Reading to future Vikings

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Abby Horn (right), a junior at Huntington North High School, reads a book she wrote and illustrated in English class titled “Leo the Lying Lion” to a group of second-grade students at Roanoke Elementary School during Future Vikings Day. This special day gave second-graders from area schools the opportunity to interact with high school students, take a tour of the high school and eat lunch as “future Vikings.”

Extension office to host 3 spring break ‘staycation’ workshops

The Huntington County Extension office will offer three Spring Break Staycation Workshops for youth in grades 3 through 12.

Participants do not have to be 4-H members to attend. The workshops will be held at the Extension Office, 1340 S. Jefferson St., Huntington, on March 26, 27 and 28.

• Monday, March 26, will be cake decorating at 2 p.m. Kids will learn the basics of cake decorating and will take home their own decorated treat.

Blood donation

Photo by Steve Clark.

Kiersten Town (right) looks on as technician Ashley James takes her blood pressure during an American Red Cross blood donation event at Evangelical United Methodist Church, in Huntington, on Monday, March 19.

The lowdown on herbs

Photo by Steve Clark.

Brandy Kalhoefer (left), a local plant grower and seller, leads a do-it-yourself herb garden workshop at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Monday, March 19. Kalhoefer taught attendees how they can keep small herb gardens in their homes.

Parkview Huntington holding Healthy Steps on April 14

For fans of Healthy Steps, Parkview Huntington Hospital’s (PHH) semi-annual wellness fair, April typically means getting necessary lab testing done at a reduced rate. The spring event will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 7 to 11 a.m., in the hospital lobby and lower level.

While lab testing is one of the centerpieces of the event, Healthy Steps offers much more to help area residents create a healthier lifestyle.

Northwest Elementary School names 3rd quarter perfect attendance students

Northwest Elementary School officials recently released the names of students with perfect attendance for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Those students are:

Haden Baumgardner, Miller Baumgardner, Emmalee Best, Levi Bilyeu, Jaxon Brooks, Haden Brown, Katelyn Burkhart, Brady Carter, Brayden Clabaugh, Walker Clark, Cale Craig, Laura Craig, Adele Cryderman and Keeley Cryderman.

Also, Melania Daugherty, Kyler Dennis, Brooklyn Esslinger, Brooklynn Estep, Mason Estep, Kiptyn Felton, Harper Forni, Lanie Foster and Caleigh Gordon.

Local Tri Kappas taking scholarship apps

Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa is currently accepting applications for both general and Laura Blackburn scholarships.

For the general category, an applicant must be a high school senior planning to graduate in the spring and continue their education at a post-secondary institution.

The Laura Blackburn Scholarship requires the applicant be a college student or high school senior planning to graduate in the spring, pursuing a career in education.

The deadline to apply is April 1.

Leprechaun trap

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Cathy Geyer’s kindergarten class at Roanoke Elementary School set up a leprechaun trap in their classroom on Friday, March 16, as part of a St. Patrick’s Day experience. Hadley Blair (left) and Emma Hill check out the trap on Monday, March 19, after it was overturned and their “leprecahun” made a clean getaway.

Hgtn. library has VR set-up for public to try out

Virtual Reality, also known as VR, is the latest trend, but it can be expensive or difficult to experience it at home. The Indiana State Library has loaned the Huntington City-Township Public Library a VR setup, and the public is invited to come try it for themselves.

Sessions will be held Saturday, April 7, from noon to 2 p.m. and Monday, April 16, from noon to 2 p.m. as well.

The setup includes a headset for complete VR immersion as well as a kit for using one’s smartphone instead.

All ages are invited.

Radio group to meet March 26

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will be held Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Cafe of Hope, 900 E. State St. in Huntington.

The public is invited.

Main Street facade program has changes

The City of Huntington, in partnership with volunteers from Main Street Huntington, has offered Main Street façade and roof grants to commercial properties in designated grant areas since 2010.

As the city prepares for the 2018 grant cycle, it has made changes to the program in response to its popularity. A newly established Commercial Façade & Roof Grant (CFRG) Program will now replace the Main Street Grant program, allowing Main Street volunteers more time to pursue other projects and state grant opportunities to enhance the downtown area.

