HU, PHD challenge community to get local learning center off ground

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Two Huntington County heavyweights - PHD Inc. and Huntington University - have joined forces to challenge the community to raise the final amount needed to get the Huntington County Community Learning Center off the ground and running.

The "Bringing It Home Campaign" was unveiled Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Huntington County Community School Corporation's Vocational Technical Center, site of the new learning center.


Praising PALS

Photo by Joni Knott.

During their inaugural PALS luncheon on Friday Sept. 12, Northwest Elementary Principal Mark DuBois and Huntington Police Chief E.J. Carroll presented the following students with certificates recognizing their accomplishments in the exemplification of Pride, Achievement or Leadership.


Red Cross asking for blood donations in support of transplants

The American Red Cross has designated October as Liver Awareness Month, asking for blood donations in support of organ transplant and other patients.

The American Liver Foundation says more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States, making it the second most common transplant.

Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.


Bippus Calvary United Methodist goes to new worship, study schedule

Bippus Calvary United Methodist Church has a new worship and study schedule, which begins Sunday, Oct. 5.

Adult Bible studies and fellowship are at 9 a.m., as well as children and youth learning time. Morning worship will begin at 10 a.m.

Everyone is welcome.



Mayor proclaims ‘Blessings in a Backpack Day’

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters signed a proclamation on Thursday, Sept. 18, designating that day as Blessings in a Backpack Day in Huntington.

Through the Blessings in a Backpack program, approximately 190 Huntington County students receive a bag of food each Friday to provide meals for the weekend.

Blessings in a Backpack is a nationwide program designed to provide children with the nourishment they need to perform well in school. Currently, the program is offered to children in four Huntington County schools. The children apply for the program through their schools.


LACE accepting applications for Prevention Grants

LACE (Local Anti-Drug Coalition Effort) is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Prevention Grants.

The grants are open to any organization or department who provides a service that addresses at least one of the targeted problem statements identified by LACE.

The problem statements are:

• The continued use of drug and alcohol abuse among adults and youth in Huntington County including prescription and synthetic drugs.

• The continued high rate of alcohol abuse by both adults and youth.


Hersey, Gordon are September Junior Rotarians

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jordan Hersey and Kerri Gordon are the Huntington Rotary Club's Junior Rotarians for September.

Both are seniors at Huntington North High School.
Hersey, the son of Debbie and Randy Hersey, is a soccer player and a member of the Student Athletic Board and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also active in Varsity Singers, Student Leaders and Campus Life, and has performed in school musicals.

Hersey plans to attend college after graduation.


Goat group to gather on Sept. 30

The Huntington County Goat Association will meet Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Wesleyan Church, Lancaster, 3147W-543S.

The association will begin planning for activities for the 2015 4-H year.  All are welcome to attend the meeting including anyone who has participated in the Huntington County 4-H goat project.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County office, located at 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Courthouse Annex, Huntington or call 358-4826 or email



Extension selling milkweed

The Huntington County Extension office is selling swamp milkweed plants, a plant that serves as a host plant for monarch caterpillars and as a nectar plant for adult monarchs and pollinators.

Swamp milkweed planted in the fall will be ready for visitors in the spring. Growing swamp milkweed will help re-establish the natural habitat for monarchs, many species of bees and other pollinators.

To purchase swamp milkweed plants, visit the Extension office on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 354 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.


122nd Fighter Wing set to deploy about 300 overseas in early Oct.

The 122nd Fighter Wing, which flies the A-10 "Warthog" airframe, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen, or around a third of its members, overseas in early October to the U.S. Central Command region.

"I don't know of a time in Blacksnake history we have taken this kind of aviation footprint forward," said Col. Patrick R. Renwick, 122nd Fighter Wing Commander. "The A-10 Warthog is uniquely suited for the Combatant Commander's needs, and the Blacksnakes are the right team to bring that capability to combat."


County to get funding for last winter’s storm

Huntington County has been awarded a federal grant to cover costs associated with a winter storm that occurred Jan. 5 through 9.

Huntington County was one of 30 Indiana counties to qualify for the assistance, with money to be distributed as applications are processed.

The aid can be used as reimbursement for the cost of snow removal; damage to roads, bridges, utilities, parks and other facilities; and emergency measures such as traffic control and rescue operations.



Rabbit roundup

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Teresa Rody, interpretive manager at Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, uses input from a room full of preschoolers to list the differences between a pet rabbit and a wild rabbit. The picture of the rabbit was also drawn with input from the children, who were attending a preschool program on "Remarkable Rabbits" held Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Wabash Interpretive Center. The group got to interact with two pet rabbits, made rabbit crafts and played rabbit games.


Goody’s collecting donations for YSB

Goody's, in Huntington, is holding its fall "30 Days of Giving" campaign through Oct. 12.

All customers who visit the Huntington store now through Oct. 12 will be invited to donate to the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.

Those making a donation will receive a Goody's coupon.



With the governor

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Board members of the Huntington County Historical Museum visited the Indiana Statehouse on Sept. 9 during a day-long field trip to Indianapolis. Pictured during their meeting with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (second from left) are museum representatives (from left) Gib Young, Mary Brooks, Dave Heiney, Museum Director Teresa Daniels and Bryan Eckert Jr.


Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force to host QPR training on Tuesday

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force will host a QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) training on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This free suicide prevention training will be held at the Youth Services Bureau's office at 1344 Maple Drive, Huntington.

Participants will learn local and state statistics, myths and facts, warning signs and risk factors, local resources and much more as it relates to suicide.


Big bat

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Dennis Wiegmann, a member of the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers baseball team, explains the equipment used to play the game during a meeting of the Huntington County Historical Society on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The Vintage Base Ball Association team plays using the rules and customs of 1862. The team will play games against the Moscow (OH) Monarchs and Bonneyville Millers during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, Sept. 27 and 28, on the baseball diamond at Hier's Park.


HU professor Jiyoung Jeoung to play at free recital Sept. 26 at Longaker

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Huntington University's Dr. Jiyoung Jeoung will perform a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Jeoung is an adjunct music professor at HU, where she teaches class piano and applied piano, and is one of the department's accompanists.


Planning the year

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Members of the Tri Kappa Associates met recently at the Two-EE's Winery, in Roanoke. The meeting opened with a social time, which was followed by a review of the year's programs. Members attending were (front row, from left) Sherrill Ness, Carol Bryd, Mary Machall and Gretchen Hughes; and (second row, from left) Judy Frischman, Chic Bixler, Margie Hedrick, Nancy Carender, Betty Sands, Kay Stanton, Nancy Mickley, Janice Ruckman, Carlene Peters, Helen Peare, Ronda Hawkins, Angie Garner, Jill Emmert, Jean Mettler, Ann Ambler and Sheila Chapin.


Bitting graduates air force basic

Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert A. Bitting graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


Next amateur radio society meeting is today, Sept. 22

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will be today, Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The public is welcome to attend, especially if one is interested in knowing more about amateur radio or wants to become an amateur radio operator.



Huntington Bicycle Challenge raises about $9K

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Approximately $9,000 was raised to benefit two local causes by the 11th annual Huntington Bicycle Challenge held on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Approximately 130 participants had their choice of five different road courses for the event, presented by Pathfinder Services and Parkview Home Health and Hospice and title sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank.


Chief retiring

Photo by Joni Knott.

Retiring Huntington Police Chief E.J. Carroll (left) is presented with a city medallion honoring leadership by Mayor Brooks Fetters (right) during a recognition ceremony on Friday, Sept. 12. Carroll, a 21-year veteran of the Huntington Police Department, plans to retire from the department on Oct. 1. Following retirement, he plans to join the newly formed Parkview Health Police Department as deputy chief of Parkview Huntington and Parkview Whitley hospitals.


