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United Way campaign exceeds goal

The total amount of requests is in excess of $1 million, but the amount raised will help the majority of the requests, said Sue LeBlanc, president of the local United Way's board of directors.

"The blessing is, we have the funds to be able to do that," said LeBlanc.

The goal for next year's campaign will be set in the months ahead, and will take into account the success of this year's campaign, the state of the local economy, and the employment situation in both counties.

"We will do all of those things," said Bernardi. "I can tell you safely that we will not be lowering the goal and there's a good chance we will raise the goal. I can't tell you how much. We have to look at these factors."

Regardless of the figure, Bernardi said the goal will be "realistic" when all factors are taken into account.

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