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BRISTOL — Property owners in Bristol will see a slight increase on their tax bills this year. The town selectboard at its Aug. 10 meeting set the fiscal year 2021 municipal tax rate at 72.72 cents per $100 of assessed property value, an increase of 2.15 cents, or 3%. At the same time, it set the Bristol Police District tax rate at 29.80 cents, a decrease of 1.55 cents, or 4.9%. As a result, residents within the one-square-mile police district will pay a combined municipal rate of $1.0252 — about a half-penny, or 0.6%, more than last year. Bristol’s residential education tax rate for FY21...

ON JULY 26, while filming anti-racism protests, freelance photojournalist Trip Jennings (depicted on this sign) was shot in the face by federal agents in Portland, Ore. His father, Howard Jennings (left), and stepmother, Sarah Stott, who live in Bristol, have been speaking out about the incident. This photo shows them at last Friday’s Bristol Peace Vigil on the town green. Photo courtesy of Sarah Stott
BRISTOL — On July 26 photojournalist Trip Jennings, whose father and stepmother, Howard Jennings and Sarah Stott, live in Bristol, was shot in the face by federal agents in Portland, Ore. The Trump administration had sent agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Federal Protective Services to the city in early July — despite loud objections from the local and state officials who did not want them there — to quell demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter. Before he was shot, Jennings and the protestors...

THE FAR SIDE of the New Haven River at Bartlett Falls has a smooth bank that is good for sunbathing, but not good for social distancing. Advocates urge swimmers to keep six feet from others, to bring a mask for when you are not swimming, and to refrain from going to swimming holes if you feel sick. Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner
BRISTOL — Bartlett Falls in Bristol has been a serious hot spot for swimmers this year. The popular New Haven River locale is known for its cliff jumping and smooth rock face across the river.  A recent Saturday saw at least 50 bathers in and around the popular jumping spot, plus more sprinkled among the cooling currents and freshwater pools that dot the river as it climbs up the mountain toward Lincoln. While Vermont swimming holes are a top summer attraction and can be a great place to cool off, the popularity of Bartlett Falls (also known as Bristol Falls) comes as a mixed blessing to...

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.

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