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5 Vermont historic buildings to get $425,000 for village restoration

first_imgUS 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)last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard shared a helicopter pilot with Kobe Bryant

first_imgPLAYA VISTA — Kawhi Leonard is mourning not only Kobe Bryant this week, but also helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan, whom also often was at the controls when Leonard choppered around Southern California, the Clippers star said after practice Wednesday.Zobayan, 50, of Huntington Beach, has been identified as the pilot of the helicopter that crashed Sunday in Calabasas, killing all nine people aboard, including Zobayan, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.“Flown with him a lot,” Leonard said of Zobayan. “Great guy. Super nice. He was one of the best pilots. That is a guy who you ask for to fly you from city to city. It’s just surreal still …“He (would) drop me off and say he is about go pick up Kobe. Or he’ll just be like, ‘I just dropped Kobe off and he said hello.’ … He’s a good dude and I’m sorry for everybody.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAccording to a Facebook post on Monday, Peter and Claudia Lowry, owners of Group 3 Aviation, said Zobayan went to Group 3 Aviation in 1998 for flying lessons.In 2001, he became a private pilot; in 2007, he got his commercial pilot’s license; and in 2008, he got certified to be a ground instructor, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. Previous Facebook posts from Group 3 Aviation show that Zobayan taught trainees to become pilots.He regularly piloted Bryant to practices, games and other functions – a time-saving tactic the retired Laker shared with Leonard.“I talked to him about it before our transition to playing in L.A.,” Leonard said. “Just seeing how we (he) got back and forth from Newport (Beach) and he said he was doing it for about 17 years or so. Yeah, same pilot, everything, the whole situation, this whole program, the set-up, how he was traveling back and forth was the same way I was getting here from San Diego.”Leonard said because he’s still processing the tragic news, he can’t say whether Sunday’s crash will lead him to want to change his own commuting habits. “It’s just one of those times when it was just time, you know?” he said. “The things that you hear, you don’t know what’s real yet. I can’t really speak on it. I don’t know. I don’t know yet. It’s a lot of thoughts in my head.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more