Dollar General awards literacy grant to BAGC

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County a youth literacy grant in the amount of $4,000 to support the club's Reading Mentors program.

Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year.


Lanny Ray to retire from PHD

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Lanny Ray will retire from the PHD Inc. Huntington facility on Oct. 10.

He has worked for PHD for 27 years and is currently a CNC mill operator on first shift.



Walgreens to accept old drugs

The Huntington County Prescription Drug Task Force is sponsoring a Drug Disposal Day on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Any outdated or unwanted drugs can be dropped off at Walgreens at 1804 N. Jefferson St., in Huntington, for safe disposal. Drugs should be left in original bottles but names can be blacked out.

This disposal day is in conjunction with the DEA National Drug Disposal Day to remove excess medications from homes and dispose of them safely.



Huntington County Sheep Producers to meet at courthouse annex Sept. 30

The Huntington County Sheep Producers will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex (first floor) to discuss items related to the 4-H sheep project.

Topics for discussion include possible rule changes and improvements for the 2015 4-H Fair. All 4-H sheep members and interested producers are asked to attend this meeting.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington or call 358-4826.



Warren Volunteer Fire Department seeking golfers for outing Sept. 20

The Warren Volunteer Fire Department invites golfers to participate in its annual golf outing on Sept. 20, starting at 8 a.m., at Dogwood Glen in Warren. Lunch is served after the outing.

To register a team, contact Lee Poulson at 228-0293 or Bolinger's Propane/Warren Service & Supply at 375-3010.



Huntington Kids Club to kick off 13th year of operation this September

Huntington Kids Club (HKC) will kick off its 13th year this September.

The first meeting will be Monday, Sept. 22. Children ages 8 to 12-years-old or students in second through sixth grade are invited to attend. Huntington Kids Club meets at St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., with access off the William Street entrance.


FW Scout installs Little Free Library at local business

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of a Boy Scout troop from Fort Wayne visited Huntington on Saturday, Sept. 13, to install a Little Free Library in front of a local business.

Eagle Scout candidate Brian Dawkins, a member of Troop 43 sponsored by Brookside Church, in Fort Wayne, coordinated the project.


Silly socks

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Roanoke Elementary School kindergartners Brayden Mayer, Connor Preston and Rhett Holzinger show off their silly socks. Kindergarten students at the school had Super Silly Sock Day on Friday, Sept. 12.


Little LES sidewalk to make big difference

Photo by Steve Clark.

A little sidewalk will make a big difference at Lancaster Elementary School.

When members of the school's parent group, P.A.L.S., noticed that personnel in the school's cross categorical department, which services the school's special needs students, were having difficulty transporting their students in wheelchairs out to the playground, they decided to do something about it.


HU professor brings martial arts dojo to town in addition to doing her ‘day job’

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dawn Anderson brought more to Huntington than her expertise in physical fitness as a professor of exercise science at Huntington University. She also brought a dojo.

Anderson, who lives in Warren, is the owner and sensei (teacher) at Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana, newly-located at Champs Academy at 900 E. State St. in Huntington, in the Life Church building.


HU social work dept. to host educational seminar

The Huntington University social work department will host an educational seminar, "Finding and Feeling God's Light in the Darkness," on Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Speakers will include Ann Sandercox, a Master of Social Work degree candidate with a personal connection to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and Tena Dellaca-Hedrick, social justice program coordinator at the Victory Noll Center, in Huntington.


Bishop speaks at Anglican church

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Bishop Roger Copeland Ames will preach and celebrate Holy Communion at the Anglican Church of Our Glorious King.

Following this 10:00 a.m. service, a reception will be held in the church's Fellowship Hall. The public is invited to both events.

The church is located at 404 Grayston Ave. (at Superior Street in Huntington.



Ossian church introduces ‘Fireside Ministries’

Ossian Nazarene Church announces a new modern worship service called "Fireside Ministries," beginning Sunday, Sept. 21, at 10:45 a.m. in the church's Family Life Center.

The service also features casual dress and relevant teaching. The lead teacher is Bob Miller.

Ossian Nazarene Church is located at 302 N. Metts St., Ossian. For more information contact Miller at 622-7449 or email at or visit



Andrews library sets programs for adults and kids

Several events are planned at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library in the upcoming weeks.

• The library's Recipe Club presents an evening of tomato recipes on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:45 p.m. Bring a favorite tomato recipe and a sample to share with the group. The group will share food samples and exchange recipes.

• Teddy Bears will gather at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10:30 a.m. for a Teddy Bears' Picnic. Toddlers through 5 year olds can bring their favorite plush friend to this special story time, complete with picnic snack.


Holley opens Any Shape of Hair in Huntington

Photo by Steve Clark.

Any Shape of Hair, in Huntington, is open for business.

Shelly Holley is the owner of the salon, which offers haircuts for men and women, coloring, perms and waxing, with manicuring potentially being added in the future.

"We pretty much do everything," states Holley, who has been styling hair for 13 years.

Holley has two stylists on staff, Harley Nielsen and Abby Oursler. She notes that Nielsen has worked with her for two years while Oursler is a recent graduate of Huntington Beauty College.


Huntington County Literacy Coalition offering free tutor training starting Sept. 23 at Hgtn. library

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The Huntington County Literacy Coalition (HCLC) is offering free tutor training beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The training is free and runs for six weeks on Tuesday evenings. The dates are: Sept. 23 and 30; and Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Established in 1987, Huntington County Literacy Coalition is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides tutoring for children and adults. Tutors need good basic skills in reading, writing or math, are patient, open-minded and have a willingness to help a student.


U.S. News & World Report ranks HU among best in three categories

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Huntington University in the top 15 "Best Regional Colleges," top five "Best Values" and top five "Best Regional Colleges for Veterans."

In the 2015 edition of the magazine's guide to the nation's Best Colleges, U.S. News named Huntington a top-three school in Indiana and No. 14 in the Midwest. Also in the Midwest category, HU earned the No. 5 spot on the Best Values list and was ranked No. 4 on the Best Colleges for Veterans list.


Walling earns national VFW award

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Jerry Walling, the Fifth District Commander and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 in Huntington, was recently honored with the status of All American District Commander.

The award was presented by National Commander-in-Chief Bill Thein during the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention held recently in St. Louis, MO.

Only 12 district commanders in the nation were chosen for the award.



Pre-dinner chat

Photo by Steve Clark.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann (middle) talks with Rob Miller (left), Republican nominee for the first district Huntington County commissioner seat, and Dan Leonard, Republican state representative for house District 50, at the Huntington County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner, held Thursday, Sept. 11, at LaFontaine Golf Club.


Demonstrating patience

Roanoke Elementary School students were honored for being chosen by their teachers for exhibiting the life skill of patience. They are (front row, from left) Rhett Holzinger, Sydney Diffenbaugh and Parker Truax; (middle row, from left) Daniel Zook, Miles Leach, Campbell Sloan, Celeste Ackley, Rachel Plasterer and Kirah Klepper; and (back row, from left) Bradley Rentschler, Ashton Berghoff, Auburn Cartwright, Gracie Grossman, Triniti Condon and Bram McCracken.


Pathfinder board gets rewarded for efforts

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Pathfinder Services' board of directors has been rewarded to the tune of $10,000 for its efforts to build a stronger and more effective group.

The grant was awarded by NeighborWorks America, which presented a check to Pathfinder's board on Monday, Sept. 8.

A team of board members, consisting of Bob Burnsworth, Steve Schenkel, Chant Thompson, Seth Whicker and President John Niederman, recently participated in the Excellence in Governance program offered by NeighborWorks America.


