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Rick Abbott - Health and Wellness Support and Resources - Central Peninsula Health Foundation, Soldotna Alaska
has shared forty years with his
Since building their first home on the peninsula 38 years ago, they have raised 3 (now adult) children, with two of them choosing to continue to live on the Peninsula with their spouses and children.
Rick started his building material career on the Peninsula 38 years ago working for Superior Building Supply.
He later became Branch Manager / Soldotna General Manager for Spenard Builders Supply, where he works today.
is most commonly known as the one who has shared his
words of inspiration on the Soldotna SBS sign since 1980.
Rick's outstanding involvement in the community reaches far and wide.
He currently serves on the Board of Kenai Peninsula Builders Association.
He is an avid hunter and fisherman and services on the Boards of Safari Club International and the Kenai Peninsula Chapter Safari Club International.
Rick is a trustee for the Sterling United Pentecostal Church, where he also teaches teens and has been a mentor at Skyview High School.
As it relates to his
position on the CPHF
offers one of his
Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperDeep freeze taking toll on area 12/06/01
Propane heaters, heat tape, insulation, flex-o-pane, weather stripping and pipe wrap have been big sellers so far this winter, said Rick Abbott, Soldotna branch manager of Spenard Builders Supply.
"They're even coming in and buying the coats we have out on the sales floor," Abbott
According to Abbott
, sales of heating-related merchandise has been higher than normal for this time of year.
"We've also been spending more time with people to make sure they put their heat tape on correctly and giving other advice so they don't cause damage to their homes," Abbott
Maintenance on things like furnaces and oil heaters is something that should not be ignored during any season.During the winter it can be especially important to change filters and make sure things run smoothly and efficiently.
"A lot of maintenance people often comment they meant to do it earlier but just didn't get to it," Abbott
Improper installation of products like heat tape or improper use of heaters can result in fires and other disastrous results.
"The most important thing if you are using heat lamps or tapes is that you're very careful to use the directions and instructions and cautions that come with those items," Abbott
Even a small hole in a crawl space under a trailer can freeze a pipe up to 20 feet away, Abbott
One remedy to this problem is to heat up crawl spaces under house trailers, but that can be dangerous if not done properly.
"Oftentimes, with old trailers and the like, people will take heat tapes or heaters and use too long a cord, override the breaker and do all kinds of things to make sure pipes don't freeze," Abbott
said."I've been here a long time, and, unfortunately, I've seen that happen, particularly in this type of winter."
Gas lines and car engines require a little extra effort as well to keep them from freezing during the winter.
"Look to your neighbors, and if they need help, help them," Abbott
"This is the time of year for that."
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Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperSchool board honors its own 10/18/01
The board gave a golden apple award for outstanding service to education to Rick Abbott , the manager of Spenard Builders Supply.
Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska NewspaperPeninsula homes on the rise 08/21/01
Rick Abbott , manager of Spenard Builders Supply in Soldotna , said his sales are up 20 percent from last year , fueled by new construction from Cooper Landing to Kasilof.
Funny River , Sterling and those areas are growing , he
said.They're presold.They're not spec houses..
Sales began picking up in March , he
The interest rate has helped people upgrade to a house of higher cost of change from a rental to buying their first house , Abbott
According to information from HSH Associates in Butler , N.J. , average interest rates for fixed home mortgage rates nationwide rose from around 7 percent in early 1999 to a peak of about 8.7 percent in early summer 2000.Rates fell to about 7.2 percent early this year and now stand at about 7.1 percent.The Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
rate for 30-year loans to first-time home buyers is now 6.25 percent.Abbott
said commercial construction also has contributed to the increase in sales.
But it's not always on the Kenai Peninsula , he
Spenard Builders in Soldotna is supplying materials to build assisted-living housing in Palmer and Kotzebue , and it recently supplied materials to build assisted-living housing in Unalaska.
It's our contractor clientele that deals regularly with Spenard Builders in Soldotna.We ship from Seattle , Abbott