Senior Lunch at Salamonie is Dec. 3

People age 50 and over are invited to the monthly Senior Monday Carry-in Luncheon on Dec. 3 at noon at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The interpretive center is in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area in Andrews. Visitors should note that the meal time has been changed to noon.

Huntington County Master Gardeners will lead a gourd Christmas craft session after the meal.

To register or for more information, call Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 468-2127.

Salamonie Lake is at 9214 West-Lost Bridge West, Andrews.



Monty’s Plant Food Company to offer four farm scholarships

Monty's Plant Food Company is now accepting applications from Indiana students for four $1,000 college scholarships.

The company, based in Louisville, KY, manufactures plant and soil enhancement products for the agriculture industry.

The awards will be made in conjunction with the National FFA Organization to high school seniors who are members of FFA.


Supporting the Champions at the YMCA

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Tim Allen (left), director of marketing and development at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, accepts a donation from Todd Johnson, chairman of the Tootsie Roll Drive conducted by the Huntington Knights of Columbus. The gift will support the YMCA's Champions League, which offers soccer, baseball and flag football programs for children with disabilities. The annual Tootsie Roll Drive, officially known as the Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities, raises funds to support local organizations serving people with disabilities.


Needed blood donations

Photo by André B. Laird.

Jessica Kuntz assists Steve Trainer with his blood donation on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The American Red Cross of Huntington County held a blood drive at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.


Bagging up bargains

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Volunteer Susie Dieringer (left) and store manager Carolyn Rogers (right) bag items during a recent sack sale at Covered with Love, a resale shop operated by Love INC. Approximately 80 volunteers assist with the shop, which offers clothing, shoes and other articles. The store, located at 715 Byron St., Huntington, is open Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.


Korean War Veterans to meet Dec. 8 in Fort Wayne

The Korean War Veterans Association will meet on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 857 in Fort Wayne.

Lunch will be served after the meeting. Spouses and friends are welcome to attend.

The VFW post is located at 2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne.



Christmas Care and Share

Photo by Steve Clark.

Volunteer Dixie Harrold displays some of the items donated for Huntington County Right to Life's 33rd annual Christmas Care and Share Program. This year the group will provide items for 25 children. Each child will receive numerous gift items and each family will receive wrapping materials and a grocery certificate. Donations of new gift items for children pre-born through six years of age and new wrapping materials are being accepted at the Right to Life office, 34 E. Washington St., in Huntington. For more information call 356-5933.


An early Thanksgiving

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Members of the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club dish up a Thanksgiving meal at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington on Friday, Nov. 16. The Kiwanians served 165 meals of ham, turkey and all the trimmings to club members, their families and the club staff. Working the serving line are (from left) Judy Deluca, Jim Lewis, Steve Williams, Lisa Leist, Leslie Zahm, Bob Zahm and Martin Young. Other Kiwanians helping prepare and serve the meal were Pam Lewis, Jim Dinius, Rita Dinius, Glenda Giggy, Barry Giggy, Sharon Rethlake, Kevin Amick and Ellen Amick.


Bound for Italy

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Sister Colleen Bauer (second from left), a former Roanoke resident, holds a giant boarding pass for a pilgrimage to Italy she received during a recent Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Goshen. With her are (from left) Brian Krider, representing the St. John's School Alumni Association; Rev. Anthony Steinacker, pastor of the church; and Deacon Dave Eichert. The gift was funded by donations by members of the newly-formed alumni association in honor of Bauer's 40 years of service as a religious sister and 25 years as a teacher at St.


Commissioners to hold special session Dec. 4 with AC counterparts

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold a special session on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.

The commissioners will meet with the Allen County Commissioners at Citizen Square, Room 410, 200 E. Berry St., in Fort Wayne.



Dahlia Sage offers floral services in Roanoke

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Dahlia Sage is the newest business to hit Main Street in Roanoke.

The floral shop celebrated its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 23.

Its owner, Donna Holloway, has background in fashion, visual merchandise managing, graphic arts and floral design.

She has managed two floral shops in the area, as well as created window displays for locally owned businesses in downtown Fort Wayne.


Warren RoadRunners to travel to Grabill Country Sales on Dec. 3

The Warren RoadRunners will take a trip to Grabill Country Sales on Monday, Dec. 3, for a buffet breakfast and a day of shopping.

The bulk food store offers many sizes of pre-packaged items.

Offerings include spices, soup mixes, baking supplies, dried fruit, nuts, noodles and pasta; 18 varieties of coffee beans to grind; and freshly ground peanut butter.

The deli offers sliced meat, cheese and side dishes. A Sampling Wagon has different types of food each day to sample.


Businesses fund book donations

Several area businesses have funded a program that will provide books to students at Roanoke Elementary School.

The books "The Way to Go" and "My Favorite Book," which stress moral values, will be given to students in first grade through 10 years old at Roanoke School. The books are accompanied by a parent guide and access to an interactive website.

Books sponsors are Natalie Elle Real Estate, North Star Accounting, Sweet Cinnsations, C. Stephan Trucking, Von's Automotive and Reusser Design.



Bippus returning to teaching as part of retraining effort in Malaysia

Retired Huntington County educator Stan Bippus is returning to the profession as part of a program to retrain 1,000 physical education teachers in Malaysia.

The pilot program is being conducted by the United States Sports Academy, which placed seven full-time instructors in Malaysia from June 20 through the end of December.

Bippus is among a group of 14 experienced physical education teachers taking part in a "surge" from Dec. 1 to Dec. 9.


Kids to sing for Safety Council

The Huntington County Safety Council will meet on Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Huntington University.

The group will meet in Habecker Dining Commons on the college campus.

A musical program will be presented by the children from Kids Kampus in Huntington.

For more information, contact Holly Sale, Huntington County Safety Council president, at 355-3203 or



Commemorating years of service

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

On March. 5 of this year, Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) celebrated 100 years of operation in Huntington. As part of its celebration, the company donated 100 trees to the City of Huntington to aid in beautification efforts. On Monday, Nov. 26, members of the OSV family marked the occasion with Mayor Brooks Fetters.


Stories With Santa set for Dec. 8 at Huntington City-Township Library

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will sponsor Stories With Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at the library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

The program will include a holiday-themed story time session and each child will receive a small gift from Santa, sponsored by the Psi Iota Xi sorority.

Parents are invited to bring their cameras to take pictures of their child with Santa Claus.  There is no charge to attend and kids of all ages are welcome, although the story time session is geared for kids ages 3 and older.


Local DAR chapter to celebrate 115 years, Good Citizenship honor

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place.

Members will celebrate the chapter's 115th birthday and the Good Citizen Award.

Those attending are asked to bring food items to donate to Love INC. Suggested donations include spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and cans of tomato, chicken noodle and vegetable soup.



New-look truck

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity members stand with sponsors beside the ReStore truck at the store, in Huntington, on Saturday, Nov. 17. The sponsors paid for the new wrap that adorns the truck. Shown are (front row from left) Jean Wright, executive director of Huntington County Habitat for Humanity; Amara Eckert, Josie Eckert, Paula Whiting, of Lake City Bank; (back row from left) John Bostel, ReStore manager; Dr. Matt Eckert, of Downtown Dental; Adam Fusselman, of Bippus Bank; Kim Snowden, of Garage Door Services; Kipp Woods, of Kipp's Muffler Shop; Dr.


VNC programs offer a chance to slow down and reflect on season of Advent

Victory Noll Center is offering a pair of events for the Advent season.

"Moving in the Rhythm of Advent" will be held in two sessions on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Advent's rhythm is one of waiting and is often overridden by the rush of the holiday season.

Jan Parker and Sue Wilhelm will explore Advent's particular rhythm through gentle Tai Chi, calming breath work, centering prayer and other spiritual practices.

There is a fee for the two sessions. Registration each day begins at 9:15 a.m., with sessions running from 9:30 to 11 a.m.


Furry visitor

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Kyler Dennis (middle) gets a closer look at "Rose" the guinea pig, on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Fort Wayne Children's Zoo education presenter Samantha Alvarez visited Huntington Head Start and presented a program for the children.


Love INC is seeking volunteers to help in Community Food Pantry

Love INC is seeking volunteers to help in its Community Food Pantry and the Community Clearinghouse.

Volunteers in the food pantry can shop for clients, help clients fill out menus and stock shelves.

The clearinghouse is in need of receptionists, who greet clients as they arrive, and telephone operators, who direct calls and take messages.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out an online application at The completed application should be turned in at the Love INC office, 715 Byron St., Huntington.



Huntington University band sets free concert

The Huntington University Symphonic Band will present a free Christmas Pops concert on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The band, under the direction of Dr. Robert Lynn, will perform arrangements of many familiar Christmas songs, both secular and sacred.

The band will also perform several classical pieces, including "The Nutcracker" by Tchai- kovsky.

A highlight of the program will be music from two Christmas films, "Polar Express" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas."



COB seeks holiday toys

The Huntington Church of the Brethren will be a Second Chance Toys collection site.

New or gently used plastic toys and games can be brought to the church through Dec. 10, to be distributed to families at Love INC and Huntington Head Start.

Ideal drop off times are Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The church will also be open for drop off during Zumba hours.

Call the church at 356-7983 or email for information.

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



Five generations

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The arrival of Isyabel Farthing, now 10 months old, completed five generations in her family. They include (from left) great-grandfather Ted Winters, great-grandmother Towana Winters (standing), great-great-grandmother Juanita Winters, baby Isyabel, mother Keylii Winters and grandfather Bob Winters. The grandfather is a resident of Warsaw, and the rest of the family lives in Huntington.


Heart Association accepting grant applications

The American Heart Association is offering local not-for-profits the opportunity to apply for Community Action Grants of up to $5,000.

The purpose of the initiative is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

Projects should address one or more of these areas and may target the public or health professionals:

The AH's focus on the seven key factors to good heart health; advocacy; CPR and first aid; quality and systems improvement; and health equity.


Double-dog dare …

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Keswick Shultz as Flick (center) has the attention of Isaac Albertson as Schwartz (left) and Ben Warpup as Ralphie (right) as his tongue approaches a frozen flagpole in a scene from "A Christmas Story" at the Pulse Opera House. The play continues at the downtown Warren theater for two more weekends, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, and again Dec. 6, 7 and 8. All shows start at 8 p.m., with ticket sales beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby. Reservations may be made online at or by phone at 375-7017.


Andrews church will serve Christmas dinner to the community on Dec. 8

The Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, in Andrews, will serve a free Christmas dinner to residents of the Andrews area on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The meal will be served from noon to 2 p.m. at the church, which is located at 116 S. Main St. in Andrews. The menu will include turkey, ham, fried chicken and an assortment of other food.


New Roanoke store offers constantly changing inventory of items for home

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Does being open only twice a week make much business sense?

To Jacki and Bill Budrow it does.

The couple owns Real Deals on Home Décor, in Roanoke, a franchise that prides itself on offering its customers a unique shopping experience.

The Fort Wayne residents opened for business on Nov. 1 and say business has been good.

"I had been a Hallmark store manager for 20 years, prior to this business venture," Jacki Budrow says. "I've spent many years in retail and I understand how it works."


Holiday Sing-Along is Dec. 4 at library

Huntington City-Township Public Library and the Altrusa Club are sponsoring a free Holiday Sing-Along on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the main library in Huntington.

A song leader and accompanist will be on hand and holiday refreshments will be available.

The community is invited. No registration is required.
For more information, call the Huntington City-Township Public Library at 356-0824.

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



Mittens for Millions collecting gently used, new gloves, hats for children

Mittens for Millions is again collecting gently used or new gloves, mittens and hats for needy children.

Items are being collected at the following locations:

• Andrews Dairy Store, 155 N. Main St., Andrews.

• American Legion Post 85 in care of the Chad Clements Memorial Fund/Danielle Clements, 1410 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

• Bloodlines Tattoo Shop, 701 W. State St., Huntington.

• The Huntington County TAB, 1670 Etna Ave., Huntington.

• J.D.'s Bar and Grill, 426 Warren St., Huntington.


Doing their part

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) works with Huntington North High School students Clarianne Young (center) and Bailey Shockome to clear weeds on a section of Warren Street on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The students from the Viking New Tech program teamed up with the mayor and the City Services Department to kick off the "Let's Pick It Up" campaign, an initiative to clean up the downtown area of the city.


HNHS students take talents to stage in variety show Nov. 28-29

Photo by Steve Clark.

More than 50 Huntington North High School students will take their talents to the stage during the school's annual variety show, to be presented Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 28 and 29, in the HNHS auditorium.
Shows are at 7 p.m. both nights.

The two-act show, titled "Party in the House Tonight," will include skits, musical acts, dance, a PowerPoint presentation and more.


Library to have Holiday Book Boutique on Dec. 1

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites the community to the Friends of the Library's annual Holiday Book Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Items offered for sale will include gently used books, movies, music, and other items of gift-giving quality.

Children and teens are particularly invited to attend this sale and shop for gifts for parents and siblings.


Filling the freezer

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Derek Dyer (left), president of the Huntington Rotary Club, and Rich Beaver (second from left), the club's treasurer, present a $1,000 check from the club to Megan Schroeder, food pantry coordinator at Love INC, and Joey Spiegel, Love INC's executive director. Spiegel is holding a pound of ground beef, one of the 384 pounds of beef purchased for the food pantry with the donation. The meat should last through the first of the year, Spiegel says.


PHH Guild to hear Samaritan Flight director

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. in the hospital's lower level classrooms.

Cathy Harris, director of the Samaritan flight program for Parkview Health, will be the guest speaker.

Election and installation of officers will also take place during the meeting, which is the final one for 2012.
The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, contact Judy Fitzmaurice at 355-3319.



Quilt raffle

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Mary Hasty (left), a member of the Roanoke Knit Chicks, presents a quilt made by the group to Linda Hinen (right). The Knit Chicks, who meet weekly to knit items for charity, raffled the quilt to raise funds to purchase yarn. The Knit Chucks meet each Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Roanoke. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the projects is invited to attend.


In the spirit

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Abigail Osmun (left) and Morgan Currie wrap cardboard boxes in Christmas paper Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, at Love INC. The agency will pack the boxes with food for the holidays and deliver them to area residents in need. Osmun and Currie were among a group of students from Huntington North High School's Viking New Tech program that spent the morning helping out at Love INC.


Making music

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Michael Pape, a percussionist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, plays his part as Northwest Elementary School students (from left) Luke Inderlied, Mya Plemons, Cooper Kowalski and Carley Teusch join in on a variety of other instruments during a performance Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the school. Pape and fellow musicians Jason Markzon, on xylophone; Anne Lewellen, on harp; and Adrian Mann, on bass, visited Northwest to explain their instruments and perform pieces highlighting each instrument.


Evening of bingo will raise funds for Miss Huntington Scholarship Program

A bingo fund-raiser for the Miss Huntington Scholarship Program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Huntington.

Bingo prizes will include jewelry, gift cards, gift baskets and more.

All proceeds will go to the Miss Huntington Scholarship Program, which has been sponsored yearly by the Huntington Optimist Club since 1963.

The 47th Annual Miss Huntington Pageant will be held on March 23, 2013.


Tasty reward

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Lancaster Elementary Principal Russ Degitz (right) doles out dishes of ice cream, while Mary Batterson (left) and Kathy McIlrath add toppings on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The ice cream celebration was a reward the Lancaster students earned for completing 30 days of learning and good behavior, a challenge issued to them by Degitz at the beginning of the school year.


Trees on display at Heritage Pointe

Heritage Pointe, in Warren, will host a Festival of Trees Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in the Fults Recreation Room at Heritage Pointe.

Many Christmas trees decorated by residents and staff, highlighting the theme "Memories of Christmas Past," will be on display.

The trees can be viewed on Friday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 4 p.m.

A fine arts program by The Yorks, of Decatur, will be featured on Sunday.


Top volunteer

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Samantha Krumanaker (center) has been named volunteer of the year at the Huntington County Historical Museum. With her are Sarah Schmidt (left), museum director, and Patti Souers (right) president of the museum board. Krumanaker was honored during the Nov. 14 meeting of the Huntington County Historical Society. Krumanaker has dedicated countless hours to the museum and learned many museum tasks, the museum board note. Photo provided.


Breakfast in Bethlehem

Sonrise Church and Monson Chapel will host "Breakfast in Bethlehem" on Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 9 a.m.

The event at 12220 Lower Huntington Rd. will include a family breakfast, Christmas story, crafts, games and village shops activities.

There is a cost for tickets per person.
For more information, call 469-3700 or send e-mails to Diane@sonris



Morrison named site supervisor

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Brianne Morrison has been named site supervisor for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Pathfinder Community Connections.

Morrison, a former resident of Greeley, CO, earned a bachelor of Arts in Bible and religion from Huntington University last May.

She previously worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington and has also been involved in other non-profit work.

The free tax preparation program begins Jan. 29 and runs through April 15.

Potential volunteers should contact Morrison or Beth Stevens at 355-2510.


Bendix minimizes use of landfill by recycling

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has achieved a 92 percent waste diversion rate through its recycling efforts, company officials say.

The company which has a plant in Huntington, made the announcement on Nov. 15, a date designated as "America Recycles Day" by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful organization.

Bendix, which manufactures braking system and safety components, routinely recycles paper, cardboard, wood, plastic and metal at all of its plants.


Adopt a kitten

Photo by Steve Clark.

Cheryl Pasko, board member and volunteer for Helping Paws Pet Haven, in Huntington, pets one of the kittens she brought to Perfect Pet Food & Accessories, also in Huntington, on Saturday, Nov. 17, as part of a mobile adoption center. The shelter operates a mobile adoption center, consisting usually of kittens, at the pet store every Saturday.


Viking pep band embracing the digital age

Huntington North High School's pep band has entered the digital age.

The band's music is all stored inside each musician's school-issued iPad, freeing band members from the necessity of carrying three-ring binders containing some 40 pages of music, cheers and school songs for visiting teams.


Math night

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Roxanne Bentley (left), a former Roanoke Elementary School student, helps kindergartner Braylon Kahn play "Addition Bingo" during Family Math Night at the school on Nov. 15. Families were invited to spend the evening at the school playing math games with TV game show themes. About 300 people attended the event, which was coordinated by Roanoke teachers. The Roanoke PTO assisted with refreshments and decorations.


HNHS grads invited to play with pep band Saturday

All Huntington North High School alumni are invited to participate in the Alumni Pep Band during the boys' basketball game against Mississinewa on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Alumni should wear school colors, if possible, and meet in the HNHS band room for a rehearsal at 6 p.m.

Those who need help finding an instrument, reeds or other materials should arrive between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. so those needs can be addressed prior to the start of rehearsal.

Alumni Pep Band members should enter through Door 34.


A gift of warmth

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Angie Garner (right), promotions director of the Malta House mission in Huntington, accepts a donation of 25 hats and scarves for Malta House residents from members of the Roanoke Knit Chicks. The Knit Chicks, based in Roanoke, meet weekly at St. Joseph's Catholic Church to knit for charity. Members of the Knit Chicks are (from left) Helen Prezbindowski, Nancy Kelsey, Mary Hastey, Jean Feeman, Rossy Dominquez, Clare Collins, Julie Yager, Janet Houghton, Shirley Domeier and Janet Kreienbrink.


Giving back

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Roanoke Lions Club presented checks to Roanoke Elementary School ($300), the Roanoke Heritage Center ($250), Roanoke Fall Festival Committee ($75) and the Roanoke food pantry ($200) on Tuesday, Nov. 13.


Bethel window back to former glory

Photo by Steve Clark.

When one of the large stained glass windows at Bethel United Methodist Church, in Huntington, was damaged in a windstorm, Kealy Skinner, owner of Country Panes Stained Glass, took on the job of restoring it to its former glory.

Repairing the battered nine-foot by five and a half-foot window wasn't simple, says Skinner.

"For the last pretty much month and a half I spent tearing the window apart, replacing broken glass, changing all the lead and then soldering it back together," she says.


Juergens sponsors quilters tree

Juergens Do-It Center, in Huntington, will sponsor the St. Peter Lutheran Quilters Tree at the eighth annual "Christmas at the Forks."

The holiday open house will be held at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on West Park Drive on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Trees and wreaths will be decorated by area businesses and organizations.

This is the fifth year that Juergens has sponsored the Quilters Tree.


HU Concert Choir part of ‘Jazz Christmas’

The Huntington University Concert Choir will join Columbia City's Blue River Big Band to present "A Jazz Christmas" on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The evening of big band and jazz music will be presented in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.


Rep. Leonard is chairman of House Ways and Means LGT subcomittee

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) has been appointed chairman of the Local Government or Tax Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Leonard will serve on the committee under its new chairman, Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville).

