Statewide fund launches for business flood relief

first_imgThe devastation from Tropical Storm Irene is evident throughout Vermont, from flood-blasted bridges to wrecked roadways to mud-crusted houses. But it’s the impact on small local businesses that got Todd Bailey motivated to create a statewide relief fund. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund, administered by Central Vermont Community Action, will raise funds to help affected business owners get their doors open quickly. Donations can be made online or by check (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) and fellow businesses in unaffected areas of the state and around country will be holding fundraising events to support the effort. Bailey, a Montpelier communications professional at KSE Partners, has partnered with local organizations to launch the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund. Central Vermont Community Action Council will be acting as the fiscal agent, accepting these donations and providing the grant funds to businesses. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund will be focused on raising funds to support small businesses affected by the flooding. Funds raised will be disbursed as cash grants, designed to help businesses keep operating through the immediate aftermath and storm clean-up. Bailey explains the rationale: ‘ Small businesses all over the state are digging out. They are paying employees to clean up and rebuild ‘ and in the meantime, no money is coming in. A short-term grant can be a lifeline for a local store ‘ and we need our businesses ready to go for the critical tourist season.’ Bailey launched a similar effort in Montpelier after the late May flooding damaged inventory and equipment for many downtown businesses.  His grassroots fundraising effort ‘ begun with a ‘boot-filling’ on the State House lawn ‘ ultimately raised $27,000.  Hal Cohen, Executive Director of Central Vermont Community Action Council, echoed the need for these funds. ‘Many small and micro businesses do not have the ready cash to carry them through a disaster, and it can take a while before loans are made available. This kind of support can be an excellent way to fill the gaps and keep small businesses in downtowns and village centers intact. We’re proud to partner on this statewide effort.’ Donation information can be found athttp://www.vtirenefund.org/(link is external). Businesses will be able to apply for fund relief, and a statewide review team will review applications and make grants available as quickly as possible. About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief FundThe Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund has been founded by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey to raise funds for small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August, 2011. All funds raised will be donated to help Vermont businesses come back from damage or losses sustained. www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)About Central Vermont Community Action CouncilFounded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 15,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. www.cvcac.org(link is external) Montpelier, VT ‘ September 1, 2011 ‘last_img read more

IKD Caribbean Karate Cup heads to Guyana

first_imgTHE Guyana Karate College (GKC) will host the IKD Guyana Caribbean Karate Cup from August 23 to 25 at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.To date, over 100 overseas athletes have confirmed their attendance.Officials from Canada and competitors from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela are confirmed to participate.Guyana will field approximately 100 athletes, making a total of over 200 participants.Athletes will compete in individual events like kata, which is a choreographed pattern of movements, as well as kumite or sparring.There will also be several team events, including kata, kumite, along with Bunkai (formal application of kata) and Enbu (practical applications of bunkai fighting techniques) events.Participants will compete for medals and the country with the highest gold medal count will win the coveted Caribbean Cup trophy.Speaking about the upcoming tournament, Guyanese Shuseki Shihan (World Karate Master) Frank Woon-A-Tai, 9th Dan, M.S., head of the International Karate Daigaku (IKD) organisation with 70 regions in 50 countries worldwide said, “This will be another milestone in the history of traditional karate in Guyana and the region. Several eighth and seventh Dan Masters will be attending to support fair judging, and competition will be fierce.“However, I respectfully appeal to all competitors and spectators to remember that the aim of the Art of Karate is not in winning or losing, but in the development of the character of all participants. We teach discipline and the strongest karate along with moulding good citizens in Character, Sincerity, Effort, Etiquette and the Most Important Rule – Self Control.”Admission is $500 except for overseas delegations. Considering the above, the GKC expects the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to be packed to capacity.The action begins at 09:00hrs on Saturday, August 23, with all kata, enbu and bunkai events while on Sunday, kumite events along with bunkai and enbu demonstrations will take place.The opening march past ceremony will also take place on Sunday.last_img read more

World Series Game 2 highlights: Red Sox take 2-0 series lead against Dodgers

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Manny Machado and the Dodgers would get the best of Ian Kinsler. Fourth inning:Matt Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to center as David Freese scores for the Dodgers. The game is tied at 1. FINAL:The Dodgers return to Los Angeles down 2-0 in World Series against the Red Sox.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The RBI by Yasiel Puig put the Dodgers in front. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Second inning:Ian Kinsler’s two out RBI single put the Boston Red Sox are on the board first. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the Red Sox are 8-0 in the postseason when they score first. What a catch. Fifth inning:Not good for the Dodgers. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more