Vermont Electric Cooperative announces annual meeting election results

first_imgVermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Results of Vermont Electric Cooperative’s (VEC) director elections and proposed bylaw amendments were announced during the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting held in Derby on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Incumbent District 1 Director Don Worth of Island Pond won re-election with 307 votes; challengers Ken Mason received 208 and Paul King received 75. Incumbent District 6 Director Dan Parsons of Richford ran unopposed and received 366 votes. Incumbent West Zone Director Dan Carswell of Franklin won re-election with 764 votes; challengers Robert Pearl received 262 votes, Caleb Elder 211 votes and Naomi Shaw 186 votes. Two proposed amendments to the bylaws also passed. An amendment to add conditions and processes for removing Directors passed with 2,293 votes in favor and 314 opposed and an amendment to eliminate a requirement that regular meetings of the board of directors be held within the VEC service territory passed with 2,296 votes in favor and 325 opposed.  Featured speakers at the meeting included Vermont Public Service Department Commissioner, Liz Miller, who spoke about Vermont’s energy future. Chief Executive Officer Dave Hallquist reported on VEC’s successful smart meter deployment and discussed the tough choices faced when choosing power suppliers. About 300 VEC members and guests attended the meeting. During a question and answer session there was a lively discussion about power supply options, including the proposed Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, Vermont. Members also raised questions about rising electricity costs and expressed concerns about state and national energy policy issues.Soruce: VEC. 5.22.2011last_img read more

NYPD Officer from Baldwin Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An off-duty New York City police officer from Baldwin was killed in a motorycle crash in Brooklyn this week.The NYPD said Officer Royston Ferguson, 35, was riding a Ducati southbound on Rockaway Parkway when he crashed into a Kia Sorrento that was making a U-turn across the double yellow lines between Avenue J and Flatlands Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.Officers who responded to the scene found Ferguson, who was ejected from the motorcycle, unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the roadway. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, was taken to Kings County Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain. Two 3-year-old boys riding in her backseat were not injured.NYPD’s Highway Unit’s Collision Investigation Squad is continuing the investigation, but the driver was not charged.Ferguson, who was assigned to the patrol borough Brooklyn north command, would have celebrated his 10th year on the force in July.last_img read more

PDEA SEES EXODUS OF NEGROS ‘PUSHERS’

first_imgPhilippine Drug Enforcement Region 6 director Alex Tablate. PN FILE PHOTO “Bacolod City and Negros Occidental ang focus natin at ng pulisso they’re trying to sell their stuff in Iloilo. Hindi nila alam na nasa surveillance na sila,” said Tablate. “Please help us in our campaign. Giveus information. PDEA and the police could not stop drug trafficking without thehelp of the community,” he stressed. Party drugs, also called club drugs orrave drugs, are recreational drugs that have stimulating properties. Regularuse can lead to the user craving more of the drug, resulting to addiction. PDEA’s Tablate cited the people ofBanate for cooperating with the police. Negros-based drug traffickers could bethinking they were safer in Iloilo because nobody knew them, said Director AlexTablate of PDEA Region 6. Tablate expressed concern that demandfor illegal drugs, particularly party drugs, could rise this holiday season. “We used an asset to transact withhim. He apparently had a contact in Banate,” said Roque. Early this week, the PDEA directorreported that the supply of illegal drugs in Iloilo significantly droppedfollowing the deaths of drug lords Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. in August 2016 inBarangay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan and Richard “Buang” Prevendido in September2017 in Barangay Balabago, Jaro district here. The Banate police prepared forCasumpang after receiving a tip that the suspect was coming to Iloilo. ILOILO City – Relentless antidrugoperations in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental may be driving drugtraffickers there to move their operation to Iloilo, according to thePhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). A suspected drug courier from SilayCity, Negros Occidental was recently arrested in Barangay San Salvador, Banate,Iloilo.center_img The 43-year-old Gerardo Casumpang ofBarangay Guinhalaran, Silay City was collared at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday bythe Banate police. “We will be utilizing 10 K-9 dogsaside from partnering with the police,” said Tablate. In Bacolod City and Negros Occidental,however, said Tablate, drug trafficking remains a challenge. Of particular concern to the PDEA arethe seaports where drug traffickers are known to slip their stocks. PDEA has tightened its monitoring ofseaports most especially in northern Iloilo. Its operatives are on the lookoutfor transient drug pushers in coordination with the Police Regional Office 6. Eight more sachets were recovered fromCasupang, added Roque. According to Police Captain GenesisRoque, Banate police chief, an asset managed to buy from the suspect a sachetof shabu for P1,000. “We can be successful of our driveagainst illegal drugs if there’s cooperation from the community. Let’s help oneanother to end the proliferation of illegal drugs,” he said. “K-9” (a homophone of “canine”) are dogs trained to assist law enforcers detect contrabands such as illegal drugs and explosives. “We need to double our efforts in monitoring the entry of illegal drugs. We expect a high demand for them this Christmas season when most people have money,” said Tablate./PNlast_img read more

Memorial services for Sam Hodges are Thursday

first_imgEUNICE, N.M. – Sam Hodges will make his final visit to the winner’s circle at Cardinal Motor Speedway on Thursday night, June 28.Memorial services for the late track owner, promoter and IMCA driver begin at 8 p.m. that evening in the winner’s circle at the Eunice speedplant he helped build.“Sam loved dirt track racing and it showed in every facet of his participation, from a racer to a promoter and track owner,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “He will be missed by all of us at IMCA.”Survivors include his wife Jill; his daughters, Cari Coy and husband Matt of Eunice, and Casey Hodges of Eunice; his son Cody Hodges and fiancée Jessica of Eunice; grandchildren, Tanner Bill (Whip) Coy, Tyson Coy, and Ellie Sikes; his sister Lea Ann Lord and husband Mike of Seminole, Texas; nephews and great nieces.Hodges, died last week at the age of 56. He and brother-in-law Mike Lord built Cardinal 20 years ago. He promoted before the track was leased to Chris Meyers and Toby Herring in 2011.Hodges underwent cancer surgery in 2015 and returned to win both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features at Cardinal’s season-opening weekend the following March. He sent his $500 winnings to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, promising to donate his share of purses earned throughout the season for cancer research.Hodges was named Eunice’s Citizen of the Year in 2001.  As the obituary states, his legend will live on each Saturday night as the lights come on and the cars drive on to the track.last_img read more

Beryl Prairie Road to be upgraded

first_imgThe Beryl Prairie Road will see some improvements over the next year. MLA Pat Pimm announced Monday that the project had entered the tender phase and he hopes construction will start in early August of this year. This project includes the application of new sealcoats and other structural improvements. Through Brenot Creek, the road will be widened, concrete barriers will be installed, pullouts will be added at the top of the two hills and sight distance will be improved by removing a hump on the top of one hill and cutting back some of the bank. New culverts will be installed throughout much of the project to improve drainage along the road. – Advertisement -This project will improve basic access for resource extraction, tourists and residents. The project is funded as a provincial-federal partnership through the Oil and Gas Rural Road Rehabilitation Improvement Program. All the work is expected to be completed by September of 2010.last_img read more