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Washington Co. native helps women build knowledge in construction

August 29, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Denny Grove, a commercial specialist at Lowe's on Wesel Boulevard, is looking forward to the startup of the next series of classes in home construction for women.

No, he's not kidding.

"I got assigned as the Habitat for Humanity liaison about six years ago," Grove said.

Through Sherry Brown Cooper, Habitat's executive director, he was approached to teach a class for women.

The next series of classes begins Tuesday, Sept. 9, and will continue for six consecutive Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lowe's. Classes are free.

Grove said he likes the enthusiasm that the women bring to the classes. Some have little or no experience in the use of hand or power tools, but are eager to learn, he said.

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"The women were so happy with their accomplishments," Grove said.

The classes are coordinated with the Women Build program of the Washington County chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's, which is the national sponsor for the program.

"All the classes are different," Grove said, though education on tool use and safety always are a component. "We will be learning how to build from the foundation up."

Between 15 and 20 women were involved in some or all of the weekly sessions during the last series of classes, Grove said. Attending all six classes isn't a requirement.

Grove said the women in the last class were the "backbone" of the Women Build group. Most were in their early 40s and older.

A previous class involved the construction of a model house with money left over from a Lowe's Heroes project. The house later was sold at a Habitat fundraising auction, Grove said.

Grove, who has been employed by Lowe's for about 16 years, had his own construction business for 30 years. He said one of his sons now runs the construction business.

Grove is a native of Washington County, graduating from Williamsport High School. He is married and has three children.

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The next series of classes in home construction for women offered by Lowe's begins Tuesday, Sept. 9, and will be held on six consecutive Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Classes are free.

Women interested in signing up for the classes may call Lowe's at 301-766-7200 or Habitat for Humanity at 301-791-9009 or send an e-mail to womenbuild@att.net.

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