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.
German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has added a new 15,000 TEU containership Afif to its fleet, strengthening its presence in South Korea.The company informed that the 150,800 gross ton vessel “was delivered in perfect condition to Hapag-Lloyd and is already making its way to Pusan.”Featuring a length of 368 meters and a width of 51 meters, the new ultra large containers vessel (ULCVs) is the first ship of this class painted in Hapag-Lloyd colors and design, according to the company.By merging with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Hapag-Lloyd is strengthening its position as the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.Its 230 vessels sailing across the world have a total transport capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU. The average capacity of the ships is thereby growing by roughly 1,000 TEU, from 5,860 to 6,839 TEU.With the merger, Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet was strengthened with 15,000 TEU+ ships. Before the move, the largest ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet were the ten Hamburg Express-class vessels, each with capacities of around 13,200 TEU.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd
The cold temperatures didn’t seem to affect Franklin County much as they came out of the gate in the first game of the Blackford Invitational about as hot as you possibly could on Saturday afternoon; however, it wasn’t enough as the Eastern Hancock Royals came back to defeat the Wildcats by a final score of 16-15.One bad defensive inning doomed the Wildcats as they committed 4 errors in the bottom of the 4th inning to allow the Royals to comeback from an 11-0 deficit to tie the game at 11. From there on out it was a back and forth competitive matchup as the teams exchanged the lead multiple times in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings until the Royals ended the game in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off RBI single by Kaylee Stewart.Michaela Ferman pitched the complete game for the Wildcats and unfortunately got stuck with the loss in this one after pitching well throughout. Ferman went 6 1/3 innings, scattering 12 hits, while giving up 16 runs (5 earned) and striking out 8 batters.In the game, the Wildcats out hit the Royals 15 to 12 in one of their best offensive efforts of the season. Here are some of our offensive leaders statistics from the contest:Michaela Ferman: 4-5 (3 Singles, 1 HR); 1 RBI, 1 Run ScoredCamryn Brewer: 3-5 (2 Singles, 1 Grand Slam); 5 RBIs, 1 Run ScoredAbby Orschell: 3-5 (3 Singles); 1 RBI, 2 Runs ScoredBree Bischoff: 2-4 (2 Singles); 2 RBIs, 2 Runs ScoredKloe Bolos: 2-5 (1 Single, 1 Triple); 2 Runs ScoredMakaylee Woods: 1-4 (Double); 1 HBP, 4 RBIs, 2 Runs ScoredKarlie Hahn: 2 HBP, 1 RBI, 2 Runs ScoredMorgan Bare: 1 HBP, 1 Walk, 2 Runs ScoredWith the loss, Franklin County fell to the consolation game of the Blackford Invitational to play the host school, Blackford. The Wildcats took the consolation game by a final score of 17-4 to go an even 1-1 in the invitational. To see the recap for that game, go to franklincountyathletics.com to read that, and get anything you need for Franklin County athletics.Despite the cold, windy, and wet conditions in Hartford City by the time the consolation game started around 5pm, the Wildcats offense had stayed hot after a one game break to erupt for 10 runs in the top of the first inning against Blackford. Franklin County never looked back as they went on the defeat the Bruins by a final score of 17-4. Game temperature was around 50 degrees at first pitch, but as the game continued the rains steadily got harder and the wind gusts continued to blow, it felt more like late season football weather rather than softball weather.The Wildcats didn’t let the cold temperatures and rain affect their offense as they had 16 hits in the game and scored 17 runs in the victory. The only blemish on this game for the Wildcats were a few defensive lapses throughout the contest resulting in 3 errors.Camryn Brewer pitched excellent for the Wildcats in the circle to earn the victory. She threw all 5 innings for FC, only giving up 3 hits, 4 runs (1 earned), and 3 strikeouts. Brewer was also very pitch efficient in the game, only throwing 67 pitches total.Offensive leaders for the game were as follows:Karlie Hahn: 3-3 (3 Singles); 3 RBIs, 3 Runs ScoredCamryn Brewer: 2-3 (1 Single, 1 Grand Slam); 4 RBIs, 2 Runs ScoredKloe Bolos: 2-4 (1 Single, 1 Double); 1 Run ScoredMichaela Ferman: 2-3 (1 Single, 1 Double); 2 RBIs, 2 Runs ScoredAbby Orschell: 2-3 (2 Singles); 2 RBIs, 2 Runs ScoredMakaylee Woods: 1-2 (1 Single); 2 RBIs, 2 Runs Scored, 2 WalksFranklin County will be back in action on Monday evening as they host Cambridge City Lincoln in the Wildcats final home game of the season. It will be senior night tomorrow so we’ll be honoring our two seniors (Abby Orschell & Morgan Bare) prior to the game. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm. Come out and support the seniors and the rest of your Wildcats in their final home game of the season!