The US Small Business Administration announced today that Essex, Orange and Washington counties in Vermont have been added to the disaster declaration for Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature. Sept. 6, 2011 is the deadline to submit a disaster loan application for physical damages caused by the severe storms and flooding that occurred on May 26-27. PNPs that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature in Caledonia County are also eligible for disaster loans from the SBA. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.PNPs may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. The SBA also offers mitigation funds to help borrowers pay for protective measures to minimize damages of the same kind in the future.The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs, such as ongoing operating expenses to PNPs of all sizes. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage.Interest rates are as low as 3 percent with terms up to 30 years. The SBA sets loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition.Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to [email protected](link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external). Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Forth Worth, TX 76155.Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external). The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is September 6, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 9, 2012.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Down two sets to one against an upstart Youngstown State team, sophomore outside hitter Lindsay McCabe provided Syracuse with the spark it needed.The Orange, in danger of losing for the first time in 2011, trailed deep into the fourth set when McCabe blocked YSU outside hitter Missy Hundelt’s spike attempt. The block set off a celebration as Orange players screamed in excitement, coming together around McCabe on the floor.‘It’s always a game changer when you can get points and amp your teammates up,’ McCabe said. ‘I’m just glad I got my teammates riled up.’The newfound energy keyed a comeback in SU’s second game of the 2011 Big Orange Tournament over the weekend. With victories over Sacred Heart, YSU and Siena at the Women’s Building, the Orange (3-0, 0-0 Big East) extended its nonconference winning streak to 21 straight matches and captured its home tournament.The team started fast and looked dominating in three-set sweeps of Sacred Heart — an NCAA tournament team in 2010 (25-14, 28-26, 25-22) — and Siena (25-15, 25-17, 25-19).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the opener Friday, SU fought off late runs by Sacred Heart in the second and third sets. But the Pioneers couldn’t match the presence of junior middle blocker Samantha Hinz, who tallied seven blocks in the match.Senior outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre had a game-high 16 kills to go with nine digs and three blocks, and junior setter Laura Homann recorded 31 assists in the win.Hinz said finally playing a game was a welcome change from summer practices. And Homann said it was a relief to win the first matchup.‘Great to get the first win out of the way, especially against a team as skilled as they (Sacred Heart) are,’ Homann said.But the greatest weekend test for the Orange didn’t come from a tournament-tested opponent. SU fell behind against YSU Saturday, losing the first two sets by a combined four points.SU looked frustrated as it struggled to land serves and volleys in bounds. Homann said the team’s struggles were due to poor hitting.‘We had some things to smooth out (against Youngstown State) before we could win, that’s for sure,’ Homann said. ‘I kept telling everyone to keep their shots down — it seemed like all our hits were going out of bounds.’Despite the poor hitting, assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe wasn’t worried about an upset.‘We knew that if we played our game, settled down and placed our shots, we could still win,’ Morrisroe said. ‘What we were doing was self-inflicted.’Morrisroe was right. The Orange fixed their problems, and McCabe’s momentum-shifting block started a streak of wins in six straight sets over the final two matches en route to the tournament title.In SU’s final game against Siena, freshman outside hitter Ying Shen provided a similar spark to McCabe, recording 17 digs and 14 kills. Behind Shen’s complete performance, the Orange never trailed in the first two sets and easily won the match.McCabe said winning its first three games is a good start. She was a part of the team last year that opened the season with an 18-game winning streak but missed the NCAA tournament.‘We started fast last season, but it’s a great feeling to start fast this season,’ McCabe said.After the fast start this season, McCabe thinks her team is ready to take on more challenges, starting with the Utah State Tournament this weekend. Despite being young and inexperienced, the sophomore is confident the Orange will build on that start moving forward.‘I like the way our team looks,’ said McCabe. ‘If we play at the high level we know we can play at, we’ll be fine.’[email protected] Published on August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets