CVPS Shareheat nets record contributions

first_imgCustomers, shareholders and several Vermont businesses have contributed to a banner year for CVPS Shareheat, raising a record amount of money to help Vermonters avert heating crises.With donations continuing to come in, more than $375,000 has been raised for the 2008-2009 heating season, raising the program total to nearly $3.2 million since its inception in 1987.  The previous record was less than $250,000 in one year.With heating prices skyrocketing, CVPS began its annual campaign with an unprecedented July kickoff, and committed $100,000 in shareholder funds to the program.  A host of Vermont businesses were recruited as partners, which donated to the matching pool to leverage customer donations. Altogether, $182,000 was available in the Shareheat matching pool, and customers have donated $193,000.  Hundreds of Vermont families benefited. We have been able to meet tremendous needs through incredible support from customers large and small, CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.Carris Reels, Chittenden Bank, Merchants Bank, National Life Group, Omya, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Vermont Country Store and Weidman Electrical Technology joined CVPS as partners in the Shareheat program this year, donating $5,000 to $20,000 each.  Other significant donors included Vermont Electric Power Company and Hubbardton Forge. Without these major partners and donors, which helped leverage donations from across the state, we would never have raised so much to help those in need, Costello said.CVPS is already looking ahead to next winter. We will be seeking new and continued partnerships to keep Shareheat funds flowing, and hope to repeat this year s success for next winter, Costello said.Businesses interested in becoming CVPS Shareheat partners may contact Ann Warrell at 747-55697.Source: CVPS, RUTLANDlast_img read more

A prime development block in Mermaid Beach has sold for shy of $2 million

first_img31 Montana Road Mermaid BeachThe cottage at 31 Montana Rd sold for the first time since it was built in 1950s and features three bedrooms and one bathroom.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoLuke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach helped seal the deal. Mr Henderson said the property, which backs onto parkland, was larger than an averageMermaid Beach property. 31 Montana Road Mermaid Beach 13Mr Henderson said the buyer could potentially renovate or extend the existing house, use it as aweekender, knock it down to build their beachside dream, use it as an investment or, subject tocouncil approval, redevelop the site.“It’s a pretty special property in a pretty special location,’’ said Mr Henderson.“The property backs on to the park at the rear of the Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving club, it’s within 150m walk to the beach.”Up the road at 13 Montana Rd, developer Howard Group has started construction on luxury Mermaid Beach apartments, Elysium with prices starting from $1.795 million. real estate 31 Montana Road Mermaid Beach 13 Jan 2017A DEVELOPERS dream block at the heart of Mermaid Beach has sold for shy of $2 million. The expansive 607sq m block is home to an old fibro beach shack and has changed hands for a cool $1.9 million. last_img read more

French priest suspended after slapping baby during baptism

first_img Share Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint French priest suspended after slapping baby during baptism by: – June 22, 2018 666 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share PARIS, France (AFP) — A French Catholic priest was suspended Friday after a video of him smacking a crying baby during a baptism ceremony went viral, drawing widespread condemnation on social media.In footage posted on Twitter on Thursday, gasps can be heard when the 89-year-old priest, after ordering the infant he is holding to “be quiet”, sharply slaps his cheek.A few seconds later he smacks him again.The baby’s parents, visibly shocked, eventually manage to extricate the child from the priest’s grip during the ceremony in Champeaux, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Paris.“This loss of self-control can be attributed to the fatigue of an elderly priest, but that doesn’t excuse it,” the diocese of Meaux, which includes the town, said in a statement.It said the priest would no longer be leading baptisms and weddings nor holding mass until further notice.“The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water. I was saying ‘be quiet’ but he wouldn’t calm down,” the priest told France Info radio on Friday.“It was something between a caress and a little slap,” he said. “I was trying to calm him down; I didn’t really know what to do.”last_img read more

High school student arrested after planning to stab classmate

first_imgPolice in Port St. Lucie have arrested a 15-year-old high school student after he reportedly brought several knives to school with the intention of stabbing a classmate.The student was arrested at Port St. Lucie High School on Thursday.According to the report, a witness told a school resource officer that the teen was armed and planned to harm someone. When the resource officer confronted the teen, the teen admitted that he a knife in his pocket and two in his backpack. He then confessed that he planned to stab another student in the neck because the student had been bullying him in school and online for months.The student has since been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon on school property, and intimidation to threaten, kill or injure.Authorities are also investigating the student’s allegations that he was bullied.last_img read more

