HIs turn in the spotlight

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ethan Emley sings a solo, "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," during the Varsity Singers' performance at their annual Pomp & Plenty concert on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 21.

Flagmaker 1775

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Sophia Smekens, bathed in purple spotlight, sings "Flagmaker 1775" during the Varsity Singers' performance at their annual Pomp & Plenty concert on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 21.

Riveriew choir sings at Pomp & Plenty

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The Riverview Middle School eighth grade choir, under the direction of choir instructior Danielle Ellenburg, performs during the Pomp & Plenty concert on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 21, at Huntington North.

Jazz solo at Pomp & Plenty

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Huntington North High School Jazz Band member Philip Zahm takes a solo during the band's performance at the Pomp & Plenty concert on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 21.

Huntington University welcomes Merillats to themed chapel service

Taking part in the Nov. 19 Generosity Chapel panel discussion are (from left to right) Ruth Merillat, Richard Merillat, HU President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, Lynette Merillat, holding 9-year-old StellaRose and Tricia Merillat McGuire, holding 8-year-old EvelynViolet.
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Huntington University welcomed four generations of the Merillat family to a special generosity-themed chapel service on Nov. 19.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, facilitated a panel discussion consisting of Ruth Merillat, Richard and Lynette Merillat and Tricia (Merillat) McGuire. Tricia’s two daughters, Stella Rose and Evelyn Violet, also were in attendance.

12 from local FFA attend national convention in Louisville recently

Members of the Huntington North High School FFA selected to attend the National FFA Convention stand in Louisville Slugger Stadium in Louisville, KY. Pictured are (front row from left) Cora Hill, Bailey Irick, Madison Wohlford, Courtney Coffman and (back row from left) Autumn Taylor, Leigh Ann Trickle, Emma Landrum, Sarah Hunnicutt, Brandon Briggs, Kaitlyn Drayer, Taylor Scher and Brianna Mason.
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Twelve Huntington North High School FFA members were selected to attend the National FFA Convention held in Louisville, KY, at the end of October.

Attending were Cora Hill, Bailey Irick, Madison Wohlford, Courtney Coffman, Autumn Taylor, Leigh Ann Trickle, Emma Landrum, Sarah Hunnicutt, Brandon Briggs, Kaitlyn Drayer, Taylor Scher and Brianna Mason.

These members attended sessions and listened to speeches by the 2014-2015 national FFA officer team and other prominent individuals. The group also toured the Papa John’s headquarters and Louis-ville Slugger Field.

Governor honors Amanda Banks with Sagamore

Amanda Banks (left) is awarded the Sagamore of Wabash by the Indiana State Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The award is the highest honor the governor of Indiana can bestow to outstanding Hoosiers.
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The Indiana State Senate on Nov. 17 presented Amanda Banks  with the Sagamore of Wabash for serving as state senator from District 17 during the 2015 legislative session in place of her husband, who was on military deployment.

Banks was recognized for her willingness to fill the seat of her husband, Jim, while he was deployed to Afghanistan.

During her time at the statehouse, Banks championed legislation aimed at reducing Indiana’s veterans’ unemployment rate by allowing private sector employers to adopt a veteran hiring preference.

Local man wins Indiana State Auctioneer Champion Award

Jarron Miller displays his award for Indiana Champion Auctioneer, senior division, at the Indiana Auctioneers’ Association convention in Merrillville.
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Huntington resident Jarron Miller was awarded the 2015 Indiana State Auctioneer Champion Award Saturday, Nov. 7, at the 2015 Auctioneer’s Conference in Merrillville.

Miller works as a licensed contract auctioneer for the state of Indiana.

Miller says his love for auctions started when he was young.

“I grew up going to auctions – my dad took me to auctions, and that’s always what I enjoyed doing. I enjoy going to auctions, and buying and selling.”

Miller says when he was young he was so fascinated by the auctioneer’s chant that he would practice it to himself.

Hailing a half-century

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mike Thomas (right), a member of the computer operations department at Our Sunday Visitor, holds the Chicago Cubs baseball shirt with his name and the number of years of service he has had at the company during a reception held in his honor on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Applauding his achievement are (from left) OSV President and General Manager of the Offeratory Solutions Division Kyle Hamilton; Thomas’ supervisor, Beth Hoover, pre-production; Tim Shoup, executive director of manufacturing; and (partially hidden) Cheryl Moore, director of human resources.

