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Bristol’s new playground generating strong feelings

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A spirited debate about a new playground on the town green has sprung up between residents in the past several weeks. Some described the not-yet-completed playground as an eyesore, while others chimed in to defend the months of hard work of playground organizers.

The discussion began with a series of posts on Front Porch Forum both criticizing and praising the playground project.

“The new playground is the ugliest thing I have ever seen,” wrote Scott and Stacie Ayotte on Aug. 29.

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Almost Home Market is for sale

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A town institution is for sale in Bristol, but the owners say business is doing just fine.

Almost Home Market co-owner Beth Marr said she and fellow owner Gary Smith are selling the store, which has been a fixture of Bristol’s North Street for a decade.

“My business partner is not able to fulfill his partnership because of illness and I never intended on taking it solo,” Marr said, adding that she wants to pursue other interests.

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Two injured in Bristol shooting incident, one by a state trooper

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Two people were shot, one by a state trooper, during an incident Thursday evening on Pine Street in Bristol.

Both victims remain hospitalized on Friday afternoon, police said, but did not elaborate on their conditions.

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Talk to focus on women's shelter in India

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Sister Lucy Kurien, founder and director of Maher, will give a free talk at the WalkOver Gallery this Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Chai and cookies will be served.

Maher is an NGO based in Pune, India, serving four Indian states. Maher’s primary purpose is to provide shelter and care to women in crisis. Maher also has children’s homes, homes for women with disabilities, homes for elderly women, and a home for men with physical and mental disabilities.

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Winston to discuss Alfred Hitchcock films

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Rick Winston, a Vermont Humanities Council presenter and a film expert, will discuss “Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense” in a meeting of the Bristol Historical Society on Thursday, Sept. 18. The talk will take place at Howden Hall, 19 West St., beginning at 7 p.m.

Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant moviemaking career, illustrating his talk with 12 film clips.

The event is free and open to the public. The building is accessible to people with mobility issues.

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Bristol welcomes new South Street bridge

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — After years of waiting, Bristol residents again have a bridge across South Street.

“It’s exciting,” said Dora Rivera, who lives on the west side of the bridge. “The crew did an awesome job.”

The span over the New Haven River was closed in July of 2010 after an Agency of Transportation inspection found it to be unsafe for vehicular traffic, though residents still walked across it to get to downtown Bristol.

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UPDATED: Four nabbed in Bristol drug bust

Posted on September 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Bristol police on Friday morning arrested four people on drug charges during a bust that also netted more than $4,000 in cash and thousands of bags of heroin.

Bristol Police Department Chief Kevin Gibbs said he believes the operation dealt a “significant hit” to a large, out-of-state drug operation. He added that in recent years he has seen a pattern of out-of-state dealers come to Bristol to operate.

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Lake Monsters 'draft' Bristol baseball player

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — The Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball team in Burlington looked in their own backyard to fill an open roster spot by signing a Bristol native to a one-day contract.

The Class-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics signed catcher Ethan Fritz, who became a free agent after a strong season this spring with the Bristol Eagles.

Not bad for a kid who’s just 11.

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Nature and fishing come alive in local author's new book

Posted on August 19, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — The latest book by Bristol resident and Addison Independent outdoor columnist Matthew Dickerson hit the shelves last week.

Dickerson describes “Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia,” co-authored by David L. O’Hara, as a mosaic combining nature writing, fly-fishing narrative, memoir and philosophical and spiritual inquiry.

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Bristol author enjoying success with Eddie Red series

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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BRISTOL — Author Marcia Wells writes her books in her home just outside of Bristol, which is situated far from any neighbors.

“We’re very isolated — it’s just me and the chickens,” she told a visitor with a laugh last week.

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