Vermont Could Receive Over $25 Million in Home Heating FundsWaterbury, Vt.-Governor Jim Douglas praised the U.S. House of Representatives for their historic vote on September 25, 2008, to fully fund the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at $5.1 billion, the maximum funding level authorized for fiscal year 2009.Governor Douglas said the LIHEAP provision was included in the House-passed version of a Continuing Resolution which would fund the vast majority of government programs at fiscal year 2008 levels through March 2009.”The House’s decision to fully fund the LIHEAP program for this coming year-at nearly double the 2008 appropriation-is an indication that they understand the critical importance of the LIHEAP program for all states,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “I want to thank Congressman Welch for his leadership on this issue and his colleagues for their support for this critically important program. The northeastern governors are all very grateful that the House has responded to our calls for full funding of LIHEAP.””We now urge the Senate and president to quickly follow suit,” Governor Douglas continued. “If they can find $700 billion to bailout Wall Street, surely than can find the resources to keep low income Americans warm this winter.”Last year, Vermont received a LIHEAP block grant of $11.7 million, and an overall total of nearly $19.4 million in funding, when contingency funding is included in the equation.Governor Douglas said if the Senate passes the measure supported by the House, and the President signs it into law, Vermont stands to receive almost $25.6 million in block grant funding from the program. This is more than double last year’s base funding, at almost $14 million.”Vermont was able to provide the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the nation to low-income residents last year,” added Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Cynthia D. LaWare. “Due to the skyrocketing costs of home heating fuel this year, the LIHEAP program must be fully funded if we are to ensure a similar benefit level to our LIHEAP recipients this year. The House’s commitment to this issue is a very positive step toward making this a reality, and I urge the Senate and the President to address this issue immediately.”Vermont is actively engaged in a variety of statewide efforts to address the challenge of rising fuel and food costs. For more information about the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership, and what State and community partners are doing to help keep Vermonters warm this winter, please visit: http://helpforvt.org/(link is external)###
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Michael Bollenbacher, 64, of Lawrenceburg, IN, formerly of Hamilton, Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.He was born Tuesday, August 7, 1951 in Hamilton, Ohio, Son of the late Glenn Bollenbacher and the late Irma Lakes Bollenbacher.In his younger years Michael enjoyed camping and swimming. He liked to work with leather, making belts and wallets. He loved to be around people and was a great story teller.Surviving are sister, Glenda (John) Uhlmansiek of Aurora, IN; niece, D.J. (William) Brandt of Washington Courthouse, OH; nephew, Ray (Jennifer) Uhlmansiek of Florence, KY; great nieces, Abbie and Megan Brandt.He was preceded in death by his parents.Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 6168 Martha Drive North, Aurora, Indiana on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:00 am with Bishop Eric Barnett officiating.Interment will follow with graveside services at Venice Cemetery, Ross, Ohio.Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. If you are unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
FARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 14) – Joel Callahan finished the Yankee Dirt Track Classic Deery Series main event at Farley Speedway a year older and $7,500 richer.The 100-lap IMCA Late Model tour event started late Saturday evening and finished in the wee hours on Sunday. Callahan, who figured he turned 50 somewhere around lap 27, inherited the front spot when race-long leader Colby Springsteen cut his right rear tire and then led to the checkers in repeating as the big money Yankee winner. “I think we step up our game for this race. There’s a lot of adrenaline pumping,” he said. “To me, this is the biggest race on the Deery schedule and not because of the pay but because it’s at my home track.” “The track was fast from top to bottom,” he added. “It didn’t matter where you were running.” Richie Gustin was second in the best showing of his brief Deery career. Denny Eckrich was third and point leader Justin Kay roared all the way back to fourth after exiting to fix a flat tire on lap 58 and restarting at the rear. The 59 entries for the Yankee were the most for a Deery Series event this season and the most in 78 races dating back to