Bippus Lions to host meal on Sept. 23

The Bippus Lions Club will host an all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin supper on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Bippus Community Building. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m.

The meal, prepared by Dan's Fish Fry, includes green beans, coleslaw or applesauce and bread and butter.
Tickets may be purchased at the door.



Friend of Farm Bureau

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Sen. Dan Coats (far right), R-IN, meets with Indiana members of the American Farm Bureau Federation after being named a "Friend of Farm Bureau." The annual award is given to members of Congress who, based on their legislative records, are nominated by their home state Farm Bureaus and approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.


‘You’ve Got Mail’ at Wild Wednesday

"You've Got Mail" will be shown at the next Wild Wednesday, on Sept. 17, at the Huntington 7 Theater, 350 Hauenstein Rd., Huntington. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

The movie is a 1998 American romantic comedy film directed by Nora Ephron and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The film is about two people in a correspondence courtship who are unaware that they are also business rivals.


Echo Lake Foods has its official start locally

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A Wisconsin-based company announced Thursday, Sept. 11, that it has officially begun operations in Huntington.

Echo Lake Foods, which produces egg products and breakfast entrees, moved into the former Good Humor-Breyers building on West State Street about nine months after a January 2013 fire devastated its plant in Burlington, WI, said Jerry Warntjes, Echo Lake's vice president and general manager.


Huntington University Social Work Department to host all day education seminar on Sept. 26

The Huntington University Social Work Department will host an educational seminar, "Finding and Feeling God's Light in the Darkness," on Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Speakers will include Ann Sandercox, a Master of Social Work degree candidate with a personal connection to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and Tena Dellaca-Hedrick, social justice program coordinator at the Victory Noll Center, in Huntington.


Swine Boosters to meet

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex first floor conference room.

The discussion items include election of officers, selection of 2015 judge, proposed changes to swine project in the 4-H Fair book, and review of the 4-H Fair food tent. Anyone with a nomination for a 2015 4-H swine project judge should submit a short biography to the Executive Committee prior to the Sept. 17 meeting.


Libraries accepting Paws-to-Read sign-ups

The Huntington City-Township Public Library and Markle Branch, in conjunction with Canine Companions, are now accepting signups for the Paws-To-Read Fall sessions.

Paws-To-Read allows children to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog. Children who participate in Paws-To-Read nationwide show improved reading skills and self-esteem, find reading more enjoyable and feel more pride in their accomplishments.


Andrews food pantry to distribute on Sept. 18

The Shepherd's Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Food items will be available for Andrews area residents between 10 a.m. and noon at 67 N. Snowden St., in Andrews. No appointment is necessary. Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Participants must bring their own box or container for their food selections.



Twisted Sizzors opens doors for business at rural Andrews site

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

When Stephanie Sunderman was looking around for a unique name for her new beauty salon business, she turned to the Internet.

"I Googled it," she says.

She found a shop called "Twisted Sisters," and a former co-worker suggested a variation.

"He said, what about ‘Twisted Sizzors.' And it stuck."


State Fair reserve champion

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Kendra Arnold, a Huntington County 4-H Fair member, garnered several awards at the 2014 Indiana State Fair. Arnold was named 4-H reserve champion with her crossbred gilt and had the 4-H Division IV reserve champion gilt. She went on to place fifth overall in the Gilt Grand Drive.


Local YSB to host Walk for Hope on Sept. 20

The recent death of Robin Williams prompted conversations about depression, mental health and suicide across the country, notes Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.

The YSB is one of several organizations that are - and have been - attempting to keep the conversations about those topics going in Huntington County. Their efforts include the annual Walk for Hope, which will return for its fourth year on Sept. 20, as they attempt to increase community awareness about suicide.


Library contest winner

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Jessica Bartrom was recently announced as the winner of "The Giver Contest," sponsored by Huntington City-Township Public Library. The contest was open to sixth through 12th-graders and Bartrom's name was drawn from a jar. As the winner, Bartrom received a prize bag, which included a hardback copy of "The Giver."


Cattlemen meet Sept. 22 to discuss possible changes to 4-H beef project activities

The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex first floor.

Topics for discussion include proposed changes for beef and starter calf projects; setting dates for Beef ID Day and Preview Show in 2015; judge selection for Preview Show, 4-H Fair Beef Show, and 4-H Fair Starter Calf Show in 2015; and a review of the food tent at the 2014 4-H Fair.

Interested 4-H members and parents involved with the beef or starter calf project are encouraged to attend this meeting.


PHH recognized for reducing early deliveries

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Parkview Huntington Hospital has been recognized for its work in reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before the 39th completed week of pregnancy.

The March of Dimes and the Indiana Hospital Association recognized Park -view Huntington and 50 other Indiana hospitals for the achievement.

"The last weeks of pregnancy are important," says Kristi Geiger, division director for the March of Dimes.

"Babies aren't just putting on weight. They are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs."


Pathfinder seeking LaMont Award nominations

Pathfinder Services is seeking nominations for the 29th annual Herbert D. LaMont Award.

Nominations must be made by Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The 2014 recipient will be recognized at the Pathfinder Services annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 6.

The award is given in memory of Herbert D. LaMont, who was a major force in the development of services for persons with disabilities in Huntington County. He was an early supporter of Pathfinder Services.


Temporary Quayle exhibit on display at Huntington Historical Museum

A temporary exhibit featuring memorabilia of former Vice President Dan Quayle is currently on display at the Huntington Historical Museum.

Items on display include photos, campaign buttons and bumper stickers, books, magazines, his high school yearbook, a campaign hat and a T-shirt.

Huntington University student and museum intern Jamie Hillegonds designed the display.

Quayle practiced law in Huntington with his wife before being elected to the United States Congress in 1976 at the age of 29. In 1980, Quayle was elected to the Senate.


SWCD is accepting orders for fall trees and shrubs through Sept. 23

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a fall tree and shrub sale.

Some of the varieties available are:

• Trees: Cleveland select pear, red oak, autumn blaze maple, Norway spruce, blue spruce, white pine, London plane, tulip poplar and hybrid poplar.

• Shrubs and roses: coral snap, forsythia, dogwood, American cranberry, diablo ninebark and rose of Sharon.


Birthday donations

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Head Start Lead Teacher Alicia Bowers (center) shows some of the donations of school supplies to her class that were collected by Holly Pharoah (far left). Pharoah, 15, had a birthday on Aug. 30 and asked for school supply donations instead of birthday presents to give to the Head Start class.


Study: Pathfinder has major impact on economy

Pathfinder Services has contributed $435 million to the Indiana economy over the past five years, according to an economic impact study conducted by New England Market Research.

The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Huntington, assists people with developmental and economic challenges in achieving independence, inclusion and stability. The agency's services include prenatal education, child care, employment services, homebuyer education and assistance, services for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities, manufacturing solutions and aging-in-place products.


Roanoke VFD will refund money from summer portrait fund-raiser

The Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department is working to refund money to people who ordered but did not receive family portraits through a fund-raiser sponsored by the fire department over the summer, Fire Chief Chad Taylor says.

During the fund-raiser, Taylor says, the department accepted donations and also sold family portraits.

The company that was hired to take and distribute the portraits has apparently gone out of business, Taylor says.

The company kept the money paid for the portraits but did not deliver the pictures, he says.


Boy Scout Troop 130 will hold open house tonight

The scouts of Boy Scout Troop 130 invite families with young men ages 11 to 17 who are interested in Boy Scouts to attend an open house today, Monday, Sept. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Miller family pond in Huntington.

The entrance to the grounds is located adjacent to the South Broadway Church of Christ, 1105 S. Broadway.

