Searching for the bargains

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Vickie Buzzard, of Warsaw, checks out some artwork at a garage sale at 625 Agnes St. Friday, June 24. Traffic was heavy throughout Huntington as bargain hunters perused countless garage and yard sales throughout Huntington during the city-wide, weekend-long event.

Psi Iota Xi donates gift of music to Pathfinder Kids Kampus recently

Preschoolers Zoe Richard (left) and Makenna Miller make a joyful noise with musical instruments recently at Kids Kampus. The instruments were purchased with a grant from Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.
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Pathfinder Kids Kampus recently received a monetary donation from Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority to purchase musical instruments for 3 to 5 year olds.

The donation was made possible thanks to Phi Chapter’s sponsorship of the annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival and from selling cheeseballs last November.

The instruments purchased include maracas, finger cymbals and sand block instruments. The instruments are used in both small group and in large group play at Pathfinder Kids Kampus.

Helping Paws to hold biggest fund-raiser of year Sunday at VFW

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 take a moment on Monday, June 21, from planning the upcoming Cool Cat Casino Day, which will be held at the post on Sunday, June 26. Pictured are (front row from left) Betsy Bilyew, Dave Vogleman and Barb Burnett; and (back row from left) Richard Sutton, Rick Stell, Michael Harrell, John Black and Chuck Kuschel.
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Helping Paws is bringing back what head volunteer Betsy Bilyew says has become its biggest fund-raiser of the year, when the Cool Cat Casino Day gets under way Sunday, June 26, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689.

“It was so popular, that many of our supporters asked us to do it again this year,” she explains, adding she is excited the VFW has partnered to provide the facility for the event.

YMCA fund-raising campaign hits $1 million mark

Michael Zahn (left), president of First Federal Savings Bank presents Parkview Huntington Family YMCA Executive Director Ben Davis with a check for $100,000 toward the Strong Y = Strong Community Campaign on Monday, June 20. The goal of the campaign is to increase the Y’s ability to build programs and services by reducing its long-term debt. As thanks for its contribution, First Federal will receive permanent naming rights for both YMCA gymnasiums.
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The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA has reached the $1 million mark in fund-raising toward its capital campaign for capacity building, CEO Ben Davis has announced.

The capital campaign, “Strong Y = Strong Community,” has been conducted silently over the past six months, Davis says. The main goal of the campaign is to increase the YMCA’s ability to build programs and services by reducing some of the organization’s long-term debt, but there will also be a targeted effort to raise funds for new equipment and facility renovation projects.

Ringo and Miller graduate from LDS seminary

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Two Huntington high school seniors graduated from the seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 5.

The graduates are Hannah Ringo, from Huntington North High School, and Hugh Miller, who was homeschooled and also attended Ivy Tech.

Over four years of high school, they studied the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon and history of the Latter-day Saint faith in a daily 50-minute class in the church’s Huntington chapel.  

Announce HD parade winners

The winners of the 53rd annual Heritage Days parade have been announced.

They are:
Best Youth Group – Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, sponsored by The Huntington County TAB.

Best Adult Group – Pathfinder Services, sponsored by Applebee’s.

Best Motorized Unit – Mizpah Racing Shriners, sponsored by The Country Post.

Best Antique Vehicle – Ageless Iron of Roanoke, sponsored by Z-Place.

Best Religious Unit – Christian Life Tabernacle, sponsored by Edward Jones.

Fan fair at library

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Hoosier Christian historical romance author Dawn Crandall (left) makes a new fan, signing the first book in her series, “The Hesitant Heiress,” for Joan Boyer, of Warren. The book signing event took place at the Warren Public Library on Friday, June 17, as part of the library’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Victory Noll Center to become own non-profit

Fifteen years after it was established as a ministry of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, Victory Noll Center is set to become a separate non-profit organization.

The center, located on the Victory Noll campus in Huntington, will retain close ties with the sisters and will mirror them in mission and purpose.

Started in 2001, the center offers programming and retreats designed as an outreach to individuals and groups. Sue Wilhelm has been director of Victory Noll Center since 2008.

County fairgrounds updates progressing well

Janell Baute (left) and Pat Karst are members of a committee charged with guiding upkeep and improvements to the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Some of those improvements have included upgrades to Heritage Hall, including the addition of air conditioning, with a goal of drawing more rental business.
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Heritage Hall is pretty cool these days.

Cool, as in air conditioned.

It’s one of the improvements made in the year since the Huntington County 4-H Fair Association took over ownership of the Huntington County Fairgrounds, which previously made up a large portion of Hier’s Park.

And the newly-installed air conditioning in Heritage Hall, a large building in the center of the fairgrounds, is among the updates the association hopes will bring in the rental income that will fund future maintenance and improvements to the fairgrounds.

HU faculty accepted as Fellows of Leadership Institute

Huntington University has announced that Andrew Cook, Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, Steve Lee, Twyla Lee, Dr. Larry A. Mercer, Dr. Gary J. Oliver and Dr. Dave Rahn have accepted positions as Fellows for the Institute for Leadership and Counseling.

