Town Talk 8-14-10

The YouthWorks volunteers also weeded the town's many floral gardens spread around the hamlet. At the Warrensburg Senior Center, Whalen said, the workers removed old plantings and prepared the landscape for re-planting of heirloom species. They devoted a day's work each week to the town properties while they were here, she added.

"The YouthWorks volunteers were hardworking and very organized," she said, noting the teens were at work on time and cleaned up when they were done with their day's work.

"We look forward to working with them again next year," she said, adding she thought launching a local volunteer group to accomplish similar odd jobs would be a good idea.

The YouthWorks also painted Doreen Cooper's house on Elm St. in Warrensburg.

"They did a great job - and they were as quiet as mice," Cooper said.

YouthWorks counselor Kate Parwoll who had participated as a teen volunteer for two prior years, guided the group of teens this year running a day-camp program in Bakers Mills for children from age 4 to 11. The youngsters worked on arts and crafts projects, and heard bible stories and played games, all at no charge to their families.

"It has been a great experience for me," Parwoll said.

YouthWorks counselor Bob Stanchas from Rochester said his work, which included weeding and clearing brush at a Johnsburg cemetery, was particularly rewarding when his group discovered a Civil War veteran's grave.

The YouthWorks groups also worked on Norma Cooper's house in Wevertown and accomplished chores at the Lake George home of Jerrold Brandt, cleaning out his basement, mowing his lawn and insulating his porch.

Brandt has a spinal condition that prevents him from doing the chores, YouthWorks representatives said.

The volunteers also worked on John and Brenda Cleveland's home in Warrensburg. Due to critical medical issues, both the Clevelands have been unable to work recently.

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