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$3 million in Northern Border commission funding for economic development

first_imgRep. Peter Welch and leaders from throughout the Northeast Kingdom outlined economic development opportunities presented by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) during a press conference Thursday morning in Newport.At Newport s Gateway Center, on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, Welch announced the first-ever round of funding appropriated to the NBRC by the U.S. House in July. The $3 million federal investment will help launch the four state regional commission, opening the door for increased funding opportunities for projects in Northern Vermont and its neighboring regions. This groundbreaking regional effort will help northern New England and New York develop a comprehensive economic development strategy and provide significant federal investment to community-based projects in the region, Welch said. By collaborating across state lines and investing in the region s tremendous assets, this effort will help the Northeast Kingdom and the rest of northern Vermont enhance its infrastructure and spur economic development. Most importantly, it will bring jobs to the region.Modeled after the highly successful Appalachian Regional Commission, the NBRC is a federal-state partnership focused on economic development in the northernmost regions of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York. Created in 1998 with the passage of the Farm Bill, the NBRC will fund community-based efforts ranging from broadband deployment to renewable energy projects to tourism development.Vermont s Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Orleans counties are among 36 counties included in the regional development effort. The NBRC will include representatives from each of the states, as well as a presidentially-appointed co-chair.Welch was joined at Thursday s event by a broad range of leaders from the Northeast Kingdom, including Bill Stenger, president and owner of Jay Peak; Jon Freeman, president of the Northern Community Investment Corp.; Dave Snedeker, planning director of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association; Sen. Vince Illuzzi; Newport Mayor Paul Monette; Newport City Manager John Ward; and Trish Sears, CEO of Newport Renaissance.Source: Welch’s office.last_img read more

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Cindy Miller

first_imgOne very courageous woman, Cindy Miller, age 61 of Osgood peacefully passed in the early morning hours of June 19, 2018, surrounded by those she loved most.  She was born on January 23, 1957, in Champagne, Illinois and shortly after her family moved to Versailles. The remainder life was lived in the local area. She was a graduate of the South Ripley Class of 1975.After she moved to Versailles and over the course of her high school days, she met many friends whom she adored and cherished.  Her most faithful and loving friend was to become her husband and on March 31, 1979, she married Jay Miller.  The two of them spent the last 39 years together.  Cindy worked at the US Shoe factory and retired from Thomas and Skinner.Cindy enjoyed gardening and her flowers. When her health allowed, she bowled in league play at Pollards.  Winnie the Pooh was a favorite collector’s item.  About 10 years ago, her heart was forever captured with the birth of her loving granddaughter, Sara and next the addition of her grandson, Zachary. Her greatest joys would be spending every moment she could with them, whether just sitting on the front porch, getting her nails painted or running to follow them in an event.  Cindy was in her happy place.If you had the opportunity to know Cindy it was a blessing as she was a lady you never heard complain, even though she had a kidney transplant in 1996 and was on dialysis for the last 18 years.  Cindy was kind hearted and always wanted to make sure you were taken care of.Cindy will be sadly missed by husband Jay, son Adam, daughter Bridget (Matthew) Swinney, grandkids Sara and Zachary all of Osgood, father Frank Gilley of Versailles, brothers Kevin (Shelly) Gilley of Versailles and David Gilley of Versailles, along with sister Missy (Jeff) Wright of Lexington, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by son John Edmond, mother Linda and brothers Dwayne and Tim.A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 am at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.  Family and friends are asked to gather to show their respect.  Doors will open at 9:00 am for visitation. Memorials may be made out to the American Kidney Foundation.last_img read more

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Eric Reid on Jay-Z ‘moving past’ protests, cozying up to NFL: ‘When has (he) ever taken a knee?’

first_imgMORE: Jay-Z to become part owner of NFL team?”This isn’t somebody who just came out of left field and decided to make a partnership with the NFL,” Reid, wearing a black No. 7 Kaepernick jersey prominently featuring the hashtag #IMWITHKAP, said of Jay-Z. “This is somebody who’s spoken on the phone with Colin, has met with Colin, has presented awards to Colin, or his wife (Beyonce) has. Has been outspoken in support of Colin. Again, talking against the treatment that the NFL has shown towards Colin.”Now he’s made a partnership with the NFL, apparently is going to be a part owner of a team in the NFL and is trying to smooth it over with the black community by wrapping it in social justice. It ain’t cool.”That news — a TMZ report published just before Reid took the field Friday that Jay-Z will become part owner of an NFL team presumably as part of his deal with the league — was broken to Reid in front of his locker.When he heard, Reid could only smile and shake his head.”More of the same,” Reid said of the reported part ownership. “Jay-Z claims to be a supporter of Colin. Wore his jersey. Told people not to perform at the Super Bowl. And now he’s gonna be a part owner.”Eric Reid on whether he thinks Jay Z is a sellout pic.twitter.com/JXDw5Dzo5H— Tadd Haislop (@TaddHaislop) August 17, 2019Asked later whether he thinks Jay-Z is a sellout, Reid threw the ball into the rapper’s court: “If Jay-Z is going to be an owner, is Colin going to be signed the day he becomes an owner of a team? We’ll see. I think he has a very small window with an ownership position to make a move to get Colin on whatever team he’s on. Very small window.”Reid was also asked about Jay-Z’s claim that “we’ve moved past kneeling” when it comes to action items aimed at addressing the injustices Kaepernick and others have protested. He answered the question with a question.”For one, when has Jay-Z ever taken a knee? … Yes he’s done a lot of great work; a lot of great social justice work. But for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference to say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asinine. … He got paid to take the bullets that he’s taking now. Because we’re not having it.”As for the NFL’s side of the partnership with Jay-Z, Reid isn’t letting the league off the hook.”So the NFL is hiding behind this black face, right? They get to say, ‘Look, we care about social justice. We care about the black community, because we’re with Jay-Z.'”Jay-Z is doing the work for them.”Eric Reid with some strong comments on Jay-Z: pic.twitter.com/9wRKK1HFWM— Sporting News NFL (@sn_nfl) August 17, 2019Reid, who signed with Carolina last season and remains with the team on a three-year contract that keeps him with the Panthers through 2021, was unemployed at this time last year largely because he joined Kaepernick in protest while both played in San Francisco. Of course, Kaepernick remains out of the NFL. Reid did admit that Jay-Z’s reportedly imminent part ownership of an NFL team is “an interesting turn of events” as it relates to Kaepernick’s potential return to the league. But he remains skeptical.”I don’t know how big of a stake that is and how much pull he’ll have as part owner of a team,” Reid said. “If he’s less than 1 percent, I guess that doesn’t mean anything.”But if he’s part owner, that means he has a say, so we’ll see if he uses that position to get Colin.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eric Reid has an issue with Jay-Z. In case that wasn’t clear before Friday night, the Panthers safety left no doubt soon after his team’s 27-14 loss to the Bills in Week 2 of the 2019 preseason.Reid, 27, previously had used Twitter as his avenue to express his displeasure with Jay-Z’s freshly announced partnership with the NFL. The player who has supported Colin Kaepernick since the now free-agent quarterback began kneeling during the national anthem to protest systemic racial oppression three years ago used his postgame availability as an opportunity to further explain his issue with the 49-year-old rapper.last_img read more