SKATERS CHASE DOWN the puck at the Bristol Ice Rink on Saturday during the 4th annual Dibley Cup. Twenty teams competed in more than 50 short games during the outdoor hockey tournament held in honor of Matt Dibley, who died in a Lincoln hiking accident in 2016.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — With temperatures hovering in the mid-30s Saturday morning, the fourth annual Dibley Cup — an outdoor hockey tournament celebrating the life of Matt Dibley, who died in a hiking accident in 2016 — came very close to being the “Dibley Gathering.”
“Since the weather’s not cooperating and the ice is so bad, we were going to just have a free-skate, and have food and drinks and kombucha and a fire,” said Dave Dibley, Matt’s youngest brother and organizer of this year’s Cup, at the newly renovated Bristol Ice Rink.
“But then everybody got here and they wanted to (hold the tournament), so...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to hire Interim Principal Shannon Warden as the new Mount Abraham Union High and Middle School principal.
Warden had been serving as the interim principal at Mount Abe since July 1, when Superintendent Patrick Reen appointed her to the position following a survey of the school’s faculty and staff.
Her appointment followed the June resignation of former principal Jessica Barewicz to take a job in Barre, a move that gave MAUDS little time to find a new leader for its high school.
This time Reen said a mid-...
I’m a two-year-old rescue from Virginia who’s learning to love Vermont snow. I’m not always very aware of my surroundings; I sometimes sit up and beg at the edge of the sofa — good thing I’ve got lots of furry padding! I have a healthy suspicion of my food dish; when I’m done eating, I moonwalk backwards away from it so it doesn’t ambush me. My ability to discover random “snacks” is legendary, and when I’m happy, I like to run full-speed into the nearest piece of furniture. What a time to be alive!
MOUNT ABE SENIOR Chloe Johnston drives past Commodore senior Sophie Hatch during in the fourth quarter of the Eagle girls’ basketball team’s 35-25 loss to VUHS on Thursday. Johnston sparked a late rally that fell short.
Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball Coach Billy Waller said Thursday was the first time in at least seven years that his Commodores had defeated Mount Abraham.
But their 35-25 victory over the 6-4 Eagles didn’t look like a fluke.
The Commodores smothered the Eagles with tough man-to-man defense, setting the tone by allowing two points in the first quarter.
They forced 18 Eagle turnovers, led by seven steals from sophomore Felicia Poirier, and converted them into 18 transition points.
They outrebounded the Eagles, 31-25, with senior Kate Gosliga hauling down 13 boards to...
PAM MICHAUD READIES trays of gluten-free cookies for the oven at BB&C Wholesale. BB&C, which is located in the Bristol Works, produces, packages and distributes baked goods for a number of up-and-coming food companies.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — When entrepreneur Kevin Harper talks to the business community about the work of his commercial bakery, Bristol Bakery & Cafe Wholesale, key phrases like “value added” and “private label” and “emerging brands” come up.
And then there are the numbers. Since 2014, the business has expanded from a few thousand square feet of baking production space in the Bristol Works complex, to 10,000. By 2017 annual sales had hit the million-dollar mark, and last year’s sales surpassed 2018’s by about 30%. The company now employs 32 people full time.
But what’s really happening over there on...
OTTER VALLEY JUNIOR Parker Todd lays in two of his team-high 16 points during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham. The host Eagles won in dramatic fashion even though the Otters rallied to tie the game in the final minute.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After watching his young Otter Valley boys’ basketball team lose on Friday at Mount Abraham Union High School, 46-44, on a bucket with 3.2 seconds to go, Coach Mike Stark cited the Eagles’ senior leadership as the difference.
Well, really, Stark was talking about Liam Kelliher, whose 12-foot baseline floater created the final score.
And after the Otters went on a second-quarter run to take a 21-13 lead, it was Kelliher who scored 10 points and set up a hoop by sophomore Henry Cogswell to give the Eagles a 25-21 halftime advantage.
“Kelliher is a ballplayer,” Stark said. “He’s good,...
TIGER GUARD CADY Pitner drives the baseline as forward Grace Harvey provides the defense for Mount Abraham during the Eagle girls’ basketball team’s 36-22 victory on Thursday at Middlebury.
Photo Courtesy of Mark Bouvier
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury to highlight area girls’ basketball action late last week. Elsewhere, Vergennes came up just short at home to a Division I foe, and undefeated D-II power Fair Haven knocked off Otter Valley.
On Thursday the Eagles used a full-court press to bolt to a 20-4 first-quarter lead on the way to a 36-22 victory at MUHS.
Chloe Johnston sparked the Eagles with 12 points, 10 in the first quarter, and added five steals and three assists. Grace Harvey contributed eight points, seven steals and seven rebounds as the Eagles improved to 6-2...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board will host a public forum on the status of the district-wide budget on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The MAUSD board plans to adopt a budget proposal on the following Tuesday, Jan. 28.
On Town Meeting Day, March 3, 5-Yown residents will vote on a board spending plan to fund Mount Abraham Union high and middle schools and elementary schools in Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln, Starksboro and New Haven.
Wednesday’s forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Mount Abe’s large cafeteria and is scheduled to last for 90 minutes.
According to MAUSD business manager Floyd...
HATCH 31 BARTENDER Matt Igler and Irene Lawrence developed a special bond. Lawrence was a devoted fan of the Bristol bar’s Friday night bluegrass band and the Tuesday night blues jam, and Igler would walk her home at the end of the night. On the night before she died, he arranged for her to hear the Friday night band one last time.
Photo courtesy of Michelle Kilbreth
BRISTOL — Irene Lawrence acquired a few nicknames during her 33 years in Bristol.
To the town residents she greeted from her porch — or from out front of the Corner Store or Main Street Diner — she was known as the “Bench Hugger.”
So strong were the 87-year-old’s spirit and will to live that her doctor called her the “bounce-back kid.”
Her grandchildren called her “Nana.”
But for a few sweet minutes toward the end of every Friday night at Hatch 31 on Main Street she was just “Irene.”
“Good night, Irene,” Hatch’s Friday bluegrass band sang to her just before she went home for the evening. “...
BRISTOL — A Bristol man who was shot by state troopers last month during a confrontation outside his home has been cited for multiple offenses.
Greg West, 28, was cited for two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of interference with access to emergency services, according to a Jan. 10 press release issued by Vermont State Police.
West, who is still receiving treatment for his injuries at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, is scheduled to answer the charge in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Feb. 24 at 12:...