Governor Douglas Expands Food Assistance Eligibility

first_imgGovernor Douglas Expands Food Assistance EligibilityUp to 30,000 More Vermont Households May be Eligible for BenefitsBurlington, Vt. (September 10, 2008) – To help struggling households and seniors on fixed incomes address rising fuel and food costs, Governor Jim Douglas and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie today unveiled a new initiative to expand Food Stamp Program (FSP) eligibility to as many as 30,000 additional households in Vermont.The plan is the most recent addition to the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership-a collaboration of public and private partners charged by the Governor with marshaling every available resource to help Vermonters address the rising cost of fuel and food. The partnership is co-chaired by Lt. Governor Dubie.”Vermonters are feeling the pressures of the national economic slowdown in many ways, and low-income Vermonters and seniors on a fixed income are particularly stressed by the high costs of transportation, home heating fuel, and food,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Through the efforts of my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration, the Legislature and our community partners are dedicated to ensuring that no Vermonter goes cold or hungry this winter, or any winter. This expansion of the Food Stamp Program will assure that more Vermont children and families receive financial assistance to purchase high quality, nutritious food during this challenging time.”Governor Douglas said the expansion of the FSP eligibility includes two key provisions: (1) raising the current household income limit of 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL) up to 185% FPL; and (2) eliminating the current asset test to determine eligibility for affected households. The current asset rules limit eligibility by imposing resource limits which serve as a disincentive for lower income households to build savings for emergencies, home improvements, or vehicle repairs – all of which support self-sufficiency.The federal income limit of 130 percent FPL makes many low-income Vermonters ineligible for food assistance, even though they may have high expenses. Raising the income test to 185 percent of FPL aligns the food stamp program gross income test with that of many other benefits programs such as Farm to Family, Reduced School Meals, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and VHAP for parents and caretaker relatives with dependent children in their households.”We’re very excited about this proposal, which gives thousands more Vermont families access to food assistance,” said Department of Children and Families Commissioner Steve Dale. “At present, there are over 28,000 households with over 57,000 individuals receiving food stamps in Vermont. This expansion could allow up to 30,000 more households to access food stamps, or ancillary benefits such as telephone Lifeline and Link Up credits, and free school meals for their children.”During state fiscal year 2008, Vermont households received nearly $60 million in food stamp program benefits. The new program expansion could mean up to an additional $12 million per year in direct food assistance to low-income Vermont families, with an average benefit in the region of $90 per month.”This expansion is extremely important for the 19,000 children in Vermont who are hungry right now,” added Dorigen Keeney, Director of Public Policy and Research for the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, an organization which has advocated for this eligibility expansion. “Further, this expansion of the food stamp program will help alleviate the food crisis that many more children may otherwise face this winter.”The Governor and key Fuel and Food Partnership stakeholders will collaborate to create an outreach plan to connect with Vermonters who may be eligible for this expanded program and to work out details necessary to ensure the program’s success. The Department for Children and Families, which administers the federal FSP, plans to put the expanded program eligibility into effect on January 1, 2009.ABOUT THE FUEL AND FOOD PARTNERSHIPEvery Vermont family is facing the realities of soaring fuel costs-but Vermont is fighting back. That is why I launched a comprehensive and collaborative program-the Vermont Fuel and Food Partnership-to help Vermonters address increasing home heating, gasoline and food costs by marshalling every available resource in our state,” said Governor Douglas. “Solving these problems requires an effort that goes beyond government alone and we’re fortunate to have a strong network of community-based organizations and programs to help Vermonters when times get tough. Coupled with the programs and service available from local, state and federal governments and our other private and non-profit partners, we can address this challenge and succeed.”The Fuel and Food Partnership brings together all of the creativity, compassion, information and resources in Vermont to ensure that we make the most of every dollar and that no Vermonter is left in the cold. It will provide Vermonters, through a single entry, access to every available option and empowers them with the knowledge they need to lower their energy bills and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.”I established this task force, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, to focus every effort and every resource Vermont can bring to bear to help manage the effects of higher energy costs on Vermont families,” the Governor added. “These are difficult times for working families, but Vermont has faced these kinds of challenges before, and is a national example of how deep community roots and a strong commitment to seeking new solutions can resolve even the most difficult challenges. I know that the strength and determination of Vermonters will lead us past these difficult times and leave us with a state that is stronger and more energy independent than ever before.”For more information, visit: http://helpforvt.org/(link is external)last_img read more

