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Rutland affordable housing project gets $175,000 for energy efficiency

Rutland affordable housing project gets $175,000 for energy efficiency

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today announced a $175,000 federal energy efficiency grant for a 17-unit affordable housing project in the historic St. Stanislaus School and Convent buildings. The project’s extraordinary energy-saving improvements could make it a national model.  While a typical weatherization project in Vermont can save 20 to 30 percent on energy consumption, the St. Stanislaus project will aim to reduce energy use for heating by 60 percent, and reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent or more. One result will be that energy costs at the St. Stanislaus project will be slashed by thousands of dollars every year.“I am very pleased that this grant will help the St. Stanislaus project set a new standard for energy efficient affordable housing,” Sanders said. There is little doubt in my mind that in the years to come the energy mix in this state will be very different than it is today.  This federal support will help move our state toward a greener economy.“At a time when many Vermonters are struggling economically, when affordable housing can be very hard to come by and when many low- and moderate-income people are spending 50 percent of more of their limited income on housing, this affordable housing project is sorely needed and I’m very excited to see it built in Rutland.” “Sen. Sanders is giving us an exciting challenge and a tremendous opportunity,” said Elisabeth Kulas, executive director of the Housing Trust of Rutland County. “We’ve been sensitive to energy improvements and the concept of renewal energy in our affordable housing development, having dabbled with solar hot water and spray foam insulation in the recent past. This grant is creating a pathway to implement the most advanced, yet proven, energy technologies. “Furthermore, and equally notable, pursuing this initiative in a project that is also meeting the National Park Services’ highest historic preservation standards  adds one more critical dimension and means this will serve as a poster child for historic preservation with energy efficiency and renewals technology for the rest of the country,” Kulas added.In order to achieve the energy efficiency goals, the project will increase roof and wall insulation and install high-efficiency lighting and appliances. It also will feature a wood pellet boiler, a solar hot water heater, triple-glazed windows, and an energy-saving ventilation system.In addition to the $175,000 grant that Sanders secured from the U.S. Department of Energy, the $4.6 million project also received $1.25 million from the federal stimulus package and significant funding from the Vermont Housing Conservation Board and other investors.The project will revitalize two long-abandoned historic buildings in West Rutland.  Both the school building and the convent which housed nuns who taught there are included on the state’s historic register and the National Register of Historic Places.Source: WEST RUTLAND, Vt. Oct. 27 – US Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more

The Latest: Upcoming F1 race in Italy could have fans

The Latest: Upcoming F1 race in Italy could have fans

first_img___A player has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of a women’s tennis tournament in Prague.Tournament director David Trunda says the unidentified player was isolating in her hotel room and will be re-tested. Trunda says the player didn’t meet any other participants in the tournament.All 150 players are tested on arrival and have to wait in their hotel rooms for the results.The event is for players who would have been at the U.S. Open qualifying tournament. It opens on Saturday. Associated Press Tuscany region president Enrico Rossi says local health authorities have approved limited spectators for the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sept. 13.Rossi tells the Gazzetta dello Sport “the circuit contains three big tribunes that are well spaced apart so the limit of 1,000 people per the national rules on public events can reasonably be considered as the capacity limit for each tribune.”Official government approval is expected by Saturday.Fans will have their temperature taken upon arrival and be asked to observe social distancing procedures and wear masks if it is approved.The only spectators at the Italian GP in Monza a week earlier will be 250 specially invited health workers. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___An upcoming Formula One race in Italy could be open to 3,000 fans. The Latest: Upcoming F1 race in Italy could have fanscenter_img August 28, 2020 U.S. Open qualifying was canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The International Judo Federation says it is restarting events which should feed into qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.International judo events started to be affected by the coronavirus in February when Chinese teams withdrew from competing in Europe. Cancellations began in March.The governing body says World Judo Tour events will be organized in Budapest, Hungary, in late-October and Tokyo in December. The IJF says the events “aim to offer qualification points for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.”Some continental-level competitions are also planned later in 2020.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Caz girls track responds to pandemic, reveals real value of sports

