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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • RAMP Guys aids Bath resident; installs 300th ramp

  • Safely walking in or out of your home is something many take for granted.

    But for 90-year-old Betty Bigelow, leaving her one-story home on Freeman Terrace had become difficult and dangerous. She had found it hard to walk, especially on stairs, said her son, Doug Bigelow.

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  • Safely walking in or out of your home is something many take for granted.
    But for 90-year-old Betty Bigelow, leaving her one-story home on Freeman Terrace had become difficult and dangerous. She had found it hard to walk, especially on stairs, said her son, Doug Bigelow.
    Thursday morning, Doug Bigelow and other members of a volunteer group known as The RAMP Guys installed an outdoor ramp at the home’s rear entrance.
    “... now she’ll be able to come outside without fearing falling,” Doug Bigelow said. “Mom likes to come outside; hopefully now it will be a lot safer. This is just great to see.”
    The approximately 25 RAMP Guys helping out last Thursday had a reason of their own to celebrate, said Director Dan Reppert.
    “This is the 300th ramp we’ve been able to complete since we embarked on this 16 years ago,” Reppert said. “It’s just been a great group, and it’s done a lot for this area.”
    Linda M. Tetor, of the Steuben County Office of the Aging, said the installation of ramps is very important.
    Ken Corey, a RAMP Guys volunteer, said the cost of installing a ramp is generally about $300 for materials.
    “For me I’ve been doing this for about four years, so personally I’ve helped with 20 or 30 ramps,” Corey said. “It’s been great. There are about 20 to 25 volunteers and everyone seems to enjoy it.”
    Those interested in having a ramp installed at their home or property can contact New York Connects at (866) 221-7324.
     

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