Frigid November: Energy Assistance can keep Indiana homes warm

INDIANAPOLIS – Inches of snow and temperatures below zero are making it an especially frigid November in Indiana, which translates to higher heating bills.The Energy Assistance Program might be able to help cushion the blow for those who struggle to keep their homes warm.The program provides utility assistance to families with incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, said Taura Edwards, director of community programs for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.“They can receive help with their regular utility bill,” she said. “If the family is in crisis or is up for disconnection, has been disconnected or out of deliverable fuel, they can receive a one-time benefit to support that utility cost.”The maximum benefit this year is $395, and last winter the program served more than 130,000 households. From Dec. 1 to March 15, natural gas utilities in the state do not disconnect service to customers enrolled in the program, known as “LIHEAP,” who fall behind on their bill.This is a good time of year for all homeowners to start thinking about energy conservation and ways to keep the cold air outside, Edwards said, adding that a few simple steps can make a difference.“Keep your curtains closed, create a barrier between your house and the window,” she said. “You’ll want to check your window to make sure that there’s no air seeping in within cracks. You’ll also want to look at your door sweeps to make sure there’s no air flowing in from a door.”For those with a fireplace, she suggested keeping the damper closed when not in use to prevent cold air from entering the house. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning the thermostat down 15 degrees for eight hours while you are asleep or out of the house can save around 10 percent on heating and cooling bills.Mary Kuhlman read more

3 storylines to look out for before No. 6 Syracuse’s matchup with No. 17 Johns Hopkins

first_imgNo. 6 Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated then-No. 4 Virginia 12-11 on Sunday at Klockner Stadium. The Orange dominated through three quarters, allowing five goals to Virginia’s fourth-ranked offense in the first 45 minutes. After Virginia ripped a 6-1 run through the bulk of the fourth quarter to tie the game, freshman midfielder Tucker Dordevic provided the game-winner for SU.On Saturday, the Orange welcomes No. 17 Johns Hopkins (2-2) to the Carrier Dome for faceoff at 1 p.m. The Blue Jays enter the game following a 16-9 win over Princeton. Through four games played, JHU and SU are nearly identical in scoring. Both teams average 10 goals allowed per game and 11.5 and 11.75 goals for, respectively.Here are three storylines to watch for headed into Saturday’s matchup.Learning to fly In years past, Johns Hopkins entered seasons with five or six returners from the offense the season prior, senior midfielder Joel Tinney said. In 2018, that wasn’t the case. Tinney, along with senior attack Shack Stanwick and junior attack Kyle Marr, are the top three scorers returning from last season, with the rest of the Hopkins regular offensive starters leaving for graduation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Jays inexperience was highlighted by a five-goal output at Loyola Maryland in its second game. JHU rebounded with a stronger showing against No. 9 UNC, scoring 11 goals in the loss, and a win last week over Princeton.“It was going to be a challenge at the beginning of the year, making sure that guys kind of worked together and we had good chemistry,” Tinney said. “I think coming out of the gates we’ve had good chemistry and now we just have to piece a couple of the other things we are working on.”Head coach Dave Pietramala said his team was running nine or 10 midfielders early in the season, an uncommon occurrence once the season moves on. The constant line changes help Pietramala and his staff figure out “what goes where” as far as positioning players but limits rhythm among teammates, he said.As the rotation has thinned, the Blue Jays offensive production has increased behind breakout performances from sophomore attack Cole Williams. With Marr and Stanwick already well established as elite attacks, Williams has burst out in the first four games with a team-high eight goals.“You have a big strong physical dodger,” Pietramala said. “And then you’ve got to figure out what he can do for you. Maybe more important, he has to figure out where he fits within in the offense and when is it good for him to go and when is it good for him to move the ball along.”Keeping the pace Syracuse scored first against both Army and Albany before falling stagnant. Against Albany, Syracuse went more than 35 minutes without scoring, and eventually finished the game with three goals, its lowest mark under 20-year head coach John Desko. After scoring first against Army, the Orange offense stalled for nearly 25 minutes between goals. The scoring eventually heated up behind six-third quarter goals and an eventual triple-overtime victory.Against UVA, SU scored first and continued through the rest of the game. Syracuse paced the game, encapsulated by a 4-0 run which began near the end of the second quarter and lasted until the beginning of the fourth, a span of more than 20 minutes.For the first time since its first game of the year against Binghamton, Syracuse won the faceoff battle. It used the added possessions to take its time and not rush like it had in weeks past, Desko said. Syracuse unleashed 43 shots, 27 of which reached cage in large part due to its possession time.Syracuse limited Virginia faceoff specialist Justin Schwenk, who entered the game winning 67 percent of his faceoffs, to eight conversions on 21 attempts. Virginia, known for a fast paced offense run by head coach Lars Tiffany, an Onondaga Nation native, ranked fourth in the country entering the game. UVA scored six of its 11 goals on possessions immediately following faceoff victories.When SU settled in, won its faceoffs, and controlled the ball, it was the better team.Getting long After struggling at the faceoff X against both Albany and Army, Syracuse has found a solution. Against Virginia and top-10 faceoff specialist Schwenk, SU played two long poles on the wings for faceoffs.With Brett Kennedy on one side and Austin Fusco on the other, Syracuse went 16-for-27 on faceoffs. The Orange limited Schwenk to 8-for-21 at the faceoff X.On Saturday, Johns Hopkins enters the Carrier Dome with a top-10 faceoff specialist of its own in Hunter Moreland. Pietramala expects Moreland to get similar treatment to that of Schwenk a week ago.“It’s something that we practice more than a couple times a week,” Pietramala said. “We spend some time working with the wings, in terms of their ability to disengage and get to an open area so we can get them the ball if hunter is getting pressured.”Pietramala added that teams often put two long poles on the wing to take the technique out of the faceoff, making it more of a “muck.” If the small sample size holds true, SU will want that scramble for a ground ball against JHU. Comments Published on March 8, 2018 at 1:42 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse defeats California, 4-2, behind 2 late goals

