CREWS AND HEAVY equipment have taken over downtown Bristol as the long-awaited Paving and Sidewalk/Lighting Replacement projects get started. The projects, which have merged under the supervision of the Vermont Department of Transportation, were supposed to be completed Oct. 9, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the end date is now up in the air. Independent photo/John Flowers
BRISTOL / VERGENNES — After a couple of slow and quiet months, downtown Bristol is suddenly abuzz with activity — great yellow machines, masked workers with helmets, excavation, grading, upgrading. The Bristol paving and sidewalk/lighting replacement projects, which were delayed for a month because of the pandemic, are finally under way. The same contractor has also begun work on a paving project in Vergennes — milling a portion of Route 22A/Main Street this week. Workers are closing one lane at a time, with flaggers onsite to direct alternating traffic on the one open lane.  The project will...
Katie Bauer, who wanted to help in the current public health crisis, drops off groceries for two Bristol residents who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The couple’s doctor connected Maryann and Keith Corkins with Bauer. Bauer picks up a list, drops off the groceries outside their house and refuses any money for her trouble. “Katie does a great job and has been a real hero to us,” Keith said.

HELLEN GATHONI KIHORO, a WMI scholar and medical student battling coronavirus in Kenya, provides hand-washing resources and information in her community. The project was funded by the Wells Mountain Initiative, which also helps fund Kihoro’s education. Photo courtesy of WMI
BRISTOL — With grant money she received from the Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI), Hellen Gathoni Kihoro this week launched a project in her home village of Gitogothi to increase pandemic awareness and provide hygiene resources. “It was hatched so as to emphasize the information that is being recommended by the WHO (World Health Organization) and (Kenya’s) Ministry of Health on matters of prevention of COVID-19,” Kihoro told the Independent in an email. Kihoro, 30, studies medicine at Mount Kenya University and is one of several WMI Scholars — whose educations are funded by the Bristol-based...
BRISTOL — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will hold a remote public information meeting on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The purpose of this meeting is to present the public with information on the roadway and sidewalk project in downtown Bristol. This meeting will provide informationonthescopeofwork, overview of the construction schedule, and sources of information during construction. VTrans staff and the contractor will be present to address any questions or concerns in regard to the work being performed for this project. The meeting will be open at...
BRISTOL/VERGENNES — Major paving projects on the main arteries in both Bristol and Vergennes have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both could restart soon, according to a spokesperson for the projects. The news comes as the Middlebury rail bridges project got the OK to restart construction. It is the first project to get that approval from the Vermont Agency of Transportation since work was halted because of the coronavirus. The Bristol project includes 1.23 miles of Route 116, starting at its intersection with Airport Road and running east through the heart of downtown to near the Lord...
BRISTOL — The Walgreens drug store in Bristol closed its doors to the public for a few hours on Wednesday, after the company was notified that a store employee was being evaluated for COVID-19. There are currently no indications that the employee has tested positive for the disease. “In accordance with our established protocols, CDC guidance and out of an abundance of caution, we temporarily closed the store yesterday morning for cleaning in order to disinfect the premises, and reopened later that afternoon,” said Walgreens Manager of Corporate Media Relations Alexandra Brown in an emailed...
BRISTOL — The Acorn Energy Co-op and the town of Bristol have agreed on the terms for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a 500-kilowatt community solar array on the site of the former Bristol landfill. If built, the array would consist of 1,862 solar panels, 400 watts each, and cover slightly more than two acres, according to the Co-op’s proposal. The selectboard approved the MOU at its April 27 meeting. Once it’s formally signed, the Co-op can proceed with the next steps of the project, which include lining up investors and applying for a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont...

NEW YORK GALLERIST and artist Martine Bisagni has a passion for building bridges between the creators of art and the broader community. She brings that passion to her new role at an art gallery in downtown Bristol. Photo by Amani Ansari
While most everyone has felt the strong effects of COVID-19 on day-to-day business, Art on Main (Bristol’s Main Street art gallery) recently had a leadership change too. Annie Perkins handed her role of gallery manager over to Martine Bisagni in mid-April.  “We had a perfect plan in place for a month of overlap and training between us and high hopes for a very smooth transition,” Perkins wrote in her farewell newsletter. “Well — such is the way of plans… It has been an immense pleasure working with and getting to know all of you Art on Main folks: artists, customers, teachers, students,...
ADDISON COUNTY — After closing their doors to outside visitors more than a month ago, local municipal clerks have been slowly opening up to more an more services. But restrictions still apply, and clerks urge everyone to call before coming to their town offices. And don’t forget your mask. In Vergennes, City Clerk Morgan Kittredge is ready to handle title searches, notarize documents, and provide marriage licenses, but as of late this week only by appointment and with at least a day’s notice. “It’s just call and find a time,” Kittredge said. City office workers can provide most or all of the...
BRISTOL — In a recent letter to the community, organizers of the Three Day Stampede toward the cure for Cystic Fibrosis announced that the event will be cancelled this year. “As the organizers of The Stampede, our first priority above all is the safety of all the people who volunteer, attend, and participate in any way in our beloved event,” the letter states. “We have been looking long and hard at all the information we can find about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in our state, our country and our world. The recurring theme through all of the work that is being done by scientists, doctors...


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