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West Virginia Bridges – Weekly Report – November 10, 2017

November 21, 2017

For the first time, the bridge program started and finished two bridges in one week. Ever since Kevin King invited the Groffdale Mennonite Church youth to come to West Virginia, I was trying to figure out how to keep two crews busy on two bridges with only one track-hoe and one set of tools. I found two bridges that were only two miles apart. Also one was a restoration and one was new. By doing the track-hoe work on the previous Friday this made it possible to keep both bridge crews active.

Frank and Lena Hoover’s ten youth were fully up to the challenges of the week.  When the girls got ahold of the air nailers on the 53’ McCormick Bridge they refused to give them back to the boys. They placed all 430 2 x 6 x 12’ deck boards. Because we didn’t have a track-hoe available at both bridges, the boys simply grabbed wheelbarrows and shovels and completed site work without a track-hoe. Thanks to youthful energy the beams which weighed 360 lbs, were carried by into place by four guys instead of using the track-hoe.  Frank Hoover, a binational board member, was just as youthful as the rest of the boys.

Lunches were provided by Donna and the local church provided a turkey dinner. It was enjoyed by all.

Kevin King again came to visit us and brought along some friends of the bridges. He shared with us about the difficult task of trying to get MDS landed in Puerto Rico. He then shared stories with us of his visit there, and how he was welcomed by the local churches. Maybe we can do bridges there too.

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