Best in the region

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Sears Optical Regional Manager Danielle VanDuyn (left) awards Sears Optical of Huntington the number one Sears Optical store in the Indiana/Illinois region. Dr. Janet Ashley (left) and Manager Trudi Godfroy (center) accepted the award Wednesday, Nov. 11. Sears Optical of Huntington is also numbered 56th out of 697 Sears Optical stores in the United States.

Parkview Huntington Hospital earns top honor by accreditor

Parkview Huntington Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2014 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. The distinction for the hospital was included in The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia, surgical care, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and immunization.

Gingerbread decorators

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ashton Pinkerton decorates the roof of his gingerbread house with miniature candy canes at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Teens were invited to the library to make gingerbread houses under the tutelage of Christy Thomson. Thomson baked the gingerbread walls and tops, a process that took 14 hours of oven time to accumulate enough pieces, and the teens used icing to cement their structures together and add candy shingles, doors, ornaments and landscaping.

Next Francine’s Friends mammography event is set for Feb. 11, 2016

The next Francine’s Friends mobile mammography event in Huntington County will be on Feb. 11at the Huntington Free Clinic, 1255 Engle St., Huntington.

Appointments preferably should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847 or 800-727-8439, ext. 68120. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule.

The Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) performs the screening. For women who have insurance, they will bill the insurance company.

Mayor hosts Christmas open house Dec. 10

A Christmas open house will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the third floor council chamber of the City Building, hosted by Mayor Brooks Fetters.

Artwork by first and second grade students from Flint Springs, Lincoln and Huntington Catholic elementary schools will be displayed. Light refreshments will be served.

The public is invited.

Trinity UMC invites community to free holiday meal

Standing behind just a few of the 30 turkeys that will be cooked up and served at the Huntington Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 26, are volunteers (from left to right) Liz Sanders, Liz Godts, Amy Land, Katie Land, Michael Land and Jim Wilson. The dinner will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Trinity United Meth-odist Church invites the community to share in a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

This is the 30th year Trinity has sponsored the community dinner. In 2014 the dinner served 668 meals, with 125 volunteers from 14 churches working together in an ecumenical effort to put on the event.

Seeking donations of toys

Crossroad Connections is seeking donations of lightly used toys for the New 2 U Toy Trade being held on Dec. 5 in the Central Christian Church fellowship hall.

Lightly used toys will be traded for other lightly used toys to help those not having much for under the Christmas tree this year. Toys can be donated at Beacon Credit Union, 136 Northpoint Ave. during regular business hours, now through Dec. 4. All toys should be clean, contain all pieces and in working condition.

School Child Emergency Fund seeking support

The School Child Emergency Fund is seeking community support for its ongoing efforts.

The group was established in 1968 with the purpose of promoting the health and general welfare of school-age children in Huntington County.

The group consists of representatives from the school corporation, public sector and the medical community. The main areas of focus are vision and hearing, but other medical concerns such as prescriptions, head lice and clothing assistance have also been provided.

Beginners can jump into genealogy at library’s Cabin Fever-Busting session

Genealogy 101, to be offered on Dec. 5, is the first in a series of Cabin Fever-Busting programs at the Huntington City-Towship Public Library.

The series is designed to break up the long, dark winter months by offering beginner sessions on a variety of popular hobbies.

Genealogy 101 begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 in the library’s Indiana Room. It is geared toward those who have never ventured into genealogy. Laptops and family tree supplies will be provided for those who need them, but participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies as well.

Kids turn in candy for troops

Rachel Beachy (left) and Beth Bucher, of Dr. John Regan’s dental office, are pictured with one of the boxes that was filled with candy for the troops overseas during the recent “Cash for Candy” Halloween event.
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Dr. John Regan’s annual Halloween candy buy back brought much more to children than cavity free teeth.

Children brought boxes and bags of their extra Halloween candy to send off to troops.

Family Dentistry’s Halloween candy buy back on Nov. 2 collected nearly 40 pounds of candy, all of which was sent to troops serving overseas.

