Music in City returns to downtown Huntington

The local band Roustabout, comprised of musicians (from left) Justin Barker, Joey Spiegel, Chris Kauffman and Bob Thompson, will play the first Music in the City concert on Friday, May 4, in downtown Huntington.
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The sounds of summertime music will once again be heard in downtown Huntington, as Music in the City returns for its third annual concert series.

From May through August a free concert will be held on the first Friday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Jefferson Street, between Washington and Market streets.

Music lovers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and sit back and relax, or get up and dance to the different groups scheduled to perform.

Jefferson Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for each of the concert events.

Men’s choir at Solid Rock

The community men’s choir, A Few Good Men, will present a program on Sunday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at the Solid Rock Church in Warren.

The title of the program is “Jesus, All Year Long.”

The group of singers come from eight different churches and are about 31 men strong at this time. The requirements to be in this group are that they must love to sing and they must love the Lord.

The program on May 6 is open to the public and there is no charge.  

Solid Rock Church is located at 227 N. Main St., Warren.

City of Huntington hails 23 years as Tree City, to plant at three sites

The City of Huntington is celebrating 23 years as a Tree City USA, recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The Arbor Day observance will take place at three locations on Friday, April 27. The first planting will take place at noon at the north end gazebo of Memorial Park. The second planting will take place at the Barks and Rec Dog Park at 1 p.m. and at Erie Rail Trail Sections 2 and 3 at 4 p.m.

HN students helping pets with drive

The Vet Science class at Huntington North High School is making it their mission to help the animals of Huntington County. They have started a pet drive now until Friday, May 4, to collect items and monetary donations to benefit the Huntington County Humane Society and Animal House Sanctuary.

Three from Huntington County make Bishop Luers Top 10

The Top 10 academic students of the Bishop Luers Class of 2018 have been announced. They are (front row from left) Emily McManus, Sara Quinn, Garrett Scheiber, salutatorian Adam Veldman and Jonathan Woehnker; and (back row from left) valedictorian Margaret Cicchiello, Allyson Emmett, Benjamin Fink, Mitchell Gigli, Megan Gilpin and Camille King.
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Bishop Luers High School has announced the Top 10 academic students of the class of 2018, and the list includes three students from Huntington County — Garrett Scheiber, of Huntington, and Roanoke residents, Megan Gilpin are Jonathan Woehnker.

Scheiber is a member of St. Mary Parish, Huntington, and attended Huntington Catholic School. He plans to study mechanical engineering at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Gilpin attended Crestview Middle School. She plans to study athletic training at Mount St. Joseph University.

Teens can give gift of homemade for Mother’s Day

Teens can give the gift of homemade this Mother’s Day with a washer necklace and homemade card DIY workshop.

The session takes place at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as at the Markle branch Thursday, May 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This free workshop will let teens create something special for that mother figure in their life without the added cost of materials.

Huntington Alert hosting pair of volunteer workdays at Humbert House

Huntington Alert is hosting two volunteer workdays at the Humbert House, 337 E. Market St. on Saturday, April 28, and Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. through the afternoon.

Projects may include mudding drywall, repairing plaster, installing plumbing fixtures, cleaning, painting and maintaining the yard.

Lunch will be provided to thank volunteers for their hard work.

Alert officials suggest volunteers bring their own work gloves, eye protection and extra ladders if they have them.

RSVP is not required but it would help with planning.

Magic on stage

 All eyes are on Mary Poppins (center), played by Gillian Lintz, as she regales the crowd with a song during the Huntington North High School production of “Mary Poppins,” Thursday, April 19, in the high school auditorium. The musical, which ran through Saturday, April 21, was filled with a variety of laughs, dancing and familiar Disney tunes that entertained the audience.

HNHS Academic Super Bowl team places second at Leo, not state-bound

Members of the Huntington North High School Academic Super Bowl team take a moment to ham it up following their recent meet at Leo High School. Pictured are (front row from left) Morgan Stout, Grace Driscoll, Tyler Stroud, Darcy Williams,  Quinton Fetrow and Parker Gibson; and (back row from left) Robert Borland, Reece Sweet, Brandon Kem, Zach Lippe, Brandon Kratz and Audrey Marjamaa.
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Members of the Huntington North High School Academic Super Bowl team came in second place overall at a meet at Leo High on April 17, second only to Carroll High School.

