Route 4 reopens, vital east-west link in Vermont

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin today joined hundreds of Rutland County residents in Killington to celebrate the opening of Route 4, a critical east-west roadway that until today was closed to through traffic due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene.Route 4 between Rutland and Killington on August 29, 2011. Photo courtesy Steve Costello, CVPS.Governor Shumlin was joined by Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles and Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith to celebrate the pride everyone has that road crews repaired Route 4’s severe damage in just 19 days, and to spread the message that Vermont has recovered significantly, and just in time for foliage season.In less than three weeks since the storm struck on August 28, the Vermont Agency of Transportation has opened four major east-west travel corridors. In addition to Route 4 between Rutland and Woodstock, Route 103 between Rockingham and Rutland, Route 11 between Chester and Manchester, and Route 9 between Bennington and Brattleboro are now open in their entirety.”Opening the state’s critical east-west travel corridors allows most Vermonters the mobility they need for everyday tasks like visiting their doctor, commuting to work and attending school,” Governor Shumlin said. “The increased mobility also provides a lifeline for Vermont businesses, and the timing could not be better. With the start of foliage season upon us, Vermont’s guests and visitors can now navigate most state regions with only a few exceptions.”Route 4 between Rutland and Bridgewater was damaged in several locations, including five places between Mendon and Killington where flooding from Mendon Brook created major roadway craters. In two locations, all three lanes of Route 4 were missing. In other locations, two lanes were missing with sheer slope drops as high as 70 to 80 feet.Portions of the roadway were also completely washed away in Killington around River Road where today’s celebration was held, and there was damage in several other locations along “Killington Flats” and the rest of Route 4 stretching east to Woodstock.While roads like Route 4 that were once closed following Irene are now open, many still contain construction crews and have gravel sections, so motorists are encouraged to focus on safety and drive with caution.”Travelers have to understand that open does not mean back to normal in some areas,” Secretary Searles said. “Some of our most badly damaged areas are still recovering, and the roads in these areas remain closed to all but local residents. Even roads that are open, like Route 4 and Route 9, still have construction crews making repairs, as well as segments of gravel where there used to be pavement.”Driving a little slower actually lends itself well to the spirit of foliage season, where leisurely drives and taking in Vermont’s breathtaking beauty is the prime directive.”Driving may be a little slower in some areas, but in most cases you can now get there from here,” Commissioner Smith said. “And when you arrive, Vermont’s well-known hospitality will be waiting to greet you.”For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, the public can call the Irene recovery call center at 1-800-VERMONT or go to the Agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.Restoring the critical east-west travel corridor between the resort community of Killington and all points to the east and west will come just in time for the kick-off of the fall foliage touring season. The opening could not come soon enough for the many inns, restaurants and other businesses in the resort town that have been essentially cut off from their main commerce route since flooding from Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the roads leading into and out of town. Although recovery efforts caused some events to be postponed until next year, an abbreviated Hay Festival encompassing two major events will go on as planned. Killington Brewfest Weekend will take place September 30 through October 1, and the DockDogs National Championships will go on as scheduled October 7 to 9.  The resort community is also planning a townwide ‘Welcome Back’ celebration on October 1.   ‘Killington is open for business, and we’re eager to welcome back visitors, neighbors and friends during this exceptionally beautiful time of year,’ says Seth Webb, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town.  ‘Coming up to Killington, supporting our shops, inns and restaurants this fall and winter is the best thing people can do to help us get back on track.’  The Killington Brewfest kicks off on Friday September 30 with a Vermont Brewmasters Dinner from 7 to 9pm followed by a Brewfest Kickoff Party, all at the Wobbly Barn.  On Saturday, October 1 the Brewfest takes place from 1 to 6 pm at the Snowshed Lodge at the Killington Resort, featuring live music, food offerings and over 75 of the finest craft beers from throughout the region. DockDogs, as seen on ABC, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel, feature distance jumping and retrieving competitions from the world’s best canine athletes. The 2011 DockDogs® National Championships, scheduled for October 7-9 at the Snowshed Base Area, is expected to bring in over 300 of the most experienced teams from all parts of the country — and their fans — to compete for the national title. Along with the breathtaking displays of fall color, visitors to Killington can also expect to see 30 of the town’s giant hay sculptures that make up the Grass Menagerie, the central element of the Killington Hay Festival.  The Killington Hay Festival continues through Columbus Day Weekend, featuring an ongoing scavenger hunt and a hay maze at the Gristmill Restaurant.  For more information on the Killington Hay Festival, contact Suzie Dundas at (802) 422-2185, or suziedundas@killingtontown.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

