‘Saturday Night Fever’ hits HNHS stage on May 4

Tyler Gates gets smooches from each side, with Rebecca Short on the left and Grace Dimond on the right, during a scene from “Saturday Night Fever.” The musical will be performed on the Huntington North High School stage May 4, 5 and 6.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The tale of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn seeking to escape his dead-end life by dancing is set to the music of the BeeGees in “Saturday Night Fever,” which opens on the Huntington North High School stage May 4.

Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 4, 5 and 6, all at 7 p.m. General admission tickets will be available at the door.

Tyler Gates plays Tony Manero, with Sophie Smekens as his dance partner, Stephanie.

Summer cruise-ins set for downtown Huntington

Gearheads will have a chance to show off at a series of monthly cruise-ins this summer in downtown Huntington.

Lime City Cruise Nights will be held the first Wednesday of each month, starting May 3 and continuing through Oct. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. All vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles, are welcome at the open show.

“It’s more of a cruise-in and not a car show,” says Tom Tallman, who’s coordinating the events. “It’s like back in the day when we cruised downtown, parked and went to the soda shops and restaurants.”

They’re the stars

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The mother-daughter team of Beth (left) and Este Stoffel rehearse their song for the Red Stocking Follies, “They’re Either Too Young or Too Old,” Monday evening, April 24, at the New Huntington Theater. The Stoffels and dozens of other local talent are featured in the Tri Kappa production, with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 4, 5 and 6, at the downtown theater, all at 7 p.m.

Clear Creek alumni will hold annual banquet May 6 at Central Christian

The Clear Creek High School annual alumni banquet will be held Saturday, May 6, 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.

Students from the classes of 1947 and 1957 will be recognized as the honored classes.

All former students, teachers and friends are invited to attend.

Invitations have been sent to former students whose current address is known.

Local resident Platt to receive 1 of 2 HU honorary degrees at graduation

Steve Platt (left) and Kelly Savage
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Huntington resident Steven D. Platt will receive one of two honorary degrees to be awarded by Huntington University during its commencement ceremony on May 13.

The university will also present an honorary degree to Kelly K. Savage, of Grandville, MI.

Platt, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1974, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.

Trillium Garden Club sets spring plant sale May 16

The Trillium Garden Club’s annual plant sale will be held on Tuesday, May 16, in the southwest corner parking lot at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Fort Wayne.

The sale is open to the public from 8 a.m. until sold out.

The sale will feature many perennials, including sun and shade loving plants, hostas, columbines, iris, daylilies, groundcovers and more. Starts of native shrubs and trees will also be available.

All of the plants are locally grown by club members, who will be available to offer tips on how to care for the plants.

Huntington library will party with Star Wars fans

Every year, Star Wars fans celebrate their enjoyment of the film franchise on May 4.

This year the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library invites fans of the series to stop by anytime from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on that day in costume to enjoy various Star Wars themed crafts and activities.

Guests can make their own light saber, meet other characters and watch one of the recently released Star Wars films starting at 5 p.m.

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

Roanoke fifth-graders raising funds for HFD equipment buy

Huntington Firefighter Greg Shearer watches as Roanoke Elementary School fifth-grader Sophie Riggers tries on his thermal imaging camera. The class is raising money to buy another device for the department.
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Fifth-graders at Roanoke Elementary School are raising money to purchase a thermal imaging camera for the Huntington Fire Department.

The students have set up a store, called the Hope Chest, to sell small toys and candy to other students each Friday. The class chose to donate the proceeds to the Huntington Fire Department.

Birthday books

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Six students at Huntington Catholic School joined the Birthday Book Club by donating books to the school library in honor of their April birthdays. Books were given by (front from left) Ethan Fowerbaugh and Jedadiah Kline, kindergarten; and Karsen Bischoff, third grade;  and (back, from left) Kaitlynn Fowerbaugh and Augustus Kline, fourth grade; and Ellen Rorick, fifth grade. The birthday child gets the first chance to read the book, which is then placed in the library.

Bike rodeo for all ages on May 20 at library

A bike rodeo for all ages will be held on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the upper parking lot of the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA) will operate an obstacle course. Other local organizations and bicycle-related activities will also be a part of the event.

Warren’s Buzzard gets acceptance from Trine doctor of PT program

Cameron Buzzard, of Warren, has been accepted into Trine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the university’s Health Science Education Center, in Fort Wayne.

