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Governor Douglas announces $630,000 in grants for five Vermont communities

first_imgMunicipalityVCDP Funds AwardedOther ResourcesBrief DescriptionBristol$50,000 $771,200 Grant to provide accessibility to the historic Holly Hall and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Georgia$32,885 $32,885 Grant to provide accessibility to the Georgia Town Office building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Vergennes City$500,000 $5,584,481 Deferred loan to Housing Vermont to construct 25 unit elderly apartment building off Armory Lane which will include services for the tenants. The project will also extend sidewalks that will connect to downtown and nearby shopping center.Montpelier City$17,500 $24,444 Grant to conduct a study to review the combined capacity of the existing Senior Center at 58 Barre Street and the Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street to meet the existing and future needs of the Senior Center. In addition, the study will explore the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street building.South Burlington City$30,000 $64,632 Grant to assist with the predevelopment and design of a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center at the Burlington airport.  Work includes architectural services, civil design services and permit applications and fees. Grand Total                    $630,385           $6,477,642      Source: Governor’s office. 3.5.2010center_img Governor Jim Douglas today awarded more than $630,000 in Community Development Block Grants to South Burlington, Montpelier, Vergennes, Georgia and Bristol.  At a ceremony at the American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes, the Governor announced funding for an affordable housing project for the elderly, as well as money for improvements to make the Georgia and Bristol municipal buildings handicapped accessible. This project will provide much-needed housing for seniors in Vergennes, with on-site services and easy access to nearby services and the community, Governor Douglas said. These kinds of projects are an important part of Vermont s housing stock, particularly as more of our population seeks to remain in their communities as they age. (See list below)The $500,000 Community Development Block Grant will be given to the City of Vergennes, then loaned to Housing Vermont, which will construct the new building and infrastructure improvements that together total nearly $6 million on the 12-acre site.  The building will have 20 one-bedroom units and 5 two-bedroom units, and will also feature a common area; community kitchen; private examination rooms; a meals on wheels storage area; and a business office for a part time resident service coordinator.This project is part of a planned development that also includes the initial permitting of a new daycare center and additional residential development proposed for the future. Five of the units are market rate; the remaining 20 will be affordable housing.  In addition to connecting to the city water and sewer systems and construction of a storm water treatment system, the site work will also include new sidewalks that extend to Monkton Road; pedestrian pathways that connect to city sidewalks; parking; and landscaping.  This site is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Vergennes and will provide seniors with access to many amenities, social opportunities and community services.Another grant of $17,500 will be used by the City of Montpelier to study the capacity of the former Senior Center at 58 Barre Street, which was damaged in a December fire, and the existing municipal Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street, for their respective uses.  In addition, the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street Senior Center building will be studied. Both of these buildings are presently underutilized and are extremely expensive to heat due to the inefficiency of the energy systems and the poorly insulated building envelopes, the Governor remarked. This analysis will be helpful as residents of Montpelier contemplate how these important services will be provided in the future.And two towns, Bristol and Georgia, received grants of $50,000 and $32,885 to make their municipal buildings handicapped accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Built in 1885, Holley Hall serves as both the Town of Bristol s town hall and town offices and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Governor said. This historic building is a vital part of civic and cultural life in Bristol.The first floor of the building, which also hosts town meetings, public hearings, recreational programs, performing arts and other events, will be completely renovated to accommodate the town offices and will include a new vault, electrical upgrades, and energy improvements. The second floor a large auditorium will be made ADA accessible; its floor will be completely renovated and restored; the roof system and balcony will be repaired; and the doors, windows and the bell tower will be weatherized.The Town of Georgia will receive $32,885 to help pay for handicapped accessibility modifications to the Georgia Town Office, which is the town s meeting space as well as its public records repository featuring a vault in the basement. These funds will help install a lift to make the building handicapped accessible to both floors, and complete other improvements to ensure that the bathroom, parking lots, entry ways, and other features of the building are ADA compliant, including way-finding signage; changing handrails; and reconfiguring parking spaces to accommodate side-loading vans, Governor Douglas said.In February, Douglas presented a $30,000 grant to officials from the City of South Burlington to fund preliminary work on a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center.Vermont receives about $7 million annually in federal CDBG funds, which are used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn. These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities, the Governor remarked. The $630,385 we are awarding will leverage more than $6.4 million in other funds from private and public sources.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)last_img read more

