VEDA approves $10.2 million in financing

first_img$10.2 MILLION IN PROJECT FINANCING APPROVED BY VERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITYJune 9, 2008Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved $10.2 million in economic development financing for projects totaling $21.8 million.”In addition to the Authority’s ongoing support of Vermont agricultural initiatives, VEDA is pleased this round to provide financing support to several exciting educational, recreational, and downtown development projects throughout the state,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer.Approved for financing assistance are:Thetford Academy, Thetford – Final approval was given to issuance of $6 million in industrial revenue bonds to support a comprehensive $7.9 million dollar campus construction and renovation project at Thetford Academy. Mascoma Savings Bank has agreed to participate in the project financing, which will add a new gymnasium and make major renovations of the current gym into a theater and cafeteria. The Academy’s science and agriculture building will be significantly renovated and updated to utilize current science technology curriculum. Established in 1819, Thetford Academy is Vermont’s oldest continuously operating secondary school, serving students from Thetford and surrounding towns.Jay Peak, Inc. and Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts, Inc., Jay – $800,000 in financing was approved as part of a $2 million project to replace the track cables for Jay Peak’s aerial tram, originally installed in 1967, and to substantially reconstruct the summit station. Jay Peak and the resort’s parent corporation, Montreal-based Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts, plan to replace the 7000-foot long cables for their European-style aerial tram, the only one of its type in Vermont and one of the few in the Northeast. Jay Peak is known for receiving more natural snowfall than any other ski area in the Northeast. Construction is expected to be completed prior to this year’s foliage season.Railroad Row, LLC, Hartford – VEDA approved $270,000 in financing to support the final phase of a comprehensive downtown White River Junction reconstruction project that began several years ago. In Phase III of the project, developers Railroad Row, LLC will build a four-story, mixed-use building with 15,435 square feet of leasable space. Resource Systems Group (RSG), a transportation, environmental and market research consulting firm with offices in three states, maintains its headquarters in 85% of the Phase I project space, and will further expand into the space under construction in Phase III. The firm has 62 employees, a number expected to grow to 71 within three years of the project. RSG’s and other tenant commitments for Phase III put total leased space at the new facility at 76%. The project’s two completed buildings have been 100% occupied since 2006. Kane Architecture of East Hardwick are architects on the project. Total Phase III project costs are $3.3 million, and Mascoma Bank is also a participating lender.VEDA also agreed to insure a portion of two working capital lines of credit for two well-known Vermont sportswear companies. These included a Chittenden Bank line of credit to Juno Rising, Inc., doing business as Isis in Burlington and a Mascoma Savings Bank line of credit to Black Diamond Sportswear in Montpelier.In addition, close to $1.6 million in farm ownership and operating loans were approved through the Authority’s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation, and $209,000 in Vermont 504 Loan Program financing was approved for a real estate development project.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit is external) or call 802-828-5627.- end –last_img read more

Washington St. looks to end streak vs Washington

first_imgFAB FRESHMEN: Washington has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Nahziah Carter and Hameir Wright have combined to account for 67 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 63 percent of all Huskies points over the last five games.EXCELLENT ELLEBY: CJ Elleby has connected on 34 percent of the 188 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 15 of 42 over his last five games. He’s also converted 81.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Washington State is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 14-6 when scoring at least 62.COLD SPELL: Washington State has lost its last six road games, scoring 63.7 points, while allowing 78.5 per game.DETERMINED DEFENSE: The stout Washington defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 37.7 percent, the seventh-lowest mark in Division I. Washington State has allowed opponents to shoot 45.3 percent through 28 games (ranking the Cougars 298th).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWashington State (14-14, 5-10) vs. Washington (13-15, 3-12)Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle; Friday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Washington looks to extend Washington State’s conference losing streak to five games. Washington State’s last Pac-12 win came against the Washington Huskies 79-67 on Feb. 9. Washington is coming off an 87-52 win over Cal on Saturday. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img February 27, 2020 Washington St. looks to end streak vs Washingtonlast_img read more

