Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that the state has requested an Individual Disaster Declaration for three additional counties in Vermont: Franklin, Lamoille and Orleans. If approved, residents and business owners in those counties will be eligible to apply for federal assistance for everything from repair work to temporary rent payments resulting from damage created by Tropical Storm Irene. ‘Our recent assessment of these counties found that damage to homes and businesses meets the threshold for federal assistance,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘We hope FEMA will move quickly to approve this declaration request so we can begin getting help to home and business owners in these counties.’ The counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor had already been approved for individual assistance by the White House. Assessment of damage to homes and businesses in Franklin, Lamoille and Orleans Counties was completed on Sept. 13. Every county except Grand Isle has received a Public Assistance Declaration, which provides federal assistance for repair and replacement of roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The IA declaration will allow home and business owners who sustained damage from the Tropical Storm to apply for reimbursement for repairs, temporary housing costs, septic system replacements, entrance and exit ways from the home, including privately owned access roads, and more.
There’s a ’40 percent’ chance Rob Gronkowski comes out of retirement, returns to Patriots, report says Hunter is the biggest name in that group as he has recorded 13 touchdown catches over his six NFL seasons with the Titans, Bills, Dolphins and Steelers.The Patriots worked out four wide receivers today, per source: Nick Williams (Titans), Justin Hunter (Steelers), Papi White (Jaguars) and Travin Dural (Saints).— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 22, 2019The Patriots could be looking for depth at the position after news surfaced earlier in the day that veteran Julian Edelman will miss about three weeks of training camp with a finger injury. Related News Edelman signed a two-year, $18 million extension with New England this offseason. He’s expected to be quarterback Tom Brady’s top target after tight end Rob Gronkowski retired in the offseason.”I’m extremely excited for the new year. This is a new team,” Edelman said last week, via ESPN. “With training camp coming up, this is kind of like when school is back in session. We had summer break. You get to see all the fellas, and this is where you learn your team, learn each other and become accountable for each other, and create a consistency together. The Patriots may want to add an additional pass catcher.New England met with four wide receivers — Justin Hunter, Nick Williams, Papi White and Travin Dural — on Monday, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source. Sony Michel among 5 Patriots to open camp on PUP list, reports say Julian Edelman seen with brace on thumb, expected to be sidelined for camp “This is like the beginning shape form of your team, these next few weeks. It’s a crucial point. You put a lot of hard work in during the spring and it’s the next step until you’re playing with other teams.”Edelman was named the Super Bowl 53 MVP after he caught 10 passes for 141 yards in the Patriots’ 13-3 win over the Rams.