The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates awarded grants for programs and services throughout the community Wednesday.

Representatives from 34 organizations came to the foundation's building on Park Avenue to receive over $200,000 in grant awards from the foundation's Fall Grant Awards to support area nonprofits. Around $20,000 had already been awarded to organizations through the foundation's Regional Affiliates.

* Arnoldsburg Elementary School — $6,500 to support the development of a community garden to serve Calhoun County schools and residents.

* Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department — $9,000 toward the purchase of breathing apparatus.

* Normantown Historical Community Center — $8,000 to help with facility renovations, including a stair-lift and restroom renovations.

* Smithville Community Resale Shop — $1,800 to replace the roof on the thrift shop building.

* Wirt County Solid Waste Authority — $2,600 to rebuild a loading dock, which is the link between processing recyclables and loading them for transportation to processing stations; * Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department — $1,000 toward the purchase of breathing apparatus (additional grant).

* West Central Beekeepers — $1,000 for purchase of bees and treatments to expand the bee population.

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