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Mantua Township receives grant to restore school building

By Matthew Merchant | staff writer Published: September 21, 2016 11:57 AM

Mantua Township recently received a First Energy Foundation grant to help with its efforts to restore the Mantua Center School building.

Dana Heffner, area manager for Portage, Stark and Wayne counties for First Energy, recently presented a check for $1,500 from the foundation to Linda Ehlert, co-chair of the grants and funding committee.

Those funds will be used for the school's elevator project, which has been hitting financial and architectural difficulties lately. Community members are hoping to get the elevator installed to make the building handicap accessible.

The First Energy Foundation provides funding for community projects that may improve the vitality of communities and safety initiatives, promote local and regional economic support, or support revitalization efforts, according to a news release from the restoration committee.

Heffner had been advising the grants committee through the application process for the funds. She said at the meeting that she toured the building and determined the restored building "will be a great asset to the community," a requirement for the grant.


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