SIMON SAYS: A General Store for Kids and Families opened in downtown Bristol on Nov. 2. Owner Maura Donnelly sells new toys and gently used clothing for children up to age 14. The store is located at 12 Main St. in Bristol, between Cubbers and Bristol Cliffs, where the Images salon used to be.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Simon Says: A General Store for Kids and Families, a new retailer in downtown Bristol, carries toys and resale clothing for newborns through age 14.
“Ultimately I’d like the store to be about one-third toys, one-third clothing and one-third other things,” said owner Maura Donnelly. “The goal is to grow in a way that meets the community’s needs.”
Part of that goal may already have been satisfied, at least where the store’s genesis is concerned, for it was with encouragement and support from the community and local businesses that Simon Says came into being. It opened its doors Nov. 2...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board on Wednesday evening will host what the board is calling its third Community Conversation of the fall.
At the 6 p.m. meeting, which was moved to Mount Abe’s larger cafeteria after the Nov. 5 Community Conversation drew an overflow crowd to Bristol’s Holley Hall, the board’s Community Engagement Committee will focus discussion on what it calls “a range of possible options for our facilities.”
Those options will include the five different school closing and reconfiguration possibilities that were presented for discussion at the Nov. 5...
LIFELONG BRISTOL RESIDENT George Smith served his community in a variety of capacities for more than 60 years, right up to his death on Saturday, Nov. 9, at age 93. Smith is seen here at the town landfill — where he was the “keeper of the scales” for more than two decades — on the day the dump closed, Aug. 1, 2015.
Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
BRISTOL — George Smith, who served his country in World War II and his community for more than 60 years, died on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the age of 93.
A former Bristol Village trustee, delinquent tax collector, longtime firefighter and much-loved “keeper of the scales” at the old town landfill, Smith was particularly known for his keen sense of humor, meticulous accounting skills and a great institutional memory of his community and the people with whom he shared it.
“I got the right wife, the right job, the right kids and the right life,” Smith told the Valley Voice during an interview around...
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol has suspended Bristol Police Sgt. George “Randy” Crowe, with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation.
On Oct. 7 the selectboard voted to schedule a hearing for Oct. 29, when the board would determine whether Crowe “is guilty of negligence, dereliction of duty or conduct unbecoming an officer, and if so, determine appropriate discipline,” according to that meeting’s minutes.
The board also decided at that time to suspend Crowe “from duty/employment, with pay, effectively immediately, and at least until the hearing now set.”
Bristol Police Chief Bruce Nason,...
NEPALESE SCHOOL CHILDREN pose in the Bal Kendra Learning Center, Kathamandu — supported by Hands In Outreach. The work of this nonprofit organization will be presented by Jaclyn Davidson at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7 -8:30 p.m.
BRISTOL —Without supportive intervention, life is bleak for Nepali girls and women. To learn how an innovative program is helping inner-city Nepali girls achieve a brighter future, the public is cordially invited to “Hands in Outreach: Giving Nepali Girls a Future Through Education” presented by Jaclyn Davidson. The program takes place on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Lawrence Memorial Library from 7-8:30 pm. This event is sponsored by One World Library Project. It is free and handicapped accessible.
Nepal has the densest number of world heritage sights in the world and unsurpassed natural splendor...
BRISTOL — On Oct. 28, Bristol police participated in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Takeback Day.
Bristol police are reminding residents that there is a drug takeback container in the lobby of the Bristol Police Station in the Bristol Works complex. Residents may stop by with their unused medication for disposal.
Between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3 Bristol police completed 21 foot patrols and two hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Officers checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 12...
SANDRA MURPHY CHATS with Elnu Abenaki Tribe citizen Melody Walker Brook, who appeared via videoconferencing at the Commons Conservation Congress at Mount Abe on Nov. 2. Brook, who spoke from her home in Virginia, emphasized the importance of helping people understand their connection to “place.”
Photo by Jonathan Blake
BRISTOL — Melody Walker Brook, a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, never thought she would move away from Vermont and the land of her ancestors. But when her husband, a military policeman, was transferred to Virginia, she went.
“I’ve been on an incredible journey,” she said by video link on Nov. 2 during the Commons Conservation Congress at Mount Abraham Union High School. “I thought my entire identity was gone.”
When Brook arrived in Virginia she thought, There are no hawks here. No turtles. Nothing.
“But then a big hawk came and sat right out in my garden, on the post,” she said from her...
As we enter the budget building season, it has become clear that the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) is facing significant financial challenges that will impact us in the next year and beyond. Our school board remains focused on student outcomes, community values and fiscally responsible decisions. However, there is concerning urgency around the trends we are seeing and we think it is important to share these challenges with you.
In building the budget, we start by looking at predictions of increases in costs such as health insurance, wages, and anticipated student needs. We...
ABOUT 135 MAUSD residents and staff members gathered in Bristol’s Holley Hall on Tuesday to discuss their school district’s future with the MAUSD board’s community engagement committee. They also heard the district could face major tax increases in the near future if spending is not reduced, and were presented with possible district reconfiguration scenarios.
Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
BRISTOL — Late in Tuesday’s Mount Abraham Union School District community forum in Bristol’s Holley Hall, professional facilitator Sue McCormack’s voice cracked with emotion as she spoke to the roughly 135 MAUSD residents and staff members in the room.
McCormack, an Essex resident, had helped lead October meetings in each of the district’s five towns before Tuesday’s forum, at which the MAUSD board shared what it learned from those earlier meetings about residents’ educational values and feelings about their elementary schools. (See related story.)
MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen on Tuesday...
BRISTOL — Common themes and question emerged during forums held in each Mount Abraham Unified School District town in October by the MAUSD board’s Community Engagement Committee.
In meeting summaries the committees released, residents expressed appreciation for teachers; said students should learn social, communication and problem-solving skills; pointed to their elementary schools’ community connections; and said they appreciated strong relationships among students, teachers and administrators.
An overall summary of the five meetings the committee sent out on Monday drew a few conclusions...