Governor Douglas Awards $1.3 Million In Community Development Grants

first_img$25,000                 Villageof Waterbury:  Grant to develop a comprehensive plan, includingeconomic development and housing options, for the future growth of WaterburyVillage and identify strategies for implementation of the plan. Two towns, Sutton and Bridport, will each receive roughly$30,000 in grant money to study the feasibility of setting up a wood or fiberfuel pellet production plant in those towns. “Assisting older adults in the Bennington area withday care means they will be able to live more independent lives outside ofnursing homes, closer to their families,” Governor Douglas said. Implementation Grants$412,498              Townof Middlebury: Subgrant to Addison County Community Action Group torehabilitate the Hill House Group Home on 290 Route 7 North. The home providestransitional supportive housing services to mentally ill homeless persons. A $297,500 grant to Meadowlane Housing Associates andHousing Foundation Inc. will be used to purchase and rehabilitate 20 units ofaffordable housing and create 16 additional new units of affordable elderlyhousing. “These grants will rehabilitate affordable housing;create new elderly housing units and adult day care; help plan for responsiblefuture housing projects and promote job creation in Vermont,” GovernorDouglas said.   A $200,000 grant to the Town of Bennington will be used byBennington Project Independence for the construction of a State certified,not-for-profit Adult Day Care center serving Bennington County and thesurrounding region. “Our existing affordable housing stock must bemaintained, but we must also expand that, including housing for our agingpopulation,” Douglas said. “And we must encourage the production ofnew housing that working Vermonters can afford.” For information about the Vermont Community Development Program,please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/(link is external) $250,000              Townof Colchester:  Grant to Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies(VCET) to support the start-up operations of their Colchester Facility and itstechnology based business incubator program.  “These eight units of housing are critical to meetingthe needs of these extremely vulnerable Vermonters,” Governor Douglassaid. “In addition, the septic failure at the facility will be addressedby connecting to municipal sewer and water, and energy efficiency and ADAimprovements will be made.” The Village of Waterbury and City of Montpelier will eachuse $25,000 grants for planning, the former for economic development andhousing plans, and the latter for work on a mixed use development on the siteof the former Salt Shed on Stone Cutters Way. MILTON, Vt. – Creating affordable housing, jobs, andalternative energy sources in Vermont were on the agenda as Governor JimDouglas on Monday announced the award of $1.3 million in community developmentgrants to ten communities. The $1,345,498 in Vermont Community Development Programgrants will also leverage $10,152,714 in other private and public resources, hesaid during a ceremony in Milton. $50,000                 Townof Warren:  Grant to provide accessibility to all three floors of theWarren Town Hall by installing an elevator and bringing it into ADA compliancewith state and federal regulations. A $250,000 grant to the Town of Colchester will besub-granted to the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), anincubator affiliated with the University of Vermont, to support the expansionof services in a new facility in Colchester. $29,996                 Townof Bridport:  Subgrant to Addison County Regional Planning Commissionto study the feasibility of producing fiber fuel pellets and the viability of afiber fuel pellet production plant in Addison County.center_img The Town of Middlebury was awarded the largest grant,receiving $412,498 to rehabilitate the Hill House Group Home, which provideshousing and other services to the homeless who are struggling with mentalillness or substance abuse. $200,000              Townof Bennington:  Subgrant to Bennington Project Independence for theconstruction of a State certified facility, not-for-profit Adult Day Careserving Bennington County and the surrounding region. The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Developmentawards the competitive grants based on the recommendation of the VermontCommunity Development Board and approval of Secretary Kevin Dorn. -30- Governor DouglasAwards $1.3 Million In Community Development GrantsTenCommunities To Receive Funds For Housing, Economic Development Projects Finally, the towns of Warren and Worcester will receive$50,000 and $25,504 respectively to make renovations to their Town Halls tobring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “By working with more new businesses to help themcreate jobs at its new Colchester location, the Vermont Center for EmergingTechnologies will help entrepreneurs in our state bring their ideas to themarketplace, and employ their neighbors,” Governor Douglas said. “These grants represent an investment in greentechnology that could pay huge dividends later in terms of jobs and ourenvironment,” Governor Douglas said. Planning Grants$30,000                 Townof Sutton:  Grant to conduct a feasibility study of the Old BurkeLumber Mill site for reuse as a wood-chip and wood-pellet production facility.              AccessibilityModification Grants $25,000                 Cityof Montpelier:  Grant to continue studying the feasibility ofimplementing the Riverside Center as a mixed use development on the site of theformer Salt Shed on Stone Cutters Way. “These grants will make an important public space– the Town Hall – accessible to all residents for importantactivities like Town Meeting and conducting government business,”Governor Douglas said. “Waterbury is a growing community, and this grant willhelp it plan for growth that is responsible and that ensures futureprosperity,” Governor Douglas said. “Montpelier’s StoneCutter’s Way has been a wonderful example of redevelopment incorporatingretail and office spaces, and this grant will help further that effort.” $297,500              Townof Milton: Subgrant to Meadowlane Housing Associates and Housing FoundationInc. to acquire and rehabilitate the existing 20 units of affordable housing atMeadowland Apartments in order to modernize the facility and to meet currentlife/safety code requirements. Also planned is the development of 16 additionalnew units of affordable elderly housing on the same parcel. $25,504                 Townof Worcester:  Grant to provide accessibility to the Worcester TownHall and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.last_img read more

