Residents ‘trapped on roofs and in vehicles’ as Hurricane Florence nears coast

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW BERN, N.C.) — First responders in North Carolina are scrambling to rescue residents stranded due to raging floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence.Officials in New Bern, a coastal town in Craven County, North Carolina, said at least 150 people were “awaiting rescue” early Friday morning as the dangerous hurricane moved ashore, packing 90 mph winds.“More are on the way to help us,” New Bern officials tweeted early Friday. “You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU.”Craven County spokeswoman Amber Parker said the situation was dire in New Bern, which is southeast of Greenville, with some residents trapped on their roofs.“I would say certain areas of New Bern are very desperate,” Parker told ABC News on Friday. “There are people that can be trapped in water, in vehicles, on roofs. That’s just the situation for anyone.”Emergency workers said they had gotten more than 100 calls from residents in need of assistance, but there was no way to reach everyone immediately.“They just have to wait until the weather conditions permit them to make it here safely,” Parker said. “I don’t have the follow-up information on all of the calls. There are some that I know we have made it to and others where they’ve been rescued by other agencies or individuals — private citizens who have rescued some people.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Wilton Blueberry Festival arrives Friday morning

first_imgThe Wilton Blueberry Festival gets underway Friday morning.WILTON – The 36th annual Wilton Blueberry Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, transforming the downtown area into a Christmas-themed celebration.The town’s iconic August festival will open Friday, Aug. 3 and will run through Saturday, Aug. 4, highlighted by the popular parade at 9 a.m. on Saturday. This year’s parade theme is Christmas in August, with cash prizes awarded in several categories.The festival’s roots go back to 1982, when it started as the Blueberry Church Bazaar at the First Congregational Church on Main Street. That rummage-sale styled bazaar is still held today, running from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the church and also offering blueberry cake, other baked goods and coffee as well as flowers and plants. In 1989, head organizer Shannon Smith took over and turned the small, mostly locally-attended event to one of the bigger summer draws in western Maine.The event will offer a free shuttle service on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pickups in the following locations: Corner of Rt. 156 & Main St. (near Main St. Garage), Key Bank – Downtown Wilton (bottom of High & Main Street), Park and Ride, Wiles Funeral Home, Academy Hill School, Western Maine Expo (Saturday morning only) and Kineowatha Park.Boat owners on Wilson Lake should take notice that the ramp will close at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, and for contest rules and details, go to www.wiltonbbf.com. The schedule for the weekend festivities is as follows:Schedule of events for Friday, August 39 – 3 p.m. Blueberry Bazaar at First Congregational Church – blueberry cake, coffee, baked foods, crafts, flowers and plants, Thrift Shop open. (hot dogs and finger rolls all day long).9 – 3 p.m. Wilton Methodist Church – cold drinks, coffee and blueberry muffins served. Dunk tank. Free clothing give away.9 – 5 p.m. Crafters & Vendors – Downtown.9 – 5 p.m. Healthy Community Coalition open for info, free blood pressure checks, healthy recipes located at Franklin Savings Bank.10 – 1 p.m. Entertainment: Sammie Angel at Lions Tent.10 – 3 p.m. Lane Barnyard Friends at Kineowatha Park.10 – 4 p.m. Open Forge Day – Wilton Historical Society by Western Maine Blacksmith Association.10 – 4 p.m. Wilton Historical Society open for tours.10 – 5 p.m. Book Sale – Wilton Free Public Library held at Western ME Expo.10 – 5 p.m. Visit the Wilton Free Public Library. Photography Show featuring local artist – Jonathan Norton.11 a.m. Lobster Roll Bag Lunch – St. Lukes Episcopal Church until gone. Call 645-2639 for deliveries.11 – 3 p.m. Book signing by Linda Rota & Kevin Manix at Wilton Free Public Library.11 – 4 p.m. Free Childrens Games and Face Painting – Kineowatha Park: puppet play, snacks and prizes by Calvary Hill Baptist Church 645-2343.12 p.m. First Congregational Church Pie a la Mode.12 – 4 p.m. Wilton Rec Dept. – Dunk tank at Kineowatha Park.12 – 7 p.m. 6th Annual Juried Art Show at Bass-Wilson Building. All ages, $200 in chamber bucks prizes! Best in Show Best Themed piece (Christmas in August), Aspiring Young Artist award (ages 4-14), and 2 honorable mentions.1 – 4 p.m. Boat Tours – partnered by Friends of Wilson Lake (FOWL) – held by the boat launch. Donations accepted. Weather