Turtle power

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Fascinated kids crowd around a table containing several local species of turtles during the talk presented by Interpretive Naturalist Sarah Malone (right) Saturday, June 27, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center at Salamonie Lake State Recreation Area. Some even dared to touch the shells of the turtles.

Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center getting updates, renovations

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center is in the midst of conducting major updates and renovations to its facility, including its exhibit galleries and exterior windows.

“A crew from Felderman Design Build will be here all week renovating, repairing and replacing all of our exterior windows,” said Daniel Johns, executive director of the center. “This was something that has needed to be done for a very long time.”

Crowd pleasers

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Heartstone Crossing entertains the crowd at Riverside Park for Warren’s Final Friday concert on Friday, June 26. More than 100 people set up lawn chairs, sat on benches or lounged in golf carts to watch the band. The next Final Friday event will be July 18, featuring Attaboy.

Mickley graduates AF basic

Samuel Mickley

Airman First Class Samuel Mickley, 19, of Huntington, graduated from U.S. Air Force basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio, TX, on June 11.

Mickley completed a seven-and-a-half week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

While in training Mickley earned the title of element leader and also accomplished thunderbolt status in physical training. He was an expert marksman and qualified as an honor graduate.

Norwood at Findlay Symposium For Scholarship

Brody Norwood, of Roanoke, recently participated in the University of Findlay’s annual Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity.

Norwood presented “Leadership Development with Practical Application: A Comparison of Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists.”

Undergraduate and graduate students were given the opportunity to virtually share their research, creativity and professional learning experiences with the university and community, with many students receiving honors at the same time.

Huntington fireworks show July 4 starts at 10 p.m.

The Independence Day fireworks show will be held in Huntington at 10 p.m. on July 4.

The fireworks will be launched from the Huntington North High School campus.

The American Legion Post 7 has received the necessary training to put on the firework show, which is visible from a number of locations across the Huntington area.

Public health officials urge residents to follow social distancing guidance, from wherever they choose to watch the fireworks.

Questa announces county scholarship recipients

Questa announced the Questa Scholar recipients of Huntington County:

• Katie Melcher, Huntington North High School, Class of 2020.

• Bethany Petry, homeschooled, Class of 2020.

Melcher is interested in helping others through physical therapy and plans to study at Ball State University.

Petry is passionate about using her creative ability to inspire others and plans to pursue that passion in college through a digital media degree at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Two from Hgtn. County earn DL at Findlay

The dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester at the University of Findlay has been announced.

Local students include:

• Kaitlyn Drayer, of Warren.

• Brianna Mason, of Huntington.

To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The University of Findlay is located in Findlay, OH.

Day camp

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Colton Latta (right) fires a ball at Logan Platt during a game at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA day camp on Tuesday afternoon, June 23.

Volunteer of the year award

Photo provided.

The Stanley family holds the 2019-2020 Ray Vanderspool Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to them by the United Way of Huntington County. Pictured are (from left) Darlene Stanley, Megan Reckelhoff, Nick Stanley and Brent Stanley.

Aerial spraying for gypsy moths done for this year

Aerial treatments to disrupt the mating process of gypsy moths in Huntington and Marshall counties were completed on June 24. This completes aerial gypsy moth treatments in Indiana for 2020.

This year’s mating disruption treatments were done with an aerial application of SPLAT GM-Organic.

SPLAT is a liquid that carries the scent of the female gypsy moth and falsely indicates an abundance of females in the treated area. The males are unable to find a female, fail to mate and no offspring is produced.

Goetz Memorial Park build day

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Volunteers and members of Sinclair Recreation held a couple of build days last week at the Drake Goetz Memorial Park that is being constructed at 4082N-350E, Huntington, for both able-bodied and handicapped children. The park is being constructed in honor of Drake Goetz, a Huntington County youth who died in November 2017.

BMV to close for July 4 holiday

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has announced the majority of BMV branches will be closed Saturday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Branches with a Monday through Friday schedule or a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the holiday. All satellite branches and branches with a standard Tuesday through Saturday schedule are closed July 4.

Branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Monday, July 6.

Pierson earns BS in nursing

Samantha Jo Pierson, of Andrews, was among 288 University of Kokomo students who earned degrees this past May.

Pierson earned a bachelor of science in nursing.

Four earn PHH Spirit of Service scholarships

(From left) Joshua Zahm, Victoria Keiffer and Rebecca Allen.
Photos provided.

Four students majoring in healthcare-related college studies are the recipients of Parkview Huntington Spirit of Service scholarships for 2020.

The scholarships, for $1,500 each, have been awarded to Huntington residents Nan Hammel and Joshua Zahm, as well as to Victoria Keiffer, of Andrews and Rebecca Allen, a Huntington University student from Mattawan, MI.