$200,000 in historic preservation grants will leverage $1.7 million for projects

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced more than $200,000 in 19 matching grants to projects for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings across Vermont, including the Vermont History Center in Barre. 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. Preserving Vermont s historic buildings and structures is an important effort, Governor Douglas said. These grants help leverage significant private investment in historical buildings, which serves not only to put people to work but maintains Vermont s character and enhances our tourism economy.At a ceremony at the Vermont History Center in Barre, the Governor presented a check for $12,843 to Vermont Historical Society Executive Director Mark Hudson that will be used to repair the tower roof and flashing at the Center. The Vermont Historical Society acquired the former Spaulding School in Barre in 2000, and renovated it into the Vermont History Center to house the group s library, collections and administrative offices. Hudson said the funds were an important part of the financing picture for the needed repairs to the Victorian-era brick building, constructed in 1891. Partnering with state government made it possible for us to make this investment in preserving the building now, when it can do the most good, Hudson said. This not only benefits current residents and visitors, but future generations of Vermonters as well.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. This year, there were 42 applications for grants and 19 were awarded totaling $204,353, for projects with a total construction value of $1.9 million.For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: www.historicvermont.org(link is external).Source: 2.1.2010last_img read more

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N. Ireland set for first same-sex marriage

first_imgBritish MPs in London passed legislation last July, while Northern Ireland’s devolved government was suspended, to allow gay marriages and same-sex civil partnerships.The move, which brought the province into line with the rest of the UK, was opposed by a group of local lawmakers but they failed in a last-minute bid in October to block its implementation.London spent the intervening months drawing up new regulations to apply to the marriages and partnerships — with the first permitted to happen this week.In the meantime, Northern Ireland’s political parties also agreed to restart power sharing in Belfast.Activists, British MPs including Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith, and others will celebrate the occasion at a parliamentary event in London later on Tuesday. Sara Canning, the partner of journalist Lyra McKee who was killed by dissident republicans in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry last year, helped to campaign for the change.”Of course, this historic moment is a little bitter-sweet. It had been our dream too. Lyra and I should have been an engaged couple now, planning our own wedding day,” she said in the statement. A Belfast couple were on Tuesday set to become the first same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland after a change in the law.Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, were due to wed at 2:00 pm (1400 GMT) in Carrickfergus, near Belfast, after the new legislation came into effect on Monday.It followed campaigning by Amnesty International and partner organizations in the “Love Equality” campaign, which hailed the occasion “a landmark moment for equality in Northern Ireland”. “We didn’t set out to make history — we just fell in love,” Edwards said ahead of the nuptials in a statement released by the campaign.”We are so grateful to the thousands of people who marched for our freedoms, to the Love Equality campaign who led the way, and the politicians who voted to change the law.”Without you, our wedding wouldn’t have been possible. We will be forever thankful.”Her soon-to-be wife Peoples added: “While this campaign ends with Sharni and I saying ‘I do’, it started with people saying ‘no’ to inequality. By standing together, we’ve made history.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Martinez hails Barry influence

