Springfield lands $110,000 ‘brownfields’ clean-up grant for Fellows site

first_img-30- Governor Jim Douglas has announced that $110,000 will be granted to the Precision Valley Development Corporation to continue clean-up activities at the former Fellows Gear Shaper property in Springfield. This proposal will help continue with the re-development of a critical downtown property, said Governor Douglas. This will not only help the town s economy, but will turn a blighted property into clean, safe commercial space, including space for the Springfield Hospital health center.These funds are being made available to PVDC from the State s Brownfield Fund, which will be leveraged with another $80,000 from the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission s (SWCRPC) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) supplemental funding through the Environmental Protection Agency.Redevelopment of the site, located in Springfield s downtown, will result in the reuse of a historic building and provide new office and commercial space. The State of Vermont and SWCRPC are working very closely with the developers of the property, 100 River Street, LLC and the Springfield Regional Development Corporation.The Environmental Protection Agency has capitalized both the State s and SWCRPC s funds through its competitive brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program.To date, the State has been awarded over $1.5 million for clean-up of brownfield sites; and SWCRPC has been awarded close to $3 million in RLF and assessment funding.Last year, the state awarded $750,000 to the town for use in installing new safety systems such as sprinklers and emergency lighting at the Fellows building, located at 100 River Street, and in 2008 the state authorized $344,731 worth of tax credits to help refurbish the historic building.For additional information about the Governor s Vermont Brownfields Initiative, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/brownfields/index.htm(link is external).Source: Governor’s office. 3.24.2010last_img read more

Open enrollment offers HSA growth opportunities

first_imgOpen enrollment season is here, and with a projected five percent increase in health care costs for 2018, employers are looking to control spending. As a result, employees selecting their benefit plans for 2018 will see higher costs, more cost sharing, and in most cases, a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) option.Large employers project health care benefit costs to exceed $14,000 per employee next year, according to an annual survey of large employers by the National Business Group on Health. Its “Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey” found that 90 percent of survey respondents will offer at least one type of consumer directed health plan (CDHP) in 2018, up from 84 percent in 2017. And, among those employers offering a CDHP option, 80 percent will offer an HDHP paired with a health savings account (HSA).This is good news for credit unions offering HSAs to their members as there is a direct correlation between the increasing number of HSAs and the growth in CDHPs. Open enrollment season gives credit unions an opportunity to promote their HSA offerings and educate members who are in the process of selecting their health benefits about the advantages of an HSA. Many Members Not Aware of HSA’s Triple Tax BenefitsAn HSA is unlike any other tax-advantaged savings vehicle in that it offers a triple tax benefit:Contributions to an HSA are tax-deductible (pretax if made through payroll deduction). The interest earned in an HSA is tax-deferred.Distributions for qualified medical expenses are tax-free. An HSA can also be used to save for medical expenses in retirement.That said, members may not be aware of these HSA benefits, so educating them about an HSA and its financial opportunities is important. The 2016 Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)/Greenwald & Associates’ “Consumer Engagement in Heath Care Survey” reported that 14 percent of privately insured adults were enrolled in a CDHP. And, while more than half of CDHP enrollees (56 percent) opened an HSA, the survey reported that 25 percent of CDHP enrollees were enrolled in an HSA-eligible plan but had not opened an HSA.Data Shows Continued HSA GrowthDespite what seems to be a general lack of knowledge about how HSAs work, HSAs experienced double-digit growth last year, as they have every year since they became available. Credit unions that offer HSAs recorded a more than 17 percent increase in HSA deposits last year and held $1.38 billion in HSA deposits as of year-end, up from $1.17 billion as of year-end 2015, according to call report data analyzed by the Economics and Statistics Department of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Yet credit unions held just a fraction of the almost $37 billion in HSA deposits in 2016, according to the “2016 Year-End Devenir HSA Market Survey,” which surveyed primarily the top 100 HSA providers. That is because less than 15 percent of credit unions offer HSAs to their members.HSA providers surveyed by Devenir in 2016 projected that HSA assets would grow by 20 percent this year and estimated that their own HSA business would grow by 24 percent. Based on the “2017 Mid-Year Devenir HSA Market Survey,” growth so far from 2016 to 2017 actually surpassed 20 percent. In its 2016 and 2017 surveys, Devenir projects that the HSA market will exceed $50 billion in HSA assets by the end of 2018, and $60 billion by the end of 2019.Credit Unions Can Drive Their Own HSA GrowthCredit unions can use the open enrollment season to build their HSA portfolios as members select HSA-compatible HDHPs as their health plans for the coming year. Following are tips to help credit unions build their HSA programs.Contact local insurance agents and brokers to make them aware of HSA program offerings. Their small business customers may be looking to offer an HSA-compatible HDHP and want to use a local financial organization as the HSA provider. Credit unions offering a competitive HSA program often find that insurance agents and brokers are happy to refer their clients to a local credit union offering HSAs, especially because not all banks and credit unions offer HSAs. Credit unions that enter into relationships with insurance agents to provide HSA services to their customers often find that this leads to new credit union memberships and the opportunity to offer these new members other credit union services.Promote HSA program offerings to small business and self-employed members. These members have already chosen the credit union for their business accounts and lending needs. Along with access to business credit, small businesses also struggle with the high cost of health insurance. Many are switching to an HSA-compatible HDHP to reduce health care costs. Providing HSA services to these small business and self-employed members can help them reduce costs and improve benefits for their employees. And as employees of these small businesses open HSAs, they help to build a credit union’s HSA program.Offer a free HSA educational seminar to help educate members and potential members about the benefits of an HSA. Although the HSA is becoming more popular, much confusion remains, and members may not fully understand the powerful tax advantages an HSA provides. Credit unions are already a trusted source of consumer financial information so helping educate members about the HSA ensures that members will understand the benefits and avoid the pitfalls. Credit unions that offer retirement planning seminars should include a discussion of how an HSA can be used to save for medical expenses in retirement. Credit unions have an opportunity to start capturing their share of the HSA market during the open enrollment period. Credit unions that offer HSAs are finding success, with 225 credit unions holding more than $1 million in HSA deposits and 61 holding over $5 million in HSA deposits, according to Devenir. Ascensus® partners with Devenir to offer the Devenir myHSAinvestments® solution and private-label HSA investment platform to credit unions. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Detailslast_img read more

