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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....

OLD BONES WILL perform at the First Baptist Church in Bristol on Saturday, April 6, in a benefit for Bristol’s Village2Village Project Photo courtesy Old Bones
BRISTOL — Come out on Saturday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m., and help raise funds for Bristol-based Village2Village Project (v2v). The band “Old Bones” will offer up some feel-good country and gospel music at the First Baptist Church of Bristol. A collection at the event will benefit Village2VillageProject’s most vulnerable children in Uganda. “Old Bones,” a talented group of local country musicians, will be treating long-time fans and newcomers alike to their flavor of song and humor. New England audiences have enjoyed the songs and stories of “Old Bones” for years. They have played to packed...
BRISTOL — A local man who formerly headed a law enforcement organization targeting child abuse crimes is now facing allegations that he inappropriately touched a girl two years ago in Bristol. Vermont State Police cited Arthur Cyr, 51, of Bristol on suspicion of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child younger than 16, stemming from an alleged incident at a Bristol residence on Dec. 31, 2016. Cyr, now retired, once served as a lieutenant with the Burlington Police Department and at one time led the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations. The CUSI describes itself as “a multi-agency task...

MOUNT ABE SENIOR Jalen Cook tries to dribble past Tiger Ashley Sunderland in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. The Eagles won, 52-17.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham outpaced Middlebury on Friday to highlight local high school girls’ basketball play last week. In other action, the Eagles and Tigers each dropped games earlier in the week, while Vergennes and Otter Valley each split two games. EAGLES VS. TIGERS On Friday the Eagles took charge with a 15-2 advantage in the first quarter in a 50-16 victory over the host Tigers. Mount Abe Coach Connie LaRose praised the young Tiger team for playing hard, and said she got quality minutes from her bench players. Chloe Johnston led the 5-2 Eagles with 17 points and three steals....
I want to extend many thanks to Andy Johnson for leaving money to the towns of Bristol and New Haven in his will. The two towns own two different sections of Plank Road from Burpee Road to North Street in New Haven, and the two towns could come together and pave each section with this donated money. By doing this, it would make Plank Road a paved road from Bristol to Vergennes and in honor of this, renaming it Andy Plank Road. This would be a great memory of Andy Johnson and the money he willed to the towns. Earl Bessette New Haven

“MR. CYPRESS” ELI JENSEN performs a musical number during the “Talent” portion of last year’s Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant. The annual pageant returns to the Mount Abraham auditorium this Saturday night.
BRISTOL — It’s almost time for a Christmas celebration that is quite different from what most people experience. Back for the sixth year, the Addison County Young Life Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant will be held this Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Mount Abraham Union High School Auditorium. Each year around 300 people from the community are treated to a unique, hilarious and free evening of entertainment. In traditional pageant style, seven senior boys will compete for the crown of “Mr. Christmas Tree” through formal wear, interviews, a bathing suit competition, and talent portions, followed...

JAMES ROBIDEAU, SHOWN here accepting the Emergency Maintenance Technician/Truck Captain Award at last January’s Addison County Firefighters’ Association, was recently named Bristol co-apparatus maintenance officer along with Jarrett Kimball.
BRISTOL — Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose and Deputy Fire Chief Eric Forand will lead the Bristol Fire Department for three more years. The Bristol selectboard at its Dec. 3 meeting reappointed LaRose and Forand to new terms that will expire at the end of 2021. After advertising for the positions, the town of Bristol received exactly one application for each position. LaRose and Forand have served together in their respective positions since 2014. Other department leaders, which were chosen at its Dec. 5 department staff meeting, include Assistant Chief Kevin LaRose, Captains Matthew Lathrop...
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