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ELLA LAROSE, 9, dances with counselors in the MAUSD Essential Persons’ Childcare program, which imposes strict social distancing policies for kids whose parents, like Ella’s, are deemed essential workers in the effort to thwart coronavirus. Photo courtesy of MAUSD Photo courtesy of MAUSD Essential Persons’ Childcare program
04/23/2020
BRISTOL — Every day, before they head off to toil on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents in the Mount Abraham Unified School District who’ve been designated “essential workers” drop their children off at Bristol Elementary School. There staff in the district’s Expanded Learning Program deploy a powerful combination of wisdom, talent, heart — and a little 5-Town magic — to keep them safe from the dangers in the broader world. The program is called MAUSD Essential Persons’ Childcare. It’s free to families and it officially opened on March 23.  Nine-year-old Bristol resident Ella...
04/16/2020
BRISTOL — Porter Knight, Bristol Recreation Club vice president, is reminding everyone that the Bristol Trail Network — including the High School trail — is open.  “Though the Mount Abraham Union High School property is otherwise closed to the public, the superintendent has confirmed that it is OK to use the trail behind the high school,” Knight said in an email to rec club enthusiasts late last week. She is also Bristol Trail Network coordinator. “Please help us spread the word.”  The signs posted around the high school saying that the property is closed have been causing a lot of confusion...
04/16/2020
BRISTOL — Art on Main was so excited to be taking the lead in Bristol in the celebration of Earth Day 2020, which is coming up April 22. The gallery had scheduled a themed exhibit titled “Earth Year 2020,” a community art event at Holly Hall, music, poetry readings, and a month-long fundraising effort to raise money for an environmental organization.  But all of that has been postponed as we all diligently abide by the necessary social distancing to keep ourselves and our families, or community, and our healthcare workers safe. Art on Main folks said they would move ahead with their plans...

JULIE, ROWEN, SILAS and Levi Clark decorated their kitchen stools with artwork. Photo by Tom Pollak
04/09/2020
BRISTOL — Last Saturday Bristol resident Ali Gibson organized “Art on Display Day” as “a fun way to share some smiles with neighbors.” Around town, porches and front yards became impromptu galleries, displaying homemade and other art, quilts, signs and other items. Then townspeople took to the streets and sidewalks to view them — from a COVID-appropriate distance, of course. 
04/09/2020
BRISTOL — State officials are asking that the public postpone all outdoor burning through at least May 30, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Open burning creates the risk of an escaped fire and puts pressure on emergency personnel.  The town of Bristol, for instance, this week announced that, effective immediately, the fire warden had issued a temporary ban on all burn permits until further notice. Along with the Bristol Fire Department, the warden announced a temporary ban on open burning in order reduce the risk of wildland fires during covid-19 emergency.  With the state of Vermont...

THE ACORN ENERGY Co-op hopes to build a 500 kW solar array on the site of the former Bristol landfill. In this Google Earth image, the blue lines represent the co-op’s proposed layout of the array’s 1,862 solar panels. Image by Google Earth/Acorn Energy Co-op
04/02/2020
BRISTOL — The Acorn Energy Co-op, which has successfully completed two community solar projects in Addison County, believes it has identified a great site for a third: the former Bristol landfill. If given the green light, the 500 kilowatt project would consist of 1,862 solar panels, 400 watts each, and cover slightly more than 2 acres, according to the Co-op’s proposal. “This (sort of array) would be helpful for residents who either don’t have a roof that faces anywhere near south, or have trees blocking or for whatever reason,” said Co-op board member Richard Carpenter, who gave a...
04/02/2020
BRISTOL — During the recent Annual Legion Birthday Dinner, Bristol American Legion Post 19 recognized members for various achievements. Some members of the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion were recognized for 5-year increments of continuous memberships through 2019. The Annual Above & Beyond Award was presented to Connie LaRose. She was nominated by Boy Scout Troop 543 Committee. LaRose has been involved with Scouting for over 40 years, serving in both Pack 543 and Troop 543 as a den leader, cubmaster, advancement chairman, assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, and merit badge...
04/02/2020
BRISTOL — Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced Tuesday that his office will not prosecute two Vermont State Police troopers who shot an armed Bristol man in his driveway in December. The man, 28-year-old Greg West, did not die. “Based on the facts and circumstances, and consistent with Vermont law, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the actions of the officers were justified,” Donovan said in a press release. On the evening of Dec. 3 Troopers Robert Helm and Matthew Hood, along with an officer with the Bristol Police Department, were called to a domestic disturbance at a...
03/31/2020
BRISTOL — Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced Tuesday that his office will not prosecute two Vermont State Police troopers who shot an armed Bristol man in his driveway in December. The man, 28-year-old Greg West, did not die. “Based on the facts and circumstances, and consistent with Vermont law, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the actions of the officers were justified,” Donovan said in a press release. On the evening of Dec. 3 Troopers Robert Helm and Matthew Hood, along with an officer with the Bristol Police Department, were called to a domestic disturbance at a...
03/26/2020
BRISTOL — Although the Bristol selectboard voted last week that all town buildings be closed to the public until April 6, or until further notice, municipal officials are trying to get out the word that town employees remain avail- able to assist citizens by phone, e-mail, U.S. Postal Service, and by appointment as warranted with appropriate protocols in place. Employees not at the Bristol Town Office will be working from remote locations. Public Works employees and first responders are on-call for emergencies. Meetings of all Bristol boards, commissions and committees will either be...

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