Coloring time

Photo by André B. Laird.

Siblings Mya Laflower (left) and Brionna Laflower color a Halloween themed picture on Thursday, Oct. 25. The girls colored with other area youth prior to the Great Pumpkin Hunt, held at Hier's Park.


County health department to have flu shot clinic in Warren

The Huntington County Health Department will have a flu shot clinic for adults at the Warren Pharmacy on Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is a cost for the shot and payments will be accepted only by cash or check.

Patients with Medicaid or Medicare must present a currently active Medicaid or Medicare card.
Residents of neighboring counties are welcome to attend.

For more information about vaccinations call the Health Department at 358-4831 ext. 1.

The Warren Pharmacy is located at 222 N. Wayne St., Warren.



Candy hunters

Photo by André B. Laird.

Lindsey Krago and her daughter, two year-old Olivia, search for candy and prize-filled eggs by flashlight during the Great Pumpkin Hunt on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Hier's Park.


Beaded Jewelry by Deb opens to honor memory of g’parents

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Beaded Jewelry by Deb, LLC is a new jewelry business in Huntington County.

The business has been open just a few months, and was inspired by the death of the owner's grandparents.

Stacey Law lost her grandmother and grandfather within a 24-hour period in March 2012.

They both lived at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Her grandfather, Ron Hughs, was suffering from Alzheimer's and was living in the Alzheimer's unit.


St. Peter’s continues baked steak tradition Nov. 3

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St. Peter's First Community Church will continue its longstanding tradition of serving a baked steak supper with its Autumn Steak Supper on Nov. 3.

The supper, first served in 1981, will feature a menu of baked potato, green beans, roll, Jell-O salad or applesauce, drinks and choice of homemade pie or Texas sheet cake, along with the baked steak.

Other items available for purchase that evening are Terri-Lynn Nuts and Candies, homemade frozen noodles and homemade frozen apple dumplings ready to bake.


Mt. Etna to hold fall party on Oct. 31

The Mt. Etna Wesleyan Church will hold a fall party on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The party is open to the community.

Blow-up games, a bounce house and a big slide will be available to children. A trunk or treat will be offered, along with several carnival games.

A bonfire will be available for cooking hot dogs and s'mores, along with pots of chili for everyone to enjoy. Mini hayrides will be offered all night.



Benefit dinner for Huntington House

Huntington House, a community shelter for the homeless, will hold a benefit dinner and auction on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m.

The evening will include a dinner, silent auction and special events, all at the Habecker Dining Commons, 505 Lake St., Huntington.

Speakers will include Andy Glentzer, executive director of Community and Family Services, and Carolyn Ray, Huntington House manager.

The reservation deadline is Nov. 1.
For information, call 358-0748 or 224-1675.



Lancaster Elementary lists perfect attendance students

Lancaster Elementary School has announced the names of students with perfect attendance for the first grading period of the 2012-13 school year.
Students with perfect attendance are:

Makayla Ball, Merrill Ballinger, Barrett Barscz, Luka Beemer, Micah Bell, Jadyn Bennett, Anthony Biehl, Caleb Biehl, Zachary Bishop, Emma Bradford, Cole Bradin, Alyssa Brinkman, Brendan Brinkman, Jack Britten, Keegin Brosz, Caden Brubaker, Katelyn Bryant, Maci Campbell, Elainah Cantrell, Mason Cave and Ava Christiansen.


Carr earns master’s from WGU at Oct. 20 ceremony

Huntington County resident Mike Carr received his master's degree from WGU Indiana during the school's third annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis.

Other Huntington County graduates are Shawn Abbott, Leslie Cryderman, Tara Moles, Karly Morgan and Eric Stouder.



Leading the charge

Photo by Andre B. Laird

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Huntington County Leadership presented certificates of completion for its Continuing Leadership Series to 11 area professionals. The presentation was made at the Horace Mann Educational Center.


Snowflake Bazaar Nov. 4-5

St. Mary Catholic Church will hold its annual Snowflake Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, in the St. Mary's gym, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, and after the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Nov.4.

The bazaar will feature crafts, a bake sale and a raffle. Lunch will be available and will include potato, chili and ham and bean soup as well as sandwiches and apple dumplings.



A Day of Giving

Photo by Steve Clark.

Linda Sanders, of Wessler Engineering, paints a soccer goal at Yeoman Park in Huntington as part of the company's program, "A Day of Giving," on Thursday, Oct. 25.


HU Foundation to honor military at Nov. 7 meeting

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The Huntington University Foundation will honor past and present members of the United States military during its Nov. 7 breakfast.

Col. David Augustine, commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard in Fort Wayne, will give an update on the status of the base and explain how it serves the community. The 122nd Fighter Wing provides support in national and state emergencies and offers educational opportunities in the area.


Trunk-Treat Oct. 31 at Lancaster Wesleyan

Lancaster Wesleyan Church will hold its Trunk-or-Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

There will be treats, refreshments and prizes.

The church is located at 3147W-543S, in Huntington, approximately three miles south of Lancaster Elementary.



Markle to start flushing

Crews from the town of Markle will begin flushing hydrants in Markle today, Monday, Oct. 29, town officials have announced.

The flushing will continue through Nov. 2.



Morning jog

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Rebecca Jones gets in a jog on Scout Cabin Road just outside of Warren on Wednesday, Oct. 24, while her sons Scott (left) and Luke enjoy the ride in the double stroller on a sunny 70-degree day.


Furry visitor at Markle Health & Rehabilitation Center

Photo by André B. Laird.

Markle Health & Rehabilitation Center resident Pat Brickley (left) spends some time chatting with Carolyn Humann and her dog "Lucky" during a pet parade on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The pets toured the halls, interacting with residents.


Toy collection for New 2 U Toy Trade Day Dec. 5

Crossroad Connections will be collecting lightly used toys and books for its New 2 U Christmas Toy Trade Day on Dec. 5.

Families will be able to trade lightly used toys and books for other lightly used toys and books to help with Christmas gift cost this year.

Times and location for the trade will be posted on the organization's website at on a future date.


Honorable service

Photo by Andre B. Laird

Beth Stevens, Family Self-Sufficiency coordinator at Pathfinder Services Inc., listens as YWCA Director of Development and Communication Steve Miller presents her with the 2012 Hope award. Stevens was honored for her contribution to women's economic empowerment in Huntington County.


Lancaster announces first grading period honors

Lancaster Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the first grading period of the 2012-13 school year.

Honor roll students are:

All A's


Love INC to begin accepting apps for Christmas assistance on Oct. 29

Love INC of Huntington County will begin accepting registrations for Christmas assistance on Oct. 29.

Registrations from those in need will be accepted until Nov. 30.

Those willing to become a donor, adopt a family or volunteer with distribution are asked to contact Love INC at 356-0933.

Love INC will work as a clearinghouse to assist families in need for the 2012 Christmas season. Last year, Love INC's Christmas Adopt-a-Family program provided assistance to more than 600 children and about 370 local families.


Operation Christmas Child collecting shoeboxes Nov. 12-19

Community members again have the opportunity to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse Charitable Organization.

Shoeboxes can be filled with small toys and other gifts to be distributed to the children personally by Graham and his helpers.


First Federal announces cash dividend increase

The board of directors of Northeast Indiana Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced an increase in the cash dividend paid to shareholders for the 18th year in row.

The cash dividend of 19 cents per common share represents a 5.6 percent increase over the company's previous quarterly dividend.


Daronatsy receives BU President’s Scholarship

Huntington resident Laura Daronatsy, a freshman of Biola University, was among 132 students who received the college's highest scholarship - the President's Scholarship - for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Freshmen are eligible for the President's scholarship, $10,000 per year, if upon entering the university, they meet the requirements of the scholarship. Approximately 10 percent of this year's incoming class received this award.


Pathfinder Services displays at 16th annual Buy Indiana Expo on Oct. 23

Loretta Mottram, senior director of business development at Pathfinder Services, displayed Pathfinder Services products at the 16th annual Buy Indiana Expo Oct. 23 in French Lick.

The expo, sponsored by Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, offers companies the opportunity to expand their business through contracts with government centers.


Delta Kappa officers

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The 2012-2013 officers for Delta Kappa Gamma International, Alpha Zeta Chapter are (from left) Dr. Evelyn Priddy, corresponding secretary; Darlene Bockelman, treasurer; Roxanne Thomas, second vice president; Carol Winterholter, first vice president; Mary Catherine Palmer, parliamentarian; and Victoria Eastman, president. Not pictured are Brenda Landis, recording secretary, and Donna Ott, immediate past president.


Roanoke Elementary School names students with perfect attendance

Roanoke Elementary School has announced the names of students who had perfect attendance for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

They are:

Celeste Ackley, Aaron Amick, Austin Amick, Autumn Anderson, Carissa Beck, Grant Beckner, Brison Beekley, Eric Beihold, Ashton Berghoff, Gavin Bickel, Katelyn Bickel, Brianna Bonner, Madison Bowers, Audrie Bowman, Emma Brewer, Ella Brisco, Hattie Brisco, Carly Brown, Wesley Burkhart and Nate Burns.


OakBrook Village accepting Christmas toys for area children

OakBrook Village is collecting toys to be given to needy families in Huntington County this Christmas.

Gently used and new toys will be accepted. All toys should be unwrapped.

Toys should be dropped off at OakBrook Village, 850 Ash St., Huntington, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

All toys will be given to Love INC for distribution.

Those who donate new toys should bring along the receipt for the toy. OakBrook Village's corporate office will match up to $500, and the match will also be donated to Love INC.



Draco the bearded dragon

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Travis Bolinger, Crestview Middle School science teacher, shows Lancaster students Kristian Michaelson (back right) and Ian Wiley (front right) Draco the bearded dragon as part of a special presentation on different animal species on Wednesday, Oct. 24.


HU ed majors find jobs in their field, say officials

Ninety-two percent of Huntington University's graduated education majors are employed in an education-related field six months after graduation, HU officials say.
The university has consistently showed this success over the last five years, they note.

Of that 92 percent, 82 percent are employed full time - the highest year thus far, and 5 percent are teaching part time. A majority of those graduates are employed in Indiana.

The survey was based on responses from 22 out of 25 graduates from the Class of 2012.


Alz group to meet Nov. 14

The next meeting of the Alzheimer's Association support group is Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Participants in support groups receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the problems they face and the latest in information regarding research.

All meetings are confidential and free of charge.

For additional information contact the association's Helpline 24 hours a day at 800-272-3900.

The hospital is located at 2001 Stults Rd., Huntington.



Freedom Store to support human rights efforts

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Freedom Store, which will benefit organizations working to abolish slavery in all forms, is now open at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

Melissa Gordon has partnered with Sherry Searles, of North Manchester, to open the store. Gordon says it will offer a variety of products made by survivors of slavery.

The products are made by local artisans as well as artisans from Kentucky and areas of India and Africa. Products include fair trade coffee and chocolate, organic bath and body products, jewelry, scarves and purses.


Costume parade and treats are part of Halloween Festival Party in Andrews

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The Andrews Lions Club will hold its annual Halloween Festival Party on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Costumed children and families should meet at the Andrews Methodist Church, on the corner of McKeever and Main streets, at 5 p.m. They will follow the fire truck to the Town Hall, where they will be served refreshments by the Andrews Lions Club members.



Dance Collective founder to speak at LAC event

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The LaFontaine Arts Council's luncheon fundraiser "Fashions for the Arts" will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

In addition to the luncheon, silent auction and fashion show featuring clothes from Chico's, the annual event also features someone who speaks about the importance of having arts programming in public schools.


Bake sale has mincemeat, pie, noodles

Central Christian Church will host a bake sale and luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The bake sale and luncheon will feature their homemade noodles and mincemeat. Other items available will be homemade cakes, pies, cookies, breads and pecans. Some crafts may be available.

A lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring stew in a bread bowl, chicken noodle soup, mini pulled pork sandwiches and apple or cherry crisp.

The event is sponsored by the Disciples Women Fellowship and profits will go towards their mission projects.


Library sponsors photography contest for teens

Youth ages 12 to 18 are encouraged to participate in the Huntington City-Township Public Library's third annual Teen Photography Contest.

Themes for this year's contest include Election Year 2012; Generations - photos of family; Random Acts of Reading - photos of people reading in any way, anywhere; Close to Nature - take only photos, leave only footprints; and Free Choice - photos of any subject or theme you choose.


Fright Night 5K

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jennifer Hall (right), dressed as a bumble bee, leads Todd Trowbridge, dressed as a Viking, toward the finish line in the Huntington Rotary Club Fright Night 5K on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Kriegbaum Field.


Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

Photo by Steve Clark.

Participants in the Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 27, in downtown Huntington include (from left) Deb Shenefield with "Saj," Sassy Shenefield with "Nightwing," Tyler Stanley, Rich Najuch with "Po," Janis Najuch with "Charlie," Phyllis Lesh with "Winston" and Pam Lewis with "Annie".


Mayor leads the way in Great Pumpkin Festival Parade

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (center) leads the way for the costumed creatures and their families in the Great Pumpkin Festival Children's Parade in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event was sponsored by the Huntington Downtown Business Group.


Putting at the Scarecrow Festival

Photo by Steve Clark.

Payton Keaffaber, in costume, tries her hand at putting at the Scarecrow Festival in Warren on Friday, Oct. 26.


Boys & Girls Club Halloween party

Photo by Steve Clark.

Landon Plasterer paints a small pumpkin at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Halloween party on Friday evening, Oct. 26.


Scary stories

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dressed as a witch, Ann Siegfried tells a scary story during the Teen Halloween Party at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 25.


Kiwanis to hold Riley benefit today, Oct. 25

The Huntington Kiwanis will be holding an auction on Thursday, Oct. 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The event will be held at Huntington University, 2303 College Ave.

Proceeds from the benefit auction will be donated to Riley's Children Hospital.



Life Church to hold Truck-R-Treat on Oct. 31

Life Church will be holding its Trunk-R-Treating event on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

The event will be held in the church's parking lot.

Families will have the opportunity to walk their children through the parking lot from car to car for candy.

There will also be a bonfire, hayrides, s'mores and other activities for all.

The church is located at 950 E. State St., Huntington.



28th Pomp & Plenty show set for Nov. 17-18

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Huntington North High School's Varsity Singers will present their 28th annual Pomp & Plenty dinner and show Nov. 17 and 18, with a new twist on this year's dinner.

Instead of a chicken and noodle dinner served in the school cafeteria, this year's event will feature a gourmet meal prepared by culinary arts students from Ivy Tech. The meal will be served in the HNHS commons overlooking a lighted courtyard.


How do owls hear?

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Teresa Rody (right), interpretive naturalist at Salamonie Reservoir, explains how owls hear during a preschool program on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Izzy Harlan (front left) touches the feathers on top of this Great Horned Owl, as her mother, Erin Harlan, looks on. By examining the owl, Izzy learned that the owl's ears are not located on top of the head, but rather on each side.


Central Christian to host community harvest party

Central Christian Church will host a community fall harvest party on Oct. 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in its Family Living Center.

There will be a variety of games and activities for all ages, including two inflatables, clowns, face painting and Bingo.

Ann Bostel will provide musical entertainment in the Fellowship Hall and free food will be provided as well.

The event is open to the public.

The church is located at 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.



Donating to a cause

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Flint Springs Elementary students (from left) Layla Rigdon and Alyssa Icenogle present a check recently for $1,484.03 to United Way Executive Director Jenna Strick. Students and staff raised funds by observing special clothing days and exceeded their $1,000 goal with the help of an anonymous donor.


Ready to play

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Parkview Huntington Family YMCA Executive Director Ryan Lemon works with Gary Smith and Scott Craft to assemble play equipment outside the YMCA on Saturday, Oct. 20. The play equipment was purchased through a community fund drive.


Historical view at Huntington Catholic School

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Sophie Simms, dressed as Marie Antoinette, talks about her character to fellow eighth-graders at Huntington Catholic School. Each member of the class researched a historical figure and put on a one-person show for their classmates. Simms brought in monogrammed cupcakes so that her classmates could comply with the famous Marie Antoinette quote, "Let them eat cake."


Churches team up to sponsor meal ministry fund-raiser

Area churches are teaming up to sponsor the New Life Community Meal Ministry fund-raising dinner and auction on Nov. 15.

The event will be held in Heritage Hall, at Hier's Park starting at 6:30 p.m.

Volunteer Bob Burns- worth says that not a lot of people know about the meal ministry.

"The ministry is in its seventh year," he states. "We started in the New Life Fellowship Church basement and four years ago moved to our current location."

That location is 32 E. Franklin St., right across from the Huntington County Courthouse.


Twin day at Lancaster Elementary School

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Lancaster Elementary School students Lilly Cornett (left) and Regan Cornett are sisters every day, but they became twins on Tuesday, Oct. 16, for the school's twin day. Students and staff members were encouraged to pair up and dress alike. Twin day was one of several theme days Lancaster observed to raise funds for the United Way. Students and staff members made a donation for the United Way in order to participate in the special days, which included crazy hat day, hump day and Lancer day as well as twin day.


Seminary UMC to host third annual Trunk-or-Treat

Seminary United Methodist Church, in Roanoke, will be hosting its third annual Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Along with decorated trunks and sweet treats, this year the Seminary Extreme Youth Group is providing a variety of carnival games and hot dogs and cider will be served in the downstairs Fellowship Hall.

A free-will donation will be taken and donated to the Roanoke food bank.

The public is invited and welcome.

In the event of rain, trick-or-treating will be done indoors.


Dancing to Stout country

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Several couples dance to the music of Paul Stout Country (in background left) on Oct. 19 at a Roanoke Kiwanis Club fund-raiser at the Cottagae Event Center in Roanoke. The event also featured barbecue pulled pork sandwiches and various desserts.


Korporal earns dean’s list at National

National College, in Fort Wayne, announces the names of students named to its dean's list for the summer terms.

Among them was Huntington student Heather Korporal, who made the dean's list for the first summer term.

Students named to the dean's list must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average, based on a four-point scale.



OLVM Sisters have new leadership team

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Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters has announced its new leadership team following installation ceremonies at Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel at Victory Noll.

Election of the team was held during general chapter proceedings, which occur every four years. The term of the leadership team runs through 2016.

Team members are Sister Beatrice Haines, president; Sister Judith Turnock, vice president; Sister Ginger Downey, general secretary and Sister Leora Linenkugel, general treasurer.


Trick-or-treating for humane shelter Oct. 27

Members of the Huntington Humane Society will be trick-or-treating for the animals at the humane shelter on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Members will be identifiable by their badges and collection buckets. The group is also conducting its membership drive and there are various levels of membership available.



County Swine Boosters to meet on Tuesday

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Tuesday Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Family Living Building at Hier's Park.

Discussion items include possible swine barn improvements for the 2013 4-H fair and other old and new business.

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



Hope Christian School to have open house on Saturday, Nov. 3

Organizers of Hope Christian School, a K-12 Christian school set to open next August in Huntington, will hold an open house on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Life Church, 900 E. State St.

The school, co-founded by Huntington residents Jon and Kelli Moore, will be located at Life Church.


Warren man third in state in corn husking

Richard Hinton, of Warren, placed third in the men's open division of the Indiana State Corn Husking Championship.

The competition was held Oct. 6 in rural Bremen.

Hinton husked 139.78 pounds of corn during the 20-minute competition.

His division was won by Steven Schuman, of Columbia City, who husked 167.40 pounds of corn.



Lancaster Wesleyan Church observes 125th anniversary

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The Lancaster Wesleyan Church, like many early churches, traces its roots to a meeting in the home of one of its members.

In less than a year, the congregation had built and paid for a small, plain structure that - 125 years later - remains at the heart of the church building.

The church, located at 3147W-543S in the Huntington County town of Lancaster, will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 28, with an invitation to all members, former members and pastors and friends to join in the morning service, a meal and a time of fellowship.


Andrews Lions complete another project at ballpark

Photo by André B. Laird.

The Andrews Lions Club recently completed another project at its ballpark by installing a new batting cage.

The project was a success due to a number of corporate and private sponsors as well as fund-raising efforts by the club.

Corporate sponsors were Huntington County Community Foundation, which provided a matching grant, Beacon Credit Union, Bippus State Bank, Spencer Kennels, Martz Construction, Speedway Redi Mix and Lahr's Landscaping.


Burying the dead

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bruce Van Gilder introduces visitors to the Chief Richardville House during the Ghost Walk at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park on Saturday, Oct. 20. Van Gilder, a retired funeral director, also explained funeral traditions of the past.


Andrews library to hold Harvest Party on Oct. 30

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will hold its annual Harvest Party on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m.

Toddlers through fourth-graders will enjoy Halloween Bingo, stories, apple bobbing, cookie decorating and a craft.

Children are welcome to wear costumes if they wish.

Registration is not required for library events, but children 8 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling at least 13 years or older.

For more information about the Harvest Party call the library at 786-3574 or visit



Faith Community to hold indoor trick ‘n’ treat

Faith Community Church of God, in Huntington, will host an indoor trick ‘n' treat event on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rooms will be decorated inside the church, and candy, caramel apples and other treats will be handed out to those attending.

The event is open to the community and costumes are encouraged.

For more information, about this event call 356-5476.

The church is located at 3615 N. Norwood Rd., Huntington.



Bethel Assembly to host Harvest Party on Oct. 28

Bethel Assembly of God will hold its annual Harvest Party on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Activities include a straw maze, hayride, bonfire and a variety of games and soups. Door prizes will be given out during the event.

The event is free and open to the community.

Bethel Assembly of God is located at 1640 E. Taylor St., Huntington.

For more information, call the church at 356-8363.



With Love Left Over sponsoring Off-Road Trail Challenge Nov. 3 at Lost Bridge area

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With Love Left Over, a family-operated organization that provides BMX training and competition for special needs children in foster care, will sponsor an Off Road Trail Challenge Nov. 3 at the Kin-Ti-On-Ki Trail at Salamonie Reservoir's Lost Bridge West Recreation Area.

The competition has both a running event and a mountain bike race.


Psi Iota Xi to hold 4th annual Trunk or Treat

On Sunday, Oct. 28, Psi Iota Xi sorority will host its fourth annual Trunk or Treat event, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the parking lot of Pathfinder Services Inc., on East State Street in Huntington.

Youth are encouraged to participate and dress in costume.



Norwood Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 27

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center will hold its Trick-or-Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The event is open to the community and participants are encouraged to dress in costume.



Goetz a Merit semifinalist

Morgan E. Goetz, a student at Huntington North High School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 300 Hoosier students are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who are competing for 8,300 scholarships to be awarded next spring.

The semifinalists were selected on the basis of their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


Mt. Etna UMC sets bazaar

The Etna United Methodist Church will hold its annual craft bazaar on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Etna Troy Community Center, 4905N-550W, Columbia City.

The bazaar will feature more than 25 vendors and a bake sale. Homemade breakfast and lunch will be served all day.

There is no admission charge. Vendors who want more information about renting tables should call 229-8662.

Proceeds from the bazaar go to the church's missions outreach.



Ceramic art at HU gallery

Delaware-based ceramic artist Victor Spinski will display his work in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery at Huntington University Nov. 5 through 30 with an artist reception on Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Spinski's work has been shown extensively throughout the United States and his pieces are part of the permanent collections of many museums.

