Realtor association's initiative helps family affected by house fire

ST. MARYS – The Elk-Cameron Board of Realtors recently gifted the Bodien family of Ridgway with various household goods to replace items destroyed in an Aug. 13 house fire at their Fremont Avenue home. The board of realtors participated in a national initiative called "Realtors Reach Out Month," which encourages local boards and realtor associations to find a way to give back to their community. Area realtor and Elk-Cameron Board Secretary Cathie Bauer said board members had discussed how they would be part of the initiative and decided to see what they could do to assist the Bodien family, who just moved back into their home following extensive and ongoing repair. Although the house itself was still standing, there was considerable fire, water and smoke damage, and the family's possessions were destroyed. "Our board met in September and discussed how we would give back to the community, and decided that the Bodien family moving back into their home after that devastating fire could use our help, and so all of the realtors who are members of our local board agreed to provide needed items for their home," Bauer said. Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.