LAC honors four Riverview students

The LaFontaine Arts Council’s Artists of the Month are from Riverview Middle School. Pictured are students (front row, from left) Morgan Richison, R-TV; Grace Koons, choir; Bailey Godfrey, band; and Jacob Miller, art; and (back row, from left) teachers Chris Husband, communications; Danielle Ellenburg, choir; James Court, band; and Christine Nicholson, art.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has awarded its Artists of the Month honors to four Riverview Middle School students, Bailey Godfrey, Grace Elizabeth Koons, Jacob Miller and Morgan Richison.

Godfrey, a seventh grade student, was nominated by her band teacher, James Court. He notes that she is a member of the 2015 Three Rivers Honor Band at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, has won gold awards in Indiana State School Music Assocation contests for flute solo and flute trio, is an academic super bowl member and a cheerleader.

Cattlemen to meet on March 10 to plan show

The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex. 

Topics for discussion include final preparations for the preview show on March 21.

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

Etna Avenue Wesleyan youth to serve chili meal

The Etna Avenue Wesleyan Youth Group will serve a chili supper on Friday, March 6, at the Etna Avenue Wesleyan Church, 1131 Etna Ave., Huntington.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat chili, bread and butter, crackers, dessert and drinks. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Proceeds from the supper will go toward youth summer camp.

Farm Bureau’s District 4 will meet on March 11

The Indiana Farm Bureau will hold its District 4 Spring meeting on March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The ice cream and pizza party will be held at the Habecker Dining Commons on the Huntington University campus.

Speakers will include Kyle Cline, Indiana Farm Bureau national government relations policy advisor, and Kevin Murphy, senior vice president, property and casualty, with Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

Reservations must be made by March 6. Huntington County members should contact Glenda Giggy at 786-3658 for reservations.

Benefit concert will bring back music of the ’70s, with pizza on the side

The ’70s cover band Press the Glass will perform March 21 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, in a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club.
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Supporters of Huntington’s Boys & Girls Club will party to the ’70s sounds of Journey, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top and more Saturday, March 21, at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center with a fund-raiser featuring Indianapolis cover band Press the Glass.

The event, which will feature Oley’s Pizza for sale by the slice, is not only a fund-raiser for Boys & Girls Club but also celebrates the three-year anniversary of the Cottage Event Center.

Libraries will celebrate Pi Day on 3-14-15 with the edible sort of pie

The Huntington and Markle libraries will celebrate the mathematical pi on March 14 with the tasty kind of pie that comes out of a kitchen.

Pi, or π, is the mathematical ratio of a circle’s circumference in relation to its diameter. While pi is an infinite number, it’s written as 3.1415 when taken to four decimal places. That matches up to the date March 14, 2015, when written as 3-14-15.

City to offer swim classes

Huntington Parks and Recreation will offer swimming lessons for children ages 4 and up in two sessions, April 12 to April 16 and April 19 to April 23.

Classes will be held at the Quality Inn (formerly the Northview Inn), 2820 Hotel Ave., in Huntington.  Beginner class will be from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and intermediate class will be from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There is a cost per child. For more information and to enroll, contact Allison Timbrook at the Parks Department, 358-2323 or sign up at the office, 634 Webster St.

HU students takes second in pattern design contest

Michaela Winger, a student in Huntington University’s Department of Visual Arts, has earned second place in Valley Forge’s Pattern Design Competition.

Winger is a sophomore graphic design major from Russiaville.

Valley Forge Fabrics is a supplier of decorative fabrics for the hospitality industry. The 2014 Pattern Design Competition included awards for best overall design and overall portfolio.

Winger was awarded $1,000 for second place in the portfolio category and has the opportunity to earn commissions if Valley Forge customers purchase her designs.

Vespers are on Sunday

The Lenten Choral Vespers at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington, which were postponed because of inclement weather, have been rescheduled for Sunday, March 8, at 4 p.m.

Dolby earns promotion to sergeant with ISP

Sgt. Timothy J. Dolby
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Timothy J. Dolby has been promoted to the rank of sergeant with the Indiana State Police.

With the promotion, he has been transferred from the Fort Wayne Post to the Laboratory Division, where he will serve as a crime scene investigator.