Spinski specializes in trompe l'oeil ( French for fool the eye) ceramic sculptures.


Pohler is grand champion at PAL fishing derby

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The Police Athletic League held its fishing derby on Oct. 21, with 65 participants competing in five different age groups.

The champion was determined by who caught the largest fish of the day.

Six-year-old Avery Pohler was crowned grand champion, catching a 4-inch largemouth bass.

She was awarded a $50 gift card, donated by Target, and was the leader with 39 inches total.

Other winners and their age categories were:

• Heyden Beard, 5 and 6 year-olds, 8.5-inch blue- gill.

• Kane Holley, 7 and 8 year-olds, 9-inch bluegill.


ABWA elects Crone as vice-president of District V during last conference

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The American Business Women's Association elected Michelle L. Crone to the position of District V Vice President of ABWA during the 63rd annual conference in Memphis, TN.

Crone will represent five states, which include Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Crone is a Business Banking Administrative Manager with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

While located in Huntington, her team members are across nine counties in northwest Indiana. As a 19-year member of the Wells Fargo team, she has advanced her career seven times.


Pathfinder Services thanks employees for service

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Pathfinder Services presented service awards to its Huntington employees during a breakfast and luncheon on Monday, Oct. 22, at the Pathfinder North Campus located at 2824 Theater Avenue in Huntington. Pathfinder Services President John Niederman recognized each employee for their years of service to the organization.

Diana Laux, chief financial officer, and Sonia Stevens, community support specialist overnight, were recognized for 20 years of service.


Railroad group to meet

The Erie Railroad workers will meet for the last time this year on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Huntington VFW between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. for a buffet breakfast.

All railroaders, friends and family are welcome.



Barlow elected to three-year term on BrandSource Mid-America board

Jack Barlow, of Barlow Appliances & More in Huntington, has been elected to a three-year term on the local board of BrandSource Mid-America.

Barlow will serve as a board member from Jan.1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2015.

BrandSource is a member-owned and member-managed buying and marketing group that includes approximately 6,000 appliance, electronics, bedding, home furnishings and floor covering stores across the country.


Local veterans among Honor Flight passengers

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Mel and Annabel Ring, of Huntington, were among the 70 World War II and Korean War veterans from northeast Indiana aboard the Oct. 17 Honor Flight from Fort Wayne to Washington, DC.

They were accompanied by Annabel Ring's daughter and son-in-law, Carol Scher and Don Doswell, of Fort Wayne.
The Honor flight program, funded by community donations, honors war veterans by offering them a trip to Washington, DC, to see the memorials to the wars they fought in and other sites.


No shortage of Halloween events throughout area this spooky season

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There's no shortage of places to wear that Lumpy Space Princess costume this year.

There are parties for teens in Andrews and Huntington, a pumpkin hunt in the dark in Huntington, a costume parade with a side of scarecrows and chili in Warren, another parade of costumed creatures in Huntington, goblins and games in Zanesville and a 5K run in Huntington that may earn its participants a few puzzled looks from the uninitiated.


Library offers class tonight on using online resources

The Huntington City-Township Public Library has added an online branch, available around the clock to HCTPL cardholders.

A demonstration of how to use the online resources will be offered on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. No registration or computer equipment is required; however, those attending are encouraged to bring a tablet, laptop or other device capable of accessing the Internet.


Auction to fight cancer

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Melissa Ivey (left) and Jill Simcoe, of Community Link Federal Credit Union, display the pink breast cancer awareness T-shirts promoting the credit union's breast cancer fund-raiser. Community Link, located at 325 Etna Ave. in Huntington, will hold a silent auction Oct. 22-31. Local businesses have donated auction items including gift certificates, a floral wreath, pet grooming services, ball caps, T-shirts, hair products, photo sessions, a car care kit and more. Bidders can visit Community Link Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


School to collect paper for recycling

Huntington Catholic School is now offering a paper recycling site for area residents.

The Paper Gator recycle unit is stationed across from the Primary Building on Cherry Street, in the church parking lot.

Acceptable products include newsprint, junk mail, telephone books, magazines and any other paper products. Cardboard will not be acceptable.

Hosting the recycle unit will help raise funds for Huntington Catholic.



Community members may join Messiah choir

The Huntington University concert choir and orchestra will team up for the 58th annual performance of Handel's Messiah.

The public is invited to join the choir in its practices. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays, Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University.

A dress rehearsal will be held on Dec. 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The choir will be using the Watkins Shaw (Novello) score and copies will be available for purchase at the first practice.


Pumpkin decorating contest

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

JD's Restaurant and Bar hosts a pumpkin decorating contest for local residents. Anyone can vote for their favorite by donating a penny-per-vote to the Relay for Life. All proceeds from the contest will be donated to the cause. Pumpkins are still being accepted for entry, and can be brought to the restaurant, located at 426 Warren St., Huntington


Finishing a section of corn harvest

Photo by Scott Trauner.

A Huntington County farmer along CR 450S finishes combining a section of his cornfield on Wednesday, Oct. 17, as temperatures climbed into the low 70s.


Dodge this

Photo by Steve Clark.

Morgan Lamon (left) and Drake Kropf (right), students at Roanoke Elementary, play in the championship game of a dodgeball tournament at the school on Tuesday, Oct. 16, that raised funds for the United Way.


Gorman to speak at next lecture

Dr. Kim Gorman will present "My Personal Struggle with Anorexia" during the next Forester Lecture at Huntington University.

The lecture will be held on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Gorman is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and specializes in the areas of body image issues and eating disorders.

She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology in 1999 from the University of Kentucky.


HU seeking public comments for education program reaccreditation

Huntington University is soliciting comments from the public for its reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The education program was first accredited by NCATE in 1994 and has been continuously accredited since that time.

Part of the reaccreditation process involves soliciting public input about the quality of the Huntington program and the performance of its graduates.

For details about how to submit comments, visit


First Fed announces earnings for third quarter

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced net income of $594,000 (48 cents per diluted common share) for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2012.

That's down from the net income of $631,000 (51 cents per diluted common share) for the third quarter of the previous year.

Net income for the nine months ending Sept. 30, 2012, however, increased to $1.94 million ($1.57 per diluted common share), compared to net income of $1.29 million ($1.05 per diluted common share) for the nine months ending Sept. 30, 2011.


Boys & Girls Club will dish up hog roast and games during fifth annual Fam Fest on Friday

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will host its fifth annual Fam Fest on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the club, 608 E. State St.

Hog Roasters will be providing the pulled pork that is included in each meal, along with BBQ sauce, sauerkraut, baked beans, applesauce and baked goods.

The night's activities include a bounce house, pumpkin decorating, clowns, crafts and face painting.

There is a cost for tickets with a discount for children. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the club at 359-1750.


Red Cross to have three blood drives in Huntington County

The American Red Cross of Huntington County announces upcoming blood drives in the area:

• Nov. 1, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Knight-Bergman Center in the Main Room, located at 132 S. Nancy St. in Warren.

• Nov. 12, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in the Main Room, located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd. in Huntington.  Visit and enter sponsor code "evanumc" to schedule your blood donation appointment.


Park to be IDOE Teacher in Residence for 2012-13 year

Indiana's 2012 Teacher of the Year Melanie Park has joined the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) as a Teacher in Residence for the 2012-2013 school year.

Park will take a yearlong sabbatical from teaching at Riverview Middle School in Huntington Community School Corporation to focus on statewide educator outreach initiatives. IDOE offers each new Indiana Teacher of the Year a yearlong sabbatical.

"After extensive conversations with Indiana teachers, I am left with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for their commitment to student success," Park said.


Huntington COB to host breakfast

Huntington Church of the Brethren will host a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the church.

The breakfast will be held in the church's newly refurbished fellowship hall.

Attendees can also purchase cinnamon rolls at the event. Sales from the cinnamon rolls support preschool opportunities for children in Tisma, Nicaragua.

There is a cost per person with a discount for children 6 to 12 years. Children 5 and younger are free of charge.

The church is located at 306 E. Washington St., Huntington.



Costume skate party will benefit Helping Paws

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Junior Volunteers from Helping Paws Pet Haven, a no-kill feline facility in Huntington, will host a costume skating party on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The party will be held at West Park Skate, located at 2986 W. Park Drive, in Huntington, and will last from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Prizes will be given out for the scariest costume, cutest costume and most original costume in three different age brackets.

All ages are welcome to attend.

There is a fee for tickets at the door and no charge if one is just there to watch the skaters.


New Master Gardener classes to begin in January

A Purdue Master Gardener program will begin in January for residents of Huntington County and surrounding areas.
The volunteer training program helps participants increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. After completing the program, participants represent Purdue University as volunteers, sharing knowledge while providing educational gardening activities within their communities.


Halloween brings sundaes to courthouse rotunda

The Huntington County Courthouse Employees' Connection Committee will host a "Spooky Cool Off" on Oct. 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the courthouse rotunda.

Ice cream sundaes with hot fudge, strawberry and spooky sprinkles and root beer floats will be served.

There is a cost per treat.



A gift for health

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sharon Kay (second from left), director of the Huntington Free Health Clinic, accepts a $1,500 contribution from Lynn Clabaugh (third from left), representing the American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary, of Roanoke. With them are Kristie Garman (left), a clinic volunteer, and Gaynel Nave, a Huntington University senior who serves as an intern and volunteer at the clinic. Clabaugh, who also volunteers at the clinic, says the auxiliary budgets an annual donation to the clinic using proceeds from fund-raising games at the post.


Fish fry on Nov. 3 will benefit young cancer patient

A fish fry benefit will be held for Drew Dorsett on Nov. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the St. Peter Lutheran Church gym.

Dorsett is a second-grader at Roanoke Elementary and is undergoing treatment for cancer.

He is the son of Darrin and Jill Brown Dorsett and the grandson of Ron and Marcia Brown and George and Linda Dorsett.

There is a cost for the benefit with a discount for children 4 to 12 years old.

Carry-outs will be available at the entrance from John Street to the Education Building.


Series will explore brain styles of children and youth

The Huntington Church of the Brethren, 306 E. Washington St., will host a series of discussions on the brain styles of children and youth.

Dr. Bill Easley, of the local Bowen Center, will focus on the many brain styles of children, including autism and Asperger's syndrome. He will sort out behavior and language choices of many children who are sometimes dismissed as slow or misbehaving.

The series will also include presentations by adults who have experienced misunderstanding because of their brain's paths.

The series is open to the community.


Passionate candidate

Photo by Andre. B. Laird

Glenda Ritz, Democrat candidate for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, talks to a small group of supporters on Monday, Oct. 15, at Café of Hope in Huntington. Ritz talked about the issues she was most passionate about and her plans for the office, if she were elected.


Huntington County Leadership to start next academy on Jan. 15

The Huntington County Leadership will hold its 2013 academy beginning Jan. 15 at 8 a.m.

The first class session will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Horace Mann Educational Center.

Classes will meet bi-weekly until May 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Horace Mann Educational Center.  
A total of nine classes will be held with class facilitator Ed Vessels.  Graduation ceremonies will be May 21.


HU’s grad counseling program to host visit days

Huntington University's graduate counseling program will host visit days at both the Huntington and Fort Wayne campuses. The Huntington visit will be held from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29, and the Fort Wayne visit will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

Huntington is offering counseling classes in Fort Wayne through the Life Science Education and Research Consortium of Northeast Indiana. The classes are offered at the Parkview Randallia campus.


Library gift

Photo provided.

The Roanoke Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization recently presented a donation in support of the move and expansion of the Roanoke Public Library. The presentation was made by PTO representatives (from left) Kelly Mulvey, Gayle Melcher and Debbie Fairchild to John Stoeckley, president of the Roanoke Public Library Building Corporation, and Celia Bandelier (right), library director. The Roanoke Public Library is available for use by all Roanoke Elementary students, regardless of their addresses.


