County residents can enjoy five Independence Day celebrations

Huntington County residents can mark Independence Day with five celebrations spread out over five days.

The parties start on July 1 with a barbecue and music in downtown Roanoke.

More events take place on July 4, with an old-fashioned observance at the Forks of the Wabash and fireworks displays in Roanoke and Huntington.

The party keeps going on July 5, with a fireworks display in Warren.

Here are the details:

• “Freedom on Main: An All-American Family Experience” takes place in downtown Roanoke on Wednesday, July 1. All activities are free.

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Brenda Wintrode (left), broker of Century 21 Property Shoppe, presents a plaque to agent Sue Sunderman, who was named as one of the top 50 agents in Indiana and Ohio as of the end of May 2015. Sunderman had $3.3 million in sales for 2014. In office rankings, Property Shoppe was 25th in the Indiana-Ohio region. Sunderman lives in rural Huntington with her husband Jim. She can be reached at 519-3121.Among the top

Roanoke Public Library offering art classes in July

The Roanoke Public Library is offering free art classes during July for youth in grade six through grade 12.
Classes will be instructed by Karen Baker, library assistant and former art student.

Space is limited to the first 10 registered students, and they must pre-register at least three days prior to each class.

Students can make a T-shirt craft Thursday, July 9, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Several project ideas will be demonstrated and students must bring their own T-shirt to use.

Beauty school officially opens doors to students, customers

Creations Beauty School celebrated its grand opening Thursday, June 25. Those in attendance for the ribbon cutting include (front row, from left) Jeremiah Stoffel, the owner’s son; Heather McFarren, the owner’s daughter; Bethanie Burns, lead instructor; Kelly Shank; Ron Gressley, the owner’s husband; owner Donna Gressley; Dorothy Scott, the owner’s mother; Sonya Foraker, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce board member; Ken Kline, interim superinteadent of Huntington County Community School Corportion; and Jackie Boxell, chamber Ambassador; (second row, from left) Karen Morrow, instructor; Kristy Bauer, the owner’s niece, with son Nash Bauer; Ian Hope, chamber ambassador; Michael Scott, Donald Scott and Doug Scott, the owner’s brothers; Brandon Kastner, chamber ambassador; Chad Daugherty, Huntington North High School principal; and Belinda Clancy, chamber ambassador; and (third row, from left) Cheryl McCoy, Michelle Crone and Paula Whiting, chamber ambassadors; Tiffanney Drummond, director of career and technical education at Huntington County Community School Corporation; and Gene Snowden, Charlotte Center, Kandi Tom-Dunwiddie and Les Graham, chamber ambassadors.
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Creations Beauty School held its grand opening celebration on Thursday, June 25.

Students from Huntington North High School as well as surrounding county high schools can attend the vocational school to earn a certification in cosmetology. Students receive 12 credit hours by attending the school in the afternoon, Tuesdays through Saturdays. They put in 1,500 hours of work in a two-year period.

Adults also can attend the school full time to earn their certification in one year’s time.

Local students make MU’s dean’s list

Manchester University has named nine Huntington residents to its spring 2015 dean’s list. The scholars achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of classes this spring.

Honored students are:

Freshmen — Ashley Landon, biology; Kody Smith, communication studies; and Edward Yanes, music.

Sophomores — Samuel Cox, computer science and mathematics; Allison Henn, exercise and sport science; and Kelsey Hollowell, pre-pharmacy.

Juniors — Laurisa Richard, athletic training; and Siera Updike, athletic training.

YSB seeks support of annual school supplies program

The Youth Service Bureau’s Tools For Life school supplies program is underway.

The  program was started in 1994 to help ensure the students in Huntington County had the school supplies they needed to begin the school year.

“In 2014, we provided 678 students with the school supplies they needed to start school,” says Jan Williams, executive director of YSB.

The agency is seeking community support in meeting the needs of Huntington County.

Groups and individuals are asked to collect school items and donate them to the Youth Services Bureau by July 30.

Cattlemen to meet Tuesday

 The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Fairgrounds cattle barns.

The main agenda item will be the food tent at the 4-H Fair. A worker sign-up sheet will be available.

