Walking on the Cheat River Trail in Preston County from Manheim to Caddell Mountain Bridge will get $3 million easier in the months ahead.\r\n\r\nMake that, $3.014 million.\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s how much federal grant money the Friends of Cheat advocacy group received Monday in Morgantown.\r\n\r\nThe Abandoned Mine Land Grant monies are administered by the state of West Virginia.\r\n\r\nAmanda Pitzer, the executive director of Friends of Cheat, said the group applied for the grant over the summer, then waited.\r\n\r\nAnd waited.\r\n\r\nAnd waited some more.\r\n\r\nWhen the phone rang in her office two weeks ago, she was rendered as (almost) speechless as a lottery winner.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was like, \u2018Oh, wow, we got it? Really? Oh, wow.\u2019\u201d\r\nPitzer and several members of her group were among the recipients who came out to the Courtyard Marriott in Granville for the presentation.\r\n\r\nGov. Jim Justice was originally scheduled to hand out the checks to Friends of Cheat and other recipients, but prior commitments and weather kept him in Charleston.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese grants are essential as we continue to grow West Virginia and provide programs that help our communities and citizens,\u201d the governor said in a press release.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe multiplier effect on our return is at least eight times, and many times, it is more.\u201d\r\nFriends of Cheat will use the money to pave a nearly 9-mile stretch of the trail while improving river access and a community park.\r\n\r\nOther local recipients:\r\nMylan Park\u2019s Pace Enterprises was awarded a $59,400 grant to fund its recycling operation.\r\nMonongalia Habitat for Humanity received $8,676, which will be\r\nused for its paint-recyc-ling program.\r\nWestover will use its $240,000 for new sidewalks. So will Bruceton Mills, with its $150,000 reward.\r\nPreston County Parks and Recreation received $80,000 to design a new\r\n10-mile corridor along\r\nthe West Virginia Northern Rail-Trail.