permitting.1 – 4 p.m. Loon Awareness Booth – near the boat launch, partnered by FOWL & Biodiversity Research Institute.1 – 4 p.m. FREE Fire truck rides! Near Key Bank, courtesy of the Wilton Fire Dept. Children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.2 – 3 p.m. Entertainment: Sandy Waite-Haskell (Arizona Rose) and the Rich Ric Band at Lions Tent.4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Registration for races at Cushing School. (limit 100)4:30 – 6 p.m. Entertainment: Tux Burke at Wilton Congregational Church.5 – 6:30 p.m. Chicken BBQ – First Congregational Church. Eat in or take-out. Call 645-2535 for orders.6 p.m. Family Fun Run One Miler starts at Cushing School.6:30 p.m. 10K & 5K Road Race starts at Town Garage.7 p.m. Flag Folding by Farmington Emblem Club #460 at Academy Hill School Gymnasium.7:15 p.m. Entertainment: Mark Gentle at Academy Hill School Gymnasium. (Free Concert).Schedule of events for Saturday, Aug. 46 – 10 a.m. Blueberry Pancake Breakfast – by the Wilton Lions Club. Held next to Key Bank.7 – 8:30 a.m. Parade Lineup – Western Maine Expo on Weld Rd. finish at Wilson Lake. Parade begins at 9 a.m. No personal cars in line-up area, Please drop off outside and walk in. Parade line up area will be smoke-free.8 a.m. Doll Carriage and Bicycle Lineup – supported by Farmington Emblem Club #460. Line up at Franklin Savings Bank and end at the Monument. FMI call Shannon at 778-4726.9 a.m. Parade begins. FMI call Shannon at 778-4726. $$$ CASH PRIZES $$$ for Americanism, Prettiest, Most Original, Blueberry, Theme: Christmas in August, Antique Cars, Tractor. (Special plaques for all fire trucks participating, donated by the Franklin County Fire Museum).9 a.m. Pies for sale! Tyngtown Club on the First Congregational Church Lawn.9 – 3 p.m. Blueberry Bazaar at First Congregational Church – blueberry cake, coffee, baked foods, crafts, flowers and plants, Thrift Shop open. (hot dogs and finger rolls all day long)9 – 4 p.m. Open Forge Day – Wilton Historical Society by Western Maine Blacksmith Association.9 – 4 p.m. Crafters & vendors – Downtown.9 – 4 p.m. Wilton Fish & Game Assoc. will hold an Open House on Rt. 2 with several events: 9 – 1 Safety and technique in Archery will be offered by a Certified Instructor. Ages 6 & up. 1 – 4 Trap shooting with Charlie. 9 – 4 Gatling Gun and Shooting Gallery will be offered in the Conex box. Lunch provided for minimal fee. FMI Call Phil at 897-4305.9 – 4 p.m. 6th Annual Juried Art Show at Bass-Wilson Building. All ages, $200 in chamber bucks prizes! Best in Show Best Themed piece (Christmas in August), Aspiring Young Artist award (ages 4-14), and 2 honorable mentions.10 – 1 p.m. Visit the Wilton Free Public Library. Photography Show featuring local artist – Jonathan Norton.10 – 3 p.m. Quilt and Rug Show – Wilton Methodist Church. FMI call Lynette at 491-7018.10 – 4 p.m. Wilton Historical Society open for tours.10:30 – 12 p.m. Entertainment: Gambol Creek (Jeff & Donna Wells) downtown by the square.10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Children’s activities on the Wilton Free Public Library Lawn.11 a.m. Cornhole Tournament at Beyond Shoe Repair. Chamber Buck prizes to be awarded.11 – 1 p.m. 99.3 KTJ LIVE Remote in the downtown area!11 – 2 p.m. Visit with Santa Claus at Lions Tent. Cookie decorating sponsored by Farmington Elks Lodge #2430.11 – 3 p.m. Luncheon – Wilton Methodist Church. Variety of rolls, subs, assorted blueberry desserts, coffee and cold drinks. Free clothing giveaway.11 – 4 p.m. Book Sale – Wilton Free Public Library held at Western ME Expo.12 p.m. First Congregational Church Pie a la Mode.12 – 3 p.m. Blueberry Bake-Off & Chili Contest- at Academy Hill School Cafeteria. Entries taken until 1:30.12 – 4 p.m. Wilton Rec Dept. – Dunk tank at Kineowatha Park.12 – 4 p.m. Stanley Museum display at Norms Redemption Center.12:30 p.m. Register for Baby and Toddler Derby Race at Kineowatha Park.12:30 – 2 p.m. Entertainment: Linda Lee and the Tumbledown Band downtown by the square.1 p.m. Baby and Toddler Derby Race at Kineowatha Park.1 p.m. Kendall Burdin Firemans Muster on Main Street.1 – 3 p.m. Book signing by Linda Rota & Kevin Mannix at the Buttons for Babes Booth by the stream.2 – 3 p.m. Entertainment: Moose Creek Cloggers at Academy Hill Cafeteria.3 – 5 p.m. Entertainment: Paul Bright downtown by the square.4 – 5 p.m. 6th Annual Juried Art Show Artist Meet & Greet at Bass-Wilson Building.5 – 5:30 p.m. Church Raffle, Mr. Moose Raffle and parade winners will be announced at the First Congregational Church.5 – 6:30 p.m. Pork supper put on by Calzolaio Pasta Co. to benefit the Western Maine Play Museum.6 – 7 p.m. Entertainment: Main Attraction Water Ski Show Team on Wilson Lake.7 – 8:30 p.m. Entertainment: Darby Rose Sabin at Bass Park.8:45 – 9 p.m. Fireworks display from the boat launch at dusk. *Rain Date Aug. 5*last_img read more

