Rain dampens Trimble's Repair Affair

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Some projects put on hold for better weather

By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

Heavy rains during the week leading up to Trimble County’s eighth annual Repair Affair put some projects on hold Saturday morning.

About half the projects scheduled for Saturday were postponed to Oct. 3. Others, like a ramp project at Viola Powell’s home on Foxgate Lane in Milton, went on as scheduled.

Jon Dunlap of Bedford Loan and Deposit Bank, teamed up with Stirling “Buddy” Sampson and his friend – and former college roommate – Adrian Mettenof Louisville, found that the soggy ground made digging holes for the supports a bit easier.

Volunteer Hilda Parrish, who helps each year to provide breakfast and lunch for volunteers during Repair Affair, said about 30 people showed up for the breakfast of sausage gravy and biscuits. Usually, they have more than 100 volunteers to feed, she said.

Dean Bowling, who coordinates the event with Dunlap, said more than half of the 14 projects on this year’s list have been completed. He said the Oldham/Trimble Baptist Builders will be putting a new roof on a mobile home on Thursday.

Volunteers with the Boy Scouts and the Trimble County High School boys and girls basketball teams were forced to postpone their work, which involved painting, because of the soggy weather. Bowling said those teams would be working through the week to complete their projects.

Bowling said this was the best fund-raising year the group has had, despite the fact that this year, they did not receive any grants. Dunlap said usually, the group receives funding from the Kentucky Housing Corpoartion.

This year, all $7,000 raised came from local businesses and individuals. “We are really blessed,” Bowling said.

Dunlap agreed. “The county has always been a big support for us, both physically and with monetary donations,” he said. “This is a great place to live.”