Governor announces 14 climate change grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced that another 14 energy efficiency projects have been selected to receive almost $150,000 in funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program. All told, these projects will reduce about 100 tons of greenhouse emissions – the equivalent of taking 16 cars off the road or not burning more than 10,000 galloons of gas, the Governor said.“It’s inspiring to see such strong grass-roots interest in energy efficiency and for doing Vermont’s part to combat climate change,” the Governor said.  “From Shrewsbury to Strafford, Vermonters are making improvements that will not only keep CO2 out of the air, but will also save individuals and taxpayers money.”In one project, Harwood Union High School is teaming up with Freeaire Refrigeration Systems of Warren to significantly reduce the cost and energy needed for the cafeteria’s refrigerators.Freeaire taps into the greatest source of refrigeration ever created: winter.  It uses cold outside air to cool a space, simply by using what nature has so kindly made available, to give the entire compressor system a winter vacation.  The high school expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 10.5 tons per year.Other projects include:Village of Essex Junction: $11,000 for a methane gas recapture system for the wastewater facility, which will provide heat and hot water for the facility. Annual emissions reduction – 9.5 tons.Town of Shrewsbury: $10,832 to upgrade and weatherize the town office and emergency shelter. Annual emissions reduction – 7 tons.Town of South Hero: $9,684 to replace the heating system, upgrade lighting and replace exterior doors at the town office building. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.Town of Underhill: $12,000 seal and insulate the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 11.5 tons.Plainfield Fire & Rescue: $12,000 to weatherize the 1854 squad building. Annual emissions reduction – 10 tons.Lamoille Union School District: $12,000 to install photovoltaic panels to power the storage garage for the cross country trails.  Career center students will build the structure and net metering will generate credits for the campus. Annual emissions reduction – 2 tons.Richford Town School District: $12,000 to replace lighting at the high school gym. Annual emissions reduction – 16 tons.Yestermorrow Design/Build School of Warren: $11,850 to install a solar hot water system and create a demonstration project. Annual emissions reduction – 3 tons.Leicester School District: $8204 for lighting upgrades. Annual emissions reduction – 4 tons.Town of Moretown: $12,000 for weatherization and lighting upgrades at the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 6 tons.Town of Waitsfield: $6515 to insulate and weatherize the Joslin Library. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.Worcester Historical Society: $9753 to weatherize and insulate the building. Annual emissions reduction – 2.5 tons.United Church of Strafford: $11,810 to install energy efficient lighting and weatherize the parish hall, including “the Ark,” an outdoor playground structure which doubles as a mini-stage for performances. Annual emissions reduction – 4.5 tons. Source: Governor’s office. 9/4/2009last_img read more

Scheffler scores at SpeedZone

first_imgOSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 15) – The first challenge on Saturday night at Oshkosh SpeedZone was to pare the 34-car Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified field to 20 for the main event.Adam Reed made the front row and led the first two laps before Taylor Scheffler took the top sot away and started to pull away. A lap five caution quickly regrouped the field but Scheffler again pulled away, leaving the race for second.Josh Zdroik ended a five-lap battle with Reed, moving into second on lap nine before the final caution for a tire on the track slowed the race on lap 10. Scheffler had the field on his rear bumper, but again, was able to pull away on the restart. Zdroik, Tim Robbiins, Mike Klenz, Eddie Muenster and point leader, Sean Jerovetz were in line.As the laps clicked off, Scheffelr was able to maintain his lead while the field strung out behind. Scheffler drove off with his first SpeedZone feature win with Zdroik taking the runner-up spot.Jerovetz padded his point lead with the third-place finish. Klenz, Mike Wedelstadt and Jeff Steenbergen rounded out the top six. The 2014 Walk of Fame inductees were honored at intermission and recipients included Wayne Wechwerth, Wilmer Schoppenhorst, who accepted his plaque and for his late brother, Willy, and Sharon Gracyalny, who accepted for her late husband Stan. An opening lap melee in the Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car main was the only stop in feature action with Mark Schoenemann leading the opening circuit before John Heinz took over.Once in front, Heinz ran alone for the rest of the race and as able to cruise to his third feature win of the season. Dylan Heilmann prevailed in the tight race for second. Jon Schultz sped off with his second Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win of the season with Jeff Schmuhl second.last_img read more

