As for an introduction I am Erica Lucas and anyone can contact my mobile phone at 304-887-8540. I have lived in Welch for over ten years and last year ran for Welch City Council. McDowell County is one of a kind but it can be better.
Here is one idea I would like to share about how to take something ugly and turn into something beautiful. McDowell County is littered with many abandoned homes that have not had human inhabitants in many years. This is very obvious to see when one drives through the county. Recently my family restored a ceiling in our home using reclaimed wood from a house on Hobart Street in Welch. We pulled the wood from the studs in the abandoned home, loaded it in a truck, washed the wood and removed the nails, cut it to size, and put it up!
I’ve got tons of compliments from how beautiful this project turned out. It has encouraged me to think about all of the possibilities and ways these old abandoned structures can be used in a positive way to create jobs and put money and resources back into the communities they are in. Please help us facilitate a discussion about this topic by leaving a comment below the photos and don’t forget to send a link to this page to a friend!
PS: If you’re in or close to McDowell County please come to the event I’m leading to organize – Networking in War on behalf of the McDowell County Community Initiatives / Holler Home Facebook Group from 2-4 pm on Saturday, February 7 at 5 Bros. Pizza in War. More info can be obtained by visiting the Facebook Group at this link (see the events tab at the top).
Here are the results:
The finished room – using reclaimed wood from an old home. The light fixture is made from piping materials and mason jars – a DIY project!