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Mt. Abe eyes some staff cuts to meet 'Challenge'

Posted on November 11, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board on Tuesday set its educational spending target for the coming fiscal year at $10,893,881, which represents a reduction of 2 percent — or $266,767 — from this year’s spending plan.

The target agreed upon unanimously by the board members would allow Mount Abe to reach the voluntary 2 percent spending cut mandated by the Legislature as part of its “Challenges for Change” law, which aims to trim $23 million from education spending statewide.

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Bristol students raise $600 to end hunger

Posted on October 28, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — Around 80 Bristol Elementary School third- and fourth-grade students hiked three miles and raised around $600 to support the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger’s 14th annual Hike for Hunger last Thursday.
The students began their hour-and-a-half hike downtown and walked up to Mount Abraham Union High School and back through the neighborhoods to the school, accompanied by their teachers and several parents.
“We went right through town,” third-grade teacher David Bouchard said. “We got a really good response.”

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Mt. Abe board nixes plan to install arrays

Posted on October 25, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — On Tuesday, the Bristol Energy Committee presented the Mount Abraham Union High School board with a plan to install solar panels on the roof of the school building.

But it will be awhile before Mount Abe opts for arrays.

“At this point, it’s just not cost-effective,” Chairman Lanny Smith said. “It would take 48 years before we would see any payback on them. It doesn’t make any sense.”

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Commission begins Bristol rezoning effort

Posted on October 21, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — Imagine what Main Street Bristol will look like 10, 20 or 50 years down the road. Now imagine what the downtown area could, or should look like and one will come close to the task that the Bristol Planning Commission has been assigned.

On Tuesday, Bristol planners sat in the conference room of the temporary town offices trudging their way through piles of color-coded maps and complex terms while deciphering the subtle differences between definitions like “Village Mix” and “Village Business.”

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Bristol board begins update of zoning laws

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission is gearing up to start another round of attempted revisions to the town’s zoning regulations over the course of the next eight weeks.

At their next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and at those following, members of the planning commission will review the five downtown zones — Village Business, Village Mixed, General Business, Village Residential 3 and Village Residential 2. Members of the commission will also address the Conservation Zone, in as far as it relates to gravel extraction and to the area where this particular zone nudges the downtown.

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Mt. Abe school board starts building budget

Posted on October 11, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — The budgeting process has begun at Mount Abraham Union High School.
Acknowledging that funds are tight and increases in spending loom, Mount Abe school board members at their meeting Tuesday evening focused only on the budget priorities for next year, and left the actual numbers for a future meeting.

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Trust looks to protect local land

Posted on October 11, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — Bristol farmer Jim Choiniere is working with the Vermont Land Trust to put 153 acres of his farmland under protection from future development, Bristol selectman found out at their Sept. 27 meeting. The VLT’s Allen Karnatz asked the Bristol selectboard to endorse the land conservation project — the first of its kind in Bristol.

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Bristol town offices return to Holley Hall

Posted on October 11, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — After nearly a year of waiting in a temporary location for renovations at Holley Hall to reach completion, the Bristol town offices will be returning to their former home in the Main Street building on Oct. 25.

In just a couple more weeks, town employees will pack up and leave their temporary headquarters at 6 South St. with the help of a moving company.

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Bristol puts a hold on plan to move police

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — Bristol police shouldn’t start measuring their future office space in Howden Hall just yet.

Bristol selectboard members at a Monday meeting said they are hopeful that offices for the Bristol Police Department can remain in their current location at 6 South St. rather than move to Howden Hall. But selectmen cautioned that they are still negotiating a lease with the owners of the property.

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Chief Justice Reiber talks civics at Mt. Abe

Posted on September 20, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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BRISTOL — Paul Reiber, chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, on Friday at Mount Abraham Union High School kicked off a series of talks he’ll deliver around the state, the goal of which is to further educate students about their country’s judiciary system.

Dubbed “Beyond Labels,” Reiber hopes to emphasize in the discussions the importance of escaping what he calls our society’s “tendency to try and boil down problems into easy and articulable phrases,” that can lead to over-simplified judgments. It’s a problem that he believes is rampant in today’s culture.

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