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Little Chute Tear Out Team Extraordinaire!

Little Chute Tear Out Team Extraordinaire!

Yesterday was very moving. We have been talking about bringing the lock houses in Little Chute back to life for the last 3 – 4 years, and we have now taken the first official step to that end. And it was a big one!

10 volunteers started the day at 8:00, hearing the safety tips and goals for tear out, hoping we could collectively get the house to the point it needed to be for the professionals to come in and remove the asbestos. Instructions were given by Terry, our fearless leader, who made sure we did not disturb anything that was authentic to the period of significance of the house – in this case, the 1930’s.

Soon we were joined by a young man from the neighborhood whom had seen a story on us that morning, and wanted to know if he could help. After making sure his parents were ok with the concept, he was brought into the fold and worked diligently right along side the adults.

Everyone was amazingly focused and capable and at the same time, jovial and easy going. We hummed along like a group that had done this before – pulling down the suspended ceiling here, tearing down wallpaper there, tossing debris out the window into the dumpster, finding treasures of a beautiful blue tile counter and an original claw foot tub.

We expected to go to 3:00, but actually finished all we needed to by 1:30. And beyond that, this group of strangers who came together for their own individual reasons for offering a day of service, left feeling of sense of fellowship with each other – and with this project, this house, this piece of our local history. Community … at its finest. Thank you!!

Terry, Tyler, and Mike Beurket & Nancy Cohen from URS Corporation pausing for just a moment.

Terry, Tyler, and Mike Beurket & Nancy Cohen from URS Corporation pausing for just a moment.

Ron Cohen, throwing the old into the dumpster.
Ron Cohen, throwing the old into the dumpster.

Candice caught in the act of de-wallpapering

Candice caught in the act of de-wallpapering

Terry & Tyler salvaging windows

Terry & Tyler salvaging windows

Dennis Wepfer removing suspended ceiling.

Dennis Wepfer removing suspended ceiling.

Mike Vanden Berg, Little Chute Village President visiting the project - standing with Tyler, village resident.

Mike Vanden Berg, Little Chute Village President visiting the project – standing with Tyler.

Beautiful blue tiled counter saved from destruction by Kim Krzycki's eye for things like this.

Beautiful blue tiled counter saved from destruction by Kim Krzycki’s eye for things like this.

 

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