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

Drawing winner

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Wyatt Landrum (right) was the winner of the 50/50 drawing held as part of the Heritage Days Bicycle Poker Ride sponsored by the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA). Presenting the winnings are (from left) HARTA board members Jim Lewis and Jody Davenport.

New wheels

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Brittany Brumbaugh (center) was the adult winner of the Heritage Days Bicycle Poker Ride sponsored by the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA). She received a bicycle donated by Trailhouse Village Bicycles, of Winona Lake, and a helmet donated by Parkview Health. With her are Chris Bucher (left), of Trailhouse Village Bicycle, and HARTA board member Jim Lewis.

Ready to ride

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Evie Graves (center) was the youth winner of the Heritage Days Bicycle Poker Ride sponsored by the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA). She received a gift card for a bicycle donated by Walmart and a helmet donated by Parkview Health. With her are HARTA board members Jim Lewis (left) and Jody Davenport.

Citizen-led program seeks choices for recognition as ‘Yard of the Month’

A citizen-led program plans to recognize well-maintained properties in the city of Huntington and is seeking both nominations for “Huntington Yard of the Month” awards and volunteers to serve on the selection committee.

Awards will be presented in August, September and October this year and the full program will launch in May of 2016, as Indiana celebrates its bicentennial.

Members of the public can nominate yards to be recognized, and the award recipients will receive a certificate and a yard sign to display during the month.

‘Everest VBS’ set for July 6-10 at FBC

All children are invited to a summer kids’ event called “Everest VBS: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power!” at First Brethren Church from July 6 to July 10. Everest is for kids from age 3 to 11 and will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

We Want You

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Billy Bradberry, chief operating officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, talks about the organization’s initiative to recruit 300 volunteers in 90 days to prospective and current volunteers at Nick’s Country Café, in Huntington, on Thursday, June 25.

Roanoke library to close early for concert

The Roanoke Public Library will close at noon on July 1 for the Freedom on Main concert.

The library also will be closed on July 4 for the holiday.

Regular library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is closed on Fridays and Sundays.

 The library is located at 314 N Main St., Roanoke.

Local man to speak at MU July 4 celebration

Rodney Funk, of Huntington, will be the featured speaker at the annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display hosted by Manchester University, in North Mancheser.

Funk is a United States Navy veteran who received the Cuban Expeditionary medal for his involvement in the Cuban missile crisis.

The event will kick off at 7 p.m. with music by JP Freeman’s 4th and Walnut Band. University President Dave McFadden will introduce Funk to speak at 8 p.m.

Nathan Lundy earns scholarship through military children program

Nathan Lundy, of Huntington, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship through the Scholarships for Military Children Program.

Students apply for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide. Lundy applied through Harrison Village Commissary, in Indianapolis, one of nearly 250 commissaries operated by the Defense Commissary Agency. His scholarship was funded by Reynolds Consumer Goo-ds.

State Sen. Banks receives pair of appointments for summer, fall

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will serve on the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs and the Indiana Veterans’ Affairs Commission.

His service will take place during the summer and fall months to help prepare for the 2016 session of the General Assembly.

HU hires 2009 alumnus Widener as visiting prof of broadcast fusion media

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Adam Widener.

Adam Widener, a 2009 Huntington University graduate who has worked in television news since 2010, has been hired by the university as visiting instructor of digital media arts/broadcast fusion me-dia.

He will start his new position this fall.

Widener was the first multimedia journalist at television station WANE in Fort Wayne, shooting, writing, editing and presenting his own stories. He is now a full-time investigative reporter at WANE.

Sommers joins staff at Ness Bros.

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Brooke Sommers.

Real Living/Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co. has announced that Brooke Sommers has joined the office as a real estate agent.

Ness Bros. Real Living Real Estate specializes in providing real estate services in northeast Indiana and is based in the company’s Huntington office, located at 519 N. Jefferson St.

“We are pleased to welcome Brooke Sommers to Ness Bros. Real Living. We believe Sommers will be a great addition to our growing company,” says Steve Ness, broker/owner of Ness Bros. Real Living.

