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Washington County briefs

August 30, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Month will honor disabled veterans



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed September as Disabled American Veterans' Forget-Me-Not Month.

The proclamation states that the DAV offers free services to disabled veterans and their families in filing claims for government benefits and in the resolution of problems with employment, health care and counseling.

The proclamation states, "The community wishes to express a deep and continuing sense of gratitude to those disabled veterans who gave so much to protect and preserve our way of life."

The money raised in the Forget-Me-Not drive will go to disabled veterans and their families.




Grant will aid those connecting to system



A $206,600 state grant will assist low- and moderate-income households with the costs of connecting to a county water system in the Pen Mar area.

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Dave Jordan, executive director of the Washington County Community Action Council, discussed the grant with the commissioners Tuesday.

The CAC is coordinating the grant program.

The county is installing the water distribution system and a storage facility for 78 households, a church and county park, according to information provided by the county.

The assistance would be in the form of zero percent deferred loans, according to the county. The county estimates 38 percent of the households would be eligible for assistance.

The loans would be forgiven at a rate of 20 percent per year up to five years, Jordan said.

They would not have to be paid back for homeowners who live in their homes for five years, he said.

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