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Student volunteers help local families keep warm

ROCKLAND, Maine ( NEWS CENTER) – Even though we’re having a remarkably mild winter, there are still tens of thousands of Maine people who are struggling to keep their homes warm and comfortable. A church group in Rockland is doing its part to help, and this week some local high school students are joining in.

The First Universalist Church in Rockland has a special project, called Window Dressers, which builds simple storm window insert that can help cut drafts and cut fuel bills. The insets follow a design pioneered by several midcoast residents a few years ago: wooden frames covered with heat-shrink plastic film, and foam gaskets on the edges.

Students at Rockland’s Oceanside High School heard about the project, and a number of them are volunteering to build windows this week as part of their annual community service requirement.

About forty students are expected to participate during the winter vacation week.

Sophomore Sarah Dearborn said “I think it’s really kind of cool. A good idea.” Senior Nate Boggs agreed:” It’s just a great cause, because saving a thousand dollars on heating is such a big thing.”

The Window Dressers have orders for about 1,300 of the window inserts so far this year. Those who can afford to pay for their windows do so – Frank Mundo of the group says an average sized window costs a little over $10.00 to build.

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