Need Some HelpDear Need,There are several financial assistance programs that can help lower-income Medicare beneficiaries who are having a difficult time paying their out-of-pocket health care costs. Here’s what’s available, along with the eligibility requirements and how to apply.Medicare Savings ProgramsLet’s start with a program that helps pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Parts A and B. It’s called the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), and it has several different benefit levels for people based on their income and asset level. At its most generous the program will pay your Part A and B premiums and pretty much all your Medicare deductibles, coinsurance and copayments. At its least generous the program will pay just your Part B premium.To qualify for a MSP, the minimum standard set by Medicare, is an income under 135 percent of the federal poverty level, which at the moment works out to around $1,426 a month for individuals (or $1,923 for married couples). Everything counts towards income, including payouts from 401(k) plans, pensions, Social Security, and help from family members.Medicare also allows states to impose an asset test, which can be as little as $7,730 per individual ($11,600 for married couples), not counting your house or car but counting retirement savings and bank accounts.But some states have made their MSP programs a lot more generous, with much higher income limits and in some cases no asset tests at all. And the program may be called something else in your state. To find out if you qualify or to apply, contact your state Medicaid program. Visit Medicare.gov/contacts or call all 800-633-4227 for contact information.Medication Extra HelpFor help with Medicare (Part D) prescription drug plan costs, there is another completely separate program called Extra Help. To get it, you’ll need to apply through your local Social Security office.Depending on how low your income is, this program will pay part or all of your Part D prescription drug plan’s monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments. In 2019, individuals with a yearly income below $18,735 ($25,365 for a married couple), and assets under $14,390 ($28,720 for a married couple) can qualify for Extra Help.If you’re eligible to be in a Medicare Savings Program, you will automatically qualify for Extra Help. But because the requirements are slightly different, even if you don’t qualify for a Medicare Savings Program for Part B you might be able to get Extra Help for Part D. For more information or to apply, visit SSA.gov/extrahelp or call Social Security at 800-772-1213.Other Assistance ProgramsDepending on your income level, needs and location there are many other financial assistance programs that can help like Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), (LIHEAP) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and many others.To help you find out what types of assistance programs you may be eligible for, and learn how to apply for them, go to BenefitsCheckUp.org. This is a free, confidential Web tool designed for people age 55 and older that contains more than 2,500 programs.It’s also possible to get help in person at one of the 87 Benefits Enrollment Centers scattered across the U.S. Call 888-268-6706 or visit NCOA.org/centerforbenefits/becs to locate a center in your area. Some centers also offer assistance over the phone.Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. Dear Savvy Senior,Are there any sources you know of that can help me save on my Medicare coverage? I’m 65, and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare out-of-pocket costs.
Greate Bay Country Club General Manager Ron Ralston, left, and longtime member Steve Coates, the radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Flyers, share a friendly moment. By Donald WittkowskiThe Jersey Shore’s rich golfing tradition includes a bayside course in Somers Point that opened during the Roaring Twenties and has been making history ever since.Perhaps the best way to judge Greate Bay Country Club’s prestige in the golfing world is to take a look at the list of celebrities who have played there or been members.Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley are among the sports superstars to have graced its links. Current Greate Bay members include Bobby Clarke, the former Philadelphia Flyers star who is now a team executive, his Broad Street Bullies teammate Dave “The Hammer” Schultz and Flyers radio commentator Steve Coates.Now, the private course is looking to add to its ranks with a fall membership drive laden with incentives. Golfers joining now for the 2017 season will play the rest of 2016 for free. There will be no membership dues until April 1, 2017. New members will also receive up to four complimentary guest rounds or a selection of other bonuses.New golf members will also receive additional benefits if they join the course’s sister property, Great Bay Racquet & Fitness, also located in Somers Point.