The crews for ABC television's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" have left Chapman, but the home makeover work continues.

    The reality show was in Chapman for 10 days recently to work with hundreds of volunteers to build a new home for the Patrick Tutwiler family. Volunteers had also intended to work on the home of Justin and Crystal Baer and several others but ran out of time before completing it.


The crews for ABC television's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" have left Chapman, but the home makeover work continues.
    The reality show was in Chapman for 10 days recently to work with hundreds of volunteers to build a new home for the Patrick Tutwiler family. Volunteers had also intended to work on the home of Justin and Crystal Baer and several others but ran out of time before completing it.
    But Chapman resident James Jones and 15 to 25 volunteers planned to descend on the Baer home Saturday to do landscaping work and plant trees and shrubbery in the couple's yard.
    "I heard things hadn't been done for (the Baers), so I stepped up," Jones said.
    Projects include putting fresh sod on the front, side and back lawns and planting several trees, bushes and shrubs.
    "We're going to try to get it done in one day," he said. "We're trying to get them in their house by Thanksgiving."
    Although the Baers' home was virtually destroyed by the tornado that hit Chapman June 11, the family already has rebuilt most of the home and renovated most of the interior, Jones said.
    When the tornado struck, Crystal was pregnant with the couple's fourth child. The morning after the tornado, she gave birth to a daughter.
    "I don't recommend that for anyone, but it made quite a story," said Crystal, a first-grade teacher at Chapman Elementary School.
    Since the tornado, the Baers have been living in a rented house while rebuilding.
    The ABC producers chose the Tutwiler family to receive a new home. Patrick Tutwiler is a U.S. Army specialist who was shot in the neck by a sniper in Iraq about a year before the tornado struck. Since being shot, Tutwiler has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Tutwiler and his wife, Crystal, have four children, and a nephew lives with them.
    In addition to building the Tutwilers a new home, the "Extreme Makeover" team and volunteers built a new community center and remodeled a park, and worked on several other damaged Chapman homes.
    The Baers received some assistance from the "Extreme Makeover" team. Crystal said they signed a contract agreeing not to reveal what was done for them until the episode airs in mid-January. But there still was plenty of work left to be done.
    Doug Thompson, Chapman city attorney, said he hoped the "Extreme Makeover" experience would spark more volunteerism in the five communities that helped with the television project. Those communities included Chapman, Salina, Junction City, Manhattan and Clay Center.
    "We want to keep the momentum going, not only for our community but for any community with someone in need," Thompson said.
    "Hopefully, TV cameras won't be the key to get people to continue to volunteer," Thompson said.