This opulent riverside apartment has hit the market

first_img9207/50 Hamilton Cct, HamiltonNestled on the river’s edge, this apartment is one of 34 residences in Newport, a boutique five-level building in the exclusive Hamilton Reach enclave.On entry, a short hallway leads into an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space highlighted by crisp white tones, vitrified tiles and views to the Brisbane River. 9207/50 Hamilton Cct, HamiltonThe cooking space has an island bench top, a breakfast bar, wine fridge, two sinks, ample cabinetry, an integrated coffee machine and Miele appliances including a gas cook top and self-cleaning oven. Accessed via sliding glass doors from the living area is a covered balcony, showcasing the best of the apartment’s river views. 9207/50 Hamilton Cct, Hamilton“Apartment 9207 offers opulence and a quality lifestyle on the river’s edge, with a fluid floor plan, secondary living spaces, an entertainer’s kitchen and generous balcony.” Price: $1.525 millionAgent: Elisa McMahon, Ray White City PrecinctTel: 3236 5999, 0419 701 034 9207/50 Hamilton Cct, HamiltonOther features include ducted airconditioning and ceiling fans, with residents’ amenities including a pool.Listing agent Elisa McMahon said the apartment was in a tightly held residential precinct and offered an exceptional opportunity to the Brisbane market.“Bordered by the Brisbane River and parkland to the south and The Royal Queensland Golf Club to the east, the Newport Building within Hamilton Reach affords one of the most exceptional outlooks in all of Hamilton,” Ms McMahon said.“The architecturally dynamic building boasts sweeping curves that gently mirror the river, with continuous wrapping balustrades providing visual cues to the opulent and perfectly considered space that resides inside. 9207/50 Hamilton Cct, HamiltonMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The main bedroom also opens to the outdoor space, while further accentuated by a large timber walk-in wardrobe and a stylish ensuite with a double vanity, bathtub and rain shower.Two more carpeted bedrooms with timber-finished built-in wardrobes are to the left at the rear of the apartment, adjacent to another bedroom. These bedrooms are serviced by a contemporary bathroom, while completing the residence is a laundry, powder room and ample storage, along with two secure car spaces.last_img read more

CYF apologises for placing teen with rapist

first_imgTVNZ 24 June 2012Child, Youth and Family has apologised to a Taranaki woman for placing her with a convicted rapist when she was 16. The woman, who is now 27, was under CYFS care while completing a youth court supervision order, but the organisation admits it did not vet the man they placed her with. She now lives with HIV and the knowledge that she has passed the virus on to one of her sons. “I thought that (vetting) was one of the first things they were meant to do and if they had it would’ve popped up with his history,” the woman, known as ‘Joanne’, told Marae Investigates . “There’s no way someone with that history should get care of a child, no way,”…However, in a statement to Marae Investigates the Deputy Chief Executive of Social Development David Shanks admits CYFS let Joanne down, and has apologised. “In 2001 it wasn’t mandatory for CYF staff to do criminal checks around family placement decisions made at youth justice family group conferences. This was a gap in CYF policy,” he said in a statement. “Staff at the time were still, however, expected to assess the caregiver’s suitability. In hindsight it appears we didn’t do a good enough job around this and we let (Joanne) down.” Shanks went on to explain the “gap” in policy has since been closed. “Early this year it became mandatory to do criminal checks for these placements. A range of other safety checks are now also required including home visits.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/cyf-apologises-placing-teen-rapist-4943382last_img read more

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Linden Horswill

first_imgBiggest accomplishment in hockey: B.C. Bantam Rep champions 2009Job: Nelson Home Building CentreFavourite Music: CountryFacebook or Twitter: BothKIJHL Stats: 112 games – 28 goals – 58 assists – 86 pointsThe Nelson Daily: You made the B.C. Hockey League roster of the Trail Smokies but decided to come back to Nelson. Why?Linden Horswill: A lot of my decision was because Nelson is hosting the Cyclone (Taylor Cup). This is going to be my last year of hockey because I’m going to go to school next year and I wanted to play it at home too.TND: What does your future hold?L.H.: I’ve been looking at learning the business my dad owns (Nelson Home Building Centre). It would be nice to get into it but then again I’m not sure if I really want to do that.TND: What a start to the season it’s been for the Leafs. Then again, there was last weekend with the Leafs losing three straight, although two losses were in overtime.L.H.: I don’t think anyone thought we’d go through the league undefeated. The way the season looks, we’ve got an experienced team with lots of talent and by the end of the year I think with the veterans we’ve got on our team we’ll be one of the most consistent clubs in the league.TND: Since you returned from Trail you’ve scored in 11 of 13 games — with 11 points coming since former team scoring leader Jamie Vlanich left for the BCHL. What has been the secret of your success?L.H.: It’s always nice to be the guy who takes over the scoring, but when someone leaves with the talent of a Jamie Vlanich, someone has to step up and it was me that got the chance to move up to the top line with Carsen (Willans) and Travis (Wellman).TND: With Jamie Vlanich coming back to the Leafs, what do you think you’ll be put back to the second line?L.H.: I don’t know what will happen, but after last weekend we’ll definitely have to make some moves. I’d like to stay with Carsen and Wellman. I feel we have the makings of a good line. . .. I’ve always played (through Nelson Minor Hockey) with Carsen and Travis is fast and moves the puck well so it’s been a lot of fun playing together with them.TND: Where do you hope to be next year?L.H.: Going to school somewhere, and hopefully, continuing playing hockey.TND: In five years?L.H.: Completing some form of education.TND: In 10 years?L.H.: That’s too far in the future to think about. Linden Horswill didn’t plan on spending his final year of junior playing in his hometown of Nelson.Or did he?Horswill decided to test the Junior A market, landing a spot on the roster of the B.C. Hockey League’s Trail Smokies.However, the move was shortlived as the Nelson native decided, despite having to serve a mandatory suspension for leaving the Smokies team, it was better to play lots in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League than a few shifts in Tier II Junior A.And boy are the Leafs happy Horswill made the decision to leave Trail.Horswill has scored in 11 of 13 games since returning and has made the departure of leading scoring Jamie Vlanich a little more palatable for Leafs fans.However, the latest news is Vlanich is returning to the Green and White after being released by Langley of the BCHL.Seeing how the Leafs are on the road for two games this weekend in Princeton and Osoyoos, hockey fans can find out a little more about the Nelson Minor Hockey grad in this latest edition of the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the WeekLinden HorswillAge: 19Place of birth: NelsonHometown: NelsonHeight: 6’1”Weight: 175 poundsYears in Hockey: 14Hometown: NelsonFavorite NHL Player: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay LightningFavorite NHL Team: Edmonton Oilerslast_img read more