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Samuel Paddock Strong House

The Samuel Paddock Strong House is a historic house at 94 West Main Street in Vergennes, Vermont. Built in the 1830s for a prominent local businessman, it is a well-preserved example of Greek Revival architecture, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It now houses the Strong House Inn; the Strong House is located southwest of downtown Vergennes, on the northwest side of West Main Street. It consists of a 2-1/2 story main block, covered by a front-facing gabled roof, with integral flanking side-gable single-story ells, it is a wood frame structure, with a stone foundation. The building corners are pilastered, with a dentillated entablature encircling the main block, a pedimented gable with triangular fan window at its center; the main entrance is in the rightmost bay of the 3-bay facade, recessed with sidelight and transom windows in an opening framed by pilasters and an entablature. The interior has been modernized, but three original fireplaces surviving, including one of locally quarried black marble.

Samuel Paddock Strong purchased the land for this house in 1832, built the house not long afterward. Its designs are based in part on the published patterns of Asher Benjamin. Strong was the grandson of one of the area's early settlers, achieved prominence in the community as president of the Bank of Vergennes and of the Rutland and Burlington Railroad. National Register of Historic Places listings in Addison County, Vermont Strong House Inn web site

Vapaa Sana

Vapaa Sana was a Finnish-Canadian weekly newspaper located in Toronto, Ontario. Vapaa Sana was founded in 1931 and when closing in 2012 it was one of the oldest surviving newspapers that early Finnish immigrants founded in North America. By 1934 it was the largest Finnish newspaper in North America. Articles in Vapaa Sana were in the Finnish language, although a special English section called Finnish Canadian Reporter was published in most editions from 2006 until 2012; the owner Vapaa Sana Press Ltd was the publisher of the Canadan Sanomat newspaper in Thunder Bay. The company had purchased its Thunder Bay based competitor in 2004; the two papers continued parallel publishing until June 2012. From July 2012, the company merged the two papers into a weekly paper named Kanadan Sanomat; the last issue of Vapaa Sana was published on June 19, 2012. In the 1930s, Vapaa Sana was a left-wing newspaper although more moderate than the leading Finnish language newspaper in Canada Vapaus; the launch of Vapaa Sana was caused by the internal disagreements in the Finnish Organization of Canada, the publisher of Vapaus.

After the war, Vapaa Sana became conservative in its coverage and attitudes. It was not until 2006 when the Finnish Organization of Canada was again included in the paper's list of Finnish activities in Canada. After the closing of Vapaus in 1990 the main competitor of Vapaa Sana was the Thunder Bay-based Finnish newspaper. In April 2012, the owners Vapaa Sana Press Ltd. announced that their two newspapers, Vapaa Sana published in Toronto, Canadan Sanomat published in Thunder Bay, would merge late during 2012. The new newspaper would be named Kanadan Sanomat, with the country spelled with a "K", as customary in the Finnish language. List of newspapers in Canada Official website