Governor dedicates new park station in Jamaica State Park

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas ton Friday joined the dedication of Jamaica State Park s new park station, which blends the heyday of local railroads with the modern conveniences of today. The depot-style construction with its arrival window and other amenities is a nod to the railroad history of the area of our state and a creative way to preserve our cherished culture, the Governor said. When the park staff built the station, they turned their eye to local heritage while improving the park s services.The new park station replaces a 5-foot-by-8-foot closet in the ranger s quarters and incorporates many of the design elements common to those early railroad stations high ceilings, over-door transoms for lots of natural light, long roof overhangs as well as the ticket sales bump-out. It is built only a few feet from where the original Jamaica train station used to stand.The station construction was part of a large overhaul of the entire entrance complex at the park, including an ADA-accessible bathroom, new underground utilities for all the structures, a sewage pump station and replacement sewage disposal facility, a park volunteer site and a new RV/travel trailer sanitary dump station. The pavement was recycled and the entire area repaved.This work involved several contractors and local suppliers including local plumbers, excavation contractors, concrete contractors, a local countertop fabrication shop, lumber and building materials suppliers, electrical and plumbing supply houses, even a local sawmill (logs from State Parks land were sawed two years ago and dried for use as trim lumber for this project). Parks capital construction projects have been an extremely important component for the local community s contractors and suppliers. This project was no exception, the Governor said. True to the Vermont State Park experience, this new station is built for durability, longevity and good value, the Governor said.The open house and dedication were held in conjunction with the annual Jamaica Old Home Day festivities; the state park also offered free admission and hosted the Kamper s Kettle Potluck Social after the town parade. For more information about any of Vermont State Parks, visit online at www.vtstateparks.com(link is external).About Jamaica State ParkJamaica State Park, comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through the park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.The area at Salmon Hole, now used as the swimming area, was the site of a famous Indian Massacre in 1748.Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.Every spring and fall, on one weekend in late April and late September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam. This is a semiannual event for many kayakers and canoeists from all over New England.The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.There are 41 tent and trailer sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Two rest rooms, complete with hot showers (for a fee), are located in the campground. A picnic shelter and nature center is located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

Compete with fintechs through personal service

first_imgThe credit union industry has significantly increased its volume of personal loans to near-prime and prime members over the last three years.But online peer-to-peer lenders and other fintechs have dramatically outperformed all lenders for this market segment, according to a 2016 TransUnion analysis.As a lending specialist and a credit union member for many years, I was impressed with my recent peer-to-peer lending experience. Within a few minutes of submitting the easy online application, I was approved for a personal loan at a 5.39% rate with flexible payment options.The funds were in my credit union checking account the next day.Even with Lending Club’s recent difficulties and with impending regulatory oversight of fintech lenders, it’s dangerous to concede this niche to fintechs. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

James McClean decides not to wear poppy again for upcoming games

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade While at Wigan, James McClean explained his reasons for not wearing a poppy on his shirt in a letter to the club’s chairman, Dave Whelan James McClean has again decided not to wear a poppy on his shirt.Stoke’s upcoming games are against Middlesbrough and Forest, with the Republic of Ireland international making the same decision he did at previous clubs Sunderland, Wigan and West Brom. McClean is a native of Derry, Northern Ireland, the site of Bloody Sunday where in 1972 British soldiers shot dead 13 civilian protesters.The 29-year-old said in a statement issued by the club: “I know many people won’t agree with my decision or even attempt to gain an understanding of why I don’t wear a poppy.“I accept that but I would ask people to be respectful of the choice I have made, just as I’m respectful of people who do choose to wear a poppy.” 2 huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Dear Mr Whelan I wanted to write to you before talking about this face to face and explain my reasons for not wearing a poppy on my shirt for the game at Bolton. I have complete respect for those who fought and died in both World Wars – many I know were Irish-born. I have been told that your own Grandfather Paddy Whelan, from Tipperary, was one of those. I mourn their deaths like every other decent person and if the Poppy was a symbol only for the lost souls of World War I and II I would wear one. I want to make that 100% clear .You must understand this. But the Poppy is used to remember victims of other conflicts since 1945 and this is where the problem starts for me. For people from the North of Ireland such as myself, and specifically those in Derry, scene of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, the poppy has come to mean something very different. Please understand, Mr Whelan, that when you come from Creggan like myself or the Bogside, Brandywell or the majority of places in Derry, every person still lives in the shadow of one of the darkest days in Ireland’s history – even if like me you were born nearly 20 years after the event. It is just a part of who we are, ingrained into us from birth. Mr Whelan, for me to wear a poppy would be as much a gesture of disrespect for the innocent people who lost their lives in the Troubles – and Bloody Sunday especially – as I have in the past been accused of disrespecting the victims of WWI and WWII. It would be seen as an act of disrespect to those people; to my people. I am not a war monger, or anti-British, or a terrorist or any of the accusations levelled at me in the past. I am a peaceful guy, I believe everyone should live side by side, whatever their religious or political beliefs which I respect and ask for people to respect mine in return. Since last year, I am a father and I want my daughter to grow up in a peaceful world, like any parent. I am very proud of where I come from and I just cannot do something that I believe is wrong. In life, if you’re a man you should stand up for what you believe in. I know you may not agree with my feelings but I hope very much that you understand my reasons. As the owner of the club I am proud to play for, I believe I owe both you and the club’s supporters this explanation. Yours sincerely, James McClean MONEY REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Stoke host Boro in the Championship on Saturday and travel to Forest the following weekend. The statement added that other players would be wearing poppies on shirts at both fixtures.It continued: “However, we recognise that the poppy means different things to different individuals and communities and (like the Royal British Legion) do not believe that anybody should be forced or even pressured to wear the poppy against their free will.“James has informed us that he will not be wearing a Remembrance Day poppy in our next two games. We respect his decision and his right to follow his own convictions.”In 2014, when the midfielder was playing for Wigan, he explained his stance in a letter to chairman Dave Whelan, which was published on the club’s website. REVEALED 2 McClean will not wear a poppy in the upcoming Championship fixtures last_img read more