first_img “I think we have enough experience to do that but obviously Gareth has been very influential and it seems he has been at Everton for a long time – that is how comfortable he looks with the team.” Martinez watched City get taken apart by European champions Bayern Munich in midweek with some admiration. However, he does not think it will have any effect on their game against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. “Bayern are European champions for a reason and they have gone to the next level now,” he said. “For anyone who plays against Bayern it is going to be the biggest football test at club level and you have to admire the way they are playing. “They are taking possession football into a new degree and I thought they were magnificent. “There is never a good or bad time because when you play a top side you know they are going to be ready on the day, they have a really good squad and can make changes and refresh it if they need to. “We know we will have to be at our best but we will embrace that challenge, and we look forward to facing Man City in their own backyard because, in my eyes, they are title challengers this season. “We need to look to ourselves. Only the best can be a good enough performance against Manchester City.” The fixture is the first time Martinez has faced City since beating them in the FA Cup final with his Wigan underdogs, but he does not expect to reference that game in his pre-match planning. “In many ways it is very different because you have a different manager with different ideas and different players. But then, in the same way, you have a lot of the important players who have been at the club for a long while and that means there will be similarities,” he said. “It is a completely different way of playing and, in that respect, it is going to be a different side.” Barry has slotted seamlessly into the Toffees’ midfield since his loan move late in the transfer window, but he is ineligible to play against his parent club at the the Etihad Stadium. It is a match when the former England international’s vast experience would have been in demand, but Martinez is keen to focus on the positives and how the Barry effect has filtered out to the rest of the squad, particularly the impressionable youngsters. “There has been a lot of talk about his 500 appearances in the Premier League (chalked up in Monday’s win over Newcastle) which is an incredible stat and shows the experience he has,” said the Spaniard. “But the way he is as a human being is an incredible influence for players like James McCarthy, Ross Barkley up to a point – players who can look up to someone who has been through many experiences and can give some sort of calm influence. “On the pitch I thought James McCarthy developed a good chemistry with Gareth. “In the second half against West Ham he did that straight away and he grew even bigger against Newcastle. “Players like James and Ross are going to get stronger and better and learn so quickly from someone like Gareth – he adds to the development of our youngsters, which is invaluable really. “I was always aware (of his ineligibility against City) so we need to accept it will be a period when he can recover, have a breather and get ready for the next game. “What matters is not that you are going to miss with Gareth, it is the opposite: (it is) what he is bringing already and the influence he has had in the dressing room and the games and how excited we are to have him for the rest of the season. “It will be a great opportunity for someone else and I think as a team you welcome those opportunities. The calming presence of Gareth Barry may be missing against Manchester City but his influence has already rubbed off on team-mates, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Rallies Past Milwaukee, 3-2

first_img Full Schedule Roster HTML Box Score at UMKC 9/10/2016 – 7 PM Milwaukee had one final chance to tie the match as a shot from Evan Dujardin hit the crossbar at the 87:46 mark, but that was it as Drake completed the comeback. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) finished with five saves. “We are delighted with tonight’s performance,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “We played very good soccer, were dominant for long stretches of the game and are transferring training concepts into competition.” Live Stats Drake (2-2) scored the first goal in the match as Enna put away a one-timer off a long pass from senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) in the 14th minute (14:37). Watch Live The two teams traded shots after Grunert’s goal until Enna once again came through big. His game-winner came in the 84th minute (84:05) after he knocked in a header from the goal line off a double assist from Grunert and senior Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa). More impressive was Drake was down to 10 players at that point after senior Andre Heine (Furtwangen, Germany) received a red card at the 73:33 mark. “We took the lead through an excellent penetrating pass by Wypych to Enna who slotted home a great finish from the edge of the box” Smith said. “It was pleasing to see Grunert and Enna show their courage, grit and quality on set plays. It was an exciting game, but we made it more difficult then it needed to be going down to 10 men. However, we showed great character and tactical discipline to go on and win the game as many would have settled for a tie.” Drake plays at UMKC Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then host their first regular season home match on Sept. 13 against Green Bay at 6 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Print Friendly Version A resilient Drake squad remained patient in the second half as a few good opportunities for the tying goal fell just short. The Bulldogs finally broke through in the 65th minute (65:30) when redshirt senior James Grunert, who hails from Muskego, Wis. just outside Milwaukee, punched in a header from Wypych to tie the contest at 2-2. However, the Bulldogs’ advantage did not last long as Milwaukee (1-2) scored the equalizer just under 10 minutes later as Reid Stevenson buried a finish from close range at the 24:25 mark. The Panthers took the lead in the 36th minute (36:32) as Francecsco Saparito scored off a long shot from near the sideline as they led 2-1 at halftime. Preview Photo Gallery Story Links PDF Box Score Next Game: MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Junior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) scored a pair of goals to push the Drake University men’s soccer team past the Milwaukee Panthers, 3-2, Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Milwaukee.last_img read more

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