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced leadership positions of the House Ways and Means Committee in a press conference on Nov. 13.


All decked out

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kristie Ridgway, a member of the Salamonie Interpretive Center staff, places a star atop a tree decorated with candy cane dragon flies while decorating the center for Christmas on Saturday, Nov. 17.


HU staffers Anita Gray and Joni Killian recognized by their peers

The Huntington University Peer Award recipients for November are Anita Gray, director of library services, and Joni Killian, adjunct instructor in music.

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

Gray was recognized by Shelly Francka, director of the Adult Degrees Program, because of her willingness and passion to serve HU students, staff and faculty.


Deer time at Salamonie Interpretive Center

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Izzy Harlan (right) pets a deer model held by Teresa Rody, an interpretive naturalist at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, as Izzy's mom Erin Harlan looks on. The Harlans were among a group of preschoolers and their adults who attended a program about deer at the center on Wednesday, Nov. 14.


Homemakers set holiday cookie and candy sale

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers will sponsor their 10th annual Holiday Cookie and Candy Sale on Friday, Dec. 7.

The sale will be held at the Huntington Senior Center from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Available again this year is the "Tray of Cookies," which is an assortment of three dozen cookies and a sampling of candies.

Trays must be ordered by Friday, Nov. 30, by calling Earlynn Worster at 359-6282.

Trays will be available for pickup on Dec. 7 at the Senior Center through 4:30 p.m.


Alzheimer’s Association to offer support group Dec. 12 at Parkview

To help those who care for Alzheimer's patients, the Alzheimer's Association will offer a support group on Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m., at Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd., Huntington.

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 on the following support groups, please contact our Helpline, 24 hours a day, at 800-272-3900.



Extra officers on road through Dec. 2

Law enforcement agencies in Huntington County are joining the Indiana State Police in Safe Family Travel, an enforcement blitz targeting seat belt use and impaired driving.

The blitz continues through Dec. 2.

Officers from the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, Huntington Police Department and Warren Police Department are participating in the effort.

The officers are working extra hours to enforce seat belt laws and take impaired drivers off the road during the holiday season.



Knights of Columbus donates to Special Olympics

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Todd Johnson, of the Huntington Knights of Columbus (front row, left), presents a check to members of the Huntington County Schools Special Olympics on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Lancaster Elementary. Also pictured are team members, (front row, from left) Charistina Canvin, Matthew Hartley and Nancy Hartley, coach/coordinator and (back row, from left) Zach Wilcox, Brandon Smith, Tori Harpole and Keith Hartley, coach/coordinator.


Huntington history

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Tigers and Wolves from Cub Scout Pack 3606 stand in front of a 1920s Model T depot hack on display at the Huntington County Historical Museum. The boys visited the museum to learn about the history of their town and to complete requirements for advancement in rank. The Scouts include (front row from left) Braden Wine, Gunnar Inderlied, Benjamin Christman, Jackson Lemar, Caleb Stiles, Jared Cartwright, Kendrick Myers and Dale Schweller; and (back row from left) Deacon Schmaltz, Nick Shockley, Kolin Jolas, Hunter Shephard, Chase Eltzroth, Colby Van Dine and Jeffery Burkett.


The Mettler Agency earns Award of Excellence from Safeco Insurance

Thomas Mettler and David Mettler of The Mettler Agency Inc., Huntington, were recently honored with an Award of Excellence by Safeco Insurance.

The award celebrates outstanding agents with superior underwriting skills who have developed a solid underwriting partnership with Safeco and whose agencies have qualified for membership in Safeco's H.K. Dent Society, the company's elite agency recognition program.

For more information about Mettler Agency Inc., visit



Amateur Radio Society invites all potential hams to Monday meeting

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will meet on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington County Jail.

The meeting will be held in room 1 on the jail's second floor. Those attending should park in the east parking lot or on State Street.

The meeting is open to anyone who has ever considered becoming an amateur radio operator or wants to know more about amateur radio.



Cancer Support Group meets Monday

The Cancer Support Group will meet Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Trinity United Methodist Church, Huntington.

The group will finish watching "Cancer is Curable Now" and cover the topic "blessings from cancer." Testimonies and health news will be shared.

Anyone interested in alternative means of treating cancer is invited to attend.

This is the group's last meeting of the year.



HNHS baseball players rid area highways of trash

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Students in the Huntington North High School baseball program recently rid area highways of 11 large bags of trash.

The baseball program, which includes approximately 40 students on three teams, volunteered to clean up two state highways near Huntington as part of the Indiana Department of Transportation's "Adopt-A-Highway" program.

A group of the students spent the morning of Saturday, Nov. 3, picking up trash along Ind.-5 north of Huntington, from Ind.-16 two miles to the north, and along Ind-5, from U.S.-224 two miles to the south.


New Hope Church offers dinner show

New Hope Church will host a dinner theater on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2, with performances at 6 p.m. each night.

"Uncle Phil's Diner" is a musical event set in a 1950s environment. It is an interactive dinner theater production.

The menu will be a typical 1950s meal consisting of hamburgers, fries, soup, ice cream sundaes and drinks.

The cast is made up of young servers, who will sing music from the 1950s.


HU, community chorus to present ‘Messiah’ Dec. 2 at St. Mary Church

The Huntington University Concert Choir and Orchestra join forces with the Community Festival Chorus for the 58th annual Huntington performance of Handel's "Messiah."

The performance will be held on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Vocal soloists include HU adjunct faculty member Joni Killian, soprano; junior choral education major Brittany Blazier, alto; IPFW graduate David Eisenhauer, tenor; and graduate student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Brayton Arvin, baritone.


“A Christmas Story” at the Pulse

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"A Christmas Story" - featuring (from left) Matt Stephenson as the Old Man, Ben Warpup as Ralphie, Linda Willard as Mrs. Parker and Nolan Carroll as Randy - continues for three more weekends at the Pulse Opera House in Warren. Performances are Nov. 23 and 24; Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1; and Dec. 6, 7 and 8, all at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door beginning at 7 p.m. each evening or may be reserved online at or by calling 375-7017. The theater is located at 127-1/2 Wayne St., Warren.


Love INC seeks to step up to replace Toys for Tots

Love INC is seeking donations of toys from the community to replace toys previously received through the Toys for Tots program.


Christmas characters series starts

Seminary United Methodist Church, Roa-noke, will begin a series on "The Characters of Christmas" on Sunday, Nov. 25.

The series begins at 9:50 a.m. The community is invited to attend.

The church is located at 285 N. Seminary St., Roanoke. For information, call 672-3167.



Cost of Warren utility improvements estimated at $1.7 million

Commonwealth Engineers Inc. submitted its recommendations for wastewater and storm water utility improvements to the Warren Town Council on Monday, Nov. 19.

Patrick Zaharako, Commonwealth spokesman, addressed several issues that the proposed project would fix and the costs associated with each item.


Pesticide certification training Thursday, Nov. 29

Residents of Huntington and Whitley Counties and surrounding areas who are licensed private pesticide applicators in Indiana are encouraged to attend a recertification training session on Thursday, Nov. 29. 

This session will be held in two locations. The first session will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park in Huntington.  Program registration will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The same program will also be offered at the Whitley County 4-H Center in Columbia City from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Program registration will begin at 6 p.m.


Red Cross announces December blood drives

The American Red Cross of Huntington County announces upcoming blood drives in the month of December.

They are:

• Dec. 2, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church & School in the auditorium, located at 860 Cherry St., in Huntington.

• Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart, located at 2800 Walmart Drive, in Huntington.

• Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital in the classrooms, located at 2001 Stults Rd., in Huntington.


Several locals at NATS competition

Eighteen students represented Huntington University at the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) annual competition on Nov. 3 at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Local Huntington students included music education majors Kati Frankle, Megan Ness, Audra Rittenhouse, Preston Shafer and Holly Stanley.

NATS invites vocal students from around Indiana to compete each year.



Pathfinder seeks volunteers to help prepare taxes

Pathfinder Community Connections' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is currently in need of volunteers for the upcoming tax season.

No prior tax experience is necessary and all training and materials will be provided by Pathfinder Services and the IRS.

The program seeks to fill a variety of roles including tax preparation, greeting, scheduling appointments and more. Volunteering hours are flexible and based upon the individual's availability.


Duck art on display

Winning artwork from the 2012 Indiana Junior Duck Stamp Contest will be on display at Salamonie Interpretive Center through November.

The display features 12 first-place winners from four age categories.

More than 450 students in grades K-12 entered artwork for the contest, which involved drawing a native North American water bird, including ducks, geese or swans.

The concept was for the students to learn "conservation through art."

The Salamonie Interpretive Center is in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Highway 105, in western Huntington County.


Preparing for the celebration

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Trinity United Methodist Church will serve its 27th annual free Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal will include all the trimmings in addition to more than 700 pounds of turkey. Preparing for the feast are new pastor Bob Land (left), his wife Amy and children Michael and Katie, and Jim Wilson, general chair of the annual event.


Hunters can check in by phone

The Department of Natural Resources online CheckIN Game system now offers hunters the option to report their harvested game from any telephone.

Hunters who use this option will talk to a live person who will enter their information into the online CheckIN Game system. The phone-in option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the fall turkey and all deer seasons. The number is 1-800-419-1326.

Because of staffing costs, a fee will be charged for each CheckIN telephone transaction. Payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard only.


Wells competes in NBHA’s world championships

Hannah Wells, of Roanoke, competed in the National Barrel Horse Association Open and Senior World Championships, held Oct. 26-Nov. 3 in Perry, GA.

This is the second year Wells has competed in the event, which drew more than 950 entrants in the Open Division and about 416 in the Senior Division. Contestants must qualify for the world competition through competitions in their home sates.

Last year, Wells also rode in the Youth World Championships in Jackson, MS.



CSP to expand plant, add 50 jobs by 2015

Photo by Steve Clark.

Continental Structural Plastics, Inc. (CSP), an exterior body panels and structural composites components supplier, announced plans on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to expand its operations in Huntington, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.

The Michigan-based company will invest $6.3 million to renovate and equip its 203,000 square-foot Huntington facility to accommodate a new production line for the 2015 Corvette model body panels. Renovations on the facility, which currently manufactures products for other General Motors and Ford vehicles, are expected to be complete by spring 2013.


YSB seeks nominees for Steven L. Bailey Award

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is currently accepting nominations for its annual Steven L. Bailey Memorial Award.

