first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is continuing to protect the roads from flooding effects, particularly around Lake Champlain and the Islands. While lake levels have crested and are beginning to recede, strong winds from the north are now continuing to affect some roads.  VTrans is monitoring the situation, and taking immediate action when needed to shore up the roads affected.  Traffic controls are also in place to assist construction vehicles for road improvement operations that continue throughout the day in some areas.  Delays can be expected along Route 2 between Milton and the Islands.  Travelers are cautioned to please drive slowly and, if possible, to avoid the area during commuting times.  Road work is expected to continue throughout the area until at least Wednesday. Road Updates as of Monday, 4 pm: Ongoing Areas of Concern: Route 2 / Sandbar / Causeway:   Water is still over the road surface (up to 6 inches in some areas), and travel is slow.  VTrans has completed installation of jersey barriers which are intended to delineate the edge of the roadway and keep debris out of the travel way.  Crews have armored the south side of the causeway with large stone and are currently working on armoring the north side of the causeway.  Crews expect to be done with armoring the causeway by Wednesday. Route 2 / City Bay  and Carry Bay:  Crews have worked to armor portions of the banks with large stone.  Armoring work is complete for now, but is being monitored. Route 2 / Alburgh-North Hero Bridge / ‘Mother’s Bend’:  Crews have worked to armor portions of the banks with large stone.  Armoring work is complete for now, but is being monitored. Route 2 / Just north of Alburgh-North Hero Bridge:  Crews have installed jersey barrier and built up the roadbed with crushed stone.  The work is done, and the area is being monitored. Route 78 / Swanton:  Crews continue to armor the banks with large stone, and build berms to keep debris out of the road.  Crews expect to be done with the armoring by Wednesday.  Delineators have been installed to define the edge of the roadway.  Road is now clear of water. Route 129 / Ilse La Motte:  Traffic down to one lane as crews continue to armor the causeway with large stone, and build berms to keep debris out of the road.  Crews expect to be done with the armoring by Wednesday.  Areas with water over the road are being constantly monitored. Travelers should proceed with caution. Route 17 in Chimney Point (previously closed) remains open. I-89 Southbound in Milton reduced to one-lane traffic due to instability of the right lane. Route 118 between Montgomery and Belvidere is down to one lane in  multiple locations. These are extended events that will last until further notice. Route 122 in Lyndon, between the Interstate and Wheelock Road, is down to one lane due to slope failure.  This will be an extended event that will last until further notice. Route 114 between Canaan and Island Pond, through Norton, is down to one lane in several areas due to multiple slope failures. State Road Closures: Route 7 / Highgate / ‘Tyler Place’:   Closed due to flooding and debris.  Area is being monitored and we anticipate being able to open the road later in the week. Route 36 in St. Albans, between Georgia Shore Road and McQuam Road, is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. We anticipate an extended closure. Route 125 near Chimney Point is closed approximately 13 miles west of Middlebury.  Smugglers Notch, Jeffersonville to Stowe, remains closed, weather pending. Note that the Chimney Point and Grand Isle ferries are still running on schedule.last_img read more

first_imgEditorial: Pennsylvania Should Stay the Clean-Energy Course FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the (Scranton) Times-Tribune:Some state legislators can’t or won’t come to grips with the reality that coal is not the fuel of the 21st century.Like all states, Pennsylvania is required to devise a Clean Power Plan in accordance with new federal regulations. The Wolf administration is doing so as federal appeals courts deal with challenges to the regulations.The federal standard calls for Pennsylvania to reduce carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 32 percent by 2030, with measurable progress by 2022. How to achieve that goal is up to the state.That inevitably means reduced use of coal to produce electricity — a movement that already is well underway and will continue because of market forces rather than regulations. Pennsylvania utilities already have shuttered a half dozen coal-burning plants while converting others to natural gas, which produces less than half as much carbon pollution as coal for comparable amounts of energy. Other coal plants are being converted to gas, and renewable fuels also are on the rise.But some legislators want to defy market forces and delay implementation of the Clean Power Plan and improved drilling regulations making gas production as environmentally sound as possible.One bill would delay the Clean Power Plan by at least a year. Another would, in effect, restart a regulatory process regarding new gas-drilling regulations that has been underway for years. A third bill would create a self-perpetuating loop under which legislators could block any regulation that they don’t like. Another bill would allow certain industrial entities to opt out of state-mandated energy-efficiency programs.Mr. Wolf should veto any legislation that slows the state’s progress toward a cleaner energy and sounder environmental future.Stop fighting clean energylast_img read more

