No more lawn sales for Bristol’s Three Day Stampede

Over the years, with the help of the community, generous sponsors and a small army of volunteers, the Stampede has raised more than $2.2 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Bristol Cliffs Cafe to reopen as Minifactory

V Smiley plans to revamp the 16 Main Street space to include not only a coffeeshop and eatery but also operations for V Smiley Preserves.

Endowment created for the Bristol Trail Network

When Bristol Trail Network coordinator Porter Knight thinks about the recent 100th anniversary of the Bristol Recreation Club, she’s struck by the foresight of Bristol village’s early-20th-century residents, who purchased land near the downtown and create … (read more)

Solar field on Bristol landfill goes live

Renewable energy supporters were all aglow in Bristol this past Saturday as they celebrated the completion of Bristol Community Solar, a 500kWh array built on the site of the town’s former landfill.

Nancy Jean James, 58, of Bristol

MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Jean James, 58, passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. She was born on Sept. 3, 1963, in Haverhill, Mass., the daughter of Leo and Jean (Baker) DeVoid. Nancy is survived by … (read more)

Bristol to host Holocaust memorial event

At a time of rising antisemitism, hate and intolerance throughout the United States, Vermont students have begun to take on the responsibility of sharing the lessons of the Holocaust with their schools and communities.

Rodney S. Wheelock, 72, of Bristol

BRISTOL — Rodney S. Wheelock, 72, of Bristol died on Jan. 1, 2022. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Independent.

Bristol Cliffs Cafe closing doors to make way for new owner

Bristol Cliffs Cafe in downtown Bristol is changing hands and will soon have a new name.

MAUSD seeks community input on budget

BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District is seeking community input on budget priorities as it develops its spending plan for the 2022-23 school year. “Especially considering the many challenges our schools have faced since the onset of the pan … (read more)

Citizens needed for biking advisory committee

The Bristol selectboard is seeking individuals interested in serving on a Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Local towns taking a pass on mask mandates

The communities of Vergennes, Bristol and Brandon have decided not to take advantage of a new law giving communities the option of imposing COVID-related face mask mandates for public places, while Middlebury officials are slated to consider the matter at … (read more)

20 planned Bristol units to ease housing crunch

A pair of nonprofit housing organizations are nearing the financing and regulatory finish lines on a project that would add 20 units of affordable housing in a place they’re badly needed: Bristol.

Eagle Scouts install new benches in Bristol

The Bristol Trail Network was the beneficiary of Eagle Scout candidate William Moran, who built four benches for the trail as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Charles Dana “Bud” Rivers, 99, of Bristol

BRISTOL — Charles Dana “Bud” Rivers, a longtime resident of Bristol, Vt., died Nov. 19, 2021, at the age of 99 years. He was born in Bristol, son of Allen B. and Marion Dana Rivers on Aug. 11, 1922. He was employed several years by the Vermont Associated … (read more)

Bristol has fun holiday events planned

The holidays get off to a sweet start on Friday, Dec. 3, with the return of Bristol’s Annual Chocolate Walk.