“We have membership opportunities that fit everyone’s needs,” said Ron Ralston, Greate Bay’s general manager.Mike Smith putts at the sixth hole while his wife, Jan, holds the flag and their golfing partners Jack and Pam Walcoff look on. The Smiths and Walcoffs live in Linwood.After a scorching summer that kept the grounds crew busy maintaining the 18-hole course in top shape, Greate Bay is anxious to show new members the luscious fairways and greens.“Our golf course is in optimal shape in fall,” Ralston said.The centerpiece of the club’s “Greate Experience,” as it is known, is the championship course originally designed by the legendary Willie Park Jr. in the 1920s. In 1972, the course underwent a makeover by two other acclaimed designers, Tom and George Fazio.Part of the 150-acre course overlooks the Greate Egg Harbor Bay. Ponds and wildlife add to the picturesque setting.From 1988 to 1997, Greate Bay hosted the ShopRite LPGA Classic, one of the Jersey Shore’s premier sporting events. The Classic’s famous winners included Juli Inkster, Dottie Pepper and Nancy Lopez. In 1995, Betsy King was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame after sinking a birdie putt on the final hole at Greate Bay to seal a two-shot victory.In a change of ownership, Greate Bay was purchased in June 2004 by a group of businessmen that included Mark Benevento, Pat Croce and other investors. Benevento serves as the club’s chairman and president. Croce is well known in the Philadelphia sports scene as the former president of the 76ers basketball franchise.The new ownership group turned Greate Bay into a private club. They reconditioned the golf course to showcase its award-winning design. They also invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate the clubhouse, catering facilities and restaurants.“We continue to invest in the course and clubhouse,” Ralston said. “In the last two seasons, we’ve invested upwards of $750,000 for upgrades to the banquet facilities, the club and continued work on the golf course. It’s nice to have ownership here that wants to invest, improve and get better each day.”Greate Bay touts its private dining programs as “the envy of every club in South Jersey.” There is upscale dining in the Park Room and casual fare in The Pub.Club members said they enjoy the historic course, friendly atmosphere and the amenities that go beyond the golfing experience.A look down the fairway behind the green at the 18th hole (Greate Bay Country Club photo)“The people are nice, friendly and conversational. It’s a nice place to be. I feel that the staff and the services are top notch,” said Bill Weychert, an insurance agent who lives in Worchester, Pa., and has a summer home in Ocean City.Weychert’s golfing partners have included Steve Coates, the radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Flyers. During a recent visit to Greate Bay, shouts of “Coatesy” were heard as other golfers greeted Coates outside the clubhouse near the first hole.“It’s kind of like the Cheers bar, where everybody knows his name. We don’t have Norm, but we do have Steve Coates,” Ralston joked.Coates, who lives in Egg Harbor Township, first played at Greate Bay around 1974 or 1975 and has been a member for about 30 years.“It’s a group of fun people – the whole environment,” Coates said of the club’s overall atmosphere. “It’s about relaxation and having fun. The staff creates the ability to have fun. It’s a relaxed setting.”A new membership drive is underway. Perks include no membership dues until April 1, 2017.On the wall next to Ralston’s office is Greate Bay’s mission statement. Hardly surprising, the statement emphasizes the attributes of the club that Coates and Weychert said they enjoy so much.“We will enthusiastically exceed the expectations of our members, staff and community and while maintaining a fun and comfortable atmosphere,” it says.Greate Bay’s history, no doubt, is a huge part of that atmosphere. When it opened in 1923, it was owned by Harvey Lake and called Ocean City Country Club, a nod to the beach resort town just across the bay.Over the years, the course took on different names under different owners. Its name was changed to Greate Bay Resort & Country Club under Eugene Gatti’s ownership in 1991. The name has since been shortened to Greate Bay Country Club.The course itself has retained its legendary appeal. Ralston said Greate Bay’s image has been enhanced by the course’s speedy reputation.“We’re the home of the three-hour, 58-minute round,” he said. “Come out to Greate Bay and you’ll never play a slow round of golf. You can play in the morning and meet your family at the beach in the afternoon.”The clubhouse is one of the facilities at Greate Bay receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in upgrades in the last two years. For more information about Greate Bay’s membership drive, visit www.greatebay.com , Greate Bay Facebook Page or call General Manager Ron Ralston at (609) 927-5071, ext. 112.
