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Retirees help with Ridgway carnival ground rebuilding

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

Reported By: Deven Clarke
Written By: Marc Stempka

RIDGWAY, Pa. -- The Ridgway Firemen's Carnival is about a month away, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to get the festival grounds back to carnival condition after last month's devastating flooding washed out everything the group had ready for use.

Several volunteers gathered at the carnival grounds Wednesday to help with the rebuilding and repairing process. The volunteers call themselves the Old Geezers because all of them are retirees, but the work they're doing is a much needed help, regardless of their age.

The group is from Habitat For Humanity and is made up mostly of senior citizen volunteers. They usually assist with building homes for those in need in Clearfield and Jefferson counties, but after hearing about the Ridgway firefighters struggling to get their lot ready for their upcoming carnival, they wanted to lend a hand with a different project.

"These guys love to work," Clearfield Habitat For Humanity President John Farr said. "There was a pitch they were looking for skilled help."

For 3 1/2 hours the nine volunteers did what they could to help rebuild what the flooding damaged.

"We rebuilt a wall and a deck that was rotted out," Farr said.

Local residents, like retiree George Joiner, of Ridgway, also joined the group on their rebuilding mission.

"This is a good Christian group and they volunteer to help where they can," Joiner said. "I think the carnival is very important because it's something the community can wrap around and help rebuild. It's most gratifying to us."

Ridgway fire officials said there is still plenty of work to be done at the park before the carnival's July 14 kickoff. Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to contact the fire department.

Retirees help with Ridgway carnival ground rebuilding

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