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News-The Telegram- HCCC Softball Team Assists Habitat
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By By Donna Thompson
Telegram Trends Editor
Posted May. 4, 2015 at 6:57 PM
ILION — Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity's project to rehabilitate the house at 131 S. Third Ave. received a boost from the Herkimer College women's softball team Saturday morning.
Team members and coaches removed bricks from the house in Ilion and cut brush and stacked it between the sidewalk and curb for pickup.
The bricks were from the chimney for the old furnace, according to Habitat President Patricia Miller. A new energy-efficient furnace was installed and the old chimney was no longer needed. While the chimney had been taken down, the bricks remained in rooms from basement to attic. The group set up an assembly line to remove the bricks and put them into a bin to be hauled away.
“That would have taken us all day,” a Habitat volunteer commented.
The crew also cut, bundled and stacked brush.
Coach P.J. Anadio received plenty of advice from his players when he used a saw to cut up some of the longer branches.
Team members completed their work by 10 a.m. Saturday before they had to head out to get ready for a game. (The Herkimer women scored an 8-1 victory over Mohawk Valley Community College in the first half of a doubleheader.)
Miller thanked team members for their help and introduced them to Stacey Crim, who is partnering with Habitat to rehabilitate the house where she and her 9-year-old twin sons, Anthony and Jonathon Spellman, will live when the work is complete.
Miller also noted team member Audrey Bunce has been named the first recipient of the Christine Mergenthaler Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, awarded through the Herkimer County College Foundation. Mergenthaler, who died last year, served as Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity president for 12 years.
The three-bedroom house will have a new roof and siding, windows, insulation, wiring and plumbing as part of the rehabilitation project, according to Frank Kucerak, construction coordinator.
He said the house is structurally sound and in good shape for a building that has been vacant for about six years.
Anyone interested in helping with the project can stop in on a Saturday morning — work starts about 8 a.m. — or contact Kucerak at 894-9216 or [email protected] for more information.
Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide ecumenical Christian housing ministry which seeks to provide simple, decent housing to low-income families who are willing to work with Habitat volunteers to build or renovate their own homes. Habitat homes are then sold to these partner families at no profit and the organization provides a zero interest mortgage. All income from mortgage payments is used to provide more low-cost houses.
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The Christine Mergenthaler Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Community
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The Friends of Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity have established the Christine Mergenthaler Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Community to be awarded through the Herkimer County College Foundation. Christine served as Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity President for the past 12 years and recently passed away. She used her musical talents, extensive knowledge and kind spirit to help others less fortunate and was an example to all who were fortunate enough to know her.
The scholarship will be awarded to a Herkimer County resident attending Herkimer County Community College in their second year and who have demonstrated significant community service.
Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship can send donations to:
Christine Mergenthaler Memorial Scholarship
Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 148
Herkimer, NY 13350
Herkimer County Habitat's New President
|Posted by herkimerhabitat on September 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM||comments (1)|
Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity has announced the election of Pat Miller as their new president.
She replaces Christine Mergenthaler, who recently died.
Miller has been an active member of Habitat since the first meeting in 1998. She has been a board member since 1999, served as treasurer for many years and also served as finance committee chairwoman.
Miller has been the senior financial aid assistant for the past 15 years at Herkimer College, where she assists students and parents through the complex world of financial aid to help them pay for college.
“I look forward to working with our dedicated volunteers and board members and carrying out our mission of building simple, decent homes for families in need in the same spirit that Chris led our organization for the last 12 years,” said Miller.
The organization has recently selected a new partner family and is now on a quest to find a suitable house in the Herkimer, Mohawk or Ilion area to rehabilitate for the family.
Information on volunteering to help can be found at http://www.herkimercountyhabitat.com/ or on Facebook at Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity.
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St. Onge Home Dedication
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By Donna Thompson, Herkimer Telegram (June 7, 2013)
Clayville, N.Y. — Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity dedicated the newly completed St. Onge home
on Jerusalem Hill Road in the town of Litchfield Sunday afternoon.
The house has four bedrooms, one bathroom, a combination living room, dining room and kitchen and a
large basement, according to Frank Kucerak, of Habitat for Humanity, who served as construction
coordinator. The family, including Shawn and Angela St. Onge and their children, Colton, Hunter,
Shawn Paul, Isabella and Faythe, had been living in a trailer.
In addition to dedicating the home, Habitat recognized volunteers for the hours they put into the project
and individuals and businesses for their contributions. Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity President
Christine Mergenthaler presented a Bible to the St. Onge family. The Rev. Andrew Peloubet of the Ilion
First Baptist Church offered the opening prayer and benediction.
The Herkimer County Habitat board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Annunciation Parish
Hall in Ilion. The next meeting is scheduled for June 25 at 7 p.m. All those interested are welcome to
Habitat for Humanity is an international Christian housing ministry which seeks to provide simple,
decent housing to low-income families who are willing to work with Habitat volunteers to build their
own homes. Habitat homes are then sold to these partner families at no profit and the organization
provides a zero-interest mortgage. All income from mortgage payments is used to build more low-cost
Read more: http://www.herkimertelegram.com/news/x90724385/Habitat-dedicates-house-in-
Habitat Recieves Grant from the Community Foundation!
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We have been awarded a grant for $19,637 from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the Wesley & Marion Small Fund, Harry F. Dise Fund and the Faxton Street Home Fund.
The funds will be used to purchase tools and equipment for volunteers to use for various construction projects to provide simple, decent housing for low-income families who are willing to work with Habitat to build their own homes. Click here to read the full article in the Evening Telegram.