This annual award has been given since 1999 to an individual or group who demonstrates a strong compassion for the youth and families of Huntington County. The nominee should be a person or group who has made a positive impact in the lives of young people through activities that empower, encourage and support our youth.

The 2012 recipient was Lisa MacDonald.

To be considered for the award the candidate must:


Top artists

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The Huntington County Historical Society announced winners in its Hoosier Art Show and Contest during its Nov. 14 meeting. Winners are (front row, from left) Emma Smith, winner of the 12-18 age group; Drake Goetz, winner of the 5-11 age group; and Teresa Plasterer, art contest chair; and (back row, from left) Sarah Schmidt, Huntington County Historical Museum director; Jim Dinius, winner of the adult division; Gib Young, a member of the art contest committee; Patti Souers, Historical Society president; and Carole Hacker, of the art contest committee.


Cattlemen meet tonight to plan show, other events

The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Conference Room, on the first floor.

Topics for discussion include planning for the 2013 Preview Show and 4-H Beef ID Day along with other old and new business.

For more information, call the Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office at 358-4826.



Shelter donors can earn credits

The Huntington House Emergency Shelter received an award from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) for the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).

The award offers Indiana state tax credits to eligible donors in Indiana. The organization was awarded $7,240 worth of state tax credits.

Eligible donors can make a contribution to Huntington House and will receive 50 percent of their donation amount as a tax credit for next year.


Historical honors

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Jim Taylor (left) was named recipient of the 2012 Virginia B. Miller Award during the Nov. 14 meeting of the Huntington County Historical Society. The award is presented annually to someone who has worked to preserve the history of Huntington County. Taylor was honored for his work with the Historic Forks of the Wabash and the Huntington County Historical Society. With him are Historical Society members Jean Gernand (center) and Mark Anson.


Eyes on the ball

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Karen Mahoney (left) and Claudia Claussen, both of Fort Wayne, go after the ball during a pickleball tournament held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park. This was the first pickleball tournament between the Fort Wayne and Huntington teams. The Huntington team meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Heritage Hall, and anyone interested is welcome to play.


'Blame It On The Boogie'

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Varsity Singer Dylan Youman channels Michael Jackson doing "Blame It On The Boogie" at the 28th annual Pomp & Plenty performance on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Huntington North.


A solo at Pomp & Plenty

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Varsity Singer Alaina Ellenburg performs "There's a Kind of Hush" during the opening act of the Singers' 28th annual Pomp & Plenty perfomance Saturday night, Nov. 17, at Huntington North.


28th annual Pomp & Plenty

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers perform Saturday night, Nov. 17, at their 28th annual Pomp & Plenty fund-raising performance, this year entitled "A Blast from the Past."


Lime City Jazz

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Lime City Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Chris Whitacre, performs as one of the opening acts at the Varsity Singers' 28th annual Pomp & Plenty on Saturday, Nov. 17.


Animal display

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Lancaster Elementary fifth-grader R.J. Wardwell (right) assists "Jungle Larry" Battson with displaying a snake on Thursday, Nov. 15. Jungle Larry gave a presentation to the students and brought a lemur, an Alaskan Timberwolf, a baboon and a Gila lizard. Photo by André B. Laird.


Winning business will get free rent at downtown site

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau has kicked off a contest to give away a year's free rent on a building it owns at 401 N. Jefferson St., in downtown Huntington.

The contest is open to new and existing businesses, says Tina Bobilya, the visitor bureau's executive director, and entrants do not need to live in Huntington County.

The application deadline is Jan. 9. Finalists will be asked to present an in-depth business plan, and a winner will be announced by March 1.


Chili chefs sought for cook-off

Entries are being sought for a chili cook-off to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, as part of the Christmas in "Our Town" celebration in Markle.

The cook-off will be held at the Markle Church of Christ beginning at 1 p.m. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

There is a cost to enter, Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three places.

The contest is sponsored by Markle Exit 286 Antique Mall, Markle Hardware and Goldenrod Products.

To enter, contact Kelly Clanin at 758-2116 or



Legion of Honor

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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club presented Legion of Honor awards to several of its members in recognition of their years of service. Award recipients are (front row, from left) Ivan Wilhelm, Jack Amick and Bob Scheerer, all 40-year members; and (back row, from left) Jon Ellet, a 30-year member, and Terry Oden, Steve Williams and Kevin Amick, all 25-year members. The late Dan Groff was also recognized for his 60 years as a Kiwanis member.


HAHE students learn about election process with benefit for them, charity

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Huntington Area Home Educators (HAHE) recently learned about the election process with a two-fold benefit.

Each middle school student chose a charity and campaigned for the organization. Over the process of eight weeks, students raised $100 by doing work, asking for donations and contributing their own allowances.

Students made campaign signs and invited fellow students, friends and parents to hear speeches and vote for their favorite charity.


HU soph Cunkle gets recognition

Huntington University sophomore Christian Cunkle was honored Saturday, Nov. 10, at the 23rd annual "Realizing the Dream" banquet.

Cunkle is a psychology major from Angola.

Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the event recognized first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families.


Livengoods to be guest speakers at Bethel AOG on Sunday, Nov. 18

Michael and Linda Livengood will be guest speakers at Bethel Assembly of God on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m.

Michael Livengood serves as the founder and president of Mike Livengood Ministries and Doorkeepers New Zealand.
His ministry provides frontline evangelistic crusades, revivals, pastors' conferences and training for Pentecostal preachers.

Linda Livengood is a singer, musician and speaker.

Children's church and nursery will be provided during the service.

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


Learning experience

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

World War II Veteran Robert Randol (foreground, left) was the guest speaker at Riverview Middle School, on Monday, Nov. 12. Randol shared his experiences serving on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge, in France, as well as his time spent in a POW camp. He was introduced by Riverview teacher Carri Whicker (right).


Fort Wayne Philharmonic to perform on Nov. 25 at HNHS

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The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will bring its Holiday Pops concert to Huntington on Sunday, Nov. 25.

The concert, presented by the Huntington North High School Student Council, begins at 2:30 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium. Doors open to the public for general admission seating at 1:45 p.m.


Funding financial fitness

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Paula Whiting (left), assistant vice president for Lake City Bank in Huntington, presents a $2,400 donation from the bank to Natalie Fisher, home buyer education coordinator for Pathfinder Community Connections. The gift will be used to fund Community Connections' financial fitness workshops, which help potential homeowners set and achieve financial goals.


4-H Association to meet on Nov. 20 at Hier’s Park

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Association will meet Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park, Huntington.

The board will review proposed 4-H project rule changes, approve committee assignments and continue planning efforts towards the 83rd annual Huntington County 4-H Fair to be held July 12 to 26, 2013.

For more information, visit Purdue Extension - Huntington County office, located at 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Courthouse Annex, Huntington; or call 358-4826; or email



Register for Santa’s letters

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will again be offering letters from Santa to area youth free of charge.

Forms can be filled out online at the parks website,, or at the department office, 634 Webster St., in Huntington.

The deadline to register is Dec. 14. All letters will be mailed out no later than Dec. 18. 

The program is available to children in Huntington County only, including Bippus, Roanoke, Warren, Markle and Andrews.



A goat comes to school

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Caleb Foster (left) and Kolten Foster, students at Roanoke Elementary School, pet a goat that visited the school during an enrichment class on Nov. 7. The goat was one of several animals brought to the school by the Fort Wayne Children's Zoomobile. Children learned how to classify the animals and had an opportunity to pet each one.


Huntington County Council on Aging, HAT closed Nov. 22-23

The offices of the Huntington County Council on Aging and Huntington Area Transportation will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Call the Senior Center with any questions at 359-4410.



Northwest announces honor roll students’ list

Northwest Elementary School has announced students achieving honor roll for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Honor roll students are:

Fifth grade
All A's - Joseph Alleman, Ayden Arquette, Alexandria Aschliman, Corynn Barton, Elizabeth Berclk, Ashley Campbell, Maitlyn Christman, Jacob Collins, Ashley Dorsett and Kodi Douglass.

Also, Kayliana Hammel, Hanah Lehman, Peyton Lewis, Gabrielle Line, Cade MacAleese, Lauryn Ranc, Tyce Rooney, Garrett Scher, Sydney Selvage and Elaine Shaw.


Northwest announces perfect attendance list

Northwest Elementary School has announced those students who achieved perfect attendance for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

Students with perfect attendance are:

Nathaniel Alwine, Drew Baker, Scott Bates, Chase Bills, Zachary Brammer, Jeffrey Burkett, Damon Burkett, Kortney Campbell, Aubrey Carroll and Jared Cartwright.

Also, Shawmalia Chapman, Campbell Cheney, Steven Clark, Ryan Conwell, Bryce Cotton, Sydney Cotton, Ethan Cutting, Adalyn Cutting, Sapphire Dangerfield and Alexis Decker.


Salamonie IC to be open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22

Salamonie Interpretive Center at Salamonie Lake will be open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors can purchase DNR passes for 2013, including annual entrance passes, Golden Hoosier Passports, boat launch permits and horse trail passes.

The Otter Run Tradin' Post will also be open.

The standard gate fee per vehicle applies.

For more information on other Upper Wabash Interpretive Services programs, see or wabash.

The interpretive center is in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.


Dry summer

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension ag economist, talks to a group of area professionals on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Forks of the Wabash. Hurt talked about the impact of the recent nationwide drought on the agricultural sector in regards to commodity prices and farm input costs.


Huntington Alert event is Saturday

Huntington Alert, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation and awareness in Huntington County, will hold a fund-raiser on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The fund-raiser will be held at The Knights of Columbus, located at 2817 Theater Ave., in Huntington.

The club will open for business at 6 p.m. with live entertainment starting at 7 p.m.

The Rabbit Band will play rock ‘n' roll music from the 1960s to present during the evening.

The club is open to the public with no cover charge.


Ready to pave

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ryan Rouch, of EB Paving, stands watch as co-worker Ed Golliher guides a giant claw to street level as the pair works on Friday, Nov. 9, to prepare Maple Street in Huntington for paving. Paving work was also scheduled on Cline, Warren, Byron, State and Washington streets, College Avenue, Stadium Drive and Ind.-5, with a tentative completion date - weather permitting - of Friday, Nov. 16.


