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Habitat home nearly complete
Community volunteers along with a team of volunteers from Walgreens continue to work on the Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County’s Winter 2014 Blitz Build located at 1011 Seventh St. Construction on the house, which is the 76th habitat home built in Glynn County, began last Saturday and is expected to be complete in seven days. (Bobby Haven/The Brunswick News)
Donald Watson finished hammering some nails into the porch roof of a Habitat for Humanity house and climbed down a 6-foot ladder to explain a construction task to another volunteer at the house.

Both working and explaining are familiar roles for the 74-year-old. He spent 35 years teaching construction skills to high school students in Canada and continues to use his expertise to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County during his winters here.

The routine has been for Watson and his wife to travel each January from Ontario, Canada, to escape the snow and frigid temperatures there. During the past eight years, he has helped build 15 houses for Habitat for Humanity while on his warm winter vacations.

"It's just to help other people out," said Watson. "... (I) come down here, work with these people, and want to do a good job."

It's because of volunteers like Watson that the house being built at 1011 Seventh St., Brunswick, is well on its way to being completed in seven days, said Bert Brown, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County.

Since Saturday, volunteers from churches, civic groups, schools and businesses have been working steadily to have the house ready for a woman and her teenage son by this Saturday.

"(They're) helping us keep on track," Brown said of the volunteers. "The project plan is to finish this house by Saturday, and, right now, we're on track to do that."

About 10 volunteers were at the site Wednesday morning, nailing tan vinyl siding to the house and putting finishing touches on drywall inside.

The interior of the 1,200-square-foot house has taken shape with three identifiable bedrooms and two bathrooms, with bathtubs already installed.

Foreman Dwight Brown is pleased with the progress that has been made in four days of volunteer work.

"It won't be long before we'll be ready to put up cabinets and a few other things," he said Wednesday. "Right now, it looks like we're going to be on schedule."

No one is more glad to hear that than Rosura Colin, the future homeowner, who was putting in sweat equity hours, nailing siding on her new house during the chilly morning.

"It's really cold," said Colin, who was wearing a cream-color, bubble-style jacket with a matching-color scarf around her neck and face in an attempt to stay warm. "But it's OK. I'm excited, because it's coming really fast and people are coming and working really good."

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