Vermont Department of Public Service names Asa Hopkins director of Energy Policy

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has named Asa S. Hopkins, Ph.D., as the new Director of Energy Policy and Planning. Dr. Hopkins will lead the Department’s policy and planning division, which serves as Vermont’s State Energy Office. In conjunction with the Commissioner of Public Service, the Governor’s office, the Legislature, and other energy stakeholders, Dr. Hopkins will develop and implement statewide energy policy, including energy efficiency and demand resource management programs, renewable energy policy, and electric utility planning.‘Asa will bring scientific rigor and a fresh perspective to energy planning here in Vermont,’ said Commissioner Elizabeth Miller. ‘His experience in energy efficiency and in federal energy policy at the Department of Energy will be of tremendous benefit to the people of Vermont. The Department of Public Service is delighted to welcome him as Director.’Before joining DPS, Dr. Hopkins worked at the United States Department of Energy for Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin, serving as Dr. Koonin’s assistant project director for the DOE’s Quadrennial Technology Review. Before that he served as an analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, providing economic and technical analysis of federal energy efficiency standards for appliances. Dr. Hopkins has a B.S., summa cum laude, in Physics from Haverford College and an M.S. and Ph.D, both in Physics, from the California Institute of Technology. He will join the DPS at the beginning of October.The Department of Public Service is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government. Its charge is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater.last_img read more

Lloyd “Sparky” Walter Siebert

first_imgLloyd “Sparky” Walter Siebert, age 79 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.The son of Orval and Esther (Menchoffer) Siebert was born on April 30, 1938 in Batesville, IN. The 1956 Batesville High School graduate married Donna Smock on June 30, 1962 at St. John Catholic Church in Osgood.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crossroads.Back in his day, Lloyd liked to have fun, maybe too much fun.  He liked to drag race (not necessarily legally) in his 57 Chevy and when he was still underage he and his friends used to go to the old Feltz’s to get their beer.   Sparky, as his buddies at work liked to call him, eventually retired from Hill-Rom, but before that he worked for many years at the Union Furniture Company.  Lloyd and his wife, Donna loved to travel in their RV.  They have actually been to all 50 states except Alaska. The real love of his life was his grandchildren.  In fact, he was always at their events, even in his poor health.   Lloyd “Sparky” will truly be missed by his family and friends.He is survived by his wife Donna, son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Maureen Siebert of Sunman; three grandchildren, Brookelyn, Kameron and Janae Siebert; and brother and sister-in-law Mac and Kathy Siebert of Batesville.Visitation will be Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10am to 12pm immediately followed by funeral services at 12 noon all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Pastor Creighton P. Leptak Jr. officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Crossroads.  Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or the National MS Society c/o the funeral home.Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

ESM football rolls to third straight win; J-D, CBA take losses

first_imgThough the big tests still lie ahead, the East Syracuse Minoa football team has already equaled its win total from 2018.The Spartans claimed its third victory in a row Friday at Corcoran High School, where it jumped all over PSLA-Fowler with 27 points in the first quarter and cruised to a second consecutive shutout, beating the Falcons 34-0.It actually took five-plus minutes for ESM to get on the board, moving to PSLA-Fowler’s one-yard line before MIkal Combs scored. And Combs converted again from two yards out to make it 13-0 after Tyler Bell set it up with a 44-yard pass to Justin Smith. Tags: CBAESMfootballJ-D From there, the only suspense surrounded whether ESM could again keep an opponent off the board. The Spartans’ defense did so, building upon the 30-0 shutout it had on Jamesville-DeWitt a week earlier and only allowing one touchdown all season.J-D had to follow up its rough experience against ESM by traveling north to face Carthage on Friday, and the Comets echoed what the Spartans did to PSLA-Fowler, finding the end zone four times in the first quarter on the way to handing the Red Rams a 42-14 defeat.Carthage scored in many different ways during that initial burst, whether it was quarterback Tom Cavellier rushing 22 yards for a TD to throwing an eight-yard scoring pass to Josh Demko.In between, Fombo Azah found the end zone from eight yards out and the Comets blocked a J-D punt, returning it for another TD. Angel Castillo’s eight-yard scoring run in the second quarter extended Carthage’s advantage to 35-0.Marcus Payne broke up the shutout in the third period, driving J-D to the Comets’ 17 before finding Evan Dougherty in the end zone. Payne also scored on a three-yard scramble after Azah took off on an 83-yard TD run.Like J-D, Christian Brothers Academy was in search of its first win of the season on Friday by making a long trip up north, and like the Red Rams, the Brothers got roughed up early in a 59-20 defeat to Indian River.The defending Section III Class A champion Warriors jumped all over CBA with 22 first-quarter points, each of them on plays 29 yards or longer, the best of them Guillermo Rosario-Acosta’s 37-yard TD run.And even when the Brothers scored twice in the second period, IR, no. 4 in the state Class A rankings, answered it and extended its margin to 39-14 going into halftime.Eventually, three Warriors ran for more than 100 yards as Rosario-Acosta had 138 yards on seven carries, Michael Davis gained 121 yards on 11 carries (scoring twice) and Anthony Barker had 114 yards on nine carries.The Brothers now must face 3-0 Liverpool next Friday at Alibrandi Stadium as ESM hosts Whitesboro and J-D is off until Oct. 5, when it takes on Rochester Edison Tech.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Quickly, the Falcons turned it over with a fumble and, 18 seconds after Combs’ second touchdown, Bell threw deep and found Josh Gilkey in the end zone for a 42-yard scoring strike.ESM had one more possession before the first quarter was out and Bell, from the PSLA-Fowler 42, threw a screen pass to Nolan Palmer, who dodged several defenders and made his way past the goal line.Having scored four times in less than six minutes (with Bell adding three extra points), the Spartans settled down, adding another TD in the second quarter on D’Angelo Withers’ four-yard run.last_img read more