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Paradise for Ossian couple is camper in corner at Salamonie Lake

Salamonie Lake campground hosts Brenda (center) and Ron Werling, of Ossian, receive a visit from 1-year-old granddaughter Addison Girardot (left) on Friday, Aug. 21. The couple — he’s retired, she’s not — are part of a Department of Natural Resources program that offers a free stay in exchange for helping out at the campground a few hours a day.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

For Ron and Brenda Werling, it’s paradise.

All the nature they can soak in, a pile of firewood and a travel trailer to call home.

From their little corner of the Salamonie Lake modern campground, they have an eye on the world.

“We meet all kinds of people, from different parts of the state,” Brenda says. “Really, from all over.”

It’s not just the people. There’s the inhabitants of the natural world, too.

“In the evening, the deer come out, the turkeys come out,” she says. “We both like being outdoors, so it’s perfect for us.”


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PHD’s expansion makes it player in automation

Thomas Allred (third from left), assistant vice president of PHD, Inc. Huntington Operations, accepts a check in the amount of $28,000 in CEDIT funds from Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall, in support of the company’s Phase 2 expansion project. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Commissioner Rob Miller, Commissioner Larry Buzzard, Allred, Wall and PHD Controller Mark Searles.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Many people around Huntington know PHD  Inc. as the company that makes machines and molds for soda and water bottles. But on the heels of a major expansion, PHD’s management showcased the manufacturer’s versatility in making parts and products that support the automation industry.

“We used to say, if it needs pushed, pulled, turned or picked up or placed somewhere, we make something that will do it for you,” says Thomas J. Allred, assistant vice president of Huntington Operations. “That’s a lot of different products.”


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Roanoke council agrees to work payouts

The Roanoke Town Council agreed to a pair of payouts for construction projects at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Phil Hibbert, of DLZ, requested the payouts from the board. The first pertained to work performed on Seminary Street and was for $61,878 while the second went to Phoenix for work done on the new water tower, totaling $15,176.

Assistant Utility Superintendent John Hitzemann reported that the main breaker at the wastewater plant was going bad and that he had ordered a replacement for $3,800. Hitzemann added that there would be an additional fee for installation.


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Willliams nets hat trick as Lady Vike soccergirls roll

Lady Viking sophomore Karmen Koch maneuvers with the soccer ball against a Columbia City defender on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Koch scored two goals as the Lady Vikes defeated the visitors, 7-0.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Hannah Williams scored a hat trick as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity volleyball team routed visiting Columbia City, 7-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Sophomore Karmen Koch scored two more goals to bring her team-leading total to 10 and she also added an assist on the evening. Fellow sophomore Hannah Tillett added a goal and an assist, as did freshman Amaya Sunderman.

Senior Carly Jagger turned away one shot in goal in 55 minutes of action and junior Brooke Trice didn't face any shots on net in her 25 minutes of play to ring up the shutout.


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Zanesville celebrates itself with 33rd annual Homespun Day this Saturday

Photo shows former Zanesville Postmaster Robert Clark (at left) with an unknown postal carrier bringing mail by horse-drawn buggy from Roanoke in 1912. Clark is standing in front of the door to the post office, then located at the corner of Wayne and Scott streets. The building was lost to fire in 1929. Another former Zanesville postmaster, Rosemary Kumfer, will be the grand marshal of this year’s Homespun Day parade on Saturday, Sept. 5.
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The 33rd annual Zanesville Homespun Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The day includes the Lions Club Car Show, parade, softball tourney, food, arts and  town-wide crafts and garage sales.

The Lions Club Car Show kicks off at 8 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. It will be held in the parking lot of the Zanesville United Methodist Church. Proceeds go to the Zanesville Community Park and Lions Club projects. Call Kenny Edwards at 638-4327 to enter.