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About 150 take in Greencastle home tour

September 11, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Until Sunday, the last time Carolyn Holzer had been in the Marion, Pa., home of Ardell and Michele Martin was 1948.

Moving through the Colorado Street residence on the Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club Fall Home Tour, Holzer remarked that a lot had changed in nearly 60 years - the brick facade has been replaced, a row of evergreen trees is gone and an addition stretches behind the original structure.

Yet, wooden bookcases, a recessed mirror, wood paneling and a functional dumbwaiter remain in the home, which was built in 1920.

"It has so much character," homeowner Michele Martin said.

Ardell and Michele Martin's house and four others were featured on the home tour, which drew approximately 150 people in a fundraising effort for the Lioness Club. The tour was the first for the club following a several-year hiatus.

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"People said they enjoyed it and liked the houses. They said we had a good selection of houses," tour committee chairwoman Dolly Shoemaker said.

She welcomed Gladys Coble and Mary Shatzer, both of Greencastle, to the 105 Homestead Drive home of Richard and Debbie Oberholzer just after 1 p.m.

"I love house tours," Coble said, explaining they give her decorating ideas.

The Oberholzers' front door opens to a formal dining room and living room. A bathroom, originally shared by the couple's two sons, elicited favorable remarks from visitors, who complimented the wallpaper and recessed lighting.

Outside, a striped awning stretched over the porch, seating and grill. The Martins' yard also had ample seating with a partially-covered patio.

Visitors gathered there Sunday for light refreshments prepared by Michele Martin, who graciously accepted the crowd's praise.

"A lot of them have a lot of memories of the home," Michele Martin said.

"We used to live here (in Marion), so it was nice to see what they had done with the house," Holzer said while chatting in the kitchen with friend, Bridgetta Buhan.

The house's renovation in 2003 and 2004 came under the direction of contractor Ardell Martin. Michele Martin cooked for workers in an on-site camper where the family lived for four months during construction.

The wait resulted in a Thanksgiving 2004 move into a house with ample play area for the children, a spacious great room, a home office and a master bathroom with sunken whirlpool bath. The youngsters' bedrooms are whimsically decorated while other rooms are showcased with more formal decor.

"I just love to see how other people decorate," Buhan said.

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