Helping the children

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Roanoke Elementary School fifth-graders (front row, from left) Carter Mertz, Kelly Stech, Mary Young, Dairian Goelz, Makayla Dumato and Autumn Anderson pose with some of the items their class collected to send to Hosanna House, a home for abused and neglected children in Belize. With them are Paul Roth (left), school principal, and parent Pamela Anderson (right). The socks, bandages, stickers, toys and other supplies will be delivered to Hosanna House over the holidays by a Roanoke family. The collection was the first social action project of the year for the class.


Annual service at Bethel

Bethel Assembly of God will hold the annual Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.

This year, the host church is Huntington Church of the Brethren, located at 306 E. Washington St.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, which will go to the food bank at Love INC.
An offering will be taken to meet the needs of the less fortunate in the community.

The Ministerial Association of Huntington sponsors the annual service.

For more information, call 356-8363.



Plasterer joins Reber staff as service tech

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Anthony Plasterer, automotive service technician, has joined Reber's Repair, located at 62 N. LaFontaine St., Huntington.

Plasterer has more than 13 years of experience working as an automotive service technician at repair shops in Huntington and Fort Wayne.

He also regularly attends Unique Training in Fort Wayne, taught by Randy Dillman, where he studies drivability and electrical diagnosis.

Reber's Repair offers full auto repair services such as brakes, tire repair and engine repair.

For more information, call the repair shop at 356-6611.



Karing for Kids Angel Trees now in place

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Karing for Kids Angel Trees are now in place in dozens of locations around Huntington and Wells counties, giving area residents the opportunity to share Christmas joy with a child in need.

"We have approximately 750 children from 275 families from Huntington and Wells counties that we are assisting this year," says Rhonda O'Reilly, president of Karing for Kids.


Highest honor

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Eli Shultz (left) and Trace Hewson (right), both of Scout Troop 130, were honored by the Huntington County Sheriff's Department on Monday, Nov. 5, for recently earning their Eagle Scout awards. With them are Tom Bennett, Troop 130 leader (second from left) and Sheriff Terry Stoffel (third from left). Hewson's Eagle project included building shelving and a drop bin for Love INC's Covered with Love program. Shultz built birdhouses for Riverview Middle School's science garden.


9 earn Pathfinder Community Partner Awards

Nine individuals and organizations were presented with Community Partner Awards during Pathfinder Services' annual dinner on Nov. 3.

Each branch of Pathfinder Services selected one of the recipients in recognition of contributions toward helping Pathfinder Services serve its clients.


SA taking applications for Christmas assistance

The Salvation Army of Huntington County will be taking applications for Christmas assistance for low-income families.

Applications are being taken now through Nov. 21, on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Families will need to supply positive identification for all adults living in the household, positive identification for children and proof of all income and expenses.

For more information, contact the Salvation Army at 356-3485.


Huntington woman earns honor at ‘Realizing the Dream’ banquet

Kayla Snabl, of Huntington, was recognized Saturday, Nov. 10, at the 23rd annual "Realizing the Dream" banquet.

Snabl, now a sophomore attending Hanover College, is the first in her family to go to college. She has been selected for outstanding achievement in her freshman year.

The event, funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., recognizes first-generation students attending Independent Colleges of Indiana campuses.

Each honored student receives a $2,000 check to assist with college costs.



DivorceCare holding special session on Nov. 15

A special DivorceCare session will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Café of Hope.

The session is being held to give support to individuals who will be especially challenged during the holiday season due to divorce or separation.

Tips will be given on surviving Thanksgiving and Christmas family gatherings, traditions, expenditures, child visitations, travels and loneliness.

There is no cost for this one-time survival meeting.
For more information, contact Janet Clark at 356-7042. The session is sponsored by College Park Church.


Honoring veterans

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Sharon Lehman (far right) directs fourth and fifth grade Northwest Elementary School students during "We Remember." The song was part of a Veterans Day program at the school, held on Thursday, Nov. 8. S


Huntington Catholic School honors students with top grades

Huntington Catholic School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Students on the honor roll are:

All A's
Grade eight - Olivia Henderson, Sophie Simms, Audrey Wilcox and Alyssa Woolard.

Grade seven - Garrett Scheiber.

Grade six - Gavin DeLaGrange and Olivia Jablonski.

Grade five - Sydney Bowman and Darcy Williams.

Grade four - Jessica Hartmus.


Career Day

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington University senior Ashley Burson (left), talks to students at Huntington North High School about careers in education on Thursday, Nov. 8, as part of Career Day, sponsored by Life Long Learning of Huntington County.


4-H Junior Leaders to meet on Thursday, Nov. 15

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Family Living Building, Hier's Park, Huntington.

The group will complete plans for events for the 2013 4-H year.

The county 4-H Junior Leader organization is open to all youth who are in seventh through 12th grades during the 2012-2013 school year.

This organization provides an opportunity for 4-H members to learn more about the county 4-H program and become involved in various community service activities and leadership opportunities.


Art exhibit, creche collection at Crestwoods

Crestwoods Village Shop, in Roanoke, will feature an art exhibit and a collection of creches on Nov. 24.

The exhibits are part of "Shop Small in a Big Way," an all-day event showcasing shops throughout downtown Roanoke.
Crestwoods' 2012 Grand Finale Art Show will feature all artists who have exhibited during the year, including Joel Fremion, Richard Tuck, Carey Shafer, Gwen Gutwein, Elizabeth Walmsley and the Cartwright family.


Shepherd’s Pantry to hold food distribution on Nov. 15

The Shepherd's Pantry, in Andrews, will hold another food distribution on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Boxes of food will be available for Andrews-area residents and will be distributed from 10 a.m. to noon.

No appointment is necessary, but boxes are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The distribution location is 67 N. Snowden St., Andrews, (old Union building behind the Town Hall).



Holiday show in Roanoke will benefit Honor Flights

A holiday concert will be held in Roanoke on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. to benefit Honor Flights for veterans.
"A Cottage Christmas Celebration" at the Cottage Event Center will feature seasonal music.

Huntington University theater and music students will perform old favorites, including "White Christmas," "Silent Night" and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." New pieces will include "Mr. Grinch," "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "All I want for Christmas."


No Put Downs

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Flint Springs announces students who received the "No Put Downs" award from their classroom for October. They are (front row from left) Jackson Hopkins, Mackenzie Johnson, Erikka Miser, Evan Camomile, Stribor Bencun and Elihah Dimond; (second row from left) Easah Bartrom, Hannah Johnson, Zoey Sell, Zander Woods, Brionna LaFlower, Janessa Creech, Brodie Lindaas and Marissa LeMar; and (third row from left) Brandon Bickel, Shailyn Sparks, Macy Campbell, Emmalee Miser, Adam Hamilton and Liberty Tabor. Not pictured are Alyah Bolinger and Kaitlyn Bowers.


United Methodist Memorial Home breaks ground for Fort Wayne Heritage

The United Methodist Memorial Home broke ground Nov. 11 for The Heritage of Fort Wayne, which is expected to open in 2013.

The 90,000-square-foot facility will be located at 8200 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. It will house approximately 66 beds, including residential and assisted living apartments, private health care suites, memory care assisted living and private rehabilitation suites. The complex is expected to employ 100 people.


Dillman UB choir at Honeywell Dec. 7

The Sanctuary Choir of Dillman United Brethren Church will perform at the Honeywell Center, in Wabash, on Dec. 7.

Forty choir members will provide back up music during the Ernie Haase and Signature Sound performance.

The church is located at 8888S-1100W-90, in Warren.


Hunters being asked to help feed the hungry

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, a nonprofit organization based in Corunna, is urging deer hunters to take an extra deer and donate it to help feed the hungry.

Debra Treesh, the organization's executive director, says each deer provides about 50 pounds of meat. Bow hunters have already contributed 300 animals, she says, and her goal for this hunting season is 1,000 animals.


Music lesson

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Jay Remissong, Andrew Hicks, Sam Pnagnagey and Dan Ross (from left), members of the brass quartet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, perform for K-2 students at Roanoke Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The men explained the different types of instruments they played and also fielded music-related questions from the students.


Applegate speaks

Photo by Steve Clark.

Former Huntington County resident Tom Applegate, the outgoing director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, speaks to the Optimist Club of Huntington on Thursday, Nov. 8, during the club's regularly scheduled meeting at the Huntington University Habecker Dining Commons.


‘Christmas Story’ at Pulse Opera House

The Pulse Opera House in Warren presents "A Christmas Story," starting Friday, Nov. 16.

Other show times are Nov. 17, 23 and 24 and Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8.

The movie and play are based on the writings of Indiana storyteller Jean Shepherd. Set in Indiana in the late 1930's, it reflects the small town values of Hammond, Shepherd's hometown.

The play contains some material that is not in the movie.

General admission and discounted children's tickets are available for purchase at 7 p.m. on each night of the play.


Lecture to be ‘Visually Stimulating Instruction’

During the November Forester Lecture at Huntington University, Prof. Kim Erwin will discuss "Visually Stimulating Instruction" in business and education.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Focusing on how visual inputs can help or bury various endeavors, she will discuss the use of this design in business and education.

Erwin is an assistant professor at IIT Institute of Design with research interests in making complex information easier to understand and use.


HU emeritus music professor Spedden releases third album

Dr. Patricia Spedden, emeritus professor of music at Huntington University, has released her third album titled "Classical Praise 12: Solo Piano 3."

It is published and marketed by Discovery House Music in Grand Rapids, MI.

The compact disc features piano arrangements of recognized worship songs blended with classical piano works, all arranged and recorded by Spedden.


SS. Peter and Paul to host fish fry on Nov. 16

SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will host a fish fry on Nov. 16 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Rieder Auditorium, located between Cherry and Poplar streets.

There is a cost per person in advance, or at the door, and children 5 and under are free.

The dinner will be cooked by Dan's Fish Fry and include fish, chicken or tenderloin and green beans, applesauce, bread, cookie, ice cream and drinks.
Carry-outs will be available.



Viking New Tech helps with Backpack of Hope

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Students and staff from the Viking New Tech program helped with the Backpack of Hope program at Huntington North High School on Satuday morning, Nov. 10. Getting stuff ready are (from left) Laura Juillerat, Heather Malone and Gabrielle Malone.


Desire to connect with community sparks business

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

A desire to connect with the local community sparked Adam and Rebecca Hanson's business venture, Antiqology, which recently located to downtown Huntington.

"The business started shortly after we bought our home and were looking for items to decorate," says Rebecca Hanson. "We had trouble finding things that were reasonably priced and had that combination of hip and trendy."

Hanson says she and husband Adam started selling pieces on Facebook and held a porch sale one weekend.