HCARS meeting is tonight

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting is today, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Huntington County Jail, second floor, meeting room 1.

The meeting is open to the public.

Parking is available in the east parking lot or on State Street.



Byrd to offer talk on cancer

Huntington University alumnus and doctoral candidate Kevin Byrd will present a talk on "The Mystery of Metastasis: Cancer in the Head and Neck Region As a Systemic Model for Discovery" on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. in Hiner Hall of the Science Hall on campus.

Byrd, a 2009 biology graduate who is a doctor of dental surgery candidate at the University of Michigan, is currently working in the area of diagnostic biomarkers in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in the Periodontics and Oral Medicine Department of the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan.


VNC to offer evening of music and learning

Victory Noll Center will present a night of entertainment, information and fellowship with "A Harvest of Blessings" on Nov. 3.

The evening will begin with social time starting at 6:30 p.m. with a reception in the O'Donnell Room at Victory Noll Center that includes hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

At 8 p.m., the program moves to the Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel for music from the Bishop Luers High School Chamber Ensemble and Minstrels and song selections by Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters.
Dessert will follow the concert.


Ghost Walk talk

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Caroline Runyan explains some of the impoprtant events that took place at the Chief Richardville House, as well as supernatural experiences that have been witnessed inside the house, during the Ghost Walk at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park on Saturday, Oct. 20.


Fall Work Day

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Unversity student Taylor Martin, of Anderson, trims a shrub in the courtyard adjoining the dementia unit at Miller's Merry Manor on Saturday, Oct. 20,as part of Fall Work Day, an annual event sponsored by HU's Joe Mertz Center that encourages service among the HU students.


HU's Dowden to retire at end of academic year

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After 22 years as president of Huntington University, Dr. G. Blair Dowden announced to the HU Board of Trustees on Friday, Oct. 19, that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year.

"President Dowden has been quietly considering retirement from Huntington University for some time. He has initiated this transition now in order to give the board plenty of notice, assure an effective transition of leadership and to maintain institutional momentum," said Kelly Savage, board of trustees chairman.


HNHS choirs to perform Thursday evening

The choirs of Huntington North High School will present their first concert of the year, "Let The Music Begin," on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington North auditorium.

Participating choirs are the Concert Choir, Viking Chorale, Viking Ladies, Glee Club and Varsity Singers. The choirs are under the direction of John Wenning.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. There is no charge for children 6 and younger.



Pink badge of honor

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Sheriff Terry Stoffel sports a pink badge, in place of the traditional gold, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Stoffel says he wears it in support of not only breast cancer, but all cancer awareness after losing his wife to the disease recently. He will wear the badge, which was a gift from the Steven R. Jenkins Company, which supplies uniforms and equipment to public safety officials. Stoffel will don the badge through the month of October.


Crestview students participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program

Photo by André B. Laird.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Crestview Middle School's Student Council participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program by cleaning its portion of US-24, between Stults Road and Guilford Street. Participants included (front row, from left) Mariah Marshall, John Groves, Ethan Stafford and Melissa Pharaoh; (second row, from left) Dalton Lusch, Taylor Miller, Leah Kitchen, Morgan McNally and Student Council Sponsor Jodie Norman and (back row, from left) Holly Pharaoh, Marissa Owens and Audrey Marjama.


Varsity Singers to present Pomp and Plenty

The 28th annual Pomp and Plenty, featuring the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

A gourmet four-course meal, prepared by the culinary arts department of Ivy Tech, Fort Wayne, will prepare a gourmet four-course dinner prior to the Saturday evening show. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and dinner service will start at 6 p.m.


St. Peter’s to host Freedom Party

Sherry Searles will present a 45-minute program on modern slavery during a Freedom Party on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Also during the event, guests may purchase hand-crafted accessories made by persons rescued from slavery.

The evening is presented by Accessories for Hope, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking.



Police warn hunters of meth danger

Hunting season has arrived in northeast Indiana, and with that in mind, the potential exists that some deer and small game hunters may come across trash left behind by those who have manufactured methamphetamine (meth.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section wants to remind citizens that this trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin.


Pies can be ordered from Kids Kampus

Pathfinder Kids Kampus is taking orders for frozen homemade pies from Moore's Pie Shop through Oct. 31.

Available varieties include Dutch apple, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, cherry, peach, coconut, chocolate, peanut butter, pumpkin, sugar cream, black raspberry, caramel apple walnut, pecan, diabetic peach and diabetic cherry.

Pies can be ordered by stopping by Pathfinder Kids Kampus, located at 435 Campus St., in Huntington, calling the child care center at 356-0123, or emailing


Library to offer Star Wars marathon

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will celebrate the 35th year of Star Wars mania by holding an all-day Star Wars movie marathon on Friday, Oct. 19.

The marathon will feature the original Star Wars trilogy: "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." All three movies are rated PG.

Movies start at 9:30 a.m. in the library meeting room and will continue until 5 p.m.

Those attending may bring beverages and sack lunches or snacks, along with a bean bag chair or other comfortable seating.

No registration is required to attend.


Senior Night pregame performance

Photo by Steve Clark.

Brianna Frazier (left) and Chase Shepherd (right), members of the Huntington North High School band, perform at Kriegbaum Field in Huntington before the varsity football team's game against New Castle on Friday, Oct. 12. The band competed in the Indiana State School Music Association regional contest at Lafayette Jefferson High School the following day, Oct. 13, earning a silver award but failing to advance to the semi-state contest.


Locals earn top state Main Street biz honor

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A Huntington business that hasn't even begun to reach its potential has earned statewide honors from a group dedicated to downtown revitalization and development.

The New Huntington Theatre, operated by partners Rich Najuch and Joel Froomkin, was named Main Street Business of the Year for 2012 by Indiana Main Street, a program operated by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.


Authentic local ghost tales at heart of Ghost Walk at the Forks on Oct. 20

TAB file photo.

Authentic local ghost tales are at the centerpiece of the Ghost Walk at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.

Costumed guides will lead candlelight tours of the park on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. Tours leave the visitors' center every 15 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 8:15 p.m.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Ghost Walk is not recommended for children younger than school age.

Reservations are not required but are recommended, as tours fill quickly. To make a reservation, call 356-1903. Admission is charged.


Double recital for Huntington University music students

Photos provided.

The Huntington University Music Department will present a recital by mezzo-soprano Candice James and tenor Jacob Smith on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

James is a senior choral music education major from Delphi.

She performed in solo and ensemble contests in high school and placed first with "The Entertainers" twice. She was also on a worship team that placed first at state in Fine Arts 2008 for the Assembly of God.


Teaching fire safety

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Doug Wiley (left) and Roger Buckner, volunteer firemen from the Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department, address third grade students at Lancaster Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The firemen visited the school to inform students about fire safety, as part of Fire Prevention Week, which was Oct. 7 through Oct. 12. The visit included a tour of a fire truck and the Fire Safety Smoke House - a small, mobile version of a home that is equipped to simulate a fire and teach the students how to escape a fire safely.


Warren man enters two sheep in N. American expo

Robert Sliger, of Warren, has entered two head of sheep in the Hapshire division of the 39th Annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).

The event will be held Nov. 3-16, at the Kentucky Exposition Center, in Louisville, KY.

Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada compete in one of 10 expo divisions, dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, beef cattle, quarter horse, draft horses, mules and donkeys, sheep, swine and llamas and alpacas.


Snead grads basic at Lackland

Air Force Reserve Airman Bryon S. Snead graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Snead is the son of Deeann and Randy Snead of W-900N, Huntington.


Kneuss honored for her dedication to her job

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Sheryl Kneuss, a laundry aide at Markle Health & Rehabilitation, has been honored by the center's parent company, American Senior Communities.

Kneuss received the "Quest for Excellence Award" in recognition of her commitment to excellence, dedication to her job, a positive attitude, and a "whatever it takes" passion for customer service.

Based upon these key performance areas, she was among 62 qualified employees statewide selected by their peers to represent their buildings at a recent dinner.


HU represented at Day of Healing

Staff members, graduates and students of Huntington University's counseling program will participate in the Day of Healing on Nov. 3 in Wabash.

Dr. Jerry Davis, director of the HU graduate school's counseling program, will present a lecture on "Working with Your Client's Deep Emotions."


Scheiber completes training at Lackland

Air Force Airman Brent C. Scheiber has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


9th Great Pumpkin Hunt set for Oct. 23

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will hold its ninth annual Great Pumpkin Hunt at Hier's Park on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a coloring contest and costume contest inside Heritage Hall.

The search for the Great Pumpkin begins at 7:30 p.m., with children invited to search the park in the dark for candy-filled orange and black eggs. Children need to bring a bag and a flashlight.


St. Peter’s FCC has apple dumplings for sale now

St. Peter's First Community Church, in Huntington, is selling homemade apple dumplings.

The dumplings will be available for pick-up beginning Oct. 22.

To order, visit or call 356-0111 and leave a message with name and phone number.



Calvary United Methodist Church to host Kin Folk Sunday on Oct. 21

On Sunday, Oct. 21, Calvary United Methodist Church, in Bippus, will host Kin Folk Sunday.

A service of music and worship will led by Rev. Barry Faucett, starting at 9 a.m.

Following the service, a meal will be served in the Bippus Community Building.

The church is located on Ind.-105, in Bippus.



Dem candidate for superintendent to be in Huntington Tuesday

Glenda Ritz, Democrat candidate for Indiana superintendent of public instruction, will be at the Café of Hope in Huntington on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m.

The public is invited to meet and chat with the candidate.

Café of Hope is located at 900 E. State St., Huntington.



Hydrant flushing in Andrews is Oct. 17-18

The town of Andrews will be conducting its semi-annual water hydrant flushing on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18.

Residents may notice a slight discoloration of their tap water during this period, clerk-Treasurer William K. Johnson says. The discoloration should not last for a long period of time.

For more information, contact the clerk's office at 786-3848.



Riverview don ates to Cancer Services

Photo by André B. Laird.

Members of the Riverview Middle School volleyball team and their coaches presented a check to Al Sands (front row, standing left), of Cancer Services for Huntington County, on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The gift, in the amount of $400, will be used to assist area residents battling the disease.


HU professor featured in Oct. 23 guitar recital

Photo provided.

Huntington University adjunct music instructor Phil Schurger will present a guitar recital on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.

This is a concert of highly dynamic works in the jazz and modern chamber music style. Schurger's original compositions blend the inventiveness of Impressionist music with the spontaneity of improvisation and driving rhythms of jazz.


Love INC seeks gifts of blankets and comforters

Love INC is currently seeking donations of comforters or fleece blankets for its Adopt-A-Family Christmas program.

Every year, Christmas gifts and food are given to families in need as part of the program.

Although donations of new blankets are preferred, gently used, in clean and excellent condition items will be accepted.

Youth groups and individuals are encouraged to make fleece blankets for donation.

Blankets can be dropped off at Love INC, 715 Byron St.


Open house set at former schoolhouse

An autumn open house will be held at the German Schoolhouse on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to observe the many exhibits that interpret the history of the large German settlement that once existed in the area.

Genealogical information will also be available.
The school is located on the corner of Maple Grove Road and the Huntington-Wabash County line, near St. Paul's County Line Church.

Music and refreshments will be provided.



Literary Coalition's Tutor of the Month

Photo by Steve Clark.

Mary Sands (center) was named the Huntington County Literary Coalition's Tutor of the Month at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, in Huntington, on Thursday, Oct. 10. With her are Cathy Rumler (left), board president of the HLC, and Hallie Selig, literary coordinator at the library. Sands has been with the HLC for nearly a year. Reading and GED are among the subjects she tutors.


