The 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)
Diamondsandrubies was a most impressive winner of the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks at Chester. The daughter of Fastnet Rock closely tracked the pacesetting duo of Sweet Dream and Banzari for most of the race until Ryan Moore went about his business at the top of the home straight. O’Brien’s filly received an accidental crack of the whip on her nose when Moore went for a winning run, but that did not knock her off her stride as she was much too good for Entertainment. Moore said: “I had a nice run round and she travelled very easily. They didn’t go that quick, but when I asked her she quickened like a smart filly and we’re real pleased with her. “For a big filly, she’s gone round there very easily.” Joint-owner Roisin Henry said: “We weren’t looking forward to it as we were worried about the ground, but she’s come good. “We came here more hopeful than confident, so we’re really thrilled. “Ryan kept her very balanced. Even though she got a crack across her face she seemed to come on for it. When asked if she thinks Diamondsandrubies is capable of winning an Oaks, Mrs Henry said: “I do now.” Coolmore’s UK representative Kevin Buckley said: “Ryan said she gave him a really good feel – she missed the break a little, but settled well and when he pressed the button she really responded well. “The Oaks is the likely target and she is right in that picture.” Press Association Aidan O’Brien’s 5-4 favourite was suitably revved up following two runs in April and had little issue taking this Listed affair by six lengths. Diamondsandrubies was subsequently cut to 8-1 from 20-1 by Paddy Power for the Investec Oaks at Epsom, and it is not difficult to see why.
Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguEnugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, monday showered 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Rangers International Football Club with goodies for ending the state’s 32 years wait for football honour.Apart from presenting the players and their management with a cheque of N41.5 million, the governor also announced that each member of the team would get a parcel of land at an estate named after the club. Speaking at the grand reception in honour of the club for lifting the NPFL trophy at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu, the governor pledged his readiness to sustain his support for the club.Ugwanyi said his administration had already given a face-lift to the Rangers quarters, adding that it was his desire to take the club to the next level for winning the all important trophy after 32 years wait.Speaking at the event, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, described Rangers FC’s feat as a “sweet victory,” urging them to sustain the winning tempo in the coming season.The Sultan further disclosed that he had remained an ardent supporter of the club from his days in the military when he severally functioned as a match commissioner during Oriental Derbies, noting that the club had continued to serve as a unifying force for the Igbos all over the world.Other speakers including Commissioner for Sports, Charles Ndukwe, Acting Chairman of Rangers FC, Steve Oruruo, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, the chairman of the state Council of Traditional Rulers, Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu as well as founder of Adoration Ministries and fiery Enugu cleric, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka poured encomiums on the players and management of the club, pledging to support them in their continental competition.The governor also used the opportunity to present special plaques to some of outstanding members of the management and players of the club including former Super Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu, former goal keeper, Emmanuel Okala, Dominic Nwobodo, Nwabueze Nwankwo and Technical Adviser, Imama Amapakabo.Others are Rangers FC Captain, Okechukwu Oditah (Best Behaved Player of the Year), Central Defender, Chibuzor Madu (Most Consistent Attacking Midfielder), Obinna Nwobodo (Best Player), Chisom Egbuchulam (Highest Goal Scorer).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
1 Nouha Dicko Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant made an horrendous error as his side lost ground on the Championship leaders with a 2-0 defeat at promotion rivals Wolves.After Rams winger Tom Ince hit the woodwork in a tight first half, Wolves went ahead through striker Nouha Dicko’s 11th goal in all competitions this season and his first in six games.Grant then inadvertently punched the ball into his own net to double the home side’s lead, as Wolves closed the gap on their opponents to just two points.Derby’s fourth defeat in six Championship games leaves them five points adrift of leaders Watford with seven games left, and Steve McClaren’s side may need to re-focus their attentions on securing a play-off spot instead.In an entertaining first half, Ince, in the news this week for snubbing Gareth Southgate and England Under-21 duty, struck the Wolves bar from 20 yards with a dipping left-footed strike.Derby were incensed just before half time, as referee Keith Stroud failed to send off home captain Danny Batth for cynically bringing down Darren Bent as the sides went in level at the break.The breakthrough came just after half time, as Kevin McDonald pounced on a mistake by Craig Forsyth to find Dicko, whose low strike was deflected underneath Grant.Rams midfielder Craig Bryson then hit the post before Benik Afobe, the country’s top scorer in all competitions with 27, smashed a right-footed effort against the bar as the contest started heating up.Any hopes of a Derby comeback were then dashed with a quarter of the game remaining, as Grant inexplicably punched the ball into his own net after the ball ballooned high above his head to compound a damaging evening for the visitors.