State Announces More Than $182,000 in Historic Preservation Grants

first_imgThe state today announced more than $182,000 in 15 matching grants to projects for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings across Vermont, including two in the town of Windsor, the birthplace of Vermont.Standing in front of the historic Stephen Jacob House, whose owner, Historic Windsor Inc., received a $7,690 grant to install a new roof to protect the building, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Jim Saudade congratulated the grant recipients.“These are difficult times, but we are continuing this administration’s commitment to historic preservation,” Saudade said. “Preserving our past is an important part of keeping Vermont a special place not only for our residents, but for the visitors who come and help support our tourism economy.”In addition, the American Precision Museum in Windsor received $8,000 that will be used to help stabilize and repair masonry at the historic brick Robbins & Lawrence Armory building, an important part of the early machine tool industry in Vermont and the nation.The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of historic buildings with matching funding of up to $15,000 for a variety of capital repairs.Saudade said the grant program is “an investment that helps leverage additional funding sources.”“By partnering with state government, the owners of these buildings can invest in saving them, both for the current enjoyment of residents and visitors, and for future generations of Vermonters,” he said.Judy Hayward, executive director of Historic Windsor Inc., agreed. She noted that her organization had only purchased the Stephen Jacob House, which is historically significant for a court case that upheld Vermont’s constitutional ban on slavery, with the help of a donation last year.“This is an important grant because it is our initial funding and now we can begin the process of fundraising for the restoration,” Hayward said. “It is a lot easier to make that ask when someone has agreed to go first.”Buildings must be on the National Register of Historic Places or eligible for listing, and grant requests are reviewed by the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a group of volunteers appointed by the Governor whose members include experts in archeology, history, and architecture.In making decisions on funding, the Council prioritizes projects based on several criteria, including those most in critical need of repair.“We’re just exceeding grateful to the Division for this grant,” said Cher Laston, a representative of the Washington Unitarian Universalist Church, which received $8,150 to help pay for the installation of a new standing-seam metal roof on the historic church.“We are a tiny congregation, there are 15 active members,” she said. “This is the piece that will ensure our building still stands, so we can continue to do the good work that’s been part of its 158 years of history.”For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: www.historicvermont.org(link is external)last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Statement on Commitment to Fair and Equitable Treatment of All Pennsylvanians During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgGov. Wolf Statement on Commitment to Fair and Equitable Treatment of All Pennsylvanians During COVID-19 Pandemic March 30, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today released a statement on his commitment to ensuring all Pennsylvanians receive fair and equitable access to lifesaving health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. His full statement is here:“Pennsylvania’s standards of care – in times of crisis and not – are based on an ethical allocation framework, meaning care is provided equitably across all populations without regard to patient age, race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status. We follow the provisions set forth in the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) and advise any Pennsylvanian who feels they or a loved one have been discriminated against in any way to contact the PHRC.“I will not tolerate discrimination in allocation of lifesaving resources based on any factor including, but not limited to age, disability and socioeconomic status to Pennsylvanians seeking medical care in our commonwealth. This belief is something I hold and expect at all times, but especially during this public health crisis. William Penn founded our state on tolerance and acceptance and that is a tenet we espouse today and every day. It is especially important in these unprecedented times when we all must work together to support each other.“I am committed to protecting all Pennsylvanians affected by COVID-19, and we will not discriminate in this fight.”Disability rights groups and the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee under the Department of Human Services have advocated for a clear policy prohibiting discrimination in the allocation of resources should the pandemic cause healthcare needs to exceed capacity. Governor Wolf and his administration have committed to establishing policy that strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability or socioeconomic status in this fight against COVID-19.View this information in Spanish here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio County crash seriously injures one

