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Highland Home breaks ground on renovation project

Mayor Joe Michaelis, Jean Terhark, Janet Kruse, Jeannie Meyer, Maryann Frueh, Ryan Goodwin, Charlie Schatte
Paula Shea Calvert, Ralph Korte, Mark Robinson and 
Dan Fieker participated in Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony at The Highland Home.
Mayor Joe Michaelis, Jean Terhark, Janet Kruse, Jeannie Meyer, Maryann Frueh, Ryan Goodwin, Charlie Schatte Paula Shea Calvert, Ralph Korte, Mark Robinson and Dan Fieker participated in Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony at The Highland Home. News Leader

Work has already begun, but a ceremonial groundbreaking took place on Tuesday morning for a major renovation project at The Highland Home.

“The project started this past Monday and has been going well so far. The Korte Co. is our general contractor, with Ron Hunsche Excavating on site at this time,” said Rick Embry, The Highland Home’s resident manager.

The project at the 103-year-old senior living facility, located at 1600 Walnut in Highland, includes the addition of a new covered drive-through. A new road and sidewalks from the canopy area will make a level path from from where a vehicle would stop to drop someone off to the inside of the building. Also, the home’s front room, which serves as the living/reception area, will be enlarged and redesigned to make it a better area to meet with friends and family.

“Our activity room area, which is part of the original building built in 1912, will get a total make-over to make it an even better area to have entertainment, church services and card parties, as well as many other fun activities,” Embry said.

“We welcome the public to come out to the ceremony and to come by anytime to keep posted on the exciting progress in making The Highland Home an even better place to call home,” Embry said.

Highland Home Board of Directors Dan Fieker and Mark Robinson joined Highland Mayor Joe Michael and Ralph Korte, The Korte Co. founder, who spoke at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony.

Robinson noted as part of the renovation, a new hair salon and barber shop was created in the north wing. He said new activity room will be used for additional dining for special events, church services, entertainment, movies and resident activities. A new, fully accessible public rest room and an expanded, full-service laundry room are being built.

“In general, we are providing an up-to-date, more welcoming facility for residents, families and visitors of The Highland Home,” Robinson said.

Fieker pointed out as a not-for-profit organization, The Highland Home depends on contributions and support from the community to be able to continue to provide those aforementioned attributes.

“We would like to thank the Jim Bittecoffer estate for the generous contribution that helped us to kick off this construction project, but also, just as importantly, we would like to thank all of those people who have made and continue to make contributions of not only dollars, but contributions of volunteer time in service, food, furnishings and emotional support,” Fieker said.

Fieker also thanked The Korte Construction Co. for designing an “excellent plan to improve our facility.”

“This is just another example of how their hard work and commitment to help our community is a core value of their business,” Fieker said.

About The Highland Home

The Highland Home is an independent retirement community with added services that has served the community since 1912.

Apartment living removes the day-to-day home maintenance of owning a home. Added services, such as three daily meals, house keeping services, and laundry services make independent life easy at The Highland Home. A beauty salon and barber shop within its walls make it easy to take care of personal hygiene needs. A family feeling among the residents is built by optional organized activities.

A short walk from The Highland Home will take you to a walking path at Spindler Park. Grocery stores, banks, gift stores and restaurants are all within walking distance.

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