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

"These kids really appreciate our attention," she said. "It feels really good to make them so happy."

The YouthWorks group is being housed in the parish house at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Warrensburg, spending their days at their worksites.

So far, the teen volunteers have worked at a variety of locations, cleaning up and installing barbecue grills at the North Creek Ski Bowl, and working at Whitewater Manor assisted living home in North Creek, mowing the lawn, and accomplishing other yard work, while entertaining residents, according to YouthWorks crew leader Mark Strickland. Later this week, the youth will be visiting seniors at the Tri-County Nursing Home in North Creek, he said.

At Camp Triumph in northern Warren County, the teens have been renovating the site so it can be reopened, Strickland said. There, the volunteers are weeding, mowing, painting the house and barn, he said.

The teen crews have also been at the Johnsburg town baseball fields off Peaceful Valley Road, cleaning up and painting - plus fixing up the dugouts as well as the concession stand, Strickland said.

At the Baker's Mills Wesleyan Church, one crew accomplished considerable renovations, including extensive exterior painting and fixups.

Later this month, crews will be helping prepare the Warren County fairgrounds off Schroon River Rd. for the upcoming county Youth Fair, he said.

Major corporations as well as local enterprises have donated the materials and equipment for the renovation work, he said. YouthWorks is a nationwide Christian organization based in Minneapolis, and northern Warren County is one of 70 destinations across the nation for this outreach program.

The YouthWorks teens have been working with locally based North Country Ministry on lining up projects to undertake. The teens painted the barn and spruced up their food pantry, Strickland said.

"It's been a great opportunity to come out and serve," Strickland said.

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