Governor Shumlin thanks Vermont National Guard for job well done

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin and Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles on Thursday at a barbeque in Rockingham thanked Vermont National Guard members for more than a month of exemplary service helping the state recover from flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Five Vermont guard units deployed personnel to numerous Vermont locations where they helped state and municipal highway crews rebuild both local and state roadways. ‘Guard members worked incredibly long hours to help us rebuild Vermont’s roads and bridges better than we found them before Irene,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘Their service and sacrifice will be remembered for generations to come.’ Vermont National Guard road rebuilding crews will begin demobilizing this weekend. Guard units and personnel deployed to aid roadway recovery included members of the following divisions:·         86th  Infantry Brigade Combat Team·         86th Special Troops Battalion·         131st Engineer Company·         158th Civil Engineering Squadron·         Camp Ethan Allen Training Site “Between the two types of deployment ‘ federal and state ‘ this type of unit activation is much more meaningful because it takes place in our home state and affects our neighbors, our families and our friends,’ said Captain Annaliese Baumer, Commander of the 131st Engineer Company. ‘It is extremely different than deploying overseas. When you hit ground overseas, you are immediately put in a defensive posture which is a drastic contrast to a state deployment.’ Major recovery efforts conducted by Vermont National Guard members included: ·         Rebuilding Route 131 in Cavendish where the guard produced the roadway design, worked with local road crews, coordinated with stone pits and quarries, and provided the project’s manager. ·         Reconstructing Route 9 near Marlboro where the guard provided trucks and equipment (as well as their operators), and also graded and compacted the road. ·         Rebuilding Route 100 around Wardsboro where the guard rebuilt numerous sections of road. ·         Rebuilding more than a mile of Pike Falls Road in Jamaica where the road was washed away. The guard also provided scour protection to bridges, rebuilt numerous wash-outs, and made the entire roadway passable to emergency vehicles. ·         Repaired washed out sections of Turkey Mountain Road in Jamaica. ·         Rebuilding Davis Road in Cavendish. Vermont guard members also removed debris from numerous state and town roads, provided scour protection to numerous state and town bridges, and aided VTrans with other projects. ‘When we first arrived in both Wilmington and Cavendish, we were welcomed with open arms,’ Baumer said. ‘Citizens thanked us profusely, brought us food and many other comforts of home.  They housed us, cooked us meals, gave us haircuts, washed our equipment with their fire trucks, their kids painted us pictures, sang for us and even put on a play at the local school. They visited with us daily, shook our hands and took photos of us throughout the work day. Most notably, they shared stories of how Irene affected their families. And virtually everyone did that because Irene affected us all.’last_img read more

Long Island Weather Coldest in Years

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Frigid weather is on horizon for the next few days on Long Island and residents will see low temperatures that haven’t hit the area in over two years.The National Weather Service said that temperatures in Suffolk County will drop down to the single degrees Wednesday night, with parts of the Pine Barrens hitting zero degrees. Nassau County is expected to be slightly warmer with temperatures around 10 or 11 degrees.Wind chills could make temperatures feel below zero, meteorologist Dan Hofmann said, adding that the current stretch of frigid weather is expected to continue Thursday into Thursday night.“The coldest of the weather is probably going to be for the next 36 hours,” Hofmann said. “Tomorrow’s highs are going to struggle to get out of the low 20s for most of Island and the wind chill is not going to get above zero.”On Friday, temperatures will rise slightly into the 20s, but forecasters are watching a potential storm system that could hit late Friday and linger into Saturday morning. The exact track and amount of snowfall has yet to be determined.The NWS warned residents to look out for frozen water pipes and fire sprinkler piping with the cold weather. Officials also advised residents to dress warmly to limit direct exposure and prevent frostbite and hypothermia.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that the WARMBED program is up and running through March 31 2012. Homeless individuals can call 1-866-WARMBED (1-866-927-6233) for shelter on evenings and weekends. During the weekday hours they are encouraged to routinely go to DSS at 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale.The Long Island Rail Road also announced that all station waiting rooms will remain open around the clock until Monday due to the extended cold spell.last_img read more

True or false: Your credit union website should use testimonials

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You see testimonials all over the internet. Maybe one testimonial has an eagerly smiling picture next to it. Maybe another declares a product to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Many of the newest and sleekest credit union website designs employ testimonials (example: HFSFCU.org has testimonials all over the place). And there’s a reason for it: studies show testimonials persuade people to act.Why you should use testimonialsWhen it comes to making decisions, “Social Proof” is one of the most motivating factors out there. If humans know that other humans are doing something, they will also want to do that thing. We are naturally drawn to what others like and do, and model our behavior after them. (This is why television sitcoms use canned laugh tracks to encourage you to chuckle.)In 1968, several psychologists conducted an experiment where they had a single man stand at the corner of a busy street and stare up at the sky. Only a couple people stopped to see what he might be looking at. But when they had five people stare at the sky, the number of others who stopped to look increased exponentially. Soon, a whole crowd was assembled. The psychologists found that people simply assumed if several people were looking, there must be something interesting to look at. continue reading »last_img read more

Victor Moses donates N10m to Wigan

first_imgRelatedPosts Moses laments Europa League loss Europa League: StarTimes to broadcast Man U, Inter Milan quarterfinal matches Moses eyes Europa League success Former Wigan Athletic star Victor Moses is the latest player to donate to a crowdfunding appeal aiming to help save the administration-hit club after making a “significant” contribution.Moses, 29, played for the Latics between 2010 and 2012. The Nigeria international made 80 appearances for Wigan in that time and scored nine goals, before being sold to Chelsea over the summer of 2012.During his time at Stamford Bridge, Moses has won the Premier League, FA Cup and the Europa League and spent the second half of last season on loan at Italian side Inter Milan.The Wigan Athletic Supporters Club has now revealed that the ex-Latics winger is the latest current or former player to have donated to a crowdfunding appeal set up by fans.A tweet from the Supporters Club thanked Moses for pledging a “significant donation” to its Save Our Club campaign.The crowdfunding appeal is seeking to generate £750,000 and Moses’ contribution – speculated to be £20,000 (N10 million) after an anonymous pledge for that amount appeared on the crowdfunder – has taken the appeal to within £100,000 of its target. The campaign is aiming to give Wigan fans as strong as possible a voice on the club’s board in its future ownership.Moses got in touch with the Supporters Club earlier this week to help save the League One club and aided Wigan fans in their efforts.Caroline Molyneux, chair of the Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club, said the donation showed “incredible” generosity from the former Latics star who will “always be welcome” at the club.Caroline said: “Wow – what can we say? When Victor got in touch to say he wanted to help by donating such a substantial amount, I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing – it’s such an incredible gesture.“Victor wanted to make the donation and remain anonymous but we simply had to make sure he gets the recognition he deserves. “Victor’s contribution has taken us past £650,000 and to within £100,000 of our next target of £750,000.“We are so thankful to Victor for his support. He is an excellent footballer, a true role model and someone we always enjoyed watching at the DW Stadium – he will always be welcome back here, even more so now!”Tags: Victor MosesWiganlast_img read more