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Dale Helms crafts fine furniture for function in his Bristol workshop

Posted on February 6, 2017 |
By Elsie Lyn Parini



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BRISTOL — Though Dale Helms has been making fine furniture for almost three and a half decades, he doesn’t call himself an artist. I know, it’s hard to believe. It’s even more unbelievable when you find out how much goes into every piece of his furniture. From a simple cheeseboard to a grand chair, dresser or bed, Helms has given thought to every inch of the piece; everything is done with intention.

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Pen master Jim Cunningham carves his niche

Posted on February 6, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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BRISTOL — Keypads on our computers, smart phones or tablets might dominate a lot of our communication these days, but the good old fashioned pen hasn’t gone out of style either. Especially not the hand carved wooden pens made by Jim Cunningham in Bristol.

Early in his woodworking career, Cunningham ran a rustic handmade furniture company and was a member of Vermont WoodNet — a local group of woodcrafters. “WoodNet was a good group to help me get going,” he said.

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Bristol couple mixes love of food into handmade ice cream and chocolates

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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BRISTOL — Sixteen years old is pretty young to be making life decisions, but not for Erlé LaBounty; that’s when he decided to become a chocolatier. He began crafting his first truffles in his grandfather’s farmhouse in Randolph and has been refining them for the past 19 years.

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Bristol-area coyote hunt causes controversy

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — A coyote hunt scheduled for the second weekend in February has sparked debate in Bristol and surrounding towns, with state officials also questioning whether such hunts have any effect on coyote populations.

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Five-town school spending proposals could raise taxes

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — School boards around the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union are ready to warn spending plans for the district’s five elementary schools.

When five-town voters cast ballots on Town Meeting Day they will be considering budgets that lower proposed spending at each of the schools but see small increases in the amount to be raised by taxes.

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Bristol youth pleads innocent in sexual assault case

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — A Bristol youth on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of aggravated sexual assault on a minor younger than 13 years old, stemming from an alleged Jan. 19 incident in a Mount Abraham Union High School bathroom.

Caleb M. Bonvouloir, 18, also pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of providing indecent material to a minor, for allegedly texting the victim a photo of his genitals.

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Muslim Girls Making Change will bring slam poetry to Bristol

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Four Vermont Muslim teen slam poets who call themselves “Muslim Girls Making Change”will share their experiences at a One World Library Project program in Bristol in February. The teens, who are juniors at Burlington and South Burlington High School, perform slam poetry to express their passionate concerns. They will present and discuss their work on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Holley Hall in Bristol at a free event hosted by the One World Library Project and sponsored by Bristol Friends of the Arts.

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Bristol board backs plan with 1 percent rise in town spending

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Last year at town meeting, Bristol voters said yes to an almost 10 percent hike in overall spending — largely to cover bond payments for the new fire station and South Street Bridge.

On Monday, the Bristol selectboard chose to offer voters a 2017-2018 plan calling for a 1.06 percent spending increase to $2,506,949.

The proposed amount to be raised by taxes is $2,139,887, a 1.07 percent increase over the $2,117,215 approved for 2016-2017.

Town Administrator Therese Kirby said that town officials knew last year was exceptional.

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Mount Abe plans for repairs to building: $1 million slated for facility upkeep

Posted on January 23, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Next month Bristol-area residents will vote on a proposed Mount Abraham Union High School budget that lowers overall spending but adds $1 million earmarked for repairs to the 48-year-old building.

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Bristol's pen master carves niche

Posted on January 23, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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BRISTOL — Keypads on our computers, smart phones or tablets might dominate a lot of our communication these days, but the good old fashioned pen hasn’t gone out of style either. Especially not the hand carved wooden pens made by Jim Cunningham in Bristol.

Early in his woodworking career, Cunningham ran a rustic handmade furniture company and was a member of Vermont WoodNet — a local group of woodcrafters. “WoodNet was a good group to help me get going,” he said.

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