$1.3 million granted to Vermont schools for safety projects

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation today announced that 22 schools received a total of $1.3 million in Infrastructure Awards through the Agency’s Safe Routes to School program.Safe Routes to School is a federally funded safety program that is administered through VTrans. The program, which supplies money for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, has a goal of increasing the number of students who can safely walk or ride bikes to school.‘Safe Routes to School is about kids walking and biking to school regularly, routinely, and safely,’ said VTrans Secretary David Dill.  ‘The program is an opportunity to have schools and communities work together to solve some of their pressing safety, environmental and health challenges.’Competition for funding was stiff, as VTrans received 31 applications for a total request of $2.8 million.  The Agency was able to provide $1.3 million that will aid 19 projects.  Awards were granted to safety projects that include sidewalks, improved crossings, school zone signs, and traffic calming.A complete list of schools and awards is provided below.Seventy schools across the state have participated in the program since the 2006/2007 school year.  Efforts include student and parent surveys regarding transportation behavior and attitudes, as well as safety education.   Schools have also encouraged students to walk and bike to school through the use of chaperoned ‘Walking School Busses’ and regular ‘Walking Wednesdays’ that offer incentives like water bottles and T-shirts.  Participating schools work in partnership with their local governments to identify infrastructure needs on the routes to school.Source: VTrans. 7.14.20102010 Grant Receiving SchoolsSchool NameCityProject DescriptionTotal Guilford Central SchoolGuilfordFeasibility Study$26,500Chamberlin SchoolSo. BurlingtonFeasibility Study$20,000Jericho Elementary SchoolJerichoSidewalk connecting sidewalk on VT 15 to School entrance$175,000Warren SchoolWarrenRadar feedback signs and feasibility study51000Warren SchoolWarrenFeasibility Study$35,000Moretown Elementary SchoolMoretownInstall radar signs, upgrade signage and crosswalk markings$42,000Weathersfield ElementaryWeathersfieldUpgrade signs and radar speed sign$12,000Readsboro CentralReadsboroFunding for construction of additional sidewalk and curbing on VT 100$27,809Barre Town ElementaryWebstervilleUpgrade School Zone signs and erect radar speed feedback sign$33,500Middletown Springs Elementary SchoolMiddletown SpringsConstruction of sidewalk along School House Road$196,000Rutland Middle School & Rutland Intermediate SchoolRultandSign and pavement marking improvements to intersection around School Complex$10,607Saxtons River Elementary SchoolSaxtons RiverConstruction of sidewalk from school to village and bus drop off lane$209,000Champlain ElementaryBurlingtonFeasibility Study$24,000Champlain ElementaryBurlingtonUpgrade signs around school and radar speed sign$23,000Dothan Brook SchoolWhite River Jct.Feasibility study$27,000Waitsfield ElementaryWaitsfieldUpgrades to school signs, radar feedback signs, and intersection improvement near school.$141,000Poultney Jr. Sr. High SchoolPoultneySign upgrade, 4 radar signs$67,100Poultney Jr. Sr. High SchoolPoultney6 foot wide sidewalk, curbing 300 linear feet near jr/sr high school, retaining wall$149,200Malletts Bay SchoolColchesterMulti-Use path to access mallets bay school – small sections and crosswalks$31,537 $1,301,253 Total Awardlast_img read more

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Key Windies players find touch ahead of Tri-Nations Series

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Stroke-maker Darren Bravo and all-rounder Raymon Reifer both gathered half-centuries while speedsters Shannon Gabriel and Sheldon Cottrell snatched three-wicket hauls, as they all warmed up for the Tri-Nations Series starting in Ireland next week, with strong performances.Playing in a practice game against a Barbados Cricket Association XI at 3W’s Oval, UWI Cave Hill Campus yesterday, Bravo top-scored with 64 and fellow left-hander Reifer carved out 62, as the West Indies XI tallied 326 for seven off 50 overs.Roston Chase struck 36 while Sunil Ambris and Jonathan Carter both chipped in with 33 apiece.Left-hander John Campbell, who made his one-day debut earlier this year against England, struck 28 off 31 balls in a 49-run opening stand with the uncapped Shane Dowrich (12).When both fell in the space of nine balls, Bravo stepped up to anchor two stands – adding 77 for the third wicket with Chase and a further 57 for the fourth wicket with Carter.All told, Bravo faced 76 balls and lashed three fours and four sixes.Reifer then controlled the latter stages of the innings, punching four fours and three sixes in an exciting 41-ball knock as he put on 41 for the sixth wicket with Ambris and 76 for the seventh wicket with Ashley Nurse (26).Twenty-one year-old Barbados fast bowler Chemar Holder picked up three for 50.In reply, Barbados first class wicketkeeper Tevyn Walcott top-scored with 69 of 78 balls while Barbados captain Shamarh Brooks chimed in with 31.The innings was slumping at 91 for five in the 23rd over when Walcott put on 52 for the sixth wicket with Brooks and a further 68 for the eighth wicket with Chaim Holder (30).However, left-armer Cottrell (3-41) and Gabriel (3-45) crippled the innings, sending the BCA XI tumbling for 234 in the final over, to lose by 92 runs.last_img read more

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Preview: A simple Walkover for the Dragons against Andorra?

first_imgA new match awaits the Dragons after their recent 3-1 loss against the Belgians. On Sunday evening at 20:45 at the stadium Bilino Polje in Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina will face the national team of Andorra in regard to the 2016 European Championship qualifications. It should theoretically be a walkover for the Dragons. This is due to Andorra’s dismal football performances and it is therefore not a surprise that they rank last in Group B without a single point while already conceding 27 goals and only scored 3 goals in 7 matches.  Furthermore, BiH ranks 28th in the world while Andorra ranks 202nd on the FIFA ranking table which marks the huge gap between the two countries.However, the lack of international success for Andorra’s national football team is primarily due to its tiny population and thus a small base of active football players. Andorra is the fifth smallest UEFA member because only San Marino, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar and The Faroe Islands are smaller. Since their debut on the international stage in 1996, Andorra only managed to win one competitive match against Macedonia in 2006. A great amount of players are, besides playing for the national team, employed as teachers, administrators or mechanics and thus predominantly amateur football players. This explains the difficulty that Andorra faces on the international stage in their endeavor to success. Players like Ildefons Lima who is the current all-time top scorer with 9 goals, Oscar Sonejee and Marc Pujol are considered to be the star players. However, it has to be noted that all three are playing for modest clubs in Andorra’s domestic league.From a historical point of view, it will be the second time that both teams will face each other. The previous match in March earlier this year ended in a 0-3 victory for BiH due to a hat-trick by Edin Dzeko with all three assists coming from Senad Lulic. Looking ahead to the upcoming match, Andorra’s strategy will be to ‘park the bus’ and thus defend with many men behind the line of the ball. An early goal from the Dragons will therefore be important to break Andorra’s defensive wall. With Andorra’s historical statistics in mind, it will be very unlikely they would be able to beat the Dragons.The match in Zenica, with a large amount of fans backing up the Dragons, should be a walkover as BiH is in serious need of points in order to enforce qualification. As it stands at the moment, BiH needs to compete with Israel and Cyprus for the third position in Group B which gives the right to secure qualification through the play-offs. On the same day, Israel will face the strong Welshmen while Cyprus will host the talented Belgians in Nicosia. Chances are likely that the Dragons will move closer to third position in this group and overtake Cyprus.Written by Dustin Giellast_img read more

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