St. Albans attracts Civil War re-enactors
ST. ALBANS (AP) -- Civil war re-enactors are setting up camp in St. Albans for the third annual St. Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend, featuring artillery demonstrations and fiddle music.
Companies from both the Union and Confederacy will set up encampments in the city’s Taylor Park Saturday and Sunday.
Re-enactors in historic military dress will perform maneuvers, cavalry demonstrations and artillery firings, according to the St. Albans Messenger newspaper.
Organizers hope to make this year’s event bigger and better, said organizer Steve Smith, a member of Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors.
With more re-enactors expected, the "soldiers" will present larger march demonstrations, including a reenactment of Pickett’s Charge, he said.
"In explaining all this stuff, we kind of use Pickett’s Charge as an illustration of what can happen," said Smith, who serves as a narrator. "The visual aspect really sank in."
The weekend includes cooking demonstrations and cadet corps activities for kids. Period artifacts will be on display and a ladies auxiliary group is expected to be dressed in historic garb, Smith said. Ceremonies will be held at nearby Greenwood Cemetery where many veterans were buried.
The event is intended for the community to gear up for next year when St. Albans commemorates the 150 anniversary of the St. Albans raid of 1864, said to be the northernmost action during the Civil War. A group of 22 Confederate soldiers entered from Vermont from Canada and on Oct. 19, 1864 robbed banks in the area before fleeing back to Canada with some of the money.
Sports complex seeking funds to keep running
WOODSTOCK (AP) -- A sports complex in Woodstock that faces an uncertain future is seeking $125,000 to keep running.
The Woodstock Union Arena is owned by the local high school and includes a popular ice hockey rink. But officials say it’s been running in the red for years.
The board of directors has proposed dipping into the $450,000 endowment, Vermont Public Radio reports.
But the endowment’s trustees and school board did not agree that was the best solution at a meeting this week.
Rachel Benoit, a trustee for the endowment, said the endowment money is to pay for future maintenance not past debts.
"So it is the trustees’ recommendation that we do not accept the proposal as currently presented. We would be willing to have the Board enter into discussions to talk about other possibilities, but $125,000, we really feel that is over and above what the endowment would support at this time," she said. Ginny Eames, chairwoman of the Arena board warned that the arena could close.