Collins to continue on state panel

Perry Collins, of Roanoke, has been reappointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Veterans Affairs Commission.
Collins retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel.

After leaving the military, he served as director of the Huntington University Excel adult degree program and as vice president of the College of Professional Studies at the Indiana Institute of Technology.

He was first appointed to the Indiana Veterans Affairs Commission in 2008.

His new term runs through June 30, 2013.


Heritage Pointe to host Gast program

Paula Gast, an inspirational speaker and spiritual retreat leader, will speak Tuesday, Oct.16, at 7 p.m. in the Applegate Chapel at Heritage Pointe, Warren.

The program is open to the public.



Contest opens for 4-H theme, design

Entries for the Huntington County 4-H Theme Design Contest for the 2013 4-H year will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 26.

Huntington County 4-H members are encouraged to submit one or more entries.

Both a theme and design need to be incorporated together and will be used on a variety of 4-H promotional materials for the 2013 4-H Club year including the County 4-H Fair book and the 4-H Fair schedule flyer.

Entries may be computer generated or hand drawn and must contain both a theme and design for each entry.


Lowe’s, Habitat partner for Oct. 22 clinic

Lowe's, in its support of Habitat for Humanity nationwide, offers free clinics to introduce women to various aspects of construction and home repair.

The next clinic is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Lowe's, 2105 N. Main St., in Bluffton.

The topic will be "Installing Laminate Flooring."

Call Huntington County Habitat for Humanity at 356-7425 or send an email to to reserve a space.

The clinic is open to the public.



Pleasant Chapel to host bazaar, lunch

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church will host a soup supper and bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.,

The menu includes chili, vegetable soup, celery and carrot sticks, ham sandwiches, pie or cake, coffee and cold drinks.

The church is located at 880E-1100N, Huntington.



‘Jack and Jill’ is on the screen for Wild Wednesday at Huntington 7

Seniors 50 and older are invited to attend Wild Wednesday on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Huntington 7 theater.

This month's movie is "Jack and Jill" starring Adam Sandler, as both family man Jack Sadelstein and his passive-aggressive sister Jill.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for free coffee and doughnuts.

The movie starts at 9 a.m., and a discounted admission price is charged.

Wild Wednesday partners are the Huntington Senior Center, Norwood Health and Rehabilitation and Parkview Huntington Hospital.


Solid Rock UMC to host bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 20

Solid Rock United Methodist Church, in Warren, will hold a bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knight-Bergman Center in Warren.

The bazaar will offer baked goods including cakes, pies and cookies, as well as candy and homemade crafts. Lunch will be available.



School supplies donated to Crestview Middle School

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The Roanoke American Legion Auxiliary recently donated school supplies to Crestview Middle School. With some of those supplies are (front row from left) students Xander Lujon and David Spencer and (back row from left) Bev Swaim, of the Legion Auxiliary, and Crestview Assistant Principal Brad Ludlow.


Extension Homemakers celebrate their week

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Extension Homemakers Week is being celebrated Oct. 15-19, and members of local Extension Homemakers clubs have decorated a downtown business window to highlight some of their activities.

Committee members Rita McCabe and Valerie Birkhold organized the items in the window of the former Rodger's and Vivian's Tax Service in downtown Huntington.


Untited Way holds cornhole tournament

Photo by André B. Laird.

Carolyn Ray, manager of Huntington House, tosses a bean bag during a cornhole tournament at the Forks of the Wabash on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event was sponsored by United Way Pacesetter agencies as part of the United Way campaign.


Cultural immersion

Marissa Koons (left) talks to Marie Ditzler (center) and Eric Fruit about traditional Hispanic-American crafts during the Mango Street Fair on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Huntington North High School. Spanish level 3 and 4 students presented the fair for English students who are currently reading "The House on Mango Street," which has a Hispanic-American setting.


Local Eagles Lodge to host poker tournaments

The Eagles Lodge 823 in Huntington will be host to the World Tavern Poker Tournaments every Saturday, starting Oct. 27.

Tournaments will be held at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The tournaments are free and open to the public to adults 21 years and older. Players can receive an extra poker chip for arriving 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Based on qualification, there are four levels of competition available, Tavern Championship, Tournament of Champions, Regionals and finally, Nationals, which is usually held in either Las Vegas or Atlantic City.


Huntington University negotiating with Peoria, AZ, for branch campus possibility

The city of Peoria, AZ, has entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Huntington University to explore the development of a branch campus in the Phoenix suburb.

The measure, approved by the Peoria city council on Oct. 9, comes after the Peoria's Economic Development Services Office recruited the university.


Salamonie offers owl program

Preschool-age children and their parents and guardians are invited to learn about owls at Salamonie Preschool on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

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.

Each Salamonie Preschool program has a nature theme and is designed to enhance the preschooler's basic education. Activities include learning the alphabet, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors.

There is a program fee per child.


That time again

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The United Way Marketing Committee and Pacesetter companies are gearing up for this year's Prize Basket Bingo that will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at St Peter's First Community Church. Shown with several of the donated items from local businesses to be put into the prize baskets are (from left) Satin Lemon of First Federal Savings Bank, Beth Stevens of Pathfinder Services, Erin Carter of Bippus State Bank, Cindy Gray of Horace Mann Education Center, JoDeane Knowles of Teachers Credit Union and Sue Rumple of Beacon Credit Union.


Flint Springs to serve dinner Thursday

An all-you-can-eat chicken and noodle dinner will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Flint Springs Elementary School gymnasium and cafeteria.

In addition to chicken and noodles, the menu also includes whipped potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, cookie and beverage.

There is a cost for the dinner per adult, with a discount for children 4 to 12 years old. Children 3 and under are free of charge.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit Flint Springs Elementary Scholarship Fund.

The school is located at 1360 E. Tipton St., Huntington.


Compassion Spirit Awards at Huntington Catholic School

Each month, "Spirit Awards" are given to students from each class at Huntington Catholic School who display Christ-like behavior. The awards for October were given on Friday, Oct. 5, after the all-school liturgy.


Respect Spirit Awards at Huntington Catholic School

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Each month, "Spirit Awards" are given to students from each class at Huntington Catholic School who display Christ-like behavior. The awards for October were given on Friday, Oct. 5, after the all-school liturgy.


Birthday Books for Huntington Catholic School

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Huntington Catholic School has a unique way of receiving new books for its libraries. During the month of a student's birthday, parents may send in a donation for the purchase of a book. A label is placed in the front of the book with the student's name on it. That student reads the book first and then it is placed in the library for other students to check out.


Salamonie Lake to host rabbit hunt for youth

Salamonie Lake and the Indiana Beaglers Alliance will host a youth rabbit hunt Oct. 27.

The hunt will start at 7 a.m. at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. Hunters will be in the field until noon.

The hunt is for youths between 11 and 17 years old.

A free lunch will be provided for the youth hunters, adult mentors and dog handlers, followed by a wildlife cleaning instructional session.

Each youth will have a private mentor to supervise and assist him or her. Parents are also encouraged to accompany the youth, but it's not mandatory.


Quayle Ctr. to hold its ‘Blingo’ Night on Nov. 8

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center's Annual Designer "Blingo" Night will be held on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Catholic School auditorium, located adjacent to SS. Peter and Paul Church, Huntington.

For a donation, participants will be able to play 20 games. Each Bingo game's winner will receive either a designer purse or jewelry.
The doors open at 6 p.m.

Light snack foods will be available for purchase. The evening will also feature a raffle as well as silent auction items.


Seeking nominations for Miller accolade

The Huntington County Historical Society announces that nominations are being sought for the Virginia Miller award.

The award is presented to a person or persons who have made significant contributions to preserve Huntington County history.

Nominations can be sent to the Huntington County Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington, IN 46750 or dropped off at the museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., on Wednesdays and Fridays or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information call 356-4218. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 26.



Pathfinder Community Recognition Dinner Nov. 3

Pathfinder Services will hold its annual Community Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Huntington University.

The dinner's keynote speaker is Rachel Simon.

Simon is the award-winning author of six books, including "The Story of Beautiful Girl" and "Riding The Bus with My Sister," and frequently speaks on issues related to diversity and disability.


Wilson named Optimist of the Year

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Jim Wilson has been named Optimist of the Year by the Huntington Optimist Club.

Wilson, a Marion native, graduated from Richmond High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He worked in Muncie for four years while studying for his Master of Arts in business and economics.

Wilson came to Huntington in 1968 when he was hired to teach in the business department at Huntington College. He also coached the school's baseball team, earning 12 conference championships and earning NAIA Coach of the Year honors for Area VI in 1974.


HCTPL to host pumpkin contest

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will sponsor a pumpkin decorating contest, open to individuals, families, groups and clubs of all ages.

Decorated pumpkins may be brought to the Huntington main library, 255 W. Park Drive in Huntington, or the Markle branch library, 197 E. Morse St., Markle, between Oct. 19 and Oct. 23.

Pumpkins should not be carved, but can be decorated with markers, paints, yarn, cloth, hats and other items.


Schenk recognized at recent ISP ceremony

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Indiana State Police Master Trooper Larry Schenk, of rural Roanoke, was one of five troopers honored at an ISP Recognition and Awards Ceremony.

Schenk has worked as a trooper in Huntington County, along with parts of Whitley and Allen counties, for 30 years.

Schenk and Sgt. Aaron Cook of Whitley County,were recognized for their actions during a shooting on July 12, 2009.

Schenk, a trooper for 32 years, says in his entire career he had never been in a shoot-out before that day.


HNHS athletes and HU students both benefit from joint venture

Huntington University, in collaboration with Huntington North High School, launched a new internship opportunity this fall for exercise science students at the university.

The internship is designed to help students who are specifically interested in the area of strength and conditioning, explains Matthew Ruiz, professor of exercise science at HU.

University students will work with sports teams at the high school during the teams' off-seasons.


Buddy L history

Photo by Andre. B. Laird

Dwight and Ann Ericsson will present a program on Buddy L Toys on Nov. 14, at the Huntington Historical Museum. Ann Ericsson's grandfather, Fred Lundahl, invented the toy line and named it after her father, Arthur (in picture), whom he referred to as "Buddy." Attendees are invited to bring their Buddy L toys to the presentation.


City church to sponsor Fall Fest

Christian Life Tabernacle, 943 Swan St., Huntington, will hold a free Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 7 p.m.

The community is invited to attend.

The evening will include a soup and chili cook-off, a dessert bake-off, hayrides, games and prizes, a bonfire and food.



Concert to feature HU music students

The Huntington University Department of Music presents the first All-Area Music Student Recital of the year on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.

The recital will take place in the Longaker Recital Hall inside the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The recital will feature a variety of music majors and minors in vocal and instrumental solo or chamber music performances.

It is free and open to the public.




Photo by Andre. B. Laird

Jan Pauley (left) talks with Dawn Stanley, of Helping Paws Pet Haven, at Barktoberfest on Saturday,Oct. 13, at Hier's Park. The event featured seven rescues showcasing adoptable animals and a wealth of pet-related products.


College Park to have 'Round-up Carnival'

College Park Church will have a "Round-Up Carnival" on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The carnival will be held inside the church's Family Life Center (gymnasium).

Activities for youth include the Santa Fe train, inflatable moon shot toss, inflatable obstacle course for younger children, candy prizes and numerous other carnival games.

Every adult and child will win a drawing prize.

There is no charge and the carnival is open to the public.

For more information, contact Janet at 358-7042.



Hog roast, auction and more Oct. 13 to benefit Eric Nelson

A hog roast and auction benefit for local cancer patient Eric "Butch" Nelson will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Hier's Park Community Building in Huntington.

Activities will start at 8:30 with an Amish bake sale. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the auction starts at 1 p.m.

