Making snow

Photo by Steve Clark.

Brothers Lucas (left) and Graison Sexton enjoying mixing up some “Antarctic snow” made of ivory soap, toilet paper and water for penguin figurines at Penguin Play, a youth event at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 18.

STEAM-a-thon activity

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lincoln Elementary School student Isaac Stratton creates a design of plastic gears on Friday evening, Feb. 17, as activities from Science Central wrapped up Lincoln's week-long STEAM-a-thon, an event of science, technology, engineering, arts and math designed to create awareness of the school's fund-raising drive in place of raising funds by selling candy, cookie dough or wrapping paper.

Daddy-daughter dance -- first night

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jeffrey Couch (left) and his niece, Korinne Hendricks, share a dance on Friday evening, Feb. 17, at the first of three nights of daddy-daughter dances sponsored by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department and held at the iAB financial bank Heritage Hall. The theme of the dances was "Masquerade Ball," and participants -- girls and their fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other significant men in their lives -- danced to a deejay, enjoyed refreshments and had their pictures taken in a photo booth.

Metro Kiwanis recognize pair of HCS eighth-graders recently

The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Outstanding Eighth Graders from Huntington Catholic School are Seth Scheiber and Grace Bryant.  Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Jim Dinius, past Kiwanis lieutenant governor; Scheiber, Bryant and Derek Boone, principal at Huntington Catholic.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis recognized two of Huntington Catholic School’s outstanding eighth-graders on Monday, Jan. 30.

Grace Bryant and Seth Scheiber were selected for the honor by the Huntington Catholic’s eighth grade staff for their accomplishments and scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character-building activities, faith, extra-curricular achievement and leadership.

Derek Boone, principal of Huntington Catholic, introduced Bryant, daughter of Mark and Sherry Bryant, and Scheiber, son of Bill and Susan Scheiber.

Pair from Huntington County earn fall semester dean’s list at DePauw

Samantha Witt, a senior from Huntington, and Suzanne Peters, a sophomore from Roanoke, have been named to the dean ‘s list at DePauw University for the fall semester of 2016.

The dean’s list recognizes students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Rotary seeks applicants for leadership camp

The Rotary Club of Huntington is searching for candidates to attend its 31st annual District 6540 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp at Camp Tecumseh YMCA Outdoor Center, in Brookston.
The camp will take place from April 21 through 23, 2017.

Cindy Krumanaker, lo-cal committee chair, said that participants will be selected from among students in their sophomore or junior years in high school who have exhibited leadership abilities in school, church, extracurricular or community activities.

Thomas Brown wins Huntington University history award

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Thomas Brown, a Huntington University senior from Muncie, has been awarded the university’s 2017 S.G. Whittle Johnston Memorial Award in History.

The award, presented Feb. 6 by the HU History and Political Science Department, recognizes a junior or senior history major who submits the most outstanding work of original scholarship.

Boxcar Children take up residence at Warren’s Pulse beginning on Feb. 24

The Boxcar Children in the Pulse Opera House play of the same name are (from left) Ean McIntosh as Henry, Brenner Newsom as Benny, Hannah DuBois as Jessie and Ava DuBois as Violet.
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The Depression-era tales of “The Boxcar Children” come to the stage of the Pulse Opera House, in Warren, Feb. 24 through March 12.

The play follows the Alden children, orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, as they run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Pursued by authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping family together.

Lions fish fry is Friday

The Roanoke Lions Club is hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Friday, Feb. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 160.
The American Legion is located 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Presale tickets are available at a discount.

Tickets will also be available at the door.                         

Andrews church to host gospel sing

A gospel singing benefit for Tom Collins, of Huntington, will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, in Andrews.

Collins is being treated for cancer.

Performers include the Gambles and local groups and singers. Admission is by donation and an offering will be taken.

The church is located at 116 Main St., Andrews.

Next Salamonie Senior Luncheon is March 6

The next Salamonie Senior Luncheon will be on  March 6 at noon at  the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The featured speaker will be Jen Rankin, the executive director for the Wabash County Solid Waste Management District.