opening night in 2010.Jason Rauen drew the pole but it was Springsteen shooting into the lead from his outside row one start.The race was stopped following a lap 30 mishap that collected Tyler Droste, Terry Neal and Jason Hahne, then stayed green for the next 28 circuits. Springsteen looked to have the race in hand before the flat tire relegated him to 16th and Callahan took over. The last caution came with 12 laps left. Callahan was quickly celebrating in victory lane with crew chief Stan Thomas, crewman Al Dix, sons Zach and Joey, wife Cindy and daughter Stephanie. “I focused on hitting my marks and keeping the car straight,” said Callahan, also winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. “I knew if I did that we’d still have tires at the 75-lap mark. That was key.” Scott Fitzpatrick earned the hard charger starting spot and Jeff Aikey and Brian Harris both took provisionals; all three advanced 14 positions to eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. Samples were taken from tires from each of the top five finishing cars and race results remain unofficial. Next on the Deery Series schedule is the Saturday, Sept. 20 ½-mile show at Davenport Speedway. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. The tour concludes with a two-day show Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4 at West Liberty Raceway. Feature results – 1. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 2. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 3. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 4. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 5. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 7. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 8. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale; 9. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 10. Brian Harris, Davenport; 11. Curt Martin, Independence; 12. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 13. Tommy Elston, Keokuk; 14. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque; 15. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 16. Colby Springsteen, Wapello; 17. Ryan Griffith, Webster City; 18. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 19. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; 20. Terry Neal, Ely; 21. Jason Hahne, Webster City; 22. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 23. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 24. Jason Rauen, Farley; 25. Dave Stichter, Shannon, Ill.1st heat (top two) – 1. Elston; 2. Denny Eckrich; 3. Jon Poll, Delmar; 4. Dolan; 5. Neal; 6. Guss; 7. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 8. Kyle Neels, Freeport, Ill.; 9. Jason Udelhofen, Potosi, Wis.; 10. Marty Scheckel, Long Grove. 2nd heat – 1. Gustin; 2. Hinrichs; 3. Merfeld; 4. Darren Ackerman, Readlyn; 5. Spencer Diercks, Davenport; 6. Ross Pierce, Dubuque; 7. Todd Frank, Montrose; 8. Curtis Glover, Des Moines; 9. Steve Hunter, Hopkinton; 10. Rick Wendling, Hazleton.3rd heat – 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Springsteen; 3. Hahne; 4. Droste; 5. Rob Klein, Sherrill; 6. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 7. Brian Harris; 8. Jerry King, Waterloo; 9. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 10. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake. 4th heat – 1. Kay; 2. Martin; 3. Griffith; 4. Jay Chenoweth, Wapello; 5. Doug Yates, Monticello; 6. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 7. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill.; 8. Larry Harris, Muscoda, Wis.; 9. Don Pataska, Miles; 10. Jay Johnson, West Burlington. 5th heat – 1. Stichter; 2. Rauen; 3. Marolf; 4. Bruening; 5. Aikey; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 7. Dean Wagner, Evansdale; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 9. LeRoy Brenner, Aledo, Ill.; 10. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale. 6th heat – 1. Goedert; 2. Callahan; 3. Ryan; 4. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 5. Jeremy Grady, Story City; 6. Becky Roth, Kieler, Wis.; 7. Dan Shelliam, Hazel Green, Wis.; 8. Mel Abels, Freeport, Ill.; 9. Scott Welsh, Cedar Rapids. 1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Griffith; 2. Dolan; 3. Neal; 4. Guss; 5. Poll; 6. Trump; 7. Denning; 8. Holladay; 9. Chenoweth; 10. Yates; 11. Neels; 12. Larry Harris; 13. Pataska; 14. Udelhofen; 15. Scheckel; 16. Johnson. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Merfeld; 2. Bruening; 3. Marolf; 4. Ackerman; 5. Zrostlik; 6. Aikey; 7. Diercks; 8. Wagner; 9. Fitzpatrick; 10. Wendling; 11. DeFrance; 12. Frank; 13. Pierce; 14. Hunter; 15. Glover; 16. Brenner.3rd “B” feature – 1. Ryan; 2. Hahne; 3. Droste; 4. Klein; 5. Brian Harris; 6. Cooney; 7. Shelliam; 8. Kastli; 9. McKenna; 10. Grady; 11. Moss; 12. King; 13. Welsh; 14. Abels; 15. Roth.Hard charger – Fitzpatrick. Series provisionals – Aikey and Brian Harris. Guss won the last-chance qualifier.