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Kellogg-Hubbard Receives $600,000 Lift

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library has cleared its goal of $600,000 needed to replace its 45-year-old elevator and make other improvements. Other projects to be supported by the Give the Library a Lift! Campaign include restoration projects on the building’s interior, cleaning and maintenance of the replica Parthenon frieze, energy efficiency upgrades, a new book drop, and landscaping work. More than 200 individual and corporate donors contributed, with significant grants and donations coming from the National Life Foundation, the Vermont Community Development Program (with help from the City of Montpelier), the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the Vermont Arts Council, Community National Bank, Union Mutual, and the Vermont Mutual Insurance Group.

Memorial Hall in North Calais Wins Revitalization Grant

The North Calais Memorial Hall Association has received a $100,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant that will be used to help stabilize the 1885-1886 building on Mirror Lake, closed since 2012 because of structural deterioration. Bruhn, who was executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, died in September at age 72. Donations toward the $683,000 goal may be made online at memorialhallcalais.org or by check to Preservation Trust of Vermont, with “Memorial Hall” noted in the memo line, mailed to NCMHA, P.O. Box 25, East Calais, VT 05650.

Good Samaritan Haven Names New Leader

Rick DeAngelis was appointed executive director of the Good Samaritan Haven, replacing Rob Farrell, who had held the position since May. DeAngelis was chair of the Haven’s board and is also a member of Montpelier’s Homelessness Task Force. The Haven oversees Central Vermont’s only shelter facilities at its Barre location and manages overflow shelters at Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre and Bethany Church in Montpelier. Farrell resigned because of a disagreement with the board over his benefits package, The Times Argus reported.