-30- Vermont Housing Finance Agency announced today the selection of Paul Stewart, President of Stewart Property Management, Bedford, NH, as the new owner of Rockingham Canal House in Bellows Falls. The historic building, a former hotel built in the 1870s, will also be an example of how important housing preservation is to the larger strategy of providing affordable housing.”Paul Stewart has almost 40 years of experience in affordable housing, and he’s been managing the Canal Street building since last fall, so we’re confident he has the background and skills necessary to make this property a showpiece,” said VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter.Stewart, who served with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1971 to 1985, including serving as Director of Housing Development, founded his company in 1988. Stewart Property Management provides affordable housing in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, managing 109 properties. The company also provides development consulting services.Stewart, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern New Hampshire Housing Investment Fund and is a member of the Loan Committee for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, said he plans to make a significant investment in Rockingham Canal House.”This is an opportunity to revitalize a building that is in need of rehabilitation and bring it back to first-class condition,” Stewart said. “It’s an important part of the Village of Bellows Falls, and it provides affordable housing for the 44 people who live there.””Housing is a precious resource,” Stewart said. “We need to use the tools we have to make sure the affordable housing we have stays affordable, and that we maintain it in safe, decent condition.”VHFA was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since then, VHFA has helped approximately 26,500 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of 7,700 affordable rental units.Source: VHFA, June 23, 2009
Asheville, North Carolina will be one of just three American cities, and the only city on the East Coast, to host a prestigious European cycling event next Spring.The three-day event, known as Haute Route, will begin and end in downtown Asheville each day and feature 300 riders from the United States and Europe. It is expected to have more than $1 million of economic impact in the region and solidify western North Carolina as a world-class cycling destination.Asheville skyline. Photo by Dusty AllisonSan Francisco, California and Cedar City, Utah were also chosen to host next year’s series, which is a shorter format version of the typical 7-day Haute Route series.“I think it will be great for the area. The cycling here is unbelievable, and I’m excited we’ll get to showcase that for Asheville,” former Haute Route champion and Brevard, North Carolina resident Matthew Busche told the Asheville Citizen Times.“The Haute Route is all about pushing your limits, so they’ll definitely make it hard. You really can’t ride easy around here anywhere.”Learn more about the 3-day Asheville Haute Route here.
With ninety-six apartments that have recently been offered the possibility of advance payment and reservation of accommodation via cryptocurrencies on the Slovak blog Vir Island, and given the size of the island, population and number of accommodation units, Vir has become one of the world’s leading providers of crypto services. Source / photo: Vir Tourism; Pexels Cryptocurrencies, known as virtual or digital currencies, exist only online; they have not been issued, nor are they supervised by any central bank. Bitcoin is the most famous cryptocurrency, also known as digital gold, and is globally accepted for online payments. Today, several bitcoin ATMs also exist in Croatia – in Zagreb, Split and Rijeka, and the popularity of using bitcoin is also contributed by entrepreneurs, such as Virco, who accept it in online payments for tourist accommodation or other services. Ms. Miriam is the most influential Slovak woman from Vir and the promoter of Vir in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, so through her work and bringing the Travel Channel television team to Vir, the island has a thriving Slovak tourist market. Vir influencer and blogger is also a Slovak and Czech association of apartment and apartment owners on the island of Vir, some of whom have already started receiving payments for payments in cryptocurrencies BTC, BCH, LTC, ETH and USDC. According to Arbolet, the service is connected to the Coinbase Commerce system, whose user interface is simple, intuitive to use and above all easy to understand. “I’ve been thinking for a long time about the possibility of paying with cryptocurrencies, but I didn’t know the area well enough. Mr. Václav helped me the most”, Says Ms. Miriam, thanks to which accommodation in Vir can now be paid for in cryptocurrency, ie by booking through her blog Island Vir. These 96 apartments paid in cryptocurrency represent 2,51 percent of the total Vir accommodation capacity of 3.819 accommodation units. In fact, the percentage in foreign exchange is higher because the number of apartments is an absolute number of one hundred percent occupancy with payment by card or cash, which means that the share of cryptocurrency in foreign exchange by the summer season will certainly be even higher. Apart from the fact that cryptocurrencies are used for online payments, they are traded like any other currency. Thus, the value of bitcoin nine years ago was $ 0,003, and last year it was more than $ 9.000. Today, there are hundreds of other cryptocurrencies and new ones appear almost every day. Some survive and grow, some die out, but the growth of the crypto market is steady. That is why more and more online stores are offering cryptocurrency payments, while digital wallet owners want offers in which they can exchange their cryptocurrency units for products or services. This story was recently published by the Czech portal Arbolet, whose online team provides consulting and work services in the crypto market. Their member Václav got in touch with Miriam Kelečić, who edits the blog and mediates in renting apartments in Vir to tourists from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, so the island’s crypto market is almost immediately open to members of this large community.