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Arsenal’s Pepe continues to prove prowess as penalty expert

first_img Loading… The Ivory Coast international had scored a sublime goal in the Gunners 2-1 loss against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend with the assist coming from Anglo-Nigerian wideman Bukayo Saka. This time, Alexandre Lacazette was brought down in the box by Chris Basham in the first half and referee Paul Tierney wasted no time in pointing to the spot. Pepe stepped up and dispatched with ease. Sheffield equalised in the 87th minute via David McGoldrick, but Real Madrid loanee Daniel Ceballos saved the game from going into extra time with the winner in injury time. It was Pepe’s second successful penalty conversion for Arsenal after netting his first in a 3-2 comeback Premier League home win over Aston Villa on September 22, 2019. It was also his first goal for the north London club on that occasion.Advertisement The goal at Bramall Lane means Pepe has now scored 12 of his last 13 penalties dating back to his time with Lille. Arsenal have equally been successful in 12 of their last 13 spot-kicks. This strong record is a ray of light for Pepe who has been criticised for not living up to expectations since his record £72 million move from Lille last summer. Though he has played 34 times in all competitions, he has scored only seven goals and provided eight assists, which is a very low standard compared to his final season with Lille where he had a hand in 35 competitive goals (23 goals, 12 assists) in 41 outings. Pepe’s most notable goals for Arsenal this season came in a 3-2 win over Vitoria Guimaraes in the group phase of the Europe League. The Gunners were down 2-1 and Pepe came on for Lacazette 15 minutes from time and scored a fantastic brace in the 88th and 90th minutes, his second being a delicious free-kick deep in injury time. Arsenal’s next challenge will come at the Emirates Stadium against Norwich City in the Premier League on Wednesday evening. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Nicolas Pepe made it two goals in three games for Arsenal after scoring a penalty against Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.last_img read more

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J-D girls hoops takes losses; CBA handles Hannibal, Auburn

