Total of 84,800 customer power outages since storm began Tuesday

first_imgAs utility crews whittled tens of thousands of outages down to a several thousand late Thursday, the second hit from a two-punch storm knocked out service to thousands more customers. As of 8 a.m., about 23,600 CVPS customers were without power.Widespread outages were scattered across the state, with Addison Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties hardest hit.“We took a long, hard hit from the first punch of this storm, and this wind certainly adds insult to injury, but we anticipated the damage and secured outside crews to assist us in hitting back,” CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers said.  “Thus far, this storm has caused the highest number of customer outages in our history, outstripping the 2007 Nor’icane. Unlike 2007, this hit a much broader cross-section of our service territory.”The Nor’icane, a wind event similar to last night’s, caused 68,000 customer outages, and recovery efforts totaled more than $5 million. So far, 84,800 customer outages have occurred in this week’s two-part storm.  Crews have restored more than 61,000 customer outages since the storm began.Many customers are without power for a second time with this two-part storm, as Windham and Windsor counties were hard hit again, and Rutland County saw some of the highest winds, with a gust of 62 mph reported at the Rutland Airport.“We brought in dozens of outside crews to help, but we face a tremendous challenge in restoring service,” Rivers said.  “Some of the damage is extensive, and will require intensive efforts to repair, but our crews are committed to doing whatever it takes to restore customers’ service.  We have a lot of downed trees, tree limbs, and downed lines. We hope to make a lot of progress today, but complete recovery will likely last through the weekend. Restoration efforts may be slowed by over two feet of snow and rough travel conditions.”As part of the restoration effort, CVPS:Brought in 83 outside two-person line crews and support staff from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Ontario, along with 15 tree crews, and other Vermont contract crews.Is delivering midday meals to workers in the field to maximize their work time.Returning numerous CVPS retirees to work to assist in the recovery effort.Coordinating efforts with Vermont Emergency Management and other utilities.Moving dozens of CVPS employees from areas like HR and information systems into storm support roles.CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:· Treat any downed line as if it is live, even if appears to have been down for a long period of time. REPORT the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 30 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.· If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator.  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.· Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.· If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Source: Central Vermont Public Service. 2.26.2020last_img read more

Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis: Criticism fuels me to improve

first_img He has frequently been used as Kyle Lafferty’s under-study in the current campaign, and when the Norwich man was suspended for the Greece fixture O’Neill had no qualms about turning to Magennis. “To start a qualifier in one of the most important games we’ll have was amazing. I would run through brick walls for that man,” said Magennis, who celebrated his goal by sprinting to the dugout and consuming O’Neill in a bear hug. “The majority of players would say that too; his man management is probably the best I’ve known and he gets everything out of us. “You don’t want to be anything but successful for him because he has shown complete trust in us.” Another player O’Neill welcomed into the fold with open arms was Roy Carroll, the veteran keeper who had fallen out of favour under Nigel Worthington. He played 15 consecutive qualifiers until illness saw him lose the gloves to Michael McGovern this summer and, at the age of 38, is relishing a late chance of tournament football. Carroll knows how precious that is having watched the great Pat Jennings on duty in the 1986 World Cup and looked on as his one-time Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs was denied the same opportunity with Wales. “This is one of the highest points of my career, hopefully getting on that plane next summer,” he said. “A lot of people before me hoped to go to big tournaments, Ryan Giggs wanted to go for Wales and he never achieved it. “I was nine in ’86 and all I remember was big Pat Jennings, because I always looked up to him as a keeper and as a person. “I want to be walking down the street and people say ‘there’s Roy Carroll, he got the team into Euro 2016’. It’s fantastic and that’s what you want when you retire. “That’s why I keep looking at Pat Jennings and say what a legend he is, and what a keeper.” Much has been made of his unlikely transition from youth goalkeeper at Cardiff to Northern Ireland striker, possibly rather too much for his own liking. It is a compelling story, and a triumph of determination, but Magennis clearly felt his contribution at Windsor Park went a long way to starting a new chapter. “I think it is time to stop talking about my past as a goalkeeper,” said the 25-year-old. “Anyone who wants a story will always pick up on it. I was a laughing stock for a few people, I know that. “People said I wouldn’t amount to anything and my career wouldn’t amount to anything but instead of going into my shell, I use it as fuel. “I can’t control what people say. I could read it and crumble but that’s not the person I am. “I fuel off people telling me I can’t do something and I always want to be better.” While Magennis has endured his share of doubters, he has a robust supporter in Michael O’Neill. Josh Magennis has revealed being written off as a “laughing stock” helped push him to become a Northern Ireland history-maker. The Kilmarnock forward scored his first international goal in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Greece, a result that guaranteed the Green and White Army’s first ever European Championship appearance next summer. While it was a massive moment for the entire country, it was also a matter of enormous personal pride for the boy from Bangor. Press Associationlast_img read more