Young honored

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Martina Young (right) looks at a giant check being held by Barb Hancher after Young received the Timothy Hancher Direct Services Staff Award, presented by Bill and Barb Hancher during Pathfinder Services' annual Community Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Hanchers present the award annually, in memory of Bill Hancher's son, to a Pathfinder employee who works directly with clients.


2 local restaurants to feed veterans for free

Two national restaurants located in Huntington are offering to feed veterans for free on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.

Wings Etc. and Applebee's are making the offer to all active and retired members of the United States military to thank them for their service.

Wings Etc. will serve U.S. veterans who present active or retired military ID a free entree. Wings Etc. is located at 317 Hauenstein Road, Huntington.


Indiana Farm Bureau to hold District 4 Fall Achievement Banquet on Nov. 20

Indiana Farm Bureau will hold its District 4 Fall Achievement Banquet on Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the commons area of Taylor University, Upland.

Reservations must be made by Nov. 12 with the county woman leader. In Huntington County, that position is held by Glenda Giggy.



Former resident, son involved in Veterans Day activities in nearby Coesse in Whitley County

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Former Huntington resident Tom Schmidt and his son Jon Schmidt will be involved in Veterans Day events at Coesse Elementary School, in Whitley County.

The school will hold its Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

A display including a World War II Jeep owned by Jon Schmidt will be open to the public on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and again on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Children’s Choir to open at Pomp & Plenty Nov. 18

The Children's Choir of Huntington County will be the opening act for the Nov. 18 afternoon performance of the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers' Pomp & Plenty concert.

The two vocal groups have a strong connection, with 13 former Children's Choir members currently performing as part of the Varsity Singers. They include Courtney Gates, Kaylie Killian, Samantha Roller, Madi Waldfogel, Alexis Garcia, Elizabeth Leach, Rebecca Shenefield, Jake White, Claire Harvey, Cameron Ness, Kelsey Hoke, Sam Ray and Jodyice Spoonamore.


Broker associates

Janna Williams, Jane Burkhart and Tammy Selig (from left), agents with Century 21 Property Shoppe, have completed broker classes and are now licensed as broker associates. Recently-approved state legislation requires all Indiana real estate licensees to hold a broker license by June 30, 2014, and the Property Shoppe is now close to meeting the requirements of that legislation. The amount of education needed to enter the profession has also been increased.


Crestview Middle School to hold Veterans Day program on Nov. 9

Crestview Middle School will hold a Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 9, at 1:40 p.m. in the school's auditeria.

The public is invited to attend, especially veterans.

The program will include student presentations about Veterans Day, a guest veteran's speech and performances by the seventh and eighth grade choirs and bands.



Meyer takes position with Fort Wayne firm

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Jason Meyer has been named director of business development at FinancialHope Counseling and Education, Fort Wayne.

Meyer previously served seven years at Pathfinder Services in Huntington, as communications and marketing coordinator.
FianncialHope Counseling and Education, formerly known as Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Northeastern Indiana, is a non-profit credit counseling organization.


Downtown Roanoke businesses to hold holiday open houses Nov. 9-10

Businesses in downtown Roanoke will hold their holiday open houses during the Holiday Gift Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10.

Most stores will be open until 8 p.m. both evenings.
Shoppers can participate in a "shop hop contest" with a chance to win gift certificates and coupons for local businesses. Several businesses will feature special events.

More information is available online at



HHS Class of 1957 holds 55th-year reunion

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The Huntington High School Class of 1957 held its 55-year reunion on Oct. 20. Thirty of the 135 graduates attended the events.

The reunion opened with a cocktail party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chalfant.

A golf outing was held at Norwood Golf Club, with the team of Walt Hunnicutt, Scott Hosler, Dick Chalfant and Clark Dippell winning the contest. Stan Bippus had the longest drive and Clark Dippell was closest to the pin. Steve Bitner served as sergeant at arms to make sure all scores and events were conducted properly.


In concert

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The vocal group Driven will perform on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Applegate Chapel of Heritage Pointe, Warren. The men's quartet travels the country to spread God's word through song. The concert is free and open to the public.


Holiday bazaar at Heritage Pointe

Heritage Pointe in Warren will hold a holiday bazaar on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Fults Recreation Room.

Holiday items will be available for purchase.

The bazaar is free and open to the public.



Salamonie School honors students with top grades during first quarter

Salamonie School announces the list of students who were named to the honor roll for the first grading quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

They are:

Grade Five
All A's - Hailey Alford, Logan Christian, Kolson Herstad, Kaitlyn Martin, Zeck Myers, Sydney Smekens, Corbin Snow and Paige Starr.


HNHS invites community to attend Veterans Day program on Monday

The community is invited to attend a Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12, at 2:20 p.m. in the Huntington North High School gym.

Boy Scouts will open the program by presenting the colors and veterans from each war will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. John Wenning will direct the HNHS choir in singing the national anthem, inviting attendees to sing along.

Matt Stephenson will present a history of Veterans Day, and Lynn Brown, Rod Richison and Dave Hedden will pay tribute to veterans, those currently serving in the military and those who plan to serve.


New Hope UBC to observe Mission Emphasis Nov. 11

New Hope United Brethren Church will observe Mission Emphasis on Sunday, Nov. 11.

John and Debbie Siegel, Wycliff translators with One Mission, will be the guest speakers.

The couple currently serves in St. Petersburg, Russia, where John Siegel teaches in a Christian school for missionary children.

Debbie Siegel works in the Wycliff office.

At 9:30 a.m., John Siegel will present the message, while his wife will host the children during children's church.

At 10:45, the teens and adult classes will meet for a Q&A fellowship.


November Junior Rotarian

Photo by André B. Laird.

Huntington North High School student Zach Shearer was named Junior Rotarian for the month of November by the Huntington Rotary Club. Cindy Krumanaker is Shearer's Rotary sponsor. Not pictured are Junior Rotarian Madeline Mettler and her sponsor Dave Mettler.


14 Huntington University students to serve at Chicago homeless shelter

Fourteen Huntington University students will serve at a Chicago homeless shelter Nov. 9-11.

As part of the university's annual Urban Plunge, the students will serve at the Cornerstone Community Outreach shelter and at a second location. The project is organized by the Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service, a student-directed organization on campus.


Pleasant Chapel to have AYCE supper on Nov. 10

Pleasant Chapel Church will hold an all-you-can-eat tenderloin supper on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.

Both homemade breaded tenderloins and grilled tenderloins will be offered. Carry-outs are available.

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



Flag captured

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chloe Kauffman (right) runs from Carson Stoffel in a game of "Capture the Flag" during the Fit Falcons after-school fitness program at Flint Spring Elementary on Friday, Nov. 2.


Local safety council to hear speaker from Fort Wayne

Cathy Serrano, executive director of the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, will be the guest speaker for the Nov. 14 meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council.

Serrano's topic is "Workplace Retaliation Claims: What Is It? And How to Avoid the Pitfalls."

The luncheon meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Habecker Dining Commons on the Huntington University campus.

For reservations, contact Holly Sale, council president, at 355-3203 or



Making a choice

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Northwest Elementary School first-grader Jackson Eckert (center) and teacher Nancy Peace (right) watch as Aydon Eppard places his vote in the ballot box during the school's mock election on Monday, Nov. 5. Students discussed the candidates in their classrooms, then obtained photo IDs and went through the voting process. All students voted for president, with Republican Mitt Romney winning over President Obama by a 180-120 tally. Students in the upper three grades also voted for governor, choosing Mike Pence over John Gregg by an 80-57 vote.


Some good news, some bad for HCCSC grades

All but two Huntington County Schools received passing grades when the Indiana Department of Education released Indiana school letter grades for 2012 on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

"Overall, our scores validate district growth and continuous improvement," Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer says.

Four local schools earned A's - Riverview Middle School, Roanoke Elementary School, Salamonie School and Northwest Elementary School.

Three more schools earned B's - Andrews Elementary School, Lancaster Elementary School and Crestview Middle School.


Crestview Middle School announces 1Q honor roll students

Crestview Middle School has announced students achieving honor roll for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Honor roll students are:

Sixth grade
All A's - Dane Brown, Corbin Cozad, Danielle Gonser, John Groves, Paul Helmich, Clark Kitchen, Isabella Kryder, Elizabeth Nalliah, Macy Niswander, Katelynn Olinger, Mia Richison, Veronika Russell, Sawyer Stoltz and Macy Wohlford.


Hougendobler earns ‘Excellence’ Award at PHH

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Dr. Duane Hougendobler, a member of the Parkview Physicians Group, is the recipient of the Dr. R. B. Peare and Dr. John B. Kay Excellence in Healthcare Award for 2012.

The award recognizes contributions to excellence in local health care and is named in memory of two Huntington physicians who were instrumental in advancing area health services and in establishing the current Parkview Huntington Hospital.


Chris Hurt featured speaker at Forks of the Wabash

Chris Hurt, a Purdue Extension agriculture economist, will be the featured speaker at a breakfast to be held at the Forks of the Wabash at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. 

Hurt will discuss the latest issues impacting agricultural commodity prices and farm input costs. His presentation will include timely information to assist both crop and livestock producers.

Bippus State Bank is sponsoring this event. Breakfast will be provided at no charge to those who pre-register in advance of the meeting.


Kids Kampus sends trio to Head Start conference

Joy Koch, Lisa Mettler and Loretta Mottram represented Pathfinder Kids Kampus Early Head Start at the Indiana Head Start Conference Oct. 23-25.

The conference included workshops on physical development and health, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, language and literacy, and cognitive and general knowledge of children.

Representatives of more than 27 Head Start and Early head Start agencies were in attendance.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus in Huntington, offers free Early Head Start programming to qualifying families.


GriefShare to discuss dealing with holidays

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a seminar will be held to help those dealing with grief during the holiday season, at College Park Church.

The GriefShare "Surviving the Holidays" seminar will offer practical, actionable strategies for making it through the holiday season.


Salamonie Book Fair Nov. 8-14

The Salamonie School Book Fair will be held Nov. 8 through 14.

Fair hours are Nov. 8, 9 and 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students may pre-order the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book, "The Third Wheel," by turning in their order forms and payments by Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Books will be delivered on the last day of the fair, Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Students and parents may participate in the "All for Books" program and donate loose change to help the library purchase new books.


LaF Arts Council honors quartet from Riverview

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the LaFontaine Arts Council presented four Riverview Middle School students with Artist of the Month awards.

