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Hancock working with agencies to find money for community center

June 20, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Editor's note: Due to several errors in the original version of this story, which appeared on page C6 of the June 12 edition of The Herald-Mail, this story is being reprinted in its entirety.

Hancock officials are working with several federal, state and local agencies and organizations to fund a $110,000 project to improve the town's community center, according to Kathy Saxman, project coordinator for the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families.

The town has applied for a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and a $50,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program, Saxman said. The town of Hancock has pledged to contribute $25,000, and the Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families is interested in contributing $5,000, she said.

The project involves refurbishing the floor of the Community Activities Center and furnishing a community educational classroom, Saxman said. The town plans to partner with the Interfaith Service Coalition and the Washington County Health Department to provide educational programs about topics such as substance abuse prevention and tobacco cessation, she said.

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