Trail groundbreaking

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, with the Erie Band in the background, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony held Friday, Oct. 21, near the Erie Rail Trail Bridge to celebrate the start of construction of the Little River Trail.

Trail network plans

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

John Nelson, a project manager at DLZ corporation, steadies posters showing the Huntington trail network his company designed during a windy groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Oct. 21, for the latest section of the trail to be constructed.

Veterans’ expo Nov. 10 adds to vets’ celebration

Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Tim Eckert (left) and Administrative Assistant Mary Abbott are coordinating the first Veterans Expo, to be held on Nov. 10 as part of the office’s effort to make sure veterans receive all the benefits they have coming.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County has always honored its veterans on Veterans Day.

This year, the focus is a little different.

A one-stop shop where veterans can find out about — and even apply for — benefits will be set up on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the LaFontaine Center, 208 W. State St., in Huntington.

Best PALs for September

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The Northwest Elementary School September PALs celebrated their awards with a special luncheon with Huntington County Community School Corporation Assistant Superintendent for Business and Classified Staff Jon Bennett on Friday, Sept. 16. PALs are students who are nominated by their classroom teacher for showing Pride, Achievement or Leadership in the classroom. The students were presented certificates for their achievement.

14th annual Scarecrow Fest Oct. 28

Alyssa Jackson, sporting red yarn hair as part of her costume, walks the plank through Small World Nursery School’s spider pit during the 2015 Scarecrow Festival in Warren. This year’s Scarecrow Festival will be held Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Scarecrows will take up residence in Warren for the 14th annual Scarecrow Festival on Friday, Oct. 28.

The evening will also include a chili contest, games and a costume parade.

Festivities open with the costume parade at 6 p.m., with participants — in family-friendly costumes only — meeting at the corner of 3rd and Wayne streets.

Judging will take place at 2nd and Wayne streets immediately after the parade.

Quayle VP Learning Center to host Designer Purse ‘Blingo’ Night Nov. 15

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center will hold its annual Designer Purse “Blingo” Night on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Catholic School primary building auditorium at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Huntington. The doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the Designer Purse “Blingo” entitle players to 20 games.

Each bingo game’s winner will receive a designer purse. Light snack foods will be available for purchase.

Knight Bergman Center meal to fund new boiler system

The Knight Bergman Center, in Warren, will hold its annual Sunday luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 30, serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The profits collected from this meal will help fund a new boiler system for the building. The current system has failed. Records show that it was installed in 1969.

Warren Service & Supply was chosen for the new boiler. Work on the project has begun, to be ready for cold weather. The new boiler will help with the large heat bills occurring every winter.

Leaf pickup begins in Markle

The town of Markle will begin picking up leaves for residents on Mondays and Wednesdays this week.

Residents are asked to rake leaves close to the curb but not into the street to keep them out of the storm drains and allow the vacuum hose to reach them.

HU volunteers

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Huntington University students (from left) Lacy Deitrick, Carly Snyder, Alaina Bayles, Abigail Matovich and Kristen Kays, all studying in the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program, offer information about occupational therapy and adaptive equipment to try out during Run for Love 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run on Sept. 17, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, in Huntington. They were among 17 OTA students from HU who volunteered at the event, helping to guide participants along the route in addition to offering occupational therapy information.

Sundae on Thursday

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Becky Arnett (right) hands a loaded ice cream sundae to Kristen Bortner, an employee in the Child Support division of the Huntington County Prosecutor’s Office, during a United Way fund-raiser held Thursday, Oct. 20, in the rotunda of the Huntington County Courthouse. Deidre Gray (background) also worked the sundae stand on behalf of the United Way Committee to raise funds for the organization.

Promoting health

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Carly Myers and Amanda Miller (from left), iAB financial bank marketing staff members, present a $650 check from iAB to Mark Schlatter, executive director of Christian Community Health Care, in Grabill. The gift will be used for the benefit of medically underserved families. iAB has branches in Allen, Huntington, Marshall and Wells counties.

Huntington Catholic School students honored for Q1 honor roll status

Huntington Catholic School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Fourth grade – Penelope Harrell and Kylee Nevius.

Seventh grade – Laura Hartmus, Andrea Krumanaker and Joshua Plascencia.

Eighth grade – Samantha Ball, Grace Bryant, Olivia Godfroy, Lillian Holzinger, Seth Scheiber and Chloe Shepperd.

All A’s and B’s

Radio group to meet Oct. 24 at Café of Hope

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will be held today, Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope on East State Street, in Huntington.

The public is welcome. Those who have thought about becoming an amateur radio operator or just want to know more about the hobby are invited to attend.

HU makes noteworthy ranking in ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ listing

Huntington University has been ranked 37th in the National Universities-Bachelor’s category of the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

HU also landed in the 111th spot on the “Best Bang for the Buck – Midwest” list.

Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has released an annual college guide and rankings, rating schools on social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Andrews students earn honors for perfect attendance in first quarter

Andrews Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Adam Biddle, Brayden Bowling, Delanie Bruch, Whitney Bryant, Jillien Dawalt, Nevaeh Dolby, Marina Garrison, Amelia Halverstadt, Aleaha Higginbotham, Zander Lewis, Joshua Lippe, Karson Little, Tristan Mitchell, Coleson Reust, Brayden Swihart, Carson Turner and Trinity Warpup.

Getting the weeds out

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Huntington North High School seniors (from left) Jake Reust, Andrew Schenkel and Maggie Reed pull weeds from around the Air Force jet at the Veterans Memorial, located inside Memorial Park, on Wednesday, Oct. 19. As many as 400 students participated in a variety of community service projects throughout Huntington.

