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Volunteers install ramp for disabled Gloversville vet

Chuck Hart watches from his porch as Home Depot volunteer Allen VanAlstyne drills the footings for a  new ramp to the porch at Hart's home in Gloversville.
Chuck Hart watches from his porch as Home Depot volunteer Allen VanAlstyne drills the footings for a new ramp to the porch at Hart's home in Gloversville.
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Chuck Hart doesn’t like the term “amputee.” “There’s something about the word,” he said. “It bothers me. I’m a man-made midget, not an amputee.” Hart lost both of his legs to peripheral vascular disease in a string of surgeries starting in 2003. For more than six months, he’s been confined to his 5 Beech St. home in Gloversville because it didn’t have a wheelchair ramp. “I don’t really leave the house much,” he said. That ...


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