Eight homes were painted by 12 crews
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Morrison County’s Oasis Paint-A-Thon was held for the 20th time Aug. 3. The eight homes serviced by volunteers were all in the Little Falls area.
“Oasis would love to see applications from all over Morrison County, not just Little Falls,” said Executive Director Tim Poland.
The weather was perfect for painting and each of the homeowners involved were very appreciative of the work that was done, said Poland.
“I have even received a thank-you card already,” he said.
Tom and Paulette LeMieur’s home was one of the paint sites. Their stucco home was the largest home painted this year.
“The painters did such a nice job,” said Paulette. “In fact, it’s amazing on how nice the house looks.”
Tom said both groups who worked on his home were very clean. He was happy with how nice they left his property.
Paulette said Loren Bobick, one of the painters, came the week before and power washed the house. He plans to return to repair stucco on the chimney.
Groups from Faith Lutheran Church and the Adam Bobick Memorial Team from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church painted the LeMieur home. Together, they finished the job in just over 6.5 hours.
A total of 12 groups worked on the eight homes.
“It was fun listening to them talking and laughing while they worked,” said Paulette, who placed out beverages and snacks for the painters.
The LeMieurs learned about the Paint A Thon through the Morrison County Record. She filled out an application and Poland later told her she had been accepted.
“It was very easy,” she said.
Each homeowner is able to choose what colors they want on their home. The paint, this year was about 121 gallons, is donated by Valspar Corporation through the Minnesota Beautiful grant.
Other necessary supplies were made possible by donations and grants from a number of civic groups, local businesses and individuals.
Minor repairs were done on each of the homes before the Saturday Paint A Thon. This year, Poland said the work consisted of gutter work, repairing gates and garage doors, caulking and repairing window trim.
“None of this work costs the homeowner any money, it’s all done by volunteers,” said Poland. As of this year, 200 homes have been painted in Morrison County since the program’s inception.
For more information, contact Poland at the Oasis office in Little Falls at (320) 632-9140.