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GMP powers up three new solar projects

first_imgGreen Mountain Power has flipped the switch on three new solar projects, bringing its total solar installations to five and exceeding its goal of installing and helping its customers install 10,000 solar panels in 1,000 days.These newest projects include the solar orchard at Shelburne Farms, the roof of the GMP Montpelier Service Center, and a project that is currently the state’s largest, next to one of GMP’s fossil fuel generating plants in Berlin. All three were designed and installed by Alteris Renewables, Inc., of Montpelier.”We are proud to have topped our 10,000 solar panel goal,” President and CEO Mary Powell said. “We are now at 14,000 panels and aiming high. Our customers clearly want more solar and we are determined to help provide it.”The new solar installations by Green Mountain Power and its efforts to help its customers to do the same is a component of the company’s overall plan to reduce the state’s carbon footprint though the deployment of more renewable generation. The number of GMP customers who have installed solar has more than quadrupled since the beginning of 2009.GMP-owned projects include:A 150 kw system at Shelburne Farms (530 solar panels).A 138 kw system at the GMP Montpelier Service Center’s rooftop (616 panels).The 200 kw solar array installation at the company’s Berlin facility, currently the largest in the state (952 panels).A 58-kilowatt system at its Westminster Service Center (308 panels).A 4-kilowatt solar array for its Colchester headquarters, which powers its two plug-in hybrid vehicles (20 panels). The solar panels for the Berlin site are located on the same parcel of land as Green Mountain Power’s 50 megawatt conventional fossil fuel fired facility, which operates only during peak hours, just a few hundred hours per year.”We especially appreciate seeing the solar panels generating electricity in the same space as our fossil fuel plant, because adding renewable generating during peak periods, as solar does, decreases the likelihood that our costly, high emission fossil fuel plant will be called on to start generating emergency power,” said Powell.Shelburne Farms’ President Alec Webb views the completed project onsite as a way of supporting local energy systems and demonstrating natural resource stewardship. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Green Mountain Power’s SolarGMP program on reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing the Farm’s educational resources.””Customer owned solar is a cost effective way of helping to meet electric energy needs when power use is high on hot sunny days,” said Ms. Powell. “The amount of electricity generated from solar is that much less power that has to be purchased from the New England regional energy market during peak times, which comes from more expensive and more carbon-emitting sources.”While it took two months to build the Berlin solar plant, a time-lapse video on Green Mountain Power’s website shows it in 40 seconds. Available at http://www.choose2bgreen.com/what-gmp-is-doing/solar-projects/berlin-sol…(link is external).More information about all the solar projects are available here: http://www.choose2bgreen.com/what-gmp-is-doing/solar-projects.html(link is external).About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.Source: COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – November 04, 2010) – Green Mountain Powerlast_img read more

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