Although the children were paid for the candy they turned in, they were also able to learn ways to help others in need. The children also received coupons, a PowerToothbrush and a certificate for discounted dental services.

Lifetree Café film tells story of ‘Rush to Judgment’

The consequences of being too quick to judge will be examined at Lifetree Café on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

The program, titled “Wrongly Accused: A Rush to Judgment Destroys a Life,” features a filmed interview with Tim Masters, who spent 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Masters tells how he was targeted as a suspect and how the justice system failed him  and what it was like to serve a life sentence as an innocent man.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free.

Lifetree Café is located at 50 E. Tipton St., Huntington.

Block party

Aiden Kline, 4, describes to grandmother Kris Hull how he wants to proceed with the building of his block pyramid during the Purdue Extension Block Party, held at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 19. The event promoted playing with blocks as a means of developing children’s skills.

Vets' hunt lunch break

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Bruce Stanton (left), retired Huntington County veterans service officer, chats with Michael Harrell, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, during a lunch held in the Roush Lake offices following the fifth annual disabled veterans' hunt on Saturday, Nov. 21.

House topper

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lisa Reinke, of Andrews, places a bird figurine in the net on top of the fairy house she is crafting during the fairy house workshop at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library Saturday, Nov. 21. About 15 people made their own unique fairy houses, using a variety of materials, including stones, flowers, dried weeds, shells, sand and moss.

Sharing Native culture

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Jeanne Johns (right), of Huntington, a member of the Cherokee Nation, explains to first-graders at Lancaster Elementary School that the drum symbolizes the heartbeat of Mother Earth, during a presentation on Native American culture at the school on Friday, Nov. 20.

Community leader Mason retiring end of year

Steve Mason, of Insurance Services, stands in his office beside the wall of plaques and accolades he has received over the years, most of them for his volunteerism in the Huntington community. Mason will retire from the company in December.
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Steve Mason may be looking for a part-time job. That is, after he officially retires from Insurance Services, in Huntington, and gets bored of the life he now enjoys at his “Over 50” community in Fairview, TX.

Pitching in

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of iAB financial bank’s agribusiness department spent Monday afternoon, Nov. 16, staining the electrical box stands at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Jane Vickrey and Ray Paxson (right) tackle one of the stands, while (at left, from left) Rick Goettlich, Jamie Martin, Nancy Tumbleson, Lee Pasko, John Gouveia and Joel Arnold have their buckets and brushes ready to tackle the rest of the 13 electrical stands.

iAB employees spend their day off helping others

Nearly 290 employees of iAB financial bank volunteered at non-profit facilities in Allen, Huntington, Marshall and Wells counties on Nov. 11 during the bank’s third annual iCare Day.

The bank is closed on Veterans Day, and the event allows employees to give back to their communities while celebrating iAB’s anniversary as a bank.

The iAB employees helped paint, clean, landscape, pack donation boxes and prepare and serve meals to veterans at locations including Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Markle Church of Christ, McKenzie’s Hope and Northern Wells Food Pantry.

Swonger joins staff of iAB financial services

Jeremy Swonger
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Jeremy D. Swonger has joined iAB financial bank as an investment executive in iAB’s financial services department.

Swonger earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne.

He has worked in the financial industry for more than seven years and has experience in retail and mortgage banking as well as in investment services.

iAB financial bank has branches in Allen, Huntington, Marshall and Wells counties.

Funding learning

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

With construction going on in the background, Mark Wickersham (left), executive director of Huntington County Economic Development, presents a $5,000 check to Tiffanney Drummond (center) and Jenna Strick to help fund a $1.45 million expansion and renovation project that will turn the Huntington County Community Schools’ vocational center into the Huntington County Community Learning Center. Drummond will serve as director of the learning center, and Strick is executive director of the Huntington County United Way, which is serving as fiscal agent for the project.

1st Source announces several promotions

Pictured (from left) Kamie Tomasek and Amy Burnau.
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Kamie Tomasek has been named manager of the 1st Source Banking Center in Waynedale, while Amy Burnau has been promoted to manage customer service at the 1st Source Banking Center in Huntington.

In addition, 1st Source has named Brad Campbell as manager of its Covington Plaza Banking Center, in Fort Wayne, and Jessica Stephenson as manager of the Pine Valley Banking Center, in Fort Wayne.