NEGOTIATIONS BOGGED DOWN
Griswold is negotiating with Eversource Energy to bring natural gas to the town’s public school system, though the talks have bogged down as officials weigh the benefits and drawbacks of what could be a 25-year contract. The negotiations come amid the town’s anticipation of a $7 million Eversource pipeline scheduled to make its way through Griswold for the next two years. All three Griswold public schools are expecting heating oil tank replacements as soon as 2018. The removal and replacement of one oil tank can cost up to $150,000 and switching to natural gas could save each school approximately $75,000.
NO EDUCATION MONEY FOR SOME
Without a state budget in place, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Aug. 18th Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan went into effect yesterday, eliminating all Education Cost Sharing funds to five local municipalities. The executive order means many towns will receive either no or greatly reduced first-quarter checks from the state in October. Officials from New London, Norwich and East Lyme will be meeting with other state municipal leaders in Wallingford hosted by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities on what cities and towns want to see in a state budget deal. Connecticut is the last state in the nation without a budget in place for the fiscal year that began July 1st.
PLENTY OF BLAME
The U.S. Coast Guard concluded its two year investigation into the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro and has recommended civil penalties against the ship’s owners. Among the crew of 33 lost was Mitchell Kuflik, a 2007 graduate of Fitch High School in Groton. The report released Sunday says the primary cause of the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, which killed all 33 aboard, was the captain underestimating the strength of a hurricane and overestimating the ship’s strength.
CROSS COUNTRY TRIP UNDERWAY
Four local people are embarking from New London today for what they’re calling the “Ultimate Segway Tour” to Los Angeles. Whaling City Tours Owner Dawn Harkness hopes to make the trip in under 100 days. The average speed of a Segway is 10 mph and she is hoping to cover 60 or 70 miles a day. Videos of the trip will be posted daily on their newly created YouTube channel, The Ultimate Segway Tour. When asked why she was doing it? She said it’s the mid-life crisis; it’s the quarter-life crisis; it’s a story about different people in different stages in their lives. The public gathered on Bank St. this morning to bid them farewell.
FEMALE VETS KILLING THEMSELVES
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, female veterans are committing suicide at 250 percent the rate of female civilians. At least ten of the 50 veterans who committed suicide in Connecticut in 2014 were women. And that’s only counting veterans receiving care at the VA. Nationally, the suicide rate for female veterans from 2001 to 2014 increased by a greater degree than the suicide rate among male veterans. For free, confidential support for veterans in crisis, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1 (800) 273-8255 and press 1, or text to 838255, or chat online 24 hours a day at www.veteranscrisisline.net