Tree Kills Power Saw Man in Bassa

first_imgA man in his late 40s identified as Alexander Garpue Morgan of Daywrah Town in Hoegbarn Township, Glakon Statutory District #2 in Grand Bassa County was killed when a tree he was sawing with a friend, reportedly fell on him.Residents in the area told the Daily Observer last week that the incident occurred on Monday January 26.They said the deceased and a friend identified only as Phillip had gone to cut down a tree in Beyan Town when the incident took place.They explained further that when the tree was about to fall the friend called on Morgan to run to the other side, away from the direction of the falling tree. But sadly, Morgan rushed to the direction where the tree was falling.“Morgan stood still,” Phillip told residents who had rushed to the scene to help, “but it was too late when the tree crushed him to death.” Residents broke down in tears when they saw the body of Morgan under the tree.Other Power Saw men then worked frantically to lift the portion of the tree that had fallen on Morgan but he was already dead when they drew his body from under the tree, Phillip said.The Daily Observer learned that the deceased worked on a contract basis, felling trees for neighbors in the township.The remains of Morgan were laid to rest on Saturday, February 6, in BIA Community in St. John River City Corporation District #2.He leaves to mourn his widow, Makornee Morgan and other relatives and friends.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS MINORS DEFEATED BY CLASSY CONVOY

first_imgMac Cumhaills GAA News:Donegal/Kerry National Football League:Hard luck to the Donegal team in their defeat to Kerry in Tralee on Sunday. Good luck to Marty, Rory and all the team in the next game in 2 weeks. Donegal/Down National Hurling League:Hard luck to the Donegal hurling team and the representatives from the club in their away defeat to Down on Sunday in the Allianz Hurling League. Best of luck in the next game lads.Donegal/Cavan U-21 Ulster Championship:Donegal host Cavan in the U21 Ulster Championship on Wednesday night. We are asking anyone who is in a position to steward or help out on the night to get in contact. Minor Result:Result: Sean MacCumhaills 2-03 Convoy 4-10The minor’s second game of the season and first home game was played in perfect conditions on Saturday morning. Unfortunately for the home team, neighbours St. Mary’s (Convoy) overpowered Mac Cumhaills and in fairness were well deserving of their win. We went 41 minutes, between 2 halves of football without a score from play and at this level which can be very unforgiving. The pitch was a credit to the ground staff and the use of main dressing rooms was appreciated. All the players showed great effort and enthusiasm.Best for MacCumhaills were A. Lynch A. Dullaghan, F. Griffin, C. Dunnion and C. Wong who made some fine saves.MacCumhaills Scorers – C.Dunnion (1-1), E. McDermott (1-0), N. Gavigan (0-1), A. Lynch (0-1) Coaching Officers:The club are currently seeking people to fill the roles of Football and Hurling coaching officers within the club. Can anyone interested in these positions please contact Minor Board Secretary Bryan Cannon on 087 623 6599.Cash for Clubs:To all club members, “Cash for Clubs” run by Topaz is currently offering up to €200,000 in prize draws for local sports clubs. You will earn one stamp for each fuel transaction with a minimum value of €40. When you have collected 5 stamps you can send your Cash for Clubs card to any club executive member who will forward the completed card on to Topaz to be entered into the draw. The unique number you need to put on the card is 10723. Also, please keep any receipts for fuel bought when also stamped. Registration:The Club will host a FINAL Registration evening on Saturday the 21st of March, 2015 in the Clubhouse from 4pm – 6pm. The rates are as follows: Juvenile/student is €20, Adult is €30 and family membership is €80 (2 adults and 2+ children). Please note that anyone intending to play this year must register before the 31st of March. Anyone who is not registered will not be permitted to train or play for insurance purposes. Non-playing members also need to be registered before this date to enable them to have voting rights at the club’s AGM and to be considered for tickets for Donegal’s up-coming championship games. Any queries regarding this, contact club registrar, Stephen Lynch on 087 414 7764.Club Lotto:The club are asking for people to help out by selling lotto’s. This would involve helping to sell 1 week out of every 7 or 8 depending on the amount of teams formed. This is an important source of funding for the club and a great way to help get involved with your club. All help available would be greatly appreciated. If interested please contact Terry O’Reilly on 086 609 5347.Lotto Results:There was no winner of this week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 4, 25, 26 and 30. There was 1 match 3 winner. Brendan McFeeley wins €150. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,200. Stephen Lynch’s team is selling next week. If you’re not in you can’t win!Bingo:The Bingo is back in the Jackson’s Hotel on Sunday nights with an 8.30pm start. The Snowball jackpot is €9,000 for 45 numbers or less. All are very welcome.Training Schedule:New players to all teams are more than welcome. If there is a change of time/location it will be noted on Facebook or sent via text.Under-6 training is on Wednesday in St Columba’s School Hall, at 6.00pm, all boys and girls are welcome who were born after the 1st of January 2009. Training will cost 2 Euro every night, and all players must have their membership paid also. Any parents interested in helping out contact Mark on 087 918 2877 as any help would be much appreciated.Under-8 training starts Wednesday the 11th of March at the club at 6.00pm, all boys and girls are welcome. Training will cost 2 Euro every night, and all players must have their membership paid also. Please bring gum shield and water bottle.U-10 football for boys and girls is on a Wednesday at 6.00pm. Please bring €2, gum shield and water.U-12 boy’s football is on a Wednesday at 7.00pm.The U-14s boys will be starting back in the next few weeks.U-16 boy’s football is on Friday 6.30 to 7.30pm.U-8 & U-10 Hurling 1pm to 2pm on Sunday.U-12 Hurling from 12.00 to 1.00pm on Sunday.U-14 & U-16 Hurling on a Monday from 7.00 to 8.00.The U-12 girl’s football starts back on the 10th of March from 6.00 to 7.00pm.The U-14 girl’s football is on a Tuesday from 6.30 to 7.30pm.The U-16 and Minor Girl’s Football is on Thursday from 7.00 to 8.00pm.The U-12, U-14 and U-16 Girls camogie is on a Monday at 4.30 to 6.00pm and a Friday from 5.30 to 7.00pm.Club Shop:The club shop will be open on a Wednesday from 5.45 to 7.15. The club stocks a large amount of club-crested shorts, gloves, bags and bottles and a limited number of club crested O’Neills half-zip tops.Steward Bibs:Can anyone in possession of a club steward’s bib return to the club as soon as possible.GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS MINORS DEFEATED BY CLASSY CONVOY was last modified: March 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMac CumhaillsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Vigorones A street food delight in Puntarenas

