Lincoln

LINCOLN — A new generation of Lincoln residents is starting to take shape, with young families moving to town or planning to do so in the near future. They have children ranging in age from infants to toddlers, and they have cited the Lincoln Community School as one of the biggest reasons for settling or returning to Lincoln. But with the recent decline in enrollment at the school and a proposal in the Mount Abraham Unified School District to discontinue elementary education at LCS, some are worried they may have come too late. Amaia Perta, who attended LCS in the early 1990s, is planning to...
LINCOLN — At a special school board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Mount Abraham Unified School District board voted to postpone a decision regarding the superintendent’s proposal to repurpose the Lincoln Community School and send Lincoln elementary students to either Bristol or Monkton. The board will continue to hold its regularly scheduled meetings to discuss the proposal and the timeline for making a decision. Although the decision is postponed at this time, our community is still gathering information and researching alternatives to the proposal. If you’d like to learn more about...

LINCOLN AUTHOR ELLIE Bryant’s great uncle Bures Paxton sits with a couple other fellows on a huge metal still for making moonshine back near Bryant’s Virginia home. Her new book tells a history of moonshine.
LINCOLN — What is known about the life of Virginia bootlegger Willie Carter Sharpe comes together in a patchwork of fact and legend, but one thing was for sure: She could drive like hell. It’s estimated that during Prohibition, Sharpe hauled more than 200,000 gallons of moonshine from points south to points north, and she could earn as much as $50 a night doing it. “With the flick of a special switch, she could turn off her taillights, making her harder to spot from behind,” writes Lincoln author Louella Bryant in her new book, “Hot Springs And Moonshine Liquor.” “When revenuers shot at her...
LINCOLN — Since news broke of the superintendent’s recommendation to the MAUSD school board, our community members have been coming together to research alternatives. A newly created website is intended to be a place to gather and share information and resources in one location. On the website you can find out exactly what is being proposed, things to consider and ways you can get involved. The website also includes various news articles and posts from concerned townspeople. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the website at protecttownschools.info. If you would like to join...
LINCOLN — There will be an open seat on the MAUSD School Board as a Lincoln Representative on the ballot in March 2021. Lincoln holds two seats on the district school board. With the superintendent’s proposal on the table, now is a crucial time to make sure that both of these seats are filled. If you are interested in becoming a Lincoln School Board Representative, please pick up a consent form at the town clerk’s office so that you can get your name printed on the ballot. The deadline to get on the ballot is Monday, Jan. 25. No petition is required to get on the ballot this year, due to the...

THE REV. JUSTIN COX was just settling in as senior pastor of United Church of Lincoln when the pandemic hit. Since then the North Carolina native has found new ways to deepen his connections with his new community, such as cooking Southern food and delivering it to his parishioners and neighbors. Cox will conduct the church’s Christmas Eve service virtually this year. Independent photo/Steve James
LINCOLN — A few months ago, during the dawn hours he reserves for solitude, the Rev. Justin Cox was sitting upstairs in the United Church of Lincoln parsonage making his way through a book about Black culinary history in the South when he came to a passage about soup stock, and paused. “It just made me want to go downstairs and cook,” said Cox, who grew up in North Carolina. “So I went and found these old turkey bones that were in the freezer that my mother-in-law had stored away for us, and I just made stock. It was so fulfilling. It was like this very contemplative and embodied prayer that...
LINCOLN — Over 100 people joined a special Lincoln selectboard virtual meeting on Friday, Dec. 18, to voice their concerns regarding the MAUSD proposal set forth by Superintendent Patrick Reen in which he outlines as part of the plan, “repurposing” Lincoln Community School (LCS), essentially closing it as we know it. LCS is more than just a building where our kids go to school. It’s a place where you feel loved, respected, where you feel like you belong and are welcomed. It’s a place where memories are made. It’s a place where little minds are nurtured. It’s a place where kids feel safe. It’s...
LINCOLN — The town of Lincoln says it may pursue legal action against the Mount Abraham Unified School District, which is now weighing the possibility of discontinuing elementary education at the Lincoln Community School. At a special meeting Friday night the Lincoln selectboard voted unanimously to hire an attorney to represent the town “in our legal case against the school district.” At issue is MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen’s recent proposal to consolidate the district’s five elementary schools into two — Bristol Elementary and Monkton Central. If that plan is approved by the school...
LINCOLN — The Lincoln Library will be a meal pick up site for Vermonters who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Everyone Eats is a creative partnership between two restaurants, Bar Antidote and 3 Squares Cafe and the Boys and Girls Club of Vergennes. This partnership has made it possible to distribute nutritious and local meals to individuals and families in need of assistance. Meals are available for pickup in a cooler on the front porch of the library for self-serve Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. To register for meals, please sign up at bgcvergennes.org/everyone-eats-1. If...
BURLINGTON — Attorneys working on business involving real estate transactions are suing nine Vermont municipalities, including the Addison County towns of Lincoln and Whiting, for prohibiting or restricting access to public government records by claiming COVID-19 concerns. The lawsuit, filed in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington, has major statewide implications because the final ruling could affect how more than 240 municipal clerks will be required during the pandemic to allow taxpayers to have access to all kinds of public records stored in town halls throughout Vermont. A hearing is...

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