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COLUMN: Editorial

Looking at the Habitat for Humanity project by the numbers, it was an impressive feat - 10 corporate sponsors, 100 companies and individuals contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars in monetary and in-kind donations, 772 volunteers and 3,476 gifted man-hours, as well as $100,000 or so from the Fuller Foundation. But the greatest number of them all is two - two new members of the Boylston family.

Like everywhere, Boylston has its share of disagreements. But many of those disagreements are not the result of unhappiness, rather, they are born out of a desire to keep Boylston a great place to live.

And that's what makes the Habitat house effort truly special.

A typical home-buyer would find a home and research the town (not necessarily in that order) and make a decision based on reputation. The Habitat house represents a group of Boylston residents not standing on reputation and waiting for a knock on the door, but of yelling it from the rooftops.

The actual number of reported hours aside, the local committee spent years supporting this project in ways as varied as attending governmental meetings to running bake sales. Volunteers did everything from swinging a hammer to bringing snacks.

Why? Why do the work when it is doubtful Boylston would be a hard sell in the market? Because somebody thought it would be a good idea to share, and others agreed.

The local committee and other volunteers should take a bow. We think all of that work is symbolic of what we said people in town already know. It's a great place to live.



CUTLINE: The Habitat for Humanity House on Old Mill Circle was turned over to owners in January.
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Date:Feb 17, 2012
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