Rankin will speak about the volunteer group “The Wabash River Defenders.” The group is responsible for cleaning up miles of trash in and along the shores of the Wabash River.

HSE grad ceremony set for Feb. 24 at St. Peter

A high school equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremony for Huntington County graduates will be held on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran School building, 605 Polk St., in Huntington.

The event is sponsored by the Huntington County Literacy Coalition, which also sponsored last year’s HSE graduation.

The public is invited and welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Laura Smart at ls or 579-5254.

Cats on display

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Vivian Blundall, a 7-year-old student at Aboite Elementary School, used her school project to feature cats at Helping Paws Adoption Center with a goal of helping the cats find new homes. Vivian’s family has adopted three cats from the Huntington County facility. She spent several hours on a Saturday at Helping Paws, taking pictures of the cats for her project. Several people visited the adoption center after learning about it from Vivian’s display at the Aboite Choice Fair, and one person filled out an adoption application for one of the cats featured on the poster.

Pesticides workshops set for Feb. 28 at fairgrounds

Pesticides workshops will be held for crop growers on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The sessions will be held at two different locations, including iAB financial bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds and at the Allen County Extension Office, located at 4001 Crescent Ave., in Fort Wayne.

Topics will include:

• Management of Corn Ear Rots and Mycotoxins.

• Agronomic Tools to Help with Tight Margins.

• Controlling Drift.

IFB District 4 Spring Meeting set for March 7

The Indiana Farm Bureau 2017 District 4 Spring Meeting will be held March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons on the campus of Huntington University.

Speakers will include Debra DeCourcy, chief marketing director of the Indiana Farm Bureau, and Megan Ritter, executive director of administration for the organization, presenting a strategic plan overview. Ice cream and pizza will be served.

Reservations must be made by Feb. 27 by calling Glenda Giggy, Huntington County education and outreach coordinator, at 786-3658.

Pathfinder Foundation seeks funding requests

The Pathfinder Foundation is now accepting fund requests for 2017 from not-for-profit organizations which have received a 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

A major goal of the Pathfinder Foundation is to assist people with disabilities through funding not-for-profit organizations, including Pathfinder Services in Huntington, Wabash, Marshall, Starke, Allen and Whitley counties.

Masses for sick to be held at St. Felix seek Casey intercession

Rev. Solanus Casey
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A monthly Mass for the Sick at St. Felix Catholic Center, in Huntington, will seek comfort for the sick through the intercession of the late Rev. Solanus Casey.

At the same time, prayers will be offered that the Catholic Church will officially recognize Casey as a saint.

Casey, whose intercession is credited with many apparently miraculous cures, spent 10 years of his life at St. Felix Friary, in Huntington. The former friary is now the home of St. Felix Catholic Center.

Cricket Wireless opens store in Huntington

Holly Smith (left) is the manager of Huntington’s new Cricket Wireless store. Rounding out the crew are Abby Crider (center) and Selina Olivares.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Cricket Wireless now has a presence in Huntington.

The store, which offers prepaid phone service, opened Jan. 2, at 2819 Walmart Drive.  

“We’re not a contract service, it’s pay as you go,” says store manager Holly Smith.

In addition to Smith, the store’s crew includes Abby Crider and Selina Olivares.

The local Cricket Wireless store also sells phones — everything from Androids to iPhones — as well as phone accessories including cases and tempered glass.

Kem earns Alabama pres list

Danielle Lee Kem, of Huntington, was named to The University of Alabama’s President’s List for the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

The President’s List recognizes full-time undergraduate students who achieve an academic record of 4.0, all A’s.

Scout project stocks YSB store with diapers, wipes

Bethany Marcum (left), a member of Girl Scout Troop 20042, helps Bethany Brunner, a member of Troop 20279, package diapers Brunner collected for the Youth Services Bureau’s On Your Way Up store.
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Bethany Brunner, a Huntington North High School senior, conducted a community-wide diaper drive to benefit the Youth Services Bureau’s On Your Way Up program.

The project was part of Brunner’s project for the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.

