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Stealey Community Fund Awards Grants

The Stealey Community Fund has awarded grants totaling $225,610 for 19 projects this year to benefit the Middlebourne area.

The allocation will bring the total amount of grant awards to more than $2.5 million since the fund was endowed in 1998.

The largest beneficiary is the Middlebourne Parks and Recreation Facilities, Inc., which will receive $81,740 for operating expenses and facility improvement.

Ruth Stealey Green, the fund’s benefactor, stipulated that all of the projects benefit the Middlebourne-area community. The awards are distributed and administered annually through the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Inc.  Green was a retired school teacher who died at the age of 84 on Feb. 14, 1996 at her home in Middlebourne. She created the fund in honor of herself and her brother, Philip Stealey, who died in 1993.

The Stealey family had a long history in the development of the town of Middlebourne and its activities. Interest accrued from the endowment is awarded annually to qualified and approved applicants.

The Stealey Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Inc., which currently has assets of more than $34 million. “The Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the Upper Ohio Valley,” said Susie Nelson, executive director.

The Middlebourne Parks and Recreation Facilities will use $55,000 to direct activities and programs at the Stealey-Green Family Center and Municipal Park. A grant award for $26,740 will provide funds for exterior building improvements at the Center.

Three projects sponsored by the Tyler County Board of Education for Boreman Elementary School received total funding in the amount of $11,672. They include:

$825 to purchase a metallophone;

$1,895 to purchase a bass xylophone; and

$8,952 for the “School Days Plus” after-school program.

The town of Middlebourne were awarded two grants: $4,500 to promote holiday festivities $3,750 for “Bands on Broad,” which will showcase different bands performing on Broad Street on Thursday evenings during June, July and August.

Other projects receiving grant awards include:

Adams House Ministries, $16,605, to cover operating costs for the ministry which provides outreach services to low income families

Council of Senior Tyler Countians, Inc., $32,000 for new heating and air conditioning units

Middlebourne United Methodist Church, $5,500 for Community Vacation Bible School

Tyler County 4-H Leaders Association, $3,500 for Tyler County 4-H camp educational programs

Tyler County 4-H & Farm Community, $14,000 for 4-H dining hall kitchen upgrades

Tyler County Public Library, $20,112 for operating expenses

ArtsLink, Inc., $2,961 for a musical performance by Eh440, an a capella group from Toronto, Canada

Middlebourne/Tyler County Volunteer Fire Department, $22,400 for self-contained breathing apparatus devices

Community Resources Inc., $500 for a Santa Boot campaign

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Center, $3,000 to operate the Foster Grandparent Program at Boreman Elementary

American Heart Association, $3,620 to provide CPR training in Tyler County schools

Tyler County Master Gardeners Association, $750 to help provide a market manager for the Tyler County Farmers’ Market.