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$5 million emergency aid approved for storm-damaged Vermont roads and bridges

first_imgThe US Department of Transportation released $5 million in emergency funds to rebuild and repair roads and bridges destroyed or damaged in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont’s congressional delegation announced today. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday evening notified U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.  Sanders had been in discussion with LaHood to explain the magnitude of the destruction in Vermont and to convey the state’s need for emergency help.  Sanders said, ‘I want to thank Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for his quick response to providing emergency help to Vermont in our time of need.  Secretary LaHood has a strong understanding of the magnitude of the disaster that has struck Vermont and the need for immediate federal help and I appreciate that very much. While no one can yet estimate the full extent of the damage and destruction that Vermont has suffered, it is likely that the long-term cost of rebuilding our roads, bridges, rail lines, businesses, homes and public buildings will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  For Vermont’s rebuilding effort to be successful, there is no question but that there will have to be strong cooperation between the federal government and the state. Sen. Leahy, Rep. Welch and I will be working as hard as we can to make that happen.’          Leahy said, ‘Never in my life have I witnessed this much destruction in our state, and it breaks my heart to see it. I am grateful to Secretary LaHood and the Department of Transportation for their prompt response to this disaster.  The people of Vermont are resilient, but even the strongest among us can use a helping hand. This emergency aid will help to start rebuilding the many roads and bridges all over Vermont that were destroyed in the flooding.  As Vermonters move forward, looking to each other for support, I will continue to do everything in my power, along with Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch, to secure aid for the state and to see that all levels of government come together to effectively bolster the efforts of neighbors and friends as we all work to come to terms with this tragedy.’ Welch said, ‘This is welcome news to Vermont. The damage to public infrastructure is immense and this will help us begin to rebuild. We have more work to do. Traveling around the state, I am meeting small business owners who have lost their livelihoods, employees who have lost their jobs, farmers who have had their crops washed away, and individuals whose homes are ruined. We have a long recovery ahead of us, and more assistance will be vital. Vermont has always responded to times of great hardship by working together. We will do so again. I thank Secretary LaHood for the quick action and look forward to working with Sens. Leahy and Sanders as well as Gov. Shumlin to make sure the necessary assistance gets to Vermont quickly.’ The emergency funds help pay for the repair and reconstruction of federal highways and bridges that have suffered serious damage as a result of the storm. The funds are for immediate responses to repair storm damage and will not reduce the amount Vermont may ultimately receive if, as expected, President Barack Obama declares a federal disaster in the state.  BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 31 ‘last_img read more

Riders injured in ATV accident

first_imgAURORA, Ind. — An off-road vehicle accident in Aurora injures multiple riders on Wednesday.According to the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, an ATV ran off the roadway and struck a fence and tree before coming to a rest on its side on Union Ridge Road.The riders were transported to and released from the Dearborn County Hospital after treatment of minor injuries.The names were not released.last_img

Bucksport opens wrestling preseason with dual tournament win

first_img Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BUCKSPORT — Every year, Dan Ormsby’s wrestling team manages to wow him. The unofficial start of the 2017-18 season was no different.Up against some of the best teams and individual wrestlers in the state Saturday afternoon, the Bucksport Golden Bucks more than held their own. And when the dust settled, the Bucks walked away with a victory no one saw coming.Bucksport wrestled its way to a first-place finish Saturday at its preseason-opening dual tournament in Dexter. The Golden Bucks topped Foxcroft, Piscataquis and Skowhegan on their own side of the bracket before defeating Camden Hills to claim the championship.“Everybody was ecstatic,” Ormsby said. “I think we expected to go in there and do well, but nobody expected to win it.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe road to the win wasn’t easy. In its first matchup, Bucksport went up against Foxcroft, a Class B powerhouse. The Golden Bucks squeaked out a 36-34 victory, which they followed up with a 36-18 win over Piscataquis to advance to the championship on their side of the bracket.Bucksport’s Hunter Pelletier executes a single-leg takedown during the team’s first preseason tournament Nov. 25 in Dexter. RICK MCHALE PHOTOBucksport then won its bracket with a win over a Skowhegan team that took home third place in Class A in February. A 38-30 win over Camden Hills, another Class A power, gave the team a thrilling tournament win.Ormsby said everybody on the team contributed to the victory, but there was one wrestler in particular who stood out. Foster Ashmore, a senior, proved to be a major factor in the team’s title win with wins over some of the state’s top-ranked wrestlers throughout the course of the tournament.“He was definitely the wrestler of the day for us,” Ormsby said. “He blew us away with how well he did out there. It was a fantastic day for him.”Ormsby attributed the win to his athletes’ hard work in the wrestling room, where he said the walls are “sweating after 45 minutes” every time the team practices. He also credited his assistant coaches, who he said have helped cultivate a winning culture in what’s still a young wrestling program.“I really believe we have one of the best coaching staffs in the state,” Ormsby said. “They get the most out of these kids every time.”Although Ormsby was thrilled with the win, he was quick to stress that the win was still came in a preseason tournament. With the regular still over a week away, many wrestlers have yet to reach their goal weights. Nevertheless, the triumph can still serve as a building block for what he thinks will be a promising season in Bucksport.“I’d say this is one of the most experienced groups we’ve had,” Ormsby said. “I think we’re going to do very well and continue to surprise a lot of people this year.Bucksport closes out the preseason when it hosts the Ryan Detour Memorial Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Biocenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more