Governor Announces Nearly $4 Million for Community Enhancement ProjectsMontpelier, Vt. – Nearly $4 million dollars will be distributed among 40towns and sponsoring organizations for projects that improve localtransportation, expanded recreational opportunities and encourage andsupport economic development of Vermont’s historic downtowns and villagecenters, Governor Jim Douglas and Transportation Secretary Dawn Terrill hasannounced.Governor Douglas said these resources, from the 2005 transportationenhancement projects fund, help to preserve historic transportationbuildings and create visitor centers; construct sidewalks, bicyclepathways and bridges; and purchase scenic easements that enhance thestate’s travel and tourism industry. “These funds are a significantcontribution to our intermodal transportation system and help us tocontinue to strengthen our economy,” Governor Douglas added.”Since 1995, these grants have been a base for funding local and regionaltransportation development projects,” noted Secretary Terrill. “It is abroadly based grants program representing the best of Vermont forVermonters.”The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), passed byCongress in 1991, created the Transportation Enhancement Program offeringcommunities new funding opportunities to help expand local transportationchoices including safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic routes,beautification, and other investments that increase recreation opportunityand access.In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)reaffirmed the federal commitment to communities by increasing fundingsupport for enhancements. Applications for enhancement funding arereviewed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to affirmproject eligibility criteria, then are individually considered and awardedby a grant committee.VTrans staff also provides technical and limited project assistance togrant recipients. Most community projects are completed within two yearsof the grant award. Since 1995, 239 grant awards have been made toVermont communities totaling $30.5 million.The next round of grants will be available in April, 2005 when the Agencyprovides application booklets to municipalities, regional planningcommissions, and non-profit organizations.2005 grant awards are listed below.2005 ENHANCEMENTS APPLICATIONS FUNDEDTownSponsorActivity FundedGRANT SHARETOTAL PROJECT COSTSt. Albans CityCity of St. AlbansEngineering and Construction of Lower Welden Street Sidewalk & PedestrianBridge$103,000$131,970BartonBarton VillageSidewalk Feasibility Study for Barton Village$13,000$16,440BenningtonTown of BenningtonEngineering and Construction of West Main Street Sidewalks and HistoricLighting.$168,000$212,025BenningtonVillage of North BenningtonEngineering and Construction of Pedestrian Improvements and Landscaping atthe Main Street/Bank Street Intersection$121,000$151,893ColchesterColchester Historical SocietyEngineering and Construction of the Colchester Log Schoolhouse Bike PathVisitors Center$147,000$183,500Hyde Park V.Village of Hyde ParkEngineering and Construction of Sidewalks in the Village of Hyde Park$87,000$210,000WallingfordWallingford Fire DistrictConstruction of Wallingford Village Sidewalks$128,000$160,000Middlebury & WeybridgeMiddlebury Area Land TrustEngineering and Construction of Sidewalks and Erosion ControlDemonstration Project at the Otter Creek Access Site$290,000$595,237ChelseaTown of ChelseaEngineering and Construction of Chelsea Connector Pedestrian Path$75,000$96,000BrightonTown of BrightonEngineering for Island Pond Sidewalks$90,000$123,000WillistonTown of WillistonEngineering for Route 2A Multi-Use Path (River Cove Road to EssexJunction)$130,000$162,000FairleeTown of FairleeEngineering and Construction of the Historic Fairlee Railroad StationVisitors’ Center$170,000$388,150Multi-TownConnecticut River Transit, Inc.Installation of Bike Racks on Public Transit Buses$10,000$15,123BrandonTown of BrandonEngineering and Construction of Maple and Union Street Sidewalks$155,000$193,210MiddleburyTown of MiddleburyEngineering and Construction of Court Square Historic Lighting$130,000$282,620RutlandTown of RutlandEngineering and Rehabilitation of the Twin Covered Bridge$30,000$77,000MorristownTown of MorristownEngineering and Construction of Wilkins Ravine Stormwater Mitigation$75,000$104,149NorthfieldVillage of NorthfieldPlanning for Depot Square Improvements$20,000$25,000LondonderryFriends of the West River Trail, Inc.Engineering and Construction of the Historic South Londonderry DepotVisitors’ Center$298,000$376,561ShelburneTown of ShelburnePlanning for the Harbor Road Shared-Use Path$20,000$25,000TroyTown of TroyPlanning for Troy Village Common Improvements$16,000$20,000South BurlingtonCity of South BurlingtonEngineering and Construction of San Remo Drive Sidewalks and Landscaping$265,000$438,930RockinghamTown of RockinghamDocumenting and Stabilizing the Historic Bellows Falls Canal$21,000$27,250WinhallTown of WinhallPlanning for Bondville Village Sidewalks Design$15,000$20,000VergennesCity of VergennesEngineering for Vergennes Upper Basin Pedestrian Improvements$12,000$15,000BristolBristol Friends of the ArtsEngineering and