The Guilford Country Store has been selected from a field of 265 as one of 100 finalists to compete to win up to $25,000 says the Brattleboro Reformer. Friends of Algiers Village Inc., a local nonprofit who purchased the Guilford Country Store about a year ago, was chosen to participate in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” contest. Guilford’s only store is the community nucleus according to the owners. “It is where we go to laugh, cry, share, learn, be kind, courteous, respectful, humble and sometimes boast about our kids and our gardens,” according to the group’s entry. The store was constructed in 1817 and has been a tavern, hotel, stable, dance hall and meeting place. The prize money will be used to renovate the store. The public can vote for the Guilford store project until June 30 at 5 p.m. by going to the NTHP site www.preservationnation.org.