However, none of the HNHS subject teams had a high enough score to advance to this year’s state competition.

The subject teams’ results included:

• The math team, comprised of Audrey Marjamaa, Zach Lippe and Grace Driscoll, took first place.

• The English team, of Brandon Kratz and Darcy Williams, received second place.

Piecemakers Quilt Club sets May 3 meet at Evangelical UMC

The Piecemakers Quilt Club will be holding its next monthly meeting on Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

The public is invited to come join in, meet new friends, find new ideas and learn new quilting tips.

Huntington County Safety Council to hear safety talk

A fire safety presentation will be given by Dave Teusch at the next Huntington County Safety Council meeting on Wednesday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. at Our Sunday Visitor, 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington.

A buffet meal will be served by Nick’s Country Café. There is a cost for the meal.

Register to Jeff White, HCSC president, by Friday, May 4, at 355-3656, by fax at 355-3236 or by email,

Red Cross asking donors to give blood regularly

This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.
Upcoming Huntington County blood donations are set for:

• May 9 – from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at PHD Inc., 4763 N. U.S.-24 East.

• May 15 – from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

• May 9 – from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Auto Truck Group, 13710 Lower Huntington Rd.

Making the food

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kaylee Ryan (right), 3, and her father, Dan, use Play-Doh to make some “food” during a Kitchen Helpers Play Day on Saturday, April 21, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.

Heritage Days to feature pair of car shows; one downtown, one at HNHS

Heritage Days will include two vehicle shows as a part of the celebration for 2018. A downtown Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, sponsored by MetroNet, will be held Friday evening, June 22, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Huntington County Disaster Team Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday, June 23, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Huntington North High School.

New local CSP plant manager a first for company

Continental Structural Plastics’ new Huntington Plant Manager, Karen Williams (left) discusses production with Shelly Pressler, quality auditor, and Marcy Strange, production supervisor, both of the Huntington plant. Williams is the first female plant manager of the company.
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Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a world leader in vehicle lightweighting technologies, has announced the promotion of Karen Williams to plant manager of the Huntington manufacturing facility.

Williams becomes the first female to be named to a plant management position in the company’s more than 50 years in operations.

Library workshop to feature Family Search basics

Hobby genealogists can learn the basics of using the website Family Search to fill in their family tree with a Database Basics workshop Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library and Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the Markle branch.

This free website is a great resource for filling in those gaps in a family tree, say library officials. Participants can feel free to bring their own laptop or mobile device if they would like to follow along or continue research after the workshop ends.

Unwanted medical collection Friday at Walgreen's

An unwanted medication collection will be held Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walgreen’s Drug Store, 1804 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Officials for the event note that flushing old pills down the toilet or throwing them into the trash can have serious consequences for drinking water and the environment.

Medications should be brought in their original bottles or packages.

SkillsUSA champs

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Members of Huntington North High School’s precision skills team show off their awards won at the SkillsUSA State Competition and Conference, held recently in Indianapolis. Pictured are (from left) Jacob Haneline, state champion - Precision Machining; Jacob Burns, state champion - CNC Turning Specialist; and Andrew Lund, state runner-up - CNC Milling Specialist.

Post office to hold annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday, May 12

The United States Post Office’s annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is set for Saturday, May 12. Postal customers are asked to set non-perishable food items at their mailbox, which can be picked up by the postal carrier.

Volunteers from Love In the Name of Christ and the Meal Ministry will be at the post office between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to collect the donations as they come in from the mail trucks.

Meal Ministry will be receiving county donations and Love INC will receive the city donations.

Last year Love INC received nearly 3,000 pounds of donations.

Hero’s Paws of Excellence

Photo by Steve Clark.

Betty Wilkins (left) receives the Hero’s Paws of Excellence Award from Jean Wilson, operations manager at the Huntington County Humane Shelter, during the Huntington County Humane Society’s annual meeting on Tuesday, April 17, in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. The award recognizes a special individual who took in a pet from the shelter. Wilkins is accompanied by “Kasper,” a shepherd mix dog who was struck by a car in Huntington earlier this year.

Clear Creek High School annual alumni banquet set for May 5 at Central Christian

The Clear Creek High School annual alumni banquet will be Saturday, May 5, at Central Christian Church.

