MIDDLEBURY — So many local businesses and organizations have been closing over the last week in response to COVID-19 it is difficult to keep track of them all. To that end, Experience Middlebury and Bristol CORE have each created an online directory where folks can find up-to-the-minute information on the status of local businesses. For Middlebury businesses, click here. For Bristol, click here. The Vergennes Partnership is also updating its Facebook page with business closures in the city.
"These are really challenging circumstances for everyone, including our small, locally owned businesses...
BRISTOL — I remember being arm-deep in garden soil with my classmates during a warm spring day at Vergennes Union High School’s Walden Project and getting covered in dirt.
I remember working with community members around the state to support VUHS’s Peace One Day celebration and its first ever climate action-themed event.
I remember taking action for climate justice on the Vergennes Green and being met by people whom I had never seen, and who supported our efforts nonetheless.
I remember a feeling of connection in those times, and gratitude for the togetherness of my neighbors.
BRISTOL — Bristol selectboard candidate Bill Mount may have fallen short in the vote count last week, but he had an experience on Town Meeting Day that made it all worth it.
On Tuesday, Darla Senecal defeated Mount, 763–487, for a two-year term on the board. The following morning, the Independent reached out to Mount for a post-election comment, but candidate and reporter were unable to connect until after deadline.
When the two finally caught up, by email, Mount said he didn’t have a comment.
But he did have a story.
“Yesterday, while I was waving on Main Street, a young lady came up to the...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District Early Education Program will be holding its developmental screening on Thursday, March 26, at Bristol Elementary School, 57 Mountain Street. Children will have the opportunity to play in an early childhood classroom. Parents can share about their child and learn more about their child’s communication, social, emotional, cognitive and motor development.
The screening is free and will take about one hour. Time slots are available at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The screening will be located in Bristol Elementary School’s in Early Education...
ADDISON COUNTY — In Australian ballot voting on Tuesday, residents in three of the largest communities in Addison County elected a series of candidates to leader their respective municipalities.
In Vergennes voters chose three members for the city council from among four candidates. Bristol residents elected one of two newcomers for their selectboard. Middlebury returned a veteran and introduced a rookie to its selectboard.
In a four-way race for three seats on the city council, Vergennes residents chose Deputy Mayor Lynn Jackson Donnelly, Alderman David Austin and first-time Councilor Tara...
BRISTOL — Residents of Bristol elected another new member of the selectboard on Town Meeting Day.
Darla Senecal defeated Bill Mount, 763 – 487, for a two-year term on the board.
“I am so happy to be able to serve my community as a selectboard member,” Senecal told the Independent in an email. “I was 20 when I moved to Bristol. I basically grew up here. I raised my family here. This community gave me the opportunity to create a home and lifelong friendships with people that I care deeply about. I hope to serve them all well.”
Incumbent selectboard member Michelle Perlee, who was running...
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...