Vermont’s State Historic Preservation Officer has announced she is retiring from her post after 33 years of serving state government.Jane Lendway, who has led the Division for Historic Preservation since 2003, will step down on December 31.Jane has been a dedicated public servant and the results of her efforts can be seen in preserved barns in our fields and historic buildings in our downtowns and villages, said Governor Jim Douglas. On behalf of the people of Vermont, I extend my gratitude for more than three decades of excellent work.Lendway, 57, of Montpelier, joined the Division for Historic Preservation, part of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, in 1975.She served as a National Register and survey programs supervisor; federal and state preservation grants administrator; tax credit project reviewer; Certified Local Government coordinator, and preservation planner.Lendway helped develop the Certified Local Government, state grants and Vermont Downtown programs, and served as coordinator of the Downtown Program, which designates downtowns and village centers and administers benefits to them, from 1995 to 2003.In 2003 she became Acting State Historic Preservation Officer and was formally appointed to the office several months later.Prior to serving the State of Vermont, Lendway was with the Michigan History Division of the Department of State and National Park Service as a member of Michigans first historic resource survey team in 1974 and 1975.She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and a master’s in art history from Michigan State University.She currently serves on the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission as chairman of its Infrastructure Committee as well as on the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Cultural Heritage Recreation Advisory Committee.In addition, Lendway is a Master Gardener who is co-chair of the Washington-Orange County Chapter. In this role, she has contributed countless hours to the historic gardens at the Justin Morrill Homestead State Historic Site in Strafford.Historic preservation is a development strategy that has stood the test of time, Lendway said. Reusing historic buildings saves energy, keeps debris out of our landfills, and maintains walkable neighborhoods and downtowns where people meet and greet one another. Vermont has a world class sense of place and we will continue to distinguish ourselves by taking care of it.The Division for Historic Preservation, part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, includes programs devoted to the restoration and continued use of historic resources; protection of archaeological resources; education; the State and National Registers of Historic Places; and administration of the 10 state-owned historic sites.More at: www.historicvermont.org(link is external)
Having been drawn against Barcelona in the knockout stage of the Champions League, Toure has had word from inside the Catalan club’s camp that is not a draw they are relishing. “I had a call from one of my old team-mates from Spain who was quite disappointed,” said the former Barcelona midfielder. “He wasn’t sure what would happen. In the past they would be confident they would go through and beat anyone but they are afraid about us. “The way we are playing at home – and they are seeing that – means they are quite scared because we play fantastic football, we score goals and it is total attack. “At the moment we are terrific at home. Any team who comes here we think we can score against – maybe it won’t always be the case for us to achieve that every game. “We are not the sort of team that is fearful of opponents, we are playing in an attractive way and an attacking way, and I think Liverpool will be aware of that.” City’s home record is formidable as they have won all eight league matches and scored 35 goals and they are only in third place, one point behind Liverpool, because of their inferior away form. Striker Sergio Aguero has scored eight of his 13 league goals at the Etihad Stadium but his calf injury means fans will be denied the chance to see the top-flight’s two leading scorers go head-to-head. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is in the form of his life with 19 goals in just 12 league games and Toure admits it is difficult to separate the two. “Aguero is unbelievable, he is one of the most important strikers in this league at the moment,” said the Ivory Coast international. “He can always make something happen and his partnership with Alvaro (Negredo) was fantastic for us so at the moment missing him is a big blow for us but we have to deal with it. “Suarez is a brilliant player and this season he is at the top. Him and Aguero are the best strikers in England, no question, and are up there as the best in the world too. “It would have been fantastic to see them on the same pitch in this game; Suarez has everything in his game at the moment. “But Liverpool are a team with other good players too and a good manager. It will be a big, big game.” Press Association Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has warned Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool they should fear a Boxing Day trip to the Etihad Stadium as even Barcelona are afraid of them. The Merseysiders arrive on Boxing Day full of confidence as they are top of the table at Christmas for the first time in five years. They are actually the last club to be in that position and not go on to win the title but despite rising optimism at Anfield, Toure sounded a word of caution.
Reports are rife that Stephen Keshi, who less than 24 hours ago, led the Super Eagles to the victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, has resigned as coach of the national team.According to SuperSport presenter, Robert Marawa, who revealed the information on Twitter, ‘The Big Boss’ confirmed his departure from the post, in an interview with a radio station in South Africa.He tweeted: “Stephen Keshi has just announced that he handed over his resignation letter after the game exclusively on 083Sport@6With Marawa on MetroFM”The Nigeria Football Federation is yet to confirm this development, even as the team and officials are expected back in the country, where they will be received by President Goodluck Jonathan.