The EC Commission has published a proposal to update and simplify the complex and long-standing rules that control food labelling. As a Regulation, the final text adopted will apply directly in Member States, without national redrafting or the scope for gold-plating. This would prevent, more reliably than previously, the emergence of bar-riers to trade between Member States on the basis of food labelling inconsistencies. Negotiations are ongoing and the final text may be significantly different from that currently proposed, but bakery manufacturers and retailers need to be aware of what’s on the table.ScopeThe Regulation will apply to all foods intended for the final consumer. Supply of raw materials, such as flour and intermediate products like shortening, from one business to another is therefore outside the Regulation’s scope. The draft title ’Provision of food information to consumers’ reflects this and that the Regulation applies not only to labelling, but also to other forms of accompanying material, including that provided electronically, such as on a website or verbally, across a high-street counter for example.Changes to controlsMany provisions remain unchanged, such as food naming and ingredient listing rules, the flexibility to use commercial documents in some cases, and specific exemptions or additional requirements for particular products.l Foods sold looseFor foods sold loose, or non-pre-packed foods, each Member State will, as now, have control over what information is shown on its national market, but businesses must be in a position to give consumers information on food names, ingredients lists, allergens and durability dates. It is proposed that clear information about the presence of 14 listed allergens must be shown for non-pre-packed foods as they are on packaged foods.l At a distanceProvision of information for pre-packed, distance-sold foods traded by mail order or over the internet is addressed specifically for the first time. Most information must be provided before purchases are concluded, but a few particulars, including the date mark, may be provided only at the point of delivery.l Quantity indicationsIt is unclear whether the national flexibility with regard to quantity indications will continue. In the UK, this flexibility allows, for example, bread rolls and small loaves to be sold by number rather than by weight. It is not known whether this is an intentional change, but the Food Standards Agency was made aware by trade bodies, including the UK Baking Industry Consultative Committee (serviced by Campden BRI), that this issue needs resolving.l ClarityThe draft Regulation requires mandatory information to be in a font size of at least 3mm and presented with a significant contrast to the background. Even though small packages are exempt, there is a view that this requirement is impractical. The FSA’s governing board believes that clarity relies on more than just font size. Meanwhile, the European food and drink trade association, the CIAA, is developing a Code of Practice on legibility, which it hopes will head off a statutory font size.l Origin labellingOrigin labelling remains voluntary, unless its absence is misleading. However, if origin information is given, and the origin of the product differs from that of its significant or characterising ingredients, then separate references to these ingredients’ origins must also be made – for example a Scotch pie made with Argentine beef.l Nutrition labellingOne of the biggest changes is that, with limited exemptions, nutrition labelling will become compulsory on pre-packed foods. Further, information on energy and some nutrients must be given in the principal field of vision (as defined). These nutrients are fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates with specific reference to sugars, and salt. Further provisions address tabulation, ordering, units and declaration basis, including by reference to percentage reference intakes, etc.l TimetableIt is thought that the Regulation may be agreed and enter into force in 2010. At present, a period of time to use up old stocks of packaging beyond 2010 is specifically provided only in relation to the introduction of the minimum font size and of compulsory nutrition labelling. However, the Regulation recognises the need for a more general transition period.
