A 2009 change in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation regulations has confirmed the quality of the wood ash from McNeil Station as a valuable fertilizer, and it has been used as that with the help of Resource Management, Inc.Burlington Electric Department has partnered with RMI for the past decade to remove all wood ash from the McNeil Generating Plant and recycle it into a useful product. Wood ash, which is produced during the generation of electricity at McNeil Station, is in high demand by farmers who use it as an organic fertilizer. RMI removes it from the power plant and takes it directly to the farmers to spread on their fields before planting their crops.Barbara Grimes, general manager of BED, said, It is important that we take every measure possible to reduce waste, reduce greenhouse gas, and promote the economic vitality of the region. Turning this wood ash by-product into something useful for area farmers complies with these goals.Wood-fired power plants began developing in New England following the energy crisis of the 1970 s. These innovative wood-chip power plants were built on the premise that clean, local energy is vital to New England. Further, they were built with the intent to produce no waste; the wood ash produced is the perfect product for New England soils. When the 50 megawatt McNeil Generating Station came on line in 1984, it was the largest in the world. The fuel combusted by the power plant is primarily wood that comes from wood lots with forest management plans and clearing for development.Wood ash is unique because it provides an organic source of potassium and replaces lime. Potassium is an important nutrient that helps plants resist drought, increase the hardiness of plants and facilitates nitrogen uptake. The lime value in the wood ash quickly brings up the soil pH. While most wood ash goes on corn and hay ground, it is also very beneficial for vegetable crops, small grains and pumpkins. For farmers, commercial-grade wood ash has become a cornerstone of soil fertility in the northeast.Closing the loop on waste and turning it into a useful product is an important part of sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions. Farmers who use this wood ash are contributing to the goal of sustainability.Source: BED
The Florida Bar Foundation, already expecting to make about $10 million in legal aid grants, will shortly have that boosted by $2 million through the state’s new Civil Legal Justice Act.Foundation President Bill Thompson reported to the Bar Board of Governors recently that since its inception, the Foundation’s IOTA program has provided more than $150 million in financing for legal services to the poor and more than $7 million for projects to improve the administration of justice.This year, the Foundation will make about $10 million in grants to legal services, about $600,000 in grants to improve the administration of justice, and more than $50,000 in grants to law students doing public service work, he said.In addition to that, the Foundation anticipates gearing up the Civil Legal Justice Act soon. Under that law, the Foundation expects to sign a $2 million contract with the state Department of Community Affairs to run pilot programs in seven circuits.Under the law, those programs will be geared to problems that poorer families typically have. The money cannot be used to sue the state or any of its agencies.“We’re hoping to have something final in September,” Thompson said. “We have plans to move very quickly to get the funds out to worthy projects to show our legislature the value and benefit of those funds.” Foundation expects to distribute $12 million in grants this year September 15, 2002 Regular News Foundation expects to distribute $12 million in grants this year
Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Free-throw shooting decided Wednesday night’s boys’ basketball game between Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island.In a close matchup where every point counted, the Trojans scored 23 of theirs from the foul line en route to their 54-49 win.MDI improved to 6-2 while Ellsworth dropped to 6-3.“Free throws are one of those things we work on a lot in practice,” MDI coach Justin Norwood said. “A lot of games come down to those one or two points.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth Eagles started strong, scoring 12 unanswered points for a 17-5 lead just minutes into the first quarter.“We came out of the gate fast and hit our shots,” Ellsworth coach Peter Austin said. “We had all kinds of energy in the first quarter.”MDI temporarily appeared outmatched, but the longtime rivalry that packed Katsiaficas Gymnasium did not disappoint.The Trojans chipped away at Ellsworth’s lead in the second period, where they sank eight-of-10 foul shots. The Eagles lost some ground, missing all four of their free throws, and entered halftime up just 25-20.