Vermont Jurisdictions Receiving Bulletproof Vest Grants JurisdictionGrant AmountNumber of VestsBarre City$3,549.0012Barre Town$ 227.383Bennington County$ 3,275.0010Bennington Town$ 5,600.0014Brandon Town$ 299.501Brattleboro Town$ 898.503Burlington City$ 3,294.5011Dover Town$ 2,125.007Essex Junction Village$ 1,250.004Hartford Town$ 1,198.004Middlebury Town$ 1,740.004Milton Town$ 2,097.006Montpelier City$ 1,500.005Norwich Town$ 1,500.005Orange County$ 7,815.0020Richmond Town$ 898.503Rutland City$ 4,389.0014Shelburne Town$ 4,492.5015Springfield Town$ 830.493St. Albans City$ 898.503Stowe Town$ 1,230.003Vergennes City$ 3,235.509Vermont (State)$ 5,123.98135Vernon Town$ 2,341.507Williston Town$ 559.002Windsor Town$ 1,488.006Winhall Town$ 4,300.0014Total for Vermont$ 66,200.85323WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12) ‘ US Senator Patrick Leahy US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Wednesday that 27 towns and counties across Vermont have been awarded grants from the US Department of Justice to help purchase bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers. The grants are provided through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, which Leahy authored in 1998. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has helped to provide nearly one million bulletproof vests to law enforcement officers across the country, including more than 3,000 vests for Vermont officers. The new grants announced by will help offices in Vermont buy more than 320 new vests. ‘Bulletproof vests are saving lives of law enforcement officers across the country,’ said Leahy. ‘They protect those who are on the streets every day helping to keep our communities safe, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has proven its life-saving value.’ The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program provides matching federal grants to state and local authorities for the purchase of bulletproof vests. Leahy worked to include in the grant program an all-state minimum formula to ensure that all qualifying state and local jurisdictions would receive at least .5 percent of the total amount of federal funds appropriated in a given year. Over the years Leahy has worked to modify the program for the benefit of grants recipients in other ways as well. He fought to include a matching requirement to ensure that in certain smaller jurisdictions, including certain jurisdictions in Vermont, the federal grant will always amount to 50 percent of the purchase cost. Leahy also worked to include a provision in the program to allow financially struggling jurisdictions to apply for a hardship waiver of the 50 percent match requirement. Leahy has worked to reauthorize the bulletproof vests grant program since its enactment, most recently in 2008. The program is currently authorized through 2012.
Young Jesse Marsh’s national 13-14 age group 100 metres butterfly record, set at the long course time trial at the SPEEDO Winter Juniors in Atlanta, United States, last weekend, is causing a buzz in the local swimming fraternity. The Florida-based St Andrew’s student lowered the previous mark of 59.27 seconds to 58.49 and became the first local 13-14 age group swimmer to go below the 59 seconds marker. Jesse’s father and former Swim Jamaica vice-president, Allan Roy Marsh, described the young swimmer’s achievement as surprising, noting that Jesse did not practise the 100 butterfly since July, and has basically been competing on his own. “To some extent, it was (surprising). He has been working hard and working consistently. What was surprising is that he was able to go to the US junior nationals in Atlanta the week before and break the butterfly record, improving his time by a second-and-a-half. “That was surprising, because it was such a big meet, and he was not at his best. But he has been putting in the work, and we are happy,” he told The Gleaner. GREAT POTENTIAL “We knew he had the potential to do it, and he basically swam the race by himself and on the last day of the meet. This was the first butterfly he had competed in the long course pool since July, so he wasn’t in practice for it, but he was able to carry his condition in from his training,” he continued. Marsh has been getting rave reviews from local swimming experts, who are hailing him as the next big thing from the pool. But his father is not so sure just now. He wants the young swimmer to develop and take things in stride. “There is a positive feedback because we do not have many national age group records, and there are people reacting very positive towards this. He trains consistently. The coaches admire his work ethic. Among his current coaches at St Andrew’s school in Boca Raton, Florida, is a former Jamaican swimmer, Ramon Walton. Walton says Jesse is very coachable and he works, and they told me he was the only swimmer who made every practice this high-school season. “This is something he loves to do, I never had to push him. I just gave him support, and I am very pleased (with this achievement). But it’s what he wants to do, because you can’t really predict the future of young age group swimmers. So many things can happen, so many distractions can take place. “So talent is only the beginning, work rate is what is important. The older the swimmer gets, his work ethic and being coachable are more important. Talent alone cannot take you to the highest level; you need work ethic and belief. But if you continue to work you will move up the ranks as you get older,” he stated.