first_imgAll through the area, various high school girls basketball teams entered the competitive fray last week, all of them attempting to get close to the ridiculously high standards Jamesville-DeWitt has set in recent years.The Red Rams followed up three consecutive state Class A titles from 2016 to ’18 with a return to the state final four last winter, and did it all with a lineup full of underclassmen.They’re all back for 2019-20, but so is much of a Christian Brothers Academy lineup that put a scare into J-D in last February’s sectional Class A semifinals. To test itself at the outset, J-D would go to the Albany area last weekend, starting with yet another match-up against the Averill Park side it has beaten six straight times in regional playoff games in recent years.Finally, that string ended here, the Warriors handling the Red Rams 68-40. Most of J-D’s production came from Gabby Stickle and Momo LaClair, who each had 14 points, combining to hit six 3-pointers.AP’s three-pronged attack included a 26-point effort from Kelsey Wood, and J-D couldn’t key on her since Amelia Wood and Anna Jankovic earned 14 points apiece. Then, on Sunday, it was J-D against Shenendehowa, who had just beat Cicero-North Syracuse the day before and would win big here, too, handing the Rams a 74-45 defeat.Before all this, CBA opened its season by hosting Hannibal and jumped all over the Warriors in a 22-4 first-quarter outburst on its way to a 72-39 victory.Not content with that great start, the Brothers then put together an 18-1 domination of the third quarter after Hannibal had recovered late in the first hafl.Leana Hetiman, with 17 points, was one of four CBA players to reach double figures. 1,000-point scorer Brooke Jarvis and Kaily Campbell finished with 11 points apiece as Emily Hall added 10 points, Tori Hall had eight points and Maura Clare Clonan got seven points.A night later, at Auburn, CBA won again, 61-32, starting with a 22-6 first-quarter burst and never getting caught as Jarvis earned 17 points, with Hall and Heitman getting 10 points apiece. Conan was right behind with eight points.As for Fayetteville-Manlius, it returns most of its lineup, too, eager to try to challenge West Genesee and Cicero-North Syracuse atop the Class AA ranks.The Hornets were quite impressive in last Tuesday’s season opener, bashing Henninger 71-22. Already with a 17-8 lead, F-M used a 24-5 push through the second quarter to pull clear of the Black Knights.All 12 players on the Hornets’ roster got on the scoreboard. Lexie Roe finished with 20 points and Lily Fish had 16 points, with Amanda Hibbard adding nine points and Ava Angello getting eight points.Hosting Rome Free Academy Thursday night, all of this turned around as F-M lost, 43-39, to the Black Knights, who trailed by one at halftime but outscored the Hornets 13-8 in the third quarter to get out in front.Try as it could, F-M was unable to get the lead back, and was too dependent on Roe. Aside from her 22 points, no other Hornets player had more than one field goal. Amya McLeod (15 points) and Jace Hunzinger (12 points) led RFA.Bishop Grimes took a tough 49-48 defeat to Indian River in its opener on Saturday, made more frustrating by the fact that the Cobras had a strong first quarter and was up 29-17 at halftime.Despite 11 points from Lora Marial and 10 points from Jenna Sloan, Grimes could not keep the Warriors from gaining ground and then taking the lead in the final minutes. Adrien LaMora led IR with 12 points and 15 rebounds.East Syracuse Minoa was supposed to open last Wednesday against visiting Watertown, but bad weather up north kept the Cyclones from traveling.The Spartans did play Friday, falling to Fulton 44-27 as it was held to three points in the first half. Turning it around, though, ESM won 45-38 over Henninger a day later to improve to 1-1.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Bishop GrimesCBAF-Mgirls basketballJ-Dlast_img read more

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The Dota Pro Circuit cancelled events impede community growth