“It would have been easy for us to panic in that first quarter when we got down,” Norwood said. “We just trusted in what we were doing.”Junior guard Bryce Harmon scored the first points of the half with a layup for Ellsworth. Senior forward Nick Bagley added a field goal and free throw on a three-point play to put the Eagles up 30-20.Just as quickly, junior forward Russell Kropff hit two free throws, kicking off a seven-point MDI scoring run that cut its deficit from 10 to three.Ellsworth fans and players react to a play that left two players on the ground in Mount Desert Island’s 54-49 win Wednesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSWith a minute left in the quarter, Kropff snatched away Ellsworth’s lead with a field goal, and MDI entered the final period up 38-37.“I probably played some of my players too much, so they didn’t have fresh legs in the third and fourth quarters,” Austin said. “That probably had a lot to do with it.”Kropff extended MDI’s lead to 40-37 with another two points from the foul line. Ellsworth fans began chanting, “This is our house,” when junior forward Riley Swanson hit a 3-pointer for MDI that silenced the blocks of maroon in the stands.MDI built a 46-38 lead when Ellsworth senior guard Alex Braley and Bagley each drained two of two foul shots. Bagley followed his with a steal on the following MDI possession, which he drove in for another two points for Ellsworth.“Our free-throw shooting wasn’t up to par, but we won the turnover battle,” Austin said. “We could have folded there, but we showed a lot of heart.”With a minute and a half left, a Bruce St. Peter basket and a Braley free throw brought Ellsworth within a point of tying the score — the closest the Eagles would get. But again, Kropff hit two foul shots to put MDI up 50-47.In the final minute, MDI junior forward Graham Good hit four of four free throws to put the game away.“It was a nip-and-tuck game all the way,” Austin said. “We need to learn to finish games.”Kropff led MDI with 14 points, and Swanson and Good each contributed 11. The Trojans were 23-for-29 from the free throw line, while the Eagles went 10-for-19.Bagley totaled a game-high 16 points for Ellsworth. Harmon and St. Peter added 11 and nine points.Ellsworth and MDI will meet again in the final game of the season on Feb. 4 at MDI.Mount Desert Island fans and players celebrate after defeating Ellsworth 54-49 on Wednesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.
FHFA’s Conservatorship of GSEs Has No Clear End, Ratings Company Says Fitch Ratings affirmed that while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac maintained a “Stable Rating Outlook” in April due to direct financial support from the U.S. government, the ratings company said it expected the controversial FHFA’s conservatorship of the two Enterprises would continue indefinitely.”Despite significant legislative efforts over reform of the housing market during the past year, the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) remain in conservatorship without a clear exit path,” Fitch said in its report. “The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has signaled that it will not interfere with Congress with respect to housing market reform.”The GSEs have been under FHFA conservatorship since September 2008, at which time they needed a combined bailout of $187.5 billion from taxpayers in order to stay afloat.A recent stress test administered by the FHFA determined that the two GSEs would need another taxpayer bailout, this time of up to $157 billion, when certain hypothetical adverse economic conditions were applied.The Fitch report examined the likelihood of the GSEs having to take another draw on Treasury, which is been an oft-discussed topic among housing market analysts in the last few months. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac returned to profitability in 2012, but those profits declined substantially from 2013 to 2014. Recent reports, including one from the FHFA Inspector General, have warned that the conservatorship will likely continue, but the profitability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might not.Since 2012, all GSE profits have been swept into Treasury. The GSEs each have a capital buffer of $1.8 billion, but it is required to be reduced by $600 million per year until it reaches zero by 2018. The Enterprises would require another draw on Treasury should their losses exceed their capital buffer.”Fitch believes the likelihood of additional draws from the U.S. Treasury will increase over time as the GSEs’ own capital reserve buffers are reduced to zero by 2018, particularly if economic conditions worsen materially or interest rates change rapidly,” Fitch wrote in the report. Conservatorship Fannie Mae FHFA Fitch Ratings Freddie Mac 2015-05-04 Seth Welborn May 4, 2015 629 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share