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New Habitat house to be dedicated

SILVER CREEK – Solar panels are shining in the springtime sun at the new Habitat for Humanity house on Knight Street in Silver Creek.  The new home for a mother and her three daughters will be dedicated in a public ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday.

It is the first house with solar panels for electricity that the local Habitat group has built.  The house was built from the ground up with a unique foundation that includes limestone and treated lumber. It has three bedrooms, one and one-half baths and is 1,150 square feet in size. 

Holly Salisbury and her three daughters, Kayla, Madison and Haleigh will move in after the dedication ceremony. 

“It is so well insulated, they should never be cold in the winter,” said Marjorie Kurzawa, one of the volunteers.  She and her husband David have been coordinators of the two year project that included more than 150 volunteers.  

“We had one volunteer. John Keller who worked more than 400 hours,” said Mrs. Kurzawa.  She said several people have donated more than 200 hours.  The house had a major setback in the winter of 2013-14 when an early snowfall soaked the uncovered rafters.  Construction of the roof had to be delayed several months until the wood could dry out. 

This house is also unique in its construction.  The walls and supports were built by workers in training from the Seneca Nation of Indians Employment Program.  They used space in the bus garage at Silver Creek Central School to lay out each section and then had them delivered.  Tom Murphy was the instructor for the framing project done by the students. 

Donna Roof, a volunteer, said that the workers from the Seneca Nation Employment Program raised the walls and roof trusses by hand.  She said that the crew was agile and efficient as they set up the framework for the home. 

Inside there are round skylights, and a furnace unit that looks like a fireplace.  An open design has the kitchen and living room flowing together. There is also a laundry room. 

Most of the work was done by volunteers. Students from Fredonia State University came to work on the home. Several area groups participated in the project.  

The home is in a residential neighborhood that is close to the school, and businesses in the village of Silver Creek.  It has been landscaped with flowers and a lawn and now needs only the family to make it complete.