There will also be a hog raffle and live music and a raffle for a 14-foot V-bottom Lowe boat and Shorelander trailer.


Bell opens restaurant delivery service

BB's Fastfood Delivery, which delivers fast food or food from any restaurant to one's door, is open for business.

Owner Brian Bell, of Huntington, says he was inspired by a similar business in Fort Wayne.

"In Fort Wayne, they've got Waiter on the Way," he says. "I was like, ‘Maybe (I should) start something here in Huntington.' I just kept my mind to it and got stuff done and it's happening now."


‘The Diviners’ opens tonight on HNHS stage

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School will present its fall play, "The Diviners," Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 13, in the HNHS auditorium.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with tickets available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Jowaun Scher takes on the role of Buddy, a young boy who is deathly afraid of water - the result of a drowning accident that took his mother's life - but has the gift of being able to "divine," or find, water under the ground.


CROP walk

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Some of the 108 walkers representing 13 churches participate in the Huntington County CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7. The annual three-mile walk was held simultaneously in Huntington and Warren and raised $7,000 to help hungry people around the world and in Huntington County. The walk supports Love INC and the Warren Pantry in Huntington County and the hunger-fighting efforts of Church World Service.


HU Auxiliary seeks donations for fund-raiser rummage sale Oct. 19-20

The Huntington University Women's Auxiliary will hold its 22nd annual garage sale benefit on Friday, Oct. 19, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. until noon.

The sale will be held at the Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Center fieldhouse on the Huntington University campus.

Proceeds will be used to help fund the purchase of counter stools for the Baker Hall and Roush Hall lounges.

Donations will be accepted at the fieldhouse on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 19, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.


HU royalty

Huntington University seniors Andrew Malloy (left), of New Palestine, and Samantha Brown, of Huntington, were named homecoming king and queen Friday evening, Oct. 5. Senior attendants were Zen Hess, of Andrews; Chelsea Harshfield, of Bellefontaine, OH; Abby Wise, of Frankfort, IL; Lance Wood, of Waterville, OH; Sarah Wolfe, of Kalamazoo, MI; and John Krabbe, of Crystal Lake, IL.


Huntington University students will serve children in Cincinnati

Twelve Huntington University students will travel to Cincinnati, OH, to work at the Wesley Chapel Mission Center Oct. 12-16.

The fall break trip is sponsored by the Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service, a campus organization dedicated to service and volunteering. While in Cincinnati, the HU group will work with children who are homeless or from unstable homes.

Participating students are Karen Bollenbacher and Liz Smith, both of Berne; Esther Kaufman, of Grabill; Timeca Brown, of the Bahamas; Danielle Lowden, of Spencerville.


Matheny retires from state police position

Indiana State Police Sgt. Thomas E. Matheny, of Huntington County, has retired from the ISP.

Matheny graduated from Huntington North High School in 1981 and attended the University of Evansville for three years before being accepted to the 42nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in 1984.


Local florists add finishing touches at Housewalk

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Local florists have created custom designs to accent the four homes included on the Tri Kappa Housewalk, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 6 p.m.

Town and Country Flowers, Gifts and Interiors is providing arrangements for the homes of Mike and Stacy Haggerty, 8663S-200E, Warren, and Shawn and Michelle Haupert, 5659N-900W, Andrews.


Food distribution Oct. 18 in Andrews

The Shepherd's Food Pantry, in Andrews, will hold a food distribution on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Boxes of food will be available for Andrews area residents and will be handed out between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 39 W. McKeever St., Andrews.

No appointment is necessary. Boxes of food will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.



Honoring a friend

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rev. Richard Strick (right) dedicates a new sign and planter at Love INC, 715 Byron St., Huntington, in honor of the late Bill Fetrow, who served as the agency's executive director from 2008 until his death in 2011. With Strick is Fetrow's widow, Anne Fetrow. Strick serves as president of the Love INC board of directors. Tours of the facility were offered during an open house held prior to the dedication ceremony.


State fair competitors

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Five members of the Huntington County 4-H horse and pony program competed at the Indiana State Fair in August.


Healing Waters to host gospel sing Oct. 13

Healing Waters Church, in Majenica, will sponsor a benefit gospel sing on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Featured singers are Restoration, Paul and Linda Schmucker and Larry and Lisa Harel.

A free-will offering will be accepted and proceeds will benefit Teresa Thornsberry Speheger.

Speheger, the mother of three teen boys, successfully fought breast cancer five years ago. Six months ago, cancer was found in her liver.

For informaiton, call 375-3769.



Love INC starting its Adopt-A-Family

Love INC, of Huntington, is beginning its Christmas Adopt-A-Family program by pairing community members, churches, business or individuals with families in need to provide them with Christmas gifts and a Christmas meal.

Groups or individuals can help Love INC serve families in need by adopting a family this Christmas, donating new and gently used clean toys, giving food items, providing funds or volunteering time. Volunteers help sort toys, make gift selections and help wrap gift items.


‘Holiday Spirit’ bazaar at Warren UCC

The Warren United Church of Christ will host a "Holiday Spirit" bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Along with homemade noodles and apple dumplings, a deli of offerings will be available, including homemade pies, jellies and salsa.

Handmade crafts items will also be available in the Christmas Craft Room.

Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The church is located at the corner of Second and Wayne streets in Warren.



Fire Prevention Week

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters signs a proclamation on Monday, Oct. 8, recognizing Oct. 7 to Oct. 13 as Fire Prevention Week. On hand for the signing were several representatives from the Huntington Fire Department, including (standing, from left) Tony Hensel, assistant chief; Kevin Close, lieutenant; David Teusch, firefighter; Leon Hurlburt, fire marshal; Tim Albertson, fire chief; John Brewer, firefighter; and Matt Armstrong, lieutenant.


Pleasant Chapel UMC to have rally day, homecoming

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church will have its annual rally day and homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Rev. Wes Brookshire will be the guest speaker during the 10 a.m. service.

Special music will be provided by Jacob and Hannah Rupert.

A carry-in lunch will be served following the service.

The church is located at 1100N-100E, Huntington.



Warren Scouts to hold open house, yard sale, bake sale Saturday

The Warren Cub Scout Pack 3122 and Boy Scout Troop 122 will hold an open house, yard sale and bake sale on Saturday, Oct.13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Warren Scout cabin.

The community is invited to see the renovations to the cabin, enjoy light refreshments and shop for baked goods.

The cabin is located at 9786 S. Scout Cabin Rd., Warren.



Boys & Girls Club, Warren site, to hold hog roast fund-raiser Thursday

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County's Warren site will hold its second annual hog roast fund-raiser on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Warren Sportsman's Club.

The menu includes pulled pork prepared by Wendell Bradford of the Hog Roasters, barbecue sauce, sauerkraut, baked beans, chips, applesauce and cookies. Carry-outs will be available.

Tickets can be purchased at iAB Financial Bank (formerly MarkleBank), East of Chicago and Citizens Telephone, all in Warren.


Vikes to march for community

The Huntington North High School marching band will present its 2012 competition show in a free community performance on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Kriegbaum Field.

The show begins at 7 p.m. and is expected to last less than an hour.

The show theme is "Madgic" - magic in a mad world - and includes band members coming out of a hat. Performers change uniform colors mid-show.

The new uniforms worn by the band represent a $40,000 outlay made possible by a community fund-raising effort.


Proclaiming life

Photo by Andre. B. Laird

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters signs a proclamation designating October as Respect Life Month. With him is the Rakoczy family including (from left) Chris, son Lukas and Rebekah Rakoczy. The proclamation was signed on Tuesday, Oct. 2.


Quilting class will begin Oct. 11 at New Hope

New Hope Church will offer a seven-week class on quilting starting Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Rose Hughes will be the instructor for the class. There is a cost for the class and materials are an additional expense.

For more information contact Hughes at 356-8087 or the church office at 356-0870.

The church is located at 2001 Engle St.



CFS will offer help with heat

Community and Family Services is now making appointments for residents who want to apply for help in paying their heating bills.

To make an appointment or for more information, call the local Community and Family Services office at 356-1098.
The Energy Assistance Program begins Nov. 5.

Households meeting income eligibility requirements can receive a one-time credit on heat and electric bills.


Coming down

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A crew from the Huntington Street Department works on removing a tree from in front of the Condit Street fire station on Thursday, Oct. 4. Several trees were removed from around the building to make way for a new truck bay. The Condit Street station is being expanded as the city of Huntington consolidates three fire stations down to two, closing the downtown station at the City Building on Cherry Street. The Neighborhood Recreation Center, which adjoins the Condit Street station, will be repurposed as administrative offices for the Huntington Fire Department.


First Nazarene will host blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Oct. 20 at the First Church of the Nazarene gymnasium.

The church is located at 1555 Flaxmill Rd., in Huntington.
To schedule an appointment to donate 800-733-2767 or visit redcross for more information.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.


Roanoke Friends of the Library make donation

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Paul Hart (left) and Brian Secor (second from left), members of the Roanoke Friends of the Library, present a $15,000 donation to Lee Weiss (third from left), vice president of the Roanoke Public Library Board, and Jerry Anderson (right), a library trustee. The contribution will be used to purchase items to be used in the library's new location and includes significant gifts from Charles and Alice Hinton and Mary Schenkel. Charles Hinton was a long-time principal at Roanoke High School and Schenkel is a long-time resident and business owner.


HU staffers Francka and Duffer earn peer honors

The Huntington University Peer Award recipients for October are Shelly Francka, director of the adult degrees program, and Melissa Duffer, adjunct instructor in theater and resident choreographer.

The Peer Award, initiated in 2003, promotes recognition of the outstanding efforts of Huntington University faculty and staff members. Award winners are chosen and recognized each month by their peers.

Francka was recognized by Dr. Michael Cook, associate professor of counseling, because of her leadership in the adult program.


Church basketball league forming

The Huntington County Church Basketball League is seeking participants for its second season of play.

All churches are invited to enter teams of at least five players. Individuals are also welcome. The co-ed league is open to players ages 14 and older.

The registration deadline is Oct. 19, and the season starts Oct. 25.

For more information, contact Dathen Strine at 765-716-5432 or Justin Miller at 402-540-8948, or email



Paper Artisans to host day-long scrapbooking event

The Paper Artisans, a Huntington County Extension Homemakers club, will hold a scrapbooking and card-making event on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park. 

The event includes a day full of scrapbooking and card making as well as shopping and learning new techniques.


Former factory site is featured on Tri Kappa Housewalk

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The large brick building at the edge of Roanoke's downtown was once deemed vital to the country's success in World War II.

Now home to several small businesses - and the future home of the Roanoke Public Library - the reborn building popularly known as "the coil factory" will be open to visitors during the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The building, currently owned by brothers Pete and Tim Eshelman, dates from the early 1900s, when it was part of the Wasmuth family's hardware and agricultural implement business. By the 1930s, it was empty.


Banks invites Hoosier students to help celebrate Indiana’s birthday

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State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, invites local fourth-grade students to celebrate Indiana's 196th birthday by entering the annual Statehood Day essay contest and answering the question, "What does Indiana mean to you?" before Oct. 29.

Local fourth-grade classrooms are also invited to attend Statehood Day celebrations in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Space is limited and classrooms must be registered.

Teachers can contact Capitol Tour Office Coordinator Jennifer Hodge at 317-233-5293 or jhodge@ to sign up.


Clear Creek Church plans homecoming

Clear Creek Community Church will hold its homecoming celebration on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m.

Christian musician Andrew Moser will provide musical entertainment, which will be followed by a carry-in potluck dinner in the church basement.

The celebration is open to the public.

The church is located at 750 N. Clear Creek Rd., Huntington.



Crossroad Connections offers paper recycling sites

Crossroad Connections now has two PaperGator recycle units available for recycling of paper products.

