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TIMBER FRAME HOUSE RAISES MONEY FOR MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING WHILE SHOWCASING NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND MAINE BUSINESSES

 POLAND, Maine, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Maine Public Broadcasting hoped to come up with a unique fundraising program this year, one that would raise money while increasing the public's awareness about modern homebuilding techniques. It hit that target squarely with the Maine Timber Frame House, a real home that is nearing completion in the town of Poland and will be sold to benefit public broadcasting.
 The three-bedroom, 1820-square-foot house showcases modern building products and techniques while providing exposure for scores of Maine businesses and craftspeople. Virtually everything that makes up the house has been provided by more than 200 businesses or individuals: the 3.12 acre lot in Poland, the building's timber frame, the plumbing and electrical fixtures and services, even the furniture and the books and magazines on the tables.
 A bank is offering special financing terms. A moving company has offered to provide special rates for furniture moving service. A real estate company is providing marketing services and will handle the sale.
 In every aspect of the design and construction of the home, careful attention has been given to the structure's quality and energy efficiency.
 "We felt that this was a way to raise money while accomplishing two other very important goals -- educating the public about modern homebuilding techniques, and giving important exposure to the local companies and individuals who can supply high-quality goods and services to homebuilders," said Suzanne Cohen, auction and special projects director for Maine Public Broadcasting.
 The project began last year, and the actual construction began in September 1992, when the timber frame was erected on lot number 7 on Saunders Road in a development in Poland known as Rowe Homestead. The site is convenient to exit 12 of the Maine Turnpike, to the Sebago Lake area, and to Lewiston/Auburn. Construction continued through the winter, with materials and services provided by a long list of contributors.
 Starting in March, a number of open houses were held at the house. Suppliers, who are being called partners in the project, are conducting presentations during the open houses that provide information on everything from lighting and security systems, to landscaping and fireplace construction. The presentations, according to Cohen, were designed to make sure that the Maine Timber Frame House project fulfilled its educational promise to the Maine community.
 "These presentations, and the entire project as a whole, were designed to bring Maine Public Television together with Maine business and Maine people," Cohen said. "This project really demonstrates some of the best techniques for producing housing that is comfortable, economical, beautiful and durable."
 The sale of the home, which is listed at $183,000, is being handled by ERA Worden Realty, which can arrange appointments for private showings. All proceeds of this house sale will benefit Maine Public Broadcasting. Furniture and accessory items displayed in the home will be sold on the air from Monday, April 26, to Thursday, April 29.
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Presentations are planned for open houses at the site on Sunday, April 18, and Sunday, April 25. You or your representatives are invited to attend.
 Sunday, April 18th 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
 1 p.m. Judi McCoy, Ruegg Fireplaces; Video & Notebook for heat
 circulating fireplaces.
 2 p.m. Jim Raslavavsky, New World Kitchens; Kitchen Design and
 Craftmanship.
 3 p.m. Stu McConnell, Pella Windows & Doors; Features & Performance
 Characteristics of Quality Windows.
 Sunday, April 25 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
 1 p.m. James M. Taylor, Great Works Woodworking, Inc.; James M.
 Taylor & Company: Craftsmen of Traditional Furniture &
 Cabinetry; Art of Fine Furniture.
 2 p.m. Miki Heikkila, Heikkila & Leach Construction/Blue Rock;
 Building a Stone Wall
 3 p.m. Aaron Cook, Sequoia Timber Frames, Inc.; Timber Framing
 Basics./
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: Businesses located throughout Maine as well as Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York have contributed to the Maine Timber Frame House project. We have a comprehensive listing which could be faxed to you. They have agreed to talk with you about their participation and about how the project can help businesses in your area and throughout Maine. Please call Nancy Marshall Communications, the PR Firm handling this project, at 207-235-2316 with your fax number to request the listings.)
 -0- 4/9/93
 /CONTACT: Suzanne Cohen, 207-783-9101, of Maine Public Broadcasting or Nancy Marshall, 207-235-2316, of Nancy Marshall Communications for Maine Public Broadcasting/


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