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Sunday, July 14, 2013 11:56 PM


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DELPHOS —Sixteen volunteers and a Habitat for Humanity crew transformed a concrete slab into what now looks somewhat like a home on Saturday.

The home at Washington and 10th streets will be owned by Thomas Stanton Sr., his long-time partner Melanie Martin and their three children: Thomas Jr., 6, Leanne, 5, and Samantha, 3.

Stanton and Martin and their families gathered for the blessing of the site and then quickly got to work framing what would become their new home. By 1 p.m., the outside walls were up.

“It’s amazing what having a little help can do,” volunteer coordinator Dave Stemen said. “There were people everywhere hammering nails and getting the job done.”

Stanton and Martin are enamoured with the property their new home will sit on.

“The yard is just beautiful,” Martin said as Stanton nodded. “All the children are ready to have a yard to play in. Right now, all we have is concrete so the kids are ready to have some grass.”

Habitat Construction Manager Roger Calvert said the structure will be the first Energy Star Habitat home in Delphos and be as efficient as possible with the insulation and caulking of duct work and lighting and appliances that will also meet Energy Star requirements.

On Wednesday, weather permitting, the inside walls will be put up and the peaked frames for the roof will be secured.

Volunteers are always needed. Anyone who would like to help in the building process is required to complete a brief online volunteer training process at Contact Calvert at 419-733-7193 or Stemen at 419-812-9978.


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