One unit is stationed in the parking lot of Crossroad Connections office building located at 11 W. State St., Huntington.

The second is located in the Andrews Dairy Store parking lot on Main Street in Andrews.

Newsprint, junk mail, telephone books, magazines and any other paper product may be disposed of in these units. No cardboard is accepted.

Hosting these recycle units will help to raise funds for Crossroad Connections.



Students can test math skills in competition at USF

The University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, will host the state's only American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 on Nov. 13 in the Doermer Family Center for Health Science Education.

First administered in 1950, the AMC 8's purpose is increasing interest in mathematics and science and developing problem-solving ability through a series of friendly mathematics competitions for students in grades five through eight.


Medical screenings and information offered in Healthy Steps at PHH

Parkview Huntington Hospital will present Healthy Steps on Oct. 20 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Free screenings, imaging services, medical information booths and lab tests and services will be offered during the event.

Free screenings include bone density, hearing, vision, body fat analysis, breathing assessment, foot screening and skin cancer screening.

Lab tests, offered at a fee, include fasting blood chemistry 17, CRP ultra sensitive blood test, hemogram blood test, hemoglobin A1C, PSA blood test and vitamin D bone health.


Anderson graduates from AF basic training

Air National Guard Airman Matthew J. Anderson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


PAL to host youth fishing derby on Oct. 21

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The Police Athletic League Fishing Derby will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the PAL pond, located on the PAL grounds at 2099 Riverside Drive, in Huntington.


Soil and Water Conservation District to meet Oct. 16 in Huntington office

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the district office.

Due to farming season, those planning to attend are asked to contact the office to confirm that there will be a quorum to hold the meeting.

The meeting is open to the public.

The district office is located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.



Harvest 2012

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Eric Cobbs combines corn on a gray day on CR 200E in Huntington County on Wednesday, Oct. 3.


Junior Leaders to elect officers at Oct. 11 meeting

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet Thursday, Oct. 11, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

The main item of business will be the election of officers for the 2013 4-H club year. Officer positions include president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, news reporter, health and safety officer, historian/photographer and recreation leader.

Any 4-H member in grade seven or above who is interested in serving in an elected officer position must complete a Junior Leader officer application form prior to the Oct. 11 meeting.


Halloween 5K will include Mummy Walk

Running enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy their hobby and celebrate Halloween at the same time - if they participate in the Fright Night 5K Run on Oct. 27 starting at 4:30 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.

Race day registration will start at 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Huntington Rotary Club, the event will feature a 5K race and one-mile "Mummy Walk."

Joe Santa, member of the 5K planning committee, says the event has been in the works for some time.


Chili chefs can enter best bowls in cook-off

The Huntington County Council on Aging will host a Chili Cook-Off fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The cook-off will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at 1450 W. Park Dr. in Huntington, the future location of the council's Senior Center.

For a donation, attendees may taste an unlimited amount of chili and vote for their favorite dish.

Hot dogs, chips and brownies will be available for purchase.

Participants in the cook-off should set up on Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.


HU alumnus of the year

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (center), who earned degrees from Huntington University in 1981 and 1987, accepts the university's 2012 alumnus of the year award during a ceremony held Saturday, Oct. 6, as part of the HU Homecoming and Family Weekend. Behind Fetteers are HU President Dr. G. Blair Dowden (left) and HU Alumni Director Margaret Roush.


Distingusihed alumni honor

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dr. David Nicholls, an Ohio pastor who graduated from Huntington University in 1974, accepts the school's 2012 distingushed alumni award during a Huntington University homecoming ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 6. Behind Nicholls are HU President Dr. G. Blair Dowden (left) and HU Alumni Director Margaret Roush.



Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Vintage cars and hot rods are lined up, hoods open for inspection, during the Kroozinationals Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Hier's Park.


Norfolk Southern Corporation working on Huntington railroad crossings

Photo by André B. Laird.

A Norfolk Southern Corporation worker operates a bulldozer at the railroad crossing on LaFontaine Street on Thursday, Oct. 4. Repairs are being made to the track there and also at the crossings located at Briant Street and Grayston Avenue, which are both expected to be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 9, weather permitting.


YFC officials to address parents

The Youth for Christ organization will hold a meeting for parents on Thursday, Oct. 4, to discuss the recent arrest of a former Campus Life director on federal child pornography charges.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Larry Lance, executive director of Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ, says in a letter to parents that YFC representatives want to "respond to your concerns, connect you with helpful information and resources, and to work together with you to ensure students' safety."


Huntington County Hometown Improvement to be featured at foundation

The Huntington County Hometown Improvement (HCHI) will discuss its vision and its action steps to help build Huntington County during the first Huntington University Foundation breakfast of the year on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

HCHI is a volunteer organization designed to help the community grow and thrive. HCHI's primary goal is to develop unified vision and action steps for the county based on the following five pillars: leadership, entrepreneurism, family economic success, youth and philanthropy.


Fourth generation joins Smith Furniture as it hails 70 years

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A family business is celebrating the beginning of its 70th year at the same time it welcomes a fourth generation into the fold.

"The business was ingrained in me," says Jordan Smith.

Smith recently joined his dad, Ed Smith, and his grandfather, Robert "Bob" Smith, at Smith Furniture - a downtown Huntington business founded by Jordan's great-grandfather, Everett Smith, in 1943.

The store, first located on Warren Street and offering used furniture, came about at the suggestion of Everett's wife, Lillie, according to family history.


HU Foundation recognizes Pathfinder Services

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Pathfinder Services is the recipient of the Huntington University Foundation's 2012 Distinguished Service Award.

The Huntington University Foundation established this award in 2002 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the principles associated with the mission of the university, make significant contributions to the Huntington County community and serve as effective role models for students.

Pathfinder Services, founded in 1966, has a goal of creating a community in which all people are valued and accepted.


Housewalks includes Hauperts’ Andrews home

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Shawn and Michelle Haupert will open the doors of their rural Andrews home to visitors on Sunday, Oct. 14, during the Tri Kappa Housewalk.

The Haupert house, one of five sites on the tour, is home to the Hauperts, their three young daughters and a pole barn full of goats - a daddy-daughter project that next year will become the oldest daughter's 4-H project.

The home overlooks a pond bordered by the driveway.

The foyer leads to a dining room and living room, all showing the interior design touch of Michelle, an obstetrical nurse at Lutheran Hospital.


Raising the wall for Habitat

Photo by André B. Laird.

Lyn Weaver, of the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity, instructs a group of volunteers in lifting a wall during a Habitat build on Saturday, Sept. 29. The group conducted a four-day build on Green Hill Court through Wednesday, Oct. 3.


Boys & Girls Club named business of the month for October

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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County has been named business of the month for October by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. With the banner are (front row, from left) Mandy Reber, executive director of the club; club members Haile Putt, Zander Mason, Alanna Ruelas and Robbie Tilden; and Chamber Ambassador Terry Miller; (second row, from left) club members Marissa Owens, Emalee Miser, Carly Collens and Zachary Arivett; and (back row from left) Chamber Ambassadors Paula Whiting, Brittany Scheiber, Misty Harrison, Michelle Crone and Davin Smith.


Pathfinder Kids Kampus is selling Gold Canyon Candles as fund-raiser

Pathfinder Kids Kampus is selling Gold Canyon Candles as a fund-raiser through Friday, Oct. 5.

The candles are available in 15 fragrances.

To order online, visit Candles may also be purchased at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, 435 Campus St., Huntington.

For more information, email Vicki Korreckt at



LU spreads the word

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Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) explains to Huntington Police Chief E.J. Carroll the background of the bright yellow scooter named "LU" he was riding around town. "LU' is an acronym for Live United, the United Way theme, and is being used by the United Way of Huntington County to raise awareness of the organization's fund-raising campaign.


Pacesetter succes

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Huntington Sheet Metal employees (from left) Matt Rife, Don Zoch, Jeremy Johnson, Tom Rose and Ronda Smelter represented their co-workers in presenting more than $12,000 to the United Way of Huntington County. The business was one of the United Way Pacesetters, running its fund-raising campaign in advance of the county-wide campaign.


Courthouse employees have tasty fund-raiser

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Huntington County Courthouse employees (from left) Erika Devine, Joy Campbell, Candice Moore and Brenda Hamilton prepare to serve up Nick's Kitchen tenderloins for lunch on Thursday, Sept. 27. The tenderloin lunch raised funds for the United Way of Huntington County.


Miami Tool and Die raises $5,000 for United Way

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Employees of Miami Tool and Die pose with LU, the bright yellow scooter that is a symbol of the Huntington County United Way fund-raising campaign, after turning over more than $5,000 they raised for the United Way. The company was one of the United Way's Pacesetters, running its campaign in advance of the county-wide campaign. The employees celebrated with pizza and a round of cornhole.


Lincoln Elementary School family morning walk

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the Lincoln Elementary School family cross the school's driveway as they complete a one-mile walk to school from Hier's Park. Students, parents and teachers met at Hier's Park, where they were joined by officials from the city, county and the school corporation, for an early-morning walk to school on Friday, Sept. 28. The walk is an annual event at Lincoln in observance of national Walk to School Month.


Cozy conversation

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Girl Scout Megan Baker holds a stuffed toy as she talks about "things that are cozy" during a Story Time session on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Roanoke Public Library. The children are seated on "sit-upons" Baker made for the library in order to earn a Silver Award, the highest award available to a Girl Scout Cadette.


Reading is fun

Photo by André B. Laird.

Roanoke Elementary School students Ashley Schwieterman (second from left) and Grant Beckner read to their respective grandparents, Mary Schwieterman and Julie Richardson, during Grandparents/VIP Day at the school on Friday, Sept. 28. The day included craft time, reading sessions and photos with grandparents.


BSB employees wait tables for United Way

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Employees of Bippus State Bank pose during their stint as wait staff at Pizza Hut, one of several fund-raisers held by BSB for the United Way of Huntington County. The bank was one of the United Way's Pacesetter companies, raising more than $9,000 for the United Way in advance of the general fund-raising campaign. Serving as wait staff at Pizza Hut were (front row from left) Erin Carter, Meghan Kline, Jenn Hanson, Gaye Krumanaker and Eric Fawcett; and (back row from left) Jeana McElhaney, Marla Johnson, Dawn Downs, Cathy Johnson, Susie Ray and Ryan Warner.


Pink Out

Photo by Steve Clark.

Al Sims (center), representing Cancer Services for Huntington County, stands with a check presented to him by Trent Fine, head coach of the Huntington North High School varsity football team, on Friday, Sept. 28 as a part of Pink Out 2012. Pictured are (from left) Micky Herr, Sims, Lauren Johnson and Larissa Johnson.


Plow Day

Photo by Steve Clark.

Nolan Hibbert plows a field in Roanoke with his tractor during the Ageless Iron Plow Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.


Huntington, Markle libraries offer reading sessions with canine listeners

Huntington City-Township and Markle Public libraries are once again offering the Paws-to-Read programs for reluctant readers.

The mission of the program is to improve the literacy skills of children with the assistance of registered canine reading companions in a fun and relaxed environment.

In Paws-to-Read, children ages 6-12 participate in one-on-one sessions in which they practice reading aloud to trained therapy dogs.

This program is being offered by the Huntington City-Township Public Library in partnership with Canine Companion.

Session dates are:


Rescues for adoption, wealth of info to be featured at Barktoberfest

Seven rescues showcasing adoptable animals and a wealth of pet-related products will be featured at Barktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hier's Park.

Barktoberfest is sponsored by Lilly Bear's Rescue, based in Warren.

It will follow a vaccination clinic sponsored by Dr. Kerrick A. Deardorff and Riverside Veterinary Clinic, of Warren, which will benefit Lilly Bear's Rescue. The vaccination clinic for dogs and cats will also be held at Hier's Park. Appointments for the vaccinations must be made in advance by calling 530-6483.