Semester that was: Biggest stories in sports from the last four months

first_imgWomen’s Hockey: Badgers once again strong contenders for non-defunct Frozen FourSuccess is not a new phenomena for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. After bringing the NCAA Championship trophy back to Madison in 2019, their 2020 campaign seemed to be emulating much of what they accomplished the previous year. Competition at the height of NCAA women’s hockey is always stiff, so a solid regular season certainly does not mean that the Badgers were favorites to capture consecutive titles. Women’s Hockey: Tracking rapid rise of star sophomore Sophie ShirleySince arriving in Madison for her freshman campaign, current sophomore Sophie Shirley has had an undeniably large impact on the Read…Even if their championship hopes were anything but guaranteed, few people would have been able to guess that they would not be given the chance to compete for one in the first place. The Badgers got out to a hot start late in 2019. They managed to win their first 10 games straight including a sweep of The Ohio State University, who later, in the last game the Badgers played all season, defeated them to earn the 2020 WCHA title. The Badgers showed great promise early, especially with rampant offensive contributions from Daryl Watts, Sophie Shirley and Abby Roque — this group would drive the bulk of production all season long. Watts was a key acquisition for the Badgers during the offseason, as the loss of redshirt senior Annie Pankowski following the 2019 campaign left a void in both offensive production and team leadership that needed to be filled. Watts led the team with an astounding 49 assists on the season, as well as 74 total points. On top of this, she netted a third-best goal total of 25. It’s difficult to comment on what specific role Watts played for the team itself in her opening season with the Badgers, but it’s clear to see that she became a crucial offensive addition necessary to replace that of Annie Pankowski. Even as the Badgers began to struggle against top opponents late in the season — they suffered multiple losses to Ohio State as well as significant upset losses to Minnesota State and Bemidji State — their chances remained strong heading into postseason play. Despite the cancellation of the NCAA tournament and their late season losses, the Badgers still managed to end the season ranked No. 2 overall, behind only Cornell. That’s right, they finished just one spot away from having a legitimate case that they are consecutive national champions. Women’s Hockey: Kristen Campbell robbed of chance to properly conclude record-breaking collegiate careerThe Badgers were robbed, simple as that. Throughout the entire history of sport, teams and their fans have claimed that Read…Every team wants the chance to defend their title, and this situation is sub-optimal by virtually everyone’s standards. Yet, there is a silver lining to the season that could have been in 2020. Much like Tiger Woods being able to call himself the reigning Masters champion, so too can the Badgers hold on to their title as reigning national champions for yet another season. It is certainly an unprecedented situation, but when you see the Badgers step out onto the ice later in 2020, it will be as reigning national champions for the second straight year. With offensive titans Daryl Watts and Sophie Shirley returning alongside rising talents such as Britta Curl and Brette Pettet, there’s little reason to believe they don’t stand a solid chance to make it three years in a row. Justin Mielke/The Badger HeraldMen’s Basketball: Mid-season funk, loss of Kobe King give way to historic run to Big Ten titleOn Jan. 29, 2020, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and Head Coach Greg Gard were searching for answers on ways to salvage a season that had plateaued into mediocrity. Sitting at 12-9 with a 5-5 conference record, the Badgers were coming off losses both on and off the court. On top of blowing a chance for a key road win against No. 19 Iowa, the Badgers were faced with replacing sophomore guard Kobe King, who shockingly announced that he would be leaving the program. Men’s Basketball: Badgers stage comeback to beat Indiana, win share of Big Ten regular season titleThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (21-10, 14-6 Big Ten) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular Read…With a home game against Michigan State looming, Wisconsin’s