Central Vermont Public Service met all of its service quality standards in 2009, the sixth straight year it achieved that goal. “We believe that’s the best record in Vermont,” said Joe Kraus, senior vice president for engineering, operations and customer service.CVPS has 17 service quality measures. CVPS measures and reports to state regulators on everything from how quickly we answer calls to bill accuracy, customer service, outage numbers and duration, and safety. All Vermont utilities have some standards and are required to file annual performance reports with state regulators.In the Customer Information Center, CVPS employees answered 87.8 percent of calls within 20 seconds, beating the standard of 75 percent. Not one call was blocked due to system overload or other issues. Other key measures:92 percent of customers said they were satisfied following customer-initiated contact, up 1 percent from the previous year. The majority of such contacts are due to overdue bills.Just 0.0886 percent of bills were inaccurate.CVPS reported an average of 1.9 outages per customer, lasting 2.3 hours, excluding one major storm. That beat standards of 2.5 outages per customer lasting an average of 3.5 hours. CVPS has among the most rugged, rural service territories in the country.Both reliability standards improved. In 2008, the average customer lost service 2.4 times for an average duration of 2.8 hours, excluding major storms.“We continue to make significant investments in our system to improve service quality and reliability,” Kraus said.Source: CVPS. 2.3.2010
I can tell how long I’ve known Bill Harris by the length of his beard. When I first met him, it was short and bushy. Now it hangs well below his chin, its wiry brown hairs nearly grazing his collarbone. Bill is a tall, lanky kind of guy with big, calloused hands. His laugh is infectious, a pair of off-kilter eyes crinkling at the corners every time he smiles. Looking back on the four years I lived off and on in Damascus, it’s hard to picture my life there without him. If he wasn’t at Mojoe’s Trailside Coffee sipping a cup of coffee, he was usually on his bike cruising down the Virginia Creeper Trail with his canine sidekick Deohghi in tow.Originally from the southwest corner of Michigan, Bill found his way to Damascus after losing both his house and job in 2000. With his daughter grown and his days now suddenly much freer, Bill decided to take this otherwise unfortunate turn of events and make it something positive. After researching “rails to trails” online, he came across a site for the Virginia Creeper Trail, reduced his possessions to the pack on his back, and headed south.“Michigan wasn’t my happy place. This,” Bill says, sweeping his arms wide, “this is my happy place.”For the decade following that first ride down the 34-mile-long Creeper, Bill would bounce around southwest Virginia working side jobs and making enough money to keep his now-transient lifestyle afloat. But in 2012, the call of the Creeper could no longer be ignored. With the permission of a local landowner, Bill established a campsite off the Creeper just outside of Damascus and has been living in the woods ever since.“Home is where your hammock hangs,” Bill says. “I’ve got no lights, no power, no bills. There’s no stress. I’m here to live and live as easy as I can and do what I can to help another.”Aside from his hammock, a tarp, some fly-fishing gear, and a minimalist espresso maker, Bill doesn’t really own anything. He gets around town on a black aluminum frame Trek with a doggie cart attached. Litter hurts everybody reads a weathered sign tacked to the back of the cart. Bill is what you might call the “trail maintainer” of the Creeper, taking it upon himself to pick up the trash that others leave behind. Generally, he’s one of the happiest people you’ll ever meet, but if he catches you tossing even so much as a cigarette butt onto the Creeper (or anywhere for that matter), you’ve got another thing coming.“I don’t know if you can call me a trail angel,” Bill says. “I don’t ask for anything and I don’t take anything. It all comes around. I’ve learned that everything is connected.”A typical day in the life of Bill always involves picking up at least one bag of trash from the Creeper, an unglamorous pastime at best, but one that does not go unrecognized. Although Bill occasionally runs shuttles for hikers coming into Mt. Rogers Outfitters, he hasn’t needed to find a full- or even part-time job in months: the town of Damascus takes care of him.“Anytime I need something, I always meet someone who can help,” he says. “Sometimes I might have to go looking for that help, but it’s there.”Living outside year-round may sound like a dream come true, but the reality of such a lifestyle is not nearly as tranquil. Bill’s “front yard,” as he likes to say, is Whitetop Laurel, the local creek that parallels the Creeper through town. In January 2013, his setup earned the name Camp Floodzone after days of nonstop rain forced Bill to move his hammock site in the middle of the night.“I was voted off the island,” he says with a chuckle. “But there were people looking out for me. Within a few minutes of taking down my campsite, someone was there with a truck to help me load it all and take me somewhere dry.”I saw Bill the morning following the flood. Although he looked tired, likely from being awakened in the middle of the night to a roaring river beneath his feet, he was not so much as a fraction less cheery. Even in the sticky heat of the long summer days or the bitter cold of the longer winter nights, I’ve never once heard Bill complain. The mosquitos, the snow, the torrential downpours—nothing fazes him.“A guy once said to me, ‘you’re just on a next level of Zen with your happiness. More people need to get there,’” Bill says. “I guess the secret is I’ve thrown everything away. If you’ve got stuff, you have to live with stuff, and nobody really needs stuff.”Aside from his daily trail upkeep, Bill is an avid hiker, a connoisseur of wild mushrooms, a fly-fisherman, and a master fly craftsman. His favorite pastime is listening to the gurgling waters of Whitetop Laurel from his hammock and his most treasured book is Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang.“Pay your rent, work for the earth,” he says. “If I didn’t do what I do, who would do it?”