Recipients were seventh-grader Pryce Whisenhunt and Alexandra Short, Tyler Ditton and Sophia Smekens, all eighth-graders.

Whisenhunt was nominated by Danielle Ellenburg in the category of choir.


Historical society holding open judging for art show

The Huntington County Historical Society is holding open judging for pieces entered into the "Hoosier Heritage Art Show and Contest."

The public is welcome to come during museum hours to vote for Best of Show and winners of each age category. Judging is 50 percent people's choice and 50 percent art and historical judges.

Stop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, to judge. Public judging ends on Friday, Nov. 9.



Giving their personal best

Students who have earned an award for the life skill of Personal Best for October from Flint Springs Elementary School are (front row from left) Emma Hosier; Matthew Bingham; Chloe Kauffman; Ethan Hicks; Matthew Pharaoh; Lena Davenriner; Julia Redner; Macy Smith and (second row from left) Matthew Daas; Cameron Oswald; Izabella Nieman; Albrie DeLaGrange; Vanessa Fry; Abby Grube; and (third row from left) Blake Schell; Austin Oswalt; Grace Dimond; Carly Collins; Sierra White; Sam Rodriguez; Heaven West and Hannah Daggett.


Face painting

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jaylen McNally (left) gets his face painted at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Halloween party, in Huntington, on Friday, Oct. 26.


Author to visit Huntington library on Nov. 29

Indianapolis author Mike Mullin will visit the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Mullin's critically acclaimed first novel, "Ashfall," was published in September 2011 by Tanglewood Press. The sequel, "Ashen Winter," was published last month.

During his visit to the local library, Mullin will speak on taekwondo, how to be a better writer and the geology of the Yellowstone supervolcano. He will also sign copies of his books, which can be purchased at the event. No purchase is required to attend.


Huntington University student musicians to perform two free recitals

Huntington University students with music majors and minors will perform during two All-Area Music Recitals this month.

The recitals will take place on Nov. 14 and Nov. 28, both at 4 p.m., in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Both are free and open to the public.

The recital will include vocal and instrumental solos and chamber music ensembles.



New Hope UBC to host craft show on Nov. 12

New Hope United Brethren Church, in Huntington, will hold a craft show on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fifteen vendors will be offering a variety of craft items including barn siding crafts, primitive fabric corsages, belts, sashes, Christmas table arrangements, grave saddles, gift baskets, holiday wreaths, baked goods, homemade noodles, jewelry and crochet items to name a few.
Concessions will also be available and face painting will be offered to children.

The craft show is being hosted by the church's women's ministry team.


Program focuses on jewelry

The Huntington County Genealogy Society will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Don Osterman, of Muncie will give a presentation entitled "Art that you wear."

Osterman has been an antique jewelry dealer and appraiser for the last 30 years.

Included in his presentation will be examples of jewelry from the Queen Elizabeth era to the present.

Attendees are also invited to bring a piece of jewelry to be appraised.


Local RTL preparing for its annual Care & Share program for needy

Huntington County Right to Life is preparing for its annual Christmas Care & Share program to benefit needy families within the county.

Specific items needed for parents include new rolls of scotch tape, new packages of gift tags, bows, wrapping paper and cash donations to be applied towards the purchase of grocery gift certificates.


Bridge club names winners

The Huntington County Senior Bridge Club met for weekly play on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Huntington Senior Center.

Winners, first through fourth respectively, were Shirley Stoffel, Dorothy Laughlin, John Ditzler and Barb McDowell.

Additional play was held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Huntington Senior Center.

Winners, first through fourth respectively, were Stoffel, Marge Barton, Laughlin and McDowell.



Huntington 7 theater to offer free screening of health care documentary

The Huntington 7 theater will offer a free screening of the documentary "Bitter Pill" on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.

The film was produced by Dr. Vivek Palavali, a neurosurgeon practicing in Flint, MI, and examines the health care system in the United States. Palavali believes the system is failing Americans.

"I find it unconscionable that the U.S spends $3 trillion annually on health care, yet millions of Americans are uninsured and sick," Palavali says. "The people in Europe, for example, spend far less, yet their citizens are healthier and live longer."


Motley crew at Andrews during the Halloween parade

Photo by André B. Laird.

Andrew the Lion (right) leads a group of area youth down Main Street in Andrews during the Halloween Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The event was sponsored by the Andrews Lions Club, which also handed out candy and refreshments after the parade.


Heneveld, Wickersham named to HU honor society

Huntington University inducted 27 new members into the Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi during a convocation held Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Local students were inducted into the Alpha Chi chapter for 2012 are Rachel Heneveld, a senior from Huntington majoring in educational ministry-family and children, and Andrew Wickersham, a junior history major from Huntington.

Membership in Alpha Chi is the highest academic honor at Huntington University and represents both a recognition of scholastic achievement and a commitment to promoting academic excellence, integrity and service.


Lincoln School hands out honors to top students

First quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Lincoln Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Students earning all A's during the quarter are:

Third Grade
Jonas Bent, Dane Blackburn, Holden Finley, Jamison Heyde, Jason Kendall, Harrison Niswander, Alanna Ruelas, Viktoria Russell and Brailynn Vogleman.

Fourth Grade
Luke Bent, Isabelle Center, Tyler Dalrymple, Kyla Davis, Quinton Fetrow, Savannah Herring, Caleb Jackson, Madisyn Johnson, Matthew Kline and Michael Kline.


Mapping the states

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Students at Northwest Elementary School took advantage of the warm weather in late October to take part in a playground improvement project. A dot stencil of the United States was painted on the playground blacktop, and the students connected the dots with chalk to draw the individual states on the map. After the states were outlined, the students painted each state.


Salamonie honors perfect attendance

Salamonie School announces the list of students who achieved perfect attendance during the first grading quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

They are:
Gabrielle Alford, Ashton Antoine, Grace Asher, Grace Barlow, Jackson Barlow, Clayton Bell, Austin Brown, Justin Brown, Brayden Cantrell, William Castillo, Kelsey Chaney, Kourtney Chaney, Asher Chipchosky, Hayden Chipchosky, Gage Crawford, Bryce Davis, Dalton Davis, Engelbert Dickson, Erica Dickson and Zane Dunno.


‘Sandy’ causing blood shortfalls on East Coast

The effects of Hurricane Sandy have forced the cancellation of more than 300 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the East Coast, Red Cross officials say, resulting in a shortfall of more than 9,000 units of blood and platelets so far.

The shortfall is expected to grow as Sandy is causing power outages and flooding in many areas. All eligible donors in unaffected parts of the country are being asked to give blood or platelets.


Salamonie Preschool Nov. 14 to be about deer

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to attend Salamonie Preschool on Nov. 14 to learn about white-tailed deer.

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

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler's basic education learning letters of the alphabet, building a craft, social interaction with other children, and time spent outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.


Lincoln Elementary honors perfect attendance

Lincoln Elementary School has recognized its students who had perfect attendance for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

They are:

Isabelle Bowers, Brookelynn Buzzard, Caden Douglas, Corbin Douglas, Jaiden Eckert, Kaydince Kalhoefer, Izabella Miller, Patience Napier, Addison Poteet and Silas Roy.

First Grade
Alexia Blackstone, Elise Finley, Logan Finney, Mackenzie Foust, Connor Hoff, Dakota Huff, Addison Ivey, Aden Kalhoefer and Lukas Moody.


Riverview Middle School names 2012-13 first quarter honor rolls

Riverview Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

Honor roll students for the quarter are:

Eighth grade
All A's - Cody Bartrom, Jessica Bartrom, Chazz Bruce, Bethany Brunner, Jeffrey Burch, Samuel Daugherty, Sydni Fife, Andrew Freck, Emma Gordon and Cora Hill.

Also, Gillian Hughes, Sarah Hunnicutt, Kevin King, Kirsten Reed, Brooke Richison, Alexandra Short, Logan Sizemore, Sophia Smekens, Garret Smith and Emily Willard.


LaMont Award winner

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bill Horoho (center) received the Herbert D. LaMont Award on Saturday, Nov. 3, during the Pathfinder Services' annual Community Recogniton Dinner. John Mignone (left), last year's award recipient, steps forward to congratulate Horoho, and Diane Adams, the late LaMont's daughter, holds a framed picture that goes along with the honor. Horoho is a past chairman of the Pathfinder Services board of directors and was instrumental in establishing Pathfinder Community Connections.


Fashions for the Arts

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jill Brown models an outfit from Chico's at the Fashions for the Arts event on Saturday, Nov. 3, a the LaFontaine Golf Club. The event, which also featured a speaker, was sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council.


Art project

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jean Wright (left) works on an art project as part of Liz Monnier's keynote address at the Fashion for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the LaFontaine Golf Club. The event was sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council.


Fit Falcons

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington University senior exercise science major Mariah Town (right) watches as Flint Springs Elementary School students participate in the Fit Falcons after-school fitness program on Friday, Nov. 2. Town, from Huntington, runs the program.


Children's Choir celebrates with concert

The Children's Choir of Huntington County will kick off its 20th anniversary season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

Mayor Brooks Fetters will be present to read a proclamation designating Nov. 4 as "Children's Choir of Huntington County Day" in honor of 20 successful years of touching the lives of children in Huntington County through music.



Doing the Macarena

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Andrews-area teens join together to dance to the "Macarena," during the Andrews Teen Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event was held at the Andrews Fire Department and sponsored by the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department as a safe night of fun for the teens.


Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 4

Daylight Saving Time in Indiana will end on Sunday, Nov. 4.
At 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, Hoosiers should turn their clocks backward to read 1 a.m.

Daylight Saving Time will be observed again beginning on March 10, 2013.



Renz Carpet Cleaners named business of the month for October

Photo by André B. Laird.

In addition to celebrating 35 years in business, Renz Carpet Cleaners was named Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month. On hand for the announcement are (from left) Chamber President Steve Kimmel, Terry Miller, Gene Snowden, both chamber ambassadors, business owners Phyllis and Tim Renz and chamber ambassadors Sue Rumple, Michelle Crone, JoDeane Knowles and Davin Smith.


Huntington Baptist starting a local American Heritage Girls troop.

Huntington Baptist Church will be starting a local American Heritage Girls troop.

The troop will be open to girls ages five to 18 years old.

An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the church.

American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered scouting program for girls that emphasizes leadership, patriotism and community service as girls earn badges in areas of interest as diverse as outdoor skills, the arts, and science and technology.


