(12/29) Talk about a Christmas present!
Lisa Wease and her daughter Ryleigh Scheetz received their Christmas present
a bit early on Dec. 16, but it's just a bit hard to get a two-bedroom house
delivered on time.
Volunteers with Frederick County Habitat for Humanity built the house on
Blue Mountain Road in Thurmont.
Wease, who spent Saturday mornings working on the house along with about two
dozen other volunteers, "This is something Ryleigh and I never thought would
Besides Wease, her sisters, Carla Howell and Terri Wease have also
volunteered. They have accumulated some of the 300 hours of sweat equity Wease
needed before becoming the homeowner. Habitat policy allows relatives and
friends of the prospective homeowner to contribute up to 40 percent of the
required sweat equity hours.
Wease said moving to the country from her apartment in Frederick City is a
bit scary and different. "I just found out there's a rooster nearby," Wease
said. "That will be a bit of a change."
Dozens of people showed up for the dedication on Saturday morning, spilling
out of the house into the front yard.
"What nicer day can you have for home dedication," said Executive Director
David Ozag. "It's simply a wonderful day."
Following remarks by some of the key people involved with the project,
candle lighting ceremony and prayer, Construction Supervisor Bill Wivell
presented Wease with "the two most-important things for a home." He handed
Wease a Bible and the keys to the house.
The Wease home has been under construction since Aug. 19. "Good weather and
a regular crew of volunteers on Saturdays kept us on schedule," Wivell said.
A number of businesses contributed to the home. Sunrise Lawns and Landscapes
will grade and seed the lot and landscape it. Budget Blinds of Frederick
provided the blinds; the Taney Corporation, Taneytown, donated the basement
stairs; employees from Home Depot paid for and built a deck; Holtzople Heating
and Air Conditioning, Emmitsburg, donated and installed the heating and cooling
system; and Gutters for Less of Frederick contributed the gutters. After
settlement, JK Moving and Storage of Sterling, Va., will move the family from
its present home in Frederick to Thurmont free of charge as a Christmas
Frederick County Commissioner Charles Jenkins said the business support
Habitat for Humanity receives is "a wonderful example of how businesses can
benefit the community we live in."
The Thurmont home is the second Habitat of Frederick home built this year
and the 25th since 1993.
"Doesn't seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but to the families
it means everything," Ozag said. "It gives them a new life, a new beginning."