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Naturalist program grows to 5-town area

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — The ecological brain trust in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro is about to get a little bigger and a little more knowledgeable.

The Vermont Master Naturalist (VMN) program, which has for two years offered in-depth training in local natural history to Burlington residents with a sustained interest and background in at least one natural history discipline, is expanding its offerings to the 5-Towns, as well as to Richmond, South Hero and Williston.

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Bristol apartments scheduled for overhaul

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — Two Bristol apartment complexes that offer affordable housing options — Pleasant Hills Apartments on Mountain Street and Bristol Family Housing on Hunt Farm Road — are about to get major upgrades.

Burlington-based nonprofit developer Housing Vermont, which purchased Pleasant Hills in 2014 and has just announced its intention to purchase Bristol Family Housing, is planning major renovations for both complexes.

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Board members bid fond adieu to ANeSU

Posted on July 2, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) is no more, as it is making way for the Mount Abraham Unified School District.

Individual ANeSU boards met for the last time on Tuesday night at Mount Abraham Union High School.

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Bristol parade spotlights musicals

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — A week before Bristol’s annual Fourth of July parade the hills are alive with the sound of music.

And sawing and hammering and painting.

Inspired by this year’s parade theme — Broadway musicals — several area groups are hard at work creating parade floats.

This year’s participants include both veterans and first-timers.

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After federal government delay, work finally starts on $260,000 Lincoln playground

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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LINCOLN — It took excavators only a few hours to dismantle the old Lincoln Community School (LCS) playground last week. The park designed to replace it will require the entire summer to complete.

After a yearlong delay, Potato Hill Park is finally getting built.

A $260,000 project made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Vermont Land and Water Commission Fund, plus matching funds raised by Friends of LCS, Potato Hill Park is designed to be much more than a school playground.

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Bristol issues boil water order

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — What began as a simple maintenance call devolved into a giant headache for about 100 water customers in Bristol last week.

After an old valve broke near the intersection of Pine Street and Taylor Avenue, water service in the immediate area was temporarily shut off for repairs on Wednesday. Taps flowed again by 6:30 that evening.

The town advised affected customers to boil their water until further notice. The order was lifted late Friday afternoon. According to Town Clerk Jen Myers, coliform tests came back negative; the water is safe to drink.

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Bristol police chief search hits snag

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — The Bristol Police District will not get a new police chief by July 1, as had been hoped.

The Bristol selectboard was slated to conduct June 25 public interviews of the final two candidates, whose names are being withheld.

That plan was scrapped, however, after the five-member Police Chief Review Committee (PCRC) raised a number of concerns at the June 11 selectboard meeting.

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Bristol, Dar Williams a hit at preservation forum

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Singer-songwriter Dar Williams may have been the most famous person at the June 8 Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference at Holley Hall, but the host town of Bristol was the true star of the show.

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MUHS seniors rise up and go forward

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — At a lively, light-filled commencement this past Saturday morning, Middlebury Union High School conferred 167 diplomas and one honorary degree on its class of 2018, and hundreds of their friends and family gathered in Memorial Sports Center conferred upon them great hopeful hurrahs and several standing ovations.

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Math and madness tangle on stage

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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Mathematics abhors a hot mess.

Storytellers, on the other hand...

David Auburn’s “Proof,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama, focuses on father and daughter mathematicians and captures both the mess and the abhorrence for it. The black-box theater group Company Be will bring it to life next week at the Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse in Middlebury.

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