Crop grower workshops set for Feb. 25 in Huntington and Fort Wayne

Crop grower workshops are set for Monday, Feb. 25, in Huntington and Fort Wayne.

The sessions are at First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds and at the Allen County Extension Office, located at 4001 Crescent Ave. in Fort Wayne.
The sessions will cover the following topics:

Wintertime fun

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Eva Webb (left), an interpreter at Salamonie Lake State Recreation Area, reads a book about wild animals in the wintertime to an enthusiastic group during the Salamonie Preschool program held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Interpretation Center. Caught up in the story are Elijah Highley (second from left), 2, of Warren; Thaya Faust (third from left) 3, of Wabash; and Georgia Thrift, 4, of Andrews.

Lilly Bear’s Rescue hosting chili cook-off to benefit sick puppy

Lilly Anne, a 6-month-old cocker spaniel at Lilly Bear’s Rescue, in Warren, has been diagnosed with an intrahepatic liver shunt, a condition which will require surgery.  The rescue  is holding a chili cook-off on Sunday, Feb. 24, to raise funds for the surgery.
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Lilly Bear’s Rescue will host a chili cook-off, bake sale and silent auction on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knight Bergman Center, 132 N. Nancy St., in Warren.

Admission to the cook-off will be charged, with a discount for children ages 5 to 10 and children under 5 free.

Tractor Pullers donate to RVFD

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The Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association recently donated $5,000 to the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department to do what they pleased with, whether they wanted to make the first payment on their new truck or fit their truck with tools. The club raised the money at its truck and tractor pull and demolition derby held in September. Holding the check are (left) Chad Threewitts from the Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association and (right) Brandon Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, along with members of the RVFD.

Shepherd’s Food Pantry to distribute on Feb. 21

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold its food distribution on Thursday, Feb. 21, between the hours of 10 a.m. to noon at the Lions Clubhouse, 365 Leedy Lane (at the ball diamonds).

The distribution is for Andrews/Dallas Township area residents only. No appointment is necessary. It will be done on a first come, first served basis. Recipients must bring their own container.

If weather conditions are such that schools are closed on distribution day, the pantry will also be closed and re-open when schools are back in session.

DeWeese serves as submarine instructor in the U.S. Pacific Fleet

Warren native and Petty Officer 1st Class John DeWeese stands in front of the U.S. Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP) in Pearl Harbor, HI, where he is serving as an electrician’s mate (nuclear) and instructor within the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
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A Warren native and 2007 Southern Wells High School graduate is serving at the United States Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP) in Pearl Harbor, HI.

Petty Officer 1st Class John DeWeese has served for seven years and works as a Navy electrician’s mate (nuclear) and is serving within the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of operations.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet is the world’s largest fleet command, encompassing 100 million square miles, nearly half the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean.

Grand Rental realigning to expand storage space

Brian Howenstine, owner of Grand Rental Station and Grand Rental Station Ustore, has announced that he will close the tool and party rental portion of the business to expand and realign the storage operation with an increased footprint of storage space.

“Grand Rental Station will cease operations in the tool and party rental portion of the business on Feb. 28,” said Howenstine. “We will communicate with all Ustore tenants this month to inform them of the office hours to make payments and rent additional space.”

Roanoke Public Library to host adult coloring session on Feb. 28

The Roanoke Public Library will host an adult coloring session on Thursday, Feb. 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

Supplies will be available, but participants are free to bring their own to use themselves or to share.

The Roanoke Public Library is located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke. For more information, call 672-2989.

Sweet contest

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Charlie Burd, adult librarian at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, waits for the next contestant to taste five different brands of chocolate and guess which one was which on Thursday, Feb. 14. The prize for the winner was a box of Godiva Chocolates.

National farm machinery show

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Chris Trampush (left), JCB product manager, answers question about equipment from Huntington County farmers (from second left) Tom Sieberns, Mark Sale, John Easterday, Lance Kreider and Dakota Sunday on Thursday, Feb. 14, during the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville KY.

Business and farm tax assessment forms available

The assessment forms for business and farmers personal property are due to the Huntington County Assessor’s Office on May 15.

This includes churches and exempt entities.

The forms may be picked up in the County Assessor’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Forms can also be accessed on the county website,, through the assessor’s page or from the Department of Local Government Website, htm.

Letter ‘H’ for Heart

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Huntington City-Township Public Library Children’s Department Librarian Joan Sherlock (left) reads a story to youngsters during story time Tuesday, Feb. 12. The story pit at the Huntington branch has now been filled in as part of the library’s renovation project and the new location, when completed, will be more easily accessible by both children and their caregivers.

Farm succession plan workshop on 2 days

Families interested in shaping the future ownership of the family farm should consider attending an upcoming two-session workshop, titled “Design Your Succession Plan.”

Design Your Succession Plan is a program authored by North Dakota State University Extension to help families get started on their plan, open lines of communication and work with professionals. Sessions will be on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Thursday, March 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex conference room, located at 1340 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Crafts, hot chocolate at ADTPL

The Andrews-Dallas Towship Public Library will host a Craft Festival and Hot Chocolate Bar on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children and adults are invited to drop in anytime and choose from multiple craft projects to make, all while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa with a variety of toppings. Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult or by a sibling who is at least 13 years old.

The library is located at 30 E. Madison St. For more information, call the library at 786-3574 or visit

SWCD tree sale runs Feb. 25-April 5

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding a Spring Tree Sale from Feb. 25 to April 5.

Orders are due by April 5, with payment. Delivery will be on April 15.

Some of the varieties that will be available at the sale are:

Trees: Autumn Blaze Maple, Sugar Maple, Tulip Poplar, River Birch, Norway Spruce, Exclamation London Plane, Blue Spruce, Red Oak, White Pine and Ivory Silk Lilac.

Shrubs: Coral Snap, American Cranberry, Red Osier Dogwood and Diablo Ninebark.