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West Newton library to get fresh coat of paint after Yough River flooding

Stephen Huba
| Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 2:57 p.m.
The West Newton Public Library, 124 N. Water St., shown shortly after reopening in 2013.
Stacey Federoff | The Times-Sun
The West Newton Public Library, 124 N. Water St., shown shortly after reopening in 2013.

The Fresh Paint Days grant could not have come at a better time for the West Newton Public Library.

Closed because of flooding on Monday, the two-story library, 124 N. Water St., West Newton, soon will be able to brighten its exterior with 20 gallons of paint courtesy of Behr, The Home Depot and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

The library was one of eight recipients across the state to receive the 2018 Fresh Paint Days grants, which provide community groups with paint and painting supplies for much-needed renovations.

Library President Gary Johnson said the paint will be used to repaint the exterior.

On Monday, the library closed because of flooding in downtown West Newton from the Youghiogheny River. Johnson said water got into the basement but did not damage any of the library’s collection or equipment.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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