Buzzard, a 2014 graduate of Huntington North High School, is one of 11 students accepted to the program. A total of 13 students from Trine’s Department of Exercise Science will be entering doctoral programs this fall, which is a school record.

Huntington library branch to host star picnic May 19 to view comet

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will host a star picnic to view the Johnson Comet on May 19 at the Hier’s Park pavilion, in Huntington.

The event is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Members of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society will assist with sun viewing until sundown. After the sun sets, they will assist with star viewing techniques while waiting for the comet to pass overhead.

The picnic is a potluck, but bringing food is optional. It is open to all ages.

Hier’s Park is at 547 S. Briant St., Huntington.

Huntington North students heading to prom and post-prom this weekend

The Huntington North High School prom will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 9 p.m. to midnight at the PAL Club, in Huntington.

A post-prom party will follow on Sunday, April 30, from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. at the HNHS fieldhouse.

The post-prom party will feature a mechanical bull, Kan Jam, 9-square in the air, spike ball, human hungry hippos, wacky trikes with vision-impaired goggles, three themed selfie stations, karaoke, card games, obstacle course, wrecking ball, slide and more.

Kids can make gifts for mom at library

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will host its annual Mother’s Day Make and Take craft on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m.

Children ages 4 to 10 can make a potted plant to take home.
Registration is required, as the program is limited to 30 participants.

To sign up for the program, visit the library’s website at or call the Youth Services desk at 356-2900.

Roanoke church sets evening of gospel music

New Hope Ministries, 1167 Seminary St., Roanoke, will host an evening of gospel music on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 6 p.m.

The featured group is The Christianaires Quartet, whose sound ranges from southern gospel to the old hymns of the church.

Also performing are The Peacemakers, Bryan and Nancy, Gene Bransomb and Bill Velardie, plus local talent Pat Ledgerwood, of Huntington.

Willow artist to lead two classes at Mississinewa

Viki Graber, a fourth-generation willow basket maker, will lead two classes during the School of the Folk Arts Willow Weaving Workshop June 2 and 3 at Mississinewa Lake, near Peru.

Participants in the June 2 class, set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will make a willow trivet.

A workshop on June 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will teach participants to make a willow bread basket.

A light meal will be provided during both workshops. A fee is charged and class size is limited.

The registration deadline is May 22. To register, call 468-2127.

Nazarene Life Center is serving dinner Saturday

The Nazarene Life Center, in Warren, will have an all-you-can-eat tenderloin supper on Saturday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meal will be served at the church, 406 E. 1st St., in Warren.

The menu includes a breaded tenderloin sandwich, green beans, applesauce, chips, dessert and drink.

Carry-out is available.

There is a cost for the meal, with discounts for children and those under 4 eat free.

Future Farmers 4-H Club selling flower baskets

The Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club will hold a flower basket sale fund-raiser on Saturday, April 29, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Mt. Etna United Methodist Church,.

The church is at the corner of Ind.-9 and Ind.-124.

The sale, featuring nursery quality hanging baskets, will go on rain or shine.

HNHS Academic Super Bowl Team takes 2 firsts

The Huntington North High School Academic Team’s Math Team, comprised of (from left) Audrey Marjamaa, Alyssa Woolard and Zach Lippe, will represent HNHS in the state finals of the Academic Super Bowl competition, to be held at Purdue University on May 6. The team is currently ranked in the top seven in the state.
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The Huntington North High School Academic Team came out on top in the Leo Regional Invitational meet held Tuesday, April 18, winning both the English and math competitions for Class 1.

Team sponsor Andrew Villanueva said the HNHS team beat out schools including Carroll, Homestead and other Fort Wayne public schools to take home the honors.

In addition, the social studies team placed third, as well as the interdisciplinary (all subjects) team. The science team tied for the second best score of the competition, but because of tie-breaker rules finished fourth.

21st Century Scholars get Ivy Tech invite

21st Century Scholars and their parents or guardians are invited to attend the Northeast Region’s Scholar Success Day on Saturday, April 29, at Ivy Tech Community College Coliseum Campus in Fort Wayne.

Scholars who attend will receive assistance completing required Scholar Success Program activities and learn more about the program. Scholarship workshops will be available for parents.

