Schroeder’s expands into full service for motorcycles and ATVs

Chris Schroeder, of Schroeder’s Automotive Specialists, in Huntington, stands in the middle of a few of the types of vehicles the shop is now repairing since it began complete cycle and ATV repair recently at its 1001 W. Park Drive location.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Schroeder’s Automotive Specialists, of Huntington, a five-generation automotive repair shop, has expanded into full service for motorcycles and ATVs.

“We do everything for them from full service cycle and ATV repair,” says President David Schroeder. “We do electrical, heavy, we even sell tires.”

Schroeder says circumstances led the shop to expand its services. Long-time cycle repair shop Joy’s Cycle Repair in rural Warren closed due to retirement, and Schroeder’s son Chris, just back from living in North Carolina for several years, had an interest in adding the service.

Triton Hydrofarms now retailing hydroponic lettuce to customers

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Inside a nondescript building at Triton Hydrofarms and Greenhouse, located at 5109 W. River Rd., Huntington, is a football field of lettuce. While it may not seem exciting to some, for Phillip Rocha, it’s his passion.

The impressive operation can grow as many as 12,365 plants at one time, using a hydroponics system delivering nutrient-laced water to the tender plants. Triton has had its lettuce operation for about two years, the same time the new business began. However, it is now opening up retail sales to the public.

HAT closed for 4th of July holiday

The Huntington Senior Center and Huntington Area Transportation (HAT) will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Those who need transportation for Tuesday, July 5, will need to call by noon on Friday, July 1, to schedule a ride for Tuesday. Call the Senior Center at 359-4410 with any questions.

Crone gets ABWA cite from New Castle chapter

Michelle Crone
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Michelle Crone has been named 2016 Business Associate of the Year by the Raintree Chapter of American Business Women’s Association, in New Castle.

Crone was nominated by Linda Wentz, who noted that Crone’s position with Wells Fargo Bank makes her responsible for several locations in Indiana. She earned an associate degree in business administration management from Indiana Tech in 2012 and is active in continuing education through American Business Women’s Association.

Fishy flyer

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Cody Perdue, of Andrews, puts the final touches on the colorful koi flying fish windsock he made during the “Create & Compete” class held Thursday, June 23, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. The kids then used a fan to let their windsocks fly before taking them home to display. Cody is the son of Renee and Kyle Perdue.

Top essay

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Cora Hill shows off the award she received for first place in the FFA essay contest. Hill, a member of the Huntignton North High School FFA chapter, picked up the award at the recent FFA state convention.

Singing along

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Arlene Stoller (right), of Bluffton, leads the group in song during the Senior luncheon held Tuesday, June 21, at Central Christian Church. Stoller provided the entertainment, playing a variety of vintage sing-along songs and church hymns.

Volunteer Time

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Lead volunteers of the Huntington County Retired Teachers Association hold a mock check in the amount of $387,959.22. The check represents the dollar amount, as per state formula, of last year’s volunteer hours donated to Huntington County by association members. Pictured (from left to right) are Nancy Thrasher, Barbara Betterly and Marinda Meyer.

Community garden is open for harvest now

The Helping Hands Community Garden is now open for harvest.

All are welcome. Organizers are seeking to provide fresh, wholesome, locally grown produce to those in the community who have limited access to it.

This season, garden harvest times will be Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Community members and those who harvest from the garden are asked to work during designated harvest times or by scheduling another time with Purdue Extension.

J Taylors, parade highlight street fair

Janelle and Jonathan Taylor, who perform as The J Taylors, will entertain during the Friday Night Street Fair on July 1, in downtown Roanoke.
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A performance by The J Taylors and a kids’ parade will highlight the Friday Night Street Fair on July 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Roanoke.

Jonathan and Janelle Taylor, who make up The J Taylors, are both graduates of Huntington University. Now based in Fort Wayne, the duo has traveled around the Midwest and South and performed in Germany in 2013.

Kids are invited to decorate their bicycles, scooters, wheelchairs, strollers or wagons for a patriotic themed parade. Participants should meet in front of Moose and Mollie’s, 171 E. Second St., Roan-oke, at 7:15 p.m.

Lifetree will host interview with disgraced pastor

Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard reveals his struggle with temptation in a filmed interview at Lifetree Café on Tuesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m.

The program, titled “Temptation: Why Good Men Go Bad,” features Haggard, former pastor of a large Colorado Springs church and former president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Haggard was removed from his position after an incident with a male prostitute.

