Bristol

07/02/2020
In early June, a group of friends and I organized a vigil on the Bristol green to honor the life of George Floyd and raise awareness about police brutality. The aim was to connect people with resources for antiracist self-education and action, and encourage involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement.  Though People of Color have been abused and murdered by white authority since Europeans arrived in the Americas, several killings of Black people by police in the past few months have caught mainstream attention, and the momentum of the BLM movement has continued to grow. We reached out to...
06/25/2020
I personally want to say thank you to the administration and faculty for everything they did for the graduation on Saturday, June 6. They were so very organized, they all cheered on the graduates as you passed them by, which made them feel special, as they all are special. In these times with the social distancing requirements, graduation seemed like it could be another bleak moment, one these seniors have had to endure, so many times in the last few months of their senior year, missing their last prom, spring sports, academic recognition night, signing yearbooks, and enjoying the last...
06/25/2020
Here’s a question for everyone who lives in the Bristol Police District, who are on the hook for funding 90% of the town’s police budget: If there were a question on the ballot that, if approved, would dissolve the Bristol Police District — effectively eliminating local police — would you vote yes or no? Note: According to the document that spelled out terms for merging the town and village in the 1990s, people outside the district do not get to vote on such a question.   Eliminating the police district might not be what we want… But some changes are worth considering. We’ve heard from...
06/18/2020
BRISTOL — As Mount Abraham Unified School District officials iron out plans for in-person classes this fall, they are ready to go with some limited student contact this summer. MAUSD summer programs — including Expanded Learning, Summer Meals and special education programming — will get under way later this month, albeit with significant modifications because of the ongoing pandemic. Enrollment for the Summer Expanded Learning Program (ELP), which will begin at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School on June 29, is already closed, according to ELP Director Mandy Chesley-Park, who spoke in an...

LAST SATURDAY IN Bristol 17 volunteers helped dismantle the old horse ring on Liberty Street, dug new postholes and installed 75 posts for a brand-new ring. The newly formed Bristol Horse Ring Committee, which is overseeing the project, hopes to bring horse shows, clinics and other events back to the town. Photo by Martha Chesley
06/18/2020
BRISTOL — Last Saturday’s chilly, gloomy weather may have been terrible for things like sunbathing, but it was perfect for the newly formed Bristol Horse Ring Committee, whose members spent the day doing a heck of a lot of work outside. From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with a keen sense of the legacy they were perpetuating, 17 volunteers dismantled the old horse ring on Liberty Street, dug new postholes and installed 75 cedar posts — with the bark still on them. “Our mission is to honor the history of the horse ring and to promote events there,” said Bristol horse trainer and Horse Ring Committee...
06/18/2020
BRISTOL — Average water customers in Bristol will see a modest increase on their bills in the coming year. The Bristol selectboard at its June 8 meeting voted to increase the water budget by 8%, which translates for the average user into a rate hike of about $5.42 per quarter, or $21.68 per year. Town Treasurer Jen Myers had initially proposed a 6.6% increase (about $4.07 per quarter), but several selectboard members expressed concerns about the aging system and the future cost of upgrades and repairs. In the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, the water system has exceeded its budget...
06/18/2020
BRISTOL — There have been days over the past two months when Mount Abraham Union High School senior Maizy Shepard would catch herself looking at a clock in her Bristol home, trying to remember what class she would have been in at that moment, if school hadn’t been disrupted by a global health crisis. “I started to miss my old schedule, even if that meant getting up three hours earlier than I have been,” Shepard told the Independent in a recent email. “It has been a very confusing time.” Being a senior has only added to that sense of confusion, she said. One by one, since Gov. Phil Scott...
06/12/2020
BRISTOL — Average water customers in Bristol will see a modest increase on their bills in the coming year. The Bristol selectboard at its Monday, June 8, meeting voted to increase the water budget by 8%, which translates for the average user into a rate hike of about $5.42 per quarter, or $21.68 per year. Town Treasurer Jen Myers had initially proposed a 6.6% increase (about $4.07 per quarter), but several selectboard members expressed concerns about the aging system and the future cost of upgrades and repairs. In the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, the water system has exceeded its...

Mount Abraham Union High School senior John Bent chose an iconic form of transportation for graduation on Saturday. Bent and fellow members of the Class of 2020 received their diplomas, to great fanfare, in a socially distanced drive-up ceremony that treated every senior like a rock star. Photo by Buzz Kuhns
06/11/2020
BRISTOL — Eighty-one days after their school building was shut down to help prevent the spread of a deadly pandemic — 81 days of remote learning, separation from their friends, canceled extracurricular activities, and anxiety over the fate of their communities and indeed the world itself — the Mount Abraham Union High School Class of 2020 made a triumphant return to campus on Saturday to participate in what will turn out to have been one of the most memorable graduation ceremonies in the school’s history. In addition to the family and friends who accompanied them in the one vehicle they were...

ADDY HARRIS
06/11/2020
BRISTOL — Four graduating Mount Abraham Union High School seniors have been awarded scholarships by the Tari Shattuck Education Foundation, which gives scholarships to students planning to pursue a degree in Education. Owen Darling of Bristol, Addy Harris of Starksboro, Alexis Kouwenhoven of Bristol, and Mae Peterson of Bristol were all recipients of this year’s award. Owen Darling is planning to attend the University of York in England, and looks to use his study abroad to enrich his understanding of the world. This year, Darling took a class at Castleton University, and while there,...

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