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November 19, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Knights of Columbus Auxiliary holds November meeting

WEIRTON - The Weirton Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary held their meeting Nov. 6 at the knight's hall.

President Delores Bengier called the meeting to order and led the group in prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and Auxiliary Pledge. Secretary Mary Longhi read the previous meeting's minutes and also gave the treasurer's report in Sandra Pennacchio's absence. Membership Chair Minnie Catignani reported 12 members were in attendance.

Historian Donna DiAngelis conducted a memorial service honoring deceased auxiliary members. A slate of officers was presented and approved by unanimous look. Officers will remain the same as the previous year.

Members were reminded the annual Christmas party will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Dee-Jay's. Kay Doboski held the 50/50 drawing, which was won by Joann Faulkner.

Accessible housing earns award

WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington will receive a Homegrown Pennsylvania Award from the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania for supporting affordable handicap-accessible housing Dec. 4 at the Homes Within Reach Conference.

The Washington County agency is one of four receiving an award. The program being recognized is the Accessible Homebuyer Assistance Program, developed in 2011 in collaboration with Accessible Dreams, a nonprofit affiliate of Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living.

The program provides fully accessible new homes to eligible, low-income buyers with physical disabilities that impact their housing choices. Homes constructed under the program are designed with open floor plans to allow those with disabilities to live independently. One such home has been built in Canonsburg, and a second family is sought to participate in the program.

The home construction utilized Washington County Home Investment Partnership Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development.

Grant deadline nears

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Humanities Council, a National Endowment for the Humanities affiliate, recently awarded 11 grants.

The council serves West Virginia through grants and humanities programs, offering a variety of major and mini grants to nonprofit organizations to support educational programming.

Each year, the council budgets more than $600,000 for grants and programs in the humanities. Major grants are awarded twice annually for projects requesting more than $1,500 and up to $25,000. The next major grant deadline is Feb. 1. For information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program, contact grants administrator Amy Saunders at (304) 346-8500 or via email at

Grant guidelines and applications are available on the council website at

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