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When Jean Wainright lived at Lakeside Park, her neighbor Chris Karr adopted her like a grandmother

When Jean Wainright lived at Lakeside Park, her neighbor Chris Karr adopted her like a grandmother

August 20, 2007|By JANET HEIM

When it comes to neighbors, Jean Wainwright has had some gems. Wainwright, 85, had lived in the Lakeside Park development near Valley Mall for 15 years. She recently moved to Loyalton Assisted Living.

"I am lucky. I had two remarkable neighbors," Wainwright said of the neighbors on either side of her.

When Jim and Anne Green and their family moved in next door to Wainwright four years ago, it wasn't long before Jim Green and his stepson, Chris Karr, began offering to help Wainwright with outside chores.

They trimmed bushes, shoveled snow, took out her recycling and even repainted Wainwright's deck and ramp. Wainwright said Chris would always refuse payment, but she insisted on paying them for the paint and brushes for that job.

"They've got this old lady to take care of. They were good caretakers," Wainwright said with a laugh.

She said for some reason, Chris Karr, 15, adopted her. He will be a sophomore at Williamsport High School this fall.

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"He checks on me. If the weather's bad, he'd get the paper so I didn't have to get wet. If he saw me doing anything, he'd come out," Wainwright said.

As Wainwright was preparing to move at the end of July, she said Chris helped move boxes and furniture, without even being asked for help. Chris and his family even promised to visit Wainwright and said they were sorry to see their neighbor move.

"My daughter was just so impressed with him," Wainwright said.

In return, Chris said Wainwright would save golf coupons for him, knowing he liked to play golf. He has been busy this summer with golf tournaments and will play on the Williamsport High golf team this year.

"I help because I see my parents helping," Chris Karr said.

Chris said he has 30 of his 75 Student Service Learning hours required for high school graduation. He hopes to have them completed this year, helping his grandfather do maintenance for a church and preschool.

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