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Single-payer advocates make health care pitch

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Vermonters are dying because they cannot afford health care, Montpelier physician Deb Richter told a gathering of concerned citizens at the Bristol firehouse Thursday night. Patients with little or no health insurance often delay seeking primary care until it is too late, she added.

“Our health care system is a catastrophe,” Richter said.

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Bristol Police Log: Police cite man for domestic assault

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — On Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11:55 a.m., Bristol police responded to a report of domestic assault.

Police cited Sergiu Babenco, 33, of Bristol for domestic assault, and released him with an order to appear in court on Feb. 20.

Between Feb. 12 and Feb. 25, Bristol police completed 34 foot and car patrols at various locations, namely on Mountain Street, Main Street and surrounding areas including near Bristol Elementary School, and at other locations around town, with five of the patrols done under contract from the town.

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2018 Bristol town meeting preview

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Bristol voters will convene at Holley Hall on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. for the annual town meeting, which will also include the last official school meeting for the independent Bristol School District. Voting by Australian ballot will take place at the same place on the next day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bristol voters are being asked to approve $2,609,402 in town spending, which represents a 1.5 percent increase in total expenditures over last year.

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Wary of a big bond, some eye alternatives for Mt. Abe

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Charlie Mitchell



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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories by Middlebury College intern Charlie Mitchell about the upcoming $29.5 million bond vote for the renovation of the Mount Abraham Union High School. Last Thursday, he gave a brief overview of the plan and looked at demographic and workforce trends in the district. This third story reviews other options as the district looks forward.

 

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Mount Abe bond faces crucial vote

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Charlie Mitchell



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BRISTOL — Residents of Mount Abe Unified School District will try for a third time to pass a bond vote to renovate the aging middle-and-high school facility on March 6, Town Meeting Day. This third vote is much like the previous two, with some significant compromises to reflect a 20 percent drop in proposed spending on the renovation.

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Bristol board nears vote on natural gas agreement

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard at its Feb. 19 meeting inched closer to signing a license agreement with Vermont Gas Systems to bring natural gas service to Bristol.

“At some point we’re going to have to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ on this,” said selectboard member Peter Coffey. Convinced the pipeline would attract new businesses to Bristol and increase the town’s grand list, he announced he was prepared to vote in favor of the project.

Selectboard member Michelle Perlee also said she would vote “yes.”

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Changing demographics prompt question: What does Mount Abe’s future hold?

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Charlie Mitchell



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BRISTOL — In 15 years, the student population at Mount Abraham Union High School has dropped 33 percent, from almost 1,000 students to 639. That drop in student numbers is part of the reason that the per capita cost of education per pupil has risen so dramatically over that same period.

Will that trend continue? Not necessarily, but the jury is out.

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Bristol Police Log: Police aid driver with medical condition

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — On Thursday, Feb. 8, just after 6 p.m., Bristol police assisted a motorist who had driven off the road while experiencing a medical event. Police stayed with the motorist and offered assistance until the Bristol Rescue Squad arrived.

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Lincoln's Forlenza to run for Vt. House

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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LINCOLN — Paul Forlenza has spent the past several years supporting and recruiting Addison County Democrats to run for county and statewide offices.

The longtime Lincoln resident is now ready to place his own name on an election ballot.

Forlenza, former chairman of the Addison County Democratic Committee, confirmed last week he’ll run for one of the two seats representing the Addison-4 district in the Vermont House.

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Bristol board warm to gas pipeline; some residents cooler

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — Officials from Vermont Gas Systems shared their plans for extending their natural gas pipeline into Bristol at a special selectboard meeting Monday evening at Holley Hall.

While some in the audience of more than 20 Addison County residents — mostly from Bristol — welcomed the arrival of piped natural gas, there was also a significant amount of confusion, frustration and concern for the environment expressed by many others.

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