Local chef strikes out on his own by driving eatery to customers

Jason (left) and Lauren Winterfeld are now operating JB’s Cuisine Machine, which will make its first major public appearance during the Huntington County 4-H Fair.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

After more than 15 years in the food industry — and the 12-hour days it demands — a new baby convinced Jason Winterfeld it was time to cut back.

“I realized a chef’s life wasn’t going to allow me to spend time with my son,” he says.

Not wanting to move out of the kitchen entirely, he and wife Lauren Winterfeld decided to strike out on their own, purchasing and outfitting a food truck.

“It’s so big on either coast,” he says of the food truck trend. “People are following their favorite food trucks.”

Pulse ‘Holmes’ auditions held July 25

“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” will hit the stage of the Pulse Opera House, in Warren, beginning Sept. 9, and auditions will be held on Monday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.  

The play pits Holmes and Watson against one of the most criminal minds in history. This adaptation is based on the 1899 play by actor/manager William Gillette. With the assistance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gillette wrote the script and toured in it for 30 years. The world premier of this adaptation was in 2006. The play won rave reviews and won the 2007 Edgar Award for the Best Mystery Play.

Essay earns local girl on-scene political look

Jade Miller, of Huntington, poses smiling outside the White House during the trip she took with the Fort Wayne Urban League to Washington, DC.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

During one of the most divisive and confusing moments in American politics, Jade Miller, of Huntington, was given the opportunity to experience and gain insight in the political spectrum of the nation’s capital.

Miller, a sophomore at Huntington North High School, was selected by the Fort Wayne Urban League for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC on July 6.

Salamonie Preschool to have ‘Nature’s Colors’

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Nature’s Colors” on Aug. 17.

The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including learning letters, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.

There is a program fee per child. Advance registration is appreciated. Register by calling 468-2127.

Program on dealing with shooters at 2 churches

A program on dealing with an active shooter will be presented at both St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Roanoke, and St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, in Nix Settlement.

Roanoke Town Marshal Jim Wood will present both programs, explaining what the public should and should not do if confronted with an active shooter. Organizers say the chances of being faced with an active shooter at school, work or church are remote, but knowing what to do if it happens could save lives.

New Hope’s Seilhamer transfers to church near Chambersburg, PA

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Ray Seilhamer, pastor of New Hope United Brethren Church, has been transferred to the Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church, located north of Chambersburg, PA.

A celebrative worship service will be held Sunday, July 24, at 9:30 a.m. at New Hope UB Church, followed by a meal to honor the leadership of Ray and his wife Ruth Seilhamer. The church is located at 2001 Engle St., Huntington.

The service will also feature a mortgage burning ceremony for New Hope Family Life Center, which has been paid off, as well as an installation ceremony of the church’s new pastor.

Lion of the Year

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Phil Bitzer (right) has been named Lion of the Year by the Andrews Lions Club. He is shown accepting the award from Don Morgan, the club’s treasurer.

Putting around

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Peyton Denney (right), 15, of Andrews, observes the putt he made through LEGO obstacles as his sister, Rylee Denney, 11, observes, during the Andrews-Dallas Township Library’s summer reading program party held Saturday, July 16. The miniature golf game was one of several held for kids at the library to celebrate the culmination of the reading program. Peyton and Rylee are the children of Sandi and Brian Denney.

Hittin’ the bricks

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jessica Burnard (left), of Huntington, a member of the Historic Review Board, and Hawley Heights resident Trent Wolfe work on removing mortar from some of the bricks salvaged after two of the old pillars were torn down from the neighborhood Saturday, July 16. Volunteers and city workers removed the deteriorating pillars on Cherry Street just north of Collins Street, which are slated to be rebuilt with the help of a $2,000 grant. Plans call for 12 new pillars to be installed in the historic neighborhood.

Paddleboat crooner

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Bob “Cap’n Bob” Barnes, known as the Singing Skipper of the Dixie Sternwheeler boat in North Webster, sings “Hello, Young Lovers” to the residents of The Heritage of Huntington in a concert held Friday, July 15. Barnes can be found singing love songs aboard the Dixie during its Saturday night “Sunset & Moonlight Cruises” excursion on Webster Lake. Upcoming area concerts include the Tipton House on Sept. 15 and Dec. 21, and a Christmas concert at Heritage Communities in Warren on Dec. 6.