NCAA Tournament hopes seemed to be dwindling. What followed over the next ten games was one of the most impressive stretches in the program’s storied history. After grinding out a narrow 64–63 win against the Spartans, the Badgers hit a roadblock against rival Minnesota — falling 52–70 at Williams Arena. Following the ugly Minnesota loss, the Badgers were absolutely perfect as they went on to win all eight of their remaining games on the season. This feat propelled them to a share of the Big Ten conference title for the first time since the 2014-2015 season. Over that eight-game stretch, Wisconsin defeated four teams projected to be in the NCAA Tournament field, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. The Badgers increased their efficiency offensively and averaged 71.8 points per game over that stretch — close to seven more points per game over their first 24 games. Though King’s departure raised questions as to who would replace his double-digit scoring average, Wisconsin used a team effort to fill the void. After King’s decision to move on, five Badger players — Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter, Aleem Ford and D’mitrik Trice — averaged at least 10 points per game. Wisconsin’s offensive attack epitomized balance and made it difficult for opposing defenses to prepare for five different scoring options. The balanced Badger scoring attack was particularly apparent in Wisconsin’s season finale matchup against Indiana. With the Big Ten regular-season championship on the line, four Badgers scored in double figures and the team was led by Reuvers’ 17 points. In an instant classic, Wisconsin came out victorious, escaping Assembly Hall with a narrow 60–56 win and a share of the Big Ten championship. Though the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended Wisconsin’s season and their chance to compete in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournament, Badger fans should be optimistic about next year’s 2020-2021 season. The Badgers return seven of their eight key rotation players, including six players that have started at least one game. Men’s Basketball: Way too early Big Ten rankings for 2020-2021 basketball seasonThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team finished the season scorching hot, winning eight conference straight games that gave the Read…Along with a veteran presence, the Badgers also add a Top-25 recruiting class which will provide talent and energy to a seasoned Wisconsin team. With both experience and talent, fans should set expectations high for the program in the 2020-2021 season.Football: Badgers bounce back to form after down 2018 season, return to Rose Bowl for first time since 2013For the Badgers, the 2018 football season was one most would like to forget. In the first Associated Press Preseason Poll, the Badgers were ranked No. 4 in the nation behind Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.While this created plenty of hype heading into the season, their loss at home to Brigham Young University halted these championship aspirations just three weeks into the season. The Badgers continued down a bumpy road for the remainder of the season, finishing with an 8-5 record before ending the season on a high note with a blowout win over the Miami Hurricanes in the Pinstripe Bowl.Heading into the 2019 season, the Badgers wanted redemption, vying for a return to a New Year’s Six Bowl game. The team also wanted to prove themselves as a contender to those who doubted them, like ESPN, who gave the Badgers a 1.4% chance to win the Big Ten.After finishing the regular season 10-2 and getting second place in the Big Ten, bowl projections for the team included the Citrus Bowl, Rose Bowl and Gator Bowl. While these were all great options for the Badgers, the team had their eyes on Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl.The Badgers, ranked No. 8 in the country, were selected to the Rose Bowl to play the Oregon Ducks, who were ranked No. 6 at the time. This was the first Rose Bowl selection for the Badgers since 2013, when they lost to Stanford 20–14.Football: How Baun, Taylor fit into new homes following 2020 NFL DraftWhile some of the Wisconsin hopeful maintained that Jonathan Taylor or Zack Baun had the potential to break Wisconsin’s streak Read…The game began with a 75-yard drive from the Ducks which  resulted in a touchdown, followed shortly thereafter by an electric 75-yard kick return from sophomore Aron Cruickshank to