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Habitat house work starts

“Volunteers, pick up your safety glasses.” Those were the words that officially launched the de-construction/re-construction of LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity’s House #23 on North Sixth St. in Howe.

Lynn Weaver, new construction supervisor for LCHFH, briefed the volunteers on the procedures and safety issues and they formed groups and attacked the home. Literally. Groups formed and scattered to the rooftop to demolish chimneys, to ladders to remove siding, and to the inside where carpets, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures were pulled off to reveal bare walls and floors. At the end of the day, the 25 volunteers had filled two large dumpsters to overflowing with debris, ranging from carpet to siding to storm doors and beyond.

Two additional demolition days have been scheduled for September 17 and 19. And, then, the next step will begin: “Volunteers, pick up your hammers.”