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August 02, 2007

Berkeley nets grant for waste collection



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin on Wednesday awarded 26 solid waste management grants totaling $280,000, including $10,000 for Berkeley County's solid waste authority, to assist with litter control and recycling efforts across the state.

Administered by the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB), the grant program is designed to assist solid waste authorities in the job of properly managing solid waste within their counties or regions, according to a news release from Manchin's office.

The money for Berkeley County will assist in planning of a household hazardous waste collection event, according to the announcement.

- Matthew Umstead




Local Pa. schools to get science grants



HARRISBURG, Pa. - Two schools in Franklin and Fulton counties were among 57 statewide recently chosen for "Science: It's Elementary" grants.

The grants provide schools, including Mowrey and Forbes Road elementary schools, with kits designed to encourage hands-on discovery of how science has an impact on daily life. Topics for study include weather, water, electricity, and rocks and minerals.

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Sixty-five school districts used the grants last year. Pennsylvania's 2007-08 budget included $13.5 million to expand the program, according to a news release.

"We're really excited we received this grant that includes a tremendous amount of staff development," Sherian Diller said regarding the allocation to Mowrey Elementary School, which is in the Waynesboro Area School District.

Diller, who is the principal of Mowrey and director of elementary education for the district, said she applied for three schools.

Because the allocation went to Mowrey, she and teachers Candace Norris and Timothy Eskridge will be attending a two-day event in King of Prussia, Pa., to learn more about the program.

Forbes Road Elementary School is part of the Forbes Road School District in Fulton County.

- Jennifer Fitch

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