Dolby, a 1987 graduate of Huntington North High School, joined the ISP in 1999 and was assigned to the Toll Road Post as a probationary trooper.

Miami Tool & Die honors John Dolby for 30 years

John Dolby
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John Dolby was honored recently for 30 years of service with Miami Tool & Die, Inc., in Huntington.

Dolby started working with the company in February of 1985.

A recognition party was held at the plant, and Dolby received a gift from the president for his years of service.

Miami Tool & Die has been in business since 1969.

Hippensteel earns spot on dean’s list at IWU

Heather Hippensteel, of Huntington, has received recognition on the Indiana Wesleyan University dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2014 academic year.

To be named to 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.

Ashland accepts Butler

Morgan Butler, of Huntington, has been accepted to Ashland University, in Ohio, for the fall semester of 2015.

She will receive the Ambassador Award for $2,000 annually to attend Ashland.

Butler is a senior at Huntington North High School.

10 equivalency graduates have their day in sun

Graduate Jason Patton (left) addresses his peers during a high school equivalency graduation ceremony on Friday, Feb. 27. Patton said he failed to graduate the first time around after spending his high school years as the class clown. He decided to get his diploma after being turned down for a job and now says he plans to go on to college. Looking on are (from left) Jean Hayden and Rev. Kathy Newton.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ten students who earned high school equivalency degrees through the IMPACT Institute participated in a graduation ceremony on Friday, Feb. 27, at Central Christian Church.

The ceremony included an address by Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton and the presentation of scholarships to two graduates.
The scholarships, presented by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club, went to Julie Dobson and Tim Pearman. The scholarship competition was based on the students’ essays, “What I would do with $500 toward college.”

Bluebird houses for sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District has bluebird houses for sale at the district office.

There is a cost for the bird houses and there is a limit of two per customer.

The district office is located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington. For more information contact the district office at 356-6816 ext. 3.

Scholarship winners

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Graduates Julie Dobson (left) and Tim Pearman each received a $500 scholarship from the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club during a high school equivalency graduation ceremony on Friday, Feb. 27. The scholarship was awarded based on their essays, “What I would do with $500 toward college.”

Really into books

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Andrews Elementary School students (from left) Nolan Fishbaugh, Connor Heyde, Dillon Bowers and Daniel Herring are engrossed in a book during the school’s Read Across America celebration on Friday, Feb. 27. The students were given the option of coming to school dressed as their favorite fictional book character. Each student also got to pick out a free paperback book to keep, and the school’s fifth-graders sat down with their kindergarten buddies to read the books.

St. Peter Lutheran to host Shamrock Luncheon

Some of the ladies who are working on this year’s Shamrock Luncheon at St. Peter Lutheran Church are (seated, from left to right) Pam Wertenberger, Sue Eltzroth and Mary Ellen Fuller; and (standing, from left to right) Sandy Slusser, Barba Eickhoff, PJ Eddie and Joyce Gravley. The luncheon will be held on March 20.
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The community is invited to the annual Shamrock Luncheon, which will be held Friday, March 20, at the St. Peter Lutheran school gym, 605 Polk St., Huntington.

The luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature homemade soups, entrees and desserts.

The luncheon began several years ago as “Putting on the Ritz” and was held in February.

Moving the date to March was done hoping the weather would be more favorable.

All proceeds from the luncheon are dedicated to supporting 9-year-old Drew Dorsett as he continues an ongoing battle with cancer.

Eagle watch at Salamonie on March 8

Indiana’s largest documented wintering eagle roost is the destination for the March Madness eagle watch at Salamonie Lake on March 8.

Participants should meet at the Salamonie Interpretive Center at 4 p.m. for a short overview of Indiana’s bald eagles. The group will then caravan to the roosting spot.

The event includes some walking. Those who need handicapped parking should request it upon registration.

Resource Connection offers counseling to job seekers

Pathfinder Resource Connection, the employment division of not-for-profit Pathfinder Services, is offering individualized benefit counseling to assist those seeking employment.

Pathfinder Resource Connection specializes in assisting people with and without disabilities in finding and retaining employment.

