Harkins donates birdhouses to Union County schools
July 18, 2007 - Fannin County Deputy (and Union County resident) James Harkins recently crafted 25 wooden birdhouses for the Union County Schools. They are attractive with colorful "license plate" roofs and are suitable for bluebirds and other small song birds. Each school will get five houses for a backyard bird habitat.
Harkins says, "I've done woodworking as a hobby for fifteen years now. It takes my mind off of my job. When I'm at home I don't want to think about police work." He adds, "Thank God that I am able to look at a picture and build things. It's satisfying to work with my hands."
The birdhouses were handed over to Union County School Superintendent Tommy Stephens and Facilities Director Keith Ledford. Patricia Collins of Highland Building Supply helped unload the birdhouses from Deputy Harkins vehicle. She explained, "James is my brother. I used to be a Harkins before I married."
Highland Building Supply in Blairsville, Georgia sells many of Deputy Harkins handcrafted wooden items including wishing wells, porch swings, outhouses, and doghouses. Harkins also makes smaller items such as old fashioned wooden toys.
Supplies for the birdhouses were donated by Highland Building Supply and Gerald Patterson of Jimmy's Metal.