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THE ACORN ENERGY Co-op hopes to build a 500 kW solar array on the site of the former Bristol landfill. In this Google Earth image, the blue lines represent the co-op’s proposed layout of the array’s 1,862 solar panels. Image by Google Earth/Acorn Energy Co-op
BRISTOL — The Acorn Energy Co-op, which has successfully completed two community solar projects in Addison County, believes it has identified a great site for a third: the former Bristol landfill. If given the green light, the 500 kilowatt project would consist of 1,862 solar panels, 400 watts each, and cover slightly more than 2 acres, according to the Co-op’s proposal. “This (sort of array) would be helpful for residents who either don’t have a roof that faces anywhere near south, or have trees blocking or for whatever reason,” said Co-op board member Richard Carpenter, who gave a...
BRISTOL — During the recent Annual Legion Birthday Dinner, Bristol American Legion Post 19 recognized members for various achievements. Some members of the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion were recognized for 5-year increments of continuous memberships through 2019. The Annual Above & Beyond Award was presented to Connie LaRose. She was nominated by Boy Scout Troop 543 Committee. LaRose has been involved with Scouting for over 40 years, serving in both Pack 543 and Troop 543 as a den leader, cubmaster, advancement chairman, assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, and merit badge...
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 — 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. These...

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