Senior Center, HAT to close Friday, July 3, for holiday

The Huntington Senior Center and Huntington Area Transportation will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Fourth of July  holiday.

For more information, contact  the Senior Center at 359-4410.

HU’s occupational therapy doctoral program gets honors

Huntington University’s doctoral program in occupational therapy earned top ratings from students in an online review of graduate programs. The HU occupational therapy staff includes (from left) Ruth Ford, director of occupational therapy; Beth Bright, occupational therapy program fieldwork coordinator; and Nate Short, Amanda Scott and Sara Best, assistant professors of occupational therapy.
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Huntington University’s doctoral program in occupational therapy has ranked in some of the top categories posted so far this year by GraduatePro

The online service compiles ratings and reviews submitted by graduate students in those programs.

The HU program ranked first among occupational therapy programs for financial aid, fourth for value, fifth for career support and ninth for quality of network.

It was also rated third best occupational therapy school, according to student reviews.

Miller’s picnic is July 7

The annual Miller’s Merry Manor July celebration picnic will be held Tuesday, July 7, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The picnic will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Reservations are required, and will be accepted beginning Monday, June 29, at 8 a.m. Call 359-4410 to make reservations. For a ride, call HAT at 356-3006 by noon on Monday, July 6.

In addition to the picnic, entertainment will be provided.

Last year more than 200 Seniors from across the county attended the event. Spouses and friends are welcome to join in.

Superhero in training

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Dee Kochensparger (left) takes a set-up shot of Emily Perdue "flying" over a city at the Superhero Training Cap on Saturday, June 27, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public LIbrary.

USF, OSV to partner on conference

The University of Saint Francis, with support from Our Sunday Visitor, will host a conference on Oct. 3 to study Pope Francis’ encyclical, which was released on June 18.

The conference will be held at the university’s North Campus, in Fort Wayne.

Speakers are currently being secured to discuss the impact of Pope Francis’ teaching on the environment and its importance for a just and fully human social order.

Conference speakers and a detailed agenda will be announced at a later date.

HAHE offers home school info

The Huntington Area Home Educators (HAHE) will hold a home school orientation  meeting on Tuesday, July 14, for anyone interested in home education.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Information will be available on how to begin home schooling, curriculum, current home school laws and more.

For more information, contact Emily Albright at 356-3491 or

Kennedy earns spring dean’s list at Miami U

Andrew Kennedy has been named to the Miami University spring 2015 dean’s list.

Kennedy, of Huntington, is majoring in biochemistry, premedical studies.

Miami University students who ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division for second semester 2014-2015 were eligible to be named to the dean’s list, recognizing academic performance.

Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, OH.

Four HNHS seniors complete LDS seminary program

Four Huntington North High School seniors have graduated from the four-year seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are (from left) David Spencer Bradler, Kayla Zumbrun, Shelby Spencer and Bryant Bradler.
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Four Huntington North High School seniors, Bryant Bradler, David Spencer Bradler, Shelby Spencer and Kayla Zumbrun, graduated from the seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 31.

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 order to earn their graduation certificates, the students had to attend the classes all four years of high school with at least 80 percent attendance and complete all required course study.

Pow wow will celebrate Native American traditions

The 20th annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow will be held Aug. 7 through 9 in Morsches Park located at 1035 E. Ind.-205, Coulmbia City.

This is a traditional Native American pow wow, celebrating the history and traditions of native ancestors.

On Aug. 7, the gates open at 5 p.m. with 32 vendors selling Native American products, crafts and food. A freewill concert with Adam Strack and Mike Mowry starts at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 8, the “Healthy Traditions” 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.

License branches to close July 4

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday, July 4, through Monday, July 6, in observance of Independence Day.

All branches will resume regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, July 7.

Thailand Trek VBS set for Faith Chapel

Faith Chapel United Methodist Church will host a Thailand Trek vacation Bible school starting on Sunday, June 28.

The Bible school will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday. Kids, ages 3 years to entering the fifth grade, will participate in a variety of activities including Bible lessons, games, cultural lessons about Thailand and music.

On Thursday, July 2, a family celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the church.