first_imgWhen the Dota Pro Circuit (“DPC”) was initially created, it was met with optimism by the community. Many fans welcomed the idea that Valve was going to have a more active role with the community. Valve taking an active role theoretically meant no tournament overlapping and that organizers would be held accountable. This new Circuit would give third party organizers the ability to host a Major or Minor as long as they could meet Valve’s new tournament standards. Organizers who wished to host a Minor or Major would have to have a LAN finale, six regional qualifiers, and would have to have either a prize pool of 150,000 USD (£108, 760) for a Minor or $500,000 USD (£362,534) for a Major. With this brand new system in place, we overlooked a potential flaw in the system; what happens if a DPC event is cancelled?Commitment IssuesLate last year, the Dota 2 community was notified that Global Electronic Sports Championship (“GESC”) would be cancelling two of their minors; GESC: Singapore and GESC: Kuala Lumpur. A hopeful ‘Coming Soon’ notice is still beside the cancelled events.Alongside this was a promising notice that they will be following through with their other two tournaments. What this means is that  600 Qualifying points and $600,000 USD (£448,000) has effectively vanished from the season. Along with the disappointing cancellation of GESC’s even events, earlier this fall David “LD” Gorman announced that Beyond the Summit (BTS) was not able to come to an agreement NGE to produce a Major.This leaves lesser known teams a smaller chance at qualifying for the International. Minors provide an opportunity for lower tier teams to compete and qualify for the event. When minors are cancelled these lesser known teams are forced to compete at Majors where the qualifiers are stacked with tough competition. Peter “ppd” Dager argued that smaller teams, like OpTic Gaming, have to compete in as many qualifiers as possible to hope to make it to the event. The time teams have to dedicate to qualifiers is limited and some top tier teams won’t attempt to compete at every event because it’s draining on the players. Top tier teams will omit participating in some smaller events to allow their players the time to dedicate to the more lucrative event, the Majors.Unlike the GESC minors, the major still sits in the DPC calendar. It’s unclear whether Valve will find another organizer to produce the major. This reduces the chances for smaller teams to qualify for events and ultimately, clashes with the original message that the DPC had; structuring and developing the competitive community.The creation of the DPC signalled a much need change for the competitive scene. The DPC has changed the way the competitive Dota 2 scene functions and at a great benefit to all those in the scene. Organizers are being for the productions now that Valve has become more involved with its competitive scene. This also allows for smaller organizers to have the support of Valve in the creation and execution of events. Unlike last year where only two or three production companies monopolized tournament production and there were but two Valve majors prior to The International, this year Valve is aiding in the development of smaller production organizations. But at what cost? Regional growth could be damagedTournaments held in underdeveloped competitive regions like Singapore or Malaysia allow for major regional growth for both players and fans. When Valve instructed all tournaments to have South American qualifiers, we immediately saw the effect it had on teams like SG e-sports who were finally able to compete instead of failing to qualify in heavily ping restricted “American” Qualifiers. Participating in tournaments around the world means exposure for teams and, in the case of South America, a dramatic increase in awareness of their teams. The cancellation of GESC’s two minors will likely mean regional growth will stagnate. It is almost certain that Valve will not replace the cancelled GESC tournaments. These cancellations affect the players, the tournament sponsors, but most of all, the fans of the game. We’ve seen tremendous support in recent years from players in the SEA region. ESL One Manila and the Manila Major are just two shining examples of the how the community responded to tournaments being held in their region. Fans were able to experience grandeur of the a live Dota 2 event, show their support of their favourite team at autograph signing events and buy game memorabilia to help continue the success of Dota 2. Losing Minors in such a developing region hurts the teams but it also has a great impact on the community. Valve’s imperfect systemThe changes that Valve made to the tournament system acknowledged some of the faults that the previous seasons had: few approved production companies to hold events, limited growth for lower tier teams and stagnate community growth in underdeveloped regions. Valve’s changes acknowledged most of the faults but hasn’t put in fail safes to ensure this problems don’t continue.Since the cancellation of GESC’s two minors, the Galaxy Battles tournament has had its Major status revoked. Upon learning that participants of the event would have to undergo drug testing as per Philippine drug laws, Valve removed the Major status of the tournament but allowed the event to proceed. The importance of having Valve remove the Major status lies in this “grey” area that Valve has decided to take. Their involvement in the scene has gone from minimal to somewhat engaged and this leads to issues like Galaxy Battles. Should Valve had known the laws of the Philippines that apply to all professional athletes ahead of them approving a Major in the Philippines? It really feels like Valve hovers on the edge of being an engaged governing body but just doesn’t want to fully commit. Issues like GECS and Galaxy Battles will continue to create instability in the DPC if Valve refuses to become more involved. The instability that these issues create harm the growth of the community and of the competitive scene. The inaugural DPC season has demonstrated why a cohesive and organized season benefits everyone involved. It has also shown what can happen when organizers fall through on their obligations.last_img read more

