Bristol

BRISTOL — Bristol officials have begun brainstorming ways to spend the $1,148,473 in federal COVID relief funding the town has been designated to receive through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden this past March. Addison County’s 23 communities will receive a combined $3.78 million in direct municipal ARPA funding and will share, according to their 2019 estimated populations, an additional $7.02 million earmarked for the county, for a total of $10.8 million. Bristol’s direct...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board is looking to fill a school board seat vacated by Bristol resident Annie Denny last month. Denny, who was elected to the board in 2020, resigned on Aug. 23, citing work-life balance issues. “I will always value my time on the board,” Denny told the Independent in an email. “I learned so much and I got to know incredible people. Unfortunately, like everyone else, this last year has turned my world upside down and I find myself pulled in so many different directions and I can’t find a balance between family, work and volunteering and it’...
BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club drew 128 pitchers to their Bristol courts this past Saturday and Sunday for the New England Championship Tournament. More than half of the competitors came from outside Vermont, and all six New England States were represented. Dakota Santor was the only Vermont winner; he posted three wins and one loss to take the Junior Boys’ division title. Local residents Debra Brown (third in Women’s A division) and Brian Simmons (sixth in Men’s A) were other local standouts. The tournament saw 13 competitors from Massachusetts, 17 from New Hampshire, 28...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board is looking for a Bristol resident to fill the school board seat vacated by Annie Denny last month. Denny, who was elected to the board in 2020, resigned on Aug. 23, citing work-life balance issues. “I will always value my time on the board,” Denny told the Independent in an email. “I learned so much and I got to know incredible people. Unfortunately, like everyone else, this last year has turned my world upside down and I find myself pulled in so many different directions and I can’t find a balance between family, work and volunteering...

OFFICER JOSH TURNER, left, and Chief Bruce Nason of the Bristol Police Department display the first of what they hope will be a long line of commemorative patches. The BPD plans to sell the patches and donate the proceeds to various charities, based on community input. Department officers will be wearing the pink edition of the patch in October, for breast cancer awareness. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Many Bristol residents will tell you their police officers put their hearts into their work, greeting folks and listening to community concerns while out on patrol, offering friendly smiles during school drop-off or pickup, helping people get help. Starting next month, the Bristol Police Department will take it a bit further, in a manner of speaking, and wear their hearts on their sleeves. Throughout October, BPD uniforms will feature specially made commemorative patches with pink lettering and borders, in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Not only that, but the department...
BRISTOL — Property owners in Bristol will see a slight increase on their tax bills this year. The Bristol selectboard at its Aug. 23 meeting set the fiscal year 2021-22 municipal tax rate at $0.7289 per $100 of assessed property value. That’s an increase of $0.0017, or 0.2%. At the same time, it set the Bristol Police District tax rate at $0.2961, a decrease of $0.0019, or 0.6%. As a result, residents within the one-square-mile police district will pay a combined municipal rate of $1.025 — a decrease of two-hundredths of a penny from the current year. Bristol’s education tax rate for FY22...
BRISTOL — In the spring of 2020, as it became clear that COVID-19 was sticking around for a while, Bristol Hub Teen Center Director Taylor Welch attended a Beach Boys concert at Tanglewood, the renowned outdoor performing arts center in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts — and she came home inspired. “We had been trying to come up with ideas for summer events we could put on that would be outdoors and safe during COVID,” Welch said. “And we thought music would be a great way to do this.” The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark is a program of the Bristol Recreation Department that provides a...
BRISTOL — The ANWSD-MAUSD Merger Study Committee is not obligated to finish its work in time to warn a possible vote on Town Meeting Day, March, 1, 2022, and the committee made a point of repeating this fact several times during its second meeting on Tuesday night, Aug. 17. “March isn’t the definite end point,” educational consultant Tracy Wrend told the committee, which met in the Mount Abraham Union High School cafeteria. “It’s up to you decide.” The Merger Study Committee was formed in April by the boards of the Addison Northwest School District (serving Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton,...
I urge Middlebury voters to approve bonding to allow our town to participate in the Acorn Energy Cooperative’s Bristol Solar Array project. By investing in this solar array, the town of Middlebury will add up to 185 kW of renewable, carbon-free energy to its existing 153 kW of clean energy. The bond will fund the purchase of up to 460 units in the Bristol array, at a cost not to exceed $322,920.  Best of all, the solar energy produced by the array will realize electric savings to the town of at least $180,000 over 25 years. That’s savings over and above paying off the borrowing costs, meaning...

BILL BOWERS CONDUCTS the Bristol Band on a lovely Wednesday evening. This summer marks the 150th year the band has played on the Town Green. Photo by Sandy Rooney
BRISTOL — Donna Wood remembers when she first heard the Bristol Band play in the summer of ’79. “We went to one concert and that decided it. I was playing the next week,” she said. Wood started playing flute in 4th grade and loved (and loves) being a part of the band because, she said, “I felt like I got to be myself.” Now 72 years old, Wood still plays every Wednesday evening during the summer on the Bristol Town Green with a band that will this year celebrate its 150th year in existence. Well…151st. “We had all this stuff planned for last summer,” said Alice Weston, band tuba player and...

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