BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activist say a car bomb has killed at least four people in a rebel-held town in northern Syria. Saturday’s explosion in Afrin took place during the afternoon rush hour on the first working day of the week, wounding over a dozen others. Explosions in northern regions controlled by Turkey-backed fighters have left scores of people dead or wounded over the past months. Turkey and allied Syrian fighters took control of Afrin in 2018 in a military operation that expelled local U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters and displaced tens of thousands of Kurdish residents.
Governor Jim Douglas today announced that 21 Vermont communities will receive a combined $2.75 million for transportation enhancement projects These grants provide seed money to towns and cities across Vermont so communities can complete important transportation projects they otherwise might not be able to afford, Douglas said. The projects not only improve our existing transportation system, but they provide a significant contribution to the state s economy.The 2009 process was quite competitive and saw 38 applications with funding requests totaling over $4.5 million. Grant applications were reviewed by VTrans to affirm project eligibility, and then were considered by a grant committee which made the awards. VTrans staff provides technical and limited project assistance to grant recipients.More than half of the awards and nearly two-thirds of the funding went to pedestrian/bicycle projects. Most of the remaining awards were given to either environmentally sensitive projects such as stormwater mitigation, restoring an historic building for a welcome center and acquisition of a scenic easement. Next week is our annual Way-to-Go Week and I hope that all Vermonters will join in our effort to reduce our carbon footprint, said Governor Douglas. Last year, Vermonters saved over 200,000 pounds of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Let s work together to do even better this year. These enhancement awards will help our communities provide more opportunities to Vermonters to ride their bike or walk to school, work and stores.Since 1995, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has annually awarded enhancement grants to communities and non-profit organizations for a wide range of federally-eligible projects such as restoring historic buildings, rebuilding and extending sidewalks, enhancing the environment, improving hiking and biking trails, purchasing scenic easements and repairing historic bridges.Since the program s inception, more than 300 grant awards have been made to Vermont communities totaling over $40 million.Specific questions about the Transportation Enhancements Grant Program may be answered by calling Curtis Johnson at 828-0583.