By Shobha Rao - November 2, 2000
Town Crier Staff Writer
In a world that can be so hostile, filled with lawsuits, takeovers and
tyrants, goodness still abounds.
Just ask LeeAnne Kraus, manager of Westwind Barn. Kraus said, about a year
ago, the pathway link between the back of Westwind Barn and Central Drive
was closed off, due to a dispute involving the town and various neighbors.
"Though this was not catastrophic," Kraus said, "you had to travel an extra
two miles, through Byrne Preserve and the Artemis-Ginzton Trail, to make
that link. It was disappointing because we used that closed link for the 4-H
Riding Program, which is run by the Westwind Riding Institute."
Because of the older horses and the special needs of the handicapped
children involved in the program, the two-mile detour could not be used, she
That's when Jim and Lee Patmore, who live adjacent to the closed Central
Drive pathway link, donated a pathway easement that was parallel to the
original link. This once again opened up the connection for the 4-H Riding
Lee Patmore said Councilwoman Elayne Dauber "suggested that it was a huge
loss to the community to not have this pathway, and suggested that we
This past spring, the Patmores took up Dauber's suggestion and donated a
pathway easement along the edge of their property. The new easement is
approximately 50 feet long and 15 feet from the old path.
The Patmores even paid to clear the poison oak that grew along the easement,
since the town couldn't afford the $10,000 price tag.
Kraus said the staff and children of Westwind Barn "really appreciate" the
new link, which is once again used regularly by the riding program.
The Patmores, who have lived in Los Altos Hills since 1971, shy away from
even nominal recognition. Lee Patmore is a software consultant and Jim is a
retired software engineer. They have two grown sons, one of whom lives next
door to them with his own family.