US Senator Patrick Leahy and the Preservation Trust of Vermont announced that five historic downtown buildings will receive federal funds to help spur village redevelopment. Historic buildings in Putney, Readsboro, Poultney, Richmond and Shoreham will get restoration work using a $425,000 federal grant Leahy secured for the Preservation Trust of Vermont s Village Revitalization Initiative. These historic buildings are at the very heart of the identity and economy of our communities, said Leahy. These grants do more than ensure the stability and aesthetics of a building, they also open these buildings to the public and help to keep our villages healthy.”Our Village Revitalization Initiative has now provided significant funding for 25 community-based projects across Vermont,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. “Each of these projects is a key piece in each community’s effort to build a successful village center. We’re most grateful that Senator Leahy is so committed to this effort.”Since 2005, Leahy has secured more than $2 million in federal funds to help rehabilitate more than 25 buildings across the state of Vermont, creating new indoor public spaces and reopening long-shuttered public spaces to Vermonters. The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board assists in the administration of these grants.Putney General Store – $100,000. Funding will be used by the town of Putney and the Putney Historical Society to continue restoration of the general store destroyed by fire in May of 2008. CONTACT: Lyssa Papazian (802) 387-2878.Readsboro Bullock’s Store – $100,000. Funding will be used to acquire and begin rehab on the 1880 s era Bullock building in the village of Readsboro. The rehab work will make the space available to mixed use and community use. CONTACT: David Marchegiani (802) 423-5416.Poultney Bentley Hall- $100,000. Funding will be used to restore Bentley Hall on the edge of campus and in the center of Poultney to make the space available to the community. CONTACT: Paul Fonteyn, President, Green Mountain College (802) 287-8201.Richmond Round Church – $25,000. Funds will be used to make restorations to the 195 year-old National Historic Landmark Richmond Round Church. CONTACT: Gary Bressor, Richmond Historical Society (802) 434-2800.Shoreham Newton Academy – $100,000. Funds will be used to restore the 1810 federal style building on the town green in Shoreham. CONTACT: Wilson MacIntire, President, Newton Academy Restoration Corporation, (802) 897-2600.In June, Leahy announced that the Chandler Center for the Arts received a $250,000 federal grant through the Village Revitalization Initiative to fund the rehabilitation of the Chandler Music Hall and Gallery in Randolph.Source: Leahy’s office. MONTPELIER, Vt. (Tuesday, Sept. 29)
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LED by responsible batting from Shawn Massiah, Floodlights X1 secured a convincing six-wicket win over Parika Defenders in an arranged T20 match under lights at the Demerara Cricket Club ground last Friday night.Massiah made an unbeaten 59, and got valuable support from Patrick Khan, with 33, and an unbeaten 25 from Ricky Deonarine, as the hosts chased down the winning target of 150, with ease.The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. They lost opener M. Chatram without scoring and M. Balgobin for three.However, Jerome Basdeo joined the other opener Dubraj Singh, and added 103 runs for the third wicket which eventually was the backbone of their total of 149-6 off their allotted 20 overs.Singh made 60 and Basdeo 45. Bowling for Floodlights X1, Beharry snared 3-10. Surendra Nauth and Khalid Baksh took a wicket apiece.In reply, the hosts lost both openers Yusuf Uniss and Rabindra Singh without scoring, but Massiah and Khan then added a third-wicket partnership of 58 before the latter went for 33.Rakesh Arjune was then dismissed for two, but thereafter Ricky Deonarine and Massiah took full control of the chase.The duo put together an unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership of 68 to seal the win with five balls to spare.Bowling for the visitors, Basdeo completed a fine all-round performance taking 3-34.