Groundbreaking underway for Goetz Memorial Park

Groundbreaking started recently at the Drake Goetz Memorial Park in Union Township in Huntington County. The four-acre park is being built to honor Drake Goetz, who died in an accident this past November at the age of 15.
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Groundbreaking is underway at the Drake Goetz Memorial Park in Union Township in Huntington County.

The park is being built to honor Drake Goetz, who died in an accident this past November at the age of 15.

The vision for the park came from Goetz’ close friend, Carter Mertz. Plans call for the completed park to have a soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, walking paths and a pavilion.

Cricket crooners

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In preparation for summer singing camp, members of the Huntington Children’s Choir met at Mega Pets in Wabash to purchase a cricket cage for their camp mascot. “Peace On Earth and Lots of Little Crickets” is the theme of the camp. Pictured are (from left) Jay Clampitt, Lucy Clampitt, Katie Clampitt, Andrew Lopshire, Joshua Troyer, Matthias Gilliland and Claire Troyer.

Caffray earns spot on University of Dayton dean’s list

Jordyn Caffray, of Markle, earned a spot on the University of Dayton’s spring 2018 dean’s list, which honors undergraduate students achieving a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

The University of Dayton is a national, Catholic, research institution located in Dayton, OH.

Newly installed officers

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The new officers of American Legion Post 7 were installed Thursday, June 14, at the legion hall, in Huntington. They are (from left) Ed Hippensteel, chaplain; Tim Gooley, judge advocate; Barry Wehr, sergeant-at-arms; Steve Garwood, second vice president; Dan Fisher, post adjutant; Kris Henderson, service officer; Randy Richard, first vice president; Stan Klosowski, commander; and Olin Roberts, finance officer.

Melvin Jones Award presented

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The Bippus Lions Club held its 70th anniversary celebration on June 12 at Mecates Mexican Restaurant, in Huntington. Forty Lions and friends were in attendance. Several awards were presented during the evening, including the highest Lions award, the Melvin Jones Award, which went to Lion Jack Sell. Celebrating the occasion are (seated) Sell’s wife, Lion Alice Sell; and (standing from left) Sell’s son, Mike Sell; his daughter, Beth Ring; Past International President Wayne Madden; Sell; and Past International Director Dave Fiandt.

Remembering those who gave all

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Members of the Markle Boy Scout troop, their leaders and volunteers placed flags on headstones of veterans’ graves at the Markle Cemetery in observance of Memorial Day. A total of 147 flags were placed in the cemetery and six flags were placed at Markle Veterans Park. Pictured are (front row from left) Scout Leader Kent Caston, Coby Hartzler, Asher Vitatoe, Assistant Scout Leader Matt Pence and David Pence; and (back row from left) Kayla Caston and Chase Caston. Larry Jenks of the Huntington VFW 2689 Post coordinated the effort to decorate the graves.

Second Saturday to teach nature photography with cell phones

Learn to take nature photos with a smartphone at Salamonie Lake’s Second Saturday program on July 14.

The program will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants should meet at Salamonie Interpretive Center. After learning techniques, participants will head outdoors to experiment before meeting back at the center to share photos.

Advance registration is required by calling 468-2127.
The property entrance fee is waived for Second Saturday participants. 

Second Saturday is a monthly educational series of programs at Salamonie Lake.

Warning from ‘Mr. Bac’

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As 4-H Youth Development Educator Rae Ann O’Neill (at top right) talks, 4-H Junior Leader Zachary Rice (at left) and “Mr. Bac” (short for Bacteria) illustrate the benefits of washing your hands to kids in the mini 4-H day camp held Thursday, June 14, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Kids also learned about first aid, fire safety, different 4-H projects they might like and other topics during the daylong camp.

‘Power Lab’ coming to Trinity United Methodist

A summer youth event called Power Lab will be hosted at Trinity United Methodist Church from Monday, June 25, to Thursday, June 28.

Power Lab is for youth from 4 years old to fourth grade and will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day.

At Power Lab, kids will participate in Bible-learning activities, sing songs, play teamwork-building games and discover scientific crafts, aimed at reminding them to trust God, say church officials.

Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings.

Salamonie Lake celebrates Christmas in July, Smokey’s birthday

Celebrate Christmas in July and Smokey Bear’s birthday with games, food, a parade, live music, campsite decorating and more at Salamonie Lake on July 28 and 29.

On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., participants can chow down on pancakes and sausage prepared by the Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. Donations will be accepted.

Swan St. Lincoln reunion announced

The seventh Swan Street Lincoln Grade School reunion will be held Saturday, July 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the new Lincoln School Building, 2037 E. Taylor St., Huntington.

The reunion is for everyone who went to Lincoln School when it was located on Swan Street.

Those attending the reunion are urged to bring pictures and any items they may have to share from their years at Lincoln. A pitch-in lunch featuring Kentucky Fried Chicken will be served. Bring crock-pot food; there are plenty of plug-ins but no kitchen. Table service will be provided.

Relay for Life donation

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The JJ’s Convenience Stores and JJ Java participated in the recent Huntington County Relay for Life as a Spirit Team. They presented a check to Vickie and Mark Kiefer, event chairs for $1,975. Pictured are (from left) Tracey Carter, JJ’s manager at West Park Drive; Barb Rupley, JJ’s manager at Guilford St.; Megan Reckelhoff and Nick Stanley, JJ’s owners; Heather Bowers, JJ’s top fund-raiser; Courtney Randall, JJ’s manager at Old 24; and the Kiefers.

HU’s Hernandez is new president of CELEA

Shoshannah Hernandez
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Huntington University has announced that Shoshannah Hernandez, director of the Institute for TESOL Studies/Associate Director of Global Studies, has been elected president for the Christian English Language Educators Association (CELEA).

CELEA is an association for individuals who have a common interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and who share a common belief in Jesus Christ. The association has enabled Hernandez to find fellowship within her field and see a greater vision for Christians in TESOL.

Learning how to float

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Xavier Slee, 3, of Huntington, gets a little help from swimming instructor Marissa Koons during a swimming lesson Wednesday, June 13, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Xavier is the son of Greg and Katie Slee.

Video visit with clean water group in Africa postponed to June 28

A video visit with the head of an organization that helps provide wells and clean water in Africa has been postponed.

Lancaster Elementary School first-grade teacher Jeanne Paff says Georgie Badiel is unable to attend a planned Skype session initially set for June 20. The Skype session has been changed to Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington. The public is invited to attend the session.