A social hour will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. by Nadean’s Cakes and Cookies Catering.

All former students, teachers and friends are invited to attend. Invitations have been sent to former students whose current address is known.

Northwest Elementary to host 50-year legacy fete

Northwest Elementary School students form a huge “50” on the school’s parking lot to celebrate Northwest’s 50th anniversary. An open house and complimentary dinner are set for May 6 at the school.
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Northwest Elementary School is hosting a legacy celebration to celebrate the school’s 50th year of exploring, learning and growing in Huntington County.

This celebration will take place on Sunday, May 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the school, 4524W-800N, Huntington. 

All students, alumni, current and former staff members are invited to join in this once-in-a-lifetime event. A complimentary dinner of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, chips, watermelon and cupcakes will be provided.

Float challenge meet set for May 1

Pictured are the people who attended the last township/city high school Heritage Days float planning meeting. They are (front row from left) Max Colclesser, Roanoke High School; Mary Lou Snyder, Clear Creek High School; Rosie Hill, Clear Creek High School; Nonda Crocker, Clear Creek High School; Angie Pearson, Andrews High School; and Jane Hite, Rock Creek High School; and (back row from left) Stan Bippus, Huntington High School; Suzanne Whitted, Bippus High School; Mary Ann Eller, Lancaster High School; Clyde Marley, Roanoke; Jim Shivley, Huntington Township High School; Brema J. Smith, Huntington High School; Ron Hite, Rock Creek High School; Phil Bitzer, Andrews High School; and Jim Denman, Lancaster High School.
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There will be a meeting of former township/city high schools from the 1950s to discuss progress being made on the Heritage Days High School Float Challenge on May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive.

Former high schools are encouraged to enter a float of any type or size that represents their township high school, even if it is just a decorated bicycle or kids carrying a banner with the school’s name. Some people watching the parade may be surprised to learn that there were 15 different high schools open in the 1950s in Huntington County.

Bird program at library

ACRES Land Trust and an expert from the Audubon Society will present a program on bird watching, identification and birding as a hobby at the Huntington City-Township Public Library Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

This program will also teach attendees how they can participate in the Bird Blitz, a bird counting program happening in June. This program is geared towards adults.

The Huntington branch is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Appreciation Award

Photo by Steve Clark.

Staff members from Huntington Veterinary Hospital accept a Special Appreciation Award from the employees of the Huntington County Humane Shelter at the Huntington County Humane Society’s annual meeting on Tuesday, April 17, in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. The shelter employees presented the hospital staffers with the award as a show of gratitude for their dedication to animal care. Pictured are (from left) Clint Stockert, Jean Wilson and Mary Rothgeb, all of the Huntington County Humane Shelter; and Dr.

Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club to hold hanging basket sale

The Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club will hold its annual hanging basket sale on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mt. Etna United Methodist Church.

The event will be held rain or shine. The club is selling nursery-quality large multi-flower hanging baskets.

The club will use funds from the sale for community service projects.

The church is located at 6383W-600S, on the corner of Ind.-9 and Ind.-124.

Andrews High School alumni banquet is May 5

The Andrews High School annual alumni banquet will be held Saturday, May 5, at the Andrews Elementary School. A social time will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Hicks secures top 12 spot on ‘The Voice’

Christiana Hicks has secured a place among the final 12 competitors on the NBC singing competition “The Voice.”

Sieberns to give message

Monte and Jackilyn Sieberns will present the morning message in song on Sunday, April 29, at 9:30 a.m. at the Salamonie Church of the Brethren.

Monte Sieberns is a radio personality and Jackie is an ordained minister. They both are “handi-capable.” Monte has been blind since birth and Jackie lost her vision gradually. They both want to use their gifts for Jesus Christ.

The church is located at 2662W-600S, Warren.

For more information, call the church at 468-2633.

Pizza buffet for Relay

Huntington County Relay for Life will host a Pizza Hut Buffet on Monday, April 23, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Huntington Pizza Hut.

A portion of each buffet and all tips will go to Relay for Life of Huntington County.

The local Relay for Life event is June 9 from noon to midnight at Kriegbaum Field. The theme this year is “Rockin’ ‘Round the Clock for Relay” and the goal is $53,000.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark and Vickie Kiefer, the event leads for Huntington County, at 356-0219.