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BRISTOL POLICE CHIEF Bruce Nason, right, responds to a question during Monday night’s Community Conversation on Safety, Security and Policing, which was convened in Holley Hall and via Zoom. Nearly 60 Bristol residents participated in the two-hour discussion, which was moderated by Bristol resident Sen. Christopher Bray.
BRISTOL — Many of the nearly 60 people who participated in Monday night’s Community Conversation on Bristol Policing expressed support and appreciation for the Bristol Police Department.  Many also came with questions and concerns for Bristol Police Chief Bruce Nason, who was there, as he said, to listen and answer questions. Topics during the roughly two-hour discussion — which was convened both in person and via Zoom, and was moderated by Sen. Christopher Bray, D-Bristol — ranged from de-escalation and bias training to police funding to policing alternatives.  One participant, Maura...
BRISTOL — Aquatic invasive plant species have been present in the Lewis Creek watershed for decades and outcompete native plants by forming dense mats of vegetation. These dense mats impede recreational boaters, swimmers, and anglers, and degrade ecosystems and wildlife habitats.  Aquatic invasive plants are spread via seeds, roots, fragments, animals, and by humans. Bristol Pond is a popular destination for anglers, recreational boaters, and wildlife enthusiasts.  As of 2018, there were two known aquatic invasive species in Bristol Pond: European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) and...
As the national debate focuses—at least in part in this era of a Trump-induced crisis-per-minute—on its public police forces, it’s heartening to see the Bristol community rally around its police chief and be willing to think anew about how community policing might be reinvented. Without alleging any deficiencies, the Bristol community is well-aware that biases are inherent in each of us and that a different approach might yield improved results. Having such an open-minded attitude is what helps communities discover innovative solutions. The report of the meeting (page 1A in today’s paper)...
BRISTOL — The Bristol artist’s cooperative gallery Art on Main is losing some key personnel. On Thursday the gallery’s board of directors announced in a letter to artists and other community members that it was eliminating the position of gallery manager, the only paid job at Art on Main. In addition, two board members would leave their positions at the end of August. Art on Main, at 25 Main St. in Bristol, shows the work of almost 100 artists in various media including painting, crafts, photography, pottery, wood, jewelry, music, and textiles. The board said the gallery is facing “...
BRISTOL — Bristol will host a community discussion about its police department on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. With assistance from Northeast Addison Television (NEAT) the town is hoping to convene the meeting simultaneously in Holley Hall and via Zoom, though details are still being ironed out. Sen. Chris Bray, D-Bristol, will facilitate the event, which the selectboard at its July 27 meeting characterized as “an opening conversation.” “This is a chance for us to listen,” said Bristol Police Chief Bruce Nason. “I want to hear from the public. If there is information we need to get back to them...
Northeast Addison Television (NEAT) in Bristol has announced the lineup for its Studio2 Summer Covid Music Series. The series airs live every Friday evening at 7 p.m. on Comcast Cable channel 1080. Performances can also be live-streamed on the NEAT website, where they will be archived for future viewing. Lincoln musician Nate Gusakov kicked the series off on July 17, and Bristol Irish drum player Reagh Greenleaf Jr. kept the show rolling on July 24. The following artists have also been scheduled for the coming weeks: •  July 31: Jim and Anna Lienau. •  Aug. 7: Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette...
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union School District released its plans for the fall reopening yesterday: Read them here.

BRISTOL POLICE CHIEF BRUCE NASON
BRISTOL — Bristol residents who wish to learn more about the policies, practices and culture of the Bristol Police Department will soon get the chance to share their questions and concerns with BPD Chief Bruce Nason and other town officials. The selectboard has not yet set a date and time for the community discussion, but it is likely to take place via Zoom sometime in early or mid-August. “We should probably do something sooner than later so we can get communication going with the public,” Nason told the selectboard at its July 13 meeting. U.S. law enforcement has faced intense scrutiny in...

After fielding comments from Bristol business owner Maura Donnelly asking for town help in convincing customers to wear masks, the Bristol selectboard said that at its next meeting it would consider a resolution on mask wearing in town. Vermont Marketplace co-owner Carol Wells, shown here, says customers have been willing to wear masks in her Main Street store.
BRISTOL — After a downtown store owner raised concerns about employees being accosted by customers who don’t want to wear required face masks, the Bristol selectboard is considering a resolution that would express support for local businesses that require masks. “Yesterday afternoon two teenagers were working on their own in the store when a customer came in and refused to wear a mask,” wrote Simon Says owner Maura Donnelly in a July 12 email to the board. “When she was told she had to wear a mask, she said it made her ‘uncomfortable’ and that she ‘didn’t agree with wearing a mask.’” The...

NORTHEAST ADDISON TELEVISION producer (and local musician) Shawn Kimball recently tested the studio, equipment and live-streaming technology that will be used to bring the Studio2 Summer Covid Music Series to live online audiences. The series will feature a different artist every Friday night for six weeks beginning July 17. Courtesy of NEAT
BRISTOL — Drawing on a wealth of local music talent and the availability of an additional studio for the summer, Northeast Addison Television (NEAT) is launching a new series of live-music broadcasts. For the next six Friday evenings, viewers can tune in to the Studio2 Summer Covid Music Series on Comcast Cable channel 1080, or watch the live stream on the station’s website, neatbristol.com, where all performance videos will be archived for later viewing. Lincoln musician Nate Gusakov kicks things off this Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. with new solo material he’s really excited about. Gusakov’s...

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