Ready’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant closed temporarily following a small fire behind the building at 415 E. Eighth Street, according to the eatery’s Facebook page.Minimal damage was reported to some electrical wires on the exterior of the building. An electrician was called in to make repairs to help Ready’s get back in business as soon as possible.The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately announced.“Due to a small fire behind the restaurant, Ready’s will be closed temporarily. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will keep everyone updated as to when we will reopen. Thank you for your continued support,” the restaurant said in a Facebook posting. Ready’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant at 415 E. Eighth Street. (Courtesy of tripadvisor.com)
Governor Jim Douglas today announced that 30 Vermont communities in 2010 will receive a combined $3.8 million for transportation enhancement projects.Since 1995, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has awarded enhancement grants to communities and non-profit organizations for a wide range of federally-eligible projects such as restoring historic buildings, rebuilding and extending sidewalks, enhancing the environment, improving hiking and biking trails, purchasing scenic easements and repairing historic bridges. Since the programs inception, more than 330 grant awards have been made to Vermont communities totaling over $45 million. These grants provide seed money so communities can complete important transportation projects they otherwise might not be able to afford, Governor Douglas said. The projects not only improve our existing transportation system, but they provide a significant contribution to the state s economy.The 2010 process was quite competitive and saw 45 applications with funding requests totaling over $8.7 million. Grant applications were reviewed by VTrans to affirm project eligibility, then were individually considered and awarded by a grant committee. VTrans staff provides technical and limited project assistance to grant recipients.In keeping with the will of the Vermont Legislature that priority be given to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, over two thirds of the awards and nearly ninety percent of the funding went to pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Most of the remaining awards were given to either environmentally sensitive projects such as a wildlife crossing or the construction of new salt sheds, or other projects such as the reconstruction or repair of historic bridges.The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) passed by Congress in 1991 created the Transportation Enhancement Program. In 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU) reaffirmed Congress commitment to enhancing communities by increasing funding support for enhancement projects through 2010.Specific questions about the Transportation Enhancements Grant Program may be answered by calling 828-0583.Source: Governor’s office. 3.30.2010Enhancement awards for FY10 include the following: 2010 TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT AWARDS County TownSponsorProject TitleAward AmtProject TotalBenningtonBenningtonVillage of North Bennington Sidewalks and streetscape study $15,000$18,750WindhamBrattleboroTown of BrattleboroDowntown Sidewalks$300,000$375,000ChittendenBurlingtonCity of BurlingtonBike Path Realignment $100,000$125,000RutlandCastleton Town of Castleton Sidewalks & Crosswalks$46,000$57,500RutlandCity of RutlandCity of RutlandRutland Creek Path $300,000$375,000OrleansDerbyVillage of Derby LineSidewalks Study$20,000$25,000WindhamDummerstonTown of DummerstonCovered Bridge Wing-walls$200,000$250,000Washington East MontpelierCross Vermont Trail AssociationCross Vermont Trail – US 2 retaining wall$300,000$375,000FranklinEnosburghTown of EnosburghMunicipal Salt Shed$50,000$62,500FranklinFairfaxTown of FairfaxFairfax Village Sidewalks Study$20,000$25,000FranklinFairfieldTown of FairfieldFairfield Sidewalks Study$24,000$30,000FranklinGeorgiaTown of GeorgiaMunicipal Salt Shed$50,000$62,500WindsorHartfordTown of HartfordN. Hartland Road Bike/Ped$275,000$343,750LamoilleJohnsonVillage of JohnsonSchool Street Streetscape$290,000$362,500LamoilleJohnsonTown of JohnsonVillage to LVRT Path Study$14,000$17,500AddisonMiddlebury & WeybridgeTown of Middlebury Pulp Mill Bridge Sidewalk Study$20,000$25,000AddisonMonktonTown of Monkton Monkton Road Wildlife Crossing $150,000$187,500LamoilleMorristownTown of MorristownVT 100 Sidewalk Scoping $16,000$20,000RutlandPoultneyTown of PoultneyE. Poultney Pedestrian Bridge Study$16,000$20,000WindhamPutneyTown of PutneyPutney Village Sidewalks $300,000$375,000WindhamRockinghamTown of RockinghamBridge Street Bridge Rehab$240,000$300,000BenningtonShaftsburyTown of Shaftsbury South Shaftsbury Sidewalk$73,000$91,250ChittendenShelburneTown of ShelburneShelburne Falls Ped Study $24,000$30,000Grand IsleSouth HeroLocal MotionCauseway Bike Ferry$300,000$375,000FranklinSt. AlbansAldis Playground TrustSt. Albans scenic easement $80,000$100,000BenningtonStamfordTown of StamfordMunicipal Salt Shed$50,000$62,500Washington WaterburyTown of WaterburyStowe Street Sidewalk$205,000$256,250RutlandWest RutlandTown of West RutlandMarble Street Sidewalks Study$20,000$25,000ChittendenWinooskiCity of WinooskiSidewalks to School$300,000$375,000LamoilleWolcottTown of WolcottLVRT Trailhead Study$20,000$25,000 ### TOTAL AWARDS:$3,818,000
“Obviously it’s not surprising how many players have tested positive when you see the scenes and the images and the videos from the tournament and the players party with no social distancing in place,” Murray said on Tuesday.”I’ve seen some people say this puts the US Open in doubt but the measures and the protocols they have in place are completely different to what was going on in Serbia and Croatia.”For a start, there will be no fans and the players will now know we can all be affected by this, it doesn’t matter who you are, we need to respect the rules.”The players, however, did not break any government protocols in Serbia or Croatia with both countries easing lockdown measures weeks before the event. On Tuesday Murray enjoyed a winning return to action as he beat Liam Broady in the ‘Battle of the Brits’ charity tournament at the national tennis center in west London.The twice Wimbledon champion and former world number one eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over the British number six in his first competitive match since the Davis Cup Finals in November.The week-long event, organized by Murray’s brother Jamie while professional tennis remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being played behind closed doors with strict health protocols in place.While there were chair umpires, players picked up their own balls and towels and they did not change ends. The event is raising money for Britain’s National Health Service.There were also wins in London for British number one Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund on the opening day.Murray will face Edmund in his next round-robin match.”It was OK, I served well throughout the match. Didn’t hit the ball that well from the back of the court, wasn’t timing the ball well,” he said.”But it was okay. For a first match in seven months and not been practicing much, so it was alright.””Last time I picked up my own balls was when I was about 17. Although we do it all the time in practice.”The ATP Tour was halted in early March as nations closed borders and imposed lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Last week the ATP and the women’s WTA issued revised calendars for the resumption of the circuit from August. Topics : Andy Murray criticized world number one Novak Djokovic for staging the Adria Tour exhibition tournament without adopting any COVID-19 precautions after the Serbian and three other players tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also returned positive tests after playing in the Balkan tournament where players were seen hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures and partying like they did in pre-COVID-19 days.Murray said he hoped the players and their family members who tested positive recovered soon and added that the tournament should not have gone ahead in hindsight.
Area Girls Basketball Sectional ScoresWednesday (1-31)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ South DearbornBatesville 47 Franklin County 38Lawrenceburg 43 Madison 34Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronMorristown 58 Hauser 47Waldron 46 Rising Sun 43