Vermont Receives nearly $800,000 in Byway GrantsMONTPELIER (November 24, 2008)- The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced today that three Vermont byways have received $797,000 in federal grants to help promote some of the Green Mountain State’s most celebrated roadways.The grants come at a particularly opportune time as this fall Vermont joined most of the other states across the country and began actively marketing its five designated byways.”Byways are created and maintained at the local level, and they provide a community or state region with a vehicle to tell their story to visitors.” said John LaBarge, Vermont’s program manager for byways. “The local residents decide what stories about their regions to share with visitors. In the process, many of them discover even more about how special their home really is.”Grants, which were made available as part of the National Scenic Byway Program, were given to the following Vermont byway organizations.* Lake Champlain Byway: $376,300.00 for the third phase of the River Walk Project in Vergennes, $73,840.00 for a corridor management plan, and $28,000 for recreational access inventory.* Connecticut River Byway: $251,360 for the production of sightseer guides to history on the Connecticut River Byway.* Stone Valley Byway: $67,500 for the development of promotional materials/website etc.The National Scenic Byway Program was designed as a vehicle to get travelers off the interstates and into towns and villages to learn about the culture and history of different areas around the United States. Information on Vermont’s byways can be found at http://www.vermont-byways.us(link is external).Byways are established around one or more of six intrinsic qualities: Archaeological, History, Culture, Scenic, Natural and Recreational. Grants can be used for a number of purposes including planning, marketing, interpretation, building waypoint/welcome centers, restoring historic sites, preserving land within a view shed, and updating or building recreational areas, overlooks and trial heads.”The byway program is a wonderful tourism and marketing tool,” LaBarge said.” They can help revitalize our villages and downtowns by providing visitor services, educational and recreational opportunities.”Vermont has five designated byways. They are:* The Connecticut River Byway: a two-state byway traversing over 425 miles along both sides of the Connecticut River.* The Lake Champlain Byway: which runs from Alburgh to Charlotte along Route 7 and also includes roadways in the towns of Vergennes and Middlebury.* The Mad River Byway: which runs along route 100B to route 100 and including the towns of Middlesex, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Granville Gulf Reserve, Fayston, and Buell’s Gore to the top of the Appalachian Gap.* The Molly Stark Byway: which is located on Route 9 from Bennington to Brattleboro and honors the memory of General John Stark and his victory at the Battle of Bennington.* The Stone Valley Byway: which runs along Route 30 from Poultney to Manchester through the Mettawee Valley.
BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Negrenses are still allowed to enter Iloilo City, according to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson. Lacson said he talked to Mayor Jerry Treñas where the latter confirmed that travelers from Negros Occidental who wish to enter Iloilo City would still be allowed sans travel clearance. He also noted that Ilonggos who are still in Negros Occidental have up to July 3 to return to their respective areas outside of Iloilo City. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Commander Jansen Benjamin, chief of Philippine Coast Guard in Negros Occidental, said they will continue to enforce necessary protocols and guidelines on all locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and essential workers traveling to Bacolod City and the province as well as those going to Iloilo.Benjamin reiterated that Defensor’s directive does not include Iloilo City.“We will only require identification cards for passengers of fast crafts,” he pointed out.For LSIs travelling via roll-on/roll-off vessels at the Dumangas port, Benjamin said they will be required to submit travel authority and medical certificates./PN He gave this assurance yesterday following the recent move of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. sealing off borders of Iloilo province from July 1 to 15.
A new polling location near campus has been approved by the Office of the Registrar in an effort to make voting more convenient for students who live on campus.Hot ballot · The fire station on Jefferson Boulevard will serve as a polling place in November for students living in Webb Tower, Fluor Tower, Parkside and Cardinal Gardens. – Hayden Bennett | Daily Trojan Instead of having to travel more than a mile to Roger Williams Baptist Church on Adams Boulevard in order to vote, students living in Parkside apartments, Webb Tower, Fluor Tower and Cardinal Gardens apartments will be able to vote at the fire station on Jefferson Boulevard between McClintock and University avenues.“[The fire station] was chosen because of its close proximity to a number of student housing complexes,” said Kerstyn Olson, deputy director of the Unruh Institute of Politics. “It’s more convenient for students.”The fire station was the best option to make voting easier for students who live close to the station, as well as community members nearby, she said.“The fire station has been a polling location before … it’s now become a possibility again,” said Micah Scheindlin, political director of USC College Democrats, who protested to the Registrar’s Office about the inconvenience of voting for on-campus students. “Because some of the precinct is off-campus, they prefer an off-campus location, and the fire station is convenient for students but is also off campus.”Marks Tower will remain a polling location for those designated to vote there, but the Catholic Center, which in the past also served as a polling place for a number of students, won’t be available this year because of renovations.“They’re creating a new polling place in lieu of the Catholic Center, which will be under construction,” Olson said.That temporary polling location could be just north of campus at the Hillel Jewish Center at USC.Because Hillel was still under negotiations as a voting location, Olson said it isn’t definite yet.In finding this temporary polling location, the registrar was looking for a location in the same precinct as the Catholic Center, which would still be easily accessible to students.The registrar plans to keep the fire station a permanent voting fixture.“Some people may ask why we can’t use one polling location for all of campus,” Scheindlin said. “The reason is that the campus is divided into two precincts, and if you live on the west side of campus, you’ll actually be getting a slightly different ballot from the east side.”Ballots and polling places depend on the county supervisor of each district, and — because the district line is drawn through campus — there are numerous polling places around USC.Although the USC College Republicans weren’t involved in creating the new polling place near campus, chairwoman Katherine Cook said she is happy to know students have more options when it comes to getting their votes in.“We commend College Democrats for their efforts to make the polling station accessible to students,” Cook said.