Several local projects will benefit from targeted funding

Several local projects will benefit from targeted funding in the federal omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed by President Biden late last month. The bill included Congressionally Directed Spending requests by the Vermont and New Hampshire delegations that will direct money to the region. The Caledonian-Record previously reported on the requests from the Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, which included $750,000 for efficiency upgrades at Alexander Twilight Theater, $500,000 for repairs and updates to the wooden grandstand at Gardner Park in Newport, $1.4 million for the town of Whitefield to upgrade its iron water main, $80,000 for the construction of the Bethlehem Terrain Park, $300,000 to complete the construction at the Riverfront Commons in Littleton, $51,000 has been set aside for a solar panel array at The Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem. CDS requests from Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire were also included in the spending bill.