Previous articlePRO Act moving through statehouse in the political spotlightNext articleDriver dies of gunshot wounds after shooting in Benton Harbor Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Chicago man arrested after police find pot after chase on US 20 bypass By Jon Zimney – March 13, 2021 1 229 Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A Chicago man has been arrested after trying to flee from an Indiana State Trooper, crashing, and troopers finding two pounds of marijuana in his car.Trooper Arthur Smith spotted a speeding 2019 Chevrolet Impala on the US 20 Bypass near Elm Road at around 7:45 p.m. Thursday. When Smith turned on his red and blue lights, the Impala did not pull over and instead sped up and drove away.The driver of the Impala, later identified as 19-year-old Rodney Clemons of Chicago, Ill., led Trooper Smith on a chase that continued onto westbound State Road 2. Just east of Pine Road, Clemons hit the raised concrete median. The Impala crossed the westbound lanes of State Road 2 and rear-ended another car. The Impala traveled about 300 more yards before coming to a stop.Clemons was arrested after exiting the vehicle. An Indiana State Police K9 sniffed around the Impala and indicated there were drugs in the car. Police searched the Impala and found two pounds of marijuana.Clemons was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Dealing Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana. Google+ IndianaLocalNews
Summer Camp Music Festival—set to take place from May 24th through 27th at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois—has finalized the lineup its the 2018 VIP Lounge. In addition to VIP bathroom and shower facilities, premium camping and parking, special VIP viewing areas at the main stages, Red Barn Late Night tickets, and festival merchandise, VIP ticket holders will gain entrance to a special VIP Lounge with exclusive performances. The 2018 VIP Lounge lineup includes (in alphabetical order): Aqueous, BIG Something, Break Science, Cherub, Easy Riders, EOTO, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, Jen Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Duo, Keller Williams, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce “Jam”, The Main Squeeze, Mike Dillon’s Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Spafford, Sun Stereo, TAUK, Tyler Childers, Victor Wooten, and The Werks. Learn more about Summer Camp’s VIP package here.Yesterday, the festival also announced the lineup for the Red Barn Late Nights. The night of Thursday, May 24th, will see performances from Umphrey’s McGee and “Nailed It!!“, a special one-time tribute to Nine Inch Nails featuring Ryan Stasik and Jake Cinninger (Umphrey’s McGee), Jason Huber (Cherub), Brock Bowling and Matt Harris (Zoogma), and Eliot Lipp. On Friday, May 25th, a jammy pairing of moe. and Twiddle will hit the Red Barn after hours. On Saturday, May 26th, the late-night crowd will be treated to sets by STS9 and Keys N Krates (DJ Set). Finally, on Sunday, May 27th, Diplo and Liquid Stranger will round out the late-night festivities.However, due to the limited capacity of the Red Barn, Summer Camp Music Festival Late Night Shows require an additional ticket. The only way to fully guarantee tickets to these shows is with a VIP Upgrade Package, which are on sale now via the festival website. Festival weekend GA passes are also still available.Summer Camp Music Festival’s VIP Lounge and late-night shows will follow the event’s regular programming. This year’s gathering will once again feature three nights of Umphrey’s McGee and three nights of moe. as well as sets from Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Slightly Stoopid, Tipper, RL Grime, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Opiuo, Spafford, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Action Bronson, Papadosio, EOTO, LeftoverSalmon, Lettuce, Keller Williams, Guster, Mija, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Beats Antique, Aqueous, BIG Something, Break Science, Kung Fu, Lawrence, The Main Squeeze, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Pink Talking Fish, TAUK, Sun Stereo, Maddy O’Neal, The Werks, Zoogma, Zeke Beats, Jen Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many more.
In demonstrating that an RNA nanostructure can be designed as both a drug carrier and as an active therapeutic agent, the Danish Nano Artists took home the grand prize at BIOMOD 2011, the inaugural international biomolecular design competition hosted by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Twenty-one undergraduate teams, representing more than 100 students from around the globe, competed in the event Nov. 5.The five-member Danish Nano Artists team from Aarhus Universitet won the BIOMOD grand prize for their octohedron structure built with RNA.The Wyss Institute created BIOMOD with the goal of introducing the next generation of scientists and engineers to bionanotechnology. The teams were challenged to devise projects in which biological molecules were engineered to assemble themselves into nanoscale structures, systems, or machines that could be programmed to perform useful scientific or technological tasks to help address real-world challenges.For more information.
Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, is enthralled with unusual and fascinating writing projects. Out of teaching “History 97” came Lepore’s search for a 9,000,000-word manifesto written by a bohemian madman who considered himself a historian, an effort resulting in her recent book “Joe Gould’s Teeth.” The prize-winning scholar will join the “Humanities 10” faculty in the fall and teach the ultimate speed history course, a sweep of the United States from 1492 to now, in the spring called “The Great Experiment: A History of the United States.” In a Q&A session, Lepore discussed her work on Gould, who, although he had prominent artistic friends, also had deep racist and anti-Semitic beliefs.GAZETTE: At first glance, it seems hard not to be drawn to these characters in your new book, especially Gould. How did you get along with him?LEPORE: He’s unbearable company. That’s what repelled me from the project, frankly. I remember years ago I wrote about Edgar Allan Poe. I was racing to finish it, and I made a bet with one of my kids that he wouldn’t memorize the poem “The Raven” before I could finish my essay. Poe is so damaged, but he’s not evil. I ended up really enjoying Poe because he’s so fascinating in the ways he’s trapped. Gould, from the first day looking at his Harvard undergraduate records, I saw he was terribly ill, and the prospect of spending time with someone who was born in 1899 and was terribly diseased wasn’t enchanting. I thought, “There are a lot of things people think they know about Gould that are completely wrong. What if his ‘Oral History’ isn’t a figment of imagination?” That’s what spurred me on the project. I had to grit my teeth and deal with Gould.GAZETTE: Was it difficult presenting a history so infused with racism and anti-Semitism?LEPORE: It’s important to note what that world was. There are two kinds of historians, those who like to read about other historians, and sleuths. I’m both, but I tend to fall into things that are sleuthier. Yeah, there was a lot of eugenics, that’s not a discovery. What was hard about Gould was when he lost control of himself. The venom with which he spoke to people was unhinged, but the form it took was racism and anti-Semitism. Gould’s obsession was with the color line and sex across the color line. He was just spewing raw hatred.GAZETTE: So many issues in “Joe Gould’s Teeth” — madness, racism, fact, and fiction — seem to connect to the current state of modern American crises: Orlando, the presidential race. Did you know this story would have such relevancy?LEPORE: This is the piece that resonates with me as a historian. Gould was coming of age in the 1910s and 1920s, when black men were systematically denied the vote and women were fighting for the vote and just getting it. It’s the beginning of the aggrieved white man. You see it historically operating in all kinds of deep ways in that moment in time. Whenever there’s a campaign for political equality, there’s a simmering backlash.GAZETTE: The theme of fact versus fiction frames the book. What do you make of Joseph Mitchell’s reporting on Gould?LEPORE: I have an enormous admiration for Mitchell as a writer. Fiction is a way to find the truth. He got himself caught in a trap of his own making. When he started writing, the quirky man on the street was a cute anecdote, and people would elaborate and embellish them. There’s a great argument that the beat newspaper job used to be the training job for the short story writer. He instead moved to The New Yorker and did the same kind of story. The New Yorker [where Lepore is a staff writer] has a fact department, and the fiction is supposed to be fiction. He knew he was getting himself into trouble. He let it be wrong out of compassion. I have a huge amount of compassion for Mitchell. He wanted to write these short stories in a form that was no longer accepting fictionalization. After he published “Joe Gould’s Secret” in ’64, he never wrote again. It wasn’t a willful scam. It was about losing track of where the line is.GAZETTE: As much as you detested what you learned about Gould, were you surprised at how much you discovered about Augusta Savage, the African-American artist whom Gould obsessed over?LEPORE: It was redemptive to get out of bed to think about what seemed like an important question: What happened to Augusta Savage? I was so tired of Gould I wanted to throw him out and just write a short book on Savage. Born into poverty to parents who couldn’t read, parents who had been slaves, she fought her way out of that. She did laundry day and night in order to make time to make art, and got punished 1,000 ways. She’s an exact counterpoint to Gould, and he knew that. It was part of his fixation. What he wanted was to become blacker.This interview was edited and condensed.
In recent weeks, I have had numerous people ask me how weather forecasters come up with pollen counts.I don’t have time to fully answer that question in this article but I can direct you to a website, Pollen.com, that will give you all the information you ever wanted to know about pollen counts. At Pollen.com, you type in your zip code and get the most current pollen information for your area.Multidata, the company behind the trademark-protected Allergy Alert on Pollen.com, has spent 25 years studying pollen counts and the methods for pollen sampling. They know how important pollen information is to allergy sufferers and how easily the information can be misunderstood. This is why they developed one reporting scale that can be easily understood by viewers.Allergy Alert pollen levels are on a scale of zero to 12, which rates how much pollen the allergy sufferer is likely to encounter for that day. Pollen.com bases the Allergy Alert rating on the pollen count but takes other information into account as well. The website also notes what types of pollen are currently most prominent in your area. Allergy sufferers can use the site to see what types of pollen might be prominent at their planned summer vacation spot at different times of the year. This makes it easier to plan a vacation that doesn’t include watery eyes. Pollen counting has been recognized as an important process since the turn of the 20th century. Not only have pollen counts advanced our knowledge of the role plant pollen plays in causing allergy symptoms; they have become a powerful tool in day-to-day, individual health problem solving.Remember that the dusty yellow pollen we see in the air is not the pollen that plagues allergy sufferers. However, when you can see lots of yellow pine pollen floating in the air, pollen counts for the problem plants are usually also high.
