12/05/2014
Fiery crash in Georgia sends one to hospital

An early morning car crash in Georgia sent one man to the hospital on Friday, Vermont State Police said. Troopers reported Timothy Martin, 21, of St. Albans was traveling south on Interstate 89 when he veered off the left shoulder, struck a rock ledge, crossed the median and hit a set of guardrails.

Miltonindependent
12/10/2014
iSuccess

Georgia Elementary and Middle School can now count itself part of an Apple Distinguished School System. The tech giant recently recognized Franklin West Supervisory Union for its success in innovation, leadership and fostering an exemplary learning environment. FWSU is the first district in Vermont to receive this designation.

Miltonindependent
12/18/2014
Cold lunch

Most picnics don't happen in 30-degree weather, but one did at the Georgia school last Friday, and for good reason. That cold winter day, about 80 GEMS 7th and 8th graders ate lunch exposed to the elements to raise money and awareness for homelessness.

Miltonindependent
08/27/2014
Conger's role in Raid retold - The Milton Independent Online

On a warm night in late August, Colin Conger donned a wool jacket and unsheathed a long sword. He looked prepared to mount a horseback and ride through the night. Instead, he gave a historical presentation at the Georgia Public Library. Conger is the great-great-grandson of Cpt.

Miltonindependent
07/30/2014
If these roads could talk - The Milton Independent Online

The town of Georgia has 89 miles of public road. People walk, run and drive across them every day. But what happens when years go by, transportation evolves, the town shifts in shape and size, and roads slip out of regular use?

Miltonindependent
05/14/2014
Missions accomplished - The Milton Independent Online

Green Up Day volunteers usually find tires, fast food wrappers and the sometimes-odd item on roadsides on the annual Vermont cleanup holiday. But in Milton this year, a woman stumbled upon a rare find that reunited a Nebraska man with his father's military service.

Miltonindependent
08/27/2014
Muddy waters - The Milton Independent Online

Muddy waters Toxic algal blooms in Georgia Shore come and go; cause for concern On a Monday visit to Georgia Beach, the sun shimmered upon Lake Champlain. A boat eased off the dock, and waves lapped softly on the shore. You might never know there were toxins in these waters as recently as last week.

Miltonindependent
09/10/2014
State spikes road salt price - The Milton Independent Online

As summer tapers off, local towns are already gearing up for another Vermont winter. In Milton and Georgia, that means stockpiling road salt, and they've been warned to dig deep to pay for it this year. A letter to town officials from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns advised this season would see increased prices for road salt.

Miltonindependent
08/07/2014
Beach bans - The Milton Independent Online

Visitors to Georgia Beach may have noticed new regulatory signs there this week. Last Monday, the selectboard unanimously adopted two ordinances officially banning smoking and dogs at the beach. Town Administrator Mike McCarthy drafted the rules, which will become effective September 28 if residents don't petition for a hearing to debate or amend the new bylaws.

Miltonindependent
08/14/2014
SNAP Fitness open for business - The Milton Independent Online

This month marked the soft opening of SNAP Fitness, the long awaited 24-hour gym on Route 7 and the first business to open in the Ice Barn property since the skating rink closed three years ago. Almost a year after the bank foreclosed on the former owners, real estate developer Patrick Malone bought the 11-acre spot for $800,000.

Milton Independent
07/23/2014
Dairy grant boosts 17 farms

Gov. Shumlin, state officials visit Georgia dairy farm Around this time last year, cornfields and farmlands across Vermont were underwater. A tough growing season plagued with unyielding rain made for muddy fields and flooded crops. ...

Miltonindependent
07/30/2014
Summer of giving - The Milton Independent Online

A Georgia resident's online fundraising campaign has raised over $3,000 for the Georgia Food Shelf since June. In one month, 33 people pledged a total of $2,070 in online donations to Stephanie Munson's fundraiser. Food shelf organizer Jolly Bates estimated that she received another $1,000 from in-person donations from community members who heard about Munson's drive.

Miltonindependent
07/16/2014
Natural beauty - The Milton Independent Online

Natural beauty New Deer Brook trail complete in Georgia Between the chirping of morning birds and the stream of summer sunlight through a lush treetop canopy, it's easy to forget where you are: just off of a state highway, two miles from the busy center of town, next to a sand pit with rumbling trucks hauling concrete.

