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09/24/2020
Town offices are slowly starting to open up for person-to-person business, following a lengthy suspension of such services due to COVID-19.  Bristol town offices this past Monday announced open hours on Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 8 a.m. to noon. Like Bristol, most town offices are imposing the following health/safety rules: Only three customers allowed in the lobby at any given time, six feet minimum distance must be kept between people, mask wearing is mandatory, and of course don’t come in if you’re not feeling well.  Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library is one of 48 libraries...
09/17/2020
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has set a minimum age requirement of 12 for its online-only hunter education, bow-hunter education and trapper-education correspondence courses, which begin on Oct. 1. These three courses are completely remote. The department will continue to offer a limited number of traditional, in-person courses and home-study programs with no age requirement. Requests for exemptions to the age requirement for online classes should be made to the Hunter Education Program by contacting (802) 828-1193 or HunterEducation@vermont.gov. Exemptions will be considered for...
09/10/2020
The Friends of Mount Abe Fall Musicals is hosting a bottle drive at the Monkton Recycling Center this coming Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m.-noon to benefit the big show. Organizers aren’t yet sure what this year’s production will look like, but the community’s dedication to the students at Mount Abraham and quality theater productions continues. Anyone with questions should contact Joan Holloway at FMAFMInc@gmail.com. If you have a large quantity of redeemable bottles and can’t get to recycling this weekend, email her to arrange pick up or bring them to Bristol Beverage and ask them to be...
09/03/2020
The state has posted two additional COVID-19 testing dates in Middlebury for September, Moira Cook tells us. She is at the Vermont Department of Health District Office in Middlebury. The National Guard will run COVID-19 testing clinics on Sept. 3 and 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at American Legion Post No. 27 (49 Wilson Road). National Guard clinics can accommodate 200 appointments per day, with additional capacity for walk-ins. The National Guard will likely continue to host Thursday clinics through September, local officials said. Meanwhile, the Health Department Office in Middlebury (156 South...
08/27/2020
Here’s an extra excuse to come to downtown Middlebury these days: Bundle in the Park, which takes place every Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon in Riverfront Park in the Marble Works, near the giant yellow chair. All ages are welcome and it’s totally free. Bundle will also host a “Pop-Up Artist Market” on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Riverfront Park that will be outside in the fresh air to meet all COVID-related safety guidelines. You can keep up to date on Bundle’s future activities at its Facebook page. The colder months will soon be upon us, and area food shelves are...
08/20/2020
Face coverings have been mandated in all public places in Vermont since Aug. 1. If you don’t have a face covering and would like to get one for free, now’s a good time to do it. The state will distribute up to 300,000 cloth face coverings to the public, emergency responders and select agencies throughout the month of August. The State Emergency Operations Center procured the masks from those donated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Vermont Emergency Management, the Department of Health, Agency of Transportation and National Guard...
08/13/2020
There’s been a lot of blaring on social media about the horn in the former Bristol Fire Department station that used to sound — quite loudly — at noon. Some folks have been yearning nostalgically for a return of the horn, which was installed in 1925. Others have been chiming in with “good riddance.” Well, Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose recently weighed in with this explanation of why the horn was retired: “It has been six years since the fire horn last blew at the noon hour. When the new West Street Fire Station was constructed, as part of the history of the fire department the fire alarm...
08/06/2020
If you are planning to vote by mail in next Tuesday’s Primary Election but didn’t get your ballots in the mail by now, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos suggest you skip the postal service and drop the completed ballot off in person. You can drop it at your town clerk’s office (if it’s open) or at the polling place on Election Day. The Middlebury town clerk’s office is not open to the public at all, but Middlebury Town Clerk Ann Webster, for instance, said voters can use the small payment drop box outside her office. But the best bet is to turn in a ballot on Tuesday at the Recreation...
07/30/2020
True, downtown Middlebury is full of construction, but it’s also replete with hidden gems for children to find. Kids can pick up a map and collection bags in the ATM area of the Main Street branch of the National Bank of Middlebury and then hunt for gems until Saturday, Aug. 8. Please do not take more than 25 gems per child; leave some for your fellow gem hunters. After they’ve found at least 15 gems, kids can turn in their bags at the National Bank of Middlebury and receive $10 in Middlebury Money in exchange. Exchanges can happen at the bank drive-through on Seymour Street during the week...
07/23/2020
The Bristol Trail Network is teaming up with RiseVT to encourage people to walk regularly. The BTN supported a month-long Walking Challenge last year that drew several dozen folks in and around Bristol. This year, walkers will receive encouragement and prizes. And this year, a BTN map is available. Typically, “Rise & Walk” is a group walking program that kicks off each session with a quick talk from a healthcare provider on a range of health topics. In the virtual environment, participants will receive Monday, Wednesday, Friday emails with a recorded 5-minute health talk and encouragement...

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