Boys can observe the troop's summer meeting program at the waterfront, and parents can direct questions about the scouting program to Troop 130 parents and leaders. Refreshments will be served.


Art examination

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Ann Shive, owner and curator of Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery in Roanoke, shows a piece of art to children from the Roanoke Public Library's Preschool Story Time. The children visited the gallery on Sept. 9, touring the facility for a chance to experience art in a public setting. Story Time children often visit businesses in Roanoke. Preschool Story Time at the Roanoke Public Library is held each Tuesday at 10 a.m. All preschoolers are invited to attend. Anyone bringing multiple children is asked to contact the library in advance at 672-2989.


Fultz attends Royal Neighbors forum

Kim Fultz, of Huntington, recently attended the Royal Neighbors of America's first womenLEAD Forum.

Royal Neighbors invited nine of its most successful female life insurance agents from across the country to the forum to provide them with a network of resources to further build their careers.

Royal Neighbors management presented sessions on underwriting, products, marketing plans, sales concepts and the organization's history and philanthropic mission.


Ehrenman and Gordon are listed in ‘Best Lawyers in America’ publication

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Two attorneys with local ties have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."

Robert P. Eherenman was listed in the practice areas of land use and zoning law and real estate law. He practices with Haller & Colvin, P.C., in Fort Wayne.

Eherenman graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1992 and from DePauw University in 1988.


Several earn summer degrees, honors at BSU

Ball State University has announced the names of students who graduated or were included on the dean's list during the summer 2014 term.

Locally, Justin Glancy, of Huntington, has been named to the dean's list for summer 2014.

Summer 2014 graduates include Jessica Ehler, Bachelor of General Studies; Adam Drummond, Doctor of Education; and Ashley Ransom, Master of Arts in Education, all from Huntington.

Ball State is a state-supported university in Muncie with a current enrollment of about 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students.



Registrations still being accepted for trapper camp

Several openings remain in the trapping camp to be held Oct. 4 and 5 at Salamonie Reservoir.

The free program is open to trappers of all ages, especially youth.

Participants will set traps and return the next day to check the traps. Indiana State Trappers Association instructors will demonstrate skinning and fleshing the furbearers caught in the traps.

Lunch is provided both days and free overnight camping is available.

Registration is required by Sept. 26.

For information or to register, call Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 468-2127.


Huntington House yard sale set for this weekend

The Huntington House homeless shelter annual yard sale will be held Friday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a sack sale on Saturday until noon.

After noon on Saturday, everything is free until 1 p.m.

The sale will be held at St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.



Halloween-themed activities planned for Salamonie Lake’s Fall Festival

The Salamonie Lake Fall Festival will be held Oct. 17 and 18 in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.

This year's event includes a Halloween-themed campsite decorating contest with prizes.

Saturday's activities include a live owl program at 3 p.m. at Salamonie's Interpretive Center. At 5 p.m. in the modern campground, hayrides and hot dog roasting will begin. Trick-or-treating runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and two 30-minute movies will begin at dark.

Campsite reservations are available by calling 866-622-6746 or by visiting


Free Healthy Baby class begins Sept. 22

Huntington County Extension will begin a new series of Have a Healthy Baby classes starting on Monday, Sept. 22. Two class options will be available to pregnant women.

Class times are Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 1:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Have a Healthy Baby is a free five-week program that is available to all pregnant women.


Climbing the ladder

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Roanoke Elementary School student Miles McMinn climbs a rope ladder to ring a bell at the Berne Swiss Heritage Days festival on Friday, Sept. 5. The school's fourth-grade classes took a study trip to Berne.


Sheets Museum fund-raiser to be at PAL on Nov. 1

Area residents have the opportunity to support the Sheets Wildlife Museum in Huntington at its annual fund-raising banquet Nov. 1 at the PAL Club.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for a social hour, with a variety of games scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Serving starts an hour later for the banquet prepared by Kim's Katering.

Attendees will provide the not-for-profit Sheets Wildlife Museum with resources to continue its programs and presentations promoting wildlife education and conservation.


Torn-up downtown streets scheduled for paving soon; other street projects also nearing completion

Photo by Steve Clark.

There will be an end to the construction that's been taking place on Huntington streets, city leaders say.

Anthony Goodnight, who serves as the city's director of public works and engineering services, has provided an update on the four main projects taking place around the community - gas line replacement in the downtown area, sewer installation and reconstruction of Jade Road, new pavement on Hauenstein Road and the installation of the Frederick Street interceptor sewer.

Here are details for each of the projects:


Trail association to hail open of section of city trails

The Huntington Area Recreational Trail Association (HARTA) will host an event celebrating the opening of another section of city trails on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at Elmwood Park.

The public is invited to walk all or part of this new one-mile stretch of community trail. This family oriented event is open to the community and though not required, walkers are encouraged to walk (or carry) their canine friends. Silly prizes will be awarded to participants and pups alike.


Huntington County 4-H Fair Association to hold annual meeting Sept. 16

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The board will hear final committee reports from the 2014 4-H Fair program and approve the 2015 Huntington County 4-H Fair dates.

The board will also elect incoming board members and officers for the coming year.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension-Huntington County office, located at 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Courthouse Annex, Huntington or call 358-4826 or email



Women in the Outdoors sponsors pheasant hunt

Women in the Outdoors Three Rivers Chapter will sponsor a pheasant hunt on Nov. 30 beginning at 8 a.m. at Roush Lake Fish and Wildlife Area Shooting Range.

The hunt is geared toward new hunters only and is limited to 10 women. The cost of the event includes upland hunting safety orientation and the pheasant hunt. The day ends with cleaning of harvested birds and recipes to take home.

Optional shotgun instruction is on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. Guns will be available to those who do not have one, as well as ammunition provided in 12 and 20 gauge.


Kindly awarding kindness

Photo by Joni Knott.

During the all-school liturgy on Friday, Sept. 5, the following Huntington Catholic School students received Spirit awards for the Christ-like character of Kindness. They are (front row from left) Josephine Kline, first grade; Justin Teusch and Maggie Guerre, both in second grade; Isaac Zay, third grade; Blaise Rupley, fourth grade; (second row from left) Kendra Sandlin, fifth grade; Tony Clor, sixth grade; Gracey Linker, seventh grade; Gavin DeLaGrange, eighth grade; and (not pictured) Xavier Wallace.


Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline is now open

Middle and high school students across the state who need extra science and math help can get it for free by calling, emailing or chatting online with tutors at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline.

The Homework Hotline is a free math and science tutoring service that helps Indiana students in grades 6 to 12.

Phone lines and the online chat system will be available between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, through May 2015.


Healthy Families serves 1,000 families over 16 years

Huntington County Healthy Families has reached a milestone.
After 16 years in existence, the program recently served its 1,000th family.

The Healthy Families program promotes supportive environments that optimize child growth and development and encourage resilient, healthy families.


Community invited to watch dig at Historic Forks

Archeologist Craig Arnold will host an archeological excavation demonstration at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The excavation will be located at the site of the proposed suspension bridge linking the walkway to Ehler Island. Arnold will be looking for prehistoric items of significance to the site.

Visitors are invited to observe and ask questions about the process and significance of any artifacts found.


‘The Railway Children’ opens at Pulse Sept. 19

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Set to open at the Pulse Opera House Sept. 19, the play "The Railway Children" is a tale of discovery, friendship and adventure.

The Railway Children is told through the point of view of a young girl, Bobby, and her brother and sister, Peter and Phyllis. Living an affluent life in London, these three children's lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away.

Chrysa Keenon is playing the role of Bobby. Chrysa is a senior at Bishop Luers. Pulse audiences will remember her from her performances as Bevin in Buccaneers and Kate in Pirates of Penzance.



Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Armored jousters on horseback do their thing during a run toward each other at the Flint Creek Renaissance Faire on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the New Sotterlee Project grounds in Huntington. The event continues today as well.


Flint Creek Renaissance Faire

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Michael Connors (left) of Jackson, MI, in character as Micheal O'Conchobar circa the year 1000, explains his wooden carvings to Brock Bailey, of Kalamazoo, MI, during the Flint Creek Renaissance Faire on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the New Sotterlee Project grounds in Huntington. The event continues today as well.


Shooting on the run

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Connie Ricketts, of Hamilton, competes for a score during the Indiana Mounted Regulators competition on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club. The event held by the cowboy mounted shooting group continues today as well.


Aiming carefully

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Iana Hirschy aims a bean bag at a tower of tin cans at the Drover Town 5K and Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 13. The free event was sponsored by St. Peter's First Community Church.


Drover Town block party fun

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Aston Elston tries for a hole in one in a putt-putt golf game at the Drover Town 5K and Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 13. The block party, sponsored by St.Peter's First Community Church, featured children's games, a bounce house, food and music, all free.


Model A Club visits Forks

Photo by Steve Clark.

Greg Pettit (left), of Wabash, and Bob Shumate, of Huntington, chat about Pettit's 1930 Ford Model A Coupe during the Old Fort Model A Club's stop at the Forks of the Wabash, in Huntington, during its trek to Wabash in celebration of International Model A Day on Saturday, Sept. 13.


Trinity church collecting black walnuts to help fund Huntington County Free Health Clinic

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Trinity United Methodist Church is again collecting walnuts to market to a company in Missouri.

The proceeds from the walnut sales go to support the Huntington County Free Health Clinic.

Youth are invited to visit city parks and other locations to gather the walnuts.

Those wishing to donate their black walnuts may bring them to Trinity UMC's parking lot each Wednesday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. or Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates of collection are:

• Wednesdays - Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

• Saturdays - Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.


Huntington University fall enrollment increases 8 percent from 2013 number

At 1,209 students, fall 2014 enrollment at Huntington University has increased by 8 percent compared to fall 2013, university representatives say.

"We attribute the growth to solid recruiting in addition to faculty and staff working together focused on student success," says Nate Perry, director of undergraduate admissions.

The graduate programs experienced the most significant increase to 134 students from 69 last fall, a 94 percent surge. Contributing to the boost is the fully-enrolled doctorate in occupational therapy program, new this fall, with 32 students.


Robotics event to be held at Boys & Girls Club

In celebration of the Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play on Sept. 20, Huntington County 4-H Robotics team THRUST 1501 and the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County are sponsoring two free events for children and parents.

The events will be held at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, 608 E. State St., Huntington.


Four area SWCD offices team up for ‘Cover Crop Field Day’ Sept. 19

The Huntington, Wells, Allen and Whitley counties Soil and Water Conservation Districts are hosting a "Cover Crop Field Day" on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The field day will be held at the Dale Thomas farm, 2750W-700N, Uniondale, in Wells County.

The event will include a demonstration plot seeded with 15 varieties of cover crops and guest speakers will provide information about the following topics:

• Why Seed Cover Crops.

• Seeding of Gypsum to Enhance Soil Quality.

• Demonstration of seeding cover crops with a High-Boy seeder.


State fair honors

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Katelynn Arnold, a Huntington County 4-H member, had the reserve grand champion Yorkshire female at the 2014 Indiana State Fair.


Groundbreaking for BAGC facility is Oct. 6

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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County plans to break ground on its new facility on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.

The community is invited to attend the celebration.

The club is putting up a new building adjacent to its existing facility at 608 E. State St., Huntington. The estimated cost of the project is $3.5 million, and all but about 10 percent of that amount has been raised.


Several local organizations serving children offering free meals through federal program

Several local organizations serving children are offering free and reduced price meals through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus, in Huntington; The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, in Huntington and Warren; and Life's Little Treasures Daycare, in Markle, are all participating in the program.

Free and reduced price meals will be provided to participants who meet eligibility criteria.


Final free car show at Moose to be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9-11

The final Saturday morning free car show of the summer will be held this Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Huntington Moose Lodge.
"Anybody and everybody is welcome," says Sgt. Tom Tallman, of the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, who has organized the shows all summer.
Cars, trucks, motorcycles and any other vehicles are welcome. There's no registration fee and no admission fee for the public.

Donations will be accepted for Sheriff Terry Stoffel's "Shop with a Cop" program, which will be held sometime in December.


Grandparents Day at Andrews

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Diane Burkhart, of Huntington, shares a project with her grandson, Dominic Burkhart, 6, of Andrews, during Grandparents' Day held at Andrews Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 5. Dominic is a pupil in kindergarten teacher Jody Schroeder's class. Grandparents of kindergartners and first and second graders visited classrooms, played games and worked on school projects with their grandchildren to celebrate the day.


Junior Leaders to meet Sept. 11 at Heritage Hall

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leader organization will meet Thursday, Sept. 11, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in recreation activities and a make-your-own sundae bar will be available. The group will also begin planning for the many activities and events that the county Junior Leader organization will be involved in for the year.

Ideas for business meeting speakers, community service projects, fund-raising and other leadership opportunities will be discussed.


Making friends with a Monarch

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Corbin Ingram, a kindergarten student in Cathy Geyer's class at Roanoke Elementary School, checks out a Monarch butterfly held by Huntington County Purdue Extension Director Karen Hinshaw. Hinshaw visited kindergarten and second-grade classes at the school on Friday, Aug. 22, and brought along some Monarch butterfly eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis and some butterflies that had hatched.


Pathfinder recognizing DSPs with gifts

Pathfinder Services is recognizing its direct support professionals this week, presenting each of the direct support professionals with a gift in observance of National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.

Pathfinder Services employs nearly 400 direct support professionals who act as mentors and teachers, offering support to teens and adults with intellectual disabilities.

They provide assistance at home, at work and in the community, helping those they serve reach their potential while taking into consideration their personal goals.



Andrews VFD to host AYCE dinner

The Andrews Volunteer Fire Department will have an all-you-can-eat fish and chicken dinner on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dallas Township Fire Station, 796 N. Main St., Andrews.

Also on the menu are broasted potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, dessert and drinks. Carryout is available.

The cost of the meal is reduced for children ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under.



Fort Wayne pastor is speaker for HU Foundation annual dinner

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Rick Hawks will be the featured speaker during the Huntington University Foundation's annual dinner today, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m.

Hawks is the senior pastor at The Chapel, a non-denominational church in Fort Wayne. He previously served as pastor at two other churches and as state director of Indiana Policy Review. He was a candidate for Congress in 1990.

Hawks holds an undergraduate degree in history from Akron University and a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary. He has taught at the graduate level at Huntington University and Bethel College.


Garage sale gift

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Shane McVoy (left), administrator at OakBrook Village, presents a check for $600.75 to Holly Saunders, executive director of the Huntington County Council on Aging, on Friday, Sept. 5. The donation represents the proceeds from a garage sale recently held by the nursing and rehabilitation facility and will be used toward the Senior Center building fund.


Mounted shooters to stage show and clinic this weekend at saddle club

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The Indiana Mounted Regulators will present a cowboy mounted shooting show this weekend, Sept. 12 through 14, at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club, in Huntington.

Shows begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, with the main shoot on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m.

A new shooter clinic will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. Topics to be covered include gun handling and safety, equipment needed, dress code, rules, horsemanship and preparing the horse and rider for mounted shooting.

A fee is charged for the clinic.


Bethel Assembly to host missionary

Bernie Smith will speak in the Sunday morning service on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Bethel Assembly of God.

