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CARS LINED UP in front of the Bristol Baptist Church on Nov. 6, 1921, ready to take 62 members of the Men’s Bible Class to Middlebury during an attendance competition with the Baptist Church in that town. This was said to be “the largest delegation of men who ever left Bristol in the interest of an organization” up to that time.
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Editor’s note: The First Baptist Church of Bristol — the white church on the park — will host a Bicentennial Celebration this weekend, Aug. 3 and 4. The two days of events will include: Saturday, Aug. 3: 10–11 a.m., Historical Tours of their 200-year-old church, historical displays and a puppet show; 11 a.m.–12 noon, Best Pie Competition in the Bristol Park; to enter call 349-8383: 12 noon–1 p.m., free picnic lunch followed by old fashioned games with prizes. Music by the “Old Bones” country gospel singers. Fun for the whole family! Rain or shine. Sunday, Aug. 4: 10 a.m. “A Celebration Tent...

SILVER MAPLE SITE manager/foreman Matt Sweeney walks around one of the most challenging aspects of the Stone Mill building renovations —installation of an elevator shaft that will serve the structure’s four floors and mezzanine. The building and its tenants are slated to be open for business by the end of September. Independent photo/Steve James
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MIDDLEBURY — The new owners of Middlebury’s Stone Mill building have lined up three commercial tenants — including the Mad Taco restaurant — that will open their doors after substantial interior renovations are completed at the 9,000-square-foot structure in Frog Hollow early this fall. Business partners Mary Cullinane and Stacey Rainey of Community Barn Ventures confirmed the news on Monday while workers continued to prepare the Stone Mill for mixed uses that will include the restaurant on the ground floor, retail and office spaces on the second and third floors, respectively, and four...
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WILLISTON — Hundreds of Vermonters protested against immigration detentions and conditions Sunday outside of the Department of Homeland Security’s Law Enforcement Support Center in Williston. The demonstration ended with a road block resulting in 20 arrests. Five of those arrested had Addison County connections — three residents and two Middlebury College students. Joanna Colwell of East Middlebury was one of those arrested and cited by police for disorderly conduct. Colwell is Jewish and her family immigrated from Eastern Europe, likely illegally, she said, because restrictions were in place...
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MIDDLEBURY — It was announced this week that the longtime editor and publisher of the Addison Independent, Brandon Reporter and Mountain Times of Killington has received one of the most prestigious honors accorded to journalists in Vermont. New England Society of News Editors Foundation said it would give its Yankee Quill award to Angelo Lynn and induct him into the Academy of New England Journalists this fall. Along with Lynn, the foundation said it would bestow a Yankee Quill award on Ross Connelly. Both Lynn and Connelly served as presidents of both the Vermont Press Association and of the...

SUSAN P. O'DANIEL holds her Lions Club Melvin Jones plaque with her husband, Mike, past international director Tom Broughton, and past district governor Larry Simino. Photo courtesy Larry Simino
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VERGENNES — Vergennes Lions recently wrapped up one year and started a new one with the election of new officers. In reviewing the closing year’s accomplishments, Lion Debbie Brace announced that on Memorial Day, the club received second place recognition for its parade float. Shawn Combs won the car, Chris Paquin the $500, and Marsha Hoffman the Basin Harbor Club package through the vehicle raffle.  Lion Paul Vachon announced that the Lions Club scholarships to graduating high school seniors went to Bess Gramling, Olivia Hutchins, Abigail Smith and Cedar Winslow. The club is currently...

SCULPTOR KERRY FURLANI is know for her lettering in stone. She will speak about and demonstrate her craft at Rokeby Museum this Sunday, Aug. 4.
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FERRISBURGH — Vermont sculptor Kerry O. Furlani is passionate about slate. A resident of Vermont’s Slate Valley (running through Bennington and Rutland counties) Furlani is on a first-name basis with quarry owners where she sources slate for public monuments, plaques, benches and more. On Sunday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. she will be at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh to talk about her work and demonstrate her art. Visitors who wish can join in to try their hand at “pulling a line” on a slate tablet with chisel and mallet. Furlani originally moved to Vermont to be near the heart of the historic...
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First Friday Film: “Isn’t It Romantic?” Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Bixby . Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties. Aug 3 and 17, 6:30 p.m. Slate Carving Presentation and Demonstration.  Aug. 4, 2 p.m., Rokeby. Wooden Spoon Carving Workshop and Demonstrations Aug. 10-11, Rokeby. Ferrisburgh Fire Department Chicken BBQ. Aug. 17, Fire Station Rabble in Arms and Revolution Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Aug. 17-18. Pie and Ice Cream Social. Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m., Rokeby. Contemporary Art Exhibit Opening and Festival. Aug. 24, 3 p.m., Rokeby.  FERRISBURGH — August is here and that means it...
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LINCOLN — Let the Bobcat Cafe take care of your dinner plans on Wednesday, Aug. 7, to help raise money for the Lincoln Library. The Bobcat will donate a portion of the dinner proceeds to help support the library. For reservations, call 453-3311. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a nice night out. We’ll see you at the Bobcat. The annual meeting of the Lincoln Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m., at the town office. Our program will feature Bobby Patterson, informing us of past local wildlife. The museum and barn will be open at noon. Plan a visit before the...
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MONKTON — The historic East Monkton Church will again be open for worship services during the month of August. Services will begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by refreshments and time to socialize. Then Len Rowell, pastor of the Monkton Friends Methodist Church, will lead this year’s services. Weekly messages will be based on the book of Psalms with selected verses from Psalm 107 on Aug. 4, Psalm 50 on Aug. 11, Psalm 80 on Aug. 18, and Psalm 71 on Aug. 25. Dedicated in 1867, the East Monkton Church was once one of three places of worship for the Methodist Episcopal Church of Monkton. Although the...

BUXTON'S STORE IN Orwell
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Caroline Kapp and Nora Peachin visited many of Vermont's country, general and village stores to find out what makes them special — and how they are evolving. Read their companion article here. ADDISON FOUR CORNERS STORE ADDISON — The Addison Four Corners Store is a land of temptation. If the table of homemade chocolates when you enter the door doesn’t make you immediately stop in your tracks to fill up a bag, the cider doughnuts (made fresh daily) will certainly do the trick. These treats were all part of the updates made by current owner Terri Glidden and her husband, Herbert. Terri...

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