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Tug of war benefits Morgan Co. Boys & Girls Club

September 05, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - About 75 people watched the first His & Hers Tug of War at the Cacapon State Park beach on Sunday.

Debbie Guinta, event organizer, said only three of the nine teams were on hand to participate, but she had 90 percent of the $1,350 in donations from the teams. The cost was $150 per team, with all proceeds going to the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club.

She said she hoped another $1,500 would be raised from food and T-shirt sales.

Wayside Market was the winning team, beating out Tony's Butcher Block, who placed second. The Morgan County Boys & Girls Club kids team placed third, said Guinta.

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All three teams received a trophy.

John Schrider, Wayside Market owner and team member, said he was glad to help the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club.

"Just to take part in any community event helps kids to be responsible and take ownership in their community," said Chris Risinger, director of the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club.

He said the benefit money will be used for materials needed for the club and "for basic operating expenses for more than 100 kids a day."

Risinger said grant money pays for specific club programs, but not the day-to-day expenses.

Beth Snyder, the club's teen coordinator, said teens like the computer lab but game tables are needed, including billiards, air hockey and foosball.

Risinger said the county will renovate the additional club space that became available when the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) moved out of the county-owned building. He said he hoped to be moved into the new space after the Thanksgiving break.

There will be a larger teen center, but there will be a separate computer lab, he said.

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