Photo: NASCAR on FOX / YouTubeDAYTONA – NASCAR veteran Ryan Newman was seriously injured in an explosive crash on the final lap of Monday’s Daytona 500.Newman’s car went sideways, head-first into the wall, was hit at full speed by another car, went into the air, flipping twice and landed upside down in a cascade of sparks and dripping fuel.Newman was removed from the crash scene by emergency crews and NASCAR reportedly kept media away while the car was taken back to the garage area.Newman was taken to Halifax Hospital, where he was being treated by a trauma team. In a statement to the media, Newman’s family said he is in “serious condition but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening.”No other details were available as of 10 p.m.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Businesses give Shareheat major boost, but CVPS issues urgent pleaRUTLAND, Vt. – A handful of leading Vermont businesses has stepped forward in an effort to head off potential heating crises, boosting the CVPS Shareheat matching fund to a record $187,000, but CVPS has issued an urgent plea for donations to the crisis heating program.”CVPS has pledged $100,000 to Shareheat this year, and through the Shareheat Business Partnership Program, we’ve now added $85,000 to that pool,” President Bob Young said. “The funds will be used to match customer contributions dollar for dollar and given to local community action agencies to help Vermonters in need this winter. The need will undoubtedly be tremendous.”Shareheat Business Partners include Chittenden Bank, National Life Group, Merchants Bank, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Carris Reels, Entergy Nuclear-Vermont Yankee, Omya, Vermont Country Store and Weidmann Electrical Technology.Chittenden Bank contributed $20,000, Merchants Bank donated $15,000, and Omya and Vermont Country Store added $10,000 each to the program. Carris Reels, Entergy Nuclear-Vermont Yankee, National Life Group, Passumpsic Savings Bank and Weidmann Electrical Technology have donated $5,000 each. Vermont Electric Power Company pledged $3,000 and Hubbardton Forge and Noble Environmental Power donated $2,000 each to the matching pool.”Chittenden Bank is pleased to partner with CVPS by donating $20,000 to the Shareheat program. The cold days and nights are coming fast, and there are many Vermonters who will struggle to keep their families warm. I want to make sure we are doing what we can to help,” said Michael Seaver, president of Chittenden Bank.”As part of its Vermont Matters initiative, Merchants Bank is pleased to provide $15,000 to the CVPS Shareheat program,” said Doreen Allen, Merchants Bank vice president – community reinvestment act officer. “This is part of a larger commitment of $50,000 made by Merchants Bank to assist Vermonters with the challenge of heating their homes this winter due to the high cost of fuel.””The $187,000 matching pool will essentially double donations up to that limit,” CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said. “Funds go directly to the five community action agencies within the CVPS service territory. Each donation is directed back to the donor’s community, so their contribution helps their neighbors.”With Vermonters facing record fuel costs and increasing inflation across the board, CVPS kicked off its annual Shareheat campaign five months earlier than usual this year, back in July. The company announced it will commit $100,000 in matching funds for incoming donations, the largest sum CVPS has ever donated in Shareheat’s 21 years, and began seeking business partners to increase that pool.CVPS Shareheat is an emergency fuel fund of last resort. It is used primarily when low-income Vermonters are ineligible for other programs, have used up their eligibility, or never applied for assistance because they didn’t expect to need help.”The generosity of these businesses has given us hope that we will be able to do what Shareheat has done for more than two decades: ensure no one goes cold for lack of funds,” Young said. “With that goal in mind, we urge anyone in a position to help to send in a donation today.”Businesses that would like to join the Shareheat Business Partnership Program may call Ann Warrell at 747-5697.Contributions to Shareheat should be mailed to: CVPS Shareheat Fund, 77 Grove Street, Rutland, Vt. 05701. Checks should be made payable to the CVPS Shareheat Fund, and should be written out separately from CVPS bill payments.