Register grows by five

"It's to encourage people to preserve old buildings," explained Scherer. "The landmarks in town have a lot to do with defining the unique character of the town. It gives people a sense of place and a sense of time."

Similarly, state and federal grants are also available for those who own structures on a historic register.

The preservation committee also helps the town's boards and developers to preserve historic structures and areas.

Kazmierczak feels that history can coexist with progress instead of being destroyed by it.

"We're trying to preserve [historic structures] in a way not to stop the development, but to come up with a way of reusing the building," he said. "All of it is to keep the town the way it was, but not to stop today's development either.""

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