NYSERDA helps a neighbor in need

Vics and his contractors spent several weeks at Gould's home, completing the repairs before Christmas.

One night, Vics said, he returned home from Gould's house and spoke about the repairs over dinner with his family.

Vics' story of Gould's house began to inspire his son, Joshua, an Eagle Scout.

"He said, 'Well, do you think there's anything that I can do? Is there something maybe that I can do as an Eagle project?' And I said, 'Well she's got a lifetime's accumulation of stuff, a lot of which was down in the basement.'"

Joshua gathered several other Scouts in his troop and began the process of cleaning Gould's house as part of a certified Eagle Scout project. First, they received sponsorship from a local Schenectady church, Calvary Tabernacle, on Albany Street. Then, the troop contacted a waste company and asked them to loan a Dumpster.

While the Scouts and Vics and his contractors have made significant progress in the house, Vics said there are still a few more projects they will be working on in upcoming weeks. Those include the replacement of the holding tank that operates Gould's well tank and the replacement of glass fuse bulbs. ""

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