REINING LIBERTY DECK
Connor Stapleton, left, and Ray Horton install spindles as they and team of volunteers built two new decks in a day after demolishing the old ones at Reining Liberty Ranch in Traverse City, which offers therapeutic horseback riding and other programs for veterans, their families and other disabled or at-risk community members. The old decks lacked safety rails, were held up by cinder blocks or PVC pipe or had rotten wood. Volunteers from Westwind Construction, Kingsley Lumber, Woods Carpentry, American Waste and Prestige Building Service contributed time or materials to build a 10-foot, six-inch by nine-foot, six-inch deck and a six-foot, six-inch by eight-foot, six-inch deck outside the farmhouse that is used in the ranch's services. "We hoped for some lumber to replace the decking boards, and instead we got two new decks in a day," said Reining Liberty volunteer staff member and "ranch mom" Kathy Huseltine.