Por­terdale to re­ceive $1,000 from Read­ers Di­gest

The Covington News - - Local news - By Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

The town of Por­terdale will be re­ceiv­ing na­tional pub­lic­ity and a $1,000 check from Read­ers Di­gest, af­ter be­ing se­lected by the com­pany to ap­pear in its RV tour of 100 Amer­i­can towns.

The town has re­ceived pub­lic sup­port in Read­ers Di­gest “We Hear You Amer­ica” sweep­stakes, where cit­i­zens from around the county vote on­line at we­heary­ouamer­ica.read­er­s­di­gest.com for their fa­vorite town.

Read­ers Di­gest will present the $1,000 check to Portedale Mayor Bobby Hamby on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m., said City Clerk Judy John­son in an e-mail. He will be able to use the check for any use for the city or de­sired or­ga­ni­za­tions, ac­cord­ing to an e-mail.

Vot­ers can also write sto­ries about their home­town, in­clud­ing places to visit or ameni­ties their town needs. The sto­ries of Por­terdale res­i­dents were what im­pressed Read­ers Di­gest judges, said spokes­woman Karen Reynolds.

“We just loved the sto­ries that cit­i­zens were telling us in Por­terdale. We felt that was ter­rific and that we had to visit them,” she said Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Por­terdale had re­ceived 256 votes in the con­test as of Fri­day evening, rank­ing it 486th in the coun­try, and a hand­ful of vot­ers had left com­ments.

“Por­terdale was once such a beau­ti­ful thriv­ing lit­tle cot­ton mill town and is try­ing so hard to make a come back. This lit­tle town is in great need of recre­ation for the kids who live here. We once had a beau­ti­ful gym that burned sev­eral years ago. Please help to pro­vide a recre­ational cen­ter for the chil­dren in our won­der­ful lit­tle town,” Dar­lene Sav­age wrote on Dec. 27.

Reynolds said the con­test high­lights Read­ers Di­gest’s ef­forts to re­turn to its roots of cap­tur­ing the very best of Amer­ica. Al­though the check is not for a large amount of money, Reynolds said the com­pany hopes it will stim­u­late more giv­ing.

“The idea is that it’s a start. It will also bring at­ten­tion to the town and talk about how great it is, and make that in­for­ma­tion pub­lic so we can stim­u­late more in­ter­est and get more dol­lars in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Al­though Por­terdale is only ranked 486th, Reynolds said the town still has a chance to move into the top 10 cities, where it could re­ceive an ad­di­tional $10,000. Each res­i­dent can vote up to 10 times for her city per day, so the to­tals can change quickly as word spreads. Vot­ing be­gan Nov. 8 and will end Feb. 7. Votes are also el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive prizes.

The top vote-get­ter is Grand Marais, Mich. at 256,270 votes, which needs a new break­wa­ter to pro­tect its har­bor. The top city will re­ceive $40,000.

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