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Douglas shares state wealth with county

May 17, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Del. Vicki Douglas, D-Berkeley, presented the Berkeley County Commission with $116,000 worth of state grants that will be used by various local organizations.

The grants came from the West Virginia Legislature's budget digest.

"I've had over 12 years dealing with this, and it is extraordinary how our adult volunteers and agencies take these monies and literally amplify them,"she said.

"They do more with the money than any living human being could think possible," Douglas said.

Eight agencies or organizations received money:

The Berkeley County Midget League received $10,000; Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board received $20,000; Hedgesville Little League baseball complex received $8,000 to go toward a concession stand; Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department received $18,000 for a thermal imaging device; Berkeley County Commission received $25,000 to go toward parking areas for the new judicial complex; South Berkeley Little League received $10,000 to go toward more fields; the town of Hedgesville received $10,000, and the Martinsburg Boys & Girls Club received $5,000 for renovations.

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"I am glad to see the money is well used for the general public and not for some narrow thing," Douglas said.

Douglas was able to get $40,000 in budget digest money for the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority earlier this year.

The money will go toward the purchase of another ambulance costing $74,308, Gary Collis, program manager for the authority, said.

Both Commission President Howard Strauss and Commissioner John Wright told Douglas they appreciated all of the efforts she has made to get the grants for the county.

Douglas is not seeking re-election to another term in the legislature.

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