first_imgWe watched their music videos: guitar licks, tight pants and bravado. We wept to power ballads as we raised our lighters. We felt the noize and banged our heads.Little did we know, those screaming songsters had more to teach us than how many inches hair can add to one’s height.  Put the needle on the record and read on for some marketing tips just for credit unions, inspired by heavy metal music.No One Like You (Scorpions)Differentiate. Credit unions are not the same as traditional financial institutions. Educate people how we’re different and why that’s good.But keep it positive. Instead of pointing out negative bank practices that credit unions don’t do, focus on why credit unions are the right choice. For instance, credit unions are not-for-profit. We reinvest profits to benefit members, who are also our owners. Our mantra “people helping people” is a testament to how we focus on members. We’re local but national all at once.You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (Judas Priest) Our industry and our world can expect the wind of change to blow without a break for the foreseeable future. The tools available to help reach certain audiences, and measure a campaign’s data, are constantly evolving, becoming ever more customizable and powerful. Adaptability to new market environments and new technologies is important.Keep content optimized for each delivery method. Evaluate appropriate avenues for delivering messages to audiences. You wouldn’t advertise studded leather jackets on the Gramophone site. Likewise, reaching millennials will require different tactics than if you were trying to reach retirees. Consider investing in outside help to harness available digital marketing capabilities, educate your department on how they can best serve your purposes and let you plan for future innovations.Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)The six most groan-inducing words at a rock concert just might be “here’s something from our new album.” Old hits are crowd-pleasers, and it’s okay to keep using what works.  At the same time, you don’t want to be that classic rock station with the tired playlist. Keep it fresh and think beyond what’s always been done.Great performers read the audience and adjust plans for the biggest impact. Likewise, analytics are an awesome tool. Use them to see what campaign elements work and are worth replicating. Eliminate what didn’t work and move on. A mullet can be fixed with a few snips.And go ahead and rehash an idea from past experience, inspiration boards or such. Just be sure to tailor it to your audience and your purpose, and make it yours.Photograph (Def Leppard)We live in a visual age. Sadly for us writers, images are the lead singer of modern marketing. They grab attention, draw people in and make audiences want to see more or scroll on by. Visually-based social media platforms show no signs of ebbing.Make sure your images, graphics and videos are top-quality, communicate what you want and support your brand. Remember, too, that you may have only a fraction of a second to convey your message. Make the image easy to decipher quickly.And be very selective using stock images. That grinning fellow from your mortgage post looks great, but there he is on a blog about communicable diseases. Bad Medicine, indeed.I Remember You (Skid Row)Lots of people aren’t currently looking to switch financial institutions or sign up with an additional one, but they may at some point. Who will make their short list?To be top of mind for potential members, we need to earn space in their memory.  And what we pour into that space ought to be relevant to their needs.  Define the audiences you want to reach, and for each one, formulate a marketing strategy aligned with your organization’s business strategy.Depending on the audience, marketing campaigns may need to look beyond rates or short-term reward incentives to make a lasting impression; a prospective member can find competitive offers in a few keyboard strokes.The CUNA messaging guide is a great resource for creating an awareness campaign’s content.One bonus tip: rock bands need to work together to be successful onstage. The same is true for marketing departments. Utilize the various perspectives and skills of your department to produce the best result. And when you need to get outside input, either from other departments or outside your organization, have at it.Now that you’re energized by these tips, go forth and use them to produce marketing campaigns that rock. Just leave the painted-on pants at home. Please. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cynthia Kolko Cynthia Kolko manages community involvement and public relations activities for The Summit Federal Credit Union, which serves members across Western and Central New York. She is also The Summit’s copywriter, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy oppose those who are doing goodIt’s sad how little compassion and understanding people have when they are bothered by something that’s very monochromatic, no shades of gray.