The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened three storm-damaged bridges along Route 12A that will provide area residents better access to both Route 100 and Interstate 89. A short segment of Route 12A in Roxbury just north of Carrie Howe Road still remains closed as both a culvert and a bridge still need to be replaced, but the three newly opened bridges allow Roxbury residents to travel north to Northfield as well as south to Randolph along Route 12A. ‘In all three locations, we were able to repair and reopen bridges that were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘These repairs allow residents of not only Roxbury, but also Granville and Braintree to have access to Interstate 89, which will return their travel ability to close to normal.’ Two of the three newly opened bridges are located along the northern segment of Route 12A ‘ one is in Northfield, the other is in Roxbury ‘ while the third bridge is located along the southern segment of Route 12A in Braintree. The newly opened bridges north of Roxbury Village also reestablish access to the Warren Mountain Road, a town highway that provides area residents with a connection to Route 100. The remaining closed segment of Route 12A just north of Carrie Howe Road will remain closed into the fall as neither the culvert nor the bridge can be repaired. VTrans plans to replace the culvert with a short bridge, and must also replace the damaged bridge with a new one. Work to design and engineer these structures is already underway. Construction activity will begin later this fall. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call the Irene recovery call center at 1-800-VERMONT or go to the Agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.uswhere(link is external) they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.
THE Malteenoes Table Tennis Club (MTTC) will be hosting a Novices Table Tennis Tournament from March 17 to 26, as the club looks to scout for new talent to restructure the club, which recently came under new management. The tournament, which kick-starts the club’s 2017 programme, will be catering to players in four categories: Boys and Girls Under-15 and Male and Female Open categories. The tournament is open to all table tennis enthusiasts.The first round of the tournament will be played in a round-robin format, where the top two players will advance to the main draws while the 3rd and 4th players will advance to the consolation event draw.A total of 64 customised trophies and medals will be awarded to the winning players in the various categories. Interested participants can register online at http://www.r2sports.com/tourney.asp?TID=21396 and download and deliver their registration forms and entrance fees to MTTC at Thomas Road, Thomas Lands; the Business School on Brickdam, Today Styles on Robb and King Streets. Entrants can also contact the tournament organisers on 697-8325 or 630-3602.The club is currently headed by coach and tournament director, Idi Lewis, along with table tennis coordinator Kevin Prass, and has formed a new team of table tennis players called the Malteenoes Dragons.“Malteenoes has long been the home of the essence of table tennis in Guyana. Over the last 40 years it has seen the development and maturity of virtually all the top table tennis players in Guyana” said a press release from the club.Lewis, a former national player who has played all over the world, is a product of the club.This new management envisions an independently organised club which will promote the game of table tennis by running table tennis fitness programmes for adults of all ages and abilities, with aggressive training programmes for enthusiastic persons of all ages who wish to increase their level of play quickly and compete to further themselves in and through the game of table tennis.The club also aspires to promote an environment for retired professionals to socialise and maintain their fitness through table tennis and host an all year round club league for which there will be semi-annual presentations and an annual Presentation Ceremony.