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Bristol town leaders take a road trip, visit gravel pit

Posted on June 17, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Late Thursday afternoon, aboard a yellow Bet-Cha Transit bus traveling 35 mph in the northbound lane of Burpee Road, with George Michael singing “Wake me up until you go-go” over someone’s cellphone speaker, the Bristol selectboard approved a request to alter the route of the June 29 Gran Fondo bicycling event.

It was the only recordable piece of business the selectboard accomplished at its June 13 special meeting.

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The emerald ash borer hits Addison County

Posted on June 13, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — It has been confirmed: the emerald ash borer is destroying trees in Bristol village.

State officials notified the town on June 5.

Though the invasive and highly destructive beetle was first detected in Vermont in 2018, this is the first detection in the Champlain Valley, according to Bristol Town Administrator Valerie Capels.

The infested trees are located in a cluster on North Street, she said.

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A 5-town program grows young musicians

Posted on June 13, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Guiding children with stringed instruments from “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to, say, Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” (No. 8 in B minor) requires a vast amount of knowledge and patience, plus, it would seem, a fair bit of magic.

But thanks to a collaboration between the Mount Abraham Unified School District Expanded Learning Program (ELP) and the Middlebury Community Music Center (MCMC), this is just the sort of magic that’s happening twice a week after school at Bristol Elementary.

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As year ends, Mount Abe principal resigns

Posted on June 13, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — On Saturday morning, not long after the sunshine had broken through the clouds, casting a sparkle on everything that had been touched by rain, the Class of 2019 at Mount Abraham Union High School filed with pomp and circumstance into a great white tent, took their seats and awaited the word of their principal.

Jessica Barewicz ascended the stage, adjusted the podium microphone and, though almost no one knew it at the time, delivered her last ever commencement remarks at Mount Abe.

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Mt. Abe's Amanda Bodell bids adieu after 37 years

Posted on June 13, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Amanda Bodell doesn’t remember the first day she entered a classroom at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in 1982, but she does remember the job interview.

“That was interesting,” Bodell said in a recent phone interview with the Independent. “I’m not sure I knew what to expect, but I was driving from Burlington to Bristol, and walked into a room and there was a U-shaped table with 15 people sitting around it. It was a little intimidating, although incredibly friendly and encouraging.”

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Mount Abraham graduates urged to face fears

Posted on June 13, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Chessley Jackman, valedictorian of the Mount Abraham Union High School class of 2019, could have advised her 111 fellow graduates to stay in their respective comfort zones, to stick with their strengths and/or to never leave the bucolic serenity of the 5-Town area.

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Bristol police promote safety — with creemees

Posted on June 10, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — This summer, young people who are “caught” by the Bristol Police Department — for creating or maintaining safe environments — might find themselves rewarded with a free creemee.

The first ever BPD Summer Safety Program, which goes from now until around Labor Day, operates in the same way the popular statewide Creemee from a Cop program does, though it is not associated with the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council or the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.

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Annual book tournament tests reading skills

Posted on June 10, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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This article was written by Grace Orvis, a 7th grader at Mount Abraham Union Middle School.

BRISTOL — The annual DCF (Dorothy Canfield Fisher) Tournament took place recently in the Mt. Abraham library. This event happens on a yearly basis and is a celebration of the avid young readers in grades 4-6 from Lincoln Community School, Bristol Elementary, Beeman, Monkton Elementary, and Robinson. This event is a great way for students to meet their future classmates, and learn how to work in a group setting.

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Pocock Rocks... and rolls into Bristol

Posted on June 10, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — The air was cool, Main Street was cleared of cars and the town of Bristol was thumping with the beat of local bands. It was Saturday, June 20, 2009, and the beautiful little town at the foot of the Green Mountains was hosting its first Pocock Rocks festival.

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Bristol homestead is a test farm and a classroom

Posted on June 6, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Jon Turner nurtures a complicated sort of nostalgia, and it comes with a soundtrack.

“Early Artie Shaw, the big bands,” he said. “I have a nostalgia for the 1940s.”

It makes sense that a former U.S. Marine whose ancestors have fought in every war since the American Revolution might feel a connection with the musical backdrop to World War II.

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