Patmores' 'dream house' in housewalk

The large kitchen in the Patmore residence features a commercial range with a handcrafted hood and an island that houses a refrigerator, freezer and microwave. The home will be featured in Tri Kappa’s Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When Don Patmore chose Huntington as the place to build his dream house, he didn't know much about the area.

"I initially chose the area for three reasons," Patmore says. "Firstly, I wanted to get out of the area where I was in Warsaw. I also wanted wide open spaces and a buffer zone between me and my next-door neighbors. Lastly, I liked the fact that Huntington was closer to Fort Wayne."

The Patmore home, a combination of Don's and his wife Jo's tastes, will be one of the four homes showcased in this year's Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

HNHS Athletic Dept. strives to keep community in know

Huntington North High School Athletic Director Michael Gasaway stands in front of a large calendar of HNHS athletic events for the 2009-10 school year.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Sept. 10, 2009.

The Huntington North High School Athletic Department has added a new tool and updated an existing one to keep the communication open between the department and the community.

Athletic Director Michael Gasaway introduced the Athletic Hotline at the beginning of the 2009-10 sports season.

"We talked about how could people find out the status of games without interrupting what (Jill Landrum, athletic department secretary) is trying to get done at the end of the day," says Gasaway, explaining how the idea came about.

Local church reaches out to youth with 'Games in the Park' program

Rev. Rick Leone (right) and Paige Johnson play the part of sheep during a game of “What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf?” Saturday morning, Sept. 12, at Laurie Park. Leone is pastor of the Church of Our Glorious King.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Roughly four years ago, members of the Church of Our Glorious King, in Huntington, embarked on a mission to reach out to their community.

Every Saturday in September and October since then, a group of volunteers facilitates "Games in the Park" at Laurie Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

The program is offered for youth in grades three through six.

Tom Bergler, program director, says there was a need.

HCCSC students fare well on ISTEPs

Chart by Cindy Klepper.

Tracey Shafer, superintendent of the Huntington County Community Schools, has every right to be proud.

"We outperformed the state across the board," he says after reviewing results from his corporation's students on the latest ISTEP+ assessment.

And that's about the only comparison that's valid with this test. The ISTEP administered in the spring of 2009 had a new format and was given at a different time of the year than in the past, so Indiana Department of Education officials say it can't really be compared to scores on past tests.

Andrews Lions' support of leader dog program comes back to Walker

Aspen, a chocolate Labrador retriever Leader Dog, leads Bud Walker down Walker’s driveway in Andrews. Walker got Aspen three years ago through the Leader Dogs for the Blind program.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Aug. 27, 2009.

Andrews residents Bud and Joyce Walker's lives were saved from a negligent driver a short while ago - by a dog.

The couple was making a routine trip to the Wal-Mart store in Huntington. Bud, who is legally blind, was preparing to go across the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the store when a pickup truck sped through the intersection without stopping at the posted signs.

Roanoke home has made area couple into historic caretakers

When Ron and Marcia Rivers moved into their home near downtown Roanoke in 2005, they not only became the owners of a house - they became the latest in a line of caretakers of a piece of history.

And each of those caretakers over the past 115 years has made sure to pass down two keepsakes with the house - a picture of the house just after it was built in 1894, and a photograph of a little girl who was one of the home's original occupants.

HPD adds robot to its lineup

Huntington Police Officer Dale Osborn (center) listens to Huntington Robotics Team THRUST member Samir Shaikh as he operates “Fred” (shown at left) at Hier’s Park on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The robot will be used at police shooting ranges as a moving target.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Aug. 17, 2009.

A new member was added to the Huntington Police Department on Tuesday, Aug. 11, but he will help in a different way.

"Fred" is a robot the Huntington County 4-H Robotics team, Team THRUST 1501 (Thundering Herd of Robots Using Student Thinking), built for the police department to use as target practice during shooting drills on the police range.

Scheiber home one of four on Tri Kappa Housewalk

The sunroom at the home of Jim and Jeni Scheiber. The Scheibers' home wil be featured on the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The home of Jeni and Jim Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke, will be featured in the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

The house, built in 1999, has been occupied by the Scheibers since 2001. It features four bedrooms, a pool, four and a half baths and a bar area in the finished basement.

The Scheibers added on the kitchen, a sunroom and an extra bedroom after they bought the home. A small pool house is located in the back yard, complete with a small kitchen and another bathroom.

Gas price talk leads trio to build electric car on their own terms

The Sheleys – (from left) Shannon, Josh Sheley and their dad Rowdy Sheley — converted a 1993 Eagle Summit to an electric car. The project, which started last Fourth of July, was completed early this spring.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 20, 2009.

When guys get together to "shoot the breeze," most talk about sports or politics.

However, last year, with the escalating gas prices, Rowdy Sheley and two of sons, Shannon and Josh, were discussing options.

"We saw how the prices were rising and how everybody was complaining and were just thinking of how we could figure it all out," Rowdy Sheley says.

He says that's when the research into electric cars started.

Hawley home to be open for Tri Kappa Housewalk

Photo provided.

The home of Richard and Becky Hawley, 1111 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, will be open for visitors during the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

Scheiber home among homes in Tri Kappa Housewalk

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The home of Jim and Jeni Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke, is among the homes included in the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

Rivers home in Tri Kappa Housewalk

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Ron and Marcia Rivers will welcome community members into their home at 219 S. Main St., Roanoke, during the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

Four area homes to be featured on Tri Kappa Housewalk in October

The home of Don and Jo Patmore, 6636N-300W, Huntington, is one of four homes to be featured during the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo provided.

The doors to four Huntington County homes will open to welcome visitors on Oct. 4 as Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa sponsors its 2009 Housewalk.

This year's showcase includes the homes of:
• Jim and Jeni Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke;
• Richard and Becky Hawley, 1111 N. Jefferson St., Huntington;
• Don and Jo Patmore, 6636N-300W, Huntington;
• and Ron and Marcia Rivers, 219 S. Main St., Roanoke.

Local group helping in unique way

Judy Turgeson (left) and Anita Prout begin to pack the quilts that will be sent to a church in Afghanistan. The women are members of the St. Peter Lutheran Ladies Quilt Group.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A group of women at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Huntington are helping out with the reconstruction of Afghanistan - in a unique way.

The St. Peter Lutheran Ladies' Quilt Group is sending a shipment of bed-size and baby quilts directly to a mission in the war-torn country.

"It's not every day that you get to send something directly to Afghanistan," says Judy Turgeson, one of the group's leaders.

OLVM nun folllows heart -- and sisters

Sister Guadalupe "Lupita" Aguilar Huanca made her final vows as a member of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters on July 22.
Photo provided.

Originally published Aug. 6, 2009.

Guadalupe "Lupita" Aguilar Huanca followed her heart - and her sisters - to Huntington.

For the time being, she makes her home on the wooded grounds of Victory Noll, the home base of a religious order of women known as Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters.

Huanca became a full member of the congregation on July 22, making her final vows a decade after entering the congregation as a postulant.

That makes her somewhat of a rarity at Victory Noll, where new members are few and far between.