Founders Brewing Company from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is making a nationwide play amongst the stiff competition now racking brewers and tasters brains and buds in a microbrew movement that is only showing signs of growth.By now you probably know that the term “session” essentially means “a time frame where you’ll be drinking multiple beers in a sitting.” Take that for what it’s worth. Many people are enjoying the trendy sessionable beers because they can have one, maybe two, and still drive safely home. Others like the lighter body, lighter alcohol that makes for spread out, warm- weather imbibing.Thus not accidentally named, Founders All Day IPA is one of those “session” brews that is not just another shot in the dark. It hits its mark firmly. If not drinkable all day, I could certainly drink more than my fair share in an evening or sunny summer afternoon, and I quickly devoured my test pack without wanting to share.Why? Because this is a legitimate brewery that has created a number of new brews on-trend but above average. The All Day IPA is flavor forward and could pass for a heavier lager or pale ale , yet is just 4.7% ABV for everyone’s, um, safety. Founders worked on this concoction for four years, so they’re not just trying to keep up off the line here. It’s crafted with American Amarillo and Simcoe American hops that delivers the extreme flavors this Grand Rapids craft-beer champion is known for. It’s a semi-complex brew of the usual suspects, malts, grains and hops, that is balanced in an unusual smoothness and cleanness. Maybe it’s that clean finish that keeps you reaching into the cooler.All Day IPA is available throughout the year in six-pack, 12-oz. bottles; 15-pack 12-oz. cans; and in kegs.For something heavier, with froth, floral and citrus — dry hopping included — check out the sweetly balanced Centennial IPA, weighing in at 7.2% ABV (65 IBUs).Find out more at FoundersBrewing.com or look for them in your local package store.
Check out that view! The kitchen at 510 The Panorama.Mr Clegg said it was arguably one of the best positioned properties on The Panorama.He said multimillion-dollar homes in the area were often difficult to sell but there was a lot of interest lately.“West of the highway, (homes) over $1.5 million of late have been quite difficult but we’ve seen some very, very strong activity, not only from local buyers but interstate buyers,” Mr Clegg said. The living area at 510 The Panorama. Eat under the stars.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoTangelo Property director Grant Clegg said it was listed for sale in October 2014 and marketed under multiple agencies before he sold it last week.He said it attracted a lot of potential buyers once the price was lowered.“We had three offers over a five week period,” Mr Clegg said.He said the new owners had big renovation plans for the estate.“They’re an interstate Chinese family that are planning to move to the Gold Coast and create a premium estate,” Mr Clegg said.“They were looking for over 18 months and fell in love with The Panorama because of its vistas.”The 5.94ha property backs onto national parkland and has 360 degree views to the east from Moreton Bay to Coolangatta and around to the mountain ranges. 510 The Panorama, Tallai.THE multimillion-dollar sale of a Hinterland estate at Tallai is official after more than three years on the market.The architecturally designed acreage property at 510 The Panorama went under contract late last year before the $2.295 million sale settled on March 23.