Mt. Etna Masons to host car show

Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge 333 will host a car show for cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Mt. Etna Lodge.

There is a fee for car entry. Trophies will be given for first, second and third place winners. All makes and models are welcome. There will also be door prizes and food and drink.

Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge 333 is located at 5908S – 594W, Mt. Etna.

2016 HNHS grad earns spot at ‘Speaking Science’

Aaron Webb
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Aaron Webb, a 2016 graduate of Huntington North High School, was among those selected to participate in “Speaking Science,” a program funded by the National Science Foundation to develop communication skills among early-career scientific researchers.

The program was directed by Dr. Laura Wysocki, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Sara Mehltretter Drury, assistant professor of rhetoric at Wabash College.

HCARS will meet Monday

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will be held Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The public is welcome to attend.

Car show on Aug. 6 will benefit Etter

A car, truck and bike show will be held Aug. 6 at New Hope Church, 2001 Engle St., Huntington, to benefit Alicia Beaver Etter.

Registration is from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and awards will be given out at 8 p.m. The show will be held rain or shine.

A dash plaque will be given out to the first 75 vehicles, with door prizes and awards for best bike, best engine, best paint, best interior, Top 25 and Alicia’s Choice.

Food will be served with a free will donation.

Partners 1st will collect items for local students

Partners 1st Federal Credit Union will sponsor its first “Focus on the Students” community day Saturday, July 30, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its location at 621 Cherry St., Huntington.

The public is invited to have a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks.

Snow cones and cotton candy will also be available.

There will also be painting and coloring activities for students.

Three local students earn degrees

Three residents of Huntington County are among 749 students named to the dean’s list for spring semester 2016 at DePauw University.

They are:

• Samantha Witt, of Huntington, a junior.

• Suzanne Peters, of Roanoke, a first-year student.

• Kara Jackson, of Roanoke, a senior.

 The dean’s list recognizes students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Four nights of entertainment set for 4-H Fair

Entertainment at the 2016 Huntington County 4-H Fair will include solo performers, a local band and a chance for fairgoers to get in on the action.

Rylie Lynn, a Huntington-based country singer, will be featured in an 8 p.m. concert on Sunday, July 24. A schedule of events distributed by fair organizers incorrectly listed the date of her concert as Tuesday, July 26.

Country singer Allan Craig, also based in Huntington, will perform on Monday, July 25, at 8 p.m.

Preparing for Purple Heart Day

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Members of the Purple Heart Committee, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, the American Legion Riders and others met at the VFW Post in Huntington to plan the program for National Purple Heart Day at Veterans Park on Aug. 7.

Markle Health invites community to ‘Show Us Your Ride’ at Aug. 13 show

Markle Health & Rehabilitation will be hosting its third annual “Show Us Your Ride” car, truck and bike show on Saturday, Aug. 13.

In addition to the car show, the day will be full of fun, family activities, including a live DJ, a ’50s and ’60s costume contest, door prizes, raffle, model car contest and a kids’ area with games and food.

From iAB to YFC

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Celebrating a donation of $1,000 by iAB financial bank to Wells County Youth for Christ are (from left) Erica Bennett, iAB Bluffton North branch manager; Taylor Thompson, Southern Wells High School Campus Life director; Stu Polson, Bluffton High School Campus Life director; Ked Moser, Norwell High School Campus Life director; Dan Herring, Jay, Adams and Wells area Campus Life director; Kevin Sills, iAB Bluffton South branch manager; and Sid Schwartz, iAB vice president. Not pictured is Jake Snider, Southern Wells Junior High School Campus Life director.

