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Teens from afar are busy fixing up area homes, parks and church buildings

WARRENSBURG - Liz Sebald stepped out of her Main St. home Monday and looked at about 20 teens from across the nation busily painting her house.

Her husband Jerry, getting on in years, hadn't been able to accomplish the task himself, she said.

"This is an answer to our prayers," she said, watching some of the teens from YouthWorks mission scrape paint, while others applied a thick, fresh coat.

Elle Burkert, 16, of Reading Pa. lifted her brush of the house's siding for a moment. This was her second mission trip with YouthWorks, which is hosting about 420 teens in community service outreach work through next month in Warrensburg, North Creek, Johnsburg, Chester, Bakers Mills, and surrounding communities.

"I'm happy to be here, helping people, making a difference - leaving things better than when we came," she said. "Besides, I enjoy meeting people, making new friends."

Maximilian Kennedy, 18, also of reading, climbed down a ladder where he was scraping off weathered paint off

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"Most people might think this work is a hassle, but many people working together make work light," he said. "And the conversations with friends while we work make it really enjoyable."

The teens participating in these week-long sessions of Christian mission outreach are volunteering their time sprucing up homes, churches and public facilities in the region, as well as reserving several hours per day for recreational pursuits.

Also, the group is now conducting a day camp Aug. 5 for children ages 4 to 11, to be held from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Bakers Mills Wesleyan Church off state Rte. 8. Children from all over northern Warren County are welcome to attend.

Abby Mueller of Orange County Ca. said she was really enjoying her work helping lead the day camp, which includes reading, singing, crafts, and story-telling. This is her second mission trip, but her first in the Adirondacks, she said.

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