Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
Today Stanek Windows’ associates volunteered their time to replace 23 windows at the historic Stearns Homestead Farm located in Parma, Ohio. Stanek Windows is a window and door manufacturer, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mary Lou & Denny Hriczik from Strongsville, Ohio have volunteered at Stearns Homestead Farm for the past two years. After spending countless hours with the rabbits, Mary Lou noticed the need for new windows near the coops.
“Originally, I asked for three or four windows that Stanek was going to throw out,” said Mary Lou Hriczik. “The windows were in need of repair in all of the buildings, and occasionally broke and fell out of their slots so we ended up nailing them in place.”
After receiving the call, Rick Jones, president of Stanek Windows, decided to replace outdated windows throughout the entire farm. The 23 newly manufactured windows now provide creature comfort for the animals, the volunteers, and the many visitors that want to experience farm life. They reflect the heat, ultimately cooling the barn for the animals.
The Country Store, filled with antiques and historic items, received Stanek Window’s custom-made, medium oak wood grain windows to accent the barn motif, keeping the esthetics of the wood. The new windows now allow ventilation and are high-performance, double pane low-e glass. Prior to this replacement, the windows were single-pane fixed glass.
The barn, which was constructed sometime between 1835 and 1855, previously relied on a number system to replace windows as the seasons changed. During the summer months, the windows were replaced with chicken wire mesh stapled directly to the barn. In terms of the new windows, the volunteers can now tackle transitional days of hot or cold weather and make the animals feel conformable.
“The windows were so old and ill-fitting,” said Renee Schapel, Parma Area Historical Society Trustee. “In order to minimize our frustration when putting them back in during the winter, we actually numbered the windows and the openings so we were sure they fit.”
“I spent my early years of life on my uncle’s farm so I have an affection for farm animals and farm life,” said Jones. “Stanek Windows wanted to help so that future generations could enjoy what Stearns Farm provides on a daily basis. I think customers will appreciate the ‘Stanek Difference’ in the new windows throughout the buildings on the property. We encourage residents to visit the farm and make contributions.”
Stearns Homestead, Parma’s Historical Farm, is operated by the Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS) in cooperation with the City of Parma. Stearns Homestead is a 48-acre operational farm with two houses, a Yankee-style barn, animal shelters and Country Store. The farm raises livestock for market and produce for sale. It currently is used for educational purposes and is working towards sustainability.
The working farm is home to over 50 animals. Livestock includes horses, ponies, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and rabbits.
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Stanek Windows serves Western Florida, Northeast Ohio and South-Eastern Wisconsin with offices in Tampa/Clearwater, Florida, Cleveland, Ohio and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company offers a full line of energy-efficient windows, patio doors and exterior doors, as well as, siding, hurricane shutters and gutter systems. All Stanek Windows are independently tested and certified to area building codes, including impact windows for the strongest Florida hurricane-rated codes. For more information, contact Stanek Windows at 800-4-STANEK or visit StanekWindows.com.