put the Badgers even with the Ducks.Through the first 30 minutes of play, the two teams played each other pretty evenly and went into halftime with the Badgers feeling hopeful, leading 17–14.The third quarter began with an unimpressive drive from the Badgers, but things got ugly when punter Anthony Lotti fumbled a snap on the 40-yard line and Oregon returned it for a touchdown, putting them up 21–17 and significantly shifting momentum their way.Following this mishap, the Badgers put together an impressive 65-yard drive which resulted in a touchdown, giving Wisconsin a 24–21 lead at the end of three quarters.Football: Reliving some of Camp Randall’s greatest momentsWith all college and professional sports postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19, there is little to look forward to for Badger Read…Wisconsin added three points on a 27-yard field goal from Collin Larsh early into the fourth quarter to increase the Badgers’ lead to six. Oregon got the ball back after a fumble midway through the final quarter from Danny Davis III, giving the Ducks the ball on their own 30-yard line. On their first play of the drive, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert ran the ball 30 yards for a touchdown, followed by an extra point from sophomore kicker Camden Lewis to put the Ducks up 28–27 with just over seven minutes left in the game.Unfortunately, the Badgers could not get anything going with the time remaining, and Oregon went on to win the Rose Bowl, handing Wisconsin their fourth consecutive Rose Bowl loss.In 2020, the Badgers will be out for revenge as they try to at least make a return to Pasadena to win the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2000.Justin Mielke/The Badger HeraldFootball: Four Badgers taken in 2020 NFL Draft, joining long list of Wisconsin alumni in NFLAfter a bounce-back season in 2019, the University of Wisconsin football team had several Badgers taken during the 2020 NFL Draft in late April, moving on from successful college careers to hopefully successful professional careers.In terms of Badgers, the 2020 NFL Draft was headlined by Jonathan Taylor, who was taken with the No. 41 overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts. Taylor, who had a dominant college career that saw him break the record for most total rushing yards across his first three years, will likely split time with Marlon Mack in Indy before taking over in 2021.In addition to Taylor, linebacker Zack Baun (No. 74 overall pick by the New Orleans Saints), offensive lineman Tyler Biadasz (No. 146 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys) and wide receiver Quintez Cephus (No. 166 overall pick by the Detroit Lions) all heard their names called during the three-day event.Football: Reliving some of Camp Randall’s greatest momentsWith all college and professional sports postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19, there is little to look forward to for Badger Read…Linebacker Chris Orr also announced just minutes after the conclusion of the draft that he would be signing with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent, guaranteeing at least five new Badgers will be joining former Badgers already in the NFL, including the Watt brothers, Melvin Gordon, Russell Wilson, Joe Schobert and more.While Taylor, Baun and Biadasz all fell a little bit lower in the draft than many expected, the draft as a whole can still be declared a success for the Badgers, as it marked the 13th consecutive draft with at least two Badgers selected and the third consecutive draft with at least four Badgers selected.UW Athletics: Catching up with your favorite Badgers in professional sportsOver the years, many of Wisconsin’s athletes have moved on to productive careers in professional sports. With so many prominent Read…With the selection of Baun, the Badgers have also had at least one linebacker selected in each of the last five drafts, dating back to 2016. That list includes Schobert, T.J. Watt, Vince Biegel, Jack Cichy, Leon Jacobs, Ryan Connelly, Andrew Van Ginkel and Baun.Similarly, Taylor’s selection adds his name to an impressive group of former Badger running backs taken in the draft, including Gordon, James White, Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale.The 2020 NFL Draft can be declared a success for Badger players and fans alike, and it should leave Badger fans excited for both the college football and NFL football seasons this fall.last_img read more