Rigid rural regulation

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Penalties for big properties

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Kia Joorabchian rubbishes Arsenal transfer links to Joelson Fernandes

first_imgFernandes has a £40m buy-out clause (Picture: Getty)Joelson Fernandes’s agent has denied the Sporting Lisbon star is in talks with Arsenal over a move to the Premier League.Kia Joorabchian has been described as the driving force behind Arsenal’s efforts to sign the 17-year-old, who is a rising star in Portugal and has also been linked with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.Arsenal have close ties with Joorabchian, who has already secured deals at Arsenal for his clients David Luiz and Cedric Soares.Former Chelsea winger Willian is also expected to join Arsenal in the coming days, but Joorabchian denied he was trying to get Fernandes to sign for the Gunners as well.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told TalkSport about the rumours: ‘Today I read something about Joelson Fernandes, that Arsenal made an offer. ‘He’s young, phenomenal talent, but we’ve never spoken about him to Arsenal. ‘I’ve probably seen like 25 articles about him and Arsenal and it’s so untrue. I’ve never mentioned him to Arsenal.’ Willian is set to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Fernandes has a £40million release clause, but Arsenal are reportedly hopeful of lowering the asking price by offering one of their players in part exchange.While Arsenal may not be pushing to sign Fernandes, the Gunners have agreed personal terms with Brazilian attacker Willian to join the club on a free transfer.Fans are waiting impatiently for Arsenal to officially announce the deal, but Joorabchian refused to confirm his player was on the way to the Emirates.‘He had a fantastic seven years at Chelsea,’ Joorabchian said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He had a fantastic relationship with Frank [Lampard] and respected him a lot.‘For now, I can’t say, but we know where he’s going and it will be announced soon.’MORE: Mesut Ozil speaks out on Arsenal future and omission from the side under Mikel ArtetaMORE: Real Madrid reject Arsenal’s new offer to sign Dani Ceballos Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Kia Joorabchian rubbishes Arsenal transfer links to Joelson Fernandes Advertisement Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 13 Aug 2020 1:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

