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

Justin Bieber’s Staff Suspected of Hamptons Assault

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Justin BieberJustin Bieber, the teen pop star who’s appearance at Roosevelt Field Mall nearly sparked a riot four years ago, may be linked to new legal troubles on Long Island.A man who was hospitalized after being assaulted at a Southampton night club told investigators that he believes that the assailants were members of the singer’s entourage, authorities said Monday.The victim told Southampton Town Police that he was assaulted at the South Point Night Club on Tuckahoe Lane at 3:45 a.m. Sunday by suspects that he believes were members of the singer’s security staff, authorities said.The victim, who was not identified, was treated for minor injuries at Peconic Bay Medical Center.The New York Daily News reported that Bieber “ripped off his shirt and went nuts” before he left the club, where his entourage was later allegedly involved in the brawl.Southampton Town Police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask that anyone with information or who witnessed the incident to contact them at 631-702-2230.In the mall riot case, Nassau County prosecutors reached a plea deal with the teen pop star’s manager two years ago in which Bieber was required to record an anti-bullying video that was to be used in local schools.last_img read more

Road users advised to be more careful – Police Commissioner

first_img 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Police Commissioner, Cyril CarettePolice Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force, Cyril Carette is advising road users and motorists to be more careful to avoid traffic accidents and collisions.Dominica recorded its ninth (9th) road fatality for 2011 on Monday evening when a twenty-three year old male collided with a cow while riding a motorcycle as part of his employment duties in Picard, Portsmouth.The Police Commissioner says while accidents are avoidable, if road users are more cautious this will reduce the incidents of collisions and accidents.“I want to advise the road users to be very careful. We do not have too many accidents on our road what we do have is road collisions, because an accident is something which is unavoidable. In that case you could consider that one to be an accident because an animal strayed across the road and he hit the animal but sometimes if we are a bit careful I think we would not get into these situations where we collide with each other.”Carette added that with the ongoing road rehabilitation works around the island, road users need to be more vigilant, be each other’s keeper, take preventative measures and be courteous.“We are having better roads now and persons are really doing crazy things on the road and I would urge Dominicans to be more cautious, to be courteous on the road as well because I think that courtesy is going down the drain in Dominica, people do some crazy things that they should not do. I think that we need to look out for each other, be the other person’s keeper, when you’re driving you should drive for the other person and think of what could possibly happen and try to take preventive measures to avoid those things from happening.” Mr Carette also laments the fact that some of the nine (9) road fatalities for the year involved young people who probably would have become productive members of society.He is therefore calling on road users to pay attention to the way they drive as their callous behavior and disregard for human life could result in more accidents and collisions.The Commissioner is further advising road users to exercise patience particularly in light of ongoing road works.“We have a lot of road works going on now and some persons still do not want to take their time. We all will reach at our destination we will arrive at some point in time; all we have to do is to be a bit patient.”Mr Carette pointed out that when nationals travel to other countries they comply with the laws as they would “suffer the consequences” and therefore need to “pay heed to that and be careful on our roads”.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Road users advised to be more careful – Police Commissioner by: – November 17, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more