Biblical Alliance for Truth to host program tonight

The Biblical Alliance for Truth will present “Rediscovering God in America” today, Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m., at The Heritage of Huntington in the multipurpose room.

The program will discuss an event that influenced George Washington’s opinion about the British and what role religion played in early America.

There will also be door prizes and giveaways. This event is open to the public.

The Heritage of Huntington is located at 1180W-500W, Huntington.

Markle man wins Wildcat Days Raffle

Jerry Shears of Markle was the winner of the Markle Wildcat Days Raffle.

The prize was a Milwaukee drill set donated by Markle Hardware Store. The Markle Wildcat Days Raffle was sponsored by VFW Post 6671.

First Farmers’ parent announces cash dividend for second quarter

First Farmers Financial Corp., the parent company of First Farmers Bank & Trust Co., announced that on June 14 the Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend for the second quarter of 2016 of 32 cents per share.

The dividend is payable on July 15 to shareholders of record as of June 30.

This quarterly dividend represents a 10.3 percent increase over the quarterly dividend declared in June 2015.

Red Cross urging more holiday blood donations

The American Red Cross urges the community to donate blood now to help maintain the blood supply around the Independence Day holiday. Blood donations often decline during the summer months, but the need for blood doesn’t decrease, officials say.

Donors of all blood types are needed. Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting red or calling 800-733-2767.

Upcoming blood donation drives in Huntington include:

• July 11 – 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

HNHS FFA members earn honors at state

Huntington North FFA members were honored with Hoosier degrees during the recent Indiana FFA state convention. They are (from left) Cora Hill, Kaitlyn Drayer, Autumn Taylor, Lane Whitted, Courtney Coffman and Emma Landrum.
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Members of the Huntington North FFA attended the Indiana FFA State Convention on June 14 through 16.

They attended various leadership workshops and heard FFA state officers and several other speakers.

Courtney Coffman, Kaitlyn Drayer, Cora Hill, Emma Landrum, Autumn Taylor and Lane Whitted received their Hoosier degrees, the highest honor the Indiana FFA Organization can award its members.

Additionally, Cora Hill placed first in the essay contest and was elected District VI vice president.

State convention attendees

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Members of the Huntington North FFA chapter pose for a photo while attending the Indiana state convention. They are (front row, from left) Cora Hill, Spencer Atkinson, Victoria Keiffer, Courtney Coffman and Kaitlyn Drayer; and (back row, from left) Brandon Briggs, Sarah Hunnicutt, Leigh-Ann Trickle, Madison Wohlford and Bailey Irick.

Mayor for the morning

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Aiden Klausing (center), 13, of Huntington, takes the oath of office as Huntington’s “mayor for the morning,” Wednesday, June 22, administered by city Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney (left). Mayor Brooks Fetters witnesses the ceremony, kicking off the morning as Mayor Klausing learned the workings of city government and history of the office. Klausing, an eighth-grade student at Riverview Middle School, is the son of Julia and Matt Klausing.

July 4 celebrations abound in Hgtn. County

Opportunities to celebrate Independence Day abound in Huntington County, including the opportunity to take in fireworks shows on three consecutive nights.

American Legion Post 7 will set off its Independence Day show on Saturday, July 2.

The grand opening display, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, will be set off at 10:05 p.m.

The launch site will remain at Huntington North High School, and coordinator Dan Fisher says a special grand finale will salute Indiana’s 200 years of statehood. The display is scheduled to last 28 minutes, he says.

LaFontaine Center hails 30 years with dinner party

Dr. Laverne R. Joseph (center), president and CEO of Retirement Housing Foundation, speaks to a packed room during the celebration dinner for the LaFontaine Center’s 30-year anniversary as an affordable housing facility for Seniors, as well as RHF’s 55 years as a sponsoring organization of housing properties across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The LaFontaine Center celebrated its 30th anniversary as a retirement housing facility with a dinner party Wednesday, June 22, attended by board members, staff, dignitaries and residents.

The facility’s parent organization, Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), joined in, celebrating its own 55-year anniversary as well.

Dr. Laverne R. Joseph, President and CEO of RHF, spoke at the dinner event. Diego Morales of Gov. Mike Pence’s office delivered greetings from the governor.

HU’s class of 2015 doing good in job market

Huntington University recently announced that as of June 7, the employment rate for the class of 2015 was 84.7 percent and is more than 20 percent higher than the national average of 64.4 percent.