Roy Wayne Bolser, 79, Brookville

first_imgRoy Wayne Bolser, age 79, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday evening December 24, 2018 at Fairway Village Nursing Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.Born June 9, 1939 in Butler County, Ohio he was the son of the late Clarence & Lucy (Bond) Bolser. On June 7, 1958 he was united in marriage to the former Gail Powell and she survives.He worked as a dairy farmer prior to going to work at Hamilton Foundry in Harrison, Ohio from where he retired. He was a member and former Trustee of First Baptist Church of Brookville, and a member of the National Rifle Association. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting & fishing and being outdoors.Besides Gail, his loving wife of over 60 years, survivors include a daughter & son-in-law, Sherry & Billy Burkhart of Brookville, Indiana, a son & daughter-in-law, Bryan Scott & Jeanetta Bolser of South Decatur, Indiana; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther (Bob) Landers of Bright, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Rita Bolser of Brookville, Indiana, three brothers, Herschel (Alpha) Bolser, Gary (Kay) Bolser and Fred (Judy) Bolser all of Brookville, Indiana; as well as many nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Cristine Faye Kelly who died February 4, 2015, a son, Mark W. Bolser who died March 4, 1987; a sister Phyllis Willsey and a brother, Ronald Bolser.Family & friends may visit from 5 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Mike Holman, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate the Funeral Services on Friday, December 28, 2018, 10:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Baptist Church of Brookville. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bolser family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Fast reactions from Syracuse’s 71-70 loss to Clemson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2020 at 9:16 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 A missed shot on one end quickly turned into Clemson running the floor. As Syracuse’s defense scrambled, the Tigers drove into the lane. Joe Girard III couldn’t fully stop the drive. Jesse Edwards was too far up. The ball went to Clyde Trapp, who sank a layup in Edwards’ face in the eventual 71-70 Clemson win on Tuesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. Edwards, who had slowly fallen out of the rotation and not played over the last three games, shouldn’t have been in the game. But the big men in front of him couldn’t stay in the game. As Syracuse approached a 10-point second-half lead, center Bourama Sidibe reached behind a Clemson defender’s back and picked up his fourth foul with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game. At the time, both he and forward Marek Dolezaj had four fouls. With freshmen Edwards and Quincy Guerrier in for the two upperclassmen, Clemson scored three consecutive points and Dolezaj returned. About four minutes later, Dolezaj fouled out. “A couple fouls you can’t commit,” said head coach Jim Boeheim. “We need him in the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen a little more than two minutes after Sidibe was forced back in, he too fouled out. Down the stretch, the fouls led to a 3-point play allowed by Edwards and a turnover with under a minute to play. Then came the final play, a scrambled mess that ended with a layup in Edwards’s face and halted Syracuse’s winning streak at five. Shooters? Clemson entered the game shooting 32% from beyond the arc but relied on three-pointers for 38% of the total scoring. The Tigers started the game with the strong shooting performance they’d need to defeat Syracuse, hitting three of their first four 3-point shots. Syracuse rotated well on defense for much of the half and forced Clemson into often contested outside shots. Still, the Tigers hit 7-of-17 3-pointers in the first half, converting at a clip about 10% higher than their usual number. The Tigers eventually cooled off and hit just two 3-pointers in the second half. Same story, different night Syracuse’s top scorers did just that on Tuesday night. Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes combined for 44 points on a combined 15-of-35 shooting.With the Orange struggling to score early, they turned to the ACC’s top scorer. Hughes hit two 3-pointers before later sinking all three free throws on a fouled 3-point attempt, and then converted a layup on the subsequent possession. He finished the first half with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. To start the second half, Buddy came alive. After nearly turning the ball over, Buddy snagged the loose ball and finished a layup, furthering his recent surge of scoring inside. Then he went back out to where he often hits, beyond the 3-point line and sank a triple. A few possessions later, he hit once more from well beyond the arc with a hand in his face. “Elijah and Buddy kept us in there,” Boeheim said. “Marek is key for us, and him being in foul trouble hurt. That happens sometimes. Unbelievable effort and they made the last play.”Girard had hit the shot that few can so many times before. He started far out, near the halfcourt line and crouched. After a step or two, still standing several feet from beyond the 3-point line, Girard pulled up when his defender didn’t expect it. In the end, Hughes missed a final heave and the duo’s scoring wasn’t enough for the Orange to steal a victory on the road. Commentslast_img read more