New LRWP executive director relishes job title -- and job that goes with it

Photo by Lauren M. Winterfeld.

Originally published Sept. 23, 2013.

"It's a perfect fit," says Amy Silva, of her new title - executive director of the Little River Wetlands Project.

Silva began working in the position on Sept. 3.

"It got me back to the things I absolutely love," she says of her duties as executive director, "I love working with the grants and the foundations and the corporations to put funding together so we can go do all these wonderful things - preserve and restore properties.


Sister Gill at 90 still enjoys responsibility of looking after people

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Sept. 19, 2013.

Sister Miriam Gill, the director of religious education at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, turns 90 on Friday, Sept. 20.

One thing that hasn't changed with time is her role in life.

Case in point: Gill, the oldest of five children, looked after her younger siblings growing up. She enjoyed that responsibility and it's one of the reasons she became a teacher. Today, in her capacity as the church's director of religious education, she's still looking after people, students and teachers alike.


Pool play part of daily life for group of 20 at Heritage Pointe in Warren

Photo provided.

Originally published Sept. 16, 2013.

"Clarence (Myers) is 90 and I am about 89, and we feel like we are able to get up there about every weekday," says Mel Dooley, Heritage Pointe resident and avid pool player.

He is part of a group of roughly 20 Heritage Pointe residents who are heavily involved in weekly pool tournaments held every Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Myers has been playing pool at Heritage Pointe for 15 years, and Dooley for 12.

They say that the men who play every Friday also play every day between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m.


Condit Street fire station renovation becomes ‘home fix-up project’ for firefighters

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Sept. 12, 2013.

"It's kind of like working on your own home," Huntington Fire Marshal Wayne Huff says.

Except when the alarm sounds and the guys have to suit up and shoot out the door to respond to a medical emergency or a burning structure.

Then, all work stops.

But Huff hopes that, even with all the interruptions, the crew of firefighters can have the Condit Street Fire Station ready for service in a month or so.


New trading post at Forks of Wabash to accurately reflect French influence in area

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

When French traders wandered down the waterway from Montreal to what is now Huntington around 1700, they were just looking to make a living.

Their arrival, though, sparked the beginning of a fundamental change in the culture of the Miamis native to the area.

The French were the first Europeans to make it this far, and their influence extended until they were chased out by the British in 1763 at the end of the French and Indian War (which, despite its name, was actually a war between the French and the British).


Local disc jockey looking to help other blind people realize a dream

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Sept. 9, 2013.

Monte Sieberns has been turning the turntable since he was a kid.

"I kind of would volunteer myself when my father would have a hog roast at his barn," Sieberns admits.

He'd even offer to take requests - for a quarter. It didn't always work out the way he hoped.

"The most popular request was, ‘Could you please turn that off? We're trying to visit,'" Sieberns says in his smooth radio voice.


Father-son truck, tractor pullers looking for local victory

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Sept. 5, 2013.

Mike and Joe Schoenemann, a father and son truck and tractor pulling duo from Roanoke, have 46 combined years of experience in their sport.

And while they've performed well in competitions across the United States, there's one event that neither of them can ever seem to win: the truck and tractor pull in Roanoke.

"Your hometown pull is probably the hardest pull to win all year long," admits Mike, the father. "For some reason, if you ever have bad luck, it's always at your hometown pull."


Huntington mayor Fetters is ‘wheel’ man away from the office

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Sept. 2, 2013.

Brooks Fetters was an avid cyclist in his youth.

Somewhere in adulthood, he lost his close relationship with the two-wheeled form of transportation.

In 2007, though, he decided to pick it back up.
"I still remember my first ride after having not been on a bike," he recalls. "It was 3.8 miles and I thought I'd climbed Mount Everest."

Today, Fetters isn't a stranger to rides that require riding 100 miles in one day.


Local man’s sons stand tall for him when he suffers heart attack at Roush

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Aug. 29, 2013.

Richard Andrew Teusch towers over his two young sons.

And he looks up to them.

"I think they're heroes," he says.

Without them, Teusch believes, he never would have survived the heart attack he suffered deep in the woods of the Roush Fish and Wildlife Area.

Twelve-year-old Russell Teusch, sitting with his dad and brother in the living room of their Andrews home, just shrugs his shoulders and grins.

"I'm glad he's alive," he says.