Clean Energy Development Fund releases RFP for $1.6 million modern wood heating program for Windham County

first_imgThe Public Service Department’s Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) released Wednesday a request for proposals (RFP) to design and administer a modern wood heating program in, and for the benefit of, Windham County, Vermont.  The CEDF has allocated $1.6 million of the funds reserved for Windham County for the creation of a modern wood heating program focused on installing efficient wood pellet/chip heating systems in schools and municipal buildings in Windham County.This RFP is a continuation of the CEDF’s recently established strategic focus on modern wood heating throughout Vermont.Through this RFP, the CEDF plans to issue a contract (or contracts) for the design, development, implementation, and administration of a modern wood heating program(s) in Windham County starting in 2015. The CEDF goals for the program are four-fold:1.       Develop the modern wood heating market in Windham County with a focus on school and municipal buildings and an emphasis on local economic development.2.       Leverage the program activity and funds to maximize the number of energy efficiency measures completed at buildings installing modern wood heating systems.3.       Leverage the program activity and funds to maximize the cost effectiveness and energy cost savings of the modern wood heating systems installed.4.       Maximize the number of modern wood heating systems installed and/or the amount of square footage heated with modern wood heating appliances.The full RFP is available on the CEDF’s web page:www.publicservice.vermont.gov/topics/renewable_energy/cedf(link is external)Source: CEDF 11.19.2014last_img read more

Bolgioni: Caring for our community

first_imgRutland Regional Medical Center,by Peg Bolgioni, Communications Specialist, Rutland Regional Medical Center Rutland Regional Medical Center, established in 1986, has grown to be Vermont’s largest community hospital. Our 37 specialty clinics are supported by 290 dedicated, expert medical staff and 1600 additional employees delivering compassionate and skillful care to over 250,000 patients annually. We are proud to be the largest employer in Rutland County and the largest community hospital in Vermont.Over time, Rutland Regional has adapted to the growing and changing needs of the greater Rutland community by expanding our scope of services to cover many aspects of health including diabetes, heart, kidney, infectious diseases, cancer, addiction recovery, joints, and women’s health. Case in point is that after 18 months and three construction phases, the $6 million expansion and renovation of Rutland Regional’s Emergency Department is finally complete. Part of the upgrades included a behavioral treatment area with five new behavioral treatment rooms and a more secure lobby area for the safety of patients and visitors. Additionally we have piloted a new Hepatitis C Treatment Program, and celebrated a successful twenty-year partnership with the UVM Dialysis Unit which is located at Rutland Regional.Rutland Regional’s focus is on helping patients get better, as well as supporting them in staying healthy. When a community is healthy and engaged it results in a stronger and more vibrant economy. Rutland Regional understands that wellness impacts workforce productivity and to support that the hospital offers multiple wellness classes to be enjoyed by the community. Several times a month the hospital offers these free or low cost classes and workshops on weight loss, nutrition, heart health, chronic pain management and tobacco cessation, all designed to improve the overall health of the region’s population. We’ve also introduced various exercise programs like chair aerobics and tai chi for individuals seeking a less rigorous form of activity.  All programs are led by physicians and other practitioners who are resident “experts” on these topics. The majority of these classes take place on our hospital campus or in other locations as far north as Brandon and as far south as Manchester. To further champion our wellness initiatives, Rutland Regional produces a TV program, Window on Wellness, that airs weekly on the local public access station, PEG TV. The show covers an assortment of themes which include tips and advice for wellness, healthy recipes, staying fit, conversations with health care professionals and focus on well-being.Outside on the hospital campus, the community is welcome to enjoy bucolic gardens, outdoor gazebo, and the ¼ mile walking/jogging path called “the loop”, with exercise stations along its pathway. And, as a way for the hospital to further support the importance of outdoor activities, we have partnered with  Come Alive Outside, an organization dedicated to encouraging children to be more physically active. Using several acres of hospital land, local elementary schools have gathered to plant squash and sunflowers in June, and return to harvest their bounty in September. Coming this winter, in mid-February, a Winterfest Celebration will be presented for the entire community to enjoy. We are grateful to our local partners Carpenter & Costing, Come Alive outside Vermont, Marble Valley Grows, Rutland Recreation & Parks Department and Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum for helping us to sustain this vital program.We have public spaces inside the hospital as well. Our gift shop and retail pharmacy remain important centerpieces of our organization and a place where visitors can find “just the right gift” for a friend or family member. It is not unusual to see community organizations utilizing our free conference space in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center or gathering in our popular Food Court enjoying fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients.Rutland Regional has an impressive resume of national awards and recognitions, over 20 in the past three years, including being named a “Best Regional Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2018, the only one in the state of Vermont. This underscores their commitment to being the best community healthcare system in New England. Rutland Regional believes that taking care of the people in the greater Rutland region is a privilege and they present that care while adhering to the their promise to listen, to respect, and to care…always. Learn more about Rutland Regional at www.rrmc.org(link is external)last_img read more

