State announces $750,000 grant to Swanton for Via Cheese

first_imgVia Cheese, a Swanton-based cheese manufacturer, will receive three-quarters-of-a million dollars from the state to help modernize the former Lucille Farms cheese factory. In a ceremony at the plant Wednesday, Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn announced the $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to the Town of Swanton, which will be loaned to Via Cheese, a manufacturer of mozzarella, provolone, and other products. Additional funding is being provided in the form of a $150,000 loan from the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation. The total project cost is estimated at just over $1 million and work is expected to begin at the plant in the coming months.Via Cheese began operations in October 2006 at the former Lucille Farms facility in Swanton’s industrial park, and will use the funds for capital improvements; repairs and upgrades to increase efficiency; and to bring the plant into compliance with Vermont Department of Agriculture and USDA inspection standards.“These funds will allow Via Cheese to provide enhanced quality control, to improve energy efficiency, and strengthen the company for the future,” Dorn said. “This will assist continuing to keep nearly 50 workers on the job, as well as supporting the local dairy farmers who supply the plant.”“We are very pleased that the town, the state, and the administration of Governor Jim Douglas have stepped up to help as we invest in bringing this facility up to date and implementing our Quality Improvement Plan,” said Via Cheese President Erik Brue. “Via Cheese is committed to Vermont, and this investment demonstrates Vermont’s commitment to our success.”“High volume dairy manufacturers such as Via Cheese are a significant contributor to the dairy industry and Vermont’s overall economy,” Dorn said.The Community Development Block Grant was approved by the Vermont Community Development Board, and the program is administered by the Vermont Community Development Program, part of the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing, and Community Development.“These grants are an important element of not only creating much-needed affordable housing, but of revitalizing our economy,” Dorn said. “This is especially true here in Franklin County.”The Governor praised the work of local officials and private partners as well as the dedication of the staff at the Department of Housing and Community Affairs who work in the Vermont Community Development Program.The Agency awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Secretary Dorn.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external) Source: Governor’s Office. August 12, 2009. -30-last_img read more

CDC Confirms Person-to-Person Spread of New Coronavirus in the United States

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread between two people in the United States, representing the first instance of person-to-person spread with this new virus here.Previously, all confirmed U.S. cases had been associated with travel to Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. However, this latest 2019-nCoV patient has no history of travel to Wuhan, but shared a household with the patient diagnosed with 2019-nCoV infection on January 21, 2020.Recognizing early on that the 2019-nCoV could potentially spread between people, CDC has been working closely with state and local partners to identify close contacts of confirmed 2019-nCoV cases. Public health officials identified this Illinois resident through contact tracing. Both patients are in stable condition.“Given what we’ve seen in China and other countries with the novel coronavirus, CDC experts have expected some person-to-person spread in the US,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.  “We understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, we still believe the immediate risk to the American public is low.”Limited person-to-person spread with 2019-nCoV has been seen among close contacts of infected travelers in other countries where imported cases from China have been detected. The full picture of how easily and sustainably the 2019-nCoV spreads is still unclear. Person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum, with some viruses being highly contagious (like measles) and other viruses being less so.MERS and SARS, the other two coronaviruses that have emerged to cause serious illness in people, have been known to cause some person-to-person spread. With both those viruses, person-to-person spread most often occurred between close contacts, such as healthcare workers and those caring for or living with an infected person. CDC has been proactively preparing for the introduction of 2019-nCoV in the U.S. for weeks, including:First alerting clinicians on January 8 to be on the look-out for patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of travel to Wuhan, China.Developing guidance for preventing 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from spreading to others in homes and communities.Developing guidance for clinicians for testing and management of 2019-nCoV, as well as guidance for infection control of patients hospitalized or being evaluated by a health care provider.CDC is working closely with Illinois health officials and other local partners. A CDC team has been on the ground since the first 2019-nCoV-positive case was identified and is supporting an ongoing investigation to determine whether further spread with this virus has occurred.It is likely there will be more cases of 2019-nCoV reported in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks, including more person-to-person spread. CDC will continue to update the public as we learn more about this coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading widely in the United States, so CDC deems the immediate risk from this virus to the general public to be low. However, risk is dependent on exposure, and people who are in contact with people with 2019-nCoV are likely to be at greater risk of infection and should take the precautions outlined in CDC’s guidance for preventing spread in homes and communities.For the general public, no additional precautions are recommended at this time beyond the simple daily precautions that everyone should always take. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.last_img read more

