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Panhandle receives grants

December 24, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A total of $40,000 in state grants distributed Thursday in the Eastern Panhandle will help Little League baseball, a Boys and Girls Club in Jefferson County and improvements to city hall in Harpers Ferry.

The Martinsburg Little League will sponsor the state tournament for 12-year-old players next summer at Oatsdale Park in Martinsburg, said state Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley.

Unger gave a $15,000 grant to the local Little League to prepare the fields at the park for the tournament. Some facilities at the field need to be made handicapped accessible, and some of the fields themselves need improvements, Unger said.

The last time a Little League tournament was held in Martinsburg was 1992, Unger said.

The Boys and Girls Club in Jefferson County has been in the process of converting a former Maytag paint storage building into a new center.

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Much of the building has been converted for use for the club, but about $45,000 worth of improvements still must be made, said director Tim Grove.

Gov. Cecil Underwood's office on Thursday announced a $15,000 Community Partnership grant for continued renovations to the building, on Lawrence Street in Charles Town.

The Boys and Girls Club focuses on offering kids recreational and academic programs during their idle time after school, Grove said. The offerings include "Power Hour," in which tutors help students with homework, and "Smart Moves," in which peer counselors talk to kids about substance abuse, Grove said.

The $10,000 Community Partnership grant awarded to the town of Harpers Ferry will be used to make improvements to town hall, said Mayor Walton "Kip" Stowell. The building has not received needed improvements in many years, and the money will pay for roof repairs and painting, Stowell said.

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