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Commission Funds Grow Local

By Staff | Oct 16, 2013

The Wetzel County Commission unanimously approved to continue funding the Grow Local, Go Local project.

Tom Myslinsky requested the funding last week, seeking $9.818 for the project that hopes to create personal and economic growth through local food education programs.

“He had asked the commission if we would be willing to fund them as we have in the past couple years,” said Commission President Don Mason. Last year the commission approved a $13,000 contribution, so this year’s request and subsequent allotment is reduced.

“I think it’s a good project for the county,” said Commission Vice President Bob Gorby. “They’ve done quite a bit for the senior citizens and school system, and different things.”

The program has created a community garden, farmers’ market, seed swap, and raised beds for seniors and disadvantaged residents.

Mason added, “Some of the new activities they have planned look interesting,” Those planned include Supper in a Sack. In conjunction with the New Martinsville Library Foundation, this is the largest education program to date for Grow Local, Go Local. The program will teach mothers the skills necessary to cook nutritious meals and provide a healthier environment for their families through a six-week program. Also, Farm to School would link school children with farm fresh food and educational activities that bring the whole world of agriculture to life and help instill lifestyle choices that nurture their bodies, communities, and planet.

In another matter, the commission agreed to send a letter requesting that the state Route 7 bridge between Simon’s Market and Norris Pharmacy in Pine Grove be named for Sgt. Charles Leo Dulaney. His brother, Danny Dulaney, made the request, saying Charles Dulaney died in the Korean War. He believed he was the only resident of Pine Grove to ever die in a war.

Del. Dave Pethtel, D-Wetzel, had told Danny Dulaney that a letter from the commission would be the proper first step in getting the bridge named. The commission said they would send the letter to Pethtel as well as Senators Larry Edgell, D-Wetzel, and Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall.

Finally, Sheriff John Brookover requested, and received $900 to purchase ammunition for his department, specifically to conduct annual qualification exercises. It was not previously budgeted for 2013 as they were not sure if ammunition would even be available.

The Trading Post in Pine Grove was able to get 2,000 rounds.

“That is probably enough for two qualifications plus probably some left over,” said Brookover.

The department already has enough ammunition to complete this month’s qualification session. So this purchase will cover the two required qualifications next year.