Historical walk to support Habitat scheduled
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 recognizedPHOTO 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.
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.