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)
Press Association Didier Drogba decided to leave Chelsea to give youth a chance – but the departing striker wants Petr Cech to stay and fight for his place. Drogba’s final match after two spells totalling nine years as a Chelsea player concluded with Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland, after which the Blues lifted the Premier League title. Drogba, Cech and captain John Terry were in the teams which have won all of Chelsea’s four Premier League titles, but the striker now says manager Jose Mourinho should look to the future. “No matter what happens I think the club will respect his decision. “If he wants to stay, he can stay. I think he is more than welcome here. “If he wants to go it’s his choice as well. It’s up to him. But we want him to stay.” Drogba could return to Stamford Bridge in some capacity in the future – “I think we are going to find a way… if I come back it’s for a reason,” he said – but first he wants another year as a player. A move to Major League Soccer, joining Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, seems plausible, with Drogba saying he received calls from clubs in the immediate aftermath of the Sunderland match. “Since I put it on social media I was in the dressing room and I was receiving some calls from teams. Really unusual,” he said. “It was funny and interesting also because it really showed that maybe I can still bring something to a team. “I am going to take a few days, few weeks to think about what is good for me next. But all I want to do is play.” Drogba believes the Blues need to strengthen in a bid to win the Champions League title they won in 2012 again and should show faith in youth. “The team needs to be stronger next year to compete in the Champions League,” said Drogba, after Chelsea’s last-16 elimination on away goals to Paris St Germain this term. “They are going to buy new players. Also we have young players coming up, the (Dominic) Solankes, (Ruben) Loftus-Cheeks, (Nathan) Akes, all these boys. They need to play.” Drogba is deliberating over his next destination and says he could never play for another English club. He was carried off on his team-mates’ shoulders in a pre-planned first-half substitution on Sunday after announcing his departure prior to kick-off. He wishes to play on one more season and feels the need to leave to get the game time he craves. Cech, who has one year left on his contract, could also depart after being displaced by Thibaut Courtois this term following a decade as first choice goalkeeper. “I think the club should keep him because we know who Petr Cech is at this club,” Drogba said.