By Dick Ficke
Special to The Conway Daily Sun
TAMWORTH — "Fantastic, unreal, humbling, mind-blowing, unbelievable, amazing" — those are just a few of the adjectives Deni Shangraw used as she watched 38 women construct a sizable portion of her Habitat for Humanity house on Women Build Day, Saturday, May 7.
Deni and Evan Shangraw are shown with other family members May 8. (COURTESY PHOTO)Women Build spokeswoman Barbara Reilly, also an MWV Habitat board member, said the women were well-prepared, having attended the Women Build Clinic at Lowe's, where they learned to hang windows and frame walls. She was quick to thank Mike Lariviere, Lowe's store manager, and his staff for not only their carpentry tutelage but safety procedures lessons as well.
Reilly also coordinated with and thanked nearby Superior Insulation for use of its parking lot from which participants were shuttled.
Arriving early at the 253 Silver Pines Lane site in Tamworth — the 18th house to be constructed in the valley by MWV Habitat — the green-T-shirt-wearing volunteers were greeted by Carroll County Altrusa members, who provided coffee and doughnuts as well as mid-morning snacks and lunch later in the day. The symbolism of the green tees was not lost on the participants as this is the first MWV Habitat house to embrace energy-saving measures such as solar and radiant floor heat.
After providing welcoming remarks, Reilly introduced Anthony Ruddy, MWV Habitat board member and construction committee chairman. Ruddy broke the women into six groups, each assigned to a particular station: Cut, Drill, Assembly (2), Header and Gable End.
About a dozen construction volunteers were on hand to provide assistance as needed. Lumber was gathered; studs were cut to prescribed lengths; holes drilled for wire-runs; gable ends sheathed; window headers fashioned; and all assembled at the two designated stations. By the end of the day, 21/2 exterior wall lengths had been built and erected.