Vermont Downtown Development Board funds $127,594 in transportation projects

first_imgThree communities were awarded grants this week by the Vermont Downtown Development Board to fund local infrastructure improvements such as new sidewalks, signage and streetlights.The Vermont Downtown Development Board announced the awards totaling $127,594 on Monday for Morrisville, Rutland City and St. Albans City. The funds, which are from the state’s Downtown Transportation Fund, are available to communities that are part of the Vermont Downtown Program. Established in 1994, the Vermont Downtown Program helps invest in the economic growth and cultural landscape of Vermont’s cities, villages and towns. Funding Awards:Morrisville – $27,594 for sidewalk reconstruction on and around Main Street and Pleasant Street, as well as new sidewalk and streetlights on Portland Street.  Matching funds were provided by the town, as well as $15,000 in private donations to the community’s downtown organization. This project continues the town’s efforts to improve pedestrian access within their downtown.Rutland City – $25,000 for phase 2 of the city’s new wayfinding signage program to direct visitors to downtown destinations such as the Paramount Theater, the Amtrak train station and local shops.St Albans City – $75,000 for new streetlights along Main Street, as part of a larger $1.5 million project to improve the city’s pedestrian infrastructure, including outdoor dining, trees and broader sidewalks in downtown. ‘These are terrific projects that recognize the importance of high-quality pedestrian amenities in support of downtown business development,’ said Noelle Mackay, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development and Chair of the Downtown Development Board. ‘The board is pleased to be able to support these projects, and to recognize the energy and commitment in each community that makes our downtowns so special.’ The Vermont Downtown Development Board also renewed the village center designation on Monday for Enosburg Falls, West Rutland, Royalton and South Royalton, which are four of the 102 village centers participating in the Vermont Downtown Program.  Downtowns and village centers that are part of the Vermont Downtown Program are eligible for a number of benefits, including tax credits, loans and grants from various state agencies to help enhance economic opportunities, preserve historic buildings and improve infrastructure in core areas.For more information, visit www.historicvermont.org/programs/downtown.html(link is external).last_img read more

Are you HARPing?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) expires at the end of 2015. It’s been a great opportunity for millions of Americans to refinance to lower rates even when they owed more than the value of the home. But some estimates indicate there are still millions of eligible borrowers who have not taken advantage of it. Is this an opportunity for Credit Unions to be memberlicious?I think so………….HARP is truly a great program for borrowers. It can save them hundreds of dollars on a monthly payment or reduce the term of their loan. There are criteria to qualify for HARP, but the main points are below:A borrower eligible for HARP if they meet all of the following criteria:The mortgage must be owned or guaranteed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae.The mortgage must have been sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac on or before May 31, 2009.The mortgage cannot have been refinanced under HARP previously unless it is a Fannie Mae loan that was refinanced under HARP from March-May, 2009.The current loan-to-value (LTV) ratio must be greater than 80%.The borrower must be current on the mortgage at the time of the refinance, with a good payment history in the past 12 months. continue reading »last_img read more

One click to borrow?

