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Fix-it class empowers homeowners

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published December 21, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.

Who knew toilet bowls and electrical outlets could be so empowering?

At first glance, the Arkansas Extended Learning Center’s recent class “Handy Around the House: Home Repair 101” was simply a Saturday seminar on tackling minor home repairs, writes Linda Cailllouet in HomeStyle.

But a closer look at the day-long session and those attending — 13 of the 17 students at Cammack Village’s community hall were women — revealed the how-to lesson offered much more and brings to mind the power and poise of Norman Rockwell’s rendition of World War II-era Rosie the Riveter, taking a lunch break from her job in the factory with her circa 1940s rivet gun resting on her lap.

Because this wasn’t just a course in how to fix things around the house. It was an opportunity for homeowners to gain the knowledge and confidence to truly own their houses, above and beyond making that monthly mortgage payment. See Saturday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.

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