PAINTING BY ADRIEN Larocque, grade 12
BRISTOL — Bristol’s gallery Art on Main has the 12th Annual Mount Abe Emerging Artists exhibit on view now through March 25. In celebration of Youth Art Month this special exhibit will feature the work of 20 Mount Abraham Union High School students in grades 9-12. This is a great opportunity for these young artists to showcase their work in a professional gallery space. The student artists were invited to submit their work on the basis of their artistic talent and dedication to creating art as well as their potential as future artists.  The mediums represented will include painting,...
BRISTOL — The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Bristol between July 1, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020: •  July 18: The A. Johnson Co. LLC to Masterson’s Development Properties LLC, 71 acres of timberland on Lower Notch Road, $250,000. •  July 19: Johnathan F. Matson to Thomas J. Halpin, home on 11.26 acres at 435 Lower Notch Road, $260,000. •  July 19: U.S. Bank National Association to William Simmons, home on 0.5 acre at 71 East St., $42,500. •  July 26: Donna Kendall to Katherine C. Selby, home on 0.35 acre at 54 West Pleasant St., $172,000. •  July 29: Veterans...
BRISTOL — Residents of the five towns of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) will be asked on Tuesday to say yea or nay to a $31,399,182 spending plan to fund the district’s six schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The budget, if adopted, would increase the five-town district’s spending by 1.45%, and, according to MAUSD officials, maintain all current programs. Residents are expected to face increases in their towns’ school tax rates ranging from about 5.8% to 8.2%; see below for details. However, only about a third of district and Vermont taxpayers pay education property...
BRISTOL — Officials with the Bristol-area schools have pared back possible options as they plan for a future with continued declining enrollment. With state allotting education funds based on number of pupils, the projected loss of more than 200 students between 2015 and 2024 means that Mount Abraham Unified School District will have less money to spend on education unless voters agree to raise more in property taxes. After Jan. 25 and Feb. 11 meetings the MAUSD board members and administrators agreed to narrow their focus to four scenarios for the future organization of the district that...

GUINNESS HOUSE, IRELAND, is one of the photographs by Paul Forlenza on display at walkOver Gallery in Bristol through March 27.
BRISTOL — A reception for photographer Paul Forlenza of Lincoln will be held at walkOver Gallery, 15 Main Street, on Friday, Feb. 28, from 5-7 p.m. The show, entitled “Boats, Barns and more ... Images from Ireland, Prince Edward Island and Vermont,” features a variety of Forlenza’s images. Some are archival Kodachrome prints, some archival digital prints and a few are Kodachrome CibaChrome prints with stunning large scale clarity and color. “As a photographer, my goal is to create images with strong emotional appeal by aligning light, color, texture and timing,” says Forlenza. “I work to make...
BRISTOL — Bristol will hold its annual town meeting at Holley Hall on Monday, March 2, 2020, at 7 p.m., where voting on warned articles 1 and 3–21 will take place. Voting by Australian ballot to elect town officers, approve the unified school district and regional technical school budgets, approve the Bristol Police District budget and choose presidential primary candidates will take place in the same location on Tuesday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters are asked to approve Fiscal Year 2021 General Fund spending of $922,799, an increase of $27,083, or 3%. Public works and highway...
NEWPORT — In first-round high school boys’ basketball playoff action this week, Middlebury advanced, but Mount Abraham and Vergennes were eliminated. The Tigers, seeded No. 6 in Division II, ousted No. 11 Lamoille, 66-58 on Wednesday. The 10-11 Lancers erased the Tigers’ 35-26 halftime advantage to take a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Coach John Howe said “strong defense and a few heads-up plays” allowed the Tigers to prevail. Senior Tyler Buxton sparked MUHS with 31 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, and three assists, and classmate Tim Goettelmann added 10 points and five...

PAUL CARLILE, AN American Canoe Association certified instructor, executes a technical roll in his whitewater kayak in a style commonly used by sea kayakers during a Vermont Paddlers Club workout at the Mount Abraham Union High School pool on Feb. 12. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
BRISTOL — On a recent Wednesday night, Paul Carlile of Burlington sat in his blue whitewater kayak in the swimming pool at Mount Abraham Union High School, nose plugs engaged and ready to demonstrate the perfect roll. Designed to help whitewater kayakers navigate the sort of steep, technical stream that runs cold and fast from Vermont’s Green Mountains in the spring, his boat showed the signs of wear and love. A network of scratches ran along its sides, battle scars from past adventures running streams at high water. On that snowy night, Carlile, an American Canoe Association-certified...

BRISTOL — Bristol Elementary School Interim Principal Thomas Buzzell has been selected as the school’s next permanent principal, Mount Abraham Unified School District Superintendent Patrick Reen confirmed this week. Reen said the search committee’s weeks-long process concluded on Friday, Feb. 14, the day after Buzzell and the other finalist, Addison Central School principal and BES alum Kathleen Kilbourne, spent the day visiting the school and meeting with parents and community members in the evening. Reen said the news that Buzzell had accepted a contract was welcomed at a school-wide...

KEITH MURPHY AND Yann Falquet will perform an evening of new music on Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m., at the Walkover Gallery on Main St., in Bristol.
BRISTOL — Keith Murphy and Yann Falquet will bring a new sound to Bristol’s Walkover Gallery, at 15 Main St., on Saturday, Feb. 22. Together they’ll collaborate to create a fresh take on traditional songs during the Cabin Fever Series’ 8 p.m. performance. The duo will use open-tuned guitars, along with mandolin and mandola, for an exciting mix of tunes. Falquet and Murphy are both masters of contemporary traditional guitar, representing the compelling textures, harmonies and rhythms that this instrument has brought to traditional songs and instrumentals since the Celtic music revival in the...


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