Sudamericana title given to Chapecoense plane crash team

first_imgAsuncion, Paraguay | AFP | South American football confederation CONMEBOL agreed Monday to award the Copa Sudamericana to Brazilian club Chapecoense, whose team was wiped out in a plane crash while heading to the final.“CONMEBOL awards the title for the 2016 Copa Sudamericana championship to Chapecoense,” including the $2.0 million in prize money, the confederation said in a statement.The unsung club was having a fairy tale season until the charter plane flying it to the biggest match in its history ran out of fuel and smashed into the mountains in northwestern Colombia a week ago, killing 71 people.The side was heading to play the first leg of the final against Colombian club Atletico Nacional in the city of Medellin. Share on: WhatsApp Nacional responded to the crash by calling for Chapecoense to be granted the Copa Sudamericana, the second highest club football title in South America.The confederation said it had heeded Nacional’s request in deciding to hand the title to Chapecoense.It awarded Nacional its CONMEBOL Centenary Fair Play award.“There is no greater demonstration of the spirit of understanding and fair play… than the consideration and respect shown by Atletico Nacional to its brothers in Chapecoense Football Club,” the statement said.The small Brazilian city of Chapeco held a massive funeral on Saturday for its team after the victims’ coffins arrived home, each draped in the club’s green and white flag.A minute’s silence for the team was scheduled to be held before every Champions League and Europa League game this week.last_img read more

Death toll from vaping rises to 22

first_imgThe CDC is reporting that the death toll stands at 22 people in 15 states from vaping.The grocery store chain Kroger will no longer sell the product at any of their locations as the CDC investigates thousands of illnesses and lung damage in the nation.A new study says exposure to nicotine from e-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer.Researchers at New York University found that vaping causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, concluding it is likely “very harmful” to people as well.The study funded by the National Institutes of Health is the first to link cancer to vaping definitively.The amount of smoke the mice were exposed to was similar to a person who’s vaped for about three to six years.last_img

