Poverty increased in Vermont and across the nation in 2010: according to the US Census Bureau, over 76,000 Vermonters (including 1 in 6 children) are living below the poverty level ($22,314 for a family of four), with nearly 165,000 Vermonters (1 in 3 children) considered low-income (below 185% of poverty). Almost 93,000 Vermonters currently receive 3SquaresVT benefits (known nationally as SNAP), which, when added to income, lifted 26% of 3SquaresVT households out of poverty, ranking Vermont second in the nation for its program impact. 3SquaresVT continues to see rising participation as well as all-time high benefits, bringing over $11 million into the Vermont economy each month. ‘Whether it is the Great Recession or Tropical Storm Irene, 3SquaresVT is the most responsive safety net program in tough times,’ says Angela Smith-Dieng, 3SquaresVT Advocacy Manager at Hunger Free Vermont. ‘The extra money for food makes a critical difference for families ‘ it means more fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy on Vermonters’ tables, helping them stay healthy and better able to work and learn.’The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the anti-hunger community have worked hard in recent years to ensure that more Vermonters needing access to healthy food are able to receive 3SquaresVT and that benefits are an adequate supplement for families on a tight budget. The USDA has consistently recognized Vermont for its hard work by awarding the State with performance bonuses for its success in reaching many of those eligible for benefits. ‘Since I started with the program in 2001 we have worked diligently to partner with anti-hunger organizations to do outreach on this program to remove participation barriers and stigma,’ says ReneÃ© Richardson, Director of Food and Nutrition Programs at DCF. ‘Thanks to this collaboration we have almost tripled our enrollment in the last ten years.’With so many Vermonters relying on 3SquaresVT and many more newly eligible, Congress must work to protect this critical nutrition program that combats hunger and poverty so well. As the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction meets this fall to consider ways to reduce spending, cuts to 3SquaresVT and other anti-hunger programs should not be part of the deal. About Hunger Free Vermont: Hunger Free Vermont (formerly the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger) is a statewide nonprofit organization that works with state agencies and community groups to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Since 1993 Hunger Free Vermont’s outreach programs have substantially enhanced Vermont’s nutrition safety net and increased access to nutritious foods. www.hungerfreevt.org(link is external)September 28, 2011 (Vermont) ‘
TEAM Coco’s cyclist Jamual John made an impressive return to Guyana’s circuit by comfortably winning the feature 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational Race of the 9th Annual Rainforest Waters 11-race cycling meet, which was held at the inner circuit of the National Park yesterday.Returning to these shores after his lengthy sojourn on the USA circuits, John told Chronicle Sport that his experience overseas and training have helped him to improve a lot.This he noted, made him confident and he backed himself to win the race from the outset. John, who led from the start, fended off a stern challenge from Michael Anthony in the final sprint home.“I knew I could sit back for the majority of the race because I improved considerably in sprinting and I backed myself in the final stretch to the finish line,” John revealed.John took the race in one hour 22 minutes 35 seconds and was followed to the line by Anthony, while Team Evolution’s Paul De Nobrega settled for third.Meanwhile Adealie Hodge, Paul Cho-Wee-Nam, Kemuel Moses, Christopher ‘Chicken Legs’ Griffith and Marcus Keiler finished fourth to eight places in that order.Of the eight ‘primes’ on offer, John and De Nobrega carted off three each while Anthony and Hodge had one apiece.In the Juveniles 10-lap race, David Hicks triumphed over Sherwin Sampson to take first place in 25 minutes 20 seconds while copping the two sprint prizes.Meanwhile in the Veterans Over-50, Kennard Lovell copped first place ahead of Linden Blackman.In the U-50 Veterans 5-lap race, Nigel London took top honours in 11 minutes 31.52 seconds while Jaikaran Sookhai and Kwame Ridley were second and third respectively.
Elsewhere Clonmel RFC take on Kinsale in the final of the Dave Dineen Cup in Midleton. Kick-off is at one o’clock. Thurles travel to Fermoy to take on Skibbereen in the final of the Munster Junior Plate.The Tipp club last won title back in 2009. Kick-off is at four o’clock.
When the name M MacLaren pops up on a leaderboard it usually refers to 20-year-old England international Meghan. Today, though, the honours belonged to her mother, Mary.The Wellingborough player won the women’s scratch prize at the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Midlands tournament at Newark, where her gross score rewarded her with a total of 60 points.Mary, a four handicapper, an Ireland senior international and a past Northamptonshire county champion, commented: “It’s my first win in one of these senior events, so I’m delighted. I had to take a photograph of the leaderboard! I’m used to seeing another M MacLaren up there!”Mary had special thanks, though, for her younger daughter, 15-year-old Rebecca, “who dragged me out to practice on Monday evening. I am sure that helped me,” she said.Mary added: “One of the benefits of turning 50 is coming to play in these fantastic senior events. They’re good fun and still competitive, but it’s a more friendly competition!”The ladies’ handicap prize was won by Pauline Olliver of Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire who scored 71 stableford points – and won by a point from Mary MacLaren.“It’s been absolutely lovely. In the first round I had a good front nine and then rather lost it. Today I had another good front nine and managed to hang on. I’m thrilled – and I’ve taken 0.9 off my handicap!” she said.“The course was lovely and I’ve done some exploring. I brought my National Trust card with me and visited Belton House, just outside Grantham, which was stunning. Since I’ve been playing in these events my geography of England has improved enormously! That’s another bonus.”The men’s scratch prize went to Newark’s course manager Graeme MacDonald who was hard at work before the competition and then back on his tractor afterwards, preparing for the weekend’s play, which includes a mixed open on Sunday.Graeme, who had 60 points, is playing his first year of senior golf, is representing Nottinghamshire seniors and played in the recent English senior amateur championship. He was pleased with the presentation of the course today and, although he had local knowledge, he didn’t enjoy any inside information. “England Golf chose the pin positions,” he said.The handicap winner was David Bull of Erewash Valley in Derbyshire, who amassed 77 points and was five clear of the runner-up.David, a past captain of Ilkeston Borough, also in Derbyshire, is a regular at England Golf captains’ events – but this was his first senior tournament. He used to play in the Newark Open but said: “I haven’t played the course for about five years, so it was nice to go back there and have some memories.”“The greens were very true and I had tremendous success with my putter.”Picture (from left): Graeme MacDonald, Mary MacLaren, Pauline Olliver and David Bull. 11 Jul 2014 Like daughter, like mother a winner!
Submitted by The City of OlympiaThe 37th Annual Olympia Toy Run motorcycle parade is this Saturday, December 6. Motorcyclists will assemble at South Sound Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Run starts at 1:00 p.m., and winds its way from South Sound Center along Pacific Avenue to State Avenue, through downtown Olympia to Deschutes Parkway, ending at Marathon Park.Sponsored by the Olympia Toy Run Coalition, the event attracts nearly ten thousand motorcyclists. Spectators are welcome to gather on sidewalks along the route. The Run may last up to two hours while motorcyclists travel from the South Sound Center to Marathon Park. Motorists should expect travel delays. Intercity Transit has also issued a detour alert for several of its routes: http://www.intercitytransit.com.Information and the route map are posted on the Coalition’s website: http://olytoyrun.com/. According to its website, the Olympia Toy Run “brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids through its Toy ‘n Joy Shop.” Facebook17Tweet0Pin0