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Ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday for $6 million Knapp Airport stimulus project

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas on September 1 will join Agency of Transportation Secretary David Dill, Federal Aviation Administration Regional Administrator Amy Corbett, Pike Industry President Christian Zimmermann, and Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Executive Director George Malek to break ground at Knapp Airport in Berlin on a $6 million federal stimulus project that will create dozens of jobs.It is not a project Vermont would be undertaking at this time if it were not for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Although VTrans has been planning this project for years, the Agency never was able to identify a funding source as the price tag is extremely high. The project will employ workers for more than two years.The competitive grant funding supplied through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Knapp Airport project comes in addition to the $130 million in apportioned transportation stimulus money provided to Vermont for highways, bridges, and public transit. This additional money will be used to make long-planned safety improvements to the airport that Vermont, until now, was unable to afford.The ceremony will take place at 1:15 pm on the airport grounds.Source: VTrans. Aug 31, 2009.last_img read more

High groove gets Thompson to victory lane

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Aug. 24) – Bad Boy Mower IMCA Modified point leader James Thompson shocked the field by moving in the high groove on lap 15 and pulled away to record his fifth  fea­ture win of the season at The Quick-Quarter of the Springfield Raceway.  After searching for a spot on the track to gain ground on the leaders, Thompson used two early cautions to get position as leader Bobby Pearish and last week’s winner Ryan Gilmore were wag­ing an all-out war for the spot.  James Thompson took the higher line to the checkers in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at Springfield Raceway. Thompson, who twice this season has pulled off late-race wins by using the bottom groove to his advantage, showed patience on the ultra-quick surface after the track was hit by heavy rain show­ers both Friday night and Saturday morning.  By Ronnie Williams  Action went solid green after the lap three caution. Thompson the very quietly picked his spots very carefully. The lap 15 caution bunched the pack together as Thompson had moved to second and picked the outside lane for the double-file restart to most everyone’s surprise. He wheeled to the upper lane and drove away on the restart, leaving a hard fought battle for the runner-up spot behind him.last_img read more