Caz girls track responds to pandemic, reveals real value of sports

first_imgWe have worked hard to maintain a “virtual team” on our website, posting daily photos and messages, celebrating birthdays and accomplishments. The girls have shared workouts and healthy recipes, provided encouragement and just made one another smile.We have established weekly “team meetings” via videoconference, celebrating the completion of another week of remote learning and sharing stories and laughs. We look forward to conducting some socially-distanced team events when conditions allow, and note with amazement that just being allowed to stand six feet from a teammate is something we await eagerly.All these reflections have come into focus this week as we look back on our “Senior Meet” last year and celebrate what would have been our last home contest this spring.For the majority of my athletes, they can look forward to future seasons. This was not the case for the seven seniors on my squad who lost their final campaign without any notice or recourse.  We’ll never know what records they may have set, personal bests they might have achieved or timeless memories they could have created with their teammates.They are a remarkable group of young women who made indelible marks on our program, even with their plague-shortened careers. Last spring they capped the best decade in our team’s history, finishing another undefeated season as they completed a 63-3 run over 10 years, winning eight league titles and three sectional titles.Tragically, there will always be an asterisk next to the 2020 season. We will never know what they might have added to their legacy, but we will never forget the grace with which they responded to adversity.Congratulations and best wishes to our 2020 seniors – Peyton Basic, Claire Edwards, Tessa Hanskenecht, Savannah Johnson, Madison Jones, Emma Moynihan and Chloe Smith. Thank you not only for what you contributed but for what you sacrificed. Your season that never was has made us all realize how precious every season together truly is.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story By Kurt WheelerLike every other team, the Cazenovia girls track team was denied the opportunity to practice or compete together this spring as we responded to the coronavirus.As is so often the case, we don’t recognize something’s importance until we lose it.  The silver lining of this disappointing circumstance is that we have learned how much we value athletics and the many important roles our teams play in our lives. We’ve discovered that teams are about more than just running races and winning meets. They are a source of encouragement and motivation. They are a support network and a resource. Our teammates aren’t just beside us as we strive for physical fitness – they are an important component of our mental and emotional health as well.We have learned since March 16, 2020 just how much we value the opportunity to do all that in person.Our student-athletes have proven to be incredibly resilient, adapting to new circumstances and new expectations. As a teacher, I have been incredibly proud of my students’ perseverance and resolve through all this, turning in quality work with exceptional consistency. My athletes have been equally adaptive, maintaining a positive attitude, finding new ways to train and new ways to engage one another as teammates.center_img Tags: Cazenoviagirls indoor tracklast_img read more

Mid versus South Football final in store

Mid versus South Football final in store

first_imgLast year’s beaten finalists registered a 4-14 to 0-6 victory over Kilsheelan-Kilcash in Cahir. Loughmore-Castleiney will meet Moyle Rovers next Sunday after both clubs came through yesterday’s semi-finals.The Mid Tipp side beat title holders Clonmel Commercials 0-9 to 0-8 in Boherlahan.Moyle Rovers were comfortable winners of the other last four clash.last_img

Delinquent private schools

Delinquent private schools

first_imgDear Editor,I have read, with concern, a letter published by sections of the media on March 3rd, 2018 under the caption “Private school or terror camp?” This letter was signed by a “Concerned Parent”.Editor, allow me opportunity to support the cries of this parent, and also to bring to the attention of the relevant authorities and the general public my own experiences at another private institution located in the heart of Georgetown.Editor, my daughter once attended a private institution that holds classes from forms one to five. She started the school in the second form, and had moved up to the third form class last September when I was forced to remove her, a few months ago. Editor, my heart trembles as I pen this letter, because the things that my daughter had endured at that institution I would wish on no one’s child.Dozens upon dozens of homework assignments were usually given, and those had to be submitted either the next day or before the said week was completed. The children had to reach to school for at least 08:30am in the morning, and had to take mandatory lessons till 4:30pm (16:30h) in the afternoon. This was further worsened by the children having only 20 minutes’ lunch break and absolutely no extracurricular activities such as sports, concerts, or even tours, so as to give them a well-rounded curriculum. Tell me, how can we expect these young minds to stay sane and not become stressed, when all that is forced upon them is school work and more school work?Bear in mind, Editor, that the mandatory lessons attract a separate fee from the school fee, and was either a few dollars shorter than the school fee; or, in some cases, it was the same thing.Like the concern shared by the fellow parent in the previous letter, although the Value Added Tax was removed from the school fees, the headmaster still continues to charge parents the 16%, claiming he had not being notified by GRA. If that’s not all, the headmaster of the school, who is a popular TV host, has a horrible attitude towards both the kids and, to some extent, parents. My daughter was bullied and harassed more than once by teachers of the school, and nothing had been done about it because of the unapproachable manner in which the headmaster usually carries himself.School should be a second home; however, we can clearly see that these private schools are out to get money, and would achieve that even at the cost of their students’ sanity.Editor, the Ministry of Education should take swift action before this situation gets further out of hand and results in yet another crisis that would deteriorate an already broken institution. As it is, there are few or no laws at all that monitor how these private schools should operate, hence advantage is being taken by these unscrupulous individuals to profit off the situation at public schools and the desperation of parents for a better education for their children. It is therefore imperative that relevant agencies lobby for these pieces of legislation immediately!Yours faithfully,Frustrated parentlast_img read more