Alexander: Are we close to pulling the plug on MLB and NFL for 2020?

first_imgMeanwhile, NFL people are indeed paying attention to baseball’s issues, but they have their own, too. Consider this sobering development: Eric Sugarman is the Minnesota Vikings’ head trainer, vice president of sports medicine and director of the team’s virus prevention plan, and he has tested positive for coronavirus.“We know how they do things there, and we’re all under the same protocol,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said Monday. “We know they’re very strict there.“Reality hits hard on this. You can’t let your guard down at any point, any time.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter But if people did things right and an outbreak took place anyway, and if that continues to happen, at what point do you shut the whole thing down?“This could put it in danger,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. “I don’t believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day by day basis.”Unsaid in that last sentence but presumably implied: The word “yet.”It is one thing to try to create a hermetically-sealed environment to keep the virus out or at least contained, as the NWSL, MLS, NBA, WNBA and NHL have attempted or are attempting. As described by our Laker beat writer, Kyle Goon, who is in the NBA bubble in Orlando, the restrictions are severe and so are the consequences – four to 10 days in quarantine – but the upshot is a reasonable amount of confidence that the conditions are safe.Baseball eschewed the bubble concept and it probably wasn’t doable anyway. With the number of games involved and the number of fields necessary, no way could you bring an entire league or division to one campus or even one city.“The NBA and the NHL have an advantage: smaller numbers of players, shorter period of time,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a Monday interview on the MLB Network. “I understand why they did what they did. I’m just not sure it was workable for us.”But trying to play even a shortened season with protocols in a quasi-normal environment, with buses, planes and hotels nearly half the time and the honor system governing behavior away from the field, is incredibly risky. It requires perfect buy-in from every player because the chain reaction from just one screwup could imperil a season. And we’ve already seen in one weekend of play that players aren’t even observing the in-stadium bans on spitting, high-fiving and leaning on the dugout railings without using a towel, all part of what is supposed to be an ironclad protocol.MLB issued a statement Tuesday that of more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, no new positives had come from any club besides the Marlins. That’s nice but deceptive given the lag between exposure and infection. Let’s see what happens after another week of buses, planes, hotels, etc. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The house of cards started to lean Sunday, when the Marlins played anyway in Philadelphia after four players tested positive for the coronavirus. By Tuesday that number was up to 15 players and two coaches, the Washington Nationals players had voted not to travel to Miami for their weekend series – a mass opt-out, in a sense – and MLB made it a moot point by benching the Marlins for the week, putting the Phillies on ice until Friday, and scheduling a two-game series in Baltimore Wednesday and Thursday between the Yankees (who were supposed to play the Phillies) and the Orioles (who were supposed to play the Marlins), with further rescheduling on the fly to come.Basically, five days into a season that was supposed to cram 60 games into 66 days, the schedule is already a mess in the NL East.Five days.And yes, as Angels manager Joe Maddon noted Monday before his team’s game in Oakland, it is best to reserve judgment until we know if this was just horrible luck or personal irresponsibility on the part of one or more players on those teams.“If it was more extemporaneous, and everything was followed and this popped in there, it would be more problematic,” he said. “However, if it’s more readily explainable by retracing, then you start – not jumping to conclusions but creating some adjustments.” As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 26 NFL players had decided to opt out of the coming season, including Patriots’ linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung – two of six New England players opting out – as well as Ravens wide receiver/returner De’Anthony Thomas, Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay Tardif, Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman. Players currently have until early next week to opt out, and you can be certain there will be more.And then there’s this from the land of make-believe: Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Tuesday the school plans to limit attendance to 20 percent of capacity at its home football games. This assumes that there will be a college football season this fall.Right. Never assume, especially outside the bubble.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter We have all wanted so desperately for this to work.It’s an experiment, really, a one-of-its-kind venture played out over several different stages in several different ways. The risks hit home with a resounding thud Monday, when baseball games in two cities had to be canceled and an outbreak of the coronavirus among the Miami Marlins brought into stark relief just how risky it is to conduct sports in a pandemic on anything even close to an “as usual” basis.When MLB announced Tuesday that the Marlins’ season was suspended through Sunday, and other teams’ schedules were revamped to deal with the real-time health crisis, it was a reminder of just how much of a high wire act this is.And if those in charge in other sports – especially the NFL, and especially college football – haven’t been paying close attention and reconsidering their own futures, isn’t that a form of malpractice? Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings last_img read more