first_imgNo related posts. From perfectly cooked garlic shrimp, to oysters, to whole grilled fish, Puntarenas has no shortage of maritime cuisine. You’d expect as much from the capital city of the province with the most coastline, but there’s another land-based dish that’s emblematic to El Puerto: vigorones. It’s almost like an ice cream cone of banana leaves filled with yuca, pork, cabbage and chimichurri.Dozens of carts line city streets and the beach in Puntarenas offering this local dish. Some heavily transited areas have clusters of older women advertising vigorones. One of them, Grace “Chinita” Gomez, has been selling vigorones in Puntarenas for nearly 30 years. Alexander Villegas / The Tico TimesAside from the typical list of ingredients, Grace says the key is to add both yellow and purple onions, vinegar, salt and sugar to the chimichurri. On top of that, she likes to add a special dose of love and care to her vigorones. We couldn’t taste the love, but we did love the blend of textures and tastes this dish offers.It’s served on a plate, which is easier to eat, or you can have the full experience and have all the ingredients funneled into a cone of banana leaves. You’ll probably need a plastic bag if you chose the latter, because things get a bit messy, especially when you start digging into this pile of crunchy refreshing goodness. Alexander Villegas / The Tico TimesThe dish, including the pork, is served cold, which is perfect for hot beach days. A bed of cold cabbage lines the bottom followed by boiled yuca. This root vegetable is soft and starchy, giving a nice neutral and absorbing balance to this dish. Then comes the pork. You can pick pork belly, pork rinds or both. Alexander Villegas / The Tico TimesWe recommend both, of course.The pork belly adds the goodness all meat does, and the rinds give the vigorón a nice crisp crunch, like pork nachos. To top it off, you got a nice dollop of limey chimichurri.Now you’re ready to take your beautiful bag of vigorón on a romantic sunset walk along the beach. Like most summer loves, it’s over way too quick, and you’re left with nothing but a soggy bag of limey memories.Luckily, chances are you’re only a few meters away from the next vigorón cart.As with gallo pinto, there’s a longstanding and fierce debate about whether this dish is traditionally Costa Rican or Nicaraguan. Regardless of its origins, it’s something the people of Puntarenas have come to strongly identify as a food that represents them and their port city. Facebook Commentslast_img read more