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Over $107,000 provided to flood-impacted small businesses

first_imgAs recovery efforts continue to move forward, the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund has reviewed nearly 200 grant applications from many small businesses showing more than $18 million in damages from Tropical Storm Irene.  To date, the advisory committee has made first round grant awards to businesses from Wilmington to Waterbury; 54 applicants have received more than $107,000 out of the nearly $250,000 that has been generously pledged by individuals and organizations . Additional pledges continue to come in, but much more effort is required in order to meet the needs of the applicants seeking assistance. Todd Bailey, the Fund’s founder and an Associate at KSE Partners in Montpelier, said, ‘This has been a very difficult process ‘ every application that we have seen shows a need, but some tough decisions have had to be made because of the limited resources.’  The other members of the advisory committee echoed Bailey’s comments ‘ the seven-member committee has had a number of conference calls and has reviewed and evaluated every application. Central Vermont Community Action Council serves as the Fund’s fiscal agent and has received a steady stream of applications.  Executive Director Hal Cohen notes, ‘We’ve have done our best to get money disbursed as quickly as we can, but continued financial support will go a long way in helping us to meet the needs of more businesses across Vermont.’ Cohen continued, ‘Some businesses are just now becoming aware of the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund’. ·       Andrew Brewer, Owner, Onion River Sports ·       Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Founded in August 20011 by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey for the purpose of raising money to support small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.  After a grant application review process, all funds raised will be directly awarded to Vermont businesses in their efforts to rebuild from damage or losses sustained. Grant applications can be obtained online atwww.vtirenefund.org(link is external) or by calling 802-552-3449.  About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) Fiscal Agent: Central Vermont Community Action Council Founded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 15,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. www.cvcac.org(link is external)  ·       Kate Paine, Executive Director, Women Business Owners Network and Principal, Kate Paine Associates Member of the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund Advisory Committee: ‘This kind of help is unique ‘ it provides a financial shot in the arm for businesses to get their doors opened again,’ said Bailey. ‘The more applications we see, the more we know we’re doing our best to help our small businesses in Vermont right now.’ ·       Todd Bailey ‘ Associate at KSE Partners (www.ksefocus.com(link is external)) ·       Shawn Shouldice, Principal, Capital Connections, LLC ·       Charlie Wilson, Chairman, Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores Businesses who have applied but may not have received a grant to date may be reconsidered as more funds become available.  The advisory committee will be meeting to make another round of grant awards next week, and will continue reviewing applications as they are received. ·       Hal Cohen, Executive Director, Central Vermont Community Action Council ·       Kevin Wiberg, Fund Administrator, Central Vermont Community Action Councillast_img read more

Animal Crossing fans are skeptical of Zipper T. Bunny’s true intentions

first_img https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ab/e7/zipper-t-bunny-hop_yt10a7vrlrav1q7cida8w7ghp.png?t=986971113&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Everything to know about Animal Crossing’s Bunny DayBut if you play long enough, you’ll become skeptical of his true intentions.Sure, Zipper T. Bunny appears to have simply spreaded eggs across the map and wants you to gather them up to create items for yourself. But players have tried to learn more about this new character and have discovered some interesting things about the bunny known as Zipper.For starters, he puts on a show every time you look at him. When you get in his vicinity, Zipper will start hopping around. But if you leave the camera on him and vacate the area, suddenly he’s not so hoppy.HE GOES OUT OF CHARACTER WHEN YOU LEAVE HIS LINE OF SIGHT pic.twitter.com/zlOENmKFOP— bennie (@andthejets) April 1, 2020And when you meet him, Zipper pulls out this dialogue: “I know what you’re thinking. No. This is NOT a costume. And don’t you go snoopin’, got it?”Despite Zipper’s claim that he’s not wearing a costume, there’s clearly a zipper on his back. So what happens if you can somehow manage to unzip Zipper? Something truly horrifying, or will it simply reveal the man behind the costume? Many players have tried to figure it out, but Zipper won’t let you behind him.he wont let you look behind him at his zipper lmao #AnimalCrossing #ACNH pic.twitter.com/ac4otHXwlG— 𝚎𝚖 || 🌸 CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON 🌸 (@minisproid) April 1, 2020However, some players have developed a tactic.If you use a reaction while standing in front of Zipper, you can trick him into reacting back. This will buy you enough time to stand behind Zipper. But he’ll quickly realize what you’re doing and offer up some sort of dialogue. In the video below he responds, “Seriously, cut that out! Last warning. Instead of looking, why don’t you try listening for once.”In another video he responds, “Excuse me, but could you please stop staring at my back? It’s rude. Won’t find anything back there anyway.”you can get behind zipper by using a reaction #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/ArNCChEnC9— Glitchmaster270 (@YT_GM270) April 1, 2020Clearly Zipper is hiding something. He would not get so upset about you getting behind him if he had nothing to hide.Because of this, and other reasons, players have become skeptical of Zipper and his place on the Animal Crossing island. One player spoke with their island neighbors and discovered Zipper had been harassing the others living with them.Zipper is TERRORIZING my neighbors i want this bitch GONE #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/8wFUIfc0Aa— Son Gohan fan club (@Qyvoz_) April 2, 2020Another resorted to retaliation.Since he thinks it’s funny hiding stuff on my island… Who’s laughing now, Zipper? #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/880tBzm19H— ✨Bry✨ (@Abra_bee) April 1, 2020Others are simply concerned for their safety. There is no eggscape. from r/AnimalCrossing… I feel unsafe from r/AnimalCrossingEvery time I run into Zipper on the island from r/AnimalCrossingThere are no fish, Only Eggs. from r/AnimalCrossingHE’S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!ZIPPER IS RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!LOOK OUT!!!OH GOD SHES WEARING AIRPODS PRO WITH UP TO 4.5 HOURS OF LISTENING TIME PER CHARGE SHE CANT HEAR US!!!OH NO OH FU- pic.twitter.com/7c901xK8uy— chloe 🧸 (@wisptheghost) April 1, 2020So who is Zipper T. Bunny?Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t Zipper’s first appearance. He’s also appeared in the City Folk, New Leaf and Pocket Camp versions of the game. Ever since his first appearance, there’s been discussions about his actual identity. Since he’s so adament about not being in a costume, many believe he actually is in a costume. Plus, you know, the whole zipper in the back. Animal Crossing Fandom has a few theories as to the real identity of Zipper.From Fandom:Tortimer is one such candidate given the “T” may have stood for “Tortimer”; however, Tortimer can be seen in his normal spot in Town Hall during Wild World on Bunny Day thereby making it impossible for him to also be Zipper. … The only normal villager who has been widely speculated to be Zipper is Hopkins given both of the lazy villager voice and share the same birthday, though Hopkins, like the other candidates, can be seen on his normal routine during Bunny Day thereby dispelling the possibility he is Zipper.It’s also possible that Zipper simply is telling the truth and is not wearing a costume. Maybe the zipper on his back is simply for the blue overalls he’s wearning, and has nothing to do with a costume. But don’t expect everyone to buy into that theory.center_img Now that April has arrived, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has started its Easter event Bunny Day.This event lasts from April 1 to April 12 and features a new character named Zipper T. Bunny. If you’ve played the game at all this month, you’ve probably spotted him somewhere on the map. He roams around and appears to be in a constant state of happiness and hopping.last_img read more