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MIHI accepts state grant

December 05, 2000

MIHI accepts state grant



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Representatives of Many Individuals Helping Individuals, known as MIHI, met with Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Del. Mark Shriver, D-Montgomery, during a ceremony in Baltimore Monday.

The organization was awarded a $112,500 grant to build a more accessible playground at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway.

The $112,500 includes $75,000 from the governor. The other $37,500 comes from donations to MIHI and in-kind work by the Washington County government.

It also includes help from community organizations such as the Halfway Lions Club.

MIHI applied for the grant earlier this year.

The Governor's Office on Individuals with Disabilities and two private groups, Boundless Playgrounds Inc. and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, announced earlier this year a $1.75 million partnership program called the Maryland Boundless Playgrounds Initiative to improve about 10 playgrounds in Maryland.

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N. Linn Hendershot, chairman of MIHI, met with Glendening and Shriver, who started the program.

Also attending was Austin Monro, 8, of Williamsport, a child with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease affecting cells in the spinal cord.

Members of the Monro family were on hand, as were Washington County Commissioner Paul L. Swartz and representatives of the Washington County Disability Advisory Committee. In all, 22 Washington County residents were there.

Construction of the playground, known as the Rainbow Connection, will begin in the spring with completion scheduled for fall 2001, Hendershot said.

The state gave out 11 grants totaling $1 million.

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