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Bottoms up! Bristol mixologist named Vt. Bartender of the Year

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — For years, Martha Mack viewed bartending as a hobby. During summers while she was in college and graduate school, Mack would return to her native Bristol to tend bar and wait tables at her parents’ eatery, Mary’s Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek.

Mack, 30, has no formal education in mixology, but enjoys experimenting with new flavors and concoctions behind the bar.

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Starksboro residents approve new budget for Robinson Elementary

Posted on May 4, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — More than 200 Starksboro residents packed the auditorium at Mount Abraham Union High School on Saturday morning for a special meeting to reconsider the budget Robinson Elementary School voters approved in February.

After more than an hour of debate, those residents approved a spending plan that was larger than the figure originally warned for the Feb. 28 annual meeting, but less than the figure that had been approved at that February meeting.

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Third vote on Mt. Abe budget set for June 9

Posted on May 3, 2015 |
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BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board is asking Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters to mark their calendars for June 9, when the board expects to hold a vote on a third proposed FY 2016 spending plan for the school.

“The process of developing that new budget will be worked on over the next few weeks,” said board chair Dawn Griswold in a statement.

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Starksboro to vote Saturday on Robinson school budget

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — The meeting this Saturday morning to reconsider the spending plan for Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary School will be held in the Mount Abraham Union High School auditorium in an effort to accommodate as many voters as possible.

“We didn’t want to have the remotest possibility that we’d overwhelm the space at Robinson,” said Starksboro School Board chair Louis duPont. “It’s better to have a bigger room.”

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Bristol still wrestling with landfill closing plan

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Representatives from Casella Waste Systems on Monday met with the Bristol selectboard to discuss a possible deal through which the trash hauler would help the town fill and close its landfill.

Bristol officials reached out to the Rutland waste management company after efforts to get the state to help pay for landfill closing costs were unsuccessful.

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Clippings: Farewell to the Addison Independent

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



It is with a heavy heart that I announce that this is my final column for the Independent, as I will be joining the Free Press next week, where I will cover Burlington and city hall.

It was not an easy decision to make, but it was also too difficult to pass up and I look forward to the next step in my career. As I told my colleagues last week, I know I will likely never work in such a supportive environment with colleagues dedicated to helping me hone my skills. Nor one with Crock Pot Fridays.

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ANeSU to bring in a mediator; board hopes to improve climate

Posted on April 27, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Executive Committee at a special meeting Thursday pledged to address what it characterized as a “deteriorated environment” in the district’s six schools.

“The committee recognizes the need for an immediate assessment of current conditions,” the committee said in a prepared statement.

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Pocock music festival to take hiatus until 2016

Posted on April 27, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Pocock Rocks, Bristol’s annual summer music festival on Main Street, will not happen this year, but organizers said it will make a triumphant return in 2016.

The Bristol Downtown Community Partnership, the principal organizer of the event, decided not to hold Pocock this year because of a lack of resources.

“We didn’t have enough hands to pull it off,” said BDCP board member Darla Senecal, who also serves as Bristol’s recreation director.

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Vermont Gas says pipeline spending is on target

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Cost projections that are in line with expectations are rarely the subject of news stories, but in the case of Vermont Gas Systems, no news is, in fact, good news.

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New Haven seeks to challenge PSB over solar arrays

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



NEW HAVEN — Officials in New Haven, long frustrated by the proliferation of solar arrays in the rural Addison County town and the town’s lack of control over regulating them, is taking a new approach in court.

Until now, municipalities have not held any official weight in hearings on proposed utility developments; the Public Service Board has sole discretion on such matters.

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