Here are the main fuel assistance programs available for Vermonters:
Crisis Fuel Assistance
This is for folks in danger of running out of fuel for home heating, or who may have received a disconnect notice from the utility company. This program provides help to homeowners or renters who pay for their heat or who have heat included in their rent. The program can also help eligible people repair or replace their furnace. A family of four may earn up to $3,926 per month to qualify.
BRISTOL — A group raising funds for a new playground on the Bristol town green has reached its goal of $11,000.
The Bristol Green Playground Committee used the fundraising website Indiegogo to solicit funds. As of press time, the group had reached raised $12,390. The fundraising period ends Friday.
“This is fantastic,” committee member Darla Senecal said. “To be able to come up with this in such a short time, it’s bolstering.”
As of Tuesday, 134 different people donated to the project.
BRANDON — Following the Governor’s Summit on Oct. 29and the unveiling of Vermont’s Early Childhood Framework, the public is invited to participate in putting into action the six goals of the framework.
ADDISON COUNTY —Middlebury saw action in local high school boys’ basketball on Monday night, as other games were postponed.
MUHS (0-2) dropped its second close home game, 46-39, to Colchester. The Lakers’ Ricky Giroux came up with six of his game-high 14 points in overtime to help his team even its record at 2-2.
The game was tied at 37-37 at the end of the fourth quarter. Cullen Hathaway tallied a team-high 11 points for the Tigers, who will seek their first win at Montpelier on Saturday.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball on Monday night, Mount Abraham won a key Division II matchup, while Middlebury came up just short of its first victory.
The Vergennes girls’ Monday home game vs. Mt. Mansfield was postponed; no new date was immediately announced. The Otter Valley girls’ game at Springfield was postponed to Jan. 25 and will be played at OV; OV’s Feb. 14 home game will be moved to Springfield.
PERU, N.Y. — The Middlebury Union High School wrestling team had what Coach Ethan Raymond called a “very successful” Saturday at a tournament hosted by Peru (N.Y.) High School, winning two weight classes and taking seventh out of 16 teams, the second best showing for a Vermont team competing.
Winning their weight classes were senior Jake Trautwein at 182 pounds and junior Chris Gobbi at 220.
Trautwein improved to 5-0 and defeated Kyle Record of Bellows Falls in the final by a second-period pin in what was a key victory over an instate rival.
Early this month, I moved out of the farmhouse I had been renting in Cornwall and piled my possessions into the back of the Subaru for a 35-mile drive to the Old North End of Burlington. The price of gas rose by 20 cents per gallon and a freezing rain began to fall as I drove north on Route 7. My departure could not have felt more depressing.
MIDDLEBURY — Unlike for most Middlebury College men’s hockey games, no admission will be charged for the Middlebury College Men’s Hockey Holiday Tournament, which is sponsored by Friends of Panther Hockey and will take place on Jan. 3 and 4 at Kenyon Arena.
However, the Friday and Saturday games will be dedicated to Alzheimer’s awareness, and a suggested donation of $5 will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. Proceeds of 50/50 raffles will also be donated to that organization.