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Town Meeting Wrap 2015: Bristol

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Voters in Bristol this week approved municipal spending plans but rejected the proposed budgets for the elementary and high schools.

On Monday evening voters OK’d a budget of $714,041 for the town highway fund, $607,735 of which is to be raised by taxes. The highway fund sum is almost exactly the same as last year.

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ANeSU at odds with teachers over new contract

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — In just the first five minutes of this past Thursday’s public negotiations between the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers’ union and the board of the Bristol-area schools, the public learned how far apart the two sides’ proposals are. In their opening statement, the teachers were frank in their disapproval of the board’s first contract draft.

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In break from tradition, ANeSU teacher negotiations now held in public

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Facing each other across long rows of tables six feet apart at Mount Abraham Union High School on Thursday evening, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers and school board members negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Hard to miss was a NEAT TV tripod and camera between the rows of tables — an unusual sight at a teachers’ contract negotiation.

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Aqua Vitea to move to Middlebury location

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A local beverage company is moving out of Bristol, but will keep its operations in Addison County.

Aqua Vitea, the maker of the popular kombucha fermented tea, will be packing up and leaving the Bristol Works after less than two years in that space.

Founder Jeff Weaber said the company is moving to Middlebury in June, but said he likely won’t announce the exact location of the new facility until this spring, after all the details are finalized.

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Petition seeks firing of ANeSU superintendent

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A group of community members is circulating a petition calling for the removal of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent David Adams.

Koran Cousino, who said she was one of several community members who drafted the petition, said the group will deliver it to the ANeSU executive board at a later date.

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Town Meeting Preview 2015: Bristol

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Voters in Bristol will convene on March 2 at 7 p.m. in Holley Hall to weigh in on the 20 articles on the town meeting warning.

The selectboard is asking townspeople to approve a budget that features spending $714,041 for the highway fund, $607,735 of which is to be raised by taxes. The highway fund sum is almost exactly the same as last year.

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Community questions Bristol Elementary School cuts

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Scores of Bristol Elementary School parents, teachers and community members attended the school board meeting this past Monday night to voice their concerns on the proposed school budget.

In a marathon meeting that lasted more than three hours, staff and residents raised concerns about layoffs that the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget would likely necessitate, and the process by which the budget is created.

Bristol residents will vote on the proposed $4.9 million spending plan on March 3, Town Meeting Day.

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Eagle scholars win competition

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A team of eight quick-thinking Mount Abraham Union High School students have won the inaugural small-school state championship at the Vermont-NEA Scholars’ Bowl.

The group of scholars bested 23 other teams to win the inaugural event on Jan. 31 at Montpelier High School. The Vermont Scholars’ Bowl has been around since 1984, but this was the first year that the event divided schools into two categories, based on size.

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Bristol Elementary parents seek transparency on budget process

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A group of Bristol Elementary School parents have expressed concern about local control of how their education tax dollars are spent, and are urging the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union to be more transparent.

“It seems that currently the budget is developed with a small handful of people with little opportunity for the public to weigh in,” said parent Kristin Siringo. “It’s not entirely clear how much the board is even involved in the process.”

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A life at risk, and nothing to do but wait: Bristol woman needs lung transplant

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Kaitlin Heffernan, like many 25-year-olds, keeps her cell phone on her at all times. But it isn’t to text friends, check emails or browse the Internet.

At any moment, any hour of the day, the Bristol resident could get a call from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, telling her to leave immediately and prepare for a double lung transplant. She’ll have just three hours to prepare for a major surgery that could take 6 to 12 hours — and will likely save her life.

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