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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL Members of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church of Lake Winola sell raffle tickets for Baskets Galore. The church is now able to house the prizes in a metal building, recently constructed at the Wyoming County Community Fair grounds. In the front row, from left, is Jennifer Pieretti and Summer Pieretti. In the back row is Deacon Ray Pieretti, Linda Zalewski, Roxanne Kelleher, Billy George, and Heidi George.

About 10 years ago, St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church of Lake Winola installed a concrete slab at the Wyoming County Community Fairgrounds.

The slab provided a location for St. Mary’s members hold Baskets Galore, the church’s major fund raiser.

Each year at the fair, members would gather under a tent at the slab, selling tickets and socializing with folks who stopped by.

However, there was one problem. Many of the items raffled - such a televisions and refrigerators - are so valuable they had to be constantly watched by those running the event.

The solution was to construct a metal building with the concrete pad as the foundation, allowing the prizes to be safely secured until they were ready to be distributed.

“Dalton Lumber provided the materials at cost,” explained contractor Matt Zdaniewicz, who is a member of the church. “I donated all my time and built it in a little over a week.”

Zdaniewicz owns Four Corner Construction in Falls, and used his expertise in putting up the building. John Harris also donated his time to do the electrical work. Zdaniewicz said his two brothers - Chris and Stephen - provided assistance on the project.

Members running Baskets Galore can now simply lock the building up and walk away when no one is in the area, Zdaniewicz explained.