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. injury update: MLB’s top prospect (oblique) resumes baseball activities

first_imgFor now, MLB’s No. 1 prospect, who turned 20 on March 16, will work his way toward eventually reporting to Triple-A Buffalo.MORE: Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN”If he goes [to Buffalo] and he’s hot and swinging the bat good, there’s no reason for him not to come here,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Monday (via MLB.com). “But I know for sure, he needs some at-bats. He lost spring training, he lost a lot of time. So that’s why I told him [Sunday], don’t rush it, take your time, make sure you feel good at the plate and we’ll go from there.”Guerrero’s major-league status has been an ongoing topic and this spring caught the attention of the MLB Players Association. The union indicated it will monitor his situation to ensure the team isn’t manipulating the young slugger’s service time.Whether he would make the Jays’ Opening Day roster became a moot point when he injured himself on a swing during an exhibition game against the Pirates.The benefit of remaining in Dunedin for extended spring training is that those types of games allow teams to manipulate scenarios as needed, the better to help players work on what they need to work on without being unduly taxed by competition.It’s unclear what Guerrero’s next step will be.The Advanced Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays open their season Thursday, but a Toronto spokesman told the Toronto Globe & Mail no decision had been made yet on whether Guerrero would join them. Blue Jays mega-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., sidelined since March 8 because of a strained oblique, has resumed baseball activities and is playing in extended spring training games at the team’s minor-league complex in Dunedin, Florida, according to multiple reports.Translation: The clock has resumed ticking on the third baseman’s promotion to the majors. Guerrero slashed .381/.437/.636 with 20 home runs, 78 RBIs and a 1.073 OPS in 2018. He went from Rookie ball to Advanced-A to Double-A and finished at Triple-A Buffalo, where he will begin this season eventually.When Guerrero arrives there, he’ll be joining another top Jays prospect and son of a former major-leaguer there.Toronto on Monday announced the Bisons’ Opening Day roster and it includes infielder Bo Bichette, son of former Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette, and the game’s No. 11 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Bisons Opening Day Roster includes infielder Bo Bichette, the #11 overall prospect of the Top 100 according to MLB Pipeline. Bichette is rated as Toronto’s 2nd overall prospect behind only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Outfielder— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) April 1, 2019last_img read more

Chad Johnson might become a kicker in the XFL, hoping for NFL return

first_imgChad Johnson announced Tuesday he’ll have an opportunity to prove himself to the XFL soon.Johnson was a dominant wideout during his 10 seasons in the NFL, finishing with 11,059 career receiving yards, placing him 36th all-time. Even though he was a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time, first-team All-Pro as a receiver, he was mostly known for his on-field antics. Most notably he legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco to represent the two numbers on his jersey (8 and 5). He had a number of creative touchdown celebrations including playing golf with a pylon, putting on a Hall of Fame jacket and holding up a “Please don’t fine me again” sign.MORE: XFL rosters | XFL schedule | XFL rulesBut some may not remember that Johnson had the makings of a great kicker: He only had a few opportunities in the NFL to showcase his kicking skills, but he looked like he could have been a legitimate placekicker in the NFL. Here he is in 2009 kicking an extra point in a preseason game.He also handled the kickoff in that game, launching the ball to the 9-yard line.“I went out there and did what I do. I just kicked,” Johnson said at the time. “Everyone has to remember, I’ve always said that soccer is my No. 1 sport. I think Ronaldinho would be proud of me right now.”In December, Johnson posted a video of himself kicking field goals, saying he can make kicks from 60 yards. In that post he also said, “I’m going back to the [NFL] as a kicker next year, I spoke with Goodell and I will get the opportunity. I’m good from 60 & 70 yards if I had a cleat on my plant foot.” View this post on Instagramcenter_img I’m going back to the @nfl as a kicker next year, i spoke with Goodell and i will get the opportunity. I’m good from 60 & 70 yards if i had a cleat on my plant foot.A post shared by Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) on Dec 20, 2019 at 3:19pm PSTJohnson briefly played semi-professional soccer as well, joining Boca Raton FC in March of last year.When announcing that he’ll be trying out for the XFL, Johnson added on Twitter that he hopes this opportunity could potentially lead to an NFL job.Johnson is 42 years old, so a return to the NFL isn’t too far-fetched, although it would be quite a surprise. We’ve seen plenty of 40-year-old kickers in the NFL before, including current Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri who is 47. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we need to realize that Johnson stills needs to do well in the workout next week.last_img read more

AEL Donates Materials to Clean-up School Campuses

first_imgAlthough schools have remained closed since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country, hopes are now emerging for the reopening exercises of all academic institutions with reports of decline in the spread of the virus.With that promising hope, the leadership of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) yesterday donated several items to a locally-based—Progressive Youth for Empowerment and Development (PYEP), to undertake series of clean-up campaign exercises at various school campuses in Montserrado Electoral District #6.Items presented for use by the PYEP through its president, Victor M. Jackson include eight brand new wheelbarrows, shovels, cutlasses, wipers, rakes, etc.“These items are being donated with the trust that you will begin to clean-up school campuses and around Monrovia to prepare ahead of normal academic resumption by early next year,” AEL Secretary-General, Rev. Isaac S. Wheigar told the group as he presented the materials to them.On behalf of PYEP, the president, Victor M. Jackson, expressed gratitude to AEL, and promised to take advantage of the materials received to commence the early cleaning of campuses that are within their immediate reach in District #6, before expanding the process to other parts of Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more