City League Roundup…Perry knocks off Allderdice in final seconds

first_img“Allderdice is a big, strong team,” Perry head coach Marco Corona said. “They played into our strengths as we are a quicker and faster team. We endured and persevered throughout and that is the main thing that led us to a win.”The Dragons were led by Ishmail Swain with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Justin Dobbs and Ben Mickens each added 12 points. “Our slogan on this team is “HAWK-D,” said Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald. “One thing that I can complement our team on is our aggressive intensity on defense and I just like their hard work on each transition. But my hat goes off to Perry. They played like the defending champs that they are.”Perry was down by 10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before they mounted a comeback led by Harrington. Their junior point guard, Marcus Smith, was slowed down by back spasms and as a result, was held scoreless. He is among the team leaders in scoring this season, averaging more than 17 points a game.Oliver 55, Gateway 45The Bears took care of business against quad-A giant Gateway Jan. 31 at the Pittsburgh Basketball Classic on the campus of Robert Morris University. They have established themselves as one of the teams to beat in the City as they hold the second-best overall and conference records in the league.“We were down two at the half and we wanted to come out and step up things in the second half,” said Oliver head coach Carey White. “That’s what we did. We came out in that second half and started executing. Our defense started taking over and we started to force them into making bad decisions on offense.”Oliver’s senior guard Evan Schell led the way for the Bears with 26 points, including a game-high 7  from behind the arc. Delvon Murray helped the cause with 12 and Phil Ferguson added 11.They made 10 of 13 foul shots in the game, all coming in the fourth quarter.“When it came down to it, we were able to hit the big shots,” said White. “I can’t say enough about our team’s confidence going down the stretch, which makes me excited about what I saw out there.”Craig Banks and Tyler Scott each had 11 points to lead Gateway.Other results:Jan. 26Allderdice 62, Schenley 50Top scorers: (S) Brandon Johnson, 13; Walter Tyler, 12; (A) Justin Dobbs, 16; Brandon McClester, 15; Ben Mickens, 14Carrick 53, Peabody 41Top scorers: (P) Adeneyi Oshoko, 9; (C) Jordan Wilson, 17; Travis Lewis, 13; Rasheed McKamey, 12.Oliver 70, Langley 40Top scorers: (O) Evan Schell, 15; Phil Ferguson, 12; (L) Ronald Carson, 9; Jason McGinnis, 9.Perry 71, Brashear 62Top scorers: (P) Daryl Harrington, 26; Marcus Smith, 16; (B) Henri Chatman, 21; Todd Brown, 15; Elijah Peterson, 13Jan. 29Schenley 92, Westinghouse 59Top scorers: (W) Marcus Falls, 29; Isaiah Naylor, 12; (S) Brandon Johnson, 31; Alonzo Murphy, 14; Camerin Nesbit, 12; Arthur Smith, 12; Mike Robinson, 10Peabody 64, Brashear 53High scorers (B) Henri Chatman, 30; (P) Sharod Green, 17; Adeneyi Oshoko, 16; Marzell Baskins, 10; Rudy Freeman, 10Boys StandingsTeam     Conf.     OverallPerry     10-0        14-1Oliver      8-2        11-4Allderdice      7-3        10-5Peabody      5-5        5-10Westinghouse      4-6        7-9Carrick      4-6        7-9Schenley      4-6        6-9Brashear      2-8        2-13Langley      0-9        0-14Upcoming GamesFeb. 53:15 p.m., Carrick at Perry7:30 p.m., Brashear at Schenley, Allderdice at Westinghouse, Langley at PeabodyWestinghouse girls stillholding on strongAs for the girls, the Lady Bulldogs of Westinghouse are still holding their own and are looking to be a prime target for defeat in the league, going down the stretch. They are cruising right now and are currently on a seven-game winning streak. They are also tied with Allderdice and Perry with eight conference wins.Their only loss in the City was to Allderdice back on Jan. 5 at home.“We understand that everything is equal this year,” said Westinghouse head coach Phyllis Jones. “One thing we are doing that is good is we’re keeping focused. We understand that there is a prize at the end of this in which we have to obtain before it’s all said and done.”Perry still holds the third place spot in the City.ResultsJan. 26Allderdice 55, Schenley 36Top scorers: (A) Janay Bottoms, 20; Lanise Saunders, 13; (S) London McCoy, 13Carrick 50, Peabody 37Top scorers: (C) Angel Gould, 19; Megan  Ziegler, 14; (P) Semaj Pamplin, 22Perry 60, Brashear 46Top scorers: (B) Nautica Buchanan, 13; Antwanette Williams, 10; (P) Dashawna Carey, 23; Marritta Gillcrease, 16; Chelsey Anderson, 10Jan. 29Brashear 69, Peabody 23Top scorers: (P)  Terrah Moore, 8; (B) Nautica Buchanan, 18; Nyasia Middleton, 17; Ashley Albright, 17Carrick 44, Oliver 13Top scorers: (O) Tay’Rah Scott, 11; (C) Angel Gould, 15Perry 53, Allderdice 46Top scorers: (P) Marritta Gillcrease, 17; Ashia Regan, 16; DaShawna Carey, 11; (A) Janay Bottoms, 16; DaJai Beasley, 14; Lanise Saunders, 10Westinghouse 46, Schenley 39Top scorers: (S) London McCoy, 15; Chaunice Lightfoot, 11Girls StandingsTeam    Conf.    OverallWestinghouse     8-1       11-3Allderdice     8-2       11-4Perry     8-2       8-8Brashear     6-4       7-8Schenley     5-5       6-9Carrick     5-5       5-8Langley     3-6       4-7Oliver     1-9        1-14Peabody     0-10       0-15Upcoming GamesFeb. 53:15 p.m., Peabody at Langley, Perry at  Carrick, Schenley at  Brashear7:30 p.m., Westinghouse at Allderdice Harrington finished with a game-high 23 points. He also hit  9 consecutive shots from the line, only missing on his very first attempt. James Bulls helped out things with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Greg McGhee also came through for Perry with 12 points. Perry continues to shock its opponents with another last-second victory, most recently at home over Allderdice Jan. 29 to stay undefeated in City League play.Two foul shots by Perry’s Daryl Harrington with five seconds left was the difference and helped the Commodores to a 59-58 victory.“I wasn’t nervous,” said Harrington. “I’d been in the same predicament in the past, but I didn’t have the same results. I was determined that this time and times in the future would turn out differently.”center_img MR. CLUTCH— Daryl Harrington hit two free throws with five seconds left to give Perry a 59-58 win over Allderdice Jan. 29. Harrington led Perry in scoring with 23 points as the Commodores remained undefeated in City League play. last_img read more

