Williamsville covered bridge to close July 5 for replacement

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation will begin to replace the Williamsville Covered Bridge on Dover Road on Monday, July 5. The bridge will be out of service through August 29, 2010. The detour around the bridge on Parish Hill and Baker Brook Road is about two miles long and will have signs. Motorists should factor time for the detour into their travel plans.The Williamsville Covered Bridge reconstruction project involves reconstructing the existing historic bridge, built around 1850, with a new replacement covered bridge. VTRANS expects to open the new bridge to traffic on August 30. Source: VTrans Director Planning, Outreach & Community Affairs 6.29.2010last_img read more

Ferdinand targets further trophies

first_img Although Ferdinand has been linked with a lucrative move abroad, it has been obvious for some time that his future lay at Old Trafford. He has spoken openly about his future hopes for the club and last week called time on his England career in a clear attempt to extend his availability for United. And despite the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ferdinand had no hesitation in signing another deal for next term, when he hopes to land a seventh Premier League title. “Who wouldn’t want to play in this fantastic team in front of 75,000 fans every week?” said the 34-year-old defender. “It has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue.” Ferdinand added: “I can now fully concentrate on my club career, which has worked well for me over the past few years. This is a great team to be part of and we are now moving into a new era, which is very exciting. “I have met with David Moyes and I am really looking forward to working with him and winning many more trophies with this great club.” Although there has been no official confirmation, it is anticipated there will be a testimonial for Ferdinand at some stage during the summer, although an opponent is yet to be agreed. Whilst the deal itself is hardly a surprise, it is significant in that it was agreed with Ed Woodward, who will take over as chief executive from David Gill in the summer, and had to be ratified by Moyes before finally being completed. It underlines the vast change taking place at Old Trafford, with both men amongst the rookies in United’s tour party when it leaves for Australia and the Far East in July. Only Javier Hernandez will miss the trip as he is required for Confederations Cup duty with Mexico in the summer. Shinji Kagawa will also be involved for Japan, although as United are due to play two tour games in the midfielder’s homeland it would be a major surprise if he did not make some sort of appearance. “It is clear for everyone to see that Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club,” said Moyes. “Even from the outside you can see what a big character Rio is around the dressing room. I am delighted he has signed a new contract and I am looking forward to working with him.” Rio Ferdinand has set his sights on winning more silverware under David Moyes after signing a one-year contract extension with Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Newton prison inmates building homes, learning a trade

first_imgNEWTON — A new program in a central Iowa prison aims to help fill the state’s skilled labor shortage and bring qualilty, affordable homes to rural areas, while also helping keep offenders from returning to prison.Joshua Goemaat is one of the first inmates at the Newton correctional facility who’s learning to build houses for low-income families across the state. “This is a great opportunity. It’s something different than what you’re used to,” Goemaat says. “A lot of people do this on the streets, I do this on the streets. To have an opportunity to do it in here — it’s great.”Inmates will build three-bedroom houses in Newton to be shipped to communities that need affordable housing. Newton’s acting warden Jeremy Larson says Goemaat and others in the home building program can get formal training to become carpenters, electricians, plumbers and general laborers.“It’s just a win-win for Iowa,” Larson says. “To build really good quality homes for citizens of Iowa that need them, and communities that need them, and at the same time give our guys skills to make them successful when they get out. It’s just a win-win.”Iowa Prison Industries will oversee construction and sell the houses to a new nonprofit that’ll decide where to put the houses and how much they’ll cost. The first completed houses will go to Marshalltown, which was devastated by a tornado last year. Lance Henning is a Homes for Iowa board member and president of Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.“When you get farther into some of the rural areas, there’s not even the builders to be able to put those units in place,” Henning says. “You start thinking about spreading out 100, 150 of these across the state each year, it will start to make a significant difference.” Only four houses will be built this year as Iowa lawmakers didn’t provide enough money to fully launch the program.Iowa Prison Industries director Dan Clark says the goal is to eventually have about 100 men, including medium-security inmates, working on a ten-acre, fenced-in site.  Clark says, “I think once there’s real houses here and people are able to come and see the quality of the home, and the impact it has on the men that are here, and the impact it has on the family that ends up buying the home, I think there will be a lot of support for the program.”It’s modeled after an initiative in South Dakota, where inmates have built more than two-thousand homes over the past two decades. Corrections officials believe Iowa will become the only other state with a large-scale prison home-building program.last_img read more