With combined employment rates and graduate school attendance, HU stands at 99.7 percent compared to the national average of 83.9 percent.

Honoring Glenna Brown

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Andrews-Dallas Township Pulbicv Library Director Nancy Disbro does some planting around a new brick terrace at the library on Saturday, June 25. The terrace was constructed in membory of Glenna Brown, lifelong Andrews resident and long-time Andrews Library Board member and volunteer, and was dedicated Saturday.

Music in the City

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Huntington folk group O'Sister Brother plays on stage in downtown Huntington on Saturday, June 25, in the second of the Music in the City series. Group members are (from left) Kyle Jackson, Bennett Spickelmier and Tyler Gault.

Zagster Bike Share launch

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Andrew Rensbarger (left), community engagement volunteer coordinator for Huntington, explains how to rent and return bicycles to the new Zagster Bike Share Stations at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, June 25, while Mayor Brooks Fetters looks on at right.

Searching for the bargains

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Vickie Buzzard, of Warsaw, checks out some artwork at a garage sale at 625 Agnes St. Friday, June 24. Traffic was heavy throughout Huntington as bargain hunters perused countless garage and yard sales throughout Huntington during the city-wide, weekend-long event.

Psi Iota Xi donates gift of music to Pathfinder Kids Kampus recently

Preschoolers Zoe Richard (left) and Makenna Miller make a joyful noise with musical instruments recently at Kids Kampus. The instruments were purchased with a grant from Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.
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Pathfinder Kids Kampus recently received a monetary donation from Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority to purchase musical instruments for 3 to 5 year olds.

The donation was made possible thanks to Phi Chapter’s sponsorship of the annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival and from selling cheeseballs last November.

The instruments purchased include maracas, finger cymbals and sand block instruments. The instruments are used in both small group and in large group play at Pathfinder Kids Kampus.

Helping Paws to hold biggest fund-raiser of year Sunday at VFW

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 take a moment on Monday, June 21, from planning the upcoming Cool Cat Casino Day, which will be held at the post on Sunday, June 26. Pictured are (front row from left) Betsy Bilyew, Dave Vogleman and Barb Burnett; and (back row from left) Richard Sutton, Rick Stell, Michael Harrell, John Black and Chuck Kuschel.
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Helping Paws is bringing back what head volunteer Betsy Bilyew says has become its biggest fund-raiser of the year, when the Cool Cat Casino Day gets under way Sunday, June 26, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689.

“It was so popular, that many of our supporters asked us to do it again this year,” she explains, adding she is excited the VFW has partnered to provide the facility for the event.

YMCA fund-raising campaign hits $1 million mark

Michael Zahn (left), president of First Federal Savings Bank presents Parkview Huntington Family YMCA Executive Director Ben Davis with a check for $100,000 toward the Strong Y = Strong Community Campaign on Monday, June 20. The goal of the campaign is to increase the Y’s ability to build programs and services by reducing its long-term debt. As thanks for its contribution, First Federal will receive permanent naming rights for both YMCA gymnasiums.
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The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA has reached the $1 million mark in fund-raising toward its capital campaign for capacity building, CEO Ben Davis has announced.

The capital campaign, “Strong Y = Strong Community,” has been conducted silently over the past six months, Davis says. The main goal of the campaign is to increase the YMCA’s ability to build programs and services by reducing some of the organization’s long-term debt, but there will also be a targeted effort to raise funds for new equipment and facility renovation projects.

Ringo and Miller graduate from LDS seminary

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Two Huntington high school seniors graduated from the seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 5.

The graduates are Hannah Ringo, from Huntington North High School, and Hugh Miller, who was homeschooled and also attended Ivy Tech.

Over four years of high school, they studied the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon and history of the Latter-day Saint faith in a daily 50-minute class in the church’s Huntington chapel.  

Announce HD parade winners

The winners of the 53rd annual Heritage Days parade have been announced.

They are:
Best Youth Group – Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, sponsored by The Huntington County TAB.

Best Adult Group – Pathfinder Services, sponsored by Applebee’s.

Best Motorized Unit – Mizpah Racing Shriners, sponsored by The Country Post.

Best Antique Vehicle – Ageless Iron of Roanoke, sponsored by Z-Place.

Best Religious Unit – Christian Life Tabernacle, sponsored by Edward Jones.