BRISTOL — Quebec pitcher Sylvianne Moisan prevailed on Sunday in the top class of one of the most competitive tournaments the Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club has ever hosted.
The event, billed by the club as its World Champs Classic Tournament, featured five former world champions and another six participants who had competed in world championship classes. In all 71 pitchers entered the tournament, including competitors from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maryland as well as Vermont and Quebec.
Moisan won Class A with a 7-0 record and a 80.5 ringer percentage, followed by...
BRISTOL — After weeks of interviewing and surveying community members this spring, then analyzing the 249 responses they got, the Mount Abraham Unified School District has released a summary of its findings.
The results are not so great.
Of the eight words used most frequently to describe interviewees’ feelings toward the district, only one was positive, and only moderately so: “hopeful.”
The other seven were: “disappointed,” “frustrated,” “worried,” “ambivalent,” “uncertain,” “dysfunctional” and “lackluster.”
Some of the responses in the Community Interviews sponsored by the school board’s...
BRISTOL — The Bristol Rescue Squad, which serves the towns of Bristol, Starksboro, Monkton, Lincoln and New Haven, is expanding its ranks and its members are getting better trained.
The group would like to congratulate and welcome the following members that have recently passed their National EMT certifications: Michaela Wisell, Melodie Huizenga, William Elwell, Eli Rickner and Emma Radler. In addition the following new members have joined us and currently run with other squads in the 5 Towns area: Doug Schmidt, Logan Jipner, Camille Pontarelli, Susan Nelson and Vincent Moeykens. Bristol has...
MEMBERS OF SHOWING Up for Racial Justice demonstrated their patriotism in the Bristol 4th of July Parade on Thursday by protesting U.S. migrant-detention policies at the southern border. Draped in the same style of “space blankets” that are distributed to children at those facilities, protestors carried signs, passed out flyers and received applause every step of the way. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Dozens of people organized under the banner of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) marched in the Bristol Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, to protest both U.S.-run concentration camps on the southern border, and the increasing presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Vermont.
The marchers ranged in age from three and a half to 76, and they carried signs with messages like “Keep families together,” “No cages for kids” and “Asylum seekers are not criminals.”
“I don’t think there was anything more patriotic that I could have done today,” said SURJ organizer...
BRISTOL — Water and sewer bills are going up in Bristol Village.
According to the rates set by the Bristol selectboard on June 24, “normal users” will see about a 6 percent increase in the water portion of their bills, and a 5 percent increase in the sewage base rate.
In terms of dollars, this translates — again, for “normal users” — to about $1.25 per month for water (or about $15 per year) and about $8.22 per quarter for sewage (or about $32.88 per year).
Customers with higher flow rates, however, will see much steeper increases.
According to Bristol Town Clerk and Treasurer Jen Myers, the...
BRISTOL — Karen Wheeler of Bristol and Patrice Wassmann of Lincoln will host a walk-a-thon in Bristol this Saturday, July 13, as part of their ongoing efforts to raise money for a Haitian orphanage.
Like the rest of Haiti, L’Orphelinat Notre-Dame de Perpetuel Secours, which is an institution eight miles north of Port-au-Prince that currently home to 26 children, has struggled to recover from a devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010.
Wassmann and Wheeler are members of United Church of Lincoln, which has sponsored the orphanage since 2011. In fact, the two are known at UCOL as...
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School has announced uts honor rollfor the final quarter of the 2018-2019 academic years. Those named to the roll include:
Highest honors: Beau Carpenter, Tyler Chasse, Annabelle Doucet, Isabelle Gilley, Grace Harvey, Genevieve Jackman, Abigail Johnson, Carter Monks, Jessica Nault, Carly Rougier, Ryan Stoddard and Sophie Venman.
High honors: Caleb Atkins, Laura Bonar, Elena Bronson, Ava Doherty-Konczal, Annika Funke, Neil Guy,Molly Laurent, Karen Meyer and, Riley Wells.
Honors: Isabella Bluteau, Henry Cogswell, Julia Colo, Kaia Companion,...
BRISTOL — As officials in the Mount Abraham Unified School District mull the possibility of proposing a fourth bond to renovate Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School, a group of 5-Town energy committee members have come up with a proposal of their own.
It’s called “performance contracting,” and it’s touted as a no-money-down, pays-for-itself strategy for increasing energy efficiency.
“We’ve been looking at the performance contracting concept as a way to pay for improving our schools, through saving energy,” said Starksboro Energy Committee chair Richard Faesy during a May 28 presentation to...
PULLER JAKE MCDONOUGH of the Hatch 31 team leaps through the paper-towel finish line.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Dreams of athletic glory come in all shapes and sizes, and cruel whims of fate can intervene.
Before this past Thursday such had been the tale of the Hatch 31 team, which for years has fought hard for one dream, to become the Great Bristol Outhouse Race champion — only to see the title slip through its fingers in fashion.
The race in question is held on Bristol’s Main Street on the morning of every Independence Day as a way to raise funds for the Bristol Fourth of July Committee and, according to organizers, to determine the World Champion in the sport of maneuvering facsimiles of...
VERMONT PHILHARMONIC POPS and fireworks highlight The Henry Sheldon Museum Independence Day celebration behind the Mahaney Arts Center on Wednesday. Look for fireworks in Bristol and Vergennes that night, and Saturday in Brandon. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
ADDISON COUNTY & BRANDON — This is the week for booming fireworks, riveting parades, mouthwatering treats and inspiring displays of red, white and blue.
The Land of Milk and Honey will be awash in Fourth of July sights, sounds and activities — enough that everyone can find a way to mark the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Wednesday is the big night for fireworks in Addison County with official displays going off above three towns.
In Vergennes you can get a head start on Independence Day with fireworks at the Vergennes Union High School sports fields....