Bristol


THE 50-SOMETHING-YEAR-OLD “green barn” is the largest building on the Bristol Department of Public Works site. The town is studying how it can be replaced, possibly with space for the Bristol Police Department as well.
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol has begun to plan for the possibility of two new buildings — one for the Department of Public Works (DPW) and one for the Bristol Police Department (BPD). And depending on how things go, those two building could end up attached to each other. Because of COVID-19, the Bristol selectboard is a few months behind the schedule it had hoped to follow this year, but one major phase has been completed: a building site and needs analysis, which was conducted by Bread Loaf Corporation and presented to the board. The study was originally intended to focus on providing new...

BRIGETTE GIRON SPOKE at the raising of the Black Lives Matter flag in front of Mount Abraham Union High School. Independent file photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — On Nov. 20, Mount Abraham Union High School students organized a ceremony to raise the Black Lives Matter flag on school grounds, with the understanding that it would stay there for 30 days. After that, the flag would be removed and placed in the school lobby. But some Mount Abe students would like to keep the flag on the flagpole, and they’re circulating a petition with the hope of gaining community support. The request will be voted on next week. “Although (raising the Black Lives Matter flag for 30 days) is a powerful first step in demonstrating Mt. Abe’s commitment to becoming...

AS BRISTOL BAKERY Wholesale has expanded, the business has needed to purchase additional equipment in order to keep up with demand. With the help of a $15,000 BGS grant through the ACEDC, Bristol Bakery Wholesale was able to purchase a pouch-filling machine, which helps them package products at a faster rate. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Kevin Harper started out as a hopeful entrepreneur in 1977, making organic lip products in his kitchen in Ripton. Over the next 24 years, Harper expanded his idea into what became Autumn Harp, a multi-million-dollar company with more than 75 full-time employees. Autumn Harp was relocated from Harper’s kitchen to a larger space in 1982, and again to a facility on Pine Street in Bristol a decade later. Finally in 2010, Autumn Harp Incorporated and moved to its current location in Essex Junction. Although Harper was pleased to see the growth of his start-up, he ultimately decided to...
VERGENNES — In the words of Addison Northwest School District Board Member Mark Koenig at the board’s Monday meeting, ANWSD is ready to enter into “talks about talking” about cooperating with the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Those talks could lead to a future merger of the districts. That was the takeaway from the board’s discussion held in reaction to MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen’s Dec. 7 unveiling of a proposal for joint high and middle schools for the two districts, one in each of the district’s existing high schools, by the start of the 2023 school year. Voters in both...

THE CORNWALL VOLUNTEER Fire Department recently returned this utility truck to the Bristol Fire Department after a multi-year loan from Bristol.
BRISTOL — Mutual aid among fire departments is common practice in Addison County — one department responds, no questions asked, when another is in need at an emergency. The Bristol Fire Department two years ago went above and beyond that practice when it loaned its neighbors in Cornwall the use of one of its utility vehicles. That short-term loan grew to months and then years as the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department awaited the delivery of a new utility truck after its own truck was totaled in a traffic accident. The truck was hit while responding to a fire. Earlier this month, Cornwall...

MARY 'PAT' BROWN of Bristol died after a short battle with COVID-19 last week.
ADDISON COUNTY — After a short battle with COVID-19, Mary “Pat” Brown — mother of six, member of Bristol’s St. Ambrose Catholic Church, retired Registered Nurse — died on Friday at age 79. “Her loss weighs heavy on us, with the worst part being that we couldn’t be with her as she struggled to fight this awful virus,” her family wrote in a letter to Gov. Phil Scott. “Our family feels that these deaths (from COVID-19) need to have names attached to them,” they continued. “Maybe, just maybe, it will spark even one person to do better and to try harder to follow (public health) guidelines for...

BRISTOL RESIDENT BRIGETTE Moralez-Giron, a 10th-grader at Mount Abraham Union High School, spoke at a school ceremony celebrating Black lives Friday morning, then joined Principal Shannon Warden in raising the Black Lives Matter flag. Students at the school have been learning about systemic racism and inclusivity in advisory this month. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Two years after passing a resolution to do so, Mount Abraham Union High School raised a Black Lives Matter flag this past Friday morning. “Today I want to say that Black lives matter,” said Bristol 10th-grader Brigette Moralez-Giron in a speech before the flag raising. “Racial inequality and discrimination are social problems in the United States that sadly do not seem to end. “New cases of racial crime continue to occur every day in this country ... which claims to have liberty and justice for all in its pledge of allegiance.” Founded in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement...
VERGENNES/BRISTOL — A tragic accident this past summer has inspired a fundraising effort on behalf of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad. On Friday, Oct. 30, community members presented VARS with a new LUCAS 3 CPR apparatus, funds for which were raised in memory of Tracy Bedell and Bobby Lowell, who died from injuries sustained in a July ATV crash. Bedell’s grandmother Elizabeth Armstrong, who helped raise the funds, said she and other fundraisers felt they needed to give back to the rescue squad.  “We don’t do enough for our rescue squad people,” she said at the presentation ceremony. “I felt...
BRISTOL — Residents of Bristol and neighboring towns celebrated the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president, respectively, with music and dancing on Saturday evening. The Count Every Vote Bristol organizing group had originally planned to host a rally as they had for the previous three days emphasizing that every vote cast for the Nov. 3 election should be counted. “Earlier in the week we were concerned that the election process wasn’t going to go through fairly,” local organizer Sarah Stott said. “On Friday we saw that most of the states were tallying their...

Main Street in Bristol
BRISTOL — While choosing among candidates for federal, state and local offices this past Tuesday, Bristol voters also approved updates to the 2017 Bristol Zoning Regulations, which advocates say will make the town more business-friendly. Three of the most significant things the updates do is 1. add to the town plan a set of “Subdivision Regulations” that will give Bristol more local control over business development; 2. change the name of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to the “Development Review Board” (DRB); and 3. assign the local business development review process to this renamed...

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