Miltonindependent
06/11/2014
Century Arms lays off 41 workers - The Milton Independent Online

Century International Arms notified 41 workers last Thursday morning that their jobs had been terminated, collected their identification badges and escorted them from the plant during an 8 a.m. shift change. In a press release, Century said the layoffs occurred as a consequence of the White House's denial of a large importation of vintage WWII rifles from the South Korean government.

Miltonindependent
08/21/2014
Summer School - The Milton Independent Online

Summer School MHS students get real world experience at Husky As summer vacation winds down, most students are gearing up to return to school, but Milton High School incoming seniors Joshua Hetrick and Taylor Wensley never really left the classroom.

Miltonindependent
07/10/2014
A new sheriff in town - The Milton Independent Online

The town of Georgia has found a new town administrator in Michael McCarthy, a former police chief and Georgia resident for 36 years. McCarthy assumed his position on June 16, just six days after former administrator Deb Woodward's last day in office. "It's very different every day," McCarthy said.

Miltonindependent
05/21/2014
A different kind of vacation - The Milton Independent Online

A different kind of vacation For many, the words "spring break" may invoke images of rowdy parties or tropical getaways. But for eight Milton High School students who spent their break in Wells, Maine, lounging on the beach was relinquished for cleaning it up.

Miltonindependent
06/04/2014
Happy trails - The Milton Independent Online

Happy trails Barbara Joachim retires after 37 years Barbara Joachim retired on Friday, and on Monday, she was already on the road: to Montana for a wedding, Indiana and Colorado to visit family, Georgia and South Carolina to see friends. She'll be back in a few months.

Miltonindependent
04/30/2014
You can grow your own way - The Milton Independent Online

You can grow your own way Milton Rec Dept. to host giant pumpkin growing contest Forget James and the Giant Peach - in Milton, it's Brent and the Giant Pumpkin. Last year, local Brent Towne took his green thumb to his backyard and grew a prize-winning 1,290-pound pumpkin big enough to carry Cinderella to the ball.

Miltonindependent
04/16/2014
State to ramp up EEE testing - The Milton Independent Online

State health officials hosted a public meeting in Swanton last Thursday night to announce increased testing for a rare but deadly mosquito-borne virus that killed two horses last summer and surfaced in Milton last fall.

Miltonindependent
06/26/2014
Milton awarded $875k housing grant - The Milton Independent Online

Milton homeowner Kerry McManamon hosted U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and other officials at her home on Hillary Lane last Friday, where a new round of almost $4 million in federal grant money was announced. Milton received $875,500, the largest chunk awarded to the 10 Vermont receiving towns.

Miltonindependent
06/11/2014
Woodward steps down - The Milton Independent Online

After over a decade in municipal government, Deb Woodward is leaving her post as Georgia town administrator this month. Woodward is breaking from the public sector to return to school to study IT programming, software and support in an eight-week program leading to guaranteed employment at Vermont Information Processing in Colchester.

Miltonindependent
06/18/2014
Boat launch ready for summer - The Milton Independent Online

Seeing concrete slabs sitting in the Georgia Beach parking lot, visitors may think the boat launch renovation never materialized - but they would be wrong, beach manager Kerry Burke said. "A lot of people seem to think it was never put in," Burke said of the Harrison Concrete donation that extended the Georgia boat launch farther into Lake Champlain.

Miltonindependent
04/30/2014
Georgia resolves Rhodes case - The Milton Independent Online

Georgia's Selectboard unanimously voted to pay John Rhodes his court-awarded damages and attorney fees at its meeting Monday night, resolving the decade-plus land use lawsuit. Last month, a judge awarded Rhodes $232,800 in damages after finding the town prevented him from developing houses and a golf course on 209 acres of his family's farm off Georgia Shore Road by refusing to reclassify an access road.

Miltonindependent
06/04/2014
Third time's a charm for Georgia - The Milton Independent Online

Georgia's fiscal year 2015 school budget passed by 221 votes in its third try on Tuesday, June 3. More residents cast their ballots for Tuesday's budget than for either of the two previous proposals: About 26 percent of the town's 3,213 registered voters showed up at the polls this round.

Miltonindependent
07/23/2014
Georgia Public Library awarded $1k grant - The Milton Independent Online

Georgia Public Library awarded $1k grant The Georgia Public Library received a $1,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, a community outreach program that provided $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind contributions to organizations across the country last year, according to its website. Former GPL trustee Mary O'Neil pursued the grant opportunity.