Saturn E-Ring Oxygen Bubble Blown by Enceladus

first_imgFrom a distance, the little moon Enceladus at Saturn looks for all the world like a leaking water balloon.  The Cassini Mission just released a new photo of Enceladus that fits that description well.  The plumes are faintly visible emanating from the south pole of the 300-mile-across moon as it orbits beyond the rings.  A second photo was released July 7; both were taken about 2.4 million miles away from Enceladus, and a third on July 19 with Rhea in the background.    Two years ago, Cassini scientists were puzzled by a surge of oxygen detected in the E-ring as the spacecraft closed in on the planet (see 07/02/2004).  At first they thought some moonlets had collided in the extended, ephemeral ring of micron-sized particles.  It now turns out, according to another Cassini press release June 29, that Enceladus fits the bill as the source.  “We were able to measure the shape of the cloud, estimate the amount of water it contained and the rate it would be destroyed and produce oxygen,” said Larry Esposito, leader of the ultraviolet instrument team.  The little moon puts out a million tons of water.The mystery of the atomic oxygen was solved.  At the same time, its source, the diminutive Enceladus revealed itself to be completely different than the cold, dead icy moon it should have been.  Small as it is, it has an internal heat source and is geologically active.  Its geysers throw out enough water vapor and ice to maintain the moon’s atmosphere, feed the vast E ring, and decompose into clouds of oxygen like the one first spotted by Cassini on its way to Saturn.A third Cassini press release from July 5 said that the E-ring has structure.  There’s an arc of bright material racing around the ring (movie), and two distinct bands of material (see Space Science Institute press release).  Scientists are not sure what is causing these orbital dynamics, but hope to get a closer look at Enceladus on March 12, 2008 when the spacecraft flies within 100 miles of its surface.  There are five distant flybys (25,000 to 70,000 miles) before then.    Cassini was launched on October 15, 1997 and arrived at Saturn seven years later, on July 1, 2004.  Enceladus is sure to be a target of the extended mission that begins July 2008 for three more years, through 2011 – perhaps even longer if all systems continue to function.Enceladus is one of the biggest surprises of the entire highly successful, surprise-laden Cassini mission.  Scientists expected Enceladus would be a highlight, and it sure has fulfilled that prophecy.  What is heating up this little moon?  They have no answer at this time.  The usual suspects (radioactive heating, tidal flexing) fall short by a factor of 10.    More observations will be needed to constrain the variability of the jets.  If the early 2004 output was an unusually large outburst, how often do similar bursts occur?  Pictures at each encounter suggest a continual ejection of a substantial mass of material.  Could Enceladus really have been spouting this much ice for billions of years?  How could a small moon, smaller than other Saturnian moons with no signs of activity, have maintained an internal heat source since its origin up to 2006?  Planetary scientists are attempting to come up with explanations after the fact, but finding a small moon jetting water out of one pole was surely not what their theories – or imaginations – predicted.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Microloans available for small to medium sized farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.“Many producers, especially new and underserved farmers, tell us that access to land is one of the biggest challenges they face in establishing and growing their own farming operation,” Harden said. “USDA is making it easier for new farmers to hit the ground running and get access to the land that they need to establish their farms or improve their property.”The microloan program, which celebrates its third anniversary this year, has been successful, providing more than 16,800 low-interest loans, totaling over $373 million to producers across the country. Microloans have helped farmers and ranchers with operating costs, such as feed, fertilizer, tools, fencing, equipment, and living expenses since 2013. Seventy percent of loans have gone to new farmers.Now, microloans will be available to also help with farm land and building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements. FSA designed the expanded program to simplify the application process, expand eligibility requirements and expedite smaller real estate loans to help farmers strengthen their operations. Microloans provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers, and can be issued to the applicant directly from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).This microloan announcement is another USDA resource for America’s farmers and ranchers to utilize, especially as new and beginning farmers and ranchers look for the assistance they need to get started. To learn more about the FSA microloan program visit, or contact your local FSA office.last_img read more