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b1/a2/marshawn-lynch-5919-ftr_1xrrtmq549ndp1cif8ictb0fou.png?t=-1647705102&w=500&quality=80 March 17, 2018 — NFL Media reports Lynch will remain a member of the Raiders in 2018 as their feature back.April 24, 2019 — ESPN reports Lynch “is not planning to play football again.” Not officially retired this time, Lynch becomes free agent.Dec. 23, 2019 — With the Seahawks ravaged by injures at running back, they sign Lynch to a contract to play the last game of the 2019 regular-season and playoffs. Marshawn Lynch retirement timelineJan. 17, 2016 — Lynch plays the last game of his first stint with the Seahawks, a loss to the Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs.Feb. 7, 2016 — Lynch announces his retirement from the NFL simply by posting a picture on Twitter.March 9, 2016 — Lynch is still on the Seahawks’ roster, rather than their reserve-retired list, when the new NFL year arrives.May 5, 2016 — The Seahawks make Lynch’s retirement official by placing him on their reserve-retired list.June 6, 2016 — Lynch confirms he is done in the NFL while giving a rare interview to 60 minutes.March 17, 2017 — The Raiders, in need of running back help, are “strongly considering” bringing Lynch out of retirement and onto their roster.March 21, 2017 — Lynch retweets a post in which a Twitter user notices a musical playlist put together by the running back has a track called “Oakland Raiders,” fueling speculation that Lynch is willing to sign with the team.April 5, 2017 — NFL Media reports Lynch told the Raiders he plans to come out of retirement.April 13, 2017 — NFL Media reports the Seahawks, who still hold the rights to Lynch, are expected to work out a deal to trade the running back to Oakland upon his reinstatement.April 14, 2017 — Lynch and the Raiders reportedly agree to terms on a deal that would put him in the NFL and with the Raiders so long as a deal with the Seahawks can be completed. Both sides still have to “cross these t’s and dot those i’s.”April 26, 2017 — Lynch’s representatives and the Raiders agree to terms on a two-year contract, and the Seahawks nail down a trade that sends him to Oakland. The Raiders announce they will also get Seattle’s sixth-round draft choice in 2018 while sending their fifth-round pick in 2018 to the Seahawks. With Travis Homer left as the only healthy running back on Seattle’s roster, the team had little choice but to give Lynch a call. “Beast Mode” gladly answered.The day after the Seahawks’ loss to the Cardinals, Lynch was flown to Seattle for a meeting with team officials. “We’re going to give him a really good chance to come back and play for us,” coach Pete Carroll said that morning on 710 ESPN Seattle.NFL PLAYOFFS:Complete schedule and results for postseasonAfter he arrived in Seattle, Lynch was put through a workout and a physical, passing both tests. That night, ESPN reported Lynch signed a deal for this year only.”He’s just been through so much, and we know him as well as I think you could know a guy, and what he brings and what he offers and all,” Carroll said after Lynch was signed, via ESPN. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s as physical of a player as I’ve ever been around, as great of a competitor as I’ve ever been around. So when you get to add somebody like that to your team, it only helps and enhances kind of the mentality that we already cherish.”On the same day they signed Lynch, the Seahawks brought back another familiar running back in Robert Turbin for additional depth. Homer, Lynch and Turbin are the only running backs on Seattle’s roster going into their divisional playoff game against the Packers.True to form, Lynch was a man of few words when asked last week why he came out of retirement to help the Seahawks.”Happy holidays,” he said. “Merry New Year. Y’all have a great day. It’s a great feeling to be back. Thank you.”A message from @MoneyLynch. 🎙#MerryNewYear#WPMOYChallenge Wagner pic.twitter.com/JgQ8lxync9— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 25, 2019Lynch, who recorded his 10th career postseason rushing touchdown in the Seahawks’ win over the Eagles in the wild-card round, now has a chance at a playoff milestone. With at least two rushing touchdowns against Green Bay, Lynch would tie Pro Football Hall of Famers Terrell Davis (12) and John Riggins (12) for the fourth most career postseason rushing touchdowns in NFL history.Before he was re-signed in December, Lynch had not played for Seattle since the divisional round of the playoffs after the 2015 season, when the Seahawks lost to the eventual NFC-champion Panthers. Drafted by Buffalo in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Lynch was traded to Seattle during the 2010 season.In six seasons with the Seahawks, he racked up 6,347 rushing yards, 57 rushing touchdowns, four Pro Bowl selections and one epic postseason carry against the Saints.Following that 2015 season, Lynch famously retired while Super Bowl 50 was being played by posting on Twitter a photo of his cleats hanging from a wire. After sitting out the 2016 season, he returned to play for his hometown Raiders for two seasons, playing in 21 games and compiling 1,267 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in the process.Though technically not retired, he reportedly was done with football once his contract with the Raiders expired in March. That changed a few weeks ago.Marshawn Lynch’s contract with SeahawksLynch’s new contract with Seattle is for this year only, which in terms of the regular season was just one game. According to NFL.com, he was paid $60,588 for that game, which amounts to the league minimum.However, Lynch was signed with the Seahawks having already clinched a playoff berth, meaning he and all other Seattle players will earn extra money in the postseason. The longer the Seahawks last in the playoffs, the more their players will earn.CBS Sports’ John Breech has provided a breakdown of the money Lynch could earn in the playoffs:”For this year’s playoffs, Lynch could end pocketing an extra $242,000 if the Seahawks end up winning the Super Bowl, but that could only happen if the Seahawks end up as the NFC’s No. 3 seed. In this scenario, Lynch — and all Seahawks players — would collect $31,000 for the Seahawks game in the wild card round, $31,000 for the divisional round game and $56,000 for playing in the NFC title game. Lynch would also get a separate check for $124,000 if the Seahawks were to win the Super Bowl. If you add that to his $60,588 for Week 17, that means Lynch could make a total of $302,588 on the field for roughly one month of work.” A few weeks ago, the idea of Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement to play for the Seahawks might have been met with laughter. The 33-year-old running back seemed happy serving tequila shots at Raiders tailgates in Oakland, and Seattle was rumbling toward the playoffs with the NFL’s third best rushing offense.Any of that laughter ended when the Seahawks lost both starting running back Chris Carson (broken hip) and backup C.J. Prosise (broken arm) for the rest of the season in the same game, their Week 16 loss to the Cardinals. It came a couple weeks after Rashaad Penny also was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.