Get Thurston County Fair Passes Now and Save

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Fair OfficeWant to buy your admission passes and carnival ride armbands in advance of the Thurston County Fair for discount prices but can’t make it to the fair office? You can now purchase them online at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org!What: Discount Advance Purchase Fair Passes & Carnival Ride ArmbandsFair Season Pass – $10 to $21One-day unlimited carnival rides armband advance purchase — $25Children ages five and under are always FREE!When: On sale now through Tuesday, July 31, 2018 for carnival armbands and season passes or Sunday, August 5, 2018 for daily admissionWhere: Online at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org or at the Thurston County Fair Office at 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey, 98503Get the biggest savings with your advance purchase of carnival ride armbands for only $25 each—that’s $5 off the regular price! Carnival armbands are good for unlimited carnival rides for one day during the 2018 fair that runs Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5.Season passes are also a bargain at 40 percent off the full price daily admission rate. Remember, admission for children five years old and younger is always free!For even more savings, bring your carnival armband on August 1, for “One Buck Wednesday.” All adult, youth, and senior admission prices are just $1 with a non-perishable food donation per person to the Thurston County Food Bank. Doors open at 10 a.m. on One Buck Wednesday. Be sure to check out all of the One Buck Wednesday specials, including one buck food specials.Kid’s Day is Thursday, August 2, when all admission tickets for kids 6 to 14 years old are just $2 when purchased at the gate. August 2, is also Buddy Day when you can get two carnival armbands for $30 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase. You cannot advance purchase for the Buddy Day special.Friday, August 3, is Military Appreciation Day at the fair, where admission tickets are $2 at the gate when fairgoers present their military ID.To learn more about 2018 fair events, entertainment, and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at 360-786-5453 or visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.“Have a ‘Egg-citing time at the Thurston County Fair!”August 1-5, 2018last_img read more

