Vermont awards $531,119 in Recreation Trail Program grants

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation has announced that 19 trail projects across the state will be receiving $531,119 from Vermont’s Recreation Trails Program (RTP).Vermont’s RTP is a matching grant program of the Federal Highway Administration for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of trails, trailhead facilities, trailside amenities, and trail-related educational projects for non-motorized, motorized, and multiple compatible recreational use.“RTP funds provide enjoyable opportunities with trails close to home, close to schools, in our parks, in our forests, and on our mountains,” says Sherry Winnie, Vermont’s RTP Administrator, “Vermont’s trails and trail systems connect people to places, promote healthy active living, and conserve the natural landscape of Vermont we love.”RTP funds have been authorized through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users (SAFETEA-LU), and are appropriated to States through the state transportation departments and natural resource agencies in cooperation with citizen advisory committees and a network of organizations and communities.The 19 communities and non-profit organizations being funded for project work include:Project Sponsor / Trail Work                            RTP AwardVermont Association of Snow Travelers                     $291,932Winter trail maintenance/winter grooming;Vermont ATV Sportsmens Association                      $5,570                     ATV educational safety courses;Cross Vermont Trail Association                      $19,672Wells River Cross Vermont trail bridge;Town of Stowe                                           $20,000Adams Camp trail construction accommodating mountain bikingKingdom Trails Association                             $10,000Nordic ski system rehabilitation accommodating nordic, cross-country classic, & skate skiingMoosalamoo Association                             $17,292Trail reconstruction on Horseshoe trail, Sucker Brook trail, Moosalamoo ski trail, & connector trail from Voter Brook Overlook to Moosalamoo Campground.Local Motion                                           $19,599Expansion of Trail Finder in Franklin & Lamoille CountiesCity of Rutland                                          $7,755Pine Hill Trail maintenance/upgrades & trail toolsNorthwoods Stewardship Center                     $7885Echo Lake shore trail construction, trailhead parking area & connector trail.Cross Vermont Trail Association                      $20,0001/mile section of new non-motorized multi-use universally accessbile trail along Winooski RiverNorthern Forest Canoe Trail                             $13,388Richford comprehensive river access trail, kiosk & trailside amenities for water-based trail usersNature Conservancy                                    $20,000Black Mountain Trail restorationTown of Williston                                    $19,725Hill Trail ConstructionTown of Sharon                                    $17,000Improve trail access with new 1-mile trail section for the Sharon-Royalton Community Trail.Mad River Path Association                             $18,671Clay Brook FootbridgeVermont Trails & Greenways Council                     $5,000Development of trail-related educational materials for trail users, trail groups & the public.Catamount Trail Association                             $3,570Development & installation of trailhead signs for 20 of 31 sections of the Catamount Trail.Vermont River Conservancy                            $5,000Upgrades to Guidhall portage & access trail with signage at parking lot.Millstone Trails Association                             $9,060Construction & installation of interpretive signageSource: VT FPR. 6.3.2010-30-last_img read more

2-year-old falls to her death on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

first_imgA family from Indiana is mourning the death of a two-year-old girl after the child fell several stories from a cruise ship Sunday.The incident occurred on the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.According to the report, the child’s grandfather was holding the child up to an open window when he somehow lost his grip and the child fell 11 stories down. Elmer Roman of the Puerto Rican Department of Public Security told CBS News that the child first hit an awning before eventually landing on the pavement at the dock.“It’s a very grave scene, very regrettable and tragic,” Roman said. “One of the grandfathers, whom it would appear was playing with the little girl, lifted her out of the open window and lost his grip.”Roman also reported that a homicide team was investigating the incident and they plan to interview the family and view security footage of the scene to conclude.Royal Caribbean has since released a statement on the tragedy saying:“We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family. We’ve made our care team available to assist the family with any resources they need. Out of respect for their privacy, we do no plan to comment further on the incident.”last_img read more