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Ward Lumber, Fuller Excavating make their match to Jay, Keene flood relief

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee, ends, accept donations from Jay Ward of Ward Lumber and Jason Fuller of Fuller Excavating to go towards flood relief programs in their towns.

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee, ends, accept donations from Jay Ward of Ward Lumber and Jason Fuller of Fuller Excavating to go towards flood relief programs in their towns. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Two local companies with ties to two North Country towns most severely damaged after Tropical Storm Irene made good on a matching donation pledge June 25.

At the beginning of the monthly meeting of the Essex County Ways and Means Committee, Jay Ward of Ward Lumber and Jason Fuller of Fuller Excavating presented two checks worth $5,000 each to Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas and his counterpart from Keene, William Ferebee.

Both checks were presented as part of a match fundraiser, where the two companies matched donations by their customers to the Jay and Keene Flood Relief Funds.

“Every one dollar became three,” Ward said in presenting the checks. “When we started this challenge to help the towns of Jay and Keene after Irene, it formed into this great opportunity where Jason and I were able to match every dollar that was donated.”

The fundraiser was originally started by Ward and his company, with Fuller later adding his support through a matching fund campaign.

“It gave us a chance to promote the fundraiser and talk about it again when Jason came on,” Ward said.

“It was a chance to help the communities and give back,” Fuller said.

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