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Pine Grove Projects Receives State Funding

By Staff | Nov 5, 2014

Pictured from left are Pine Grove Councilman Randy Street, Mayor Roy Justice, Del. Dave Pethtel, Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Wilcox, PGVFD Carolyn Yoho, PGVFD Tom Jennings, PGVFD Farrah Cottrill, PGVFD Natala Wilcox, Sen. Larry Edgell, Pine Grove Councilwoman Bonnie Martin, and Pine Grove Recorder Kimmy Bates. (Photos by Amy Witschey)

Senator Larry Edgell (D-Wetzel) and Delegate Dave Pethtel (D-Wetzel) presented notification of appropriations to the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department and Pine Grove Park Committee on Oct. 29.

The legislators said the groups had requested funding earlier this year, but they weren’t able to bring the requests to the legislature until the October interim sessions. The letters Pethtel read at the Byrd Center last week were from Speaker of the House Tim Miley, saying the appropriations are now going to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for approval. “We know this will be approved,” noted Pethtel.

The PCVFD will receive $6,000 for needed equipment that includes an exhaust fan, four-gas analyzer, and a “hot stick”, which is used to check downed power lines to see if they are still “live”.

The parks appropriation is for $10,000. It will go toward Phase II of the playground project, which they hope to install next summer. The parks committee has worked very hard raising money and procuring donations for the playground project. They have already installed new equipment for younger children, but the next phase will accommodate some older children. Parks Chairman Randy Street says the next phase will cost about $40,000; they now have $12,000, with the appropriation.

The parks committee is continuing to seek and accept donations, as well as organize fund raisers.

At the center of the photograph, Pine Grove Parks Chairman Randy Street receives notification from Del. Dave Pethtel and Sen. Larry Edgell, far right, that the playground project will receive $10,000 from the West Virginia Legislature.

The Pine Grove Park Committee will host a chicken roast dinner Nov. 9, noon until 3 p.m., at Valley High School. The menu includes half chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, roll, dessert, and refreshment. The cost is $8. A whole chicken, only, can be purchased for $8. Carry-out and delivery to local area is also available.

Also, a few seats are left for a red-eye bus trip to New York City that will benefit the park. The bus will depart from Pine Grove at approximately 11 p.m. on Dec. 5 and arrive in New York City at 8 a.m. on Dec. 6. Cost is $119 per person or lower if booking for more than one person. For more information contact Richard Price at 304-815-2758 or Ashley Lamp at 304-815-2755.