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Cape Gazette II II I i01 II=II IIY. ILl! i I II=II Affordable STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTOS St~SS~! COUWfY HAt~ I?~'~~ FOt HUMANITY held a key presentation and blessing of the two new houses in the George- town Point subdivision Feb. 24. Duringthe ceremony, representatives from Federal Home Loan Bank Of Pittsburgh's Affordable Housing Program presented a check for $250,000 to SCHFH to help fund the second phase of construction. FHLBank admin- isters the housing program with the assistance of local financial institutions, including Fulton Bank, which helped Sussex Habi- tat apply for the grant An earlier FHLBank grant, also for $250,000 and delivered by Fulton Bank, helped fund the first phase of the 22-home project. Shown after the presentation of the keys are (I-r) Habitat volunteer Bob Patterson, AmeriCorps Volunteer Jessica Rick new homeowner Areli Garride, husband Alfonso Sanchez, sister Teresa Garrido, and new homeowners Julian Roblero and Blanca Perez. Congressman John Carney was the keynote speaker for the event. Carney said, "Every Delawarean should have a safe, affordable place to live and raise a family. This grant is important to families in our community, and it leads to other opportu- nities such as homeowner education training lessons and financial management, which help families improve their situation over the long term. I applaud the Feder- al Home Loan Bank and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity for the tremendous work in our state and wish nothing but the best for the families who will soon be joining the Georgetown Point community." Shown laying hands on one of the new homes for the blessing are (I-r) Jeff Joseph, SCHFH president; U.S. Con- gressman John Carney; and Dave Buch- es, FHLBank. Presenting the grant check to SCHFH are (I-r) Linda Price, Fulton Bank; Kevin Gilmore, SCHFH executive director; Congressman John Carney; Dave Buches, FHLBank; and Larry Rohlfing; Fulton Bank. s we begin to look for- ward to warm days ahead, the month of March may stand to remind us of our American duty. That duty. is to throw out any- thing you can touch, feel or see, even assuming we are in the ear- ly stages of cataracts. Yes, March is one of those months when Americans take to their garages, pitching and shov- eling like some mad dictator in the throes of his last days before the coup. It's the kind of frenzy you often experience if you are leaving the presidency and the Mayflower moving van is back- ing up to the White House well ahead of schedule. If the inside ofyour house or garage has started to resemble a branchof Sam's Club, then I'd say it's proiect time. Sure, it's embarrassing to recognize iust what one will accumulate when they have no life and no friends, but those oven mitts in the shape of lobsters will never be returned to the Qyc network now. This is why I always do my spring cleaning in the middle of the night. Now, you can donate a lot of items to the less fortunate. But in your case, the stuffyou own is probably in such pathetic shape even the downtrodden will shun it. Believe me, they would rather curl up in their corrugated boxes in the alley than accept what you have festering in your garage / Books arq items that many people havq stored up for the winter. It's tim to go through them, especlally if you have mul- tiple copies of valuable historical novels such as "Valley of the Dolls," "RetUrn to Valley of the Dolls" and 'lThe Extra Optical Big Print V lley of the Dolls." In fact, very ot en I get bogged down just s timming the impor- tant parts, v h'lch usually begin with, "and the windows steamed up as the tWo bodies came to- gether..." wgll, never mind. The point is not o get distracted with the stuff you are throwing out, unless qf course it is under- lined in ink0r there is a picture of a pirate tqaring off a malden's blouse on the cover. Now I also seem to have a lot of metal and canvas stuffin my garage, which I assume was some kind qf furniture at one time. You never know, though, when you are going to need a three-legged beach chair that has one plastic slat attached to a rotted termite-infested wooden handle. So you have to pick through this stuff carefully. Okay, I really should warn you o also of the hazards of cleaning out a garage or attic, for that matter. Very often, you will find thaffyou lived another life. Not that you will understand this, but you will have to be prepared for questions. For instance, one year as I sorted through the rusted-out Weber grillS piled along the side of the garage, the car batteries that had eaten through the ce- ment floor and the mountains of expired coupons, I came across a very unique item. It was sort of oblong and unfolded with four legs that followed in that shape. There also was a ragged canvas cover on it. Eventually I realized it was an ironing board. Which brought up the question, did I live some sort of life where I ironed clothes? Maybe I worked in a dry cleaner's. Maybe I was desti- tute, raising six kids alone in a shack in the prairie land and took in laundry. Oh, I had heard of ironing be- fore; I iust didn't realize I might have experienced such a thing. And a word of caution, keep away from that area where you have stOred your adult children's belongings, lust because they moved out long ago, don't think they won't want a full account- ing of where those wallet-size photos from the first grade or their plastic first-place trophy with someone else's name on it are stored. The best advice I have when you raise that garage door this spring is to look care- fully at the items and then just go out and buy a boat. I think you may be able to squeeze it in if you work it right.