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Parks and Rec postpones “Pupcasso”

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Deparment’s “Pupcasso” art event for pets has been postponed.

Due to poor weather forecast conditions, the event that was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 8, will now take place on Thursday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m.

The event will be located at the Barks and Rec. Dog Park, which is at the south end of Yeoman Park.


City Nature Challenge expanding

As community science initiatives—which provide a safe way to connect people with nature and each other during the pandemic—continue to grow in popularity, this year’s sixth annual City Nature Challenge is expanding to more than 400 cities across six continents.

Beginning on Friday, April 30, at 12:01 a.m., the Challenge runs through Monday, May 3, at 11:59 p.m.

Art displays by Head Start

Photo by Katelynn Farley

Several displays of art were featured at the Huntington-City Township Public Library this past week. Students at Huntington’s local Head Start program created several different kinds of works of art, including these pipe cleaner pieces. The works of art were on display from April 5 through April 10 in the children’s program room.

BBB accepting nominations for 16th annual Torch Award

Nominations for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Northern Indiana’s 16th annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics opened on Wednesday, April 7.

Presented by the BBB’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, the Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics are the premier celebration of marketplace ethics in Northern Indiana.

Businesses may nominate themselves or be nominated by an employee or member of the community. All businesses within BBB’s 23-county service area, BBB accredited or non-accredited, are eligible to be nominated.

Roanoke Park updated

Pictured is the newly constructed pavilion in Roanoke Park on Seminary Street. The pavilion is one of several projects the Roanoke Parks Board has discussed. Their goal is to have it completed by the end of April.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Last year, the Roanoke Park Board agreed on three goals they wanted to see accomplished in the next few years.

The first was to clean up the ball diamonds and fields to get them back in shape. That project was completed in 2020.

The second was to build a new pavilion.

Roanoke Park Board President Dave Meitzler said that the old pavilion was small and needed repairs, so the board decided to build a new one entirely to facilitate the park’s needs. Construction on the pavilion started at the end of March and will hopefully finish by the end of April.

Capacity limits lifted

Huntington Mayor Richard Strick signed an amendment to Executive Order No. 4 on Tuesday, April 6, that lifts all capacity limitations at restaurants, bars and gyms in the City of Huntington and leaves in place a local face covering requirement until Monday, May 31, about eight weeks from now.

PFW plans in-person graduation festivities

Leaders at Purdue University Fort Wayne, in close consultation and collaboration with officers of its Student Government Association, have developed a plan to return this year’s commencement ceremony to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Friday, June 18.

The in-person ceremony will include both Purdue Fort Wayne and Indiana University Fort Wayne students from the graduating class of 2021, as well as those who graduated in 2020 but missed out on a formal commencement ceremony as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The event will also be livestreamed.

Girl Scouts sponsor blood drive at Fort Wayne center

Every two seconds a hospital patient in the U.S. needs blood, yet only 3 percent of the population donates blood.

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana (GSNI-M) is partnering with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. There are 56 donation slots available. Each presenting donor will receive a package of Girl Scout cookies.

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment at the Fort Wayne center, 1212 E. California Road, Fort Wayne, by going to html/drive-results?zipSponsor=gsnim.

TOTS earth themed programs in April

Today’s Observers, Tomorrow’s Scientists (TOTS) is a bi-monthly program for children ages 3 to 6. Each session runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The first hour features engaging, age-appropriate STEM activities, such as science exploration and math stations, plus a literacy component in the form of story time.

The second hour gives attendees the opportunity to play in Kids Central, the toddler-friendly activity area in Science Central.

Help requested for cleanup

A spring cleanup of Salamonie Road (200 West) between Waterworks and Division Roads will take place on Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants are asked to come to the Chief Lafontaine Saddle Club at 792N-200W, Huntington, at 8:30 a.m. to receive instructions.

The event will take place rain or shine. Those with questions may call 388-4403 or visit the 200 West Clean Up page on Facebook.

Gloves, bags and traffic direction will be provided.

Grab n’ Go meals continue

Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana (AIHS) will continue its COVID-19 nutrition program outreach, Grab n’ Go Meal Distributions, in response to the continued nutritional needs from community-dwelling older adults.

Reservations are required. Register by Monday at 4 p.m. for pick-up each week. Eligible individuals are those 60 years of age and older who are able to attend the meal pick-up.

MU commencement plans

The Manchester University community released its plans for the Class of 2021 commencement.

Several small, in-person ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 22, in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.

Graduate and Professional ceremony is at 9 a.m. for Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Athletic Training, Master of Pharmacogenomics and the dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics (Pharm.D. and MS in PGx).

Hospital earns accreditation

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Lutheran Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure.

Lutheran Hospital has received Advanced Heart Failure Accreditation based on a rigorous onsite review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.
 Lutheran Hospital is one of only two in the country and the only hospital in Indiana to receive this accreditation.