“I don’t like it, fix it,” then,“Look, all these people agree with me.” It’s a very cookie-cutter situation and the result can go either way depending on the facts, how truly wrong it is and who is the ultimate decision maker. A guy buys a house and a while later realizes that his neighbor is a cat lady. Personal differences aside, they never tried resolving the feud. He judged her, acquired back-up testimonials and wants to destroy something he sees as wrong.She chose to be a guardian of wayward animals (like the stolen bunny she found), educates on disease and is a conduit for healing, vaccinating, testing and neutering/spaying of animals. She stays up all-night as a hospice nurse to those facing their end, or she is out trapping in the middle of nowhere. She’s bringing kitties to get “fixed” and vaccinated so they can be adopted. She’s vetting adopters so the animals go to proper homes.He wants to stop a much needed resource for this area and beyond. The neighborhood is being helped by having someone maintain the population and limit the diseases that inhabit it far more than they are disturbing it. We are a cat rescue. But I assure you, we love all God’s creatures and want a way to continue our mission by being a voice for the voiceless.Derek JonesSchenectady Warn kids about the dangers of vapingI would like to give my opinion about this latest vaping accident.It doesn’t matter if it’s cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaping or e-cigarettes. They all lead to cancer. If you have a smart girl or boy, tell them it’s no good. It doesn’t matter if it comes in different flavors; you still could get lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, etc.Steven GoldbergSchenectadyNew plates should reflect entire stateWho designed the new license plates for New York? Why is everything always about downstate?Why no picture of the capitol in Albany or Lake George or Plattsburgh Air Force Base?And a picture of the Mario Cuomo bridge? Really? Who selected that?Even when I travel, I always have to say I am from upstate New York or people assume you mean New York City — like we up here aren’t part of New York.Jacquelyn LotanoGlenvilleGrateful for care and kindness to brotherI would like to thank the staff at Ellis Hospital for the great care of my brother, who is a person who is I/DD. The care was excellent. The patience that the staff showed was just outstanding. The staff on A-6 was just marvelous. My brother at times can be very difficult but the staff was just so understanding.I would also like to thank Schenectady ARC who sent a staff person to be with my brother 24/7. If you need a reason to join an organization that helps individuals with I/DD, this is just one of many. Angelo DeFelippoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 367 weeks ago “He said there are several things that need to be worked out with the city of Wellington”. Such as? Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Gator · 367 weeks ago I’ll be there Saturday morning. GO HEAT!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down nahf · 367 weeks ago How about lights on 9th street so all the boys of summer get to play as much as the heat. One year is not much of a commitment. Where is the long term deal? We ask that of any new business. What is the difference with this. Seems this team always moves when its time to pony up. Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Thoughts so good · 367 weeks ago Seems odd to me that Twymn doesnt want to giv Wellington more than a 1 yr commitment. This team seems to be on the move alot more than the other NBC teams. What exactly does he want from Wellington. Are they not using Sellers Park for free? it doesnt seem to add up. Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down LMAO · 366 weeks ago I know lets put a sign out front “Long term deal for baseball team coming soon” that seems to be the norm for Wellington. Report Reply 2 replies · active 366 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 366 weeks ago Perhaps there is a non-concur of some sort between the city (Gus) and the Team. That would not surprise me, nor would it surprise me if it has to do with concessions, taxes, or any number of “what’s in it for me/us” issues. I would be a shame to lose the one good thing that’s come here in a long time, a lot of people went to a lot of games and this town needed a wholesome activity for summer eves. Working to keep the Heat here would be a wise move on the city’s part. Report Reply 3 replies · active 366 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down nahf · 366 weeks ago I think the heat here could be a great thing as long as it is just not a take take take thing. Wellington has had baseball for years. Kind of lost that wholesome thing when hibbs hooten became coors field with all the banners and the beer garden. Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down nodefhf · 366 weeks ago cheers!!! to nahf maybe you are smarter than alot of people in this town without a doubt , Im sure. Lets just say we will give Twyman 1 more year, what do you say?? Report Reply 1 reply · active 366 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 366 weeks ago They need to have the rec run their concession stand. Cathy Shuck works her butt off and could run circles around the Heat concession workers. Nobody likes to wait in lines and thats all you did at Heat games. Report Reply 1 reply · active 366 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Darin Goodrum · 366 weeks ago Nahf I figure that stands for not a heat fan? Correct. How many games did you go to this year? This is a great thing for Wellington we had 30 kids here all summer they all had great things to say about wellington. It costs a lot of money to run one of these teams. Minimum amount is 60,000. They take 3 league road trips that cost about 5 to 6 thousand each. They sell concessions cheaper than any other event. Beer was $3.00 for a 16oz beer that is double that at Lawrence dumont. We hosted 2 kids and they were very grateful to be here. I know %90 of host families loved it. Don’t bash it unless you are willing to step up and help bring something better to town. The sales tax revenue from the teams staying in our dump hotels and eating in our restaurants probably paid for what was spent on the heat Give them a chance. This was a great thing for wellington. Was it perfect no. Do things need to be improved, yes the city and the community know that. Wellington should be glad to have them Report Reply 0 replies · active 366 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Heat wrapped up its first season at Sellers Park Wednesday night with a 3-0 win over the Casa Grande Cotton Kings in Arizona. Rick Twyman, owner/coach of the Heat, also announced the Heat will be back for at least one more season.“I listen to what the players say to one another and they really love the town,” Twyman said. “It’s been a really good experience.”Twyman, though, would not commit more than next year. He said there are several things that need to be worked out with the city of Wellington in the future before he can make a long-term commitment. “They are wanting a long-term deal and right now I’m looking at a yearly deal,” Twyman said. “We’ll look at all that during the off season.”For the time being, the Heat have more pressing issues – like the 79th Annual NBC World Series in Wichita at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on 300 S. Sycamore in Wichita…•••••What’s aheadThe Wellington Heat makes their debut against the Colorado Sox. Game time is… 1 a.m. Saturday. No, that isn’t a Sumner Newscow misprint.The Heat will be part of the annual “Round the Clock of baseball” – an annual promotion for the NBC World Series.It will be the first game in what the Heat hope will be a long ride in Wichita (see bracket here: The Series goes through Aug. 10.If Wellington wins in the middle of the night Saturday, then it will more than likely play the Santa Barbara Calif. Foresters, who are the defending NBC World Series Champions on Sunday.“It’s better to play them very early in the tournament than later on,” Twyman said.The 2013 NBC World Series is divided into two brackets. The first bracket was called the “First Week” bracket which is still being played. That contained the lower 16 of 30 teams who qualified for the big show. The El Dorado Broncos won that bracket but a runner-up game is still needed to be played. The Wellington Heat, though, automatically qualified in the “Championship Week” bracket thus not needing to play the first week. The top two teams in the Jayhawk League got automatic berths. The Hays Larks won the Jayhawk League with a 22-10 record. The Heat came in second with a 20-13 record.Starting Friday night with Round the Clock baseball, the tournament will be double elimination until the top six teams are determined. Then there will be a series of brackets played August 8-10 to determine the 2013 NBC World Series champion.••••The analysisIt turned out to be a pretty good season for the Heat despite the shaky start, now just one of three Jayhawk teams still playing.“I think we have won 17 of our last 21 games, and that is not bad,” Twyman said. “As long as we swing the bats, we’ll be just fine.”The Heat has some good numbers to bring in the tournament. One telling stat Twyman thinks will be beneficial to the Heat are the number of strikeouts.“I think we have had 1,500 at bats, and have had just 158 strikeouts,” Twyman said. “Our boys don’t strikeout. That doesn’t make a lot of difference here at Sellers but you get up there on that turf and it is huge.”Wellington has hit .298 as a team. Joe Williams of Sterling College and Nick Billinger of Regis University finished as the No. 1 and No. 4 offensive leaders in the Jayhawk. Williams hitting average was .406 and Billinger at .357.“The first guy I met in Wellington was Jud Mitchell,” Twyman said. “He told me the town is hungry for a winner. I hope to do that.” Wellington opened with huge crowds and a quick start its first week. But the Major League Baseball draft hit the Heat hard and the team fell below .500. Hays would establish a lead in the Jayhawk League and never relinquished it. However, in July, the Heat would rally to finish second and secure a Championship Week berth in the NBC Tournament. “I think it was June 25 or something like that when I had a ‘come to Jesus’ talk with my team,” Twyman said. “Since that point we have been doing much, much better.”last_img read more