first_img continue reading » Fifty Northwest credit union CEOs gathered last year, and the topic turned to Amazon Prime. Nearly all were members and enjoyed Amazon’s “One Click to Buy” feature. Convenient, cool and a new normal most agreed. One CEO lightheartedly asked, “Could we ever see a day with ‘One Click to Borrow?’” All in the room favorably nodded.Retail is retail. Consumers/members have expectations of their experiences in retail, regardless of product. What they receive through digital engagement, real-time status and anytime access outside the credit union is exactly what they expect when engaging with the credit union. Review this list of consumer expectations of retail experiences and consider added ways that your credit union can enhance its commitment to members.Simple. Apple refined the ease of navigating a computer in your hands and now members primarily engage with credit unions from their handheld devices. How many transactions can a member complete digitally? How many steps are necessary to conduct business? Could a member go “branch-free” and still deepen a relationship with your credit union?Personal. For all the mobile-first and do-it-yourself habits of members, sometimes a face-to-face conversation is necessary. How advanced are your front-line leaders in their communications and consulting skills? If a member completed “Steps A through C” on her own, could your front-line leaders pick up at “Step D?” How skilled are your front-line leaders in showing empathy and interacting with diverse members? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Msgr. Tom Hartman, of God Squad Fame, Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Msgr. Thomas Hartman, the Roman Catholic priest from Long Island nationally known as half of the God Squad, a popular television show about religion, died following a years-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 69.Father Tom, as he was known, became a household name with Rabbi Marc Gellman following the success of the TV show they co-hosted for 20 years on Telecare, the faith-based cable network that Hartman ran for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The show led to a nationally-syndicated newspaper column, as well as regular TV and radio appearances on shows with larger audiences than their own, such as Good Morning America. After his diagnosis, Hartman stepped back from the spotlight and founded a charity that donated millions to find a cure for Parkinson’s.“Our friendship produced many words, but it never needed words,” Gellman wrote in his Newsday column Wednesday eulogizing Hartman. “Tommy taught me that smiles are more important than words, and I do not need words now to remember that transformative wisdom.” Hartman grew up in East Williston before entering the Hempstead seminary when he was in the ninth grade after passing up his dream of becoming a baseball player and instead joining the clergy like his uncle, aunts and cousins before him. He was ordained in 1971 and eight years later graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkley.Hartman was also a parish priest at St. Vincent de Paul in Elmont and a chaplain for the Nassau County Police Department. Hartman joined forces with Gellman, the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, after the two met while discussion religion on News12 Long Island. The next day, they formed the God Squad, in which the straight-laced Hartman and quick-witted Gellman discussed morality and religion.The duo eventually became LI’s best-known clergymen, making appearances on national cable news networks. They were even animated for an HBO children’s special based on their book of the same name, How Do You Spell God? But if they ever struggled to balance their fame and their duties, it never showed.”I’m definitely the straight man,” Hartman told The New York Times during the height of their fame in the ‘90s. ”Marc is much funnier than I and more vocal. I’m quieter. I want Marc to be the star. To some degree I’ve had more fame. Initially he had to gain it. So it was bigger in his mind. And in many ways he’s more talented than I.”In 2003, Hartman broke the news of his diagnoses in his newspaper column, which had only launched a year prior. He had kept it secret for four years by that point. Gellman still writes the column for Tribune Media Services, but visited Hartman weekly at the nursing home where Father Tom lived until his passing.Hartman’s charity donations led to the formation of the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson Research  in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at Stony Brook University. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.last_img read more

Ørsted Issues Green Bonds, Secures GBP 900 Million

first_imgØrsted has secured nominal GBP 900 million through the issuance of green senior bonds, to finance its green growth ambition towards 2025 including the investment in the 1,386MW Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom.Ørsted has completed the pricing of new unsecured green senior bonds comprising a GBP 350 million fixed-rate tranche with maturity in 2027, a GBP 300 million fixed-rate tranche with maturity in 2033 and a GBP 250 million inflation-linked tranche (CPI) with maturity in 2034. All tranches have settlement on 16 May 2019.Hornsea Project Two is located 89km north-east of Grimsby and will comprise 165 Siemens Gamesa 8MW wind turbines.Once operational in 2022, Hornsea Two will surpass the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One, currently under construction offshore Yorkshire, to become the world’s largest wind farm.last_img read more

23 LGUs declare NPA ‘persona non grata’

first_imgIn Iloilo,these were the municipalities of Maasin, Janiuay, Igbaras, Bingawan, andMiag-ao, and Iloilo City. The otherbarangay councils were Cuartero, Capiz (Putian, Mahunod-hunod, San Antonio,Carataya) and Calinog, Iloilo (Binulosan). ILOILO City –Twenty-two municipalities and a city in Panay Island have declared the NewPeople’s Army (NPA) persona non grata, according to the Armed Forces of thePhilippines (AFP). “We expect moretowns and villages do to the same,” said Pancito. Palabricaconfirmed that the NPA tried to recruit students of Bingawan National HighSchool in recent months. The signing ofcovenant was participated in by students and youths, barangay officials andother sectors. The peacecovenant also denounced NPA atrocities. On Nov. 14 thelocal government of Bingawan, Iloilo rallied its constituents into signing apeace covenant supporting the anti-insurgency campaign of the Armed Forces ofthe Philippines and Philippine Nationa Police (PNP) and declared rebels aspersona-non-grata.center_img In Antique, thelocal govern units that made such declaration were San Jose, Anini-y, Barbaza,Belison, Caluya, Culasi, Hamtic, Libertad, Pandan, Patnongon, San Remigio,Sebaste, Sibalom, Tibiao, Tobias Fornier, Bugasong, Lauan-an, and Valderrama. Barangaycouncils, too, were declaring the rebels persona non grata, said Army CaptainCenon Pancito, spokesperson of the 3rd Infantry Division. “We arepublicly denouncing the rebels and warning them to stop recruiting students.They are not welcome in our town. What we want is peace, and we want an end tothe armed conflict,” said Mayor The most recentof these barangay councils was that of Barangay Igtuble in Tubungan, Iloilo. Itissued the declaration yesterday. Mark Palabrica. “We persuadedthe students not to attend or join the activities of militant groups becausethose were preludes to NPA recruitment. We told them joining the NPA woulddestroy their dreams. After our talk with the students, we received informationthat the rebels did not pursue their recruitment activities,” said Palabrica./PNlast_img read more