Thousands Lose Power as Hurricane Humberto Batters Bermuda

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – Ferocious winds knocked out power to 80 percent of the island, roofs came off and trees were toppled as category 3 Hurricane Humberto hammered Bermuda on Wednesday evening, but police reported no serious injuries.“We’ve made it through and everyone is safe. That’s what is most important,” said Premier David Burt.National Security Minister Wayne Caines in a statement said it was a challenging night.“ We have come through a really, really challenging night, there were no fatalities, our country is resilient – today we are going to get through this,” he said. The Bermuda Electric Light Company (Belco), the island’s sole power provider, said at one stage on Wednesday night more than 28,000 of its customers had lost power.The Somerset Police Station, to the west of here, lost part of its roof; although all officers were said to be safe  At the CedarBridge Academy shelter, windows were shattered, but none of the 46 members of the public or 30 support staff in the building was injured.It’s also reported that many homes were damaged across the island, with Somerset appearing to be particularly affected by the destruction, as walls came down at the National Stadium.At Humberto’s peak point of impact, at about 8.30 p.m. (local time), wind speeds of more than 81 mph and gusts of more than 114 mph, were recorded at L.F. Wade International Airport, that hopes to reopen on Thursday.The storm’s closest point to the island came at about 9 pm when it was about 75 miles away.Public schools and government offices will be closed on Thursday.Caines said emergency agencies conducted an islandwide assessment and removed large trees which had been uprooted during the hurricane and were blocking main roads. “Once the assessment has been completed, restoration of main lines, critical infrastructure and institutions will begin. Our priorities will remain with emergencies ensuring the safety of the public and Belco crews.”The Department of Parks, the Department of Works and Engineering and the Royal Bermuda Regiment were out clearing roads on Thursday morning but some remained reduced to one lane because of large trees.Early Thursday, the Bermuda Weather Service lifted its tropical storm warning as the hurricane had raced nearly 200 miles north-northwest of the island.However, a government spokeswoman warned about the looming threat of Tropical Storm Jerry, which was more 1,300 miles southeast of Bermuda, but it is forecast to veer in the island’s general direction, next week.Jerry is forecast to develop into a Category 1 hurricane later on Thursday.last_img read more

Corey Seager’s two home runs lead Dodgers past Giants

first_imgPuig hit a ground ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford that allowed Barnes to score from third base. The next batter, Chris Taylor, continued his own hot July with an RBI double. The score was tied, 4-4, and the stage was set for Seager’s go-ahead home run.“You look at quality of at-bat, quality of contact, even in the last month he’s hit the ball really hard,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Seager. “Squaring it up and lining out, hitting balls to the track – it kind of gets distorted a little bit because you don’t see the hits or getting rewarded. But every time he’s in the box I think he’s going to get a hit.”The rally made a winner of Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood (12-1), who allowed only a solo home run to Crawford over the first six innings.In the seventh inning, San Francisco sandwiched four hits around Seager’s throwing error to score three runs. The only sure-fire hit was a double to dead center by Gorkys Hernandez, which allowed Nick Hundley to score the Giants’ fourth and final run.Like Seager, Wood seemed more free than usual to reflect upon his mistakes. A win has that effect on a man.“It’s nice when you come out losing 4 to 2 and know that our lineup’s probably going to score a couple runs,” Wood said. “It’s been fun to watch.”Wood (12-1) was charged with four runs, all earned, in seven innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. A change to his tempo – “I was getting stuck in the middle of my windup,” Wood said – made a noticeable difference compared to his most recent start, his only loss of the season in which the Atlanta Braves scored nine runs in five innings.Brandon Morrow pitched a flawless eighth inning and Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth, recording his 26th save.The Giants are the National League’s second-worst team by record. At 40-64, they are an unfathomable 32½ games out of first place with more than a third of the season left to play.Yet somehow they began the day with six wins in 10 head-to-head games against the Dodgers this season. When San Francisco took the lead in the seventh inning, a pair of conflicting narratives came to a head: the unpredictability of a century-long rivalry and whatever magic the Dodgers ascribe to their summer swell.Ultimately, Seager gained his atonement. The Dodgers conquered another demon, real or perceived. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they’ve won 51 consecutive games after leading at any point. That is a major league record. Mistakes like that don’t always stick with a player beyond the moment but “that one did,” Seager said. “That one was hard to move on from. That one, you know, you can accept it if it it’s something that you actually did – you actually made the mistake – but when it slips out of your hand that hurts a little bit more. You’ve got to move on. You’ve got to keep playing.”In the end, Seager could laugh about it. If he looked more excited than usual rounding the bases in the seventh inning, it’s because he was.“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Seager said. “That normally doesn’t happen. That was a fun one, though.”After the Giants quieted the announced crowd of 51,426 in the top of the seventh, a response was needed. Austin Barnes led off the bottom of the inning with a walk against Moore. With one out, Joc Pederson doubled to right-center field, sending Barnes to third base.When Yasiel Puig was announced as a pinch-hitter, Giants manager Bruce Bochy summoned right-handed reliever George Kontos to face the Dodgers’ slugger. The numbers say it was a curious choice; Puig has one home run and a .167 batting average against left-handers this year; 18 home runs and a .285 average against righties. LOS ANGELES >> That low hum in the background of the Dodgers’ current hot streak – six straight wins, 37 in their last 43 – is the bat of Corey Seager. He’s been held hitless only three times in 20 July games. His All-Star-worthy statistics are a byproduct of consistency, not streakiness.Occasionally, there are games like Friday’s.Seager greeted San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Moore with a solo home run in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 6-4 win. His two-run blast against Josh Osich broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh. It was Seager’s sixth career multi-homer game, in a month that’s seen his batting average go from .294 to .293 – a steadiness that eludes most 23-year-olds.Seager also was responsible for the Dodgers’ only error Friday, an inexplicably bad throw that allowed the Giants to rally from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more