September 12th, 2016
BRISTOL — Bristol will host a blood donation site during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in September to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need.
Blood donors may be helping patients like 11-year-old Martin Mwita, who has sickle cell disease. His body doesn’t produce enough healthy red cells to carry adequate oxygen through his body, so he relies on monthly transfusions to stabilize his health.
“I heard him before I saw him, and my ears perked right up.”It was April of 1988 when Christine McKeever first heard Steve Parkes’ British accent across a crowded bar room at Kelly’s Bar and Restaurant in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For almost 25 years, Steve and Christine have not only grown a family and a marriage with staying power, they are the dynamic duo behind the American Brewers Guild and Drop-In Brewing.
It might surprise you, but until mid-July, Drop-In Brewing couldn’t actually serve you a pint. That’s right, they were officially a tasting room and brewery, and could only serve tasting portions or take-home-size growlers.
That’s always been important for them and the Guild, but Steve and Christine also saw the potential to create more of a gathering spot for their diehard fans and to create a slightly different vibe for their students.
BRISTOL — ACORN continues its mission to support and strengthen the local food economy in Vermont’s Champlain Valley with the 9th Annual Tour de Farms — an annual ride that sends bikers around to various farms in the Bristol area, where they can stop and sample local products.
This year, however, ACORN is reaching beyond cyclists; if you don’t ride a bike, you can ride the inaugural Tour de Farm Bus or join the fun at the after party.
BRISTOL — SchoolHack Solutions of Bristol has added two new people, Marvin Kendrick and Liam Corocoran, to its team of education professionals working to bring SchoolHack’s personalized learning platform — LiFT — to schools in Vermont and across the country.
ADDISON COUNTY — Changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, are here. Find out what it means for your financial aid plans at a Paying for College workshop, hosted by Vermont Student Assistance Corp.
The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will provide parents and students with information on the new filing dates for the FAFSA and applying for a Vermont State Grant. A workshop will be held at each of the five local high schools that Addison County students attend.
BRISTOL — Margaret Owen and about 68 friends celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 4, at the First Baptist Church of Bristol.
Music was provided by David Henderson, Jenny Telling and Stephanie Ahern and included the “Margaret Waltz” and a song that was written by Owen, herself, and Telling. The words were a poem that Owen had written about her faith in the Lord, which she called “My Friend.”
Bruno was an extremely handsome dog who attracted considerable attention from the people he encountered during his long and happy life. Although he looked like a yellow Labrador, he was in fact of decidedly mixed heritage. He was also missing a leg.