Local United Way brings back ‘50s in Pacesetter Campaign kick-off

Huntington County United Way Honorary Chair Nicole Johnson (center) and her backup singers “The Drifters” belt out a United Way version of “Happy Days” as they entertain the crowd during the Pacesetter Campaign Kickoff held Wednesday, July 13, at Huntington Sheet Metal. Singers are (from left) Joy Koch, United Way donor development coordinator; Adam Drummond, United Way president and CEO; Johnson; Lance Clark, professor at Huntington University; and Diane Brumbaugh, United Way office and events administrator.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

With around 100 community members representing 13 businesses, 17 partner organizations, a bevy of volunteers and board members, the United Way of Huntington County kicked off its 2016 Pacesetter Campaign with a 1950s flare on Wednesday, July 13.

The event brought together businesses for a lunch and networking, building on the United Way’s 60th anniversary campaign year.

YSB receives grant to promote car seat safety

Ira Bencun, Huntington County Youth Services Bureau car seat technician, demonstrates how to properly install a car seat. The YSB offers free child seat inspections and can answer questions about child car seats.
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The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County has announced it has received $4,000 in state and federal grant funding for child passenger safety programs. Grant funding is awarded through the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

2015 campaign funds going to 17 organizations

As the United Way of Huntington County embarks on a new fund-raising campaign, the money donated through the 2015 campaign is making its way to 17 organizations that serve the community.

Just over $610,000 was raised through the 2015 campaign, short of the $641,500 goal but enough to maintain agency allocations at the previous year’s levels. The 17 organizations will share $379,825, which was disbursed beginning July 1.

The office is new, but the accountant is experienced

EPCO Accounting and Tax Services is now open at 2819 Walmart Dr. in Huntington. Pictured are (from left) President Timothy Armstrong with secretary Ryan Bonbrake.
Photo by Ehren Wynder.

EPCO Accounting and Tax Services opened its doors to Huntington on July 5, and President Timothy Armstrong says he is eager to bring his tax expertise to local residents.

EPCO has been based in Fort Wayne since 1974. Armstrong, originally from Fort Wayne, has lived in Huntington for about 28 years. He says he had thought about opening an office in Huntington, but didn’t see the opportunity until there was reduction in tax professionals in the area.

James Radtke opens auto dealership

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James Radtke describes himself as a “simple man,” and his goal is to provide automobiles to his customers that simply focus on the right price.

Radtke opened his new business, Old 24 Auto Sales LLC, located at 2001 Old U.S.-24, on May 1, along with his brother and cousins.

“My brother and I, we’ve been doing stuff that’s automotive-related for a while,” he explains, “so we’re wanting to venture out into the retail side of things.”

Long-serving Lion

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Dr. Mark Sell (left) presents the Lions Outstanding Service Award to Marland Sell at a recent Huntington Lions Club meeting. The award recognizes Marland Sell’s more than 50 years of service to the organization, functioning in multiple capacities. In the past, he has served as president, treasurer, chairman of the Christmas Tree project and other duties.

New Lions officers

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Larry Elliott (center), zone chairman of 25B of the Huntington Lions Club, installs new officers for the coming year, Gary Yeiter (left), as vice president and Tom Trisler as president.

Brilliant bubbles

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Brothers Levi (left) and Zane Smith blow bubbles at the Toddler Tuesdays session on Tuesday, July 12, at Hier’s Park. Toddler Tuesdays is held every Tuesday throughout the summer, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and is for kids ages 2 to 5. Next Tuesday, July 19, will feature “Clay Creations.”

Plant your stakes

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Salamonie Interpretive Naturalist Theresa Rody (right) guides Leo PeGan in pounding a tent stake during “Camping Fun – Cooking Too!” at Salamonie Interpretive Center on Wednesday, July 13. Preschool-age children and their parents learned how to pitch a tent, cook with camping tools and practice basic survival skills

Fort Wayne School of Rock to do AC/DC hits at Music in City July 23

Students from the School of Rock Fort Wayne’s AC/DC Performance Camp will provide the music for the free Music in the City concert on Saturday, July 23.

This is the third of four free summer concerts in downtown Huntington staged by the Huntington Downtown Business Association. Music starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. in the center of the downtown area, on North Jefferson Street between Washington and Market streets. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets.