Douglas, Governors Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds Immediately

first_imgGovernor Douglas and CONEG Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds ImmediatelyWaterbury (August 5, 2008) – The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, today urged the President to release the remaining $120 million in contingency funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).The Governors had also voiced their support for Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) efforts to provide an additional $2.73 billion in FY2008 funding for LIHEAP in regular program and contingency funding; and now say the prompt release of the remaining contingency funding is critical to ensuring states-particularly those in the Northeast-can adequately prepare for the fall heating season. “Through initiatives like the new Wood Warms program and weatherization assistance offered through my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration is actively addressing challenges presented by the upcoming heating season,” said Governor Douglas. “It is clear, however, that the federal government must release LIHEAP contingency funds in a timely manner so that we can continue to meet the needs of lower income families at the start of the fall season.”The CONEG noted the immediate release of these funds was necessary in the Northeast because preparations for the upcoming LIHEAP program year begin in July. Planning for the LIHEAP program is particularly important this year as home energy prices, utility service disconnections, and the number of households in arrears to utilities all continue to rise to alarming levels.Thanks to the financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, last year Vermont provided the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household, with approximately 23,000 households served.”The LIHEAP program is critically important for Vermont’s most vulnerable families, and states must have the unwavering support of the federal government if we are going to be able to continue to provide a meaningful LIHEAP benefit to support Vermonters hardest hit by rapidly rising fuel prices,” said Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare. “Vermont is fully engaged in a variety of state efforts to ensure all our residents stay warm this winter, but we can’t do it alone.”#####last_img read more

DI-S, Ellsworth girls’ basketball teams bounce back after losses

first_imgELLSWORTH — Two of Hancock County’s top girls’ basketball teams bounced back from tough losses with hard-nosed wins in their recent contests.After a 39-35 loss to Greenville on Dec. 28 marked Deer Isle-Stonington’s first regular season defeat since January 2017, the Mariners got back on track last Monday with a 42-38 win over Shead in Eastport. The Mariners then began the new year in winning fashion Saturday with a 51-22 road victory over Machias.On Monday, Kaylee Morey notched 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals as Deer Isle-Stonington took over the No. 1 spot in Class D North with a 35-25 home win over Schenck. Deer Isle-Stonington (10-1) made it four straight wins Wednesday with a 56-21 win over Sumner in Sullivan.After a 49-18 loss at Old Town on Saturday, the Ellsworth girls (5-3) bounced back with a 40-23 road win Tuesday against Washington Academy (1-8). The Eagles earned the win despite missing both Trinity Montigny and Sierra Andrews, who were sidelined with illnesses.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDeer Isle-Stonington will host Machias in a rematch at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Ellsworth will host Maine Central Institute at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, and take on No. 1 Hermon at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.last_img read more