Splash’s Rain Barrel Auction set for July 9

The 2016 Rain Barrel Auction barrels pictured were painted by artists (bottom row, from left) Meghan McElhaney, Elyse Schuler, Betty Wallace, Angela Ellsworth and Kids Kampus; and (top row, from left) Ann Richard, Parkview Boys & Girls Club, Cassie Crider, Pathfinder Services-Creative Abilities and Ann Freds/JoEllen Morris.
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The annual Splash on the Wabash event Rain Barrel Auction is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, at noon at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.

Ten artists have transformed the barrels into works of art, donating their time and talent to paint designs on the rain barrels.

This year’s artists responsible for the designs on the barrels are Kids Kampus, Pathfinder Services-Creative Abilities, Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, Meghan McElhaney, Elyse Schuler, Ann Freds/JoEllen Morris, Betty Wallace, Angela Ellsworth, Cassie Crider and Giggabbuggy.

New Hope to have chili cook-off fund-raiser

New Hope United Brethren Church will have a free will donation chili cook-off on Sunday, July 3, at 11 a.m. The cook-off will be a contest between pastors and retired pastors associated with New Hope Church.

This event is open to the public. All proceeds will go to projects of the church’s CARE Fund.

New Hope Church is located at 2001 Engle St., Huntington.

Book of columns by local writer is now available in limited supply

A book of columns written by F.S. Bash and compiled by Jean Gernand is now available, Gernand says.

Gernand has delivered many of the books to those who placed advance orders; those who have not yet received their books may pick them up at the Huntington County Historical Museum.

A limited number of books are available for purchase by those who did not place advance orders.

The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Teens Helping Teens support group to start new group July 6

Teens Helping Teens, a support group for ages 13 to 18, will begin a new eight-week group on July 6.

Meetings will be held on the first and third Wednesdays through Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana, 2200 Lake Ave., Suite 105, Fort Wayne.

The peer-to-peer support group helps teenagers who feel lonely, lost or are struggling with life in general. The group offers teens emotional support, a safe place to talk and helps them develop coping skills.

Locals helping priest make move to home country

Rev. Sebastian Twinomugabi (second from left) received some local support to assist in reactivating his brick factory when he returns to Uganda in July. Jessica Hartmus (left) designed a non-electric roller system to make the materials easier to move; both she and the local Knights of Columbus council also made monetary donations. Representing the council are Deputy Grand Knight Dave Bowman (second from right) and Grand Knight Jeff Scher (right).
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A solutions-oriented student and a Catholic men’s organization will have a hand in helping a local priest re-establish and expand a brick-making business when he returns to his native Uganda in July.

Plum Tree United Church of Christ to hail sesquicentennial anniversary

The Plum Tree United Church of Christ congregation will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary Sunday, June 26, at the church.

Plans include a worship service from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., including memory-sharing stories time. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. a catered lunch will be served, with those attending supplying salads and desserts. Professional musician Tab Beechler will entertain from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Cherry earns dean’s list honors at nursing school

Laura Cherry, of Huntington, has received recognition on the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing dean’s list for the fall and spring semesters of the 2015-16 academic year.

To be named on the list, a student must obtain a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 12 graded credit hours for the semester.

Cherry is the daughter of Ron and Deb Cherry.

‘Folksy’ trio O’ Sister, Brother to perform in next free downtown concert series event on June 25

O’ Sister, Brother, featuring (from left) Kyle Jackson, Tyler Gault and Bennett Spickelmier, is the featured band for Music in the City on Saturday, June 25.
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O’ Sister, Brother will perform June 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the next of the Huntington Downtown Business Association’s series of free, family friendly concerts.

O’ Sister, Brother describes itself as a folksy, grassroots group. Based in Huntington, its members include Tyler Gault on vocals and accordion, Kyle Jackson on vocals and guitar and Bennett Spickelmier on cello.

The band was formed in 2012 when Jackson and Gault, founding members of James & The Drifters, joined with vocalist Alli Dozet to play a different kind of music on the side.

‘Chair-ity’ event to benefit two organizations

These decorated chairs were entered in last year’s Chair-ity Affair, an auction that raises money for two local organizations that offer sports programs to people with disabilities. Chairs are being sought for this year’s event, which will be held on Aug. 27.
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Designer chairs will be auctioned off on Aug. 27 to benefit two local organizations that offer sports programs to people with disabilities.

The fourth annual Chair-ity Affair will also include a Harvest Craft Show, with both evens to be held at Heritage Hall in the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Organizers are seeking designers to decorate chairs for the event as well as vendors to participate in the craft show.

There is no cost to design a chair for the event, but designers must register no later than Aug. 19, and the chair must be ready for display by Aug. 25.

LaFontaine Center touching up for 30th anniversary

LaFontaine Center manager Rose Meldrum touches up deteriorated tiles on the frog fountain in the center’s lobby. The fountain has been restored in time for the LaFontaine Center’s 30th anniversary.
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The frog fountain in the lobby of the LaFontaine Center has returned to its former glory to greet visitors to the center’s 30th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, June 22.

