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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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Free WiFi Service Debuts at Jones Beach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Free wireless Internet connections are now available at Jones Beach State Park as a part of a pilot program in which the service is expected to expand to other New York State parks.The new network, called Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi™, is not funded by taxpayers, New York State officials said. It is sponsored by Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid and American Park Network, a company that publishes visitor guides to national parks.“Whether using Wi-Fi to share real-time photos of friends and family exploring our parks, or accessing apps and maps, having the option to take advantage of this technology is a great way to draw more people to spend their precious leisure time at our parks,” Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said in a news release announcing the new service on Wednesday.The state also announced the service will be offered at some of the state’s other most popular state parks, including Niagara Falls, Saratoga Spa and East River State Parks—which collectively account for 30 percent of all visits across the state parks system.READ MORE: 7 BEACH HACKS, AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO LONG ISLAND BEACHESOfficials said the connectivity also provides the opportunity to better monitor park visitation patterns, generate awareness of upcoming programs and events, promote volunteerism and support parks friends groups such as the National Heritage Trust.Visitors seeking to log on to the Wi-Fi select “Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi™” under available Wi-Fi networks on their device and then accept the standard terms and conditions.Jones Beach is not the only oceanfront park on LI that has free WiFi. All Suffolk County parks, including Smith Point in Shirley and Cupsogue in Westhampton, also provide the free service. Babylon town beaches such as Gilgo, Cedar and Overlook beaches do the same—although service on the town and county networks can be spotty.last_img read more

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CECL delay to 2023 proposed, comments due Sept. 16

first_img continue reading » The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued its proposal on giving certain entities, including credit unions, additional time to implement the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard. The proposal would delay implementation of CECL as it applies to credit unions to January 2023.CECL is a new accounting standard that uses an “expected loss” measurement for the recognition of credit losses. CUNA believes implementation of the new standard will create compliance challenges, as well as alter the financial standing of credit unions.Specifically, the proposal would create two groups with different implementation dates: Securities and Exchange Commission filers (except for small reporting companies as defined by the SEC) and all others, including credit unions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Arsene Wenger compares Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid star Luka Modric

first_imgArsene Wenger compares Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid star Luka Modric Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Feb 2019 10:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link35Shares Speaking on beIN SPORTS, the former Arsenal manager said: ‘He is the outstanding player at Tottenham and the worry you can have for Tottenham is can they keep a player of that quality. I think he has developed extremely well.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He can score, he can deliver on set-pieces, he can give the final ball, he works very hard for the team. You do not find many players with so many qualities.‘He is the player that [Luka] Modric was before at Tottenham but he scores more goals.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEriksen moved to Spurs a year after Modric had departed north London for Madrid, signing in a bargain £11.5m deal from Ajax in 2013 and he has effectively filled the Croatian’s boots as the club’s playmaker.Since his arrival at Spurs, Eriksen has created more chances (518) in the Premier League than any other player following his debut in the competition, highlighting how influential he has been for Spurs.He has also scored 63 goals in 259 games and Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to keep him long-term as he plots a way to end the club’s trophy drought.Spurs qualified for the Champions League last-16 stage despite picking up just one point in their opening three group games and now have one foot in the quarter-finals following their emphatic victory over the Bundesliga leaders.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Christin Eriksen has developed into a key player for Spurs (Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has hailed Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen as a complete midfielder and likened him to Real Madrid star Luka Modric.Eriksen delivered an excellent performance as Spurs thrashed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, supplying the assist for Fernando Llorente’s header late on after Heung-Min Son and Jan Vertonghen had also found the net.There has been plenty of speculation over the 27-year-old’s future as Spurs have been unable to reach an agreement with him over a contract extension to take him beyond his existing deal which expires in 2020.Real Madrid, who signed Modric from Spurs in 2012, are rumoured to be suitors of the Danish international and although Wenger sees similarities in their styles of play, he stated that Eriksen is a greater goal threat than the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner.ADVERTISEMENT”You do not find player with so many qualities. He’s the player that was Modrić before… but he scores more goals!”Wenger compares Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner. #beINUCL #beINWenger pic.twitter.com/kWhyGkCSMK— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) February 13, 2019 Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Griffith wins feature event at Payless Cycling meet

first_imgBy Faizool Deo` CHRISTOPHER Griffith stormed to victory in the feature 35-lap School Boys and Invitational race yesterday at the eighth annual Payless Variety Store cycling race on the Inner Circuit at the National Park in Georgetown. Griffith, who beat off Michael Anthony and Jamual John for the top spot in a sprint finish, registered a staggering time of 1:14:45.60. In fact, the top three finishers who all clocked under one hour and 15 minutes were way ahead of the last year’s top finish of 1:17:44.94 by Briton John.Briton John, who suffered mechanical problems bowed out of the race early. It was Jamual who took the early lead and eventually Anthony and Griffith joined him. They stayed together until a few hundred metres from the finish line and Griffith won the sprint to register his first win of the season.The 23-year-old said that the trio decided to ride as a team in preparation for next month’s Caribbean Cycle Championships in Cuba. During their stint together, they lapped the entire field. Paul De Nobrega finished fourth and Curtis Dey fifth.Jamual John captured four prime prizes, while Griffith and Anthony nabbed two each. In the 10 laps, Juveniles, Sherwin Sampson finished ahead of Shamaul Young and Emmanuel Redd, while Junior Niles claimed victory ahead of Lear Nunes and Kwamie Ridley in a time of 29:38.53 in the Veterans U-50 five laps race.Andrew Spencer won the five-lap Veteran Over-50 race ahead of Ian Jackson and Kennard Lovell.Meanwhile, in the BMX Boys 6-9 years old two laps, Lennox Jackman got the better of William Green.last_img
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Sports today: WMS football/volleyball teams battle Prairie Hills; WHS tennis team victorious Wednesday…

