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Williams Lake, B.C., Weekly Report, Sept 3-7, 2018

September 20, 2018

We have enjoyed a beautiful week in Williams Lake with a few spots of rain as well as clear and sunny days.   This has mostly cleared up the hazy sky and the view of the mountains is now visible.

A new Projector Director, Dave, and Office Manager, Donalda, started this week as well as seven other one to two week volunteers.  A total of 19 volunteers were in Williams Lake area this week, with 4 of those serving with the RV program.  The volunteers this week represented Pennsylvania, California, Oregon, Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba.  We said good-bye to Barbara, Sue, Madilynn, Abe, Bill and John – your home building, cooking and coordination contributions were much appreciated and we enjoyed the pleasure of your company.

Progress on the Joan Scheffler house is coming along with finishing touches nearing completion – touch up painting is done, bathroom vanity and sink are installed as well as the water heater and furnace. The kitchen is scheduled to arrive on Monday and we continue to plan on a Friday, September 14 house dedication! Joan, her son Kelvin and grandson Eric came for supper on Thursday and they continue to be grateful and amazed at the sight of a house on the site!

At the Jim and Sue Carlson house, the kitchen cabinets were installed this week, the laying of laminate flooring has started and the basement has been insulated.  The siding has been ordered.  The Carlsons will be joining us for Monday supper next week. We look forward to hearing their story.

At Sandi Chilton’s house both the garage and the basement are ready for the pouring of concrete and the main floor is ready for the drywall crew to arrive on Monday to begin dry-walling.  The outside wrapping was started on Thursday. 

A new project area started this week for Rita Petrin.  Excavating for the basement began on Thursday and continues on Friday.  An MDS crew from Alberta is arriving on Sunday and the foundation for the house will start on Monday. 

On Wednesday evening John and Norma Bos came for their fourth free lesson on the art of fused glass. Sun Catchers or pendants were artfully created and as Norma so aptly phrased it – this was their gift of love to us in thanks for coming to their community allowing us to create something small and beautiful along with the big and beautiful homes.  They joined us for the Thursday supper as well and it was wonderful to see the interaction between the Scheffler family and the Bos’ in the comparing of their evacuation stories.

Submitted by: Dave, Donalda, Brydon, Esther, Matthew, Leo & Mim, Barbara