Rutland County Housing Coalition46 Evelyn St., #201Rutland, VT 05701802-775-9286Mon.-Thurs., 8:30-4:30 a.m., Fri., 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Champlain Housing TrustFranklin/Grand Isle13 Lake StreetSt. Albans, VT 05478Tel.: 802-527-2361Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Springfield Development Corp.14 Clinton StreetSpringfield, VT 15156Mon. ‘ Sat., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m.FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call800-462-7585; or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA either through the U.S. Mail, online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external)., or to their local Disaster Recovery Center to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; Saturday and Sunday from9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external). Central Vermont Community Land Trust107 North Main StreetBarre, VT 05641Tel.: 802-476-4493Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The FEMA Private Sector electronic newsletter, E-News Update #8 is pasted below and attached. It covers the most current information from FEMA regarding the ongoing disaster recovery efforts for all who have been affected by Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont. FEMA encourages interested parties to forward this free publication to any others you feel may be interested in our outreach initiative or who may need the disaster related information. This week’s E-Newsletter features: · Reiteration of the Registration Deadline for Disaster Assistance (NOVEMBER 15th)· Recovery Update As Of: Close of Business November 2, 2011· FEMA Disaster Assistance Information for Vermonters with Insurance· Updated Disaster Assistance Program Overview, Including the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline· Business Recovery and Small Business Development Center LocationsWith fewer than one in five eligible Vermonters returning their U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan applications, FEMA and SBA have teamed with Vermont NeighborWorks Organizations to offer more help with the paperwork. The deadline to return the applications is November 15.To date, SBA has mailed out 4,174 applications to Vermont homeowners and renters who have already received grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help them recover from Tropical Storm Irene. Only 782 have been returned, a rate of just under 19 percent.‘If you don’t complete the loan application, then FEMA can’t even consider you for several types of grants’money that is not a loan and does not have to be repaid,’ said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo. ‘You are never required to take a loan. If you want to do the best you can to ensure you receive all available assistance from FEMA, you must return that SBA application. That’s why we’re now offering help at 11 locations around Vermont.’Anyone whom SBA determines to be qualified will be offered a low-interest, disaster recovery loan. Payments can be as low as $50 a month. A loan may be a sensible option for bringing an individual or family back to its pre-disaster situation, since FEMA grants do not usually cover the full cost. But no one is ever required to accept a loan.To talk with an SBA specialist by phone, call 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities. Applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed online athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).If you would like to complete an application online and do not have access to a computer, please remember that your public library has a computer you can use. WHERE TO GET IN-PERSON HELP COMPLETINGYOUR SBA LOAN APPLICATION VERMONT NEIGHBORWORKS HOME OWNERSHIP CENTERS Champlain Housing Trust88 King StreetBurlington, VT 05401Tel.: 802-862-6244Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont110 Marble St.West Rutland, VT 05777Tel. 802-438-2303Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. AttachmentSize FEMA_E-News_Update_8.pdf169.71 KB Flood-Resources-Compiled-by-the-VCF_.pdf360.57 KB SBA_What_You_Need_to_Know_Blue_Logo_5.17.11.pdf163.24 KB Flood_Fact_Sheet_TS_Irene_Amend_6_Ext_Phys_Deadline_10-18-11_1.pdf104.71 KB Windham and Windsor Housing Trust’Satellite Office90 Main StreetSpringfield, VT 050156Tel.: 802-885-3220Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Fri., 8:30-3:30 Brattleboro Development Credit72 Cotton Mill Hill-2nd FloorBrattleboro, VT 05301Mon. ‘ Sat., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m. SBA DISASTER LOAN OUTREACH CENTERS Gilman Housing Trust48 Elm StreetLyndonville, VT 05851Tel.: 802-535-3555Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Windham and Windsor Housing Trust68 Birge StreetBrattleboro, VT 05301Tel.: 802-254-4604Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Fri., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Town of Hartford Building171 Bridge StreetWhite River Junction, VT 05001Mon. ‘ Fri., 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m.
