THE COST OF OIL HAS LOTS OF FOLKS WORRIED ABOUT HOW THEY’LL STAY WARM ONCE THE COLD WEATHER HITS…
BUT A GROUP OF CIVIC-MINDED PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO HELP EASE THOSE WORRIES…BY HELPING THEIR NEIGHBORS WEATHERIZE THEIR HOMES…
":The first window is pretty hard, but by the second one, we had it down pretty good, and it didn’t take very long.":
IT WAS NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS, AS FOLKS IN THE TOWN OF DEXTER WENT DOOR TO DOOR MAKING SURE EVERYONE IS READY FOR WINTER….
":A lot of my friends and like my own family, we all had problems heating our homes, in previous years…so just the fact that we can help them cut down on money, so they can do other things, it feels great.":
THE FIRST EVER DEXTER WINTERIZATON WEEKEND CAME ABOUT AS A RESULT OF MANY RESIDENTS VOICING THEIR CONCERN FOR THE WINTER TO COME….
":The consensus was that we were faced with a lot of homes that just were not ready.":
RUTH FOGG, WITH THE DEXTER ENERGY COMMITTEE, SAYS THROUGH FUNDRAISING EFFORTS, AND A GRANT FROM THE UNITED WAY, THE TOWN WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE WINDOW SEALING KITS TO DISTRIBUTE TO RESIDENTS IN NEED….
":The simplest thing was just to go around and form crews and look at these homes and put up some internal storm windows and just start tackling the job…and that’s what we’re doing.":
HELPING TO DISTRIBUTE THE KITS AND PUT UP THE WINDOWS ARE AREA STUDENTS INVOLVED IN GROUPS LIKE THE MAINE SEEDS OF PEACE, DEXTER KEY CLUB, STUDENT COUNCIL AND THE FOOTBAL TEAM….
":When we first heard about it, everyone was really excited cause we all just wanted to help the people we live with, cause its, you know, we’re a pretty small town, so its always nice to help everyone.":
":First you have to measure, and then you tape it and then you have to peel the back off the double sided tape, which is probably the hardest part, and then you put the plastic up, cut the slack off and heat it up. And then you’re pretty much done.":
":We didn’t necessarily go in all the homes, you know, we met people at the door and asked them how much they needed…and it wasn’t a question of things just getting personal, it was one community member helping another.