Smith and his wife Brenda have been missionaries since 1991 and have served at West Africa Advanced School of Theology (WAAST) since 1994.

Their primary role is to be instructors at the school, where Bernie Smith teaches Bible, theology and missions. He is also associate pastor of the WAAST International Chapel, which is a church of 1,500 members.

Brenda Smith teaches English composition, journalism and research methodology.


Fourth annual Walk for Hope set for Sept. 20

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The fourth annual Walk for Hope, an event designed to bring the seriousness of teen suicide to light, will be held Sept. 20, beginning in the Huntington North High School commons.

"The main purpose of the walk is to bring awareness to the issue of suicide in our community," explains Liz Learned, director of the Department of Child Services and a member of the Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m., with the walk beginning at 7 p.m.

The route for the two-mile walk consists primarily of Cherry and Poplar streets.


Dream trip

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Huntington resident Stan Bippus and his motorcycle pause in front of the sign for Yukon, in northwest Canada, one of the stops on his recently-completed 4,646-mile motorcycle ride to Anchorage, AK. He rode to anchorage via Sturgis, SD, in order to make a stop at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an annual event that attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists each year. He says going to Sturgis and riding a Harley motorcycle were two of the items on his bucket list. The trip, he says, proves that "old" folks "can still do crazy things as they age."


Roush Fish and Wildlife area hosts dove hunt for 20 veterans and guides

Twenty veterans and their guides participated in a dove hunt for disabled veterans held Sept. 1 at the Roush Lake Fish and Wildlife Area.

The Huntington County Veterans Council and Roush Lake property management staff provided lunch, ammunition and hunting permits for the participants.

The event was organized by the Huntington County Veterans Council and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 Shooting Sports Committee.


Saw Dust Gang meets Saturday

The first meeting of the Wabash Valley Saw Dust Gang's new season is set for Saturday, Sept. 13.

The club meets from September through June on the second Saturday of each month. Meeting times are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The club covers all types of woodworking, such as routing, dovetail, inlaying, sanding, log cutting, thickness planning, finishing and lathe turning.

For more information contact Richard Johnson at 765-506-3667 or 765-662-1364.



Bowers Jewelers staff attends 2014 retail jewelers show in Minneapolis

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Gene Bowers, Susie Bowers, Jolene Paolillo and Shonah Landes from Bowers Jewelers recently attended the 2014 Retail Jewelers Organization Fall Buying Show in Minneapolis.

Bowers Jewelers and other jewelers from around the country met to browse upcoming trends, network with other industry leaders and take part in continuing education sessions.

The event, themed "There's No Business Like Show Business," allowed jewelers the opportunity to purchase new items at pre-negotiated prices.


Gardeners sell plants at Forks

Huntington County Master Gardeners will have a fall plant sale on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the pavilion at the Historic Forks of the Wabash. The hours will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A variety of perennials will be offered. All plants are grown by local master gardeners.



Birthday Book Club

Photo by Joni Knott.

During the all-school liturgy on Friday, Sept. 5, the following Huntington Catholic School students with September birthdays donated books to the Huntington Catholic School Library. They are (from left) Samantha Stetzel, second grade, and Peyton Rosen, seventh grade.


Workshop will focus on managing health conditions, living healthy life

"Living a Healthy Life," a workshop offered by Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana and the LaFontaine Center, will be held each week for six weeks beginning Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. at the LaFontaine Center.

The workshops are 2 1/2 hours and address chronic conditions including diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.


New Sotterlee Project presents Renaissance Faire Sept. 13, 14

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Flint Creek Renaissance Faire is coming to Huntington County this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14.

The faire will take place on the west side of Huntington, in a field off of Ind.-9 just south of its intersection with U.S.-24 intersection and will feature entertainment in various forms.


HCCF seeks donations in Lilly match challenge

The Huntington County Community Foundation has a chance at landing a $500,000 gift from the Lilly Endowment - if it can raise enough matching funds from the community.

The Lilly Endowment challenge was unexpected, HCCF Executive Director Michael Howell says, and the local foundation's board of directors is currently assessing how best to meet the challenge and allocate the funds.


Providing a picnic

Photo by Steve Clark.

Carol Kirkpatrick (left) is served by Emily Doss at a picnic that Altrusa International of Huntington held for clients of Pathfinder Services in the Hier's Park Poultry Pavilion on Tuesday, Sept. 2.


Cub Scouts to learn photography at 2nd Saturday

The monthly Second Saturday program at Salamonie Lake will feature an introduction to photography for Cub Scouts, kids and families on Sept. 13.

The program is at Salamonie Interpretive Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The program will cover basic camera features and usage. Participants can bring a camera, but it is not required. Cell phone and digital cameras are acceptable for portions of this program. Scouts may work toward a belt loop requirement.

Registration is requested. To register or for more information, call 468-2127.


McBride descendants meet at original family farm

The descendants of Don and Mary McBride gathered Aug. 16 at the McBride homestead, south of Zanesville.

Current owner Maurice McBride, of Irma, WI, allowed the 32 guests to tour the house, barn and garage and walk around the pond. The house is in bad repair and may be torn down soon.

David McBride and Polly Edwards Wymer put together the tour, which was led by David McBride. The tour leader also told stories of activities that took place on the farm many years ago.


Ready to grill

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Randy and Peggy Goalgen, of Markle, won the Charbroil gas grill during the Markle Wildcat Festival. Randy Goalgen (left) received the grill from Larry Jenks, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6671, of Markle, which raffled the grill. Mark Schaufelberger of Markle Hardware donated the grill.


Senior luncheon is today at Salamonie

People age 50 and older are invited to the monthly Senior Monday Carry-in Luncheon today, Sept. 8, at Salamonie Interpretive Center, Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

The lunch is at noon. After the meal, Tamara Hemmerlein, assistant director of local history for the Indiana Historical Society, will demonstrate how to preserve family photos, documents and other family historical items.

Attendees should bring their table service, a prepared dish to share and a small donation to help defray costs of the provided main dish.


Preschoolers will explore the world of rabbits during Sept. 17 programs

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool's "Remarkable Rabbits!" on Sept. 17.

Kids will learn about rabbits, make a rabbit craft, play rapid rabbit games and take a short hike.

The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.


Local teacher finalist for state teacher of year

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Audrey Fetters, a kindergarten teacher at Flint Springs Elementary School, is one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year award.

Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced the finalists on Thursday, Sept. 4. The winner will be announced in October.


Local coroner Zahm to be head of Indiana association in 2015

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Huntington County Coroner Philip Zahm has been elected to serve as president of the Indiana State Coroner's Association for 2015.

The election occurred during the 2014 Dr. David Avolt Training Conference and Trade Show held June 19 through June 22 in Indianapolis.

Zahm is currently serving the ISCA board as secretary/treasurer and held associate board member status previously.
Also in attendance at the conference were Huntington County Chief Deputy Coroner Greg Sprinkle and deputy coroners Tom Smith, Johnnie Hiles and Rod Jackson.


Red Cross says blood donation is emergency prep

Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It's the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.


Jones is new massage therapist at The Rub Doctor

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jess Jones is the new face at The Rub Doctor, in Huntington.

Jones graduated in June from the Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics, in Alexandria, as a certified massage therapist. She will be operating The Rub Doctor while her grandmother, Joyce Dials, is on a year-long leave. Dials has operated the business for about eight years.

Jones specializes in Swedish massage, a light and relaxing massage, and the therapeutic massage, which she says is more vigorous. Her standard massage is the hour-long therapeutic massage.


VNC offers in-depth study of Christian spirituality

Victory Noll Center is offering an in-depth study of Christian spirituality.

