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UP: To the possibility that the Paden City Groundwater site could be added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List, for getting federal funding to help in cleanup. “If finalized, today’s proposed listing will enable us to continue our joint work, to investigate and remediate the contamination in Paden City,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Acting Regional Administrator Diana Esher. “While Paden City has successfully treated the water supply, additional cleanup of the groundwater will maintain safe drinking water and protect human health and the environment in this community for many years to come.”

UP: To the Grantsville Class of 1982 Foundation, which has purchased the former Calhoun County High School and plans to turn the building into a community space. “I felt it was appropriate to give back to the community,” said Crystal Mersh, Calhoun County High School alumna and Class of 1982 president. “The town of Grantsville has really evaporated in the last 20 years. There is nothing for the kids to do so I wanted to do something and give back to the fond memories that I had growing up.”

UP: To the start of another United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley fundraising campaign. It is hard to overstate how much good the organization does for local residents. “We need to get to $1.25 (million) again,” said Executive Director Stacy DeCicco. “The community needs us to get to $1.25 million.” She is right, and should have every reason to believe the community will again rise to the occasion and give the United Way the support it needs.

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