This waterfront home at 49 Witta Circle, Noosa Heads, has sold for $5.67m.A WATERFRONT home in need of an upgrade in one of Noosa’s most prestigious streets has sold under-the-hammer for $5.67 million, with agents claiming the coastal hot spot is proving immune to the pre-election uncertainty plaguing the property market.The four-bedroom house at 49 Witta Circle was sold at auction after a bidding war between four parties. One of the bedrooms in the home.“It’s on the water, picturesque, and an easy walk from Hastings Street and the beach. “The capital growth has been over 15 per cent on average for the past 40 years — hard to beat.” MORE: Tide turns for riverfront units Inside the home at 49 Witta Circle, Noosa Heads.The result shows the Noosa prestige market is “rock solid”, according to marketing agent Eric Seetoo of Tom Offermann Real Estate. RELATED: Waterfront living attracts buyers The kitchen in the home at 49 Witta Circle is quite basic.Mr Offermann said he was still finding demand strong, especially at the luxury end, where there was a critical shortage of stock.Tom Offermann Real Estate recently sold a waterfront house at 55 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville, for $4.75 million and 27 Mossman Ct, Noosa Heads, for $5.75 million.And an apartment in the La Mer complex on Hastings Street changed hands last month for a whopping $6.1 million. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoInside the house at 49 Witta Circle, Noosa Heads.Agency principal Tom Offermann said he believed it was the highest Queensland house sale under-the-hammer so far in 2019. “Witta Circle is one of those ‘can’t go wrong locations’,” Mr Offermann said. “The … home was an oldie, but it occupies one of the most desirable locations on the waterfront near Hastings Street,” Mr Seetoo said. The view from the unit at 5/37 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, which has sold for $6.1m.“Property markets usually slow down during an election, but not this time in Noosa,” he said.“The traditional slowdown isn’t apparent this time, with most clients adopting a wait and see attitude. “Some are even predicting a post election rush into investment property before any negative gearing or capital gains tax changes are introduced.”Adrian Reed of Reed & Co has just listed a five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion at 54 Noosa Parade with a price guide in the late $7 million to early $8 million range.Given the property’s location, river views and proximity to Hastings Street, Mr Reed is expecting it to be one of the most significant sales of the year. This house at 54 Noosa Pde, Noosa Heads, is for sale. The house at 49 Witta Circle is right on the water at Noosa Sound.“We found four bidders, three of whom were present, and another was on the phone from overseas, each with well over $5 million to spend. “As you can imagine, I am busy finding properties for the underbidders.”
The Hywind Tampen control room is co-located with the OCR for Valemon, Equinor’s unmanned platform with separation facilities for gas, condensate and water. Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Industry approved Equinor’s plans for development and operation of the Hywind Tampen project in April. Lloyd’s Register has been contracted for Human-Machine Interface (HMI) engineering services for the control room from which the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm will be remotely operated. The project is scheduled to come online in late 2022. Wood’s scope includes topside modifications necessary for the Snorre A and Gullfaks A platforms to integrate the Hywind Tampen with existing systems powering the facilities, equipment installation on the floating wind turbines, and upgrades to the OCR in Bergen. Hywind Tampen will comprise eleven Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines, installed some 140 kilometres off Norwegian coast, in water depths ranging from 260 to 300 between the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms. The company will provide consultancy design services for integration into the onshore control room (OCR) for the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in Norway, as well as human factor analysis for the new OCR and existing OCRs for four platforms. “The work we are undertaking, providing design consultancy for the existing OCR and human factor analysis, will help support Equinor’s wider decarbonisation agenda. By developing unmanned solutions for power generation, the industry can start to make some real cost savings”, said Tristan Chapman, SVP Clean Energy and Innovation at Lloyd’s Register. The almost EUR 500 million project is the first to power oil & gas platforms by a floating wind farm. The services Lloyd’s Register will provide for Hywind Tampen control room are part of an integrated scope Equinor awarded to Wood.
Franklin County, Ind. — An ATV accident injured two Sunman residents last week.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says Briana Gore, 20, was driving the ATV on St. Mary’s Road June 9 around 8:30 p.m. when she failed to negotiate a curve near Tree Road and went into a ditch. The ATV rolled ejecting Gore and a passenger, Daniel Lower, 22. Both were flown to a Cincinnati area hospital for treatment.
