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This story has been updated. BRISTOL — A member of the Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School community has tested positive for COVID-19, and multiple people have been quarantined as close contacts. School officials received word Tuesday night of a "probable" positive COVID-19 at the Bristol school and began contact tracing on Wednesday, said Mount Abe Principal Shannon Warden. Updated data from the Vermont Department of Health confirms that there has been one positive case at the school this week. Warden could not specify if the case was a student, teacher or other staff member. She was also...
I read in the Addison Independent that some students from Mt. Abraham Union High School were uncomfortable with their high school flying the Black Lives Matter flag. And that some of those students were “excused” and did not have to physically attend school. I am a white woman of Irish, Scottish and Dutch descent. I am 71 years old. I have had many years to develop my discomfort, my awareness, and my acknowledgment of the racism that is bound up in our country’s history. One-hundred-sixty-seven years after Frederick Douglass gave his speech in Rochester, N.Y., July 5th, “What to the American...
BRISTOL — A second party in the Mount Abraham Unified School District has filed a formal request under Vermont’s public records law for data, documents and other information related to Superintendent Patrick Reen’s Dec. 7 proposal to consolidate the district’s elementary schools. Timothy Lueders-Dumont, Karen Lueders and James Dumont of Lincoln have asked for information Reen shared only with the MAUSD school board behind closed doors. “On Dec. 22 during an Executive Session of the MAUSD School Board, financial information that related to (Reen’s proposal) was apparently revealed to school...

THE 50-SOMETHING-YEAR-OLD “green barn” is the largest building on the Bristol Department of Public Works site. The town is studying how it can be replaced, possibly with space for the Bristol Police Department as well.
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol has begun to plan for the possibility of two new buildings — one for the Department of Public Works (DPW) and one for the Bristol Police Department (BPD). And depending on how things go, those two building could end up attached to each other. Because of COVID-19, the Bristol selectboard is a few months behind the schedule it had hoped to follow this year, but one major phase has been completed: a building site and needs analysis, which was conducted by Bread Loaf Corporation and presented to the board. The study was originally intended to focus on providing new...

BRIGETTE GIRON SPOKE at the raising of the Black Lives Matter flag in front of Mount Abraham Union High School. Independent file photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — On Nov. 20, Mount Abraham Union High School students organized a ceremony to raise the Black Lives Matter flag on school grounds, with the understanding that it would stay there for 30 days. After that, the flag would be removed and placed in the school lobby. But some Mount Abe students would like to keep the flag on the flagpole, and they’re circulating a petition with the hope of gaining community support. The request will be voted on next week. “Although (raising the Black Lives Matter flag for 30 days) is a powerful first step in demonstrating Mt. Abe’s commitment to becoming...

AS BRISTOL BAKERY Wholesale has expanded, the business has needed to purchase additional equipment in order to keep up with demand. With the help of a $15,000 BGS grant through the ACEDC, Bristol Bakery Wholesale was able to purchase a pouch-filling machine, which helps them package products at a faster rate. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Kevin Harper started out as a hopeful entrepreneur in 1977, making organic lip products in his kitchen in Ripton. Over the next 24 years, Harper expanded his idea into what became Autumn Harp, a multi-million-dollar company with more than 75 full-time employees. Autumn Harp was relocated from Harper’s kitchen to a larger space in 1982, and again to a facility on Pine Street in Bristol a decade later. Finally in 2010, Autumn Harp Incorporated and moved to its current location in Essex Junction. Although Harper was pleased to see the growth of his start-up, he ultimately decided to...
VERGENNES — In the words of Addison Northwest School District Board Member Mark Koenig at the board’s Monday meeting, ANWSD is ready to enter into “talks about talking” about cooperating with the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Those talks could lead to a future merger of the districts. That was the takeaway from the board’s discussion held in reaction to MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen’s Dec. 7 unveiling of a proposal for joint high and middle schools for the two districts, one in each of the district’s existing high schools, by the start of the 2023 school year. Voters in both...

THE CORNWALL VOLUNTEER Fire Department recently returned this utility truck to the Bristol Fire Department after a multi-year loan from Bristol.
BRISTOL — Mutual aid among fire departments is common practice in Addison County — one department responds, no questions asked, when another is in need at an emergency. The Bristol Fire Department two years ago went above and beyond that practice when it loaned its neighbors in Cornwall the use of one of its utility vehicles. That short-term loan grew to months and then years as the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department awaited the delivery of a new utility truck after its own truck was totaled in a traffic accident. The truck was hit while responding to a fire. Earlier this month, Cornwall...

MARY 'PAT' BROWN of Bristol died after a short battle with COVID-19 last week.
ADDISON COUNTY — After a short battle with COVID-19, Mary “Pat” Brown — mother of six, member of Bristol’s St. Ambrose Catholic Church, retired Registered Nurse — died on Friday at age 79. “Her loss weighs heavy on us, with the worst part being that we couldn’t be with her as she struggled to fight this awful virus,” her family wrote in a letter to Gov. Phil Scott. “Our family feels that these deaths (from COVID-19) need to have names attached to them,” they continued. “Maybe, just maybe, it will spark even one person to do better and to try harder to follow (public health) guidelines for...

BRISTOL RESIDENT BRIGETTE Moralez-Giron, a 10th-grader at Mount Abraham Union High School, spoke at a school ceremony celebrating Black lives Friday morning, then joined Principal Shannon Warden in raising the Black Lives Matter flag. Students at the school have been learning about systemic racism and inclusivity in advisory this month. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Two years after passing a resolution to do so, Mount Abraham Union High School raised a Black Lives Matter flag this past Friday morning. “Today I want to say that Black lives matter,” said Bristol 10th-grader Brigette Moralez-Giron in a speech before the flag raising. “Racial inequality and discrimination are social problems in the United States that sadly do not seem to end. “New cases of racial crime continue to occur every day in this country ... which claims to have liberty and justice for all in its pledge of allegiance.” Founded in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement...

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