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Vin Scully is still a baseball fan as he begins 66th season with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. >> In baseball, there are two kinds of hot days. One is the kind you’ll find on a typical summer’s evening at Dodger Stadium, the heat softened by a cool current coming off the Pacific Ocean. The other kind is such a sweaty, sticky mess that even Vin Scully decides to abandon his trademark suit and tie and wear a short-sleeved collared shirt.Friday was the latter.There was no ocean breeze to soothe Camelback Ranch when Scully spread out in the broadcast booth. The night game between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants was the only one he would call this spring. As always, he was ready. Beside his microphone, Scully had before him a jumble of newspaper clippings and printed sheets, with the occasional name or number highlighted. He would need the notes. The Dodgers have 40 players in their major league camp, only 20 of whom were here a year ago. Even the seasoned Dodger fan needs a game program this year.• DODGERS BLOG: Follow our Inside the Dodgers blog for more newsScully has more seasons on his resumé than most. This will be his 66th year with the team. New names? New faces? To Scully there’s nothing new under the sun ‑ except, on occasion, his wardrobe.“I say in all honesty there are more players that I don’t know on this edition than in many years gone by,” he said. “Of course that’s the nature of the game today, a long way from when we had the same infield for eight and a half years.”Scully could see the changes coming. “I had met Andrew (Friedman) and Farhan (Zaidi), and Josh (Byrnes) I had known before,” he said, “and I knew that basically they were going to change the direction of the team.”• MEDIA COLUMN: Looking back at some of Vin Scully’s best momentsAfter change comes anticipation. How is the chemistry of Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick shaping up? Is Joc Pederson ready to play center field? Will Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson and Hector Olivera live up to their new contracts?For many, getting answers to these questions is the very purpose of spring training. It’s why more than a million Cactus League tickets will be sold this spring.For Scully, one spring game is enough.“I’ve always found it very difficult to figure out spring training,” he said. “Over the years, it has not touched me. I’ve seen fellows have incredible springs, then for whatever reason the bell rings and they’re totally different players. “Ralph Houk, the manager of the Yankees, the former Ranger in the Army, an American hero ‑ Ralph always talked about he can be badly fooled in spring training, not only for individuals but for teams.”So Scully will hang on to his questions until the regular season begins. He is scheduled to call a total of 93 games this year beginning with Opening Day, April 6, when the Dodgers host the San Diego Padres. He’ll call road games in only two cities: San Francisco and Anaheim.• MORE BASEBALL: Ex-baseball player on skid row is turning his life aroundScully already has a note about the Dodgers’ schedule. “They play 22 of their first 38 games at home,” he said, after digging through his papers a bit to find the properly highlighted passage. “And of those games, only 13 games are against teams with an above-.500 record. And that was their killer last year. So that, to me, I think they’re obligated to have a good start. It would be a good thing to keep an eye on during that stretch: How did they do against those teams that are above .500?”As for the homegrown players who are no longer here, Scully believes the fans will move on. They always do. Today it’s Matt Kemp in a Padre uniform; yesterday it was Steve Garvey. Today, Dee Gordon plays for the Marlins; yesterday it was Mike Piazza.“No man stays forever in the fan’s mind,” Scully said.There’s a certain irony to that statement. Scully’s voice might never be forgotten as long as baseball games are being broadcast. Whether or not this season is his last, Scully sounds no less excited about this one than the 65 that came before.“I have a picture in my mind of Opening Day,” he said. “Bases loaded. Kershaw in a little trouble and Matt Kemp the batter. How about that! “That’s thinking like a fan, and there’s still a lot of that in me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more

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Reports – Man City agree stunning £49m deal for Golden Boy award winner

first_img1 Raheem Sterling Liverpool have reached an agreement with Manchester City for the £49million transfer of Raheem Sterling.City have already failed with two bids, the second reported to be worth £40million, this summer, but it appears they have now made progress in talks.Sterling missed the start of pre-season training earlier this week, citing illness as he sat out Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions before reporting on Friday.It had been reported that he had asked manager Brendan Rodgers if he could be excused from the pre-season tour before being named in the 30-man squad.Liverpool are due to fly to Bangkok on Sunday ahead of their first friendly against a Thai All Stars side next Tuesday.It is understood Sterling reported for training with rest of the squad at Melwood on Sunday morning but Liverpool took the decision to withdraw him from the trip.Sterling joined Liverpool from QPR’s academy in 2010 and has made 129 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals.He made his senior England debut in 2012 and has scored one goal in 16 appearances.The 20-year-old’s actions this summer have prompted criticism from a host of ex-Liverpool stars, with his former captain Steven Gerrard the latest to speak out,  saying he is” not happy with all that carry-on”.Assuming Sterling agrees terms with City and passes a medical, his protracted and acrimonious departure from Anfield will finally be sealed.last_img read more

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