The Senate today passed S. 154, a bill that will fully fund the town highway aid payments in April 2009. The Douglas Administration and the Legislature had previously agreed to withhold half of the $3 million, quarterly payment because of the state’s fiscal situation. The state’s Transportation Fund revenues continue to sag. The Transportation Fund in March was $400,000 below its target. The reaction from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, which lobbies on behalf of municipalities, was unequivocally opposed to the cuts because it would force the towns to either cut highway projects or raise taxes. Vermonters can not afford to let their local roads and bridges fall into a further state of disrepair or pay higher property taxes, saidSenator Mazza, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. By passing this bill, the Senate has ensured that town s will not be forced to defer construction maintenance or raise Vermonters property taxes. It has been the Senate s intent all along to fully fund the towns with their April payments, said Senator Peter Shumlin. Towns will be able to use these much needed funds to pave our roads, repair our bridges and create good paying jobs for Vermonters.The bill passed the Senate, 26 to 0, and now moves to the House for consideration.
1. Head AdaptEdge BootCustom fit. That’s the story with the Head’s Adaptive Fit technology, which allows the skier to adjust the width of the AdaptEdge Boot with the turn of an allen wrench. It’s a small adjustment (2mm) but skiers know that small adjustments in their boot can make a big difference in the amount of control they have on the slopes.$549; head.com35. K2 Rival BC HelmetThis lid is built for the backcountry with an innovative beanie liner and a removable shell. What’s the advantage? Ditch the shell when you’re trekking up the slope to keep yourself cool. Re-attach it before you start shredding downhill.$119.95; k2skis.com37. MFD Alltime SystemWant to hit the backcountry stash without investing in a whole new set of skis? The MFD Alltime might be the answer. This is a plate you attach to your downhill skis that allows you to use your downhill bindings as AT bindings, so you can tour the backcountry with your regular skis. The plate has an integrated free-pivot walk mode and climber bar you can engage with your pole. You’ll still need skins for traction, but this add-on could open up a whole new world of terrain.$300; runmfd.com36. K2 LockJaw CarbonThese carbon on carbon backcountry poles adjust from 42 to 58 inches on the fly (extend them for the climb, shorten for the descent). The poles also come with K2’s newest bag of backcountry ski tricks: a bubble inclinometer so you can see how steep the slope is that you’re eyeballing. Point the tip of the pole up the fall line and read the slope angle in the bubble. The Lockjaw also includes a built-in snow depth meter.$109.95; k2skis.com32. Black Diamond Compactor PoleBlack Diamond revolutionized the trekking pole world with their folding Z-Pole, and the company hopes to do it to the snowsports world with the Compactor, an aluminum four-season pole that folds into three sections for easy storage, and has an extended height adjustment of 20cm. This is your one pole for backcountry snow.$119.95; blackdiamondequipment.com30. Zeal Optics ReconRidiculous GPS enabled goggles, you can watch your speed, video, connect to your phone, all through your goggles.$500; zealoptics.com33. Outdoor Research Ambit GloveIn the immortal words of Wooderson in Dazed and Confused, “Hey man, watch the leather.” The leather on the fingers of this glove is TouchTec, which allows you to operate the touchscreen of your smart phone without peeling off your gloves. It’s handy on a cold lift when you want to change your playlist without losing a digit. And as for the actual gloves, they’re built for biting conditions with a fully waterproof insert and toasty insulation.$99; outdoorresearch.com34. Salomon BBR SkiMost ski companies have put their innovation into fatter skis that perform better in powder. Awesome if you live in Utah. But what about us East Coast ski bums? Enter the BBR, a front-country ski that tears up the groomed runs thanks to the narrow waist and skinny tail, but floats in powder as well because of the surfboard-shaped tip with rocker. Even better, it’s considerably lighter than most powder skis on the market.$875; salomon.com
After a win against Boston College on Tuesday, Syracuse (17-13, 10-9 Atlantic Coast) looks to close out the regular season with two-straight wins when it plays Miami (14-15, 6-13) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Hurricanes have lost four-consecutive games headed into the matchup.Here’s what to know about the Hurricanes before the game in Coral Gables, Florida.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 19-8Last time they played: Syracuse beat Miami on Jan. 24, 2019 in the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 73-53 as Elijah Hughes led Syracuse to the lopsided victory with 22 points. The Miami report: Miami has lost four-straight games and struggled offensively against both Georgia Tech and Virginia. The Hurricanes don’t shoot well from 3-point land but still rank 73rd in offensive efficiency. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiami doesn’t have a player above 6-foot-9 that’s used on more than 17% of its possessions. In other words, they don’t have a dominant big man. Miami’s offensive board protection is one of the worst in the country and could lead to a big day for Bourama Sidibe. The offense will likely run through 5-foot-7-inch guard Chris Lykes, who averages 15.2 points per game. How Syracuse beats Miami: Syracuse needs to play better defense than it has over its recent stretch of games. Miami isn’t playing good offense right now, and a sound game from the 2-3 zone could completely stifle any attack by the Hurricanes. With that said, Syracuse can also pound the ball down low and find enough success there to win the game. Look for big performances on the offensive glass from Quincy Guerrier and Sidibe, rebounds leading to second chance opportunities that could swing this game in Syracuse’s favor. Stat to know: 39.5 — The percentage of points Syracuse’s opponents have scored from beyond the 3-point arc this season. Only seven teams nationwide allow a higher percentage of their opponent’s points to come from 3. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 52% chance to win the game, with a projected final score of 76-75.Player to watch: Chris Lykes, Guard No. 0The junior from Mitchellville, Maryland can score. Lykes, a 5-foot-7 inch guard, averages 15.2 points per game on 43.2 % shooting this season. His season-high came at Illinois when he scored 28 points, and he also scored 27 points at Clemson. Shooting 37.4 % on 3-pointers makes it unlikely he’ll light it up from beyond the arc, but if Lykes gets in a rhythm, that’s how Miami will hang with Syracuse. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 7, 2020 at 12:32 pm Contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Schafer_44