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March 9, 2004

Habitat home prompts stories of 'how it used to be'
At the Habitat for Humanity dedication ceremony the other day, some of us were admiring the shiny new fixtures and the array of labor-saving devices now in use on projects like this house. It set some of us to reflecting on the ways our lives have changed in recent years. For instance, when I was a kid, you took a bath only after lighting the burner at the base of a cast iron water tank, usually located in the bathroom. Then, when the tank was warm enough, you filled the tub and climbed in.

Another contemporary said he remembered that in his house, the tub (usually a steel stock tank) was filled with warm water and then each family member, one by one, took their turn in the water, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest. By the time the last one got in the tub, the water wasn't very warm and he never did actually feel really clean, he recalled.

You probably have your own version of stories like that, but there's just no denying that the Habitat projects are truly wonderful. The single mother with two young children who will occupy this house were obviously deeply touched, and we were told that the next such project is already in the planning stage. Local Habitat for Humanity people are praying for more helping hands to expedite the next big job. If you are so inclined, call Richard Dugger or one of the other Habitat folks and let them know you are available. The thanks you get from grateful Noble Countyans will be just a part of your reward.

The new paint job on the exterior walls of the Courthouse are giving the old building a spiffier look. Dean Courtright, county commissioner whose district includes the Courthouse park, says the paint also serves as a sealant to keep out moisture from the man-made stones of the building. The series of Northwest Corner columns about the park has been temporarily interrupted because of more timely topics, but more will follow soon when the series is resumed.

Through the years, we have been fortunate in having conscientious county commissioners who were truly concerned about the proper care of the Courthouse building and the park. Visitors in Perry never fail to make favorable comŽments about the Courthouse and the grounds that surround it.