Construction of Howden Hall Visitor Center$80,000$251,305MiddlesexMiddlesex Conservation Comm.Planning for Middlesex Village Bike/Ped Improvements$16,000$20,000HartfordTown of HartfordEngineering and Construction of Railroad Row Improvements, Phase III$50,000$200,900WoodstockTown of WoodstockConstruction of Pedestrian Improvements and Landscaping at the TaftsvilleGreen$50,000$62,752JohnsonVillage of JohnsonEngineering and Construction of Phase 1 of the Johnson Village Main StreetProject$294,000$367,254ThetfordTown of ThetfordPlanning for Thetford Village Bike/Ped Improvements$25,000$33,000HartlandTown of HartlandEngineering for Hartland Village Bike/Ped Improvements$45,000$75,018HinesburgTown of HinesburgEngineering and Construction of Hinesburg Village Pedestrian Improvements- Phase III (near Town Hall)$79,000$98,450AlburgTown of AlburgPlanning for Alburg Village Streetscape Improvements$16,000$20,000Barre CityCity of BarreConstruction of a New Sidewalk and Restored Historic Gazebo in City HallPark$100,000$343,400BurlingtonCity of BurlingtonEngineering and Construction of the Battery Street Shared-Use Path$200,000$250,000LyndonTown of LyndonEngineering and Construction of the Passumpsic River Pedestrian Bridge$114,000$145,740BrightonBrighton Community Forum, Inc.Engineering and Construction of an Island Pond Welcome Center$150,000$385,810BenningtonVT Housing and Conservation BoardRestoration of Historic Farmhouse and Provide Visitor Information$100,000$338,448StatewideVermont Bicycle & Pedestrian CoalitionBike/Ped Safety Education Programs$60,000$140,677TOTALS:$3,968,000$6,782,812###
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for September 16, the day the first peacetime in the history of the U.S. was imposed in 1940, meaning you could be conscripted into the military if you were between the ages of 21 and 36, could read, and were not black:Teen Dies in Fall Near Humpback RocksA 13-year-old girl died Sunday evening after falling from a cliff near the Humpback Rocks area off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The girl, whose name has not been released, is said to be from the Richmond area. She was with family and had walked to the Greenstone Overlook near mile marker 9, where she scrambled near the cliff edge with another juvenile. Blue Ridge Parkway Ridge District ranger Kurt Speers said the girl fell 45-50 feet onto the parkway. She was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center via helicopter, but later succumbed to her injuries. The fatal fall occurred around 6 pm Sunday.NBC-29 says National Park police are on the scene investigating.Hikers Rescued in Green River Game LandsOn the brighter side, two hikers were rescued from the Green River Game Lands in Henderson County, North Carolina. Jonathan Heatherly, 32, and Janice Collins, 56, both from Dana, were hiking on a trail off Deep Gap Road Saturday afternoon when they got off trail and became lost. Family members went looking for the pair Saturday night, before rescuers from the Dana Fire and Rescue Department, along with Henderson Sheriff’s Office and Hendersonville Police Department personnel began the big search Sunday morning. The two were found around 6pm on Sunday uninjured, more than 24 hours after they set out on the hike. Authorities say the two were in good health, but were tired and hungry, which is to be expected as neither had provisions – only a bottle of water – or a cell phone.Big Victory for Chesapeake BayA big victory for the Chesapeake Bay is a big victory for all of us. Last week Pennsylvania Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo (sick judge name, btw) upheld Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts sticking it to BIG AG. Basically, the ruling gives the Environmental Protection Agency, working with states, the authority to set science-based pollution limits. The case pitted the American Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, National Association of Home Builders, the National Chicken Council, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation, The Fertilizer Institute, and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association VERSUS the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Citizen’s for Pennsylvania’s Future, Defenders of Wildlife, Jefferson County (WV) Public Service District, Midshore River Keeper Conservancy, and the National Wildlife Federation. Whew! These quotes from the press release just about sums up the legalize of the decision (you can see a full summary here):“In the case, known as American Farm Bureau et al v. EPA, the plaintiffs made three complaints: (1) that the pollution limits or TMDL exceeded EPA’s authority, (2) that they were based on faulty science, and (3) that the plaintiff did not have adequate time to participate in the comment process. Judge Rambo found against them on all points.”and“‘The court’s decision is great news for fish and wildlife that depend on a healthy Bay for their survival. If implemented properly, the rule has the potential to significantly improve the ecological health of the Bay for the benefit of wildlife and people alike,” said Michael Senatore, Vice President for Conservation Law at Defenders of Wildlife.’”
