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

Hughton concerned by lack of goals

first_img Press Association Hughton added: “It [lack of goals] is a concern, and it has to be, but we also have to look at the positives. “We have managed to stop a poor run, albeit not with wins.” Fulham boss Martin Jol, meanwhile, had his preparations hampered by players coming back late from international duty and also a virus hitting the squad. “Bryan Ruiz only came to us yesterday at the hotel, Stanislav Manolev was not even here, he was in London and had to come up in a cab this morning,” Jol said. “Sascha Riether had to leave [with illness], Chris Baird also had the same problem with a bug, and so we had two players making their debuts. “We lacked a bit of momentum and tempo, so we could not hurt them, especially in the first half.” Dimitar Berbatov had to go off to the changing room to have stitches in a blooded nose after being caught in the face by high boot from Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson inside the first few minutes. “I get very irritated by that, when someone kicks you and you have to go off for five minutes. Later Hugo [Rodallega] was also kicked and he had to go off, and they played again with 11 against 10,” he said. “We have got to change that because it is an awful rule, you should send their player away as well for five minutes and play 10 against 10.” The Canaries have now found the net just once in the past six league and FA Cup games. However, after only conceding two in that run after shipping five at Liverpool on January 19, Hughton will try to remain upbeat about his team’s chances of staying clear of being dragged into the battle for survival. “Fulham have a lot of quality in their side, but we are disappointed because we are at home and the emphasis was to look to get three points,” said the Norwich manager. “We did not have enough in the final third and lacked that bit of quality, but it is a point and if you cannot win these games, you certainly have to make sure you do not lose them.” center_img Norwich manager Chris Hughton admitted his side lacked a cutting edge in attack as their barren run continued with a goalless draw against Fulham at Carrow Road.last_img read more

Oshae Brissett is Syracuse’s lone offensive bright spot in a 78-59 loss to North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW YORK — The butterflies gone, Oshae Brissett jabbed, faked a drive and stepped back into a 3-pointer from the left wing. Syracuse’s freshman forward created all the separation he needed against North Carolina forward Cameron Johnson, who hounded him all night, and fired it from deep. The net snapped. It allowed Brissett to breathe, for a moment. It absolved his earlier struggles: driving and airballing, driving and hitting the side of the backboard, driving and drawing a whistle for an offensive foul. It embodied the calm he felt after the nerves of the day before, when he shot 2-for-11 and missed all six 3-pointers in a win over Wake Forest. “I couldn’t have another game like I did yesterday,” Brissett said. “I came in with a lot more confidence than I did yesterday. I was pretty nervous, first ACC Tournament game, so looking at the big lights and the atmosphere kind of got me shook up a little bit. Today, I felt like I picked my shots and I knew how to knock them down.”Brissett and his game-high 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting was the lone offensive bright spot in No. 11-seed Syracuse’s (20-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) 78-59 loss to No. 6-seed North Carolina (23-9, 11-7). The Tar Heels bottled-up the other two members of Syracuse’s big three, guards Frank Howard and Tyus Battle, who combined to shoot 8-for-39 (20.5 percent). The loss eliminated Syracuse in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center and left SU’s NCAA Tournament future uncertain.If the Orange is to make any postseason push, it needs more production from Battle and Howard, as well as Brissett to do almost exactly what he did against UNC. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s our best 3-point shooter,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He started out slow but he shot well. He kept us in there a little bit tonight with it.”Brissett’s fourth of five 3s Wednesday came just before halftime. After two UNC offensive rebounds resulted in a backboard-rattling dunk, the Heels seemed prepared to take a 13-point lead to the break. But there was time. Time for Brissett to hoist an off-balance shot that had little business going in, looking short the whole way but somehow sneaking past the front of the rim. Time for him to sprint down the other end of the court for a defensive possession that never happened. He stopped to watch UNC’s heave go nowhere near the net. He looked around and pressed his palms to the floor. The universal hand gesture for “Calm down.” He wanted the strong Syracuse contingent in the stands to understand: “I got you.” He had told himself something before the game, and he now knew he was right.“Told myself, ‘You’re not going to have another bad shooting day,’” Brissett said. “‘You’re just going to play the game that you know how to play.’”In the second half, North Carolina’s tightly packed, help-heavy defense adjusted to Brissett heating up and pushed out, running him off the 3-point line. Brissett countered by beating his defender, most often Johnson, off the dribble. He finished the takes he’s sometimes struggled to this season. But for as many shots as Brissett canned, UNC seemed to jab back with two more. He was quickly losing steam as the Tar Heels bullied the Orange down low and ran away from Syracuse’s big push for a comeback late in the second half. By the time he got his last bucket, a tough layup with about two minutes to play, it was over. On a night Brissett felt comfortable, none of his teammates did. His effort wasn’t enough. Comments Published on March 8, 2018 at 2:32 am Contact Sam: | @Sam4TRlast_img read more