New Bids Required For Planned Monmouth Beach School Addition

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan MONMOUTH BEACH – The Monmouth Beach Board of Education will seek new bids this month for the construction of an all-purpose room after the bids received last week did not match the amount the board had set.Linda Considine, the interim business administrator for the district, said Tuesday that the lowest bid received last week for the project was $1.579 million, while the target set for the project was $1.30 million.The funds for the project will come from capital reserve, Superintendent Michael Ettore said Monday. The district, he said, has the funds because the school had no operating costs for a period of eight months following Super Storm Sandy, when students went to Oceanport, West Long Branch and Shore Regional High School.“We don’t need to ask the public for a nickel” to build the addition to the school, Ettore said.There are 250 students in the school, he said.In a presentation to the school board in 2015, Board President Kirk Ruoff said that in addition to the savings from the school closing for Sandy, a roof project, estimated to cost around $850,000, had instead come in at $370,000. The district, he said, had always transferred other small amounts to capital reserve and, counting in the savings from the period following Sandy and the lower costs than expected of the roof, there was approximately $1,700,000 in the district’s capital reserve account.After a feasibility study and input from the community, the administration and the PTO, the decision was made to build a multi-purpose room “for lunch, instructional use and community use,” he said, according to the minutes.Ettore said that the tables for lunch, which is now in the gym, had to be stored in that room which created a safety issue. He said when the tables were not in use they were behind mats and cut down on the space in the gym used for indoor activity.Not using the gym for lunch would also add instructional time there, he said, since now in the period before and after lunch it cannot be used while the tables are being set up and taken down.The proposal, as presented for bids by architects Kellenyi, Johnson, Wagner Architects, Red Bank, is listed on Construction Journal, a web site for contractors.It described the project as a 3,338-square-foot addition to the school to be built on the southeast corner of the existing building, with steps and a handicapped ramp where an existing playground, to be moved, now stands. A ramped hallway would connect the addition to the existing school.Asked how the community was informed about the plans for the addition, Ruoff said that the plans had been discussed for a long time at school board meetings and at PTO meetings.“Nobody ever shows up” for the school board meetings he said. “I guess they’re happy with how we are running things.”“I have not heard of that,” said Dona Zabe, whose twins are in the eighth grade at the school, when asked about the plan for the addition. She said she had not been aware of any problems with having lunch in the gym.Zabe said she didn’t see adding the new lunch room as an issue. “Go for it,” she said.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Lion’s Club

first_imgMembers of the Nelson Lion’s Club staged its annual Firewood Sale fundraiser near the older CPR station recently.Mallard’s Source for sports wants to applaud the members for a job well done and its continued support of the Nelson community.The members of the club helping the fundraising cause included Klaus Rachdorf, Travis Naaken, John O’Neil, Arnie Erickson, Micah Polipishen, Trent Nash and Hope McRae.last_img

KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER NYQUIST RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA; BRILLIANT SON OF UNCLE MO TO ARRIVE AT TRAINER O’NEILL’S BARN AT APROXIMATELY 6 P.M. PDT

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2016)–Undefeated through victories in both the Florida and Kentucky Derbies prior to tasting defeat for the first time in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Nyquist is scheduled to return to O’Neill’s Barn 88 at Santa Anita at approximately 6:30 p.m. PDT.Ensconced at Pimlico Race Course just outside Baltimore since the Grade I Preakness, Nyquist, who’s flight was delayed by one hour this morning, left Baltimore at 12 noon EDT. His flight touched down briefly in Lexington, Ky., and is currently en route, along with his regular groom Elias Anaya, to nearby LA/Ontario International Airport, which is located 33 miles east of Santa Anita.Owned by J. Paul Reddam, last year’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male, Nyquist, who became the fourth Southern California or Santa Anita-based horse to win the Kentucky Derby in the last five years, ended up a gallant third, beaten 3 ½ lengths by 2016 Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator in the Preakness. The Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo now has eight wins from nine overall starts and has earnings of $5,119,200.Although immediate plans for Nyquist have not been announced, his ultimate objective this year is the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, to be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.last_img read more

‘Hard Knocks’ teaser: ‘We don’t play with Roethlisberger no more’

first_imgHBO and NFL Films just keep dropping little bread crumbs — hoping they lead us to the premiere of “Hard Knocks:” Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” tonight.Are you in?A few days ago, there was that clever remake of the iconic poem, “The Autumn Wind Is a Raider.” And now comes a short sneak peek that features a sequence with three of wide receiver Antonio Brown’s adorable children.The kids, of course, want to know why Daddy is not out running on the practice field (Brown has been …last_img