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Updated: 06/03/2012 08:02:10AM

Habitat volunteers raising the roof in Lake Wales

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PHOTO BY DEBRA GOUVELLIS


Rosie Rodriguez, the future homeowner of this Habitat For Humanity home has put a lot of her time talent and energy into building her new abode. "This will be a handicapped access home and I have put well over 200 hours into the house," said Rodriguez.

PHOTO BY DEBRA GOUVELLIS


Habitat For Humanity builds yet another home with help from all around, including Linda Staten from the United States
Department Of Agriculture. "Today I'm stapling roof insulation," said Staten.

PHOTO BY DEBRA GOUVELLIS


Presenting the Volunteer of the Year Award during a recent breakfast Gala at Babson Park Elementary is (l to r) BPE Vice Principal Elizabeth Tyler and Christina Updike (Volunteer Coordinator), with Lisa Heilman, the recipient, in the center.

PHOTO BY DEBRA GOUVELLIS


Kaitlyn Johnson assists Krista Davila with her Zombie make-up for the prom.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Lake Wales Deputy Fire Chief Perry Daughtry helps Grace Arbogast and Kylee Reyes put out a couple of fishing lines at Lake Wailes in an annual fishing excursion the LWFD takes with Hillcrest Elementary School kindergarten students. For most of the students, it is their first fishing trip, and firefighters volunteer their time to attend.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD


Charlie Gist, age 14, shows determination in his face during a drive.

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And the dock has benches, a nice place to sit.

By MARY CANNADAY

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It’s Saturday at the Ranchettes and a host of volunteers are hammering and drilling with the enthusiasm that comes from making someone’s dream come true. The someone in this case is Rosita Rodriguez, who found out last summer that her application for a Habitat for Humanity home had been approved.

“This is one of the best things, aside from the birth of my children, that’s ever happened to me,” Rodriguez said.

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