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The Times
  • Ilion man to cycle New England states for Habitat for Humanity

  • It’s been three years since Brad Haines, of Ilion, hit the road on his bicycle to raise funds for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, but he’s getting ready for another trip.

    “It’s time to do one more trip for the cause,” Haines said in a letter he is sending out to those who have supported his rides in the past. “The need is great and the mission even greater.”

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  • It’s been three years since Brad Haines, of Ilion, hit the road on his bicycle to raise funds for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, but he’s getting ready for another trip.
    “It’s time to do one more trip for the cause,” Haines said in a letter he is sending out to those who have supported his rides in the past. “The need is great and the mission even greater.”
    On Aug. 27, Haines, 75, will head north from Bennington, Vt., on a trip he has dubbed the “New England Loop.” He will travel through New Hampshire, Maine, back along the New Hampshire coast, through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and will end his trip back in Bennington, Vt.
    His wife, Harriet, will drive the support van for his trip.
    The point of the trip is not just to bike some 700 to 800 miles in about three weeks, but to raise money for Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity. Haines has set a goal of $10,000 and is asking anyone who will support his trip by donating to Habitat to send a check made payable to Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity to Brad Haines, 238 Barringer Rd., Ilion, NY 13357.
    All donations will go to build houses, 90 percent locally and 10 percent in third world countries.
    Haines’ last trip was his “Mid-America Loop,” traveling through 12 states, in 2009. He also traveled twice across the United States and rode from Maine to Mexico, Montreal to Miami and along the Mississippi River.
    Currently, Habitat volunteers are working to complete a house for the St. Onge family on Jerusalem Hill Road in Litchfield. The family has put in more than 500 hours of “sweat equity” and will purchase the home with a no-interest loan. For information or to volunteer to help, call 894-3713 or 894-9216.
    Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit organization that works to provide people with decent affordable housing. Partner families work with Habitat volunteers to build their own homes and must pay a no-interest mortgage to Habitat to cover the cost of materials. All income from mortgage payments is used for the construction of more low-cost housing.
    To be eligible, families must meet income criteria and be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build their own homes.
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