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Bristol tax rate inches up; board nixes filing surcharge

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — At a Monday meeting, the Bristol selectboard set 2011-2012 property tax rates that rose a few percentage points for each type of property.

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Mount Abe board accused of illegal executive sessions

Posted on August 8, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School Board meeting on Tuesday kicked off with a statement from Starksboro’s John Jefferies, a previous Robinson Elementary School board chairman, that he believed that the veiled nature of the teachers’ contract negotiations this past winter was unlawful.

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Bristol couple arrested after Hinesburg shooting incident

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



BRISTOL — Vermont State Police arrested two Bristol residents on drug and aggravated assault charges on Wednesday following a shooting incident in Hinesburg.

The incident stemmed from a complaint from Shawn Holbrook, 34, of Hinesburg, who alleged he was shot at on Wednesday at about 12:30 a.m. while driving his vehicle near the intersection of Route 116 and Mechanicsville Road in Hinesburg. Police confirmed two bullet holes in the driver’s side door and were subsequently able to recover evidence of the shooting at the scene.

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Bristol Three-Day Stampede beats all records

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The numbers are in, and this year’s Three-Day Stampede is one for the records.

In its 21st year, Bristol’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund-raiser has generated more than $102,000 in donations, smashing the previous record of $100,000 set in 2009.

“We’re already inching up to the $103,000 mark,” said event co-founder Bonita Bedard. “Donations come in that we don’t expect and we always get a little bit afterwards.”

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Bristol's downtown designation renewed

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Downtown Bristol has been a state Designated Downtown district since 2006. Every five years, the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership is required to apply for a renewal of the town’s designation.

On Monday, before the Bristol selectboard’s meeting, Bristol Town Administrator Bill Bryant and Carol Wells, director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership (BDCP) and a selectboard member, made the trek to Montpelier to defend Bristol’s downtown title for the first time.

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Grocery service builds the Vermont brand

Posted on July 25, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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BRISTOL — For hundreds of years, Vermont has been a name known regionally, nationally and even internationally for its food products — butter, cheese, milk, maple syrup and apples. But out-of-state residents couldn’t get their groceries directly from Vermont.

Now that’s changing with the help of businesses like Bristol’s Graze, which delivers farm-fresh food from Vermont to homes in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Bristol readies for busy 'stampede' on July 29-31

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — When Kayla Flint of Bristol was born in 1989 with cystic fibrosis — a widespread genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract — her grandparents David and Bonita Bedard were unwilling to sit idle.

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Bristol man pitches his way to world tournament

Posted on July 18, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — Since his youth, Brian Simmons has lived, walked, breathed and thrown horseshoes.

After some health setbacks several years ago, the Bristol resident this week is heading to Louisiana to compete in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) World Championships, where he is looking to regain a world title he won twice early in the decade.

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Bristol mulls a new date for police district meeting

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard is exploring the possibility of moving the annual meeting of the Bristol police district from its usual late May date to the annual Town Meeting Day in March. The change could take place as soon as next year.

At their Monday meeting, selectboard members discussed the idea with Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, who supports the move.

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Planner explains new Bristol town plan draft

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — After months of changes to the town plan update, the Bristol Planning Commission unveiled its latest draft last week. In response to the draft and its editing process, the Independent  has received numerous questions and concerns. To try and clear up several issues, reporter Andrew Stein met with planning commission Chairman Tom Wells after the planners’ Tuesday, July 12, meeting. Here’s what Wells had to say.

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