Six year-long guests from Greensburg return next week (VIDEOS)


Who ever said you can’t go home again certainly wasn’t from Kansas where the motto is “there’s no place like home.”
That’s true for a half dozen former residents of the Carriage House assisted living facility in Greensburg.
They’ll be leaving early  next week for a road trip on U.S. 54 Highway  to their remodeled  building in the southwest part of Greensburg - a town nearly destroyed by a tornado more than a year ago.
They’re looking forward to “going home again.” They were feted at a going-away party Thursday afternoon at the local LakePoint Center they enjoyed their year-plus in the Augusta community.
The party included a “No Place Like Home” cake and a second one with red slippers inviting a click of one’s heels.
LakePoint Administrator Kevin Unrein said LakePoint’s farthest west facility is in Greensburg and they were active in that town before the night the impending tornado hit - ?May 4, 2007.
Unrein said family members were contacted about taking in their elderly relatives after the tornado. Some did. Some were unable to do so because of the tornado.
Before sunrise on May 5, Unrein and other LakePoint staffers were beginning to bring the displaced to assisted living  facilities here, El Dorado, Rose Hill, and Wichita.,
Eleven from Greensburg were transferred to Carriage House at Crestview in Wichita, two to El Dorado, and one to Rose Hill Carriage House.
He said the Greensburg assisted living unit building was built strong and withstood the brunt of the twister. However, windows and the exterior were severely damaged.
He told the former residents the community is making restoration progress and that Carriage House is one of the biggest operations  that is back in business. 
The Greensburg facility reopened Monday and already has three residents back. Next week’s delegation from this area is expected to fill 26 units of the Carriage House. It can accommodate up to 32 residents.
Homeward bound from?Augusta will be:
Doris Graff, widow of Bernard Graff. They farmed in Edwards County area for many years.
Thelma Rinehart, widow of Arden Rinehart. He worked for the gas company and she was a school secretary.
Winnie Fankhouser who was a clerk at the Haviland Post Office. Her late husband. Lloyd, was a letter carrier.
Gene Dennis was postmaster at Belvidere for many years. Her husband Edward was a mechanic.
Clarence, who celebrated his 100th birthday at LakePoint of Augusta in?February,  and wife Forrest will also be returning to the area where they formerly lived.