Discussion at Lifetree Café will focus on getting along with difficult people

Practical approaches to resolve relational conflict will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

The program, titled “Dealing With Difficult People: Secrets for Everyday Life From a Hostage Negotiator,” features a filmed interview with police SWAT commander Rick Arnold, a trained hostage negotiator.

“I think there are things people can do in their lives to manage conflict in general,” says Arnold. “One of those is to tolerate people and their differences while understanding people are at different levels of character development in their lives.”

Back to the past

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Layla Sutton, a fourth-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, holds a coyote face pelt she purchased at the Mississinewa 1812 festival to add to her collection at home. The school’s fourth grade took a study trip to the festival in Grant County.

Northwest honors students with perfect attendance

Northwest Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Samantha Atkinson, Dietrich Barker, Hayden Baumgardner, Miller Baumgardner, Morgan Betterly, Jessie Bilyeu, Levi Bilyeu, Lacie Bowers, Aliyah Bridenthal, Kameron Burkhart, Katelyn Burkhart, Alex Cannici, Eli Carter, Brayden Clabaugh, Brooke Clark, Jaxson Clark, Sydney Cotton and Adele Cryderman.

Old Plat residents to hear about transitional home

Residents of the Old Plat neighborhood in Huntington are invited to attend the next meeting of the Old Plat Neighbors group on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Davis home, 541 Byron St.

Sharon Metzger, executive director of Place of Grace, will inform the group about the new Christ-centered women’s transitional home that will be coming to Old Plat. She will discuss the new location and program and answer any questions that local residents might have regarding Place of Grace.

Leaf pickup underway in Warren

Leaf pickup is underway in Warren and will continue for several weeks, until most leaves have fallen.

Residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb. They should not be raked into the street. Leaves should not be placed in containers, as they will be picked up with a street vacuum.

Leaves will be picked up on Mondays and Fridays, but additional days will be added as necessary.

Warren residents may also deposit leaves at the mulch pile at the Utility Garages at 314 W. 2nd St., in Warren. Those leaves may not be in bags or containers.

Pumpkin Mania in Markle rescheduled for Oct. 28

The Pumpkin Mania program for children at the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, originally set for Oct. 17, has been changed to Friday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m.

Children in grades 1 through 6 are invited for a pumpkin-themed activity session. There will be pumpkin trivia, a pumpkin-themed relay, a pumpkin roll, and more. Snacks will be provided.

The library is located at 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

For more information call 758-3332.

Bicycle winners

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Winners of the grand prizes in the three Great Pumpkin Hunt egg hunts on Wednesday night, Oct. 19, at Hier’s Park display their new bicycles after winning. They are (from left) Layla Smith, winner in the 3 to 4-year old class; Serenity Sadler, in the 5 to 7-year-old class; and Riley Dolby, in the 8 years old and up class. The 13th annual event was again sponsored by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

Huntington Catholic honors its perfect attendance students for 1Q

Huntington Catholic School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Kindergarten – Elin Mickley, Ethan Fowerbaugh, Lyndzey Eckinger, Evalyn Dolby and Imogen Schnepp.

First grade – Noah Kenny, Genevieve Harrell and Claire Fettinger.

Second grade – Grace Reust, Brooklynn Olinger, Jackson Garrott, Kaydence Davis, Cheyenne Catellier, Zariah Tinoco and Xaver Tinoco.

Third grade – Josephine Kline, Lena Eckinger and Averyana Dawson.

Program to explore religious freedom

The Biblical Alliance for Truth will present a multimedia presentation and personal interview with Hilda Gutwein, a Nazi regime survivor, on religious freedom today, Monday, Oct. 24, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of The Heritage of Huntington. 

The program will focus on present-day religious persecution in America’s schools and military and historically in Nazi Germany.  It will also include a message of encouragement for Christian leaders and discussion of how to protect First Amendment freedoms.

St. Peter Lutheran to host fall bazaar Saturday, Nov. 5

St. Peter Lutheran Church, 605 Polk St., Huntington, will have its fall bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Booths featured include baked goods, holiday items, Rada knives, spatulas and peelers and two quilts made by St. Peter Quilters.

Lunch will be available for purchase.

The bazaar will all be on one level. Enter at the John Street entrance.

Honestly speaking

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Historical actor Fritz Klein, in his role as Abraham Lincoln, speaks to students at Riverview Middle School about Lincoln’s role in the Civil War during an all-school convocation held Thursday, Oct. 20. Klein spoke “in character” as well as out of character about the economic impact of slavery on the United States and the decisions that led to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The program was part of the LaFontaine Arts Council’s Arts in Education series.

Northwest students attain honor roll status

Northwest Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Fifth grade
Samantha Atkinson, Morgan Betterly, Evan Camomile, Sydney Cotton, Olivia Craig, Delaney Dorsett, Jackson Eckert, Aydon Eppard, Vanessa Frey, Macyn Hostetler, Madison Houser, Jackson Hughes, Austin Law, Lucas Lehman, Megan Lickey and Evan Lochner.

Reading together

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Dressed in their Halloween costumes, Dezmen Culver and his sister, LaBreanna Culver, enjoy a story together on Tuesday, Oct. 18, during Roanoke Elementary School’s monthly reading night. Families come to the school library to read together, then students in grades 1 through 5 may take accelerated reader quizzes on the books that they read.

The Master’s Own to present music program at Salamonie COB on Oct. 30

The Master’s Own group will minister in music Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Salamonie Church of the Brethren.
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Salamonie Church of the Brethren presents The Master’s Own in concert on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 a.m.

The Master’s Own is a family group from Fairmount that has been singing together for 16 years. They have recorded three CD projects, with the fourth currently in production.

The church is located at 2662W-600S, Warren.