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first_imgStatewideTechnology Project Unveils New WebsiteConnectVermont Project Includes Fiber optic, Wireless,Online InformationMONTPELIER– The project responsible for bringing wireless Internet access tohighway welcome centers; putting tourism information online; and bringingmotorists road condition reports now has its website.Officials saidthe ConnectVermont program’s new website at www.connectvermont.com(link is external)would not only help visitors and Vermonters learn more about its many high-techservices but provide another way to access them.“Thiswebsite really shows how the ConnectVermont project is making a difference inpeople’s lives,” said Robert T. White, who is the project’sdirector within the Vermont Agency of Transportation. “From vacationerslooking for a cultural event using wireless internet at a welcome center to aVermont trucker trying to find out road and traffic conditions, technology isworking for all of us.”ConnectVermontis a program coordinated by the Vermont Agencies of Transportation and Commerce& Community Development, and composed of partnering organizations withdiverse missions including arts & humanities, tourism, public safety,natural resources, and economic  development.In addition towebsites for these purposes, the initiative includes wireless internet serviceat all of the state’s welcome centers  as part of its mission toestablish an Advanced Rural Traveler Information service.In addition toan integrated system of web sites, interactive kiosks, and a 511 informationline, the ConnectVermont Program will eventually include a fiber optic“backbone” running along Vermont’s highway system that willfurther support traveler information and transportation needs as well as helpexpand broadband access around the state.“I wouldencourage all Vermonters to visit the ConnectVermont website to learn about howthat State of Vermont is making traveling to, in and around Vermont safer andmore convenient,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, who helped secure much ofthe $15 million in federal funding that has fueled the project.“ConnectVermonthas transformed the way visitors search for information about Vermont and ithas begun to transform the way Vermonters know about road conditions, trafficreports and other critical travel information,” Leahy said.11 ofVermont’s 20 information and welcome centers are now offering freewireless internet access, Governor Douglas said, and the remainder are slatedto be completed in the next year or so.“Thiscomponent of my E-State Initiative will provide free Wi Fi access for businesspeople, tourists, and all those who use our highways,” Douglas said.“The ConnectVermont site is a great way to track the progress of this andother related projects.”The northboundand southbound sites in Sharon, Williston, and Randolph are on line, as areGuilford, Fairhaven, Alburgh, Derby and Highgate.For moreinformation, please visit:www.connectvermont.com(link is external)### 30  ###last_img read more

first_img12th Judicial Circuit to dramatize Brown v. Board of Ed. 12th Judicial Circuit to dramatize Brown v. Board of Ed. The judges of the 12th Circuit, in a collaborative effort with the Manatee County Bar, the Family Heritage House Museum, and Manatee Community College, will present “Brown” May 6 at 7 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center on the campus of Manatee Community College. “Brown” will be a dramatization of the oral arguments of Brown v. Board of Education that led to the historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ended segregation in the nation’s school systems.In the dramatization, under the direction of Judge Durand Adams, local judges will portray the members of the United States Supreme Court, as well as filling the roles of attorney Thurgood Marshall and attorney John Davis. Following the dramatization, the audience will meet and hear from Earl Pollock, Chief Justice Earl Warren’s law clerk for the Brown decision, and Justice Joseph Hatchett, the first African American to be appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, now retired from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The presentation will conclude with reflective commentary and discussion among local educators who were personally involved in this transitional time period.A dessert reception will follow in the Family Heritage House Museum, directly across the commons on the campus of Manatee Community College.The program is open to the general public, and there is no cost for admission. For more information, contact the Manatee County Bar Association at (941) 741-4091. April 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more