Bridport


PAUL WAGNER OF Bridport has had a long love affair with old cars. But he has driven enough of them to know how temperamental they can be and fixed enough to know how expensive repairs can be. So last year he bought a Shay Model A — a replica of the classic 1928/29 Ford Model A Roadster. Independent photo/John S. McCright
BRIDPORT — Paul Wagner likes old vehicles. He owns a 1957 Dodge D200 pickup and a d’57 John Deere 520 tractor, and is a member of the Vermont Automotive Enthusiasts Classic and Antique Car Club. A retired farmer, Wagner occasionally organizes informal antique tractor parades, including through Middlebury last June and around the Helen Porter nursing home and EastView retirement community in October. “Maybe we’ll do another one this June,” he said. After owning the Dodge truck for more than 40 years, it wouldn’t pass inspection. So he overhauled the whole thing, with fixes including, among...
I am writing to request that you consider, as our Cornwall representative to the ACSD board, a different mix of schools than the one you supported at the Nov. 23 ACSD board meeting. At that meeting, you voiced your support for further exploring a four-school model that included Mary Hogan, Salisbury, Shoreham, and Cornwall. This path was chosen for further study over a mix that would have included Mary Hogan, Salisbury, Shoreham, and Bridport, and Cornwall. Both options up for consideration included Cornwall School, which had not previously been in the mix of schools that were under study for...
BRIDPORT/SALISBURY — Addison Central School District officials continues to hold Facilities Master Plan Porch Conversations in locations throughout the district. The conversations are an opportunity for the community to come together in small groups to engage directly with ACSD Board Chair Mary Cullinane and Facilities Committee Chair Victoria Jette on the topic of the Facilities Master Planning process. ACSD for the past couple years has been working on a facilities master plan that will help the school board determine which elementary schools should fit into the district’s future plans and...
By LISA HALVORSEN, Freelance Agricultural Journalist for UVM Extension BRIDPORT — Sunderland Farm, a sixth-generation dairy operation in Bridport, can best be described as a farm with a future that’s not forgotten its past. Although it can trace its beginnings back to the mid-19th century when thousands of Merino sheep grazed its pastureland, the farm has never stopped moving forward. The farmers are quick to adopt new technology, including robotic milkers, to make their operation more efficient and cost-effective. Their attention to detail when it comes to their cows is evident by their...

BRIDPORT DEMOCRAT JUBILEE MCGILL is challenging incumbent Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, for the Addison-5 House seat that represents Bridport, New Haven and Weybridge. Photo courtesy of Jubilee McGill
BRIDPORT — Jubilee McGill knows what it’s like to struggle. It wasn’t that long ago that McGill, now a 36-year-old Bridport resident, was a single mom without stable housing. She was living with depression and anxiety. But thanks to perseverance and a helping hand, McGill pulled her life together. She obtained a housing subsidy through the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT), which gave her a roof and the financial flexibility to better fight her personal war on poverty. “That (subsidy) allowed me to work only part-time, so I could afford to go back to school and get a degree and improve my...

SELECTBOARD MEMBER AND Bridport town moderator Tim Howlett reminds the town meeting crowd on Tuesday morning that the town report is dedicated to Barbara Wagner, the Bridport town health officer and a nursing veteran at Porter hospital for more than 40 years. Independent photo/Steve James
BRIDPORT — Bridport residents at their town meeting on Tuesday morning endorsed all the money items on their warning, including a major bridge/culvert project and a new, one-ton truck for the highway department. Article 34 on the town meeting warning asked voters for up to $400,000 to invest in some, or all, of the following projects: Replacement of the Middle Road Bridge, replacement of one culvert each on Mountain Road and Lake Street, and replacement of double culverts on Rattlin Bridge Road. Total costs of the work have been placed at $1.27 million, and the town is seeking state and...
BRIDPORT — Bridport residents at their town meeting next Tuesday will be asked to bankroll a major bridge/culvert project and a new, one-ton truck for the highway department. Article 34 on the town meeting warning asks voters for up to $400,000 to invest in some, or all, of the following projects: Replacement of the Middle Road Bridge, replacement of one culvert each on Mountain Road and Lake Street, and replacement of double culverts on Rattlin Bridge Road. Total costs of the work have been placed at $1.27 million, and the town is seeking state and federal grant money to underwrite some the...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are blaming a Bridport man for what appears to be a one-man crime wave between August and November of last year. After a five-month investigation, Vermont State Police on Jan. 7 announced they had cited Japheth Kehoe, 35, for multiple counts of theft, burglary and fraud. Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputies took Kehoe into custody on Jan. 3 for unrelated charges. Troopers’ investigation led them to cite Kehoe for four counts of false pretenses or tokens, and one count each of burglary, receiving stolen property, unlawful mischief, unlawful...
Fiona is 10 months old and loves wrestling with her kitty friends Sweetie Pie and Silas, going to the park with her big brother Harrison, and running around the neighborhood visiting whenever she can escape her pet yard. She’s learning to leave her parents’ shoes alone, now that she is done teething, and curls up on top of the sofa to relax. She loves camping and hiking and has already climbed Camel’s Hump. Every day is a busy play day for Fiona! Alice Grau Bridport
ADDISON COUNTY — On Nov. 30 Vermont State Police wrapped up their role in investigating a bad crash on Route 22A that had sent four people to the hospital with major injuries. On Oct. 27 at 6:05 p.m. troopers from the New Haven state police barracks were dispatched to two-car, head-on crash on Route 22A near North Cream Hill Road in Bridport. Police report that a 2018 Jeep Compass driven by Tre W. Nichols, 21, of Burlington was traveling north at a speed of 58-59 mph, crossed the yellow centerline, and struck a southbound 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by Tammy Simmes, 53, of Fair Haven. Each...

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