Football: The origins of Wisconsin’s most popular traditions

first_imgBack when Saturdays were filled with Badgeralls and miniature earthquakes produced by thousands of students participating in Wisconsin’s famous“Jump Around” tradition, did you ever think about its origin, and that of many other storied gameday traditions?Traditions such as “Jump Around,” singing “Build Me Up Buttercup” staying late for “Bucky’s 5th Quarter” and the rallying cry of “On, Wisconsin” are all traditions that have been staples at University of Wisconsin football games. The Badger Herald delved into the origins of these four great football traditions. “Jump Around”In 1998, a talented Purdue team was driving against the then No. 10 ranked Badgers. The Boilers, led by quarterback Drew Brees were trying to deadlock the game at 24 as the third quarter came to a close. As the Boilers’ potent offense changed ends, “Jump Around” by House of Pain was played through the loudspeakers. Immediately, it became a hit. Now, over twenty years later, “Jump Around” is considered one of the best traditions in college football. “It all started as just another song to energize fans with the ulterior motive of trying to make it difficult for Purdue to move the ball,” UW Assistant Athletic Director for marketing and promotions Kevin Kluender said in a 2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. The Badgers went on to finish the 1998 season 11-1 with a victory in the Rose Bowl. Not knowing if this tradition would stick, Wisconsin’s marketing department tried the song in the ‘99 season as it was a success. Football: Five-star Rucci chooses BadgersNolan Rucci, Son of former NFL guard Todd Rucci and brother of current Badger Hayden Rucci, has announced his commitment Read…“We tried it at the start of the ’99 season,” Kluender said. “They continued to participate and the tradition started.” Bucky’s 5th Quarter According to UW’s marching band website, around 1977, the band received national attention with a new approach to the post-game show. They started this tradition by playing songs that got the student section involved. “Initially, it was clapping to ‘You’ve Said it All’ and arm waving to ‘Varsity,‘” the website says. “Nevertheless, it was evident early on that everyone was having fun being part of the show. As the repertoire of post-game specialties grew, so did the choreography. The band members added to the festivities by adding their bit of craziness — rolling vigorously on the ground, playing while standing on their heads, or kicking their legs in the air while playing on their backs.”  A performance that keeps fans in the stands for close to 30-45 minutes after the game, Bucky’s 5th Quarter is a tradition that allows Badger fans to celebrate regardless of the games outcome. ESPN top-200 edge rusher TJ Bollers bolsters Wisconsin’s recruiting classHighly touted 4-star recruit TJ Bollers declared his commitment to the University of Wisconsin football team Thursday, June 11. Bollers Read…“On, Wisconsin”Not only is “On, Wisconsin” the school’s fight song, but it’s also the official song for the state of Wisconsin. The epic battle cry of “On, Wisconsin” dates back to the Civil War when Lieutenant General Arthur Macarthur Jr. said those words to rally his regiment in the Battle of Chattanooga at Missionary Ridge. Now this phrase is used to unite Badgers across the country. The story behind the fight song is controversial and involves Wisconsin’s most hated rival, Minnesota. According to Culture Trip, in 1909, the University of Minnesota was holding a competition for the school’s new fight song. Composer, William T. Purdy thought of the tune “Minnesota, Minnesota.” Purdy’s roommate, Carl Beck, a UW attendee heard the song and fancied the melody. Beck began writing the lyrics for a song for the Badgers and after convincing Purdy to drop out of the competition, “On Wisconsin” was born.To add insult to injury, Wisconsin’s opponent the first time  “On, Wisconsin” was played, was Minnesota. One of the best fight songs in the country, “On, Wisconsin” is a term and fight song that brings the entire state together. “Build Me Up Buttercup”Like “Jump Around,” the popular song “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations playing at Wisconsin football games was another tradition created through trial and error. Though the exact origin of this tradition is unknown, the Wisconsin Alumni Association believes that it began shortly after the release of the film “There’s Something About Mary” in 1998. The movie brought renwed the song’s popularity and by the early 2000s, the song was blasting every Saturday at Camp Randall. Wisconsin’s tremendous fanbase should be given the credit for this great tradition, along with that of “Jump Around.” Without their passion and engagement in the game, these traditions would fade away. Each year, Wisconsin offers one of the top gameday football experiences. The next time you catch these traditions at Wisconsin home games, take time to think about the fascinating history behind them.last_img read more