"Foundations of Christian Spirituality" is a year-long reflective study of the Wisdom Tradition over the centuries.

Participants will meet on 10 Thursdays from September to May for day-long sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided each session.


Two-day trapper education course offered in October at Salamonie

Salamonie Lake will host a free trapper education course Oct. 4 and 5 at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The program is open to all ages, though youths are especially encouraged to attend. Registration is open now, and those interested are encouraged to register well in advance. The registration deadline is Sept. 26.

The program will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, with education on trapping issues, ethics and regulations. The program is sponsored by Salamonie Lake, the Indiana State Trappers Association and Indiana Conservation Officers.


Bank donates footwear to FW Rescue Mission

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iAB financial bank recently sponsored a Flip Flop Drive, which resulted in a donation of more than 1,000 pairs to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, a gift never before received by the Rescue Mission.

Employees at all iAB locations purchased enough new flip flops to meet the Rescue Mission's needs for an entire year. The shoes are given to individuals seeking emergency shelter at Life House, an arm of the organization providing immediate relief from hunger and homelessness.


Getting acquainted

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Huntington Catholic School third-graders Allie Campbell (left) and Isaac Zay interview each other on the first day of school. They then introduced each other to the class.


USF Talent Day to award scholarships to high school seniors

University of Saint Francis scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors during Talent Day Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the university's Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication off Leesburg Road, the Fort Wayne Ballet at 300 E. Main St. and the university's music technology facilities in the North Campus, 2702 Spring St.


HU to mark Constitution Day with panel discussion on amendments

Huntington University will observe Constitution Day on Sept. 19 with a panel discussion of proposed amendments to the United States Constitution.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the HU campus. It is open to the public.

A book by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, "Six Amendments: How and Why We should Change the Constitution," will launch a discussion of ways to improve politics and government through constitutional amendments.


Carwash fun

Photo by Steve Clark.

Luke Eckert cracks a smile as he scrubs a car during a carwash at Huntington Catholic School on Saturday, Sept. 6, that saw fifth and sixth-graders at the school volunteer their time washing cars in order to raise funds for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which helps needy families and church families.


Tickets on sale for guild show

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The Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II presents "Remember When ... ," a dinner-variety show, on Oct. 12 at the Evangelical United Methodist Church.

The dinner, by Chef Jeff Albertson, will begin at 6 p.m. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased for both the dinner and the show or just the show alone. They are available by contacting Deanna Albertson at 224-3013 or from any guild board member.

Proceeds from the show will go toward a production to be held next summer.


Second annual ‘Chair-ity Affair’ and Harvest Craft Show set for Oct. 11 at Hier’s Park in Huntington

The second annual "Chair-ity Affair" and Harvest Craft Show will be held on Oct. 11 at Hier's Park, in Huntington.

Miami Tool and Die is again sponsoring the event, which challenges organizations and individuals to decorate a chair in a theme representing the entrant. The decorated chairs will then be auctioned off, with proceeds donated to Huntington County Special Olympics and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA Champions League.


Making it better

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Paul Bickel, of Huntington, works on one of the skate ramps at the Hayes-Lemmerz Skate Park, located in Yeoman Park in Huntington, on Thursday, Aug. 28. Bickel, himself a skateboarder, says the facility's ramps are in need of repair after vandalism and wear and tear have made them nearly unusable. He plans to paint over graffiti painted on the ramps and clean up the park so skateboarders can practice their sport there again soon.


Prize-winning feline

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Huntington County 4-H'er Caleb Smart received reserve champion honors in the longhair division of the 4-H cat show at the 2014 Indiana State Fair with his cat "Penelope."


Filling the boot for MDA

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington resident Bill Wike (left) adds his donation to the rubber boot held by Huntington Firefighter Adam Close on Friday, Aug. 29. Close and other firefighters from the Southside Fire Station on Etna Avenue took turns soliciting donations from passing motorists for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The fund-raiser is an annual event for the International Association of Fire Fighters.


Roanoke Public Library launching 2nd season of writers’ workshops

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The Roanoke Public Library is launching its second season of writers' workshops for the public.

Writers, those interested in writing or those who want to meet authors are invited to the Roanoke Library the second Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The interactive workshops are open to school-age students as well as adults.

On Sept. 9, Dawn Crandall will talk about writing historical romance. The first of Crandall's series of three novels was released this summer.

November's guest is Janine Petry, a recognized writer for national magazines.


Center joins Tipton Place Senior Living as community relations mgr.

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Charlotte Center has joined Tipton Place Senior Living as community relations manager.

Center is responsible for maintaining and establishing relationships with various organizations within the community, working with residents and their families and planning events.

One event now in the planning stages is a free community concert in the Tipton Place courtyard, which will be held Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.


Watering the grass

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tim Leidig, the maintenance supervisor at the LaFontaine Center, waters an outdoor planter located in front of the building on Thursday, Aug. 28. The planter contains the tall "King Tut graceful grass," which has thrived under Leidig's care and daily waterings.


Two-EE’s owner to be judge at wine contest

Eric Harris, of Two-EE's Winery in Roanoke, will serve as a judge for the International Wine Channel TV Awards competition, helping to select the 2014 Rising Star Winemaker.

The award, which recognizes winemakers under age 35, went to Harris in 2013. He earned two Best of Class awards and earned the highest collective points.

Judging for the 2014 award will take place Sept.16 and 17 in Sonoma County, CA.



Spray away

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington firefighter Tony Johnson (top, in basket) douses four staff members of Crestview Middle School as students watch on Friday, Aug. 29. The staff, (from left to right) Principal Chuck Werth, Guidance Counselor Lisa McDonald, Guidance Counselor Cheryl Goodmiller and Assistant Principal Brad Ludlow, fulfilled a promise to get hosed down with water after the school raised $1,000 in an ALS challenge. The money raised will be donated to the Brian Kornexl family. Kornexl has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.


Registration under way for fall Story Time

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Registration for fall Story Time is under way at the Markle Branch of Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Children ages birth through age 5 and their caregivers are invited to enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and fun at Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 11 and continuing until Nov. 13.

Each week will explore a different color, and children and their caregivers are encouraged to wear each week's color when they come to the library for Story Time.


Festival committee presents a sign of thanks

Photo by Steve Clark.

Cathy Johnson (third from left), chair of the Andrews Summer Festival committee, presents a plaque of appreciation to Michael Rohler (fourth from left), president of the Andrews Town Council, on Monday, Aug. 25, for the assistance rendered by the council and town employees with the festival, which ran Thursday, Aug. 21, to Saturday, Aug. 23. Pictured with Johnson and Rohler are (from left) Chase Stephan and Kathy Gamble, committee volunteers, and John Harshbarger and Ray Tackett, members of the town council.


UW campaign chairman sees big picture as more than fund-raising

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The United Way of Huntington County launched its 2014 campaign on Wednesday, Aug. 27, announcing a goal of raising $652,000 by the end of the year.

But while the monetary goal is important, Campaign Chair Pete Schownir says there's another goal that's equally important.


September business of the month

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Nick's Kitchen, 506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, has been chosen as the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for September. Celebrating the occasion on Tuesday, Aug. 26, are (front row, from left to right) Terry Miller, Debra Vaughn, Nick's Kitchen owner Jean Anne Bailey, Angelica Bowers, Brenda Whitaker, Sue Rumple and Belinda Clancy; and (back row, from left to right) Les Graham, Amy Mattox, Lina Charo, Phyllis Renz and Jo Deane Knowles.


Two stylists join Downtown Salon

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Downtown Salon has welcomed two new hair stylists who represent two generations of personalized hair care.

Becky Tunks started at the salon Aug. 12, a transplant to Roanoke from Janesville, WI. She'd been doing hair since February 1996 when her husband's job brought them to the area.

