Senate votes to add $300 million to home fuel assistance program

There is some hopeful news for thousands of low income and elderly people struggling to keep warm in what has been a colder than normal winter. The U.S. Senate late Tuesday passed an amendment to the 2003 omnibus appropriations act that would increase by $300 million the amount of federal funds available through the Low Income Heating Assistant Program. The measure must still go through conference committee to work out differences with the House legislation. Both U.S. Senators from ...

First student graduates from Healthy Connections

Chilly though it was, Jan. 21 was a day for celebration as far as Healthy Connections was concerned. The program, which is run by the Family Resource Center, celebrated the achievement of its first official graduate, Desiree Robert. Healthy Connections began offering its services in July of 2001, with the intent to better prepare and educate young expectant mothers with Medicaid eligibility and their families. Services, which include regular meetings with a Parent Educator and a RN ...

City of Berlin Hazard Mitigation Plan completed

The city of Berlin Hazard Mitigation Plan has been completed. Begun in April of 2002, the final version of the plan was recently distributed to the Berlin Emergency Management Committee. This document was designed as a working document to assist the city of Berlin and other local agencies to define community hazards and develop recommendations for addressing these hazards in the future. The scope of this document includes the identification of natural hazards, man-made hazards, and ...

How Cold Was It?

How cold was it yesterday? Pipes froze, school children stayed in for recess, ski areas closed, and people generally avoided lengthy outdoor exposures. Temperatures barely made it into the single numbers yesterday and high winds kept the wind chill factor well below zero. No relief from the bitter cold is expected in the next couple days. The U.S. Weather Service called for temperatures to drop to 15 below last night with wind chill down to 30 below. Temperatures were not predicted to ...