first_imgThe DeBartolo Performing Arts Center has cancelled all public events for the fall semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to press release published Wednesday.The facility will instead be used for physically distanced classrooms, as the teaching days will be extended. Those who hold Presenting Series season tickets were notified and given the option for refunds, exchanges or account credit.Executive director Ted Barron said the Center will likely open in January 2021 for scheduled programming.“Since March, we have all been challenged, committing to choices in the short term to mitigate longer-term impacts,” Barron said. “That’s why the Center is supporting our communities’ healing and comfort until we can again welcome you and many more to premier arts experiences.”Tags: COVID-19, DPAC, pandemic, Presenting Serieslast_img read more

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is now accepting funding applications for 2011 Transportation Enhancement projects. The Agency anticipates awarding up to $1.5 million to municipalities, non-profits, and State and Federal agencies that can be used to enhance Vermont’s transportation system in 12 broad categories.Grant awards will be made in the $10,000 to $300,000 range. Projects require a 20 percent local match and must have a strong transportation connection, but they cannot be roadway projects or maintenance activities.“All towns, cities and non-profit agencies operate with limited financial resources,” said VTrans Secretary David Dill. “The transportation enhancement grant program is a great opportunity for them to acquire funding for projects that otherwise they could not afford.”The grant program is a federal requirement. VTrans cannot reallocate these federal funds for paving, road reconstruction, new bridges, or other traditional transportation projects.Federal rules limit the grants to 12 broad categories that enhance Vermont’s transportation system. They are: Bicycle and pedestrian facilities.Bicycle and pedestrian safety and education activities.Purchase of scenic easements or historic sites.Historic or scenic highway programs including visitor centers, landscaping and scenic beautification.Landscaping and scenic beautification.Historic preservation.Rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities.Preservation of abandoned railway corridors.Control and removal of outdoor advertising.Archeological planning.Environmental mitigation of highway run-off and vehicle-caused wildlife mortality.Establishment of transportation museums. Examples of eligible activities are public sidewalks and bicycle paths, public school bicycle safety “rodeos,” purchase of an easement to protect an important scenic roadside vista, planting trees to beautify a street, rehabilitating an historic building into a tourist welcome center, rehabilitating an historic bridge or railroad station, archeology to evaluate the best location for a bike path, re-vegetating a roadside stream bank to stop erosion, rebuilding a town salt shed to stop polluting a stream, constructing an underpass to allow wildlife to cross a road, and rehabilitating an historic railroad engine as a permanent transportation exhibit. Applications require that a Letter of Intent be submitted to VTrans by June 4, 2010. Actual applications are due August 20, 2010.  Applicants are also required to attend a training workshop on either June 22 or June 23, 2010.  Applications and instructions can be obtained by phoning Curtis Johnson at 802-828-0583 or by visiting the Internet at http://www.aot.state.vt.us/progdev/Sections/LTF/Enhancements%20Program/E…(link is external)Source: Vtrans. 4.19.2010last_img read more