Six sisters mark jubilees of service with OLVM

(From left) Sister Patricia Knapp, Sister Margaret Urlhausen, Sister Francesca McGarry, Sister Jeanette Halback, Sister Mary Adele Massaro and Sister Lucy Regalado.
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Six members of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters are celebrating Jubilees this year, with four of those sisters honored with a special Mass May 24 at Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel at Victory Noll.

Sister Patricia Knapp and Sister Margaret Urhausen each celebrated 75 years as Victory Noll sisters this year. The two sisters joined OLVM on Oct. 30, 1940. Knapp, a native of South Haven, MI, served in missions in six different states, while Urhausen, a native of Chicago, IL, served in seven states.

Bed raising

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Volunteers (from left) Jerry Martin, Bill Lucker, Jeremy Winkelman and Richard Wymer put the finishing touches on 110 feet of raised garden beds at the Community Garden located off Viking Lane at Huntington North High School. The raised garden beds will be used to grow strawberry plants to provide fresh fruit to needy families in Huntington County.

Kids Kampus to hold summer camp for kids June 8 to Aug. 11

Pathfinder Kids Kampus, the child care division of Pathfinder Services, will hold a Summer Kamp for children ages 5 through 12 June 8 through Aug. 11.  

The Summer Kamp includes up to 50 hours of learning per week along with snacks, meals and other activities.

Activities will include roller skating, a visit to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, nature walks, crafts, cooking, trips to area parks and the splash pad, participation in the summer library program and more.

Roanoke Lions to serve as RVFD support team

The Roanoke Lions Club, with support from the Jackson Township trustee’s office and Lassus Brothers Handy Dandy, will deliver sandwiches and hot drinks to the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department when the firefighters are on the scene of a major structure fire. Cementing the partnership are (from left) Jackson Township Trustee Sheila Hines, Roanoke Fire Chief Chad Taylor and Roanoke Lions Club members Charlie Crawford and John Perkins.
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Members of the Roanoke Lions Club have volunteered to serve as a support team for the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department and will soon be responding to major structure fires, bringing sustenance for the firefighters.

The project, Roanoke Lion Doug Clark explains, emulates a partnership between the Bippus Lions Club and the Volunteer Fire Department. That partnership began early this year, and the Bippus Lions have so far supplied food and drink to firefighters at “three or four” incidents, he says.

Warren Tri Kappa awards scholarships to four

(From left) Erica Freise, Kaitlyn Oswalt, Molly Stoffel and Meghan Yencer.
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Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa, in Warren, has awarded its 2015 scholarships to Erica Freise, Kaitlyn Oswalt, Molly Stoffel and Meghan Yencer.

Each recipient received a $150 award.

Freise, who will graduate this spring from Huntington North High School, plans to study criminal justice and psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University. She is the daughter of Edward and Carrie Freise.

Oswalt, also a senior at Huntington North High School, plans to study nursing at Huntington University. Her parents are Chris and Heather Oswalt.

Arts Council recognizes five from Huntington North

The LaFontaine Arts Council Artists of the Month from Huntington North High School, and the teachers who nominated them, are (from left) Hannah Ringo; teacher Teresa Fuller-O’Brien; Lina Willard; teacher Ruth Reed; Jordan Hersey; teacher Heather Marshall; Katie Hunt; teacher Dan Baker; and Shelby Spencer.
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Hannah Ringo, Lina Willard, Jordan Hersey, Katie Hunt and Shelby Spencer have been recognized as Artists of the Month for April by the LaFontaine Arts Council.

These students were nominated by their fine arts teachers as exhibiting outstanding achievement in their area of study.

Ringo was nominated by art teacher Teri Fuller-O’Brien for her excellence in visual art. She is a junior and the daughter of Thomas and Susan Ringo. She has taken art classes every year of high school.

‘Stop the Turbines’ event is Saturday

Huntington County Concerned Citizens will sponsor a “Stop the Turbines” fund-raiser on Saturday, May 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knight-Bergman Center, in Warren.

Speakers will include Jane Harper, a former Tipton County commissioner; Jim O’Donnell, professor emeritus at Huntington University; Bob Wilkin, former president of the National Audubon Society of Nevada; John Kreiger, Huntington County farmer and homeowner; and others.

School field trips to state parks, lakes can get state funding help

Educators interested in taking students, grades K-12, on field trips to an Indiana state park or state-managed lake in the 2015-16 school year can receive financial help through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

The Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators. In 2014, the program benefited more than 1,500 K-12 students from 20 schools.

Several postage rates increasing on May 31

Some postage rates will increase as of May 31.

While first class postage for letters will remain at 49 cents, metered mail and other rates will go up.

Increases announced by the United States Postal Service are:


First Class Mail Letters (1 ounce) will remain the same at 49 cents when purchased at the post office. Each additional ounce will cost 22 cents, up one cent from 2014.