Time slots are based on current grade level:

• Ninth and 12th grades – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Eighth, 10th and 11th grades – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Valuing knowledge

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Catholic School students received Spirit Awards on Friday, April 21, for displaying the Christ-like spirit of knowledge. They are (front from left) Evalyn Dolby, kindergarten; Becca Barnard, first grade; Jackson Garrott, second grade; Rayleigh Pearson, third grade; and Baden Craig, fourth grade; and (back from left) Eben Dawson and Braxton Smith, sixth grade; and Eli Brown, seventh grade. Not pictured is Seth Scheiber, eighth grade.

Hoosier Drive-In to host benefit for Valentine family

A benefit for former Huntington resident Victoria Valentine will be held on Sunday, April 30, at the Hoosier Drive-In, 1525 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Valentine, 13, is being treated for T-cell leukemia. She lives with her mother, Shellie Mason, in Huntertown; her father, Jeremy Valentine, lives in Fort Wayne.

The benefit will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature award-winning barbecue as well as a dunking booth, face painting, games, a raffle of items ranging from gift cards to baked goods and live entertainment.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Catholic School students received Spirit Awards on Friday, April 21, for displaying the Christ-like spirit of perseverance. They are (front from left) Sara Arellano, kindergarten; Gena Harrell, first grade; Kaydence Davis, second grade; Jayden Smith, third grade; and Phoenix Stepler, fourth grade; and (back from left) Adam Holzinger, fifth grade; Samantha Weicht, sixth grade; Andrea Krumanaker, seventh grade; and Chloe Shepperd, eighth grade.

The Promise will help local kids succeed

A collaboration of local organizations will launch a program this fall designed to encourage elementary students to start thinking about and saving for post-high school education.


The Promise is coordinated locally by the Huntington County Community School Corporation, Huntington County Community Foundation, United Way, Youth Services Bureau and Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

Local group says almost 13 percent in county lack food

About 12.8 percent of Huntington County residents, or 4,730 people, lack access to enough food for an active, healthy life, according to the Health and Wellness Coalition of Huntington County.

Remedying that situation, at a cost of $2.39 per meal, would cost $1.995 million, the coalition says.

However, community members can help combat hunger by getting involved in any of several programs, the coalition notes. Programs include:

Little River Wetlands to host May nature programs

Little River Wetlands Project, a nature organization protecting more than 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands in Allen and Huntington counties, has announced a variety of nature events this May.

All programs are free and open to the community.

• Little River Ramblers meet every Tuesday in May from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants should meet at the Arrowhead Prairie parking lot, 8624 Aboite Rd., Roanoke, to hike and explore the interesting plants and wildlife of the preserve. Participants should dress for the weather and boots are recommended.

O’Sister, Brother headlines return of Music in the City downtown concerts

O’ Sister, Brother is featured in the first Music in the City concert of 2017 on May 12. The folksy grassroots group from Huntington includes (from left) Kyle Jackson, Bennett Spickelmier and Tyler Gault.
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Music in the City will return to downtown Huntington this summer, with the first of four free concerts set for May 12.

The concert series is sponsored by the Huntington Downtown Business Association and coordinated by Mike Richard of Giggabuggy. All of the concerts are held outdoors on Jefferson Street between Washington and Market streets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

O’ Sister, Brother, which was also featured last summer, kicks off the 2017 concert series on May 12.

UTEC employees to be recognized at Hng’ton Baptist Church service

Huntington Baptist Church will recognize all United Technologies employees and their families Sunday, May 21, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The service will include a time of reflection and encouragement for all employees.

Following the service, lunch will be provided at noon for everyone. Contact the church for more details. Reservations should be made by calling the church office at 356-6954 or by visiting the church website,

Questa to accept applications for two scholarships

Questa Education Foundation will accept applications May 15 through June 30 for the Virgil J. & Mildred C. Roy Nursing Scholarship and the Edward C. Dodez Scholarship.

The Roy scholarship is open to northeast Indiana students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at either Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne or the University of Saint Francis.

Priority is given to students in the junior or senior years of the degree program.

The Dodez scholarship is open to undergraduate students from Indiana who attend Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire.

Volunteers can help build playground Saturday

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a community build on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m., at Laurie Park.

Volunteers are invited to help replace the playground equipment at the park, which is at 524 Swan St., Huntington.

Volunteers will not need to bring any equipment of their own and can register to participate on site.