“He has been consistent over a period of about four seasons so he has proved he can do it regularly, every year. “He has got everything, he can do the whole lot – he can dribble, he can shoot with both feet, can head it, run all day, run at speed. There is nothing he can’t do. He is an amazing player.” One man hoping Bale remains at Spurs is Roberto Soldado, who is close to completing his big-money move to White Hart Lane from Valencia. Speaking to reporters at Valencia airport before boarding a flight to London to undergo his medical, the 28-year-old was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS: “Bale is a great footballer and you can see the effort Tottenham are making to prevent him from leaving. Of course I want him to stay.” The 24-year-old enjoyed a remarkable season with the north Londoners in 2012/13, bringing him to the attention of the Spanish giants. Madrid are reportedly willing to better the world record fee of £80million they shelled out on Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago, with Bale thought to be keen on a switch to the Bernabeu. Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Gareth Bale would flourish at Real Madrid as talks over a potential transfer continue. Tottenham did not wish to comment on the speculation when contacted by Press Association Sport and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was also coy when asked about the Welshman. “We will see what happens,” the Italian said. “It is between the two clubs. Right now our team is very strong and we will have to see what happens in the future.” There are clearly hurdles to overcome but, should Bale make the move to Los Blancos, former Spurs boss Redknapp believes the winger would shine in the Spanish capital. “He is behind Messi and Ronaldo in terms of being the best player in the world,” said Redknapp, who coached Bale for four years. “He is at a good club but the opportunity to play for Real Madrid does not come along too often. He has probably dreamt about that since he was a little boy. “It seems they have offered fantastic money so it could happen, but I don’t know. I wouldn’t be sure. If he goes there, he will be a great success there. I am sure of that. Redknapp, now manager of SkyBet Championship promotion hopefuls QPR, helped transform Bale into the player he is today. Originally a left-back with Southampton, Redknapp pushed him further forward and was at the helm when he won the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year award for the first time in 2011, a feat he repeated last season. “He has been playing like that for three or four years,” he said. “I think it was three years ago that he was Player of the Year the first time. Press Association
Press Association Burnley midfielder Steven Reid has announced he will retire at the end of the season. The 34-year-old joined the Clarets last summer but has made just seven appearances for the recently-relegated Barclays Premier League club. The versatile player has made almost 400 appearances for the likes of Millwall, Blackburn, QPR, West Brom and Burnley during a 17-year career that also saw him earn 23 Republic of Ireland caps. “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from professional football at the end of the 2014-15 season,” Reid said on the club’s official website. “The last 17 years have been incredible and I have been fortunate to have played for some great clubs at Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley, as well as representing Ireland and playing at the World Cup. “Alongside the great memories there have also been the many lows of my well-documented injuries and I feel the time has now come to listen to my body. “I’m excited about new challenges ahead. I’m working towards my ‘A’ licence and look forward to pursuing a career in coaching, alongside continuing the media work I’ve enjoyed this season. “I would like to thank everybody that has been a part of the journey: My family, especially, but also the fans, players, staff, managers and friends that have made it a truly wonderful 17 years.”
State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin ELLSWORTH — Playing their third game in as many days, the Ellsworth Eagles used a strong third period to pull ahead of the Hermon Hawks en route to a 57-43 win on Saturday.Andrew Austin of the Ellsworth Eagles drives the lane for two of his game-high 17 points.—HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH — Playing their third game in as many days, the Ellsworth Eagles used a strong third period to pull ahead of the Hermon Hawks en route to a 57-43 win on Saturday.Hoping to improve on their post-season playoff position in the Class B standings, the Hawks came out strong, building a 12-4 lead in the game’s opening moments.But a basket by Andrew Austin, a pair of threes by Thomas Sawyer and a driving layup by Austin that was set up by a nifty pass from Nick Holt cut the Hermon lead to 16-14 by period’s end.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe two teams nearly matched basket for basket through the second period with Ellsworth taking a 27-25 halftime lead, thanks to a pair of free throws by Cote Card to close out the quarter.In the third period, the Eagles took control.Austin scored off the glass and Jordan Carter followed with a pair of free throws to open the quarter.Joshua Allen hit a jumper for Hermon but Ellsworth’s Holt then came up with a steal and drove the lane for a layup and Tyler Palmer followed with a scoring drive to the basket to give the Eagles a 35-27 lead.Hermon cut the margin back to five but could get no closer the rest of the way.Austin led all scorers with 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds, Palmer finished with 12 points and Carter had four assists and three steals to go with six points for the Eagles.Tyler Thayer and Aaron Jellison each scored 10 points for the Hawks.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts