Dunkirk man wins Shady Side raffle

ARUNDEL DIGEST

October 17, 2007

A Dunkirk man has won the annual $10,000 raffle conducted by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.

Jim Scheidel's ticket was drawn at the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival Sunday at the Capt. Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side.

Scheidel retired from the Air Force in 1977, then worked for defense contractors at Patuxent River military base until 2001. He has lived in Dunkirk for 21 years.

He and his wife collect antique and classic cars, some of which have been shown at the museum.

Sarbanes awards honor two women

The creator of a micro-loan program in Ghana and the founder of an organization that helps elderly people and people with disabilities remain in their homes received the first Sarbanes Spirit Awards on Saturday.

The awards, named for retired U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, who spent almost four decades in public service, honor national and local social entrepreneurs who recognize a social problem and develop innovative solutions.

The national winner was Harriet Buckman Stephenson, professor of management at Seattle University since 1977. As founder of that university's Entrepreneurship Center and its Small Business Institute, Stephenson started a partnership between the university and a nonprofit government organization to start a micro-loan program in a Ghanaian village.

She also connects students with nonprofit and for-profit organizations and is known for her innovative and creative spirit in both academic and business circles.

The local winner is Barbara Huston, president and chief executive officer of Partners in Care Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses a service exchange and time banking model and a volunteer network to help aging people and adults with disabilities remain in their homes.

Some of the services provided include taking people to doctor appointments, doing grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions and making small home repairs.

When the nonprofit's main source of income disappeared, Huston developed an enterprise that allows the organization some financial independence.

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