first_img Comments Published on October 7, 2018 at 7:26 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img As a California shot deflected into the Syracuse goal, leveling the match at two, it appeared Syracuse was headed to its fourth straight overtime at J.S. Coyne Stadium.SU head coach Ange Bradley called timeout, she said, to settle down her team. She wanted to avoid overtime.“I think it refocused us,” Bradley said. “It reminded us of our key points. We had some cards that we had to reorganize and sort out.”After taking a two goal lead early in the second half, the Orange’s advantage vanished in four minutes. Cal tied the game, until Chiara Gutsche put the Orange ahead for good, saving No. 13 Syracuse (8-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) in a 4-2 win over California (3-8, 0-1 America East) Sunday.“We wanted to start with a fresh start in October and we’re 2-0,” senior Roos Weers said. “We lost control today but we need to stay focused and stay tuned in going forward.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust before halftime, Syracuse scored a textbook penalty corner goal. Peyton Kemp earned a corner with a little over a minute to go. The Orange turned to Carolin Hoffmann, its typical inserter. She inserted the ball to Kira Wimbert, who steadied it for Weers.Weers, as she’s done so often this season, scored with a flick into the corner of the goal. After Syracuse was outshot 5-2 in the first half, the scoreboard read 1-0 in favor of SU.Quickly out of the break, Gutsche doubled the lead with a backhand top-shelf finish. Moments earlier, she turned and looked for teammates, but there were none there. She wound up a backhand shot, and let loose a shot into the top corner. She threw both of her hands in the air and cheered.Syracuse’s first two-goal lead in five games didn’t last. A counter-attack gave the Golden Bears an odd-man rush, and Megan Rodgers fired a shot in the air. It was headed slowly towards the goal when California’s Melina Moore swatted the ball into the net.Two minutes later, Cal earned another penalty corner and forced a save from goalie Borg van der Velde. The chaotic chase for the rebound found the foot of an SU player, leading to another corner.That corner leveled the match. Syracuse was left stunned after the ball skirted through traffic, deflecting last off the stick of Megan Rodgers.California scored its first goal while Claire Webb served her yellow card penalty, and the Golden Bears finished their second goal moments after she re-entered. In those five minutes, while Webb was out, Syracuse played down a player, and it showed in the run of play.Syracuse received four green cards, a 2-minute penalty, and two yellow cards, a 5-minute penalty, on the afternoon, the most its received of either this season.Bradley shouted for SU to win a corner the next time it re-entered the circle, and it did. The Orange went to its favorite corner routine. Hoffmann inserted, Weers corralled the ball and shot.This time, California goalie Natalie Dalton was up to the challenge. She made the save, but the rebound spilled directly in front of goal. As the Orange practice every day, Gutsche slid the rebound past Dalton for her second goal. The game was tied for two minutes and 32 seconds.Syracuse added an insurance goal later in the half, an almost exact replica of the third goal. The Orange earned a corner. Hoffmann inserted, Weers attempted a shot on goal, and Dalton made the save.Yet again, California couldn’t clear. Sophomore Claire Cooke, after scoring her first collegiate goal on Friday, poked the ball past Dalton with her arm outstretched. She came to the bench one minute later to be subbed off. Bradley put her arm around the sophomore and smiled.Sunday, the Orange didn’t need extra time, a relief for their head coach.“It’s good for Ange’s blood pressure,” Weers said.Bradley added: “My doctor thanks them.”last_img read more

UNIONIST MEP PROMISES TO BACK DONEGAL ANTI-VRT CAMPAIGN

first_imgANTI-VRT campaigners from Co Donegal have won the backing of a leading Unionist politician.John Doherty, the Donegal branch chairman of the Irish Drivers Association, said his delegation’s meeting with Democratic Unionist Party MEP Diane Dodds was very constructive.“We got a warm welcome and were well received by Mrs Dodds,” Mr Doherty told donegaldaily.com. “The association have brought it to the attention of Ms Dodds how the Irish Government are discriminating against other member states by imposing a levy as high as 36% on vehicles imported into the south.“What the Irish Government are trying to do is make it more expensive for a citizen from the south to import a vehicle from NI which is in clear contravention of the free movement of goods under article 39 of the treaty of Rome.“Ms Dodds expressed shock at this even though the association have a petition lodged in Brussels with the commission on taxation stated that it is now time to raise the matter in Brussels with the competition authorities.”Mr Doherty said Ms Dodds promised to raise the matter with the North’s Finance Minister Sammy Wilson. “This may be the first time that another member state attacks the Irish Government on the free movement of goods which could be very good news for us as Europeans,” added Mr Doherty.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyUNIONIST MEP PROMISES TO BACK DONEGAL ANTI-VRT CAMPAIGN was last modified: February 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Diane Dodds MEPdonegalDUPIrish Drivers AssociationJohn DohertySammy Wilsonlast_img read more