Paul McCartney Kicks Off Everyone Matters Day Campaign

first_imgAs London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Memphis, Dallas and other cities in the U.S. and the globe get set for the 1st Everyone Matters Day on April 2, Sir Paul McCartney has kicked off the #IAM campaign with his selfie affirming: “I AM A SCOUSER.”Sir Paul McCartney – I am a ScouserCredit/Copyright: Everyone Matters#IAM is about affirming and owning WHO WE ARE, AS WE ARE as part of Everyone Matters, a global campaign bringing together local governments, public figures, organizations, schools and global citizens – advocating for everyone’s right to dignity and respect, and to be allowed to be who they are – without judgment, shame or attack – including ourselves.Sir Paul McCartney is one of the inaugural global figures who has supported the exploding global campaign of dignity and respect, which launched in 2012. The inspirational quote he offered when he joined the campaign was a signature line – “Live and let live” – from his 1973 Wings’ song, “Live and Let Die,” which was used as the theme song of the eponymous James Bond film. “Live and let live” encapsulates the message of Everyone Matters.Paul McCartney – Live and Let LiveCredit/Copyright: Everyone MattersA cultural phenomenon, Everyone Matters has quickly grown through social media and in local communities to a following of 165,000 on Facebook – and a Google search engine footprint of 70 million.An estimated 75 to 100 schools in the U.S. and beyond will have organized “Everyone Matters Day” for 2013-2014 – many on April 2, with such activities as the “I Am!” pride-in-identity PhotoBooth and VideoWall, where students hold up hand-written signs proclaiming anything about themselves they want to affirm; the “24-Hour Challenge” to not judge in thought or action for the entire day; and the “Letting Go of Judgment Tree” or “Act of Kindness Tree,” in which students collectively share names they’ve been called, or called others, and then “let it go,” or record moments of kindness to others.The cities and states participating in the first global “Everyone Matters Day” – – with official proclamations and resolutions commemorating “Everyone Matters Day” and affirming everyone’s right to be who they are, without judgment – are London, Dublin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Washington DC, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Memphis, Portland, Phoenix, Denver and the State of Maine.On April 2, 2014, people from around the world will upload their selfies on social media to affirm anything about themselves that they want to proclaim – from a personality trait, to what they like, where they live, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion. Anything that says who they are, as they are. The concurrent action is #WhyYouMatter and #YouMatter2Me to appreciate and affirm others for who they are.The global leaders who support the humanitarian message of Everyone Matters, and have penned personal statements for the campaign, are: Sir Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, George Clooney, General Colin Powell, Kevin Spacey, Hugh Jackman, Tom Brokaw, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nick Clooney and Nina Clooney, Natalie Portman, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Jeff Skoll, Debra Messing, Mary Tyler Moore, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Bernadette Peters, Christina Aguilera, Deepak Chopra, Dame Judi Dench, Betty White, Fran Drescher and Chris Kluwe.The power – and success – of Everyone Matters is its humanistic, universal yet personal approach. The campaign advocates on behalf of everyone’s right to be who they are, regardless of gender, age, weight, skin color, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical limitations – combined with the intertwined message that affirms pride in identity.Leading organizations supporting Everyone Matters include The Special Olympics, The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Association of American Colleges and Universities, NAACP, National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Museum of Tolerance, Association of American People with Disabilities, National Organization of Women, UN Women National Committee United States, GLAAD, The Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Student Affairs Administrators, Equality Now, National Hispanic Media Coalition, MTV’s ATHIN LINE Campaign, National Partnership for Women & Families, Asian American Justice Center, Network National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.The Everyone Matters campaign was founded by social entrepreneur and journalist HeathCliff Rothman, whose previous social media civic engagement campaign was Film Your Issue (FYI). FYI was an issue-driven short film competition with a stellar roster of media partners and jurists that included then-Senator Barack Obama, Walter Cronkite, George Clooney, Anderson Cooper, Tom Brokaw, Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as YouTube, Microsoft, Yahoo!, MSNBC, MySpace, AOL, MTV and others.last_img read more

4 animals rescued during Lilac Fire remain unclaimed County Dept of Animal

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 19, 2017 4 animals rescued during Lilac Fire remain unclaimed, County Dept. of Animal Services asks owners to come forward Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires Tags: Wildfires December 19, 2017center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — During the chaos of the Lilac Fire, amidst evacuations and unpredictable winds, families got separated from their pets.The San Diego County Department of Animal Services rescued a total of 33 animals and all but four have been reunited with their owners.All of these missing critters are currently at the Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad. It’s located at 2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011. You can call them up at 619-767-2675.This three-year-old male Chihuahua/Terrier was rescued on Dec. 8 and was found on Valle Del Sol in Bonsall.  He is not leash-trained but does love attention. Except for being exposed to the smoke, he was not hurt and the veterinary staff have continued to monitor his condition. The owner has until Dec. 22 to claim the dog, and there are already two adoption holds on this dog.This 10-year-old turkey is named Violet. Some of her feathers were singed in the fire. We know she has an owner, we just need help getting in contact with them. The owner has until Dec. 24 to claim Violet.This three-year-old male Spaniel was found on Via Montellano in Bonsall. He suffered severe but superficial burns on all of his pads and between the pads as well. It could take weeks or possibly months for his paws to completely heal. His owner has until Dec. 24 to claim him.This one-year-old female cat was found in the Rancho Monserate manufactured home community in Fallbrook. She also suffered burnt paws and had her whiskers singed off. Her burn wounds are healing well and she is friendly and soliciting attention. The owner has until Dec. 24 to claim the cat. KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more