first_imgOhio County, In. — A two-vehicle crash in Ohio County seriously injured an Rising Sun woman Tuesday.A report from the Indiana State Police says a van driven by Rickey Cheesman, 45, of Middletown, was westbound in the 5000 block of State Road 56 when he crossed the centerline. Cheesman struck a car driven by Betty Massong, 80, in the eastbound lane.Massong was transported for treatment of serious injuries. Cheesman was not hurt.Drugs or alcohol is not suspected but toxicology test are being conducted.The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and the Rising Sun Police Department.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Man Shoots Carjacker to Save his Son

first_imgA alleged carjacker is in critical condition with gunshot wounds after deputies say he attempted to steal a vehicle with a six-year-old boy inside, from the child’s armed father.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Lamar Thurman was shot by the boy’s father around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in West Palm Beach after he hopped into the idling vehicle with the boy inside while the father said goodbye to friends.As Thurman drove away, the victim and his friends chased after the vehicle while calling 911.With the father and friends giving chase, PBSO deputies say Thurman crashed the victim’s car, a 2012 Honda near Lantana.While chasing Thurman, the victim shot at him, deputies say. Thurman was hit several times, and fortunately the child was not harmed.According to the sheriff’s office, Thurman is recovering from his gunshot wounds at a local hospital.Deputies say Thurman has no association with the victim, and the incident is still open and an active investigation.last_img read more

Oduduru: It’s a Dream Come True

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2018 NCAA Track & Field ChampionshipsFive-time African Junior Champion and 2014 World Junior silver medalist in the 200m, Divine Oduduru who late last week added to the growing list of Nigerian NCAA champions when he out-dipped Ewers Andre of Florida State University to win the 200m title (20.28) for Texas Tech University at the 2018 National Collegiate of Athletics Association (NCAA) championships in Eugene, Oregon says his feat is a dream come true.“It’s the dream of every student-athlete to get to the national meet,” Oduduru was quoted as saying after the race by his school’s official website. “Coming over and winning it, I’m very happy. I want to say thank you to my coach and my teammates and everyone who made today a reality. I appreciate God for having those people around me,” said the man who broke Texas Tech University’s 14-year old 100m record with a 10.10 seconds personal best run last April. Texas Tech University Head Coach Wes Kittley hailed his Nigerian import and credited the great performance to the good job done by the school’s assistant coach Calvin Robinson.“How incredible was he (Oduduru) today?”Kittley asked. “He didn’t run great in the prelim, but he got in there today and was just focused. (Assistant]) Coach (Calvin) Robinson did a fabulous job getting him ready for today.”Oduduru has thus joined such Nigeria greats as Olapade Adenike, George Ogbeide, Clement Chukwu, Blessing Okagbare and Tobiloba Amusan among others who have been crowned NCAA champions.Meanwhile, Abike Egbeniyi, also made history at the championships as she became the first Nigerian woman in the two full laps race to make it to the podium.Egbeniyi of Middle Tennessee State University ran 2:04.33 to place second in the 800m behind Watson Sammy of Texas A&M University who ran 2:04.21 in pouring rain to take the gold.” I am extremely impressed with Abike’s performance this (Saturday) evening,” stated the University’s associate Head Coach Keith Vroman. “Going into the race we talked about focusing a lot on that last 100-meter and really visualizing it before coming to the track today and she executed it perfectly in the race. The rain was definitely a challenge that we weren’t expecting but everyone is experiencing the same elements and have to push through the race and very proud of Abike’s resilience and accomplishments today”.Shot Putter, Awotunde Josh of South Carolina University also made it to the podium in the men’s Shot Put as his 20.57m effort was good enough for the silver medal behind Georgia University’s Comenetia Denzel who won with a heave of 20.61m.Quartermilers  Adekunle Fasasi and Emerald Egwim were not so lucky to make the podium. Fasasi ran the first leg for the Florida State University in the men’s 4x400m but their 3:01.83 seconds run could only fetch the quartet the fourth position.Egwin competed in the individual 400m but could not make it to the final as her 52.57 seconds clocking was only good enough to make het the 12th overall best.last_img read more