Birthday Books for Huntington Catholic School

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students at Huntington Catholic School are given the opportunity to donate a new book to the school library during the month of their birthday. That student gets to read the book first, and a label bearing the student's name is placed in the book before it becomes available in the library for other students to check out. Students donating books in November are (front row from left) Chase Lyons, Katie Shockley and Evan Linker; (middle row from left) Ethan Linker and Helena Pyle; and (back row from left) Taylor Reust and Adam Wixted.


Christmas City Chorus to be opening act for Varsity Singers at Pomp & Plenty Nov. 18

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The Christmas City Chorus, a regional women's choir based in Marion, will be the opening act for the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers' Pomp & Plenty Concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.

The Christmas City Chorus includes singers of all ages and backgrounds from 10 Indiana counties. It's one of more than 600 choruses that make up Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide singing organization for women.


Great Pumpkin Festival Costume winners 3 and younger

Photo by Steve Clark.

Winners in the 3 years and younger age group of the Great Pumpkin Festival Costume Contest stand outside the Huntington County Courthouse with their parents on Saturday, Oct. 27. Winners are (from left) Jennifer Culver, mother, with Labreanna Culver, scariest costume; Rena Claus, mother, with Bella Claus, cutest costume; Chris Shively, father, with London Shively, funniest costume; and Lyric Ladyga, mother, and Denver Ladyga, father, with Tryton Ladyga, most unusual costume.


Great Pumpkin Festival Costume winners 4-7

Photo by Steve Clark.

Winners in the 4-7 age group of the Great Pumpkin Festival Halloween Costume Contest stand outside the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, Oct. 27. Winners are (from left) Whitney Hull, cutest costume; Emily Albertson, most unusual costume; Jadalynn Browne, scariest costume, and Luke Runyan, funniest costume.


Flint Springs Elementary names first honor roll

Flint Springs Elementary School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.
Students making all A's for the quarter are:

Third Grade
Jacob Clickner, Jacob Daugherty, Erik Dupre, Alexandra Jiosa, Chloe Kauffman, Carson Kitchen, Alex Kramer, Zander Mason, Austin Oswalt, Regan Slagel and Grace Tolson.

Fourth Grade
Miranda Lippe, Garrett Palmer and Kali Stinson.


Great Pumpkin Festival Costume winners 8-12

Photo by Steve Clark.

Winners in the 8-12 age group of the Great Pumpkin Festival Halloween Costume Contest stand outside the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, Oct. 27. Winners are (from left) Chase Mickley, funniest costume; Olivia Godfroy, cutest costume; Andrew Finney, scariest costume, and Mia Russell, most unusual costume.


Roanoke Kiwanis Club inducts new president

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The Roanoke Kiwanis Club recently inducted its new president, Tinisha Weigelt, who relocated to Roanoke with her family from the Washington, DC, area. Paul Roth (left), Roanoke Kiwanis secretary, welcomes Weigelt to the organization. Weigelt says she hopes to help Roanoke youth and grow membership of the group. She succeeds Lance Wygant, who completed his term as president on Oct. 1. The club meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 a.m. at the Roanoke Brethren Church. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.


Great Pumpkin Hunt has three bike winners

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Three participants in the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department's Great Pumpkin Hunt were awarded grand prizes.

Winners have also been announced in the event's costume contest and coloring contest.

The ninth annual Great Pumpkin Hunt was held on Oct. 25 at Hier's Park.

The three participants who found specially marked eggs and won the Great Pumpkin prize of bicycles were Jenna Wilson, in the age 4-7 group, and Michael Kline, in the 8 years and older group. Aria Prouty won in the 3 year and younger group and received a tricycle.


Second Great Pumpkin Hunt winner

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Jenna Wilson was the grand prize winner of the 4-7 age group in the Huntington Parks and Recreation's Great Pumpkin Hunt on Oct. 25. She won a bicycle.


New Tech students team with FW Rescue Mission to collect backpacks, supplies

Viking New Tech students at Huntington North High School will join with the Rescue Mission of Fort Wayne to collect backpacks and supplies for distribution to those in need.

The students are working with the Backpacks of Hope program, established in memory of Huntington resident John Zachery Septer.

The students will accept donations on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Door 3 of HNHS.


Great Pumpkin hunt winner

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Aria Prouty claims the tricycle she won after finding a special egg in the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department's Great Pumpkin Hunt on Oct. 25.


Craft show, bake sale at Monson

Monson Chapel United Methodist Church will host a craft show and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa and lunch will be served.

Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day and a raffle will be held for the chance to win an afghan.

The church is located at 12220 Lower Huntington Rd., behind General Motors.



Huntington University musical will open Nov. 8 on Merillat stage

The Huntington University Theatre Company will present "Urinetown: The Musical" Nov. 8-17.

The story takes place after a catastrophic drought, when all private toilets are outlawed in order to preserve water. A single corporation maintains a monopoly over all public amenities, forcing the destitute masses to pay large fees to carry out their basic needs. The leader of a revolution against the corporation unknowingly falls in love with the daughter of the company's owner.


Candy time

Photo by André B. Laird.

Northview Church of Christ member Sarah Fulton (left) helps Mason Lewis and Emma Leidig with choosing candy during Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 28. The church teamed up with Northview Inn and Suites and Walmart to provide activities and treats for area youth.


Ready to ride

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Cowgirl Addy Miller and her faithful steed Thorsen wait for costume judging during the Zanesville Lions Club's community Halloween party on Monday, Oct. 29.


Hurlburt attends AIC conference in Indianapolis

Huntington County Commissioner Leon Hurlburt recently attended the Association of Indiana Counties' (AIC) annual conference in Indianapolis.

Hurlburt was among more than 500 county officials who attended the event Sept. 23 to 26.

The conference offered county officials a wide variety of professional development courses as well as opportunities to network with their peers.

Several state officials also provided updates on pertinent issues that assist with the betterment of county government.




Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Fourth-graders at Huntington Catholic School researched a specific saint, even creating a costume to dress like the saint, in preparation for the observation of All Saints' Day on Nov. 1.


Several locals earn honors in Huntington University's adult degree program

Several local students in Huntington University's adult degree programs have been named to the dean's list for spring of 2012.


Students with humility

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

These Huntington Catholic School students were recognized during the Oct. 26 all-school liturgy for exhibiting the Christ-like behavior of humility. Students are (front row from left) Lillian Brumbaugh, Anastasia Eckinger and Ainsley Melcher; (middle row, from left) Tyler Teusch, Caleb Scheiber, Nic Mickley and Joe Melchi; and (back row from left) Garrett Scheiber, Madeline Dunn, Alyssa Woolard and Taylor Reust.


Roanoke honors students with top grades during the year’s first quarter

Roanoke Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2012-13 school year.
Students who earned all A's are:

Third grade
Gavin Byerly, Kristin Coffman, Abi Dominguez, Kolton Foster, Brady Henline, Ashton Hosler, Hailee Kline, Jack Nelson, Luke Riggers, Reece Scheiber, Garrett Schwieterman, Micah Smith and Austin Taylor.


Outstanding service

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Recently-deceased Huntington resident Geraldine Storey was honored by the American Legion Post 7 Auxiliary for more than 75 years of service to the auxiliary on Sept. 9. Storey was a past president and had held every office in the auxiliary. The celebration was held at the Tipton House.


Crestview honors perfect attendance

Crestview Middle School has announced those students who achieved perfect attendance for the first quarter of the 2012-13 academic year.

Students with perfect attendance are:

Sixth Grade
Keegan Bartom, Colin Betterly, Shaelyn Bills, Dane Brown, Jacob Bruce, Karli Cannici, Corbin Cozad, Julia Crist, Tonya Curry and Claire Driscoll.
Also, Austin Eddingfield, Logan Fanning, Madison Fruit, Max Gilpin, Danielle Gonser, John Groves, Jacob Haneline, Katelynn Harmon, Bryan Harrell and Paul Helmich.


Bethel to host event on Nov. 6

Bethel United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Soup and Salad Luncheon and Bake Sale on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Homemade noodles and baked goods are also available to for purchase, with the proceeds going to the church's scholarship fund.

Carry-out will be available as well.
Tickets will be sold at the door or in advance by calling the church at 356-8391.

The church is located at the corner of Riverside Drive and Allen Street in Huntington.



Generous students

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

These Huntington Catholic School students were recognized during the Oct. 26 all-school liturgy for exhibiting the Christ-like behavior of generosity. Students are (front row from left) Jillian Melcher, Katie Shockley and Xavier Wallace; (middle row from left) Ethan Linker and Macy McCloskey; and (third row from left) Sarah Clor, Sydney Bowman, Gage Swada and Anthony Clor. Not pictured is Sophie Simms.


Andrews Elementary names students who achieved perfect attendance

Andrews Elementary has announced those students who achieved perfect attendance for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 academic year. Students with perfect attendance are:

Savanah Adamonis, Madison Andrews, Blake Anson, Kiersten Arivett, Gary Asher, Peyton Barnard-Crum, Micah Beal, Aidan Beaver, Raleigh Benson and Haylee Bireley.

Also, Matthew Bousquet, Scott Bowers, Tatum Brooks, Cameron Brown, Chloe Camomile, Evan Carender, Annika Carpenter, Jennifer Cicatko, Karina Clifford and Kendyl Coles.


Big and scary

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ron Bradford, of Warren, shows off the giant pumpkin he grew and carved, then brought to Huntington to show off to his fellow employees at PHD. Bradford says he was inspired by a picture to carve this pumpkin and a second one his wife has on display at the Warren Post Office, where she works. He says he used a potato peeler, a wood chisel and other woodcarving tools to create the face, which sports a red onion for eyeballs.


Master Gardeners to present program Nov. 7

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will present the program "Grow It - Gift It: Gifts For and From the Garden" on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The evening will include six stations, each with a different presentation.

Liz Saunders will present samples of food made from the garden. Sharon Ernst, Sharon Laupp and Gary Hiatt will demonstrate how to paint gourds. Christi Heffelfinger will show how to offer items for the birds for Christmas.


YFC Community Snapshot event on Nov. 8

Youth for Christ will hold its annual Community Snapshot event on Thursday evening, Nov. 8, at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington.

The theme of the evening is "A Night of Hope and Healing." Dan Wolgemuth, president of Youth for Christ/USA, will be the guest speaker.

Wolgemuth is the author of "Fragments: God's Pattern in Life's Pieces," which examines the aftermath of the theater shootings in Aurora, CO, last July. Wolgemuth has ministered to victims of the shootings.