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The Worm | Windermere volunteers all smiles as Habitat home takes shape

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Windermere Real Estate agents Kathy Emerick, left, and Jolly Ann Seyster take a break from painting moulding Friday at a Habitat for Humanity home in south Wenatchee.

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Agents from Wenatchee’s Windermere Real Estate have gone from helping sell houses to helping build them.

On Friday, a dozen Windermere agents donned sweat pants and T-shirts to paint hundreds of feet of trim — doors, windows and moulding for floors and ceilings — in a volunteer push to help complete a Habitat for Humanity home on Frances Court in south Wenatchee.

The effort was part of Windermere’s Community Service Day, an annual event in which the company’s agents in eight western states contribute time and energy to help complete a community project.

Last year, Windermere’s crew helped “spruce up the Bruce,” said agent and project organizer Sharon Ventrello, by giving the Bruce Hotel’s rec room a new coat of paint, new computer and new Xbox system. The Bruce is a nonprofit offering transitional housing.

This year’s Habitat for Humanity project marks 30 years of Community Day participation for the local Windermere office. Between brush strokes Friday, local agents figured that added up to around 1,500 volunteer hours over the last three decades.

The community supports our business, and this is one way we give back to support our community,” said Windermere broker Russ Andrews. “We figure that if we have a strong community, we’ll have a strong business — and that’s good for everyone.”

Windermere volunteers worked Friday on a Habitat for Humanity home in a six-home project near Mission View Elementary School. So far, three of the 1,300-square-foot homes have been built, mostly with discounted or donated materials and volunteer labor.

Forget sleep: About 65 people turned out at 2 a.m. on June 11 to welcome home a 2012 graduate of Cashmere High School who returned home from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan. There were flags, homemade signs, fire trucks, yellow ribbons and a police escort for Josh Powell.

The Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross organized the event as part of its Service to Armed Forces Program. Powell is the son of Tim and Marie Powell of Cashmere.

Soft touch for hard-hat guys: Construction workers avoided a brushy area on the Douglas County side of Rocky Read Dam for several hours on May 28 after one of them found a fawn nestled in the bushes at their construction site.

The workers wanted to give the mother deer a chance to reunite with her young one without being afraid of loud noises and bustling workers, said Kimberlee Craig, a spokeswoman for the Chelan County PUD.

A worker for J.H. Kelly of Longview found the fawn. The firm was building the concrete foundation for a new transformer in the Rocky Reach Dam switchyard. It was the first time that a fawn has been spotted at the site in the memory of Sam Dilly, project manager for the switchyard work. He noted, however, that the sagebrush in the area is good deer habitat.

It appears all ended well. When a worker went to check later in the day, the fawn was gone.

Look-alikes: The Worm forgot to publish one last week. It’s Jeff Wilson, owner of Heritage Memorial Chapel in East Wenatchee. His wife, Loretta Wilson, sent in pictures of Jeff next to the late actor Robert Urich. Definitely, a strong resemblance. Urich was known for his role as Dan Tanna in Vega$ and playing opposite Clint Eastwood in “Magnum Force.”

This week’s Worm column was written by World reporters Mike Irwin and Dee Riggs. Have a tip? Email newsroom@wenatcheeworld.com.

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business or follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.

Reach Dee Riggs at 509-664-7147 or .

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