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Updated sports scores and schedules:7th grade football — Prairie Hills 36 Wellington 8 – Chilson Ybarra for Wellington with 60 yard touchdown.8th grade football — Wellington 20 Prairie Hills 0 – Game called at end of third quarter because of lightning.•••••7th grade volleyball — Prairie Hills A over Wellington – 25-20, 22-25, 15-6. Prairie Hills B over Wellington 25-19, 11-25, 15-13.8th grade volleyball — Prairie Hills A over Wellington 23-25, 12-25, 13-15. Prairie Hills B over Wellington 25-18, 25-17.•••••Wellington Middle School tennis — Wellington was victorious 15-2. Winners were:Singles:  Kylie Aufdengarten, Tori Lewellen, Rylee Rusk, Calli Hatfield, Natalie Henning, Olivia Brand, Jocey Hook, Payton Ginter, Emberly Gonzalez and Jordyn JacksonDoubles:  Aufdengarten/Rusk, Lewellen/Hatfield, Henning/Brand, Hook/Gonzalez and Ginter/Jackson•••••Wellington High girls tennis Wellington Invitational was held Sept. 9 at Sellers Park.Team scores: Wellington 30, Chaparral 16, Collegiate 5, Kingman 5.Wellington scores:No. 1 singles: Abby Lowe, 3-0, first. Lowe won over Sydney Roe of Kingman 8-1, Shaylyn Ballard of Chaparral 8-3, S. White of Collegiate 8-3.No. 2 singles: Dietra Sober, 3-0, first. Sober won over Sydney Roe of Kingman 8-1; Madison Myers of Chaparral 8-1, Kayla Roth of Kingman 8-1. No. 1 doubles: Jaylynn Luna, Noelle Wright, 3-0, first. Luna/Wright won over Halbert/Beat of Kingman 8-3; Yoder/Lear 8-4; Lammes/Heady 8-3.No. 2 doubles: Madi Lewellen, Lexi Saffell, 3-0, first. Lewellen/Saffell won over Zachoma/Coleman of Collegiate 8-2, won over Klein/Manning of Chaparral, 8-0; won over Alex Hinnman, Well./Fides Heulsmann Kingman 8-7(9-7).•••••Cumulative sports schedule through Tuesday:FridayHigh School football (all games 7 p.m.):Goddard Eisenhower at Wellington,Argonia-Attica at Cedar Vale-Dexter,Garden Plain at Belle Plaine,Udall at Caldwell,Conway Springs at Medicine LodgeOxford at South Barber,South Haven at Sedan.SaturdayWellington cross country invitational: 8 a.m. see schedule here. http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-cross-country-invitation-to-be-held-saturday-team-opens-season-wednesday/WHS girls tennis: Pratt tournament, 9 a.m.MondayWHS football: Freshman at Goddard Eisenhower, 4:15 p.m.  JV at G-Ike, 6 p.m. WMS girls tennis: Haysville, home, 3:30 p.m.WMS volleyball: 7th at Prairie Hills, 5 and 7 p.m.TuesdayWHS girls tennis: Conway Springs, 3 p.m.WHS JV girls tennis: Winfield, 3 p.m.WHS Volleyball: Wellington home invitational varsity and junior varsity: vs. Clearwater, Mulvane, 5 p.m. WMS cross country: at Goddard, 4 p.m.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Football fan · 256 weeks ago Seriously where is more information on middle school football!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 256 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Bill Fralic, star lineman for Pitt and Falcons, dies at 56

first_imgIn this Nov. 5, 2015, file photo, Bill Fralic watches a news conference in Pittsburgh. Former star Atlanta Falcons lineman Bill Fralic died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. He was 56. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bill Fralic, the burly, bruising and athletic offensive lineman who starred for the Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time All-American at Pittsburgh, has died. He was 56.The school said Fralic had cancer and died Thursday at his home in suburban Atlanta.Fralic was the first offensive lineman to finish in the top 10 in Heisman Trophy balloting — finishing eighth in 1983 and sixth in 1984. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. The school retired his No. 79 at halftime of his final home game in 1984.“Bill Fralic is the best,” Joe Moore, who worked as Pitt’s offensive line coach during Fralic’s career, once said. “If you can find somebody better, bring him to me. I’ve been privileged to coach some good ones here, but none better than Bill Fralic. Those kind only pass through once.”The Falcons selected Fralic with the second overall pick in the 1985 draft. He spent nine seasons in the league, including eight as a fixture with the Falcons. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times and earned All-Pro honors in 1986 and 1987. The NFL placed him on its All-Decade Team for the 1980s.“Bill Fralic was not only an all-time player at the University of Pittsburgh, but also an all-time human being,” Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement. “His generosity, support and concern for others was unmatched. For as hulking a figure as he was, Billy was even larger in his kindness and passion for others.”Fralic’s playing career ended after the 1993 season with the Detroit Lions. He was a radio analyst for Pitt and the Falcons following his retirement.Fralic grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, starring at Penn Hill High School before joining the hometown Panthers. He never forgot his roots, footing the hotel bill for the Penn Hills football team last week when the Indians traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania, to play in the Class 5 A state title game, which they won.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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