His­tor­i­cal walk to sup­port Habi­tat sched­uled

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Court­house green will be packed with peo­ple on Satur­day, Oct. 1, as Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity will host its se­cond an­nual his­tor­i­cal walk in down­town Cen­tre­ville the same time the town’s Farm­ers Mar­ket will be go­ing on.

Lead by Queen Anne’s County His­to­rian Mary Mar­garet Rev­ell Good­win, par­tic­i­pants will walk through­out town to hear about its sto­ried his­tory as well as to raise funds for the Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion. The walk be­gins at the court­house green at 1:30 p.m. with regis­tra­tion be­gin­ning at 12:30 p.m.

The walk costs $30 for in­di­vid­u­als and $125 for teams of five. A sleep­walker regis­tra­tion is avail­able for $25 for peo­ple who want to do­nate but not par­tic­i­pate in the event. Regis­tra­tion can be com­pleted on­line at www.tuck­a­hoe­habi­tat.org or on event day.

The goals of the event are to raise aware­ness for Habi­tat’s mis­sion of pro­vid­ing af­ford­able hous­ing and solutions through­out the county, to raise funds and gain vol­un­teers for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, to make peo­ple aware of home own­er­ship, weath­er­iza­tion and re­pair avail­abil­ity, and to bring peo­ple into the down­town area to ed­u­cate them about its his­tory.

Bill Cle­mens, Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, thanked the Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil mem­bers for their sup­port at the Thursday, Sept. 15, coun­cil meet­ing while pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about the group.

Home re­pair projects were com­pleted in Queen Anne’s County prior to the Caro­line County Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity ex­pand­ing into Queen Anne’s last year to cre­ate the Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity group. The group had pre­vi­ously served in Caro­line County for two decades be­fore join­ing with Queen Anne’s County.

Within the past three years, Cle­mens said, Habi­tat has com­pleted about $300,000 worth of work do­ing home weath­er­iza­tion im­prove­ments, roof and ramp re­pairs as well as heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tem work. Through the Mary­land En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Em­power Pro­gram de­signed to aid low and mod­er­ate in­come fam­i­lies, he said, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has $100,000 to use to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion in qual­i­fy­ing homes.

Cle­mens said an au­dit is com­pleted prior to home work, which is usu­ally for se­niors or sin­gle par­ents, and then the team goes in and makes re­pairs. He said in many sit­u­a­tions the homes have no run­ning wa­ter or the plumb­ing or heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tems are not func­tion­ing.

“Habi­tat’s goal is to iden­tify work­ing class fam­i­lies that want to own homes, tak­ing them out of re­ally un­af­ford­able rental con­text and putting them in home­own­er­ship,” Cle­mens said. Home­own­ers pay a mort­gage and put in at min­i­mum 350 of the 450 hours needed to build the home. The out­come, Cle­mens said, is an en­ergy-ef­fi­cient prop­erty.

Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity also helps write and do pa­per­work with USDA for grant and loan re­pairs. Cle­mens said nearly $100,000 of work through USDA has been used in Queen Anne’s County in re­cent years.

Cle­mens said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is cur­rently work­ing on a home project in Cen­tre­ville that is be­ing de­signed by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Greg Tor­chio. The project in­volves re­mov­ing a mod­u­lar home on Lit­tle Kid­well Av­enue and con­struct­ing a new home. Cle­mens told the coun­cil he ex­pects to have the mod­u­lar down Fri­day, Sept. 23. Cle­mens said that stu­dents from Queen Anne’s County High School will be in­volved in re­hab­bing the mod­u­lar unit.

Cle­mens thanked the res­i­dents of Sym­phony Vil­lage for the con­sis­tent do­na­tions they have made to Habi­tat’s new Re­Store fa­cil­ity in Den­ton.

Prior to the Cen­tre­ville his­tor­i­cal walk, a 5K Fall Run will be held in Den­ton be­gin­ning at 9 a.m. A dis­count is of­fered for par­tic­i­pants of both the 5K and the his­tor­i­cal walk. Con­tact the Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of­fice for dis­count in­for­ma­tion at 410-479-9200. Regis­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion is on its web­site.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, visit www.tuck­a­hoe­habi­tat.org.

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Fish­ing Derby win­ners rec­og­nized

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

The Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil rec­og­nized Jor­dan Wal­lace, Lan­don Bradley and Calla McCluskey for win­ning their age groups in the fish­ing derby the town hosted at the Cen­tre­ville Wharf on Sept. 10. From left: Town Coun­cil­man Jim Beauchamp, Lan­don Bradley, Jor­dan Wal­lace, Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler, Cal­lum McCluskey and Town Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey. Wal­lace and McCluskey each caught a 12-inch cat­fish. Bradley caught 13-inch cat­fish.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Wil­liam Cle­mens, Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, in­formed the Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil at its Thursday, Sept. 15, meet­ing about the His­tor­i­cal Walk to take place in town on Oct. 1. Cle­mens also up­dated the coun­cil on the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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