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Robert Savakinus, chair of the Board of Directors of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHV), announced that five grants and sponsorships totaling $12,200 were awarded to local organizations in 2012.

The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates received a $5,500 grant for the Fall Heritage Event Series held at the Scranton Iron Furnaces.

The Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, which manages the northern component of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail system, was awarded a $3,700 grant to purchase and install an entrance gate for the Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail in Fell Township. The gate will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to use the trail, and it will restrict access for trucks, cars and ATVs. The gate has a U-bar that is removable in the winter to allow access for snowmobiles.

Three organizations received $1,000 sponsorship grants, including the Jewish Discovery Center-Chabad of the Abingtons, Inc., for the Jewish Food Festival; the Scranton Jazz Festival for its weekend jazz event that was held in early August; and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor for the Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways and Trail Summit held in October.

LHV grants program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Park Service. For more information, visit www.LHVA.org or contact April Rogato, LHV Executive Assistant, at 570.963.6730 extension 8200

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