Crews work on varying aspects of the Keefer family’s new home Thursday.
Crews work on varying aspects of the Keefer family's new home Thursday. (Daily Record/Sunday News - Jason Plotkin)

By noon Thursday, the zoo on Dubbers Hill Drive in Newberry Township looked more like a house.

The team from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," in town to film an episode of the weekly reality show, plans to have the place ready for Brian Keefer and his family between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

An army of blue-shirted volunteers had wrapped yellow siding and white trim around the wood frame. They'd built a porch. And in the wee hours of the morning, they'd finished the drywall.

Miles of metal fencing and security guards held flocks of sightseers away from the work. Air-conditioned buses brought them in by the hundreds to snap photos or talk with the construction workers.

Casey Dougherty of Gettysburg, left, gets a drink to Curt Fleck, who works for Musser Home Builders, at the build site Thursday.
Casey Dougherty of Gettysburg, left, gets a drink to Curt Fleck, who works for Musser Home Builders, at the build site Thursday. (Daily Record/Sunday News - Jason Plotkin)

They parked at nearby Red Mill Elementary School on Red Mill Road, along with others who showed up to volunteer.

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Eighth-grade earth sciences teacher Patrick Murphy's summer vacation started recently. What better way to enjoy the time off than working construction?

Murphy and his wife willed themselves out of bed about 5:45 a.m. and headed from their home in Dallastown up Interstate 83. They wanted to pitch in. The kind of work didn't matter.

"It could be anything," Murphy said. "Carrying water bottles. It's just exciting to be part of it."

The couple signed up in the volunteer tent. Their names were added to a list, and they'd be called if needed.

In the meantime, Murphy could help park cars.

For a few hours Thursday, the first face visitors saw was the 40-year-old teacher from Allen Middle School in Camp Hill. His wife, meanwhile, hoisted boxes of water bottles near the tent.

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Angie Wrightstone watched workers pull the old house down and marveled at the speed at which a new one took its place.

In the meantime, Wrightstone worked damage control.

The education manager for the York Campus of the Baltimore School of Massage and her fellow massage therapists have been working an on-site massage tent. On five chairs and three tables, the team kneaded sore muscles, rubbed shoulders and stretched sore limbs.

Usually six or seven massage therapists are on hand. They volunteer in shifts from 8 a.m. to midnight.

On Wednesday, they gave 150 massages to volunteers, production staffers and even the Keefers' neighbors, who were encouraged to drop by if the noise began to chafe nerves.

Brian Keefer had been one of Wrightstone's clients, and she'd gotten to know the family. When the show contacted the school for help, Wrightstone was quick to sign on.

This weekend

Here is the latest schedule for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" for Friday and the weekend.

The ABC show said the family will see the home for the first time Sunday.

Here are the highlights:

· Friday: Driveway and patio work, landscaping, HVAC work, bathrooms and installing fences.

· Saturday: Wallpapering and mural work, final drywall touch-up and final inspection.

Design team takes over at 2 p.m.; show producers do a walk-through at 7 p.m.

· Sunday: Moving materials and cleaning the site. Home will be revealed to the family between 2 and 4 p.m.

· Monday: News conference at 9 a.m.

· Monday and Tuesday: Clean-up, and crew clears out of the neighborhood. Also, click here for recent coverage of the construction, fundraising efforts and volunteering.