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July 22, 2005

Preserve officials seek financial help


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Officials from a nature preserve between Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Martinsburg, W.Va., said Thursday they need help to deliver nature programs to children.

The 104-acre Yankauer Nature Preserve off Whitings Neck Road allows children to learn about insects, how to identify trees, learn about nature photography and become better environmental citizens, preserve officials said.

The preserve is finding it more difficult to continue delivering those programs while developing new ones, according to a proposal given to the Jefferson County Commission Thursday.

Yankauer Nature Preserve officials said they need to have the director freed up to focus on new programs.

Preserve officials asked the county commission for $5,000 to hire a program assistant. Commission members said they did not want to consider the funding request outside their regular budget cycle.

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Commission members asked preserve officials to return in February to make funding requests.

- Dave McMillion




Old Morgan County building to be razed


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The demolition of the old Morgan County Board of Education building will take place by Aug. 15, David Temple, county schools superintendent, told the Morgan County Board of Education on Tuesday evening.

The bid was awarded to G.H.S. of Berkeley Springs at the cost of $13,200.

The Morgan County Parks and Recreation will lease the old special education building, Temple said. The building is behind the former Board of Education offices. An agreement will be drawn up by Charles Trump, the school board attorney, he said.

Temple said he believed it will be used for office space.

n The renovations at Widmyer Elementary School should be complete by the start of the 2005-06 school year, Temple said.

"Everything is on time," he said.

- Trish Rudder

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