“It was great and I asked him questions because as a kid, you always want to know how it was back then when he played and what’s the difference between this hockey and hockey back then,” Ovechkin said.Gretzky left the restaurant impressed with Ovechkin. The former Oiler said he normally gets questions about certain milestones and memories, but Ovechkin asked Gretzky about what he needs to improve upon as a captain.MORE: “The Great One” by the numbersOvechkin met Gretzky before winning his first Stanley Cup in 2018 as the Capitals were struggling to go deep in the playoffs.”The thing I found so fascinating about Alex wasn’t so much about individualism, scoring goals, how do we become a better player but the whole night was about, ‘What can I do or what do I need to do as captain to help get our team over the hump? What can I do to contribute to winning a Stanley Cup for the Washington Capitals and the city of Washington,'” Gretzky said. “I remember leaving there thinking, ‘Wow, this is so unique.'”We could have talked about anything, goals, assists, games, memories and really, Alex, the only thing he had on his mind was that, ‘I have to bring a Stanley Cup to the city of Washington,'” Gretzky recounted. “For me, that was one of the great parts of the whole evening. I knew then and there leaving the restaurant that one day he was going to lift the Stanley Cup.”Ovechkin is an avid hockey stick collector and he asked Gretzky for one of his at the dinner. The four-time Stanley Cup champion made a deal that he would send him a stick when he won the trophy.MORE: April 18, 1999: Wayne Gretzky’s last NHL gameGretzky said Ovechkin never called him about the stick until he lifted the Cup. That’s when the Capitals forward began pestering the former Oiler monthly. His persistence eventually paid off as Ovechkin received the stick Gretzky used to score goal No. 807.For both team captains, their best hockey moment was lifting the Stanley Cup for the first time. Gretzky said it’s especially meaningful to be the first player to lift the iconic trophy.”We were both fortunate to win a lot of individual awards before we got to that first championship and that’s all wonderful. I played with a lot of great players, a lot of Hall of Famers, just great people,” Gretzky said. “But that time you lift the Stanley Cup and make no mistake about it, there’s something so cool about being the captain and getting to lift it first. This to me is the greatest, proudest moment as a hockey player and something I’ll never forget.For Ovechkin, it was an arduous journey to get to the hockey pinnacle.”To lift the Stanley Cup is probably the best moment in my hockey career. Obviously, it was a hard time for a lot of my teammates who had been with me since day one and for the whole organization,” Ovechkin said. “That moment I will never forget, to share a cup with Backy (Nicklas Backstrom). It was a special moment to see my family, how happy they were, all the fans, the whole organization, all the players. It was the best moment.”To this day, Ovechkin has not watched the Cup-clinching Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights. When it re-airs on television, he’ll be tuned in.”As soon as Game 5 against Vegas is going to be on TV, I’m going to watch it. To be honest with you, I’ve never watched a replay of that game so it will be interesting to see how I react,” the Capitals captain said. “I’m probably going to cry like I was on the ice.”The two players have been intertwined more than ever as Ovechkin inches closer to Gretzky’s all-time NHL goal-scoring record. Ovechkin currently has 706 goals, while Gretzky sits atop the charts with 894.MORE: Can Ovechkin catch Gretzky?Gretzky made sure to send Ovechkin a message of encouragement as he was approaching the 700-goal mark.”I don’t think people realize the microscope that you’re under. I saw his coach in a press conference talking about how much more tension there was, how many more media people, how many more people who were following the club and I understood that. I’ve been there and it’s a little bit gut-wrenching,” Gretzky said. “You get a little tight, you get a little bit nervous and all I texted him was just ‘Relax, you’re going to get to 700 real quick and before you know it, you’ll be at 800.'”Gretzky said he watches almost every game Ovechkin plays in and he’s been cheering and rooting him on as the Capitals winger approaches “The Great One’s” goals record.When Gretzky broke Gordie Howe’s goal-scoring record, his father told him that when his record is broken, he hopes Gretzky displays as much class and dignity as Howe did when his marker was surpassed.”I hope I did and I hope I’m the first guy to be able to shake his (Ovechkin) hand when he does break my record,” Gretzky said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt in my mind that he has a great chance to do that.”I think it’s outstanding for Alex and his family and I’m rooting for him as hard as anybody and I think it’ll be a wonderful day for the game of hockey when he gets to the record.”With the 2019-20 NHL season paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ovechkin has taken time to reflect on his career as he spends time with his family. Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin shared stories and memories during Monday’s “Hockey at Home” interview series that aired on NBC Sports Network and Sportsnet.The two prolific scorers met for the first time in Malibu, California when Gretzky invited Ovechkin and his wife to have dinner with his family. Ovechkin called the experience “crazy” and a “special moment.” “Obviously, right now I have a lot of time to think about it. It’s great, great for the game, great for me, my teammates, it’s great for the Washington D.C. area to be able to see that,” Ovechkin said. “Right now, I can’t even realize what I did throughout my career because my career is not ended. To be eighth all-time on goals in the NHL, it’s special.”If Ovechkin breaks Gretzky’s goal-scoring record, the former Oiler will be waiting for a stick to arrive from Ovechkin.”I hope that I get one of his sticks because I gave him one of mine so maybe we can do a nice trade.”
The 10th annual Paddle for the Peace is taking place today on the Peace River near Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope. This Live Blog will cover the events from the Paddle that will include special guests like David Suzuki, NDP agriculture critic Lana Popham, former chair of the Agriculture Land Commission Richard Bullock and more.We will post pictures, comments and more from the event.Construction of the Site C Dam is expected to start later this month.- Advertisement -The live blog is below.