By MEGAN GAMBINO
BRISTOL â€” The Fourth of July weekend sometimes calls for a visit to out-of-town relatives, but for those staying home and those looking to entertain friends and family, there are parades, fireworks, live music, and an array of contests happening in Addison County and Brandon.
STARTING IN BRISTOL
Bristolâ€™s annual Fourth of July celebration, recently highlighted in the summer issue of Vermont Life, fires up on Monday, July 3, with live music by local groups â€œSweet Bentsâ€? and â€œIn Transitionâ€? at 8 p.m. and a fireworks display by Northstar Fireworks, a Vermont-based fireworks company, at 9 p.m. on the Bristol Recreation Field.
Festivities carry over to Tuesday, July 4, as does the precedent of explosive starts, with a 5-kilometer road race scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m.
By JOHN FLOWERS
LINCOLN — St. Albans Republican and U.S. House candidate Martha Rainville won’t be the only Rainville to see her name appear on an election ballot this fall.
Her cousin, Barbara Rainville, has also decided to enter the political arena — as a candidate for one of the two Vermont House seats in the Addison-4 district, which includes the towns of Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln and Starksboro.
Rainville, a Lincoln Republican, enters a race that thus far includes incumbent Reps. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, and David Sharpe, D-Bristol. She currently works as marketing manager for Middlebury-based Maple Landmark Woodcraft, which was founded by her brother, Michael Rainville.