DURAND LIONS CLUB members (from left) Kent Edwards, Lloyd Kilbreath and Russ Amidon braved the frigid February temperatures to lend a hand to a fellow Durand-area resident recently. The three men can be seen installing a temporary handicap accessible ramp on a home in the Lakeview Estates mobile home park. The club learned that the resident’s ramp needed to be replaced, and although the club does not normally build and install 34-foot handicap ramps, the Lions are always there to assist a neighbor in need.
Replacing a ramp is usually a two-step process, more or less, consisting of removal and replacement. However, the frozen soil would not allow for a permanent ramp installation, so the club borrowed a temporary aluminum ramp from the Bancroft Lions Club, spent two days putting the ramp together in Kent’s barn, and then spent several more hours securing the ramp to the home. Once the conditions are right later in the spring, club members will return to remove the temporary ramp and replace it with a new, permanent wooden ramp.
The Durand Lions focus most of their efforts on providing glasses and hearing aids to children and other vulnerable community members, though they also provide food assistance and a number of other community enrichment services and resources.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)