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Specialty crop grants available in West Va.

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 10:20 PM

CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Officials say that funding for 2013 is expected to be about $180,000.

Applicants must submit a two-page proposal by March 15 for review. Selected projects will then be required to submit a formal grant proposal.

Since 2007, the department has awarded more than $1.5 million dollars into development of the West Virginia specialty crop industry.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is available to groups and organizations involved in the production, processing and/or marketing of fruits and vegetables.

Portsmouth company wins industry recognition

Portsmouth, Ohio-based Lute Supply has been recognized by the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana for its involvement in the ninth annual "Bring the Heat" event.

Lute Supply is a multistate wholesale distributor of plumbing, HVAC, kitchen, bath and hardware. It has local branches in Huntington and Ashland. The "Bring the Heat" event is held in conjunction by the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance and Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. This program assisted 100 elderly, disabled and low-income households with inspection, maintenance and replacement of home heat systems in disrepair. All the services and parts were free of charge.

Public workers union to hold rally in Charleston

CHARLESTON -- Members of the West Virginia Public Workers Union, UE Local 170, will rally at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the lower rotunda of the State Capitol Building. The rally is to raise awareness about wages, benefits and working conditions for public workers.

Local 170 is calling for a pay increase, repeal of involuntary employee transfers, seniority rights to be extended to state workers and an increase in enforcement of the state's occupational safety and health laws for public workers. Other issues include honoring the right of public workers to have representation in meetings with management and understaffing.

West Virginia Saves Week coming up soon

To help West Virginia residents find ways to save, West Virginia Saves will once again celebrate West Virginia Saves Week from Feb. 25 through March 2.

The "Roll Your Change" event will take place during that time, in which the public is invited to collect and deposit their loose change in a new or existing savings account at a participating financial institution.

Participants will have an opportunity to win a $25 gas card.

West Virginia Saves' purpose is to help individuals save money, reduce debt and build wealth.

For more information, contact Lisa Werner at 304-234-9221 or via e-mail at westvirginiasaves@gmail.com. Additional information about West Virginia Saves can be found at westvirginiasaves.org.