VanDenBerg scores first IMCA Modified win at Lee County

first_imgBy Brian NealDONNELLSON, Iowa (April 24) – Carter VanDenBerg raced back into the lead on the ninth of 20 laps and stayed in front the rest of the way to earn his career-first Budweiser IMCA Modified fea­ture win Friday at Lee County Speedway. VanDenBerg was briefly in the lead following an early restart. Bill Roberts Jr. slipped under him to grab the point. The front pair raced side-by-side for two circuits before VanDenBerg regained first. John Oliver Jr. was able to challenge Abe Huls for the top spot for a couple laps before Huls pulled away to pick up his second consecutive local Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car vic­tory. Adam Birck pulled away over the final seven laps to capture his first Shottenkirk of Fort Madison IMCA Northern SportMod feature win of the season at Donnellson.Brandon Symmonds edged Garrett Eilander at the line by a half a car length to pick up his first career Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock win. Travis DeMint started 11th and finished first in the Armstrong Small Engine Sales and Service IMCA Sport Compact feature. Kimberly Abbott started ninth and took second on the last lap.last_img read more

Harold A. “Tony” Powers, 64

first_imgHarold A. “Tony” Powers, 64, St. Paul, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg.  Born January 13, 1956 in Greensburg, he was the son of Harold E. and Rose C. (Dwenger) Powers.  Tony graduated in 1974 from North Decatur High School.  He worked at Delta Faucet and then he worked and retired from MESCO Manufacturing.  He loved hunting, softball, and coaching.  He was learning how to play golf. He loved music, playing guitar, and singing. He is also survived by Norita Powers; two sons, Steven Coblentz, Eli Powers; two daughter, Tonya Powers, Angela Brown; four brothers, Donald (Dawn) Powers, Ghent, KY, Art (Christine) Powers, Sandusky, Andy (Dawn) Powers, Greensburg, Jacob (Vicki) Powers, Illinois; two sisters, Angela Miller, Greensburg, Dot Perkins, Clay City; many grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Raymond Powers; four sisters, Mary Brogan, Rita Sallee, Mabel Kay Yorn, Susan Wilmer. Due to the recent public health safety mandate of limited gatherings, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Clarksburg with Rev. Forrest Hamilton officiating. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 organisers want ‘Super Mario’ Abe to remain involved

first_imgRelatedPosts Japanese firm develops robot able to kill COVID-19 with ultra-violet rays Britain marks 75 years since Japan’s defeat in World War II Athletes in non-contact sports to resume training in Port Harcourt – Minister Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers hope former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will remain involved in preparations for the re-arranged Games next year.Abe, who announced his resignation on Friday, had been all but synonymous with Tokyo 2020.Olyence from the pandemic. “I believe that overcoming that and hosting the Tokyo Olympics would of course become Abe’s legacy,” Muto added.Pre-pandemic association with the Games had not been entirely positive for Abe.He scrapped the National Stadium design in 2015 after a public outcry over increased building costs, but the Games were still forecast to run up a bill of $12.6 billion.The man, who celebrated with Abe at the announcement that Tokyo would host the Games, former Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, is now under investigation in France.The investigation is over suspected corruption related to the bid. Since the postponement, support in Japan for the Olympics had plummeted.One poll by Kyodo News in July found that less than a quarter of respondents wanted to hold the Games as scheduled next year.David Leheny, a political scientist at Waseda University, believes the pandemic might allow Abe to retain his close association with the Games.He added that it would also help him avoid some of the blame if they do not go as planned.“I do think there will be efforts made to make certain he is a very visible part of the Games,” Leheny said. “I think certainly he will be remembered for it, whether the Games go on or not.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ‘Super Mario’ AbeInvolvmentJapanOlympic GamesShinzo AbeTokyo Olympicslast_img read more

