Monday, January 17, 2011
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Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Jamie Perry, with H and H Construction, repairs a front porch on Cotton Street in Porterdale on Monday afternoon. Perry is a former Porterdale resident. His wife's family still lives in the historic mill town.
PORTERDALE -- Porterdale will be in the national spotlight later this month when Reader's Digest makes a stop there as part the publication's We Hear You America Campaign and presents Mayor Bobby Hamby with a $1,000 check.
Porterdale will be one of 100 cities visited in 100 days by Reader's Digest to promote the campaign.
"We're trying to give attention to Porterdale, its needs, why tourists should come there. The check we know will not make a huge difference, but it will get the ball rolling. We want them to get attention," said Reader's Digest spokeswoman Karen Reynolds, who added that it will be up to the discretion of elected officials as to how the check is used. Questions regarding details about the presentation, including the time, were referred to another spokesperson who could not be reached as of press time.
The goal of the tour is to offer financial and promotional support to communities during difficult economic times. Reynolds said she believes Porterdale was chosen as a stop due to impassioned stories about the town submitted by Reader's Digest readers.
Porterdale is still in the running for larger prizes ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. Winners will be determined based on the highest number of entries submitted to http://wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.
com. The general public can log on and vote for the town of their choice. Entries will be accepted through Feb. 7. Residents are encouraged to upload photos of the town, describe its needs and state why it is one of the best hometowns in America.
As an added incentive, voters can enter to win a family vacation to anywhere in the continental United States and a new car.