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

Utah State faces Wyoming in MWC semis

first_img March 6, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWyoming (9-23, 4-16) vs. No. 2 seed Utah State (24-8, 13-6)Mountain West Conference Tournament Semifinals, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas; Friday, 11:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the MWC championship game is up for grabs as Wyoming and Utah State are set to do battle. Utah State swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 19, when the Aggies shot 50 percent from the field while limiting Wyoming to just 36.8 percent en route to the 20-point victory. Utah State faces Wyoming in MWC semiscenter_img SAVVY SENIORS: Utah State’s Sam Merrill, Justin Bean and Diogo Brito have combined to account for 51 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 58 percent of all Aggies points over the last five games.MIGHTY MALDONADO: Hunter Maldonado has connected on 29.6 percent of the 115 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 21 over his last five games. He’s also made 70.4 percent of his foul shots this season.ASSIST RATIOS: The Cowboys have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Aggies. Utah State has an assist on 50 of 87 field goals (57.5 percent) over its previous three games while Wyoming has assists on 41 of 68 field goals (60.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Utah State defense has allowed only 63.8 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Aggies 29th among Division I teams. The Wyoming offense has averaged 62.1 points through 32 games (ranked 301st, nationally).___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more