Local Marine surprises family with homecoming

Photo by Steve Clark.

Cpl. Nick Middaugh, of Huntington, checked out of the United States Marine Corps two weeks ago and returned home to surprise family and friends on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The surprise occurred at Applebee's, in Huntington, where Nick's parents, Rick and Brenda Middaugh, were gathered with family friends, under the impression that they were there for a free meal.

Family friends Bob and Dawn Blubaugh were present and worked with the younger Middaugh to coordinate the surprise.


Pulling weeds at Community Garden

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Volunteer Jan Boroff pulls weeds at the Community Garden located next to Huntington North High School. The garden, maintained by the Purdue Extension office of Huntington, was in need of some maintenance on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Susan Miller of the extension office says tons of food is still available at the garden, which is open on Mondays and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.


First Federal announces new staff member, promotion at city branch

First Federal Savings Bank has announced the addition of Donnie Haire to its staff as a mortgage and consumer lender and the promotion of Tara Hunnicutt to mortgage loan processing clerk.

Both will work at the North Jefferson Street office in Huntington.

Haire holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and has 15 years of banking experience. He currently resides in Angola with his wife, Julie, and their two sons. They are members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Angola.


Central Christian to sponsor fish fry

Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington, will hold an all-you-can-eat Dan's Fish and Tenderloin supper on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu includes meat, green beans, choice of applesauce or slaw, bread, drinks and pie with ice cream.

Tickets are available in advance from church members or by calling the church office at 356-8154.

Tickets will also be available at the door, and a drive-through carry-out will be available at the canopy door.

The dinner is sponsored by the church's evangelism department.



Salon has new nail tech

Heather McFarren has joined Create-A-Kut as a nail technician.

McFarren, a 2001 graduate of Huntington North High School, graduated from Huntington Beauty College in 2012.

She is accepting walk-ins on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Services are available by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Create-A-Kut is located at 495 Bowen Park Ave. To make an appointment, call 356-9897.



Vendors sought for church craft show

New Hope United Brethren Church will hold a craft show on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The show will be held in the church's Family Life Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interested vendors can reserve a space, which includes two eight-foot tables, by depositing a non-refundable fee. Direct sales consultants are welcome. The registration deadline is Oct. 8.

For information, call the church at 356-0870 and leave a message.

The show is sponsored by the New Hope Women's Ministry Team.

The church is located at 2001 Engle St., Huntington.



Haunted Hotel guests will be kept in the dark

Photo by Steve Clark.

Nyctophobia, the fear of the dark, is the theme for Thursdays this month at the Haunted Hotel-13th Floor in Huntington.

On Thursdays only, lights will be shut off and groups of two to three people will proceed through the hotel with only a small flashlight to light the way.

"It's a first for the area," says Manager Brett Molitor.

The event will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 31.


Mt. Etna United Methodist bazaar is on Oct. 27

Mt. Etna United Methodist Church's annual Food and Craft Bazaar will be held on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Some of this year's offerings include Tastefully Sinful, greeting cards, Miche bags, wood crafts, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, candles, pet toys, doll clothes, craft supplies from Cozy Creations from Marion, stoneware and more.

In addition, the United Methodist women will sell their homemade pies, noodles, soup and many other baked goods. There will also be pumpkin rolls that may be frozen and kept for Thanksgiving.


Kroozinationals will rev up car shows, contests at Hier’s Park this weekend

Two separate Kroozinationals car shows over two days will be offered Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

The Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Memorial Car, Truck and Bike Show, paying tribute to the late custom car artist Ed Roth, is set for Saturday. Roth's widow, Ilene "Trixie" Roth, will be a guest at the show.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dash plaques will be awarded to the first 250 vehicles to pay the entry fee. Drive-through judging starts at 10 a.m.


Korea vets to meet in Fort Wayne

The monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One, will be held on Oct. 13 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post located at 2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m., with lunch and social hour to be held following the meeting.

Friends and spouses are invited to attend.



Wyss, Griffiths re-elected to Indiana Soybean Alliance board

Don Wyss, of Wells County, and Thomas Griffiths, of Noble County, have been elected to second terms on the Indiana Soybean Alliance board of directors.

Wyss and Griffiths represent District 2, which includes Huntington County.

Their new terms begin in September.

The board helps direct Indiana Soybean Alliance programs designed to promote the success of the soybean industry in Indiana.



Performing for schoolchildren

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Nick Scheiber (left) and Josh Kesler perform a scene from "The Orphan Train" for Huntington County schoolchildren on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Pulse Opera House in Warren. Students in grades five and up from Riverview, Andrews and Roanoke and several homeschoolers were in attendance as part of the theater's offering of two shows a year with youth in the cast for schools.


Top reader

Gaige Robin (second from left), a student at Crestview Middle School, read more than 54 books during the 2012 Summer Reading Olympics, making him one of the top 100 readers in the national program. With him are (from left) Crestview Principal Charles Werth; Trace Hinesley, director of special programs for the Huntington County Community School Corporation; and Brad Ludlow, assistant principal at Crestview.


Groups team up to encourage more recycling

Photo by Steve Clark.

In an effort to help encourage residents to clean up and recycle household waste tires, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners, the Huntington Landfill and Huntington County Solid Waste Management District will be working together to offer all residents of Huntington County an opportunity to recycle tires and Freon-containing items free of charge.


PCC to host four-week financial wellness seminars

Pathfinder Community Connections, the community development division of Pathfinder Services, will host a four-week series of financial wellness seminars beginning in October.
Workshops will be held at Pathfinder Community Connections, located at 2824 Theater Ave., in Huntington, on four Wednesdays beginning Oct. 3.
The same series will be offered at the Pathfinder Community Connections office at 3326 S. Calhoun St., Suite 102, Fort Wayne, on four Thursdays beginning Oct. 16.


Christian authors to discuss upcoming election Oct. 9 at HU

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Two evangelical Christian authors who hold widely different political views will discuss politics and the upcoming election on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at Huntington University.

Lisa Sharon Harper and Dr. David Innes will discuss their recent book, "Left, Right, and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics." They will take questions from the audience.


Roanoke Brethren Church offers free dinner

The Roanoke Brethren Church continues to host a free community dinner on the second Tuesday of each month.

The next meal will be served on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

The church is also selling frozen apple dumplings, while they last.

The church is located on the corner of Main and Coe streets, in Roanoke.

Call 672-3252 for additional information.



Cuttriss inducted into Purdue honors group

Melissa Nicole Cuttriss, of Huntington, was inducted into membership in the Purdue University chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is the nation's only interdisciplinary honors organization for first and second-year college students.

Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing.



Bolens to open home for Tri Kappa Housewalk

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Bob and Abbey Bolen will open their rural Huntington home to visitors on Sunday, Oct. 14, during the Tri Kappa Housewalk.

Sitting on five and a half acres, the 4,800-square-foot home offers the Bolens and their three sons - Kyler, Brody and Bentley - room to roam.

Rich colors, arched doorways and a wrought iron and cherry wood staircase highlight the home.

The kitchen features a custom corner cupboard and matching dining table designed by Amy Lochner, of Crafts by Amy, in North Manchester.


Mobile pet adoption site

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chelsey Whitman (right), an employee at Dollar General North, in Huntington, plays with a kitten at a mobile adoption site set up by the Huntington County Humane Society outside Dollar General North on Thursday, Sept. 27. Adoptable pets were on hand for the public to meet.


New officers

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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club recently installed its new officers. Participating in the installation ceremony are (from left) Rita Dinius, installed as secretary-treasurer; Terri Edmiston, past president; Sharon Rethlake, installed as president; Carl Zinsmeister, installed as president-elect; and Wabash Valley Lt. Gov. Jim Dinius, the installing officer. Don Betterly and John Mason were installed as members of the board.


Safety Council to hear environmental services chief

Jason Morrison, director of environmental services for Concentra EHS Services, will address members of the Huntington County Safety Council at their Oct. 10 luncheon meeting.

Morrison earned a degree in environmental science from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, and has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental field. He will discuss environmental compliance reporting requirements for human resources and safety employees.


Heritage Hall again open to cool-weather walkers

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department's free seasonal walking program will begin on Monday, Oct. 1.
Heritage Hall at Hier's Park will be open to walkers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; and every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Walkers may elect to participate in the "Walk Across Indiana" program, which challenges them to walk at least 140 miles - the distance across Indiana - by the end of April.

The "Walk the Indy 500" is an even bigger challenge, asking participants to walk 500 miles by the end of April.


Junior Rotarians

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Thomas Trout (second from left) and Allyson Trout (third from left) are the Huntington Rotary Club's Junior Rotarians for October. Both are students at Huntington North High School. With them are their Rotary Club sponsors, Kevin Killen (left) and Mandy Reber (right).


PHH encouraging employees to enjoy benefits of walking

Photo by Steve Clark.

Parkview Huntington Hospital is encouraging employees and guests to "Park Farther" and enjoy the benefits of walking.

The Parkview LiVe staff, with help from the Parkview Huntington Hospital staff, spent several hours on Sept. 27 painting spots with special wording encouraging staff and visitors to park farther from buildings and increase walking for better physical fitness.

Designated spaces were painted in two large lots at the hospital, in the lot at the John B. Kay Medical Office Building and at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.


High school students get to meet college reps Oct. 9 at Manchester

High school students will get the chance to meet representatives from 45 colleges, universities and technical schools at the 2012 Wabash Regional College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The free event is open 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the North Manchester campus of Manchester University.

All students and their families are invited,. No reservations are necessary for the event in the Union, on the east side of campus.


Karing for Kids taking names for Angel Tree

Karing for Kids is accepting referrals of children to receive Christmas gifts through the organization's Christmas Angel Tree project.

Referrals must be made by a school counselor or, if the child is not yet in school, by an area social service agency.

Children must live in Huntington or Wells counties.
They must be 18 years or younger, with 18-year-olds qualifying only if they are still in high school.
The deadline for referrals is Oct. 12.


HHS Class of 1962 celebrates 50th reunion

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The Huntington High School Class of 1962 held its 50-year reunion Sept. 14 and 15.

Class members held a tailgate party and attended the homecoming football game between the Huntington North High School Vikings and the Anderson Indians on Sept. 14.
Class of '62 football players Bob Minniear, Dick Landrum, Jim Schaefer and Dave Funk, manager Bill Circle and cheerleader Penny Glass Plass were recognized before and during the game.


Benefit for Miller to be held at Monson Chapel

A hog roast and silent auction to benefit Roanoke resident Chad Miller will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Monson Chapel Sonrise United Methodist Church.

Miller is being treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Free-will donations will be accepted at the hog roast and carry-out will be available.

A DJ will provide music for the evening, which will also include a 50/50 drawing and a bike run.

Contributions to the Chad K. Miller Cancer Benefit Fund may also be dropped off at any 1st Source Bank location.


Six decades later

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Twenty-six members of the Huntington High School Class of 1952, along with 32 guests, attended their 60-year class reunion Aug. 25 at the Knights of Columbus hall on Theater Avenue.


Portion of road to close

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced a closure of Ind.-105, between Ind.-16 and Ind.-114, beginning Monday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 a.m.

The road is expected to remain closed until Friday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m., weather permitting.

The closure is due to pipe replacement in three separate locations within the project limits.



HCHI to unveal vision at Foundation breakfast

The Huntington County Hometown Improvement (HCHI) will discuss its vision and its action steps to help build Huntington County during the first Huntington University Foundation breakfast of the year on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

HCHI is a volunteer organization designed to help the community grow and thrive. HCHI's primary goal is to develop unified vision and action steps for the county based on the following five pillars: leadership, entrepreneurism, family economic success, youth and philanthropy.