PATTY HEATHER-LEA TRIMS the thread on a tote-bag-in-progress last Thursday evening. In anticipation of a state law banning single-use plastic bags, which will go into effect next July, Heather-Lea and other community members have volunteered to produce and give away reusable shopping bags.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Last Thursday evening in the basement of St. Ambrose Church in Bristol, the hum of a powerful oscillating floor fan masked other sounds. A small group of volunteers with Sewing for Change–Bristol unpacked sewing machines and bags of fabric, threaded their needles and got to work.
“Sewing for Change–Bristol, a group of people concerned about the effects single-use plastic bags are having on our environment and the health of all living things, has been sewing reusable bags to give to residents, with the idea that they will be used instead of single-use plastic bags,” said organizers...
Commander Ron LaRose
BRISTOL — At the American Legion Department of Vermont’s annual convention in South Burlington in late June, life-long Bristol resident Ron LaRose was named American Legion Commander for the Department of Vermont
LaRose was born in Bristol in 1947, graduated from Bristol High School Class of 1964, and graduated from Vermont Technical College Class of 1966.
LaRose has worked for the Agency of Transportation and Lee Lowell as a land surveyor, and later was self-employment as a land surveyor. He also worked fulltime for the Vermont Army National Guard for 27 years. He is presently partnered with...
BRISTOL — Bristol police are asking for information about two recent incidents.
On July 25 police received a report that an American flag and a Vermont state flag had been stolen from a West Street address.
On July 29 police investigated a car break-in on South Street near the bridge.
Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to contact Bristol police at 453-2533.
Between July 20 and Aug. 4, Bristol police completed 15 foot patrols and more than 16 hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Officers...
CONSULTANTS ARE DEVELOPING maps — like this one — of a potential “Triangle Bike Loop” that would connect Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes. Area residents will be able to share their views at a public meeting in New Haven this Thursday, Aug. 15. Plans call for a final route to be solidified by next February. Then advocates will look for funding to make the route a reality.
Map courtesy of SE Group
NEW HAVEN — County residents on Aug. 15 will be able to shape a newly proposed bike route that would link Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes.
The public meeting, to begin at 7 p.m. in the New Haven Town Hall, will be led by consultants from SE Group of Burlington. The company was selected to design the proposed tri-town route that, when completed, “will provide a safe and enjoyable rider experience, increase connectivity between communities along the route (New Haven, Waltham, Weybridge, Ferrisburgh), and establish a sustainable and valued recreation resource,” according to Mike Winslow,...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Albert Zaccor of Bridport, a teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, is bringing back lessons designed to engage and promote students’ understanding of Holocaust history from the nation’s leading Holocaust education conference this summer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Zaccor was one of 260 participants from all over the country who attended the museum’s annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, a three-day workshop for teachers hosted by the museum in late July. The 2019 conference is a vital part of the museum’s...
BRISTOL — After seeing a decrease in their tax bills last year, Bristol residents will see an increase for fiscal year 2020, due in large part to decreasing Act 46 school consolidation incentives.
The Bristol selectboard at its Monday, Aug. 5, meeting set the FY2020 municipal tax rate at $0.7057 per $100 of assessed property value, an increase of less than a penny, or about 0.9 percent. At the same time, it set the police district rate — which is assessed only to owners of property mostly in the village area — at $0.3135, a decrease of less than a penny, or about 1.5 percent.
As a result,...
Wonderful trails around Bristol. This network will get bigger and bigger. Get out now and do some hiking on nice easy trails. Drive to the east behind the new firehouse to a pile of gravel and walk left (east) along the edge of the woods to the corner of the woods and go right along this trail loop.
Or park at the small buildings along the road to Mt. Abe and go left to the woods edge and look for ways into the woods to find the trail around the athletic fields just inside the woods. This trail has some signs showing tree types, but at this stage it would be good to have small, 3 x 3-inch in...
A SHOPPER AT the 29th annual Three Day Stampede stands among piles of donated baskets and storage containers at the Bristol Rec Fields on Saturday considering a multitude of options. The fundraiser brought in more than $125,000 for research into curing cystic fibrosis.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
BRISTOL — The 29th annual Three Day Stampede Toward a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis, which finished up on Sunday, had raised more than $125,000 as of Monday. It will all be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“What happens here (during) Stampede week is nothing short of miraculous,” said event founder and co-organizer Bonita Bedard in the organization’s press release.
The Stampede was founded in 1989 when David and Bonita Bedard’s granddaughter Kayla was born with cystic fibrosis, a chronic disease that affects the lungs and/or digestive system of more than 30,000 people in the United...
IN 2018 VERMONT became the 33rd state infested with emerald ash borers. This map shows the areas in Vermont where infestations have been identified.
BRISTOL — Addison County communities need to be making plans — right now — to manage the emerald ash borer, which was detected in Bristol on June 5.
The towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro fall within the “confirmed infested area” (a five-mile radius from the detection), according to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
Another nine communities that are within a 10-mile radius of the detection have been designated as “high risk”: Addison, Cornwall, Ferrisburgh, Middlebury, Panton, Ripton, Vergennes, Waltham and Weybridge.
“I cannot emphasize enough that it is...
CARS LINED UP in front of the Bristol Baptist Church on Nov. 6, 1921, ready to take 62 members of the Men’s Bible Class to Middlebury during an attendance competition with the Baptist Church in that town. This was said to be “the largest delegation of men who ever left Bristol in the interest of an organization” up to that time.
Editor’s note: The First Baptist Church of Bristol — the white church on the park — will host a Bicentennial Celebration this weekend, Aug. 3 and 4. The two days of events will include:
Saturday, Aug. 3: 10–11 a.m., Historical Tours of their 200-year-old church, historical displays and a puppet show; 11 a.m.–12 noon, Best Pie Competition in the Bristol Park; to enter call 349-8383: 12 noon–1 p.m., free picnic lunch followed by old fashioned games with prizes. Music by the “Old Bones” country gospel singers. Fun for the whole family! Rain or shine.
Sunday, Aug. 4: 10 a.m. “A Celebration Tent...