Surprise! Guys want commitment, women want sex

first_imgToday Health:The difference in men’s and women’s attitudes toward sex are often taken for granted. Men want sex, women want commitment; men look for attractive mates and women go after social status.But not all psychologists are on board with these gender-essentialist statements.In a new review, University of Michigan psychologist Terri Conley and colleagues sift through psychology studies and find gender differences aren’t always as black-and-white (or pink-and-blue) as they seem. Here are six gender differences that may not be innate after all.Read the whole story: Today Healthlast_img

Why Virginia Basketball Will Make You Yawn

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:Everyone in the NCAA tournament has a pre-game routine, and they’re willing to entertain almost anything if it has the right psychological effects. Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon, though, prepares for the opening tip in what may be the strangest way possible.“I’ve never met a player,” said teammate Marial Shayok, “who yawns on a consistent basis.”This is how one of college basketball’s best players gets ready for games: He yawns. It’s a habit that Virginia fans have begun anticipating and some of Brogdon’s teammates have seen so often that they barely notice anymore. The first time Shayok witnessed it, however, he couldn’t believe his eyes. “I thought it was an accident, and then I kept seeing him do it,” he said. “I thought he wasn’t napping before games.”…Almost anything related to yawning causes yawning, says Robert Provine, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County neuroscientist and esteemed yawnologist. His research shows that 55% of people yawn when they see someone else yawn—which may be why you want to yawn while reading about Brogdon yawning.The way yawning spreads would suggest that Brogdon is the patient zero in a yawning epidemic on Virginia’s basketball team, but his teammates say they’re immune. “It never catches on,” Shayok said.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

US indicators show flu activity increasing

first_imgJan 21, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Flu in the United States picked up last week, increasing its geographic impact and sending more people to doctors’ offices, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.The rise in activity comes after 2 weeks of slight declines in some indicators, during which the CDC warned that flu activity had not likely peaked yet. Such rises and falls aren’t unusual, and flu activity in the United States typically peaks in January or later, it said today in a surveillance update.Meanwhile, British officials said yesterday that flu levels are declining in the United Kingdom, with the number of doctor’s visits declining for the third consecutive week, according to an update from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).In the United States, flu activity in two more regions, which include six northeastern and six Midwestern states, pushed above their baselines, as the level stayed elevated again in the region that includes eight southeastern states.Seventeen states reported widespread flu activity, up from 11 the previous week. States reporting regional activity dropped from 17 to 15.Doctor’s visits for flu-like illnesses rose slightly above the national baseline of 2.5% after dipping below it the previous week.The percentages of respiratory samples that tested positive for flu also rose, to 25.9%, which is up from 16.3% the week before.Deaths from pneumonia and flu stayed below the epidemic threshold, according to the CDC’s report. Two more pediatric flu deaths were reported, one from an influenza A (H3) virus and one from an influenza A virus that wasn’t subtyped, raising the total for the season to 10.Of the respiratory specimens that tested positive for flu, nearly 85% were influenza A. Though most of the influenza A samples were H3N2, the percentage of 2009 H1N1 viruses doubled from the previous week, to nearly 16%. More of the viruses were subtyped, though, compared with the previous week. About 15% of samples yielded influenza B, down from about 26% the week before.British health officials said doctor’s visits for flu-like illness fell to 66.5 per 100,000 people last week, down sharply from 108.4 per 100,000 the week before. The levels had declined over the previous 2 weeks, but health officials were cautious and warned that they could be down due to some offices being closed during the holiday period.The HPA reported 142 more flu deaths, but said a substantial number of them occurred over the past 6 weeks and because of a holiday backlog were just confirmed. Since Britain’s season started in October, 254 deaths have been reported.The predominant UK strains are still 2009 H1N1 and influenza B viruses. The HPA said a small proportion of severe infections are still occurring, especially in people younger than 65.In cases for which information is available, 81% of the patients who died from flu were in groups that put them at high risk for complications.Ongoing surveillance continues to suggest a modest increase in some invasive bacterial infections, such as pneumococcal and meningococcal disease, according to the HPA. “Although we expect to see more cases of these bacterial infections during the winter months, the HPA is monitoring the situation closely and currently investigating whether co-infection with flu is contributing to these increases,” he said.See also:Jan 21 CDC flu update summaryJan 21 CDC FluViewJan 20 HPA reportlast_img read more