With just six games remaining, Brooke Ammerman and the Badgers have surged to a 24-2-2 record.[/media-credit]One more win and they’re WCHA champions.With a 16-point lead over second place Minnesota, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team needs just two more points to lock up the WCHA regular season title.After an attendance record-setting game against Minnesota last weekend, Wisconsin is confident it can bring the 10,668-fan energy up to Bemidji.“If I’m a player, this is fun,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “This is exciting. We only get six more [games]; as a team, that’s all we get. You want to prepare for each one of them as if it’s the last one of the season. I think we’ll come out Friday with some energy. We’ve got some things to play for yet.”The Badgers are not taking the Beavers for granted. Bemidji State has defeated other top teams and has started to make a name for itself nationally.BSU (12-11-3, 10-9-3-2 WCHA) hasn’t cracked the top-10 rankings, but has been receiving votes for several weeks. Bemidji State has also been a consistent challenge for Wisconsin, forcing the Badgers to work much harder for their wins.“I think we just have to keep things in perspective,” junior forward Brooke Ammerman said. “Bemidji has beaten Minnesota, Mercyhurst and Duluth, three of the top teams in the country. They gave us two good games when they were here. It’s going to be a tough challenge.”These two teams last met in early October at the Kohl Center. The Badgers dominated Friday night with a 7-1 win and managed two goals in the second game.That 2-0 win over Bemidji State is the lowest scoring game Wisconsin has played all season.“I think they just play a great system,” Ammerman said. “They all buy into it and they’re pretty good skaters now. They have that really good goalie in net. They give us a hard time every time we play them and they play very disciplined. We just have to make sure we don’t get frustrated and we keep moving the puck and back-check hard and make sure they don’t get a quick goal on us.”Knowing one will eventually find the back of the net, UW is aware it needs to get off as many shots as possible. Yet, the defense also needs to stay consistent with the past couple of weekends and focus.“I think consistency is a big deal for our defense,” senior defenseman Geena Prough said. “Just focusing on the little things and getting the puck up quick, and quick transitioning. We know that their goalie is very good so we just need to get a lot of shots and hopefully that’ll take care of itself.”With only six games left in the regular season, the Badgers are treating each game as their last.For Prough, nothing can be taken for granted.“Obviously I have to play each game like it’s my last. It’s my senior year so I can’t take anything for granted. I think coming off of this weekend against Minnesota we have a lot of energy and we’re ready to go. We’re going to treat Bemidji like any other top ranked team because they’re a very good team.”Johnson is confident his team’s season-long hard work – with only two losses on its record – will pay off.“We’re playing for a title right now and if we win Friday night, they’ve done something special,” Johnson said. “It’s a long grind, it’s a tough trophy to win. It takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of commitment, it takes a lot of things going right for a long period of time. Now they’re in position, they can see their hand on it.”
Hearts of Oak earned a narrow 1-0 win over Bechem United in the Ghana Premier League’s Saturday only game. Youngster Thomas Abbey netted from close range to bag his fourth goal of the season at the Gyeabour Park in the Brong Ahafo Region.Bechem were boosted by their victory at Aduana while Hearts preparations suffered a setback as influential midfielder Emmanuel Hayford and defender Reuben Gnage were ruled out.David Duncan named Selasi Adjei and Cobbinah in attack and their partnership yielded fruits when Cobbinah prodded home a fabulous effort to keep his scoring run in Hearts’ last three games.Moro Abubakar’s influence in the middle caused more problems for Miroslav Bogdanovic’s side to initial attacks while Romeo Agban and Thomas Abbey had the free will to torment the hosts’ defence.Under the second minute, a Stephen Tetteh pass found Selasi the box but the former Amidaus man’s effort went just wide. But the next minute, the game’s only goal arrived. The artistry of Agban lubricated the visitors defence laying a squad pass for Selasi who flicked to Abbey whose calmness allowed him to pick his spot remarkably.Bechem tried to fight back just two minutes after the opener but Philemon McCarthy became the difficult for them.Bechem could have levelled on the stroke of full-time but McCarthy produced a more classier save to keep the Phobians in the lead. The introduction of Oleenu Ashitey even caused further problems for the home side as his great tenacity made things had for the Bechem defence.