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Martins Ferry Woman's Life Is Changed Thanks To Weatherization Program

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A Martins Ferry homeowner says her life has been changed by a visit from the Ohio Weatherization Program.

Her home was the site of a weatherization open house, to let the public know about the program that's available to anyone who meets the guidelines.

Sixty-five year-old Charlotte Campbell is a widow on a fixed income.

She's disabled with severe arthritis, and she is raising her teenage granddaughter.

She says her two-story, 100-year-old wood frame home is always cold and drafty in winter.

But she had no idea anything could be done to change that, especially for free.

"We've replaced the hot water tank, we've serviced the furnace and we've insulated the attic and walls in this home," says Tom Calhoun of Ohio Appalachian Development. "At the end of the day, what we're going to do for this customer is save her about $1,000 a year on her utility bills."

"I can't begin to tell you what it means to me." says Campbell. "It saves me so much. I mean, over the years this house has leaked so much cold air and the bills have been so high."

Calhoun says the weatherization program did $8,000 worth of work on Campbell's house.

And she didn't pay a dime.

They say that's not because it's a demonstration home.

They say it's what they can do for anyone who qualifies.

If you're in need, call your local Community Action Commission.

There's an office in St. Clairsville.