BRISTOL — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., this past Wednesday announced that Bristol will get a half-million dollars in federal funds to advance a plan to build a business park in town.
It was one of two Vermont economic development projects to be awarded significant infusions of federal funds; the other is in Gilman on the Connecticut River.
In the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Leahy — the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee — authored a unique partnership between the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) and the U.S. Economic Development...
GAWKERS GATHERED AROUND for the pie-eating contest at the Bristol Harvest Festival on the Bristol green. Edward Hipson won the no-hands eating contestant.
BRISTOL — Two signature fall events drew large crowds to Bristol in late September
First, the Better L8 Than Never Car Show on Sept. 22 drew more than 300 cars and a record donation to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.
The weather was perfect for the 15th annual show, sponsored by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and Snake Mountain Cruisers, and the cars showed up in droves at the Bristol Recreation Field. This year almost reached last year’s record of 353 cars but exceeded the record for money raised for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. The camp is the Snake Mountain Cruisers’ favorite charity, due to their care for...
BRISTOL — Come join a singing workshop, “Inspirational Songs for Challenging Times,” which will be held on World Singing Day (that’s Saturday, Oct. 19), at Holley Hall in Bristol, from 1-3:30 p.m. Burlington choral director Avery Book will teach songs of peace, courage and resilience with compelling harmonies. Book’s choices of music for the workshop will inspire a sense of courage and collaboration. Tickets are $25 and participants will leave with lyrics and music of the songs taught.
“Besides the pure pleasure of singing,” Bristol resident Sally Burrell mused, “it’s a unique opportunity to...
MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Merry Kimble, foreground, waves for the ball as sophomore midfielder Ivy Doran controls it during the Tigers’ Thursday home game vs. Rutland. In the background sophomore midfielder Sophie Larocque, who scored in the Tigers’ 4-2 setback, looks on.
Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek high school girls’ soccer action last week, three local teams — Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley — all picked up victories, while Middlebury dropped a pair of contests.
Friday and Saturday games in all sports were played after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend.
The Commodores on Wednesday defeated defending Division II champion Milton, 3-1, picking up valuable points in their efforts to remain on top of the D-III standings in the process. VUHS scored the game’s first three goals before...
JERICHO — On this past Wednesday, host Mount Mansfield defeated the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team, 1-0, in overtime.
The 6-5-1 Cougars got a goal with 2:20 left in overtime from Jenna Simon to come away with the victory and avenge an earlier overtime loss to the Eagles. MMU received seven saves from two goalies, while Eagle goalie Kira Murray stopped six shots.
The defending Division II champion Eagles dropped to 6-3-2 with their third straight one-goal setback to a D-I team with a winning record, with two of those losses coming in overtime.
Mount Abe was looking to bounce...
BRISTOL — On Sept. 29 Bristol police cited Dean Heffernan, 35, of Bristol for driving with a suspended license.
Heffernan was ordered to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Nov. 4 to answer the charges.
Between Sept. 16 and 29 Bristol police completed 22 foot patrols and more than 48 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 times; conducted 13 business checks; processed at least 16 requests for fingerprints; facilitated the return of two...
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department is asking for public help to solve an alleged burglary that occurred at a residence near the town green earlier this month.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, around 10 a.m., a person entered a home on West Street, near School Street, and stole money, according to Bristol police.
The suspect, who is described by the BPD as a white male about five feet tall with a slender build, wearing dark clothing and possibly a hat, may have left on foot and headed east toward Main Street.
Police ask that anyone who may have home or other security cameras on School Street, Park...
PROCESSORS AT LEANING Barn Farm in Bristol feed hemp stems into an industrial “bucker,” which removes the leaves and flowers. Not only can such machines be prohibitively expensive but they can also be hard to find for purchase these days because of the rapid expansion of the hemp industry nationwide. Leaning Barn has remedied this situation in part by building a custom bucking board (not shown).
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — The industrial hemp harvest has begun.
On a gray chilly day last week in northern Bristol, Eric Durand and John Murphy crisscrossed Route 116 in a red Polaris Ranger, hauling cut hemp plants from fields on the east side of the road to the impromptu processing facility set up by Leaning Barn Farm on the west side.
Durand and Murphy unloaded the harvested plants wherever there was room — on the ground, inside one of the high tunnels or on top of pizza boxes that had been laid out on a makeshift table, the remnants of that day’s lunch.
Leaning Barn Farm planted 45,000 industrial hemp...
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard has scheduled a special election for Tuesday, Dec. 3, so that voters can decide who will replace Selectman Ted Lylis, who resigned suddenly last month.
The selectboard had originally planned to appoint someone to the seat at a meeting this past Monday night, but after considerable deliberation, they decided to let the voters choose instead.
Eight citizens had originally expressed an interest in being appointed to the seat. Two of them subsequently withdrew.
At Monday’s meeting the remaining six interviewed for the position. They were Ian Albinson, Eric Carter...
RUSTY DEWEES, KNOWN by many as “The Logger,” will perform his “Tiny Town Hall Tour” at Holley Hall in Bristol on Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Bristol Recreation Department.
BRISTOL — Rusty DeWees, a.k.a. “The Logger,” will perform comedy, music and stories, in a benefit for the Bristol Recreation Department, at Holley Hall, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m..
“The Addison County area is perfect for my “Tiny Town Hall Tour,” DeWees said. “Surely Bristol has a cozy feel … it’ll be some fun having some fun at Holley Hall, and always nice to raise money for local efforts.”
DeWees’ one-man comedy shows are best described as Blue Collar Comedy meets Prairie Home Companion. “It’s easy to love the core Vermont and New York Adirondack areas,” he said. “I’ve played them deferentially...