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Bristol dentist tells stories of life farming the Great Plains

Posted on June 13, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Bristol dentist Jim Cossaart will be flying to Kansas this weekend, as he does several times a year, to repair barbed wire fences and move some cows around.

The Cossaart family has been farming and ranching on the same piece of Kansas soil since 1870.

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Donation of lungs gives Bristol woman new life

Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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BRISTOL — Bristol resident Tammy Shackett was once an active member of her local community, but eventually she was forced to rely on an oxygen tank to breathe due to a lifelong struggle with lung problems.

After four years of waiting for a suitable lung donor, the 52-year-old announced on March 12 that she was done.

“It’s going to come when it comes and if it doesn’t I’m just going to adapt to living on oxygen,” she recounted in an interview this week. “I wasn’t giving up on life, I was giving up on waiting.”

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Bristol Elementary's Sandy Haddock to retire after 42 years

Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — “In my classroom, ‘I can’t’ is not an option,” said Bristol Elementary School teacher Sandy Haddock. “I tell them ‘Yes you can! You may need help getting there.’ And I give them examples, like ‘Mrs. Haddock can’t draw worth beans, but I still keep trying.’”

For 42 years, Haddock has been encouraging and inspiring kids. After the Bristol Elementary school bell rings on Friday Haddock will retire.

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Meet the Chef: Laura Mack from lu-lu's

Posted on June 6, 2016 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Nope, her name isn’t Lou-lou. It’s Laura. Laura Mack is behind the creamy and creative goodness at lu·lu’s ice cream on Main Street in Bristol. In the summer of 2012 Mack’s sister Martha opened the small-batch, artisan ice cream shop.

“Martha was the brain child of it all,” Laura Mack said in a recent interview. “I get to play with it now,” she added, a phrase she knows well as the younger sister. Martha’s interests lead her to specialty cocktails and bartending, and Mack took over the ice cream business.

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Bristol Republican in race for county's two Senate seats

Posted on June 6, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Lynn Dike has technically been a “senator” since she was a teenager. Now 65, she still proudly claims the moniker as an alum of Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School in Orange, Mass., whose sports teams bear the “Senators” nickname.

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Mount Abe's married athletic directors made job-share a success

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — No matter how much people have enjoyed a job over the years, a time can come when a new direction looks like a good idea.

At least that’s how married couple Jeff and Mary Stetson explained their decision to step down this June from their unique 25-year partnership as Mount Abraham Union High School’s co-athletic directors.

Jeff, 58, and Mary, 55, who will still teach part-time and coach at Mount Abe, can readily offer highlights from their years sharing the AD job.

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Legion recognizes Bristol police officer as a top cop

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — The Vermont American Legion has named Bristol police officer Josh Otey its Vermont Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

“All the candidates were worthy of the award and recognition ... It had to be a hard choice for the committee in that they were all so deserving,” wrote Tom Scanlon, chair of the Legion’s Law and Order Committee in a letter to Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, notifying Gibbs that Otey had been selected for the award.

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Mt. Abe students vistit Statehouse

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Mount Abraham Union High School students from the Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program (VTLSP) joined students from around Vermont at the Statehouse recently as Gov. Peter Shumlin signed an official proclamation declaring May 2016 as Vermont Youth Appreciation Month.

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ANeSU teacher contract includes 3.25 percent raises for two years

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — After 16 months of negotiations, the teachers of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union have a contract.

What began as a fractious and drawn-out negotiation that twice threatened to dead end — first at an officially declared impasse, then at a call for a fact-finding hearing — has resolved with a teacher salary increase of 3.25 percent for this year and the next.

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Heirloom hardwoods get new life at Bristol business

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Vermont Tree Goods — a new Bristol business being launched by sawyer/woodworker/entrepreneur John Monks — was literally born out of the ashes.

A devastating fire on Thanksgiving eve 2010 left Monks and his family with little more than the clothes on their backs.

For Monks, a long-time homebuilder, all that remained of the equipment he had built up over three decades were a few scaffolds.

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