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

Paul Pierce to LeBron James, Lakers: ‘Y’all need more than Zion Williamson’

first_imgPierce has been harsh on the Lakers since their season started to spiral out of control. Last month, Pierce said the Lakers should shut down James to preserve him for next season.James, however, has continued to play and play well down the stretch. Just last week he had a triple-double against the Kings and said afterward (via ESPN.com): “I know we’re out the playoff race, but if I’m on the court, I’m going to play how I play, and I play to win. … I owe it to myself, and obviously with the fans continuing to show up, they know we’re not making the playoffs; by me owing it to myself, it automatically gives to our fans when I’m out on the floor.” Related News The Lakers are eliminated from playoff contention and could (chances are slim) win the NBA Draft lottery.If Los Angeles somehow beats the odds and lands the No. 1 pick, Duke sensation Zion Williamson would be the obvious pick. But if you ask for NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, that singular addition won’t put the Lakers back in the postseason. Stephen Curry used wife Ayesha’s food to help DeMarcus Cousins feel welcomecenter_img Trail Blazers rally around injured Jusuf Nurkic after locker room FaceTime “Y’all need a lot. … A lot. A lot,” Pierce told TMZ. “Zion is not the savior, but he’s very good. But y’all need more than that.”Then when asked if he thought LeBron James should change teams, a cheeky Pierce said before driving away: “No. LeBron is doing well out here with his production company.”last_img read more