"I wanted to be on my own and I wanted a new adventure," Tunks says, for the reason she decided to rent a chair at the Downtown Salon. "I wanted to make my own hours, and truly, to make more money."


Brown joins BSB office in North Manchester

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Nicci Brown has joined the staff of Bippus State Bank. She will work at the bank's North Manchester office as a full-time teller.

Originally from Naples, FL, Brown moved in 2009 to North Manchester, where she resides with her husband, Dicky, and daughter, Emma. In 2014, Brown graduated from Huntington University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

She is the current board treasurer of the Manchester Early Learning Center.



Roanoke library offers computer classes

The Roanoke Public Library is offering computer classes for adults.

The instructor will be Celia Bandelier, library director, who has been working with computers since the 1980s when she received a minor in computer science as part of her Bachelor of Science from Manchester College.

Participants must register to be assured of having a laptop to work on along with the instructor. To register, call the library at 672-2989 or visit the library.

All classes will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the following topics:


Chapter offers two free programs on signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host two sessions of "Know the 10 Signs."

The first will take place on Sept. 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 2131 Getz Rd., Fort Wayne.

The second session will be on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital, 401 Sawyer Rd., Kendallville.

"Know the 10 Signs" is an introductory program that provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer's and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease.


Camp H.E.R.O. training pays off for Andrews girl

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Aaliyah Smith was home alone when a fire filled her Andrews home with smoke.

She tried to put the fire out with baking soda; when that didn't work, she and the family dog high-tailed it out of the house.

The house and everything in it were destroyed. But Aaliyah and "Duffus" the dog are alive - and Aaliyah says it's because of what she learned earlier this summer at Camp H.E.R.O.


Garden Art program set

The next installment of the 2014 public education series sponsored by Huntington County Master Gardeners will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park.

Master Gardener Betty Jo Wallace will present "Garden Art." She will demonstrate how to make fairy gardens out of clay pots.

She will also demonstrate how to paint rocks for landscaping decorations and for stone in fairy gardens. She will use different sizes of stones and show painted animals, including ladybugs and dragons.


State group honors 15 Miller's Merry Manor sites

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Following an 18-month review of care in 200 Indiana healthcare facilities, 15 of Miller's Merry Manor's locations have been recognized as part of 34 nursing facilities in the state which met or exceeded the targeted standards of quality care established for the initiative by the State's Quality Improvement Organ- ization (QIO).

All licensed Indiana nursing facilities were invited to volunteer for the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC), sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which ran from February 2013 through July 2014.


Wayne Township Future Farmers to sell mums, gourds, pumpkins

Members of the Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club will sell pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and mums on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Junction 9, located at the intersection of Ind.124 and Ind.-9.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fall fund-raiser, which features Indian corn and pumpkins grown by the club members, will fund the club's community projects.

Last year, the club used proceeds from the sale to sew blankets for Project Linus and make a contribution to World Vision.



Dentistry group honors Huntington’s Regan

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The Academy of General Dentistry presented Dr. John Regan, of Huntington, with the organization's Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition during the AGD 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits this summer in Detroit.

The recognition honors AGD members who have demonstrated a commitment to pursing continuing education and volunteering their services.

To receive this recognition, recipients must complete at least 1,000 hours of continuing education and perform at least 100 hours of community service.


Momentous occasion

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Descendants of Miami Chief Jean Baptist de Richardville mark the occasion Thursday, Aug. 21, of the new display of historic document and treaty copies recently returned to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Family members and invited guests viewed the documents in the Chief Richardville House at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park. Representing four generations of the family are (from left to right) Mikah Strass, Mariah Strass, Erik Strass, Sue Strass, Charlyne Wirtner, Rosalie Boyle, Monica Haneline, Dahra Sirois, Claudia Hedeen, Greta Sirois, Ian Strass and Robert Miller.


‘Germans’ to be genealogy topic Wednesday

The Huntington County Genealogy Society will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The speaker will be Giles Hoyt, Ph.D., and the topic will be "Germans in Indiana."

Hoyt is a retired professor emeritus of German and philanthropic studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, director of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center and dean of international affairs from 1993 to 2003. He is a co-founder of the Indiana German Heritage Society.


Cottage Event Center plans an evening of jazz

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Billed as an evening of cool jazz and smooth standards, "Puttin' on the Ritz for Riley" features vocalist Shannon Persinger backed by The Eric Clancy Trio.

The concert, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26, at Roanoke's Cottage Event Center, is a fund-raiser for Riley Hospital for Children.


Hiners put big pledge toward BAGC facility

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Homer and Marj Hiner have pledged $250,000 toward the Parkview Boys & Girls Club's campaign to raise $3.5 million to build a new facility.

Marj Hiner has also been a part of the Capital Campaign Committee that has helped to raise the funds necessary to complete this project. She was also involved in the Building Committee, put in place to make decisions about the new building.

The Hiners say this new facility is a smart investment in its future.


Cottage Event Center plans a fund-raiser concert

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Shannon Persinger will perform at the Cottage Event Center in a fund-raiser concert for Riley Hospital for Children on Friday, Sept. 26.


Weekly Bible study for women kicks off Sept. 8

All women are invited to the fall kick-off event for Bloom, Huntington Church of the Nazarene's Women's Discipleship Ministry. The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer of the church.

The purpose of Bloom is to enable women to grow deeper in their love for and knowledge of Jesus Christ and to encourage one another in this pursuit through community.


HU gets two more top quality national ratings

Washington Monthly has ranked Huntington University fifth among Indiana's baccalaureate colleges. In addition, the magazine named HU fourth among Hoosier schools in the Best Bang for the Buck list of baccalaureate institutions.

"Today's rankings tell the story that we have seen in multiple rankings: that Huntington University provides an excellent, Christ-centered education at a competitive price," says Dr. Michael Wanous, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.


Huntington parks dept. offers eve swim lessons

Photo by Joni Knott.

Each year, the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department offers evening swim lessons to the public.
Each two-week session consists of two different classes, beginner and intermediate, that focus on teaching children a variety of water skills and how to swim safely.

Located at the Quality Inn, 2820 Hotel Ave., Huntington, the swim lessons program hosts approximately 10 to 12 students per session and takes place from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During these times, two different levels of swimming and skills are taught.


Huntington Catholic School’s annual car wash on Saturday to benefit St. Vincent DePaul Soc.

Huntington Catholic School's annual car wash benefitting the St. Vincent DePaul Society will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot at St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The fund-raiser is sponsored by Huntington Catholic School's fifth and sixth-grade classes.

All proceeds will go to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.



HCTPL now offers patrons free access to

Patrons and visitors at the Huntington City-Township Public Library's main and Markle branches can now use for free. operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites, giving users access to billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI and military records.


Fireworks roadblock going for challenge gift

Organizers of the Huntington fireworks show hope to raise enough money through a roadblock on Saturday, Sept. 6, to qualify for a challenge gift of $2,500.

An anonymous donor has offered to match up to $2,500 of the amount raised by the show's organizers.

To raise that money, fireworks volunteers will be asking for donations on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at MacGahan and Jefferson streets, Cherry and Market streets and Etna Avenue and Jefferson Street.

Donations can also be mailed to American Legion Post 7 at 1330 Etna Ave., Huntington, IN 46750.



Catching up

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Julie Mearing, of Bolingbrook, IL (left) and Paula Evans, of Markle, catch up on the latest news Thursday, Aug. 28, while enjoying the outdoor seating at JD's Restaurant and Bar in downtown Huntington. Mearing, a Huntington native, was back in town to visit. She and Evans have been friends since their high school days.