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Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery (left) chats with Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton at 94 Main St., Fort Plain, Saturday.

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NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (center) views the newly repaired and refurbished 94 Main St. Behind DiNapoli are, from left, Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery, Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Head of the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council Jeff Stark.

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Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton welcomes Nicole Devoe, a flood-displaced Fort Plain resident, back into her home on Saturday. In the background is Pastor Gail Adamoschek.

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Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli welcomes Nicole Devoe home with poinsettias. In the background is Pastor Gail Adamoschek.

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Devoe returns home for the holidays

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - Updated: 8:26 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- Many had seen and admired the newly repaired and refurbished apartment at 94 Main St. before resident Nicole Devoe was able to re-enter her property on Saturday. Devoe had been kept out of the flood-damaged property all last week, a task her family members admitted wasn't easy to accomplish, but was necessary to get the full impact of the surprise unveiling.

"Oh my gosh!" Devoe exclaimed as she saw her new apartment, which, since just about a month ago, had been transformed from a barren, mildew-scented structure that had basically been stripped to its bones, to a clean, warm and comfortable living space.  

"Surprise, grandma!" shouted a leaping, joyous Mary Pomatto.

Warm air pumped from the floor heaters in the carpeted living room where Devoe sat in a recliner and viewed her Christmas tree, decorated by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk.

"We're glad to have you back!" said Mayor Guy Barton to Devoe. 

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who had sent a team of volunteers last month to help with the repair process, stated, "We said we'd have you back in before the holidays and you are."

He continued, "this could not have been possible without the combined effort of individuals who, on their own time, said they were going to come in and make this transformation a reality for you."

DiNapoli attended the grand unveiling on Saturday along with Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, local and non-local (many from Schoharie) volunteers that have been working in the house on a nearly daily basis, Mayor Guy Barton, Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery, and DC9 construction workers, including Head of the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council Jeff Stark and his team.

Of Stark, DiNapoli commented, "He never says no when there's a family in need." The project, said Volunteer Coordinator Cyndi Tracy, became a "labor of love" for him.

There were many people specially thanked during Saturday's home unveiling, including Nice N Easy Manager Walt Maaser, who repeatedly donated food to volunteers. "Every single time we went and asked Walt for pizzas, soda, coffee, there was never a no," commented Tracy, to which Maaser responded, "We're in the same ballpark. It's nice to see another neighbor get their home back. We were glad to help out."

Volunteer Coordinator and River of Jubilee Church Pastor Gail Adamoschek talked a bit about the Adopt-A-Room project, through which many of the repairs at 94 Main St. were financed. Adopt-A-Room is a program which asked people to donate money to be transformed into sheet rock, insulation "and will be leveraged against skilled volunteer workers," according to Adamoschek, continuing, "It's an opportunity for people, wherever they live, to send money for people to get back in their homes."

To donate to Adopt-A-Room, contact the River of Jubilee Church, Sprakers.

Joshua Thomas - Volunteer Coordinators Cyndi Tracy (left) and Gail Adamoschek (right) bring Nicole Devoe on a tour of her newly refurbished apartment.

Joshua Thomas - Standing, from left, Volunteer Coordinator Cyndi Tracy, Head of the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council Jeff Stark, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, and Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton. Seated is resident Nicole Devoe and her granddaughter, Mary Pomatto.

     

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