EAGLE JUNIOR FORWARD Koby LaRose gathers himself between Commodore defenders Gage Lalumiere and Jake Russell before going up for two points during the Mount Abe boys’ hoop team’s win over VUHS on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team on Saturday used tough defense and full-court pressure to limit visiting Vergennes to 25 points through three quarters on the way to a 57-46 victory. The 8-8 Eagles were not always crisp in their set offense, but they were more effective than the Commodores — who also played well defensively — in creating points from turnovers. Ten Eagles scored, four between nine and the team-high 11 points tossed in by senior Liam Kelliher. A surge early in the fourth quarter pushed their lead to 25 points, enough to withstand a late surge...

TOM BUZZELL, LEFT, and Kathleen Kilbourne are finalists to become the next principal of Bristol Elementary School.
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the BES Principal Finalists meet and greet with the community scheduled for today, Thursday, Feb. 6, will be rescheduled. More information as it becomes available.  Click here to see the new day and time. BRISTOL — Two candidates with strong ties to Bristol Elementary School and more than a decade each of experience as a principal are the finalists to be the school’s next principal. One is the current BES interim principal, Tom Buzzell, and the other is now the principal of Addison Central School, Kathleen Kilbourne. Mount Abraham Unified School District...

EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Chloe Johnston goes high over Tiger defenders Cady Pitner, left, and Hannah Turner to get a shot off in the lane during Tuesday’s basketball game at Mount Abraham. Johnston scored 15 points in the Eagles’ victory Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Pressure defense by the host Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team proved to be too much for visiting Middlebury on Tuesday, when the Eagles forced 17 first-half turnovers and 28 total in a 45-21 victory. The 8-5 Eagles also showed signs of the more balanced scoring that Coach Connie LaRose has been seeking to support senior guard Chloe Johnston, especially now that it is official that sophomore forward Grace Harvey will not return from a Jan. 23 knee injury. Johnston still led the way with 15 points, but four other Eagles contributed between five and nine points...

A NEW COWORKING space opened in downtown Bristol on Jan. 13. A project of Bristol CORE, Bristol Coworking is located upstairs from Bristol Cliffs Cafe, in the space formerly occupied by Connor & Buck Builders. It offers flexible workspaces — and membership options — for freelancers, telecommuters, startups and other professionals. Photo courtesy of Ian Albinson/Bristol CORE
BRISTOL — The elegant sunlit office space once occupied by Connor & Buck Builders in downtown Bristol has recently gained new life as a coworking space. Bristol Coworking is located upstairs from Bristol Cliffs Café on the north side of Main Street. The 1,000-square-foot space includes dedicated and shared desk areas, as well as a conference room to accommodate the needs of local freelancers, startups and remote workers. The new venture was developed by Bristol CORE, an organization dedicated to increasing and maintaining the economic vitality of the downtown area. “It offers a way to...
BRISTOL — Bristol’s “802 Spirits” retail liquor agency has changed to a new location. Adam LaPerle of Bristol Beverage, which is located at 21 Prince Lane, has acquired a license from the Department of Liquor and Lottery to be the town’s official liquor retailer. As of Jan. 31, Bristol’s “802 Spirits” agent, the Champlain Farms next to Holley Hall, no longer sells liquor. A license must be obtained from the state to operate a retail liquor store. LaPerle had been pursuing a license for a number of years, said Bristol selectboard member Ian Albinson. When the state requested submissions in...

SKATERS CHASE DOWN the puck at the Bristol Ice Rink on Saturday during the 4th annual Dibley Cup. Twenty teams competed in more than 50 short games during the outdoor hockey tournament held in honor of Matt Dibley, who died in a Lincoln hiking accident in 2016. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — With temperatures hovering in the mid-30s Saturday morning, the fourth annual Dibley Cup — an outdoor hockey tournament celebrating the life of Matt Dibley, who died in a hiking accident in 2016 — came very close to being the “Dibley Gathering.” “Since the weather’s not cooperating and the ice is so bad, we were going to just have a free-skate, and have food and drinks and kombucha and a fire,” said Dave Dibley, Matt’s youngest brother and organizer of this year’s Cup, at the newly renovated Bristol Ice Rink. “But then everybody got here and they wanted to (hold the tournament), so...

BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to hire Interim Principal Shannon Warden as the new Mount Abraham Union High and Middle School principal. Warden had been serving as the interim principal at Mount Abe since July 1, when Superintendent Patrick Reen appointed her to the position following a survey of the school’s faculty and staff. Her appointment followed the June resignation of former principal Jessica Barewicz to take a job in Barre, a move that gave MAUDS little time to find a new leader for its high school. This time Reen said a mid-...
I’m a two-year-old rescue from Virginia who’s learning to love Vermont snow. I’m not always very aware of my surroundings; I sometimes sit up and beg at the edge of the sofa — good thing I’ve got lots of furry padding! I have a healthy suspicion of my food dish; when I’m done eating, I moonwalk backwards away from it so it doesn’t ambush me. My ability to discover random “snacks” is legendary, and when I’m happy, I like to run full-speed into the nearest piece of furniture. What a time to be alive!  Midori Batten Bristol

MOUNT ABE SENIOR Chloe Johnston drives past Commodore senior Sophie Hatch during in the fourth quarter of the Eagle girls’ basketball team’s 35-25 loss to VUHS on Thursday. Johnston sparked a late rally that fell short. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball Coach Billy Waller said Thursday was the first time in at least seven years that his Commodores had defeated Mount Abraham. But their 35-25 victory over the 6-4 Eagles didn’t look like a fluke. The Commodores smothered the Eagles with tough man-to-man defense, setting the tone by allowing two points in the first quarter. They forced 18 Eagle turnovers, led by seven steals from sophomore Felicia Poirier, and converted them into 18 transition points. They outrebounded the Eagles, 31-25, with senior Kate Gosliga hauling down 13 boards to...

PAM MICHAUD READIES trays of gluten-free cookies for the oven at BB&C Wholesale. BB&C, which is located in the Bristol Works, produces, packages and distributes baked goods for a number of up-and-coming food companies. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — When entrepreneur Kevin Harper talks to the business community about the work of his commercial bakery, Bristol Bakery & Cafe Wholesale, key phrases like “value added” and “private label” and “emerging brands” come up. And then there are the numbers. Since 2014, the business has expanded from a few thousand square feet of baking production space in the Bristol Works complex, to 10,000. By 2017 annual sales had hit the million-dollar mark, and last year’s sales surpassed 2018’s by about 30%. The company now employs 32 people full time. But what’s really happening over there on...


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