The private celebration will mark the opening of the former Hotel LaFontaine as a senior apartment complex 30 years ago, along with the 55th year of the Retirement Housing Foundation, which operates the complex.

Huntington University to host second Nursing Career Academy

Huntington University’s 2015 nursing academy students receive an in-depth presentation on Samaritan, Parkview Hospital’s air medical transport.
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Huntington University’s Nursing Department will host its second annual Nursing Career Academy from July 11 to July 15. The camp is open to any high school student entering their junior or senior year.

“If you are thinking that you might be interested in a career in nursing or you already know that you want to become a nurse, our academy is a great place to learn what the nursing school at Huntington University is all about,” says Dr. Diana Shenefield, Nursing Career Academy director.

HNHS ‘91 to hold 25th-year reunion

The Huntington North High School Class of 1991 will hold its 25-year class reunion on Saturday, June 25.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 2817 Theater Ave., in Huntington.

Payment will be collected at registration on the night of the event. For more information contact Jill Fisher-Cowan via e-mail, HNHSClassof1991

Faith Chapel United Methodist sets VBS for June 26-30

Faith Chapel United Methodist Church will host its vacation Bible school from June 26 through June 30.

This year’s theme is “Expedition Norway,” where kids will discover God’s love for all people. The Bible school is open to students ages 3 through students entering the fifth grade in the coming school year.

Faith Chapel’s VBS includes Bible-learning adventures, cultural exper- iences, games, unique treats and faith-building songs. Everything will be hands on and kids are encouraged to attend in play clothes and safe shoes.

Top bookmark designers

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Four winners have been named in the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s annual bookmark design contest, held to promote the library’s summer reading program. The winners are (front, from left) Lucile Clampitt, second grade, from the Markle branch, and Izabella Nieman, third grade, from the Huntington branch; and (back, from left) Madison Herstad, sixth grade, from the Markle branch, and Marianne Christman, eighth grade, from the Huntington branch.

Young writers earn local and regional recognition

Winners in the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s 2016 PBS39 Kids Writers Contest are (front, from left) Traevor Myers, Samantha Bledsoe and Izabella Nieman; and (back, from left) Audrey Bledsoe, Joseph Christman and Nicholas Christman. Nieman and Samantha Bledsoe went on to win regional awards.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Six young students earned local awards in the PBS39 Kids Writers contest at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, and two of those students went on to win grade level awards at the regional competition.

Students winning their grade levels in the local event and advancing to regional were:

• Kindergarten — Samantha Bledsoe for her story, “Trick Day.” She won third place in her grade level at the regional competition.

• First grade — Joseph Christman for his story, “Red Foxes.”

Stevie Asher is newest stylist at Twisted Sizzors

Stevie Asher
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The first time Stevie Asher drove by the Twisted Sizzors sign on CR 200N outside Andrews, she was intrigued with the place.

“It just looked interesting and fun, and I was like, ‘I wanna work there!’” she says.

At the time, Asher was a stylist at the Smart Style salon located inside the Huntington Walmart store, working there four years. Before that she worked at Famous Hair. She earned her cosmetology license in 2011 from Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture in Fort Wayne. She started with Twisted Sizzors full time on May 24.

Freedom on Main in Roanoke set for Thursday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m.

Members of Heartland Sings perform the national anthem during last year’s Freedom on Main in downtown Roanoke. This year’s free patriotic event is set for June 30.
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Heartland Sings and Joseph Decuis will present Roanoke’s 20th annual patriotic extravaganza, Freedom on Main: An All-American Family Celebration, on June 30.

This family-friendly event is free and will be held on Main Street in downtown Roanoke.

Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. All-American barbecue from Joseph Decuis will be available for purchase in the food tent.  Sweetcakes Entertainment will offer face painting for all the kids.

Miami heritage

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Katrina Mitten explains the symbolism of the beadwork she placed on a cradleboard, used by Miamis to carry their children, during a program at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Tuesday, June 14. Mitten, a Huntington resident who is of Miami descent, is a self-taught bead artist and will be the featured artist at the Eiteljorg Museum, in Indianapolis, later this month. Her appearance in Andrews was part of a series of Hoosier heritage programs sponsored by the library marking the 200th anniversary of Indiana’s statehood.

Flag raising, memorial set for Andrews library

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will hold a flag raising and memorial dedication, along with a presentation on glass lawn sculptures, on Saturday, June 25.

The events will begin with a flag raising by the Veterans of Foreign War Post 2689 Color Guard at 10:30 a.m.

Following the flag raising, the library will dedicate a brick terrace in honor of Andrews resident Glenna Brown. Engraved bricks have been added to the terrace area by community members. Anyone attending the dedication will be invited to plant flowers around the area.

Casual Mario Kart Tournament at pair of libraries in mid-July

Anyone in grades five through 12 can stop in from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Markle library or July 19 at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library to compete in a casual Mario Kart Tournament.

A Wii console will be set up so those in attendance can compete against each other for prizes. No advance signup is necessary.

The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, and the Markle library is at 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.