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)###
Press Association The American, who was joint third with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day on 10 under going into the final day, carded five birdies in a final-round 66 to beat Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy and fellow Americans Russell Henley and Billy Horschel by two shots. “Biggest win I ever had,” Kirk said on pgatour.com shortly after sealing victory on 15 under overall. “I may be a little bit more calm, but I was still freaking out a bit inside.” Chris Kirk shot a bogey-free final round to clinch the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Monday. Kirk’s victory in the second of the four play-off events means the 29-year-old now leads the FedEx Cup standings. It is only his third PGA Tour career title. He wasted no time in eating into Henley’s two-shot overnight lead with birdies at the third, fourth and ninth holes. Kirk made par on the next three before picking up shots on the 13th and 16th before finishing with two more pars. Kirk’s victory gives United States captain Tom Watson plenty to ponder ahead of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month. Watson chooses his three wild card picks on Tuesday and Kirk has done his chances of selection no harm at all. “I definitely put myself in contention for one,” Kirk said when asked about his Ryder Cup chances. “If I get picked, great. If not, I’m still happy with my win today.” World number one McIlroy, who had catapulted himself into contention with a flawless seven-under 64 on Sunday, could not secure his fourth title in five tournaments after recording four bogeys in his final-round 70 to finish joint fifth with Australia’s John Senden on 11 under. They were two shots shy of the second-placed trio of Ogilvy, Henley and Horschel. Martin Kaymer and Day were tied for seventh on 10 under, while Carl Pettersson and Jimmy Walker were two of seven players tied for ninth place on nine under. World number two Adam Scott had to be content with a joint 16th-placed finish with six others on eight under, while England’s Ian Poulter was a further shot back to finish alongside Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler.