ONE OF 20 recently installed, student-made artworks on the Bristol Trail Network. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Last week, on a segment of the Bristol Trail Network that starts behind the Firehouse, Mount Abraham Union Middle School seventh-graders Isabella Shackett and Nathan Lester made a work of art from vines, twigs, bark and leaves, then suspended it from a trio of young trees. Teaching artist Claire Tebbs watched their work develop. “What’s remarkable about this installation is that they had completely different visions for it but were at peace with the same work,” Tebbs said. Lester calls the work “Nature’s Pizza,” alluding to its triangular shape and drawing parallels between the “...

ADDISON COUNTY SHERIFF’S Department Sgt. Mike Elmore is one of three candidates vying for the post of high bailiff on Nov. 3.
ADDISON — Addison County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mike Elmore has always loved law enforcement. Politics? Not so much. But he’s nonetheless thrust himself into the local political arena this fall to compete for the position of Addison County high bailiff. Elmore, an independent, is in a three-way race that includes Middlebury Republican (and former high bailiff) Ron Holmes and Middlebury Democrat Dave Silberman. Silberman beat Holmes 3,962 to 2,298 in a Democrat primary runoff on Aug. 11. But Holmes won the most write-in votes in the Republican primary and is repesenting the GOP in the Nov....

SHOREHAM — Shoreham Democrat Ruth Shattuck Bernstein always knew she’d eventually run for the Vermont House. But the timing never seemed right. Three young children to raise, bills to pay. She filed her political quest under “some day.” Well, “some day” is here, and it arrived based on several unanticipated events, according to Bernstein. They include the potential closure of Shoreham Elementary School, ongoing erosion of the state’s farming industry, and, most recently, a decision by fellow Shoreham Democrat Barb Wilson to withdraw from the race to represent the Addison-Rutland district,...

BENSON — At age 76, Richard “Sensei” Lenchus could probably still flatten most men half his age. He’s earned more martial arts awards and titles than just about anyone. But Lenchus, who these days is a professional architect, is now involved in a different kind of clash — in the political arena. And this time he won’t be scored on the number of blows or takedowns he lands. His judges on Nov. 3 will be voters in the Addison-Rutland House district, which Lenchus hopes to represent in Montpelier for the next two years. He’s in a three-person race that includes incumbent Rep. Terry Norris, I-...
LINCOLN — Back in the day — this would have been the early 1900s — there was a kid in Lincoln named Roger Sargent who had his own special cup hanging on a nail in the Lincoln Creamery down the road, so that whenever he came to visit he could have a drink of buttermilk. The cup was a gift from the fellow who ran the creamery, John Chapman. Many decades later, long after the creamery had closed, kids growing up in Lincoln enjoyed different delights, like bumping into retiree Val Webber, who used to go around town with a pocketful of nickels, handing them out to every child he met. These and...
Leaf-peeping opportunities can still be found in the area, but travelers — particularly those hoping to connect with Route 100 — should remember the Lincoln Gap Road will close for the winter beginning Thursday, Oct. 15. The closure point will be past the last house on the road (No. 2668, on the Lincoln side). Barriers will be installed on both the Warren and Lincoln sides of the gap. Please be sure your vehicle is not parked up there on Oct. 15 or it will be blocked in. Save the date: On Saturday, Oct. 24, the fire departments of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro will again...
VERGENNES — Barring another tie, Vergennes residents will pick the seventh member of their city council this coming Tuesday, and it’ll either be former longtime City Manager Mel Hawley or former councilor David Small, a sales and marketing professional.  A recount of Sept. 22 balloting showed the two candidates tied,  339-339, for a term on the council that will expire on Town Meeting Day in March.  Hawley entered the Sept. 25 recount with a one-vote lead, but the Vergennes Board of Civil Authority’s painstaking ballot recheck uncovered a one-vote oversight in ballots that had been hand-...
VERGENNES — Residents of the Addison Northwest School District on Thursday, Oct. 22, will have a chance to learn more about and weigh in on the future of the district.  From 6:30 to 8 p.m. the ANWSD’s Community Engagement Committee (CEC) will host a virtual event titled “Our District, Our Future.” ANWSD includes the towns of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham. The forum will be first in a series of planned community outreach events the CEC will conduct this fall and winter to, in the committee’s words, “begin conversations and dive deeper into discussions, opportunities, and...

VERMONT STATE POLICE Lt. Cory Lozier, former leader of the VSP’s Tactical Services Unit, is the new commander of the New Haven barracks.
NEW HAVEN — The former commander of the Vermont State Police’s Tactical Services Unit has taken command of the VSP’s New Haven barracks. Lt. Cory Lozier succeeds former New Haven barracks leader Capt. Matthew Daley, recently named the new head of the VSP’s Troop A. Troop A encompasses the VSP barracks in Williston, St. Albans, Middlesex, St. Johnsbury and Derby. Lozier takes the helm of a barracks that, when fully staffed, has 16 uniformed personnel, including 11 troopers, four sergeants, and the lieutenant. The New Haven barracks is currently carrying a few vacancies because of some injuries...
BURLINGTON — The mastermind behind a major heroin trafficking conspiracy in Addison County, according to federal authorities, is being held without bail pending a hearing in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Friday. Kevin D. Williams, 32, of Patterson, N.J., is charged with knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances between Nov. 1, 2019, and Oct. 11 in Vermont, federal court records show. Williams, also known as “Taco,” appeared briefly in federal court Tuesday afternoon by phone from the Northwest State...


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