Bristol

11/16/2020
VERGENNES/BRISTOL — A tragic accident this past summer has inspired a fundraising effort on behalf of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad. On Friday, Oct. 30, community members presented VARS with a new LUCAS 3 CPR apparatus, funds for which were raised in memory of Tracy Bedell and Bobby Lowell, who died from injuries sustained in a July ATV crash. Bedell’s grandmother Elizabeth Armstrong, who helped raise the funds, said she and other fundraisers felt they needed to give back to the rescue squad.  “We don’t do enough for our rescue squad people,” she said at the presentation ceremony. “I felt...
11/09/2020
BRISTOL — Residents of Bristol and neighboring towns celebrated the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president, respectively, with music and dancing on Saturday evening. The Count Every Vote Bristol organizing group had originally planned to host a rally as they had for the previous three days emphasizing that every vote cast for the Nov. 3 election should be counted. “Earlier in the week we were concerned that the election process wasn’t going to go through fairly,” local organizer Sarah Stott said. “On Friday we saw that most of the states were tallying their...

Main Street in Bristol
11/06/2020
BRISTOL — While choosing among candidates for federal, state and local offices this past Tuesday, Bristol voters also approved updates to the 2017 Bristol Zoning Regulations, which advocates say will make the town more business-friendly. Three of the most significant things the updates do is 1. add to the town plan a set of “Subdivision Regulations” that will give Bristol more local control over business development; 2. change the name of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to the “Development Review Board” (DRB); and 3. assign the local business development review process to this renamed...

AN 1862 “PARROTT RIFLE” cannon manufactured at the West Point Foundry in New York stands guard in front of the Veterans Memorial Obelisk on the Bristol Town Green, where Scouts will hold a commemorative ceremony on Veterans Day. Independent photo/Steve James
11/05/2020
BRISTOL — Scout Troop 543, which servers youngsters in the Bristol area, is planning to perform a community service project at Veterans Memorial on the Bristol Town Green on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Scouts plan a cleanup day on that Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Obelisk. After picking up, they will hold a Veterans Ceremony consisting of reading three names from each Scout aloud and then putting the names up for viewing (for the duration of the ceremony).  Participants will adhere to mask and distancing regulations. They are inviting members of the local American Legion to attend;...

BRISTOL AMERICAN LEGION Post 19 Adjutant Alan Smith touches one of the 600 Memory Bricks that have thus far been installed at the Veterans’ Memorial site on the Bristol Town Green. The Memorial Walk has space for another 2,400 bricks, which can be ordered through Post 19. Independent photo/John Flowers
11/05/2020
BRISTOL — Bristol American Legion Post 19 continues to offer folks a solid, long-lasting way to symbolically honor a loved one. The post is offering “memorial bricks” on which a loved one’s name and a brief message can be etched. The Legion annually installs a new crop of bricks — close to Memorial Day or July 4 — at the wonderful Memorial and “Memory Walk” on the Bristol Town Green at the intersection of North and Main streets.  The Legion has appropriately dubbed the tribute “a walk in the shadows of veterans, close friends and family members without regard for politics, petty grievances or...

Mae Peterson of Bristol (left), Jeanne Albert of Lincoln and Howard Jennings of Bristol are part of the Addison County Votes coalition that is planning a rally in Bristol Wednesday to ensure election integrity. A rally is also scheduled in Middlebury with promises for more gatherings in ensuing days if warranted.
10/30/2020
Two local groups have formed to help keep the public’s eye on potential post-election fraud and plan to hold rallies following Tuesday’s Election Day. Addison County Votes, a group of 20 local residents is preparing for a “Count Every Vote” Rally in Bristol from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Protect Our Democracy, another newly formed political education and action group, will hold a rally on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. on the Middlebury Town Green. Although Vermont runs its elections fairly, this is not true in all states. According to Bristol resident Howard Jennings there is good reason...

COCO MOSELEY WASN’T looking for a new job when Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library advertised for a new director this past winter, but after she let it percolate for a while she realized that, as someone who’s always worked at the community level, she feels at home in the library. Moseley took over from longtime director Nancy Wilson on July 1. Photo by Sue Folino
10/29/2020
BRISTOL — Coco Moseley became director of Lawrence Memorial Library in the middle of a pandemic, with a two-year-old daughter at home, knowing that her predecessor of 30 years, Nancy Wilson, would be a hard act to follow. And she has found solace in the Bristol institution. “When I started (in June), I worked with Nancy for two weeks,” Moseley told the Independent recently. “Every day I’d walk in and smell the books and think, ‘I’m OK, it’s going to be OK. I’m in a library.’” In a sense she had come home. Until the pandemic forced the closure of most public spaces this spring, libraries had...
10/29/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Just ahead of the holiday season, local merchants are gearing up to welcome shoppers for the 10 Day/$35K Giveaway. The festivities kick off Nov. 5 and run through Nov. 14.  During this 10-day period residents and visitors alike will have the chance to win Bristol Bucks, Middlebury Money, and Vergennes Green when they shop downtown in all three areas. On random days and times, participating retailers will hand out envelopes filled with local currency to shoppers completing purchases at the register.  Shoppers can then spend their winnings wherever local currencies are accepted...

BRISTOL HUSBAND-AND-wife team Diana Bigelow and Jim Stapleton recently collaborated on a series of short storybooks based on the creatures Bigelow has constructed from found natural materials over the years. Bigelow’s work, along with the books they’ve made, will be on display at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library through November. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
10/29/2020
BRISTOL — Much of the creative activity behind Diana Bigelow and Jim Stapleton’s new exhibition at the Lawrence Memorial Library may have occurred since the pandemic began, but the utter enchantment of their work has been decades in the making. “Sticks, Stones, Shells & Bones” consists of 30 fantastical creatures Bigelow has fabricated or repurposed from her decades-old collection of natural ephemera, along with a new series of storybooks penned by Stapleton over the last six months. THE COLLECTOR Bigelow’s penchant for picking up odd-shaped branches, unusual rocks and other intriguing...

ONE OF 20 recently installed, student-made artworks on the Bristol Trail Network. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
10/15/2020
BRISTOL — Last week, on a segment of the Bristol Trail Network that starts behind the Firehouse, Mount Abraham Union Middle School seventh-graders Isabella Shackett and Nathan Lester made a work of art from vines, twigs, bark and leaves, then suspended it from a trio of young trees. Teaching artist Claire Tebbs watched their work develop. “What’s remarkable about this installation is that they had completely different visions for it but were at peace with the same work,” Tebbs said. Lester calls the work “Nature’s Pizza,” alluding to its triangular shape and drawing parallels between the “...

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