Specific assistance is provided to job seekers as well as additional training as needed once employment is gained.

Junior Program helps out

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Rainbow Lanes Junior Program collected food for the Love INC food pantry throughout February and presented it to Charlotte Elzey (far right), a volunteer with the organization, at the bowling alley on Saturday, Feb. 28. Junior Program representatives are (from left) Ren Grove, Madalyn Sink and Alyssa Fulton.

Optimists to award $1,000 scholarships

The Optimist Club of Huntington will award three $1,000 scholarships for 2015.

Applicants must be Huntington County residents who are high school seniors.

Applications are available at the Huntington North High School guidance office, 356-6104, or by emailing a request to

The application submission deadline is April 10.

Feeding the kids

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Paula Whiting (far right), Optimist Club treasurer, and Ruth Marsh (second from right) president of the Huntington Optimist Club, present a check for $1,000 to Blessings in a Backpack. Receiving the check are (from left to right) Emily Johnson, Hollyn Anderson and Rachel Anderson, volunteers for Blessings in a Backpack. One hundred percent of the money donated will be used to provide weekend nourishment for Huntington County school children on the federal free and reduced meal program.

Tech Week, poetry contest set at HCTPL

The week of March 9 will be Teen Tech Week at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The week is a celebration of technology’s importance to teens worldwide.

To celebrate, the library invites teens in grades 6 through 12 to stop by the Huntington Main Library and play the online game Free Rice for the World any time during the month of March.

The game asks users a series of trivia questions and each correct answer earns users points and rice for people around the world who need it.

Local blood drives are March 27 and 28

The American Red Cross has announced two upcoming blood drives in Huntington County.

Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd., Huntington, will host a blood drive on March 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Dillman Church, 8888S-1100W-90, Warren, will host a blood drive on March 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Announce results from VS’ Midwest Showcase

The Dimensions from Austin High School illustrate a song with style as they sing a medley of songs during their performance Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Midwest Showcase show choir competition at Huntington North High School. More than 20 groups from schools around the region sang and danced in the competition, hosted by the HNHS Varsity Singers.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Results of the Midwest Showcase show choir competition held Saturday, Feb. 28, and hosted by the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers are:

• Middle School Show Choir Grand Champion – Norwell Knight Rhythms.
• Concert Choir Grand Champion – Center Grove Singers.

• Women’s Show Choir Grand Champion – Center Grove Debtones.

• Small Mixed Show Choir Grand Champion – Norwell Knight Moves.

• Large Mixed Show Choir Grand Champion – Center Grove Sound System.

• Overall Mixed Show Choir Grand Champion – Center Grove Sound System.

Alzheimer’s Association holding several free ed programs in area

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter is hosting several free education programs in the area.

A new education program, “Understanding and Responding to Dementia–Related Behaviors,” will be held on Monday, March 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Aging & In-Home Service of Northeast Indiana, 2927 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. Participants will learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Amramp makes a donation

Amramp Huntington, a division of Pathfinder Services, donated a ramp to the sixth annual Abilities About event held Feb. 27 in Fort Wayne.

The event is hosted by the Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition and is designed to raise awareness of the accomplishments of people with disabilities. The ramp ensured that the event was accessible to all who attended.

4-H clubs set plans for geranium sales

The Best-N-All and We Raise ’Em 4-H clubs met on Feb. 19.

Following the pledge of allegiance and 4-H pledge, members answered roll call by responding to the question: What is your favorite sports team and why?  

The newsletter was then reviewed, and Kalel Maul made a health and safety presentation.  

Discussion was held on possible community service projects for this year, cleanup at the Knight-Bergman Center in April or May.

UltraMod now open at West Park Drive location

Angie DeLaGrange stands inside her new hair salon, UltraMod — The Hair Parlor. The salon is located at 1424 W. Park Drive, in Huntington, sharing a building with State Farm Insurance.
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Angie DeLaGrange is doing what she loves.

“I love cutting and coloring,” she says. “I love talking to people.”

And now, she’s practicing her craft in her newly-opened hair salon in Huntington.

UltraMod - The Hair Parlor opened in February at 1424 W. Park Drive, sharing a building with the State Farm Insurance office.