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BRISTOL — The Walgreens drug store in Bristol closed its doors to the public for a few hours on Wednesday, after the company was notified that a store employee was being evaluated for COVID-19. There are currently no indications that the employee has tested positive for the disease. “In accordance with our established protocols, CDC guidance and out of an abundance of caution, we temporarily closed the store yesterday morning for cleaning in order to disinfect the premises, and reopened later that afternoon,” said Walgreens Manager of Corporate Media Relations Alexandra Brown in an emailed...
BRISTOL — The Acorn Energy Co-op and the town of Bristol have agreed on the terms for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a 500-kilowatt community solar array on the site of the former Bristol landfill. If built, the array would consist of 1,862 solar panels, 400 watts each, and cover slightly more than two acres, according to the Co-op’s proposal. The selectboard approved the MOU at its April 27 meeting. Once it’s formally signed, the Co-op can proceed with the next steps of the project, which include lining up investors and applying for a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont...

NEW YORK GALLERIST and artist Martine Bisagni has a passion for building bridges between the creators of art and the broader community. She brings that passion to her new role at an art gallery in downtown Bristol. Photo by Amani Ansari
While most everyone has felt the strong effects of COVID-19 on day-to-day business, Art on Main (Bristol’s Main Street art gallery) recently had a leadership change too. Annie Perkins handed her role of gallery manager over to Martine Bisagni in mid-April.  “We had a perfect plan in place for a month of overlap and training between us and high hopes for a very smooth transition,” Perkins wrote in her farewell newsletter. “Well — such is the way of plans… It has been an immense pleasure working with and getting to know all of you Art on Main folks: artists, customers, teachers, students,...
ADDISON COUNTY — After closing their doors to outside visitors more than a month ago, local municipal clerks have been slowly opening up to more an more services. But restrictions still apply, and clerks urge everyone to call before coming to their town offices. And don’t forget your mask. In Vergennes, City Clerk Morgan Kittredge is ready to handle title searches, notarize documents, and provide marriage licenses, but as of late this week only by appointment and with at least a day’s notice. “It’s just call and find a time,” Kittredge said. City office workers can provide most or all of the...
BRISTOL — In a recent letter to the community, organizers of the Three Day Stampede toward the cure for Cystic Fibrosis announced that the event will be cancelled this year. “As the organizers of The Stampede, our first priority above all is the safety of all the people who volunteer, attend, and participate in any way in our beloved event,” the letter states. “We have been looking long and hard at all the information we can find about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in our state, our country and our world. The recurring theme through all of the work that is being done by scientists, doctors...

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
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...
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...
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
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. 
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...

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