GEER Sound & Communications Only Vermont Company to Earn Highest AV Industry CertificationOne of 3 in New England and 65 in the WorldMilton, VT – December 9, 2005 GEER Sound & Communications today announced that it is the only company in Vermont and one of only three in New England to earn Gold Level certification in the Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) Program. GEER Sound earned the highest certification level because at least 75% of its employees are Certified Technology Specialists.The Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) Program is the industry standard certification program for companies in the professional audiovisual industry. It is administered by InfoComm International® and the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF).”We’re proud of our Gold Level certification because it recognizes that our employees are accomplished professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to guide our customers through any AV project,” said Dave Geer, president of GEER Sound & Communications. “We understand how confusing AV decisions can be and take pride in providing solutions that make our customers’ lives easier.””A CAVSP designation gives AV companies a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., InfoComm International’s executive director. “Customers of audiovisual communications and presentation systems can be confident of professionalism and an aspiration to excellence when working with these companies that have invested in education and training to stay current on the latest AV technologies and techniques.”GEER Sound & Communications designs, installs and supports systems to meet its customers’ sound, video and multimedia presentation needs. Since 1992 GEER Sound has developed solutions ranging from sound systems for small churches to multimedia classrooms at Champlain College to the sound systems at UVM’s Gutterson Fieldhouse and Ira Allen Chapel. Other clients include IDX, Dartmouth College, General Dynamics and more. More information about GEER Sound & Communications is available at www.geersound.com(link is external).More information on InfoComm’s certification program and educational courses is available at www.infocomm.org(link is external).-end-
Vtel Internet,The Vermont Telecommunications Authority and VTel Wireless have reached an agreement regarding Target Communities selected to receive broadband services. By November 2012, VTel Wireless will provide broadband accessibility to Backroads Broadband Target Communities within the towns of Newfane, Westminster, Stratton and Wardsboro. Equipment installed to service these Target Communities will also provide expanded broadband coverage to areas within the towns of Putney, Townshend, and Dummerston. More than 1600 addresses will have access to the new service, which will provide broadband service that supports the delivery of services with an upload speed of at least one megabit per second and combined download and upload speeds equal to or greater than five megabits per second. In March, 2011 the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) announced its intention to award the $2,065,000 grant to VTel Wireless to provide broadband in unserved areas in southern Vermont through its Backroads Broadband Program. This announcement signals the finalization of the agreement between the state authority and the Springfield, Vermont-based company. The grant funding was made available through a state appropriation in the Vermont Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2010.‘This project will address gaps in broadband service in southeast Vermont that would be very difficult to reach without state assistance.’ said Christopher Campbell, Executive Director of the VTA. ‘The communities included within the project will benefit from a leading-edge fourth-generation wireless broadband network.’ Availability of the VTel service in the selected Target Communities also will support the marriage between broadband infrastructure and SmartGrid by expanding infrastructure Vermont electric utilities will be able to use when communicating with smart meters. In August 2010, VTel Wireless was awarded federal stimulus grant and loans through the Rural Utilities Service to build a wireless broadband network that will provide fourth-generation (4G) wireless broadband service to wide areas of Vermont. While the RUS- project will greatly increase the number of rural Vermont homes which will be able to get broadband service, the network will not cover all unserved locations. The VTA grant to VTel Wireless will be used to fund equipment to extend the new broadband service into adjacent unserved areas. The VTA-funded facilities will also increase available broadband speeds available around the newly funded facilities.August 8, 2011 Montpelier ‘