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Morgan County Boys & Girls Club gets funds for summer camp

April 09, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission approved a $6,500 funding request from the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club at Friday's commission meeting.

Chris Risinger, director of the club, said part of the funds will be used to pay for the expense of additional programs and field trips for the new all-day summer camp this year. He said the camp will start either June 20 or 27 and run for eight weeks.

Risinger said some Boys & Girls Club parents have been requesting an all-day summer camp. The funds will help defray the cost for the additional hours and for recreational equipment, games, arts and crafts, and a new pool table.

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Commission President Glen Stotler suggested the club make future funding requests earlier in the year since the commission's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.

"You need to get on our cycle," Stotler said.

Gale Shade, vice president of the Boys & Girls Club, said the club is on a calendar year and "all of the grant money runs out about this time and this is when we need it."

"We don't have a problem with the request, but this will deplete the funding" from the county's portion of the hotel/motel tax revenues, Stotler said.

"You won't see this money until June," he said.

Risinger also said he learned the Morgan County office of the Department of Health and Human Resources is moving, and he asked if the club could expand into that space. Risinger said he has a waiting list of boys and girls wanting to join, but he does not have the space.

Stotler said he heard about the move, but "no decision has been made on that space because no official communication has been given to us."

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