Miltonindependent
05/28/2014
Georgia crash sends 2 to hospital - The Milton Independent Online

Georgia crash sends 2 to hospital A car crash at a Georgia intersection sent two drivers to the hospital Wednesday morning. Vermont State Police said Rachel Rowe, 17, sustained internal injuries after she pulled onto Route 7 from Plains Road, colliding with a 2010 Jeep Wrangler traveling south, driven by Kristy Jankowski, 40.

Miltonindependent
08/14/2014
Police: Mother endangered children - The Milton Independent Online

Police: Mother endangered children A Georgia woman was arrested twice by Vermont State Police last Monday. Michelle Medor, 28, faces charges of child endangerment, driving with a criminally suspended license and DUI. Medor's first arrest occurred when VSP responded to a suspicious circumstance at Fairfield Pond, where Medor's three children, ages 6, 6 and 9, were found playing unsupervised around the large body of water.

Samessenger
02/01/2014
LEGISLATURE: Guns on school grounds

Messenger Contributor You can't leave a gun full of bullets in your car and then expect to use it hunting after school. - Rep. Carolyn Branagan, R-Georgia ST. ALBANS - Some members of the Vermont Legislature are seeking change to the state law regarding guns on school property.

Emerson
Laverne Cox kicks off Trans Awareness Week

By Erin Connolly '15 and Abby Ledoux '14 Laverne Cox speaks with student journalists before her November 4 lecture, which kicked off Emerson's first Transgender Awareness Week. (Photo by Kelsey Davis '14) Laverne Cox, transgender actor in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black , spoke to a full house at the Bright Family Screening Room on November 4 as part of Emerson's first Transgender Awareness Week, titled "The Authentic Me."

Emerson
Alumna on conservative marriage equality group

Abby Ledoux '14 An alumna and former campaign press secretary for John McCain accepted a position last month to serve on the leadership committee of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, a Republican-led campaign within the bipartisan Freedom to Marry Coalition that promotes nationwide marriage equality.

Emerson
Mary Beth Tinker visits Emerson

Student rights advocate Mary Beth Tinker visited Emerson on November 14 to discuss her landmark Supreme Court case, Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Members of the Emerson community filled Piano Row's Multipurpose Room to hear Tinker relay the story of the case that helped establish a standard for students' First Amendment rights in schools.

Emerson
Showcase features the best of Emerson

Jamie Loftus '13 and Abby Ledoux '14 Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Paramount Center on September 17 to preview Emerson's latest and greatest material as well as showcase some of the interesting work the school has produced since President Pelton's arrival in July 2011.

Emerson
Arnold Worldwide exec talks advertising

Fran Kelly, vice chairman of Boston-based global advertising agency Arnold Worldwide, spoke to Emerson graduate students in the Charles Beard Room on November 8, sharing his insights into the advertising world. When asked by students what his best work has been, Kelly was quick to list the famous 1998-2006 "Drivers Wanted" ad campaign that Arnold Worldwide developed for Volkswagen.

Emerson
Alumna hosts Hispanic lifestyle TV show

By Abby Ledoux '14 Natalie Zarowny '12 is the new host of Hola America , a weekly English-language news and lifestyle broadcast tailored to the Hispanic community in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa on WQPT-TV, a PBS affiliate.

Emerson
Casson awarded for innovative course

By Abby Ledoux '14 Christine Casson, senior writer-in-residence in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department, was chosen to receive this year's ProArts Consortium 's Classroom Connect Award and $3,000 grant for innovative course development. Together with Peter Madden from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Casson will teach Text Isles: The Art of Making Books and Poems (WR416-01) in the Spring 2014 semester.

Emerson
'Cocktail Party' shown at Second Thursday event

Abby Ledoux '14 Distinguished Director-In-Residence Theodore "Regge" LIfe Distinguished Director-in-Residence Theodore "Regge" Life showed scenes from his feature film Cocktail Party on February 14 at a Second Thursday event in the Max Mutchnick Campus Center. The event is part of a monthly series designed to create a forum on campus for faculty members to present their recent work, including research and creative projects.

Emerson
Filmmaker Green '81 shares experiences

Academy Award-nominated producer Sarah Green '81 spoke to the Emerson community on December 3 in a well-attended event as part of the Bright Lights series. Sponsored by the Department of Visual and Media Arts, the series brings screenings, discussions, and presentations from industry professionals to Emerson.

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