Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County.Greensburg, IN — Sixth District U.S. Congressman Greg Pence announced the Greensburg Municipal Airport will be the recipient of $4,689,212 in total Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants for infrastructure improvements, including runway construction. $468,921 was included in this total funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which Representative Pence supported in March.Last month, Congressman Pence authored a letter of support for the Greensburg Municipal Airport’s AIP grant request and urged the FAA to prioritize their request.The AIP grants funds for infrastructure projects such as runways, taxiways, airport signage, airport lighting, and airport markings. The grants are meant to strengthen the nation’s aviation infrastructure. Airports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP funding each year, based on passenger volume. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, then the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.
Since then, Chargois has made modifications in his throwing mechanics aimed at putting less stress on his arm. He arrived at spring training with the Twins fully healthy, he says, and it was “sort of a steady growth” during his throwing sessions.Then the Twins tried to slip Chargois through waivers in order to clear a 40-man roster spot. He almost made it. The 29th team with a chance to claim him, the Dodgers did.“I feel like for anyone it would be kind of a shocking thing,” Chargois said. “That’s life, man. What are you going to do? All you can do is come to the field, take care of what your goals are for the day. Accomplish that and do it again the next day.”Thrilled as Chargois is to get a fresh start with the Dodgers, he finds himself in a crowded field of relievers, fighting for a spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen.“I know what I can bring to the table and I know what I need to do day in and day out. That’s all I can really worry about,” he said. “All this other stuff that has happened – I’m grateful for it. As depressing and as hard as it’s been, I really am grateful for it. It’s helped me to grow as a person. It’s allowed me to see what great support I have around me as far as family and friends. It’s been a great growing experience.”Take it easyThere was a rare sighting at Camelback Ranch during the Dodgers’ workout Monday morning – Kenley Jansen throwing off a mound.The Dodgers closer has been on a modified schedule this spring, lightened in deference to the heavy workload he has carried during the Dodgers’ deep postseason runs each of the past two falls. Jansen said he doesn’t expect to pitch in a game until March 9, and Roberts said Jansen will probably pitch in “no more than two games” before the Dodgers break camp in Arizona. Jansen could also throw to hitters in minor-league games on the back fields at Camelback Ranch.“He knows himself better than anybody,” Roberts said. “If he’s feeling good, it doesn’t matter where he’s pitching.”New catcherChargois’ status as the newest Dodger in camp didn’t last long. Catcher Rocky Gale was signed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league camp and participated in Monday’s workout.Gale, 30, had been in the San Diego Padres’ system since 2010 and reached Triple-A in 2012, but has only 14 games of big-league experience (in 2015 and 2017), going 2 for 20 with one home run.Gale was expected to compete with former Dodger A.J. Ellis for the backup job behind Austin Hedges this spring. Gale was released to clear a roster spot for Eric Hosmer when the Padres signed the free-agent first baseman late last week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Once healthy, he rose through the minors quickly, pitched in the All-Star Futures Game and made his big-league debut in 2016. That didn’t go so well – the Boston Red Sox tagged him for five runs in 2/3 of an inning during a June game. When he returned in August, though, he began to flash some of his potential and he had an 0.79 ERA over 13 appearances in September, striking out 10 in 11 1/3 innings.That progress dissolved in 2017. Chargois made two appearances with Triple-A Rochester in April, then was shut down with elbow pain. He hasn’t pitched in a game since.“It was – shut down, start a throwing program, didn’t work. Shut down, start a throwing program, didn’t work,” Chargois said.Chargois says he saw more doctors “than I can count” last year while trying to identify what was causing the pain in his elbow. He finally made his own diagnosis. Basically, he threw too hard for his arm – at least the way he was doing it.“During the offseason, I took some time with video analysis and stuff like that to break down my mechanics and there were some things wrong,” said Chargois, whose fastball averaged 96.9 mph during his brief big-league time and has touched 100 mph. “Basically, the arm was the initiator and the decelerator of my throw – which can only last for so long. To incorporate the body and figure out which parts are supposed to take the most abuse is key.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – To say right-hander J.T. Chargois is happy to be in camp with the Dodgers might not fully capture it.“This place is crazy, man. This is awesome. It’s like Disney World or something,” he said, sitting at his locker Monday morning in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch.“Look at this place – it’s so bright and merry. Even when I was playing catch yesterday I was like, ‘The ball is so light. Why is everything so light and fluffy here?’”Things had gotten very heavy for Chargois in the Minnesota Twins’ organization. A second-round pick in 2012, he missed two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery. Nonetheless, the hard-throwing right-hander was one of the top-ranked prospects in the Twins’ system, considered a future closer at the big-league level.
Speaking at the official transfer today of the HPTC from the PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) to the PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF), Tkatchenko said the HPTC is the diamond that has put our athletes right up there with some of the world’s best.“The HPTC is the reason why we topped the medal tally of the Pacific Games.“The HPTC shows how good our athletes can be when they turn professional and compete with the rest of the world” said Tkatchenko.He added that the Government will continue to support the HPTC with K5 million allocated in the 2016 budget for the running of the HPTC.He however issued a warning not to let the Government’s money go to waste.“The HPTC along with all other sporting venues must be fully utilised and maintained.“We don’t want a repeat of what happened after the 1991 South Pacific Games where there was total mismanagement of the venues.“The Government has spent too much already so look after it,” said Tkatchenko.