Pilot story and photos

by Peter Rice

The Curry County chapter of Habitat for Humanity threw an awards dinner May 9 at Brookings Presbyterian Church to honor those who helped the group acquire land recently.

The property, which is near Fred Meyer, was sold to the group by Michael Thornton at a reduced price. Habitat plans to sell the oceanview lot and use the money to buy two other homes in a more modest location.

Thornton wasn't able to make to the dinner, but he was honored with a certificate of appreciation anyway. Others honored included:

?Contractor Larry Anderson, for helping to clear out the property and make improvements on it.

?Gail Henderson and Kim Parton, of First American Title.

?Roberts andamp; Associates Land Surveying.

?Contractor Randy Gorman, for helping to clear out the property and make improvements on it.

?Marjorie Woodfin, for writing articles about the ongoing efforts.

?The city of Brookings, for help clearing up the property.

?Chetco Federal Credit Union, for help on credit checks and banking.

?Engineer Don Hoag, who did a study on the property.

Chapter president Marilyn Durhan said that work would hopefully start on the new houses this year. The group has already selected a family to live in one of them: Mathew and Valerie Quale, and their two children, Destiny and Miranda.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization based in Americus, Ga. It has built about 175,000 houses around the world for low to moderate income people. The houses are constructed primarily with volunteer labor and sold to families, who finance the venture with no interest loans.