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Interim HealthCare donates $2K to museum

BELMONT — The Tri-State Military Veterans Museum received a helping hand last week, when a gift of money was provided by Interim HealthCare of St. Clairsville.

A check for $2,000 was presented by Karen Craig, director of business development for Interim, to Kim Kuthy, director of the museum, located on Barrister Street in Belmont.

Interim HealthCare has been a part of a charitable giving program since 2003, according to Craig. Each office chooses a local charity in their area to be a recipient of their donation.

The museum was chosen this year for its continued efforts toward educating future generations about the nation’s veterans and the price of freedom.

Museum officials’ continued work on the construction of the Heroes Wall Honored Forever as well as updates to their building has made them a worthy recipient.

“This museum has become the pride of the village of Belmont, and Interim HealthCare is so pleased to be a part of their continued success,” Craig said in a news release.

The museum hosted a Memorial Day observance following a vehicle parade in the village. Social distancing was practiced during the entire affair.

In addition, the museum building also is home to American Legion Post 312, which has made headlines recently because its charter is in danger.

Post Adjutant Ed Blon said his post received a message recently from the district warning that if it did not increase its membership the post would be dissolved.

“The district sent a message that we are in danger of losing our charter because we did not have 25 members. We have 21. We’re not in any danger this year. We are good this year because of the coronavirus — they won’t bother us this year. But the next membership drive starts in July for 2021,” Blon has said. “We have to try and get more members.”

Post members still meet at the museum once a month to talk about veteran news and plan events. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at 101 E. Barrister St.

Blon noted the museum does not pay the legion any rent to use its building, but it has sought and won grants to do many projects to improve the structure. For example, it fixed electrical issues, put new vinyl siding on, built a wheelchair ramp and installed a veterans wall and flag poles in front of the building.

For more information about Post 312 or to join, veterans can attend a meeting or call Blon at 740-484-1053.

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