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August 26, 2013

New home replaces storm-ravaged structure


Davis said Habitat for Humanity framed the structure, put the roof and windows on, and Shelly McKinley of High Peaks Builders in Lake Placid agreed to be the contractor to bring it to completion.

“It’s been a wonderful project,” Davis said. “After Tropical Storm Irene went through, HAPEC called us and said Irene had dumped a ton of water on Helen’s (property) and broke her trailer in half. 

“She’d been living in a broken trailer.”

He said the Habitat volunteers went to Sprague’s property on weekends, and work progressed at a rapid pace.

“It’s a tremendous amount of fun when you get six to nine guys, and everybody knows what they’re doing, sawing boards, pounding nails.

“We had all four walls up in eight hours,” Davis continued. “Roof trusses went up the next weekend. Then sheeting and the metal roof went on the third weekend. 

“Windows and the porch went on the fourth weekend. Adirondack siding went on the fifth weekend.”


Sprague is very appreciative of their work, he said.

“She stood out there with a grin from ear to ear. She’d been putting up with a trailer that has wind blowing through the door and walls.”

Once Sprague is settled in her new home, the mobile home will be towed away and demolished, said Alan Hipps, executive director of the Elizabethtown-based Housing Assistance Program.

“It’s worked out great. We were able to get together with Habitat; we had a common interest. They provided a lot of the labor; we provided money for materials and the finish carpentry.

“It will be quite an improvement for the area and tremendous improvement for Helen’s living conditions.”


Sprague said she’s excited about her new home and appreciative of what Habitat for Humanity, Housing Assistance and members of her family who pitched in have done for her.

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