Pine Grove neighbours come to aid of Naugler Road property owner


PINE GROVE - The Naugler Road neighbourhood came to the aid of one of their own by taking a day to volunteer their labour to ensure a handful of potentially unstable trees were safely removed from a property belonging to a man in his 70s.

An estimated dozen people spent Jan. 27 working on the man's home lot, taking down about five trees, cutting up the wood and hauling away the excess.

The community support was for the brother of Sandra Beck and Susann Sabean. They said their sibling, Lawrence Naugler, a retired woods worker himself, recently went through some financial hardship and friends and neighbours came to his aid.

"They put a lot of work into that; there was gas for the power saws, machines and time loading all that brush," Beck said in a phone interview, who spent time observing the job with her brother.

"There must have been six for seven power saws there," added Sabean, also via phone.

Both sisters felt it was important to publicize the positive that came out of a negative circumstance.

They credited another local man, who didn't want to be named, for recruiting allies to give of their time for Naugler's benefit.

"We're just so happy he organized this," Beck said. "I don't thing we could have got a group of that nature nor calibre to do that for Lawrence."

As for the organizer of the labour, the man told LighthouseNOW via phone, "on this (Naugler) road we consider ourselves community," indicating he was pleased to lend support.

Sabean and Beck said the matter also serves as an important reminder for the public to get estimates or invoices in writing and never pay the full cost of something before the effort is completed.

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