VERGENNES RECREATION COMMITTEE Chairman Tim Cook, left, VUES physical education teacher Robyn Newton, and retired VUES music teacher Steve Sawyer all played roles in making recent major improvements to the city’s skating rink happen, and help keep the rink up and running.
Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — A Friday afternoon celebration at the newly upgraded Vergennes skating rink and basketball court will applaud the joint effort by volunteers and the city’s recreation committee, council members and public works department to improve the rink.
Recreation Committee Chairman Tim Cook said the successful project is typical of how things are getting done in Vergennes right now, often quietly behind the scenes.
“The real story is how the people of Vergennes have been showing up. The ice rink was years of fundraisers, the Fun Run, and a student-parent group that actually paid for it and...
FOLKS SKATE ON the ice at the newly renovated Bristol skate rink late last month.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Thanks to a collaboration between the Mount Abraham Unified School District, the Bristol Recreation Department and the Bristol Recreation Club, the Bristol skating rink on Airport Drive has been renovated and reopened for public ice skating.
“I grew up here and I haven’t seen the rink like this since I was little,” said Mandy Chesley-Park, director of the Mount Abraham Unified School District’s Expanded Learning Program (ELP), during an evening test run of the rink in late December.
As she spoke, dozens of helmeted 5-Town ELP students, along with parents, educators and community...