BRISTOL — Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced Tuesday that his office will not prosecute two Vermont State Police troopers who shot an armed Bristol man in his driveway in December.
The man, 28-year-old Greg West, did not die.
“Based on the facts and circumstances, and consistent with Vermont law, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the actions of the officers were justified,” Donovan said in a press release.
On the evening of Dec. 3 Troopers Robert Helm and Matthew Hood, along with an officer with the Bristol Police Department, were called to a domestic disturbance at a...
BRISTOL — Although the Bristol selectboard voted last week that all town buildings be closed to the public until April 6, or until further notice, municipal officials are trying to get out the word that town employees remain avail- able to assist citizens by phone, e-mail, U.S. Postal Service, and by appointment as warranted with appropriate protocols in place. Employees not at the Bristol Town Office will be working from remote locations. Public Works employees and first responders are on-call for emergencies.
Meetings of all Bristol boards, commissions and committees will either be...
EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Chloe Johnston, right, heads upcourt as VUHS senior Sophie Hatch applies pressure. The teams split two games this winter. Johnston was named the Lake Division Co-Player of the Year for her offensive and defensive efforts.
Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Nine local high school girls’ basketball players received postseason recognition.
Mount Abraham senior Chloe Johnston was named the Lake Division Co-Player of the Year, along with Mount Mansfield’s Caitlyn Luitjens.
Vergennes junior Kate Gosliga joined Johnston on the Lake First Team.
Otter Valley senior Livia Bernhardt was picked for the Southern Vermont League B Division First Team.
Two Otters, Alia Edmunds and Alice Keith, were named to the SVL B Division Second Team, and Commodore Felicia Poirier made the Lake Division Second Team.
Two players earned Lake Honorable...
EAGLE SENIOR LIAM Kelliher attacks against VUHS while facing tough defense from Commodore senior Luke Bergmans. Kelliher’s scoring and all-around play earned him Lake Division Player of the Year Honors and helped a likeable Mount Abe team be competitive in almost every game.
Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten area boys’ high school basketball players earned postseason recognition.
Mount Abraham senior forward Liam Kelliher was named the Lake Division Player of the Year, and Middlebury senior swingman Tyler Buxton joined Kelliher as a Lake First Team All-Star.
Vergennes forward Kevin Jackson made the Lake Second Team.
Another seven players earned honorable mention.
Otter Valley’s Parker Todd and Dylan Gaboriault received honorable mention from the Southern Vermont League’s B Division.
Receiving honorable mention from the Lake Division were Tigers Gabe Dunn and Karic Riche...
Photo by Buzz Kuhns
BRISTOL — Students and staff preparing for Mount Abraham Union High School’s spring musical, “The Addams Family,” were in the final push of preparations, when something truly scary — coronavirus — stepped in and forced cancelation of the show. The musical was due to run March 26-28, but instead everyone — actors and crew alike — dismantled the set on Saturday, March 14. The actors took some time to have a last run-through of the show.
Shown, clockwise from top left, are sign painters Olivia Campbell, Abby Johnson, Lily Roberts and senior Rosemary Thurber (described as a major driving force...
MIDDLEBURY — So many local businesses and organizations have been closing over the last week in response to COVID-19 it is difficult to keep track of them all. To that end, Experience Middlebury and Bristol CORE have each created an online directory where folks can find up-to-the-minute information on the status of local businesses. For Middlebury businesses, click here. For Bristol, click here. The Vergennes Partnership is also updating its Facebook page with business closures in the city.
"These are really challenging circumstances for everyone, including our small, locally owned businesses...
BRISTOL — I remember being arm-deep in garden soil with my classmates during a warm spring day at Vergennes Union High School’s Walden Project and getting covered in dirt.
I remember working with community members around the state to support VUHS’s Peace One Day celebration and its first ever climate action-themed event.
I remember taking action for climate justice on the Vergennes Green and being met by people whom I had never seen, and who supported our efforts nonetheless.
I remember a feeling of connection in those times, and gratitude for the togetherness of my neighbors.
BRISTOL — Bristol selectboard candidate Bill Mount may have fallen short in the vote count last week, but he had an experience on Town Meeting Day that made it all worth it.
On Tuesday, Darla Senecal defeated Mount, 763–487, for a two-year term on the board. The following morning, the Independent reached out to Mount for a post-election comment, but candidate and reporter were unable to connect until after deadline.
When the two finally caught up, by email, Mount said he didn’t have a comment.
But he did have a story.
“Yesterday, while I was waving on Main Street, a young lady came up to the...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District Early Education Program will be holding its developmental screening on Thursday, March 26, at Bristol Elementary School, 57 Mountain Street. Children will have the opportunity to play in an early childhood classroom. Parents can share about their child and learn more about their child’s communication, social, emotional, cognitive and motor development.
The screening is free and will take about one hour. Time slots are available at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The screening will be located in Bristol Elementary School’s in Early Education...
ADDISON COUNTY — In Australian ballot voting on Tuesday, residents in three of the largest communities in Addison County elected a series of candidates to leader their respective municipalities.
In Vergennes voters chose three members for the city council from among four candidates. Bristol residents elected one of two newcomers for their selectboard. Middlebury returned a veteran and introduced a rookie to its selectboard.
In a four-way race for three seats on the city council, Vergennes residents chose Deputy Mayor Lynn Jackson Donnelly, Alderman David Austin and first-time Councilor Tara...