Twin Bridge Conservation Club to host fund-raiser meal

The Twin Bridge Conservation Club is holding an “all you can eat” fish, chicken and tenderloin supper on Saturday, March 24, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meat will be prepared by Dan’s Fish Fry. Carryouts will be available.

The club is located at 6348S-600W-90, Warren.

Huntington library to host Sculpey Workshops for teens

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will host calming Sculpey Workshops for teens each Saturday in April from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Teens can come create something using just their hands and this polymer clay, then take their creations home and bake them to harden them permanently. Step away from homework, social media, and technology in general in this peaceful, hands-on “craft”ernoon session.

The Huntington Branch is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington. For more information call 356-0824.

Questa Scholars Program apps available on website through May 1

Questa Education Foundation recently announced the Questa Scholars Program application is available on its website through May 1.

Anyone considering further education could be helped by this funding.

Questa offers low-interest forgivable loans for students pursuing a certificate, associate or bachelor degree from an Indiana college or university. The program offers a unique way for a student to fund the financial “gap” in the cost of attendance.

Northwest announces third quarter honor roll students

Northwest Elementary School officials have announced honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Those honored are:

All As
Fifth grade
James Belovich, Jaxon Brooks, Sarah Crist, Adalyn Cutting, Anna Elliott, Addison Funk, William Holzinger, Wesley Hotchkiss, Karissa Kaiser, Kayva Patel, Gwyneth Penrod, Rhett Spice, Delaney Veach and Ethan Zahn.

HARTA to sponsor several local events for National Opening Day for Trails

The Huntington Area Recreation Trails Association (HARTA) will sponsor several local events to celebrate the National Opening Day for Trails on Saturday, April 7. HARTA sponsored a Zombie run last October.
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The Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA) will be sponsoring local events to celebrate the National Opening Day for Trails on Saturday, April 7.

Every year in early April, trail associations and sponsor groups use the day to mark the beginning of seasonal trail use on walking, biking and running trails throughout the United States.

HARTA will begin festivities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest section of the Erie Rail Trail at 9 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the trailhead on Gragg Street between College Avenue and Stults Road/200W.

Hard decisions

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Brianna Spurgeon (right), of Huntington and her son, Carter, 6, pick out books from the children’s section of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 17. The sale was a hit in its first hour open, with patrons filling the library’s basement in search of books and snapping up baked goods.

Huntington Catholic names honor roll students

Huntington Catholic has announced the following students who have achieved the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Fifth Grade
Kaitlynn Fowerbaugh, Penelope Harrell and Augustus Kline.

Sixth Grade
Adam Holzinger and Cordelia Richert.

Eighth Grade
Laura Hartmus, Andrea Krumanaker and Joshua Plascencia.

A’s & B’s
Third Grade
Damen Ball and Jackson Garrott.

Star performer

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Melinda Otwinowski (right), principal of Lancaster Elementary School, holds the “Star Performer” award presented to the school during the Huntington County United Way Thank You Celebration held March 14, at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene. Pictured with her is Molly Slocum, the school’s counselor. Lancaster was recognized for its creative and generous United Way campaign during the past school year.

UW campaign chair award

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Pathfinder Services Inc. and Kids Kampus received a 2017 Campaign Chair Award from the Huntington County United Way during its Thank You Celebration luncheon on March 14, held at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene. Celebrating the occasion (from left) are Amber Funk, Staci Wilkinson, Alivia Eppler, Christina West, Sheryl Glancy, all representing Pathfinder Services, and Kyle Metzger, CEO/president of the United Way.

Hicks speaks at HU

Photo by Steve Clark.

Christiana Hicks, a 2017 graduate of Huntington University, speaks at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes gathering in Platt Arena at the school on Wednesday, March 14. Hicks encouraged audience members to pursue what they’re passionate about. Currently, Hicks is a contestant on the NBC singing competition “The Voice,” using the stage name Christiana Danielle.

Beacon Credit Union to kick off Project Spotlight March 20

Beacon Credit Union will kick off its eighth annual Project Spotlight on Tuesday, March 20.

Project Spotlight is a program created by Beacon Credit Union with the hope that individuals and organizations will be inspired to reach out and serve those living and working around them. The campaign takes place in all 12 of the communities that Beacon has a full service branch located.

Love INC donation

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, of Huntington, on Tuesday, March 13, donated $500 to Love INC. On hand for the exchange are (front row from left) Karen Sandlin, auxiliary secretary, Pam Leyman, auxiliary president; Kelley Miller, Love INC food pantry coordinator; and Erin Didion, Love INC ministry coordinator; and (back row from left) Sandy Howell, auxiliary treasurer; Mary Whitesell, auxiliary senior vice; and James Kneller, auxiliary Fifth District president.

Purdue Extension offers childcare training classes for providers

Purdue Extension will offer training for childcare and preschool providers on April 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on topics focused on enlightening and entertaining the staff and children at area facilities.

Purdue Extension educators will present a workshop from the “I am Moving I am Learning” curriculum. This research-based program will allow participants to earn two hours of education towards their Paths to Quality certification.

Programs focus on school readiness, increasing activity and movement, child development and healthy eating.

Vaccination clinic fund-raiser

Canine Capers is holding its annual vaccination clinic fund-raiser on April 7 in the First Federal Savings Bank Community Building on the Huntington County Fairgrounds from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

All vaccinations are by appointment only, to ensure there are enough vaccines for all attendees. Organizers request that dogs be kept on a leash and maintained control of.

There is a fee for vaccinations, as well as other services, which include nail trimming, heartworm testing and microchipping.

Riverside Veterinary Clinic, in Huntington, is sponsoring the event.

Frischmans honored for volunteer work

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The children of Ray Vanderspool (from left), Amy Kenseth, Jeanette Snyder and Mike Vanderspool, accept the 2017 Ray Vanderspool Award on behalf of their mother, Judy Frischman and her husband, Dr. Ron Frischman. The presentation was made at the United Way Thank You Celebration held Wednesday, March 14. The Frischmans, who were unable to attend the luncheon, were honored for their volunteer work with the United Way.

United Way thanks community for big campaign outpouring

ttendees at the annual United Way Thank You Celebration held Wednesday, March 14, at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene hold up the final total of funds collected in the 2017 campaign. Pictured (from left) are Teresa Wright, Tricia Miller, Mary Lou Snyder, Heath Pinkerton, Casse Shiflett, Jessi Brown, Nick Stanley and Nancy Fecher. Campaign Chair Adam Fusselman said the amount reflects 99 percent of reaching the goal of $578,000.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Adam Fusselman was happy with the amount raised in the 2017 United Way Campaign, but he worked the crowd to make the total even better.

The $575,000 raised was only $3,000 shy of United Way’s goal of $578,000, reaching 99 percent of that goal, Fusselman, the 2017 campaign chair, told attendees at the agency’s annual thank you celebration, held Wednesday, March 14, at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene.

Rachel Ervin wears crown as Miss Warren

The 2018 Miss Warren, Rachel Ervin (center) is flanked by the Little Miss Warren winner, Nora McDaniel (left) and Junior Miss Warren, Lola Smith (right). The pageant was held March 11, in Warren.
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Rachel Ervin was crowned the 2018 Miss Warren, in a pageant held Sunday, March 11, in Warren. Lola Smith won the Junior Miss Warren title and Nora McDaniel was named Little Miss Warren.

Twenty contestants vied for the top spot in the three categories, Miss Warren (ages 14-18), Junior Miss Warren (ages 9-13) and Little Miss Warren (ages (5-8).   

The winners are:

Miss Warren
• Winner - Rachel Ervin, the daughter of Jennifer and Stan Ervin, and sponsored by East of Chicago Pizza Company.

Ind.-124 to close in April for bridge repair

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that Ind.-124 is scheduled to close for bridge rehabilitation on two bridges in Huntington County on or after Monday, April 2, weather permitting.

The road closures are scheduled to take place on two bridges on Ind.-124:

• Ind.-124 over the Salamonie River, between C.R. S. 300W and C.R. S. 350W.

• Ind.-124 over Brook Creek, between C.R. S. 200W and C.R. S 300W.

Successful rock hunt

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School special education student Reid Pickard successfully finds a painted rock in the Huntington North library on Wednesday, March 14. Special ed students enjoyed an activity that had them searching for rocks painted by a theater class at HNHS as well as candy, just as a way to have a little fun during the school day, noted theater teacher Ruth Reed.