Gerrard inspires Foxes triumph

first_imgLiverpool may want to re-think the contract offer made to Steven Gerrard after their captain bailed them out in a 3-1 comeback victory over Leicester like he has done so many times in the past. The former England midfielder’s current deal expires in the summer and, despite the offer of an extension, he has yet to commit to stay at the club he has been with since he was nine. But while Gerrard may be deliberating his next move, reportedly wanting double the one-year contract on offer, he showed no hesitation on the pitch with a coolly-placed goal to set his side on the way to victory and provide a reminder of glory days gone by. Restored to the starting line-up after being rested against Stoke on the 16th anniversary of his debut at the weekend – and now relieved from defensive duties in a more advanced role – the midfielder responded with his first goal in open play since the Merseyside derby at Anfield in January. That completed the comeback after Adam Lallana had equalised goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s unfortunate own goal in the first half and, when Wes Morgan was shown a red card, Jordan Henderson secured back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since October. A week can be a long time in football and in the space of seven days Gerrard and Mignolet have both experienced highs and lows. Having been at fault for Ludogorets’ opener in their Champions League draw in Bulgaria last Wednesday the Belgium goalkeeper looked to have turned a corner with a clean sheet at the weekend. However, the jitters which have become more frequent with every passing game and gradually infused his team, resulting in a side which resembles the consistency of jelly when put under pressure, returned quicker than you could say “goalkeeping howler”. His inexplicable pass straight into the path of Esteban Cambiasso, who rolled a 25-yard shot just wide of an open goal, set the nerves jangling and within two minutes Leicester were in front thanks to more weak defending. It was unlucky in some ways as Mignolet made a good save when Jamie Vardy raced on to Riyad Mahrez’s through-ball. But from the rebound Martin Skrtel could only weakly head out Ulloa’s follow-up and the striker was given enough time to collect the ball and smash a shot against the near post which cannoned off Mignolet’s head and into the net. Liverpool’s response was almost instantaneous; Gerrard’s free-kick was half-cleared to Lucas Leiva whose cross dropped at the feet of Lallana off Morgan and he smashed home the 50th league goal of his career. The former Southampton midfielder, returning to the starting line-up, had looked neat and tidy with the ball at his feet but his wild lunge at Vardy, for which he was booked, a few minutes later was anything but. In the first half Gerrard struggled to have much influence in a pin-ball midfield and it was Leicester’s own veteran midfielder Cambiasso, also 34, who exuded an air of calmness and control. At the break Reds manager Brendan Rodgers made a tactical switch taking off Javier Manquillo, switching Glen Johnson back to right-back and bringing Alberto Moreno in on the left but it was a change he made last week which was more pivotal. Against Ludogorets the captain was restored to an advanced role he previously occupied with great success in an attempt to allow Lucas to come in and provide more solidity. And it was the Gerrard of old who strode into the penalty area in the 54th minute, having been involved in the build-up, to caress a shot past Kasper Schmeichel after Morgan could only dangle a foot at Raheem Sterling’s cross. It got worse for the Leicester captain when he was red-carded just past the hour for hauling down Rickie Lambert as the Liverpool striker managed to get beyond him. However, from the resulting free-kick the hosts launched a swift counter-attack and Gerrard showed he still had some life left in those ageing legs by charging back and using his experience to commit a cynical foul on Matty James before he could do too much damage. Leicester were lucky not to be down to nine when Schmeichel collided with Gerrard inside the penalty area after he sprang the offside trap to race through – but referee Lee Mason waved play on. Equally, the Foxes were unlucky when Cambiasso’s deflected shot was diverted wide by team-mate Vardy but by now Gerrard was relishing the open spaces and his cross to Sterling produced the cut-back for Henderson to score the third. And no prizes for guessing who headed clear a corner in added time. As messages go it appeared to say “I’m not finished yet”. Press Associationlast_img read more