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Third Habitat for Humanity home dedicated

From left are Jim Ritter, Lewis-Burrell family members Tammy, Davonne holding baby K.J., Reodell, Kenny and Jay, and Eloise Ritter at the keyboard at Sunday’s Habitat dedication.

The dedication of the third Habitat for Humanity House in Middlesex took place on Sunday, October 19, under a bright, brisk afternoon sun.  The Tammy and Kenny Lewis-Burrell family received blessings, a commemorative Bible and the keys to their new home. 

Middlesex supervisor Fred Crittenden led the speakers, comments and prayers of the afternoon by congratulating the fruits of the partnership of Habitat Middlesex, the many volunteers, the local businesses that made significant gifts and donations and the recipient family. 

This theme was echoed in a litany and comments from Habitat board members Jim Ritter, Becky Melton, Millie Hampton, Johanna Langer, Anke Fisher, David Cryer, Ed Fisher and Lyle Predmore. 

Rev. Janel Young Ruffin challenged each one to continue living out the blessings of God in all of life’s actions.  Eloise Ritter on the keyboard led all in singing “What a Joy, this Habitation,” a Habitat for Humanity adaptation of the hymn “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.”

Awards were presented to about 20 local businesses and construction companies for their contributions to the project.  Two local businesses whose significant gifts were recognized included the Paul Sherwood family of Contemporary Kitchens.  The Sherwoods’ Topping business supplied and installed the complete kitchen.  Jeff Pierro’s company, Middle Peninsula Construction of Topping, supplied a complete Trane Heating and Air Conditioning system with the volunteer help of the men from his company. 

Mike and Dana Longest’s Garnett Hill Construction Co. was recognized as being a part of the build from the roof down, as they gave significant help on sheathing and shingling the roof to drywall installation and a complete paint job. 

The afternoon concluded with refreshments and a room-by-room inspection of the new Lewis-Burrell home. 

posted 10.21.2008

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