Family Loses Home School Items Due to Fatal Fire
by Kim White Feather
(Center Ossipee, NH)
ABeka Homeschool Curriculum and Materials Needed
I am writing to you to let you know about a tragic situation.
And we are looking for the ABeka homeschool curriculum materials ranging from preschool all the way up to high school and lesson plans. This is to replace the ones that have been destroyed in the fire that insurance has not covered.
This family lost their whole farm in a fire, their animals and small cheese store. As well as all of their accumulated ABeka homeschool curriculum, books, texts, and lesson plans from preschool to high school. Can ANYONE A help these people?
A three-alarm fire claimed a barn, and a cheese making operation at the Agape Homestead Farm on 40 Rte. 16-B Center Ossipee, NH on Thursday October 14th.
The 1820 farm house owned by Janna and Kevin Straughan, which was attached to the barn by an ell, was also severely damaged in the fire, which broke out shortly after six a.m. and brought firefighters from as far away as Conway.
Kevin Straughan said that he was alerted to the fire by a man banging on the front door and yelling that the barn was on fire.
"When I got to the barn I could see a glow in the back against the trees. I went out to let the goats out but they wouldn't come out," said Straughan.
He said that he then rushed back to the house to get his wife and several children out of the home as the flames spread rapidly from the barn to the house.
He said that everyone got out of the house safely and that by the time firefighters arrived the back of the barn was a wall of flames.
The Straughans, who make goat cheese and sell other products from their home, are members of the New Hampshire Cheesemakers Guild.
They lost all but six of their herd of 21 goats, as well as 15 sheep, a bull calf, all of their laying hens as well as 70 recently hatched chicks.
Also destroyed by the flames was a delivery vehicle and horse trailer used at the farm and the processing area where the goat cheeses were made. And all of their home schooling supplies, texts, books, and lesson plans.
"We foster kids here," said farm owner Kevin Straughan. "We've adopted special needs kids, and it's our business, too. We have a cheese business, or had a cheese business. And it's also the home base for Agape Ministries, which is the food bank in the area."
Straughan said that it appeared that the main section of the home may be too heavily damaged to be repaired. "It's an older home and the flames went through it pretty good once they reached it," said Straughan.
The Straughans, who oversee the largest food pantry in Carroll County, make a living by selling their homegrown products, everything from flavored goat cheeses, raw goat's milk, meat, eggs, home baked pies, bread and muffins, as well as goat's milk soap and hand-knit caps and scarves made from wool which is spun from their own sheep, in a self-service store in one part of the barn which was destroyed.
The family also lost some food for the food bank and is seeking help from the community to replace supplies.
Investigators said they aren't sure how the fire started, but they believe it began in the barn.
Fire officials said it's unclear if the home can be saved.
Can anyone help these people?
The story is on channel 9 WMUR TV in NH and is also printed in the Manchester Union Leader for verification of this tragic event.
Kim White Feather
(Replace the (at) with @ when sending emails)If you have any ABeka homeschool curriculum items mentioned above that you are not using, please consider donating them to this family! Thanks, Heather
Thank you Kim, for posting this to my website. I will spread the word. Blessings, Heather
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