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December 14, 2017 $41 million and counting
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Giving back is a good habit to get into.

The Washington County Riverboat Foundation continued to give back to local communities at their winter awards ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

The foundation gave out a total of $1,002,755 in grants to a number of different school, community and municipal projects from all over Washington County.

Steve Miller was on hand as part of the group representing the Riverside VFW. Miller said the foundation’s $6,000 grant this year would help them insulate their back room and banquet area.

“The foundation has been extremely generous to veterans’ organizations,” Miller said. “They not only came up with the idea for our flood wall in 2014, they funded it for over $100,000.”

Another group to receive a grant was the Riverside Area Community Club. Andy Rodgers, president of the club said their $34,312 grant would go towards improvements in Hall Park.

“We’re going to be updating the electrical services to make sure we have sufficient power for events and we’ll be making improvements to the stage in the barn,” Rodgers said. “We’ll be installing an acoustic ceiling and a permanent sound system, possibly some lighting if we have the funds.”

Rodgers said the improvements were something the club had been looking at for a while.

“Now we can do it, thanks to the grant,” he said.

Washington County Riverboat Foundation President David Mitchell said the foundation was glad to be able to give back to local projects.

“We have a great thing we’re able to be a part of here,” Mitchell said. “We’re able to be the ‘missing piece’ for an organization’s project.”

Mitchell said some of the projects receiving funds he found interesting were the Washington County Library Association’s project to digitize old newspapers and the new aerospace engineering program starting at Highland High School.

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