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Ground broken for seventh Habitat home

ROUSES POINT - They've waited more than a year, but now Laura and Christopher Welch can now see the beginnings of their new home.

The Welches received word they would be receiving a home through Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity in April 2009. On July 9, they were able to break ground on construction.

"We didn't want to be paying for an apartment forever," Laura said at the groundbreaking. "We'd rather pay for a home and have it be ours. Something to call our own that we don't have to continuously pay over and over and over again."

The home, which will be built on land donated by Edward and Beverly Bechard, is located on Beverly Drive. It marks the seventh house built by CVHFH in the last 11 years, and the first one in Rouses Point.

"This is, to me, the start of something wonderful," said Village Mayor George A. Rivers.

CVHFH president Harriet Burrell felt the same.

"We want to thank you for the help you've already given us," she said to Rivers, "and we look forward to a great future of building in this area again."

Burrell explained the house was made possible through a legacy gift by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

"May it stand as a permanent reminder that worldwide corporations can and do impact the local community," she said.

The Welches hope to occupy the home by Christmas. "Hopefully, once it's framed, things will start going a little faster," said Laura.

The Welches will be putting in "sweat equity" - hours of labor required to receive a Habitat for Humanity home - through helping with a golf tournament at the North Country Golf Club to benefit Habitat. The tournament will be held Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 12 p.m. For more information about the tournament, including how to register, call 297-2582.

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