Planning policy must assure a better future for petrol stations

first_imgMany of the closures have been in rural areas where independents have been unable to stay afloat. But even in cities where rising land values have driven lower-performing stations to closure and bigger players have consolidated their forecourts and allied with supermarkets, the number of forecourts continues to dwindle.All the while cars are becoming more fuel-efficient and the prevalence of hybrid and electric cars has soared.There was news in July that Volvo will stop making combustion engines from 2019. Other manufacturers will surely follow suit. By 2040 France will end sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles and the UK is expected to aim for all new cars to be electric or ultra-low-emission.While the oil industry is sure to adapt some forecourts to sell alternative fuels or serve as hubs for renewable energy-drive cars (for example by putting solar panels on the roofs to provide rapid car-charging points), forecourts are under threat. It is likely they will vanish entirely by the mid-2040s.So how is the planning system responding to this, if at all?Petrol stations are not protected under planning policy (except in a few authority areas). Policy does not recognise their value as convenience retail locations, the retail offer on many forecourts having increased substantially in response to the squeeze on fuel prices.Policy also does not generally recognise their potential for other uses, such as sustainable re-fuelling. Consequently it is currently a fairly easy planning case to demolish petrol stations and replace them with new uses, very often 100% residential developments, once their contamination issues are overcome.A convenience we take for grantedWhile recognising the value of petrol stations as potential windfall sites for housing, there is a risk that residential-only development of these sites across the board would be a waste of a valuable commercial resource.It would be wise for planning policy to adapt to this, and soon, to consider whether forecourts could become local charging stations or delivery hubs for groceries or mail-order packages, and of course convenience retail locations. And we are all going to need somewhere to clean our cars, even if they run on electricity or hydrogen.Want to find out more about on resi-led regeneration? Book your place for RESI 2017 nowAt the moment, petrol stations are a convenience we take for granted until they are gone.Then, when faced with having to walk an extra 10 minutes for a late-night packet of crisps, we realise how much we valued them. Planning policy has a role to play in protecting them, at least to some degree, to ensure our towns and cities can function in the way we need them to.Grant Leggett is a director and head of London at Boyerlast_img read more

Paddler Drowns In Southold Pond

first_imgAn experienced paddle boarder drowned on Friday, August 2, trying to assist a companion having trouble navigating a strong current in Hashamomuck Pond in Southold.Lisa Margaritis, 48, who authorities said lived in Albertson, was in the pond near Mill Creek shortly before 10 AM, participating in a paddle board yoga class with two others, when one of them had trouble passing under a bridge.Margaritis went to her rescue, but her board wedged under a piling and Margaritis fell into the water. A jogger noticed the paddle boarder could not right herself and dove into the water to help, but Margaritas was tethered to the board, her head trapped underwater.Margaritis was unable to free herself, police said. Finally, the jogger was able to free the board. Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad and Stony Brook University Hospital paramedics responded and initiated CPR, police said. She was rushed to Eastern Long Island Hospital to no avail.According to published reports, Margaritis was a cardiac nurse at two hospitals and a teacher at Garcia Muay Thai & MMA Gym in Glen Cove.Knifepoint Robbery In RiverheadA man was robbed at knifepoint at Grangebel Park on Thursday, August 1, in broad daylight.He called Riverhead Town Police at about 2:15 PM and told them two men flashed a knife, beat him, took his backpack and cell phone, and took off. The victim rode through the neighborhood and said he saw the suspects at a nearby bus stop.Police identified the pair as Steven Durham, 36, no address, and Timothy Hardge, 32, of Riverhead. Both were charged with first-degree robbery and taken into custody.Just Hanging OutBrian Gutierrez, who was observed by a passer-by “hanging halfway out of the driver’s side door” of his Honda, was arrested on July 28 and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to Southold Town police. He was spotted around 3 AM on Route 48 in Cutchogue. The witness told police the ignition was running at the time.Kelvin Euceda, 31, of Greenport, was arrested also for DWI, on July 24, after police observed him operating a 2001 Chevy pickup, allegedly the same vehicle that fled the scene of a crash earlier in the day. He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Kyle McCaskie of Cutchogue was arrested for DWI after police stopped him the same night to question him about another matter.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

REMTEHGAZ equipment & services brings nitrogen system into operation

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RONN Motor Group focuses on hydrogen

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You be the judge

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