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BRISTOL AMERICAN LEGION Post 19 Adjutant Alan Smith touches one of the 600 Memory Bricks that have thus far been installed at the Veterans’ Memorial site on the Bristol Town Green. The Memorial Walk has space for another 2,400 bricks, which can be ordered through Post 19. Independent photo/John Flowers
BRISTOL — Bristol American Legion Post 19 continues to offer folks a solid, long-lasting way to symbolically honor a loved one. The post is offering “memorial bricks” on which a loved one’s name and a brief message can be etched. The Legion annually installs a new crop of bricks — close to Memorial Day or July 4 — at the wonderful Memorial and “Memory Walk” on the Bristol Town Green at the intersection of North and Main streets.  The Legion has appropriately dubbed the tribute “a walk in the shadows of veterans, close friends and family members without regard for politics, petty grievances or...

Mae Peterson of Bristol (left), Jeanne Albert of Lincoln and Howard Jennings of Bristol are part of the Addison County Votes coalition that is planning a rally in Bristol Wednesday to ensure election integrity. A rally is also scheduled in Middlebury with promises for more gatherings in ensuing days if warranted.
Two local groups have formed to help keep the public’s eye on potential post-election fraud and plan to hold rallies following Tuesday’s Election Day. Addison County Votes, a group of 20 local residents is preparing for a “Count Every Vote” Rally in Bristol from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Protect Our Democracy, another newly formed political education and action group, will hold a rally on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. on the Middlebury Town Green. Although Vermont runs its elections fairly, this is not true in all states. According to Bristol resident Howard Jennings there is good reason...

COCO MOSELEY WASN’T looking for a new job when Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library advertised for a new director this past winter, but after she let it percolate for a while she realized that, as someone who’s always worked at the community level, she feels at home in the library. Moseley took over from longtime director Nancy Wilson on July 1. Photo by Sue Folino
BRISTOL — Coco Moseley became director of Lawrence Memorial Library in the middle of a pandemic, with a two-year-old daughter at home, knowing that her predecessor of 30 years, Nancy Wilson, would be a hard act to follow. And she has found solace in the Bristol institution. “When I started (in June), I worked with Nancy for two weeks,” Moseley told the Independent recently. “Every day I’d walk in and smell the books and think, ‘I’m OK, it’s going to be OK. I’m in a library.’” In a sense she had come home. Until the pandemic forced the closure of most public spaces this spring, libraries had...
ADDISON COUNTY — Just ahead of the holiday season, local merchants are gearing up to welcome shoppers for the 10 Day/$35K Giveaway. The festivities kick off Nov. 5 and run through Nov. 14.  During this 10-day period residents and visitors alike will have the chance to win Bristol Bucks, Middlebury Money, and Vergennes Green when they shop downtown in all three areas. On random days and times, participating retailers will hand out envelopes filled with local currency to shoppers completing purchases at the register.  Shoppers can then spend their winnings wherever local currencies are accepted...

BRISTOL HUSBAND-AND-wife team Diana Bigelow and Jim Stapleton recently collaborated on a series of short storybooks based on the creatures Bigelow has constructed from found natural materials over the years. Bigelow’s work, along with the books they’ve made, will be on display at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library through November. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Much of the creative activity behind Diana Bigelow and Jim Stapleton’s new exhibition at the Lawrence Memorial Library may have occurred since the pandemic began, but the utter enchantment of their work has been decades in the making. “Sticks, Stones, Shells & Bones” consists of 30 fantastical creatures Bigelow has fabricated or repurposed from her decades-old collection of natural ephemera, along with a new series of storybooks penned by Stapleton over the last six months. THE COLLECTOR Bigelow’s penchant for picking up odd-shaped branches, unusual rocks and other intriguing...

ONE OF 20 recently installed, student-made artworks on the Bristol Trail Network. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Last week, on a segment of the Bristol Trail Network that starts behind the Firehouse, Mount Abraham Union Middle School seventh-graders Isabella Shackett and Nathan Lester made a work of art from vines, twigs, bark and leaves, then suspended it from a trio of young trees. Teaching artist Claire Tebbs watched their work develop. “What’s remarkable about this installation is that they had completely different visions for it but were at peace with the same work,” Tebbs said. Lester calls the work “Nature’s Pizza,” alluding to its triangular shape and drawing parallels between the “...

The 2020 CROP Hunger Walk organizing committee: Patty Hallam, Beth Stanway, Frankie Dunleavy, Priscilla Baker, Laurie Jordan and Ellen McKay.
Every October, participants in Addison County’s CROP Hunger Walk raise awareness and money to relieve food insecurity in our community and around the world. The need grows ever greater as the coronavirus pandemic puts increasing financial pressure on families. Despite COVID-19, organizers ramped up efforts in Addison County to provide nutritional resources for food shelves and programs. While the pandemic prohibited the usual format of a large community walk on a single day, this year’s CROP Hunger Walk was reimagined so that individual walkers and small pods created their own walks under the...

LEWIS CREEK ASSOCIATION’S boat launch steward checks boats for aquatic invasive species before they enter Bristol Pond. Photo courtesy of Lewis Creek Association
BRISTOL — Lewis Creek Association (LCA) recently wrapped up its first-ever boat launch steward program season at Bristol Pond. LCA chose Bristol Pond due to its popularity with anglers, recreational boaters, wildlife enthusiasts, and for the rare natural communities that are present at the pond. As of 2020, there are two known aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Bristol Pond: European Frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) and Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum). This made Bristol Pond a natural point of introduction for the spread of AIS in the Lewis Creek watershed and throughout the...

LYNN DIKE
BRISTOL — Bristol Republican Lynn Dike has once again jumped into the political arena during a presidential election year. In 2016, she ran for one of the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. She failed to make the cut, but is hoping to write a different ending as a candidate for one of two Vermont House seats representing Addison-4, the district that includes Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. “I want (voters) to have a choice,” Dike said during a recent phone interview. “Right now, conservatives have no voice in Montpelier.” She’s referring...

CHRIS AND SAMANTHA MORRISSEY, owners of Cool Motion Outdoor Sports, are putting the final touches on their 900-square-foot bike and ski shop, which is located in the Rockydale neighborhood of Bristol, just east of Hogback Mountain Brewery. In addition to providing rental and repair services, the couple hope to create a community-focused outdoor adventure center. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Growing up in Bristol, Chris Morrissey got into BMX culture — ramps, half pipes — and tinkering with bikes. “We used to order parts from BMX magazines,” Morrissey told the Independent. “And we would get really excited when we saw the UPS truck driving around.” He bought his first mountain bike at age 13 and would “ooh” and “ah” when the Vermont Bike Tours (VBT) van passed by, he said. Knowing he eventually wanted to work with bikes and skis, he spent his high school Senior Career Day at Middlebury Bike & Ski (now Frog Hollow Bikes). Eventually, Morrissey landed a job in VBT’s...

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