Food handlers to have ServSafe recertification class June 2 in Huntington.

A ServSafe recertification class for food handlers will be offered on June 2 in Huntington.

The class will be taught by Purdue Extension educators Molly Hoag, Wells County, and Nancy E. Manuel, Adams County.

The location for the class is Parkview Hospital, lower level, 2001 Stults Road, Huntington. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. followed by instruction from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An exam will be given from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The exam meets Indiana food handler certification requirements. A photo ID is required to take the exam.

Seeking torchbearers for bicentennial torch relay

The celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016 will include a torch relay through all 92 Indiana counties, and local participants are being sought to carry the torch through Huntington County.

The torch will leave Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, on Sept. 9, 2016, and reach Indianapolis 2,300 miles later, on Oct. 15, 2016.

The torch will be carried through Huntington County on Sept. 30, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Huntington University to offer several week-long theater camps

Participants in Huntington University’s  2013 Summer Theatre Youth Camp appear on stage in their production of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” This summer’s campers will take on “Step into Disney,” which features a collection of Disney favorites.
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The Huntington University Theatre Arts Department will offer a summer theater camp for youth June 22 through July 11.

Camp sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at HU’s Merillat Centre for the Arts. It is open to youth entering grades two through 12 this fall.

Campers will learn acting, singing and dancing skills from professional directors and camp mentors as they stage scenes from several Disney classics.

Launch of university’s ‘Bright Star’ program generates new degree options for students

(From left) Dawn Ford, Sarah Harvey, Dwight Brautigam and Del Doughty.
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The launch of Huntington University’s “Bright Star” program has generated new degree options, creative classroom strategies and a scholarship day for high school students.

As a part of the Faith Forward 2022 strategic plan, the university opened up a contest for faculty and staff idea submissions.

“Bright Star” ideas are initiatives that draw students, collaborative partners, friends or donors to the university and can be implemented with a budget of $1,000 to $25,000. Ideas must possess a shelf life of at least two years.

Revival opens June 1 at First Freewill Baptist

The First Freewill Baptist Church, in Huntington, will hold a revival June 1 through 7. Services will begin at 6:30 p.m. each evening.

Rev. Micky King will lead the services and different singers will be featured throughout the week.

The community is invited to attend. The church is located at 1805 Salamonie Ave., Huntington.

Coding kids

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“Kids That Code,” a group of fifth-graders from Lancaster Elementary School, work with Nick Vickrey, a data integrations specialist with the Huntington County Community School Corporation, during Joan Worth’s Success Time class. The students used two different coding programs to create gaming elements on laptops and iPads. The coders are (from left) Bailey Landrum, Wyatt Couch, Keagan Landrum, Vickrey, Rachel Bryant and Lillian Biehl.

Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant is set for June 17 at HU’s Merillat Centre for the Arts

The public is invited to attend the Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Girls from Huntington County, ages 5 to 12, will participate in the Huntington Heritage Days event.

Two divisions will be judged, including Little Miss Heritage Days for girls ages 5 to 8 and Junior Miss Heritage Days, ages 9 to 12.

Contestants will be judged on interview, modeling and photogenic qualities.

Dawne Pearson and Janelle Buzzard are the co-chairs of the event.

Parkview YMCA to hold Battle of Business competition Sept. 11-20

The Parkview Huntington YMCA is planning its annual Battle of the Businesses competition for Sept. 11 through Sept. 20.

The competition allows businesses to form teams and compete against one another in two weekends of recreational activities.

Past activities have included canoe racing, cornhole, 5K walk/run, com- munity scavenger hunt, sand volleyball, bicycle poker ride, kickball and more.

The battle is an opportunity for companies to engage in fun events, build team unity and get to know others in the community.

He ‘won’ the challenge

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Fred Stevens, backup plant manager at Bendix, does his best to smile as he submits to having his head shaved during a rally for Relay for Life held at the plant on Wednesday, May 20. Hair Stylist Maggie Gottfried of the Downtown Salon (left) does the honors as Team Captain Sally Keyser announces the amount raised. Bendix employees raised about $3,000, hitting the goal to qualify for a company donation to fight cancer. Two other employees, Chris Camp and Brian Bruemleve, had their hair dyed pink as part of the corporate challenge.

First Federal Savings Bank named a top 200 performer

First Federal Savings Bank of Huntington was recently recognized as a top performer among Community Banks for 2014 by American Banker Magazine.

The top 200 institutions, out of 750 eligible banks, are determined based on asset size, are ranked according to their profitability over the past three years.

“We are very pleased with our consistent above average earnings,” First Federal Savings Bank President and CEO Michael Zahn states.

“Our success can be attributed to the dedication of our team and our culture of embracing community banking.”

