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)
THE 12th edition of the National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) bounced off over the weekend with a series of games at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).The opening game saw Marian Academy girls beat the New Amsterdam Multilateral 19-9 with Jada Mohan leading the charge for the city side.She scored 11 points, three assists, seven rebounds and six steals while Kellian Sauers pitched in with four points and Renuka Ramcharran added two points and three steals for Marian.Tashika Arthur was the lead person for the ladies from Berbice, with a team-high 5 points to go along with 6 rebounds.Meanwhile Under-14 defending champions Mackenzie High School (MHS) sent an early warning to the rest of the group, making light work of President’s College 29 to 21 points.Damarcus Adams top-scored with 10 points and five rebounds while Cy Walker added four points and seven rebounds while Joshua Bacchus chipped in with seven rebounds.Gabriel Lin was the high man for PC with nine points and four rebounds while Joshua Butts had five points.It was not all smooth sailing for other teams as the Georgetown/East Coast Under-16 Regional champions St Rose’s were edged by a motivated Bishops’ High School 37-36.Royden Glasgow led for BHS with nine points and six rebounds while Tarik Robinson and Stefan Hamilton added eight and seven points respectively.In their loss, Kwesi Roberts added 12 points and 14 rebounds while Anthony Yansen scored 11 points and 14 rebounds.In the night’s U-19 fixture, Mackenzie High overwhelmed New Amsterdam Multilateral 41-24 with Veshon Trim adding six points with Yannick Tappin and Shemar Henry contributing five points each.Garfield Benjamin was led New Amsterdam with nine points.In the final game for the evening, Georgetown/East Coast Regional champions Marian Academy proved too strong for the School of the Nations, producing a 72-8 blow-out.Timothy Thompson had a big game with 35 points, 18 rebounds, 4 steals. Jahleel Young added 12 points, 14 rebounds, and Josiah Daniels 9 points, 5 rebounds for Marian.Kareem Boyle and Corey Graham scored 5 and 3 points respectively.The Championships tipped off after remarks and the symbolic jump ball by the Director of Sport Christopher Jones.Jones, in his remarks, congratulated YBG for its work in the field and encouraged the participating teams to keep improving since they have other levels of competition on the horizon, such as the Inter-Guiana Games which will be played in Suriname this year.The Festival (National Championships) is sponsored by the Edward B. Beharry Group of Companies Ltd, National Sports Commission, John Fernandes Ltd and Sterling Product Ltd.Games will continue throughout this week starting from 15:30hrs every day, with the finals in all divisions set for this Sunday.