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  • n  construction by a group of neighbors

  • To honor the big house-raising, the Pineville Bakery had donated a giant cake that bore on its icing a verse from the Second Book of Kings: "Let us make a little chamber, I pray .

  • Richard Ford in New York Times
    Mr. Ford spoke at the ceremony of the "valiant and hopeful house-raising," and those words captured the spirit of an enterprise that seemed as much a challenge to the future as a foundation for something new.

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