Lundy, Scheiber and Hunt earn Optimist awards

The Huntington Optimist Club honored three Huntington North High School seniors with the 2015 Optimist Youth Appreciation Award. Pictured (from left to right) is Optimist member Joe Wiley; HNHS counselor Sadie Landrum; award winners Elizabeth Scheiber, Nathan Lundy and Matthew Hunt; and HNHS counselors Stephanie Rodgers and Marcia Brunson.
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The Huntington Optimist Club recently presented its Youth Appreciation Awards to  Huntington North High School seniors Nathan Lundy, Elizabeth Scheiber and Matthew Hunt.

The award is presented annually to three students from Huntington North High School who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Youth Appreciation Awards were previously presented to two students from each of the three Huntington County middle schools.

Bippus State Bank takes pair of honors at IBA conference

S. Joe DeHaven (left), president and CEO of the Indiana Bankers Association, presents the Five Star Member Award to Ryan Warner, president of Bippus State Bank.
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Bippus State Bank received two awards at the annual Mega Conference of the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA) in downtown Indianapolis.

On Tuesday, May 12, BSB President Ryan Warner was presented with a Five Star Member Award. The bank earned the award in recognition of its commitment to the IBA in areas of political awareness, issues advocacy, life-long learning, volunteerism and preferred service provider utilization.

State agency says ‘taxes due’ phone calls are a scam

A national telephone scam is targeting Indiana communities, the Indiana Department of Revenue says.

Several Hoosiers, including some Huntington County residents, have received threatening telephone calls from scam artists claiming to represent the Indiana Department of Revenue.

Family carnival at Hoosier Drive-In will raise funds for cancer research

Hoosier Drive-In, in Huntington, will host a family carnival on Sunday, May 31, to raise money for cancer research in honor of a 17-year-old Marion girl who died of leukemia in February.

The Hoosier event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 1525 Etna Ave.

It will include a dunk tank, kids’ carnival games, face painting and a bake sale.

In addition, 10 percent of food sales at the Hoosier that day will also go to cancer research.

Medsker is Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of Year

Angel Medsker
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Angel Medsker has been named 2015 Youth of the Year by the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.

Medsker is a senior at Huntington North High School and plans to attend Vincennes University in the fall, with a major in special education elementary.

She has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since the age of 6 and, club leaders say she is a true testament of how a healthy environment can help a child grow into a successful adult.

“The club provided me with a stable home and the love and care that I needed,” says Medsker.

Woehnker is co-valedictorian at Luers

Erik Woehnker, of Roanoke, has been named co-valedictorian of the Class of 2015 at Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne.

Woehnker shares the honor with Ellen Robbins, of Zulu.

Woehnker is a four-year member of the Luers varsity tennis team and is a part-time member of the tennis staff at the Fort Wayne Country Club. He has also been a member of the Bishop Luers Math Academic Super Bowl team, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Key Club and Knights for Life and has served as a peer tutor.

All cleaned up

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The Bippus Lions Club held a cleanup day recently at the Bippus Park, in Bippus. Assisting with the cleanup were (from left) Tate Russell; club members Robert Morton, Kathy Morton, Jack Sell and Bill Sherbahn; and Brad Landrum. Not pictured are Angie Landrum and club members Jack Shepherd and Alex Ramsey.

Illumination Ceremony is May 30

A local Civil War group will host an Illumination Ceremony on Friday, May 30, at Gen. Slack Park, in Huntington.

The ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. and is held on the traditional date of Memorial Day.

The Erie Band will perform. A Civil War-era honor guard will pay tribute to the dead from that war, who will also be remembered by the illumination of candles. The candles will be provided.

Those attending should bring lawn chars and blankets.

The ceremony is hosted by Champion Hill, Camp 17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

New Hope honoring retiring Meffereds Sunday

Betty (left) and Lynn Mefferd will be honored by the New Hope United Brethren Church on Sunday, May 31, as they retire their ministry.
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The New Hope United Brethren Church in Huntington will honor the ministry of the retiring Lynn and Betty Mefferd on Sunday, May 31, at 9:30 a.m.

The church is located at 2001 Engle St.

Lynn Mefferd has served as the minister of congregational care at New Hope since September 2004. Prior to his part-time ministry at New Hope he was the senior pastor at the Dillman United Brethren Church outside of Warren, Indiana.

Tribute to flag-raising memorial

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Edith Harmon (left), an intern in the Huntington County Veterans Service Office, reads a tribute remembering the boys — most under 20 years old — depicted in the memorial to the 1945 flag-raising at Iwo Jima, which took place 70 years ago. Three of the Marines were killed in action, she said, just days after Joe Rosenthal took the famous photo that provided the basis for the memorial, seen behind Harmon. At right is Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Bruce Stanton.

Saluting their comrades

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 members (from left) Jerry Walling, Mike Smith and Rodney Funk salute their fallen comrades during the Huntington County Memorial Day service Monday evening, May 25. The service was held at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington.