Bristol


GUINNESS HOUSE, IRELAND, is one of the photographs by Paul Forlenza on display at walkOver Gallery in Bristol through March 27.
BRISTOL — A reception for photographer Paul Forlenza of Lincoln will be held at walkOver Gallery, 15 Main Street, on Friday, Feb. 28, from 5-7 p.m. The show, entitled “Boats, Barns and more ... Images from Ireland, Prince Edward Island and Vermont,” features a variety of Forlenza’s images. Some are archival Kodachrome prints, some archival digital prints and a few are Kodachrome CibaChrome prints with stunning large scale clarity and color. “As a photographer, my goal is to create images with strong emotional appeal by aligning light, color, texture and timing,” says Forlenza. “I work to make...
BRISTOL — Bristol will hold its annual town meeting at Holley Hall on Monday, March 2, 2020, at 7 p.m., where voting on warned articles 1 and 3–21 will take place. Voting by Australian ballot to elect town officers, approve the unified school district and regional technical school budgets, approve the Bristol Police District budget and choose presidential primary candidates will take place in the same location on Tuesday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters are asked to approve Fiscal Year 2021 General Fund spending of $922,799, an increase of $27,083, or 3%. Public works and highway...
NEWPORT — In first-round high school boys’ basketball playoff action this week, Middlebury advanced, but Mount Abraham and Vergennes were eliminated. The Tigers, seeded No. 6 in Division II, ousted No. 11 Lamoille, 66-58 on Wednesday. The 10-11 Lancers erased the Tigers’ 35-26 halftime advantage to take a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Coach John Howe said “strong defense and a few heads-up plays” allowed the Tigers to prevail. Senior Tyler Buxton sparked MUHS with 31 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, and three assists, and classmate Tim Goettelmann added 10 points and five...

PAUL CARLILE, AN American Canoe Association certified instructor, executes a technical roll in his whitewater kayak in a style commonly used by sea kayakers during a Vermont Paddlers Club workout at the Mount Abraham Union High School pool on Feb. 12. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
BRISTOL — On a recent Wednesday night, Paul Carlile of Burlington sat in his blue whitewater kayak in the swimming pool at Mount Abraham Union High School, nose plugs engaged and ready to demonstrate the perfect roll. Designed to help whitewater kayakers navigate the sort of steep, technical stream that runs cold and fast from Vermont’s Green Mountains in the spring, his boat showed the signs of wear and love. A network of scratches ran along its sides, battle scars from past adventures running streams at high water. On that snowy night, Carlile, an American Canoe Association-certified...

TOM BUZZELL
BRISTOL — Bristol Elementary School Interim Principal Thomas Buzzell has been selected as the school’s next permanent principal, Mount Abraham Unified School District Superintendent Patrick Reen confirmed this week. Reen said the search committee’s weeks-long process concluded on Friday, Feb. 14, the day after Buzzell and the other finalist, Addison Central School principal and BES alum Kathleen Kilbourne, spent the day visiting the school and meeting with parents and community members in the evening. Reen said the news that Buzzell had accepted a contract was welcomed at a school-wide...

KEITH MURPHY AND Yann Falquet will perform an evening of new music on Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m., at the Walkover Gallery on Main St., in Bristol.
BRISTOL — Keith Murphy and Yann Falquet will bring a new sound to Bristol’s Walkover Gallery, at 15 Main St., on Saturday, Feb. 22. Together they’ll collaborate to create a fresh take on traditional songs during the Cabin Fever Series’ 8 p.m. performance. The duo will use open-tuned guitars, along with mandolin and mandola, for an exciting mix of tunes. Falquet and Murphy are both masters of contemporary traditional guitar, representing the compelling textures, harmonies and rhythms that this instrument has brought to traditional songs and instrumentals since the Celtic music revival in the...

DARLA SENECAL, LEFT, and Bill Mount are running to fill Peter Coffey's Bristol selectboard seat.
BRISTOL — Two seats on the Bristol selectboard will be up for election on Town Meeting Day, March 3. Incumbent Michelle Perlee is running unopposed to keep her seat for another three-year term, but selectman Peter Coffey, who has served on the board since 2016, has decided not to seek another two-year term. Two Bristol residents, Bill Mount and Darla Senecal, are running to fill that seat. An Alabama native, Mount moved to Bristol with his wife, Kristi, after they fell in love with the town in 2007. Mount served in the U.S. Army and National Guard and now works in the insurance industry....
BRISTOL — The following Mount Abraham Union High School students have been recognized academic and works habits efforts for the first semester: GRADE 9 HABITS OF WORK Summa Cum Laude: Natalie Adams, Sadie Alderman, Gavin Bannister, Morgan Barnes, Olivia Campbell, Kamryn Clodgo, Isabella Currier, Sean Davison, Madison Gile, Rachel Gracie, Cassandra Guillemette, Maia Jensen, Dakota Larocque, Jake Lucarelli, Ryan Marcotullio, Addison Mayhew, Even McCormick, Patricia McNerney, Lucy Parker, Angelita Pena, Eliza Preston, Isabella Robideau, Evan Russell, Abigail Sturtevant and Samuel Tropp. Magna...
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Vergennes in double overtime to headline local high school girls’ basketball play late last week. In other action the Eagles picked up two wins, while the Commodores, Middlebury and Otter Valley lost road games. VUHS-EAGLES The Eagles finally shook off the Commodores at the end of the second overtime period, 43-47, when Chloe Johnston and Abby Reen sank clinching free throws. The Commodores led by 18-10 in the first half, but a 9-0 Eagle run put them up by 19-18 at the break, and the teams traded the lead the rest of the way. It was 31-31 at...

COLLABORATING PARTNERS CUT the ribbon for a new “Virtual Living Room” at the American Legion in Bristol on Monday. From left are Ron LaRose, commander of American Legion Post 19; Shirley Bloomfield (NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association); Brett Rusch (White River Junction VA Healthcare System); Sarah Tyree (CoBank); Roger Nishi (Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom); Todd Garthaffner (Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom); Tina Kebalka (White River Junction VA Healthcare System); Pam Becker (Foundation for Rural Service). Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — For veterans in Addison County and beyond, healthcare through the Veterans Administration just got a little easier. On Monday, representatives from several organizations cut the ribbon on a brand-new “Virtual Living Room, or VLR, a private room at the American Legion Post 19 in Bristol, where veterans can speak to their healthcare providers by video link. The VLR aims to address the difficulties that veterans in rural communities, like those in Addison County, often encounter when accessing health care services, according to Lynne Davis, public affairs specialist with the White...

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