Brunner challenged Girl Scout troops in Huntington County and classes at Huntington North to donate diapers and baby wipes and sought donations from the community. So far, more than 3,000 diapers and 35 packages of wipes have been donated.

Starbucks opens franchise on Huntington University campus

Huntington University junior Hannah Johnson (left), of Decatur, receives the specialty coffee drink she ordered at the university’s Starbucks kiosk, served by barista Alyiah Foster, of Huntington. The franchise opened at the university in mid-October.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Huntington University students scored a boost to their caffeine levels this fall when the on-campus food service, Chartwells, opened a Starbucks franchise in the student union.

However, the kiosk, which opened in mid October, is not just exclusively for the college crowd. Brian Gallo, assistant director of dining services for Chartwells, says the community is welcome to come over to campus and take advantage of it as well.

Doing their best

Flint Springs Elementary School named these students as Fabulous Falcons in January for exhibiting the lifelong guideline of doing their personal best, given the circumstances and available resources.

Dental award

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Dr. John Regan (center), presents the Isaac Knapp District Dental Society’s first place award to siblings Corah Rupley (left) and Blaise Rupley for the project they entered in the Huntington Catholic School science fair, “What Toothpaste is the Best?” The dental society presents the award annually to stimulate student interest in oral health and dental careers. Corah is in eighth grade and Blaise is in sixth grade at Huntington Catholic.

Hollman named to USF fall dean’s list

Maggie Hollman, of Huntington, earned a place on the University of Saint Francis dean’s list for this past semester.

Hollman is among the university’s students who completed 12 or more semester hours of class credit and attained a scholastic semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Guild goes interactive on Feb. 18

Andrea Broxon (left) shrinks from an angry Christy Broxon, who is being held back by (from left) Travis Duckett and Adam Drummond, with Caroline Runyan (right) trying to stay out of the way, in a scene from “Café Murder.” The interactive murder mystery will be presented on Feb. 18 by Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II.
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The audience will get in on the action during an interactive murder mystery dinner to be staged on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Huntington North High School cafeteria.

The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and the show, “Café Murder,” following at 7 p.m. The dinner will be prepared by Chef Jeff Albertson.

Ruth Reed is directing the show, which takes place during the meal. Audience members will hear about the murder and must then listen to clues from the actors so that they can guess the identity of the murderer at the end of the show.

Banks taking apps for FW office interns

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks is accepting applicants for the internship program in his Fort Wayne office.

Full-time and part-time unpaid internship opportunities are available. They are designed to give students an inside view of how a congressional district office functions on a day-to-day basis. College students or recent college graduates are preferred.

Light on Etna to change to ‘all-way stop’

Due to utility relocation and ongoing Etna Avenue improvement project prep-aration, beginning the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 14, weather pending, the traffic signal at Waterworks Road and Etna Avenue will be converted to an “all-way stop.”

Accordingly, the existing traffic signal will flash red in all directions. Traffic approaching the intersection from any direction must come to a complete stop and yield appropriately before proceeding.

This change will remain in place throughout the Etna Avenue improvement project.

Family Day at Dentist set for Saturday, Feb. 18

The Huntington County Dental Society will sponsor Family Day at the Dentist on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Family Day at the Dentist is an opportunity for individuals or families without a family dentist to have a free visual evaluation of their oral health and establish a relationship with a local dentist, explains Dr. John Regan, Huntington County Dental Society spokesman.

To make an appointment for Family Day at the Dentist, call 356-6119 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day this week.

State AG announces first Do Not Call registration

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced the first of four Do Not Call registration deadlines in 2017 as part of a new telephone privacy campaign aimed at protecting Hoosiers from phone scams – “Do Not Call/Do Not Answer.”

Indiana residents have until Feb. 21 to register their information with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General “Do Not Call” list to avoid calls from telemarketers beginning April 1.

To register on the Do Not Call list, visit eral/2445.htm.

Norwood receives three scholarships

Brody Norwood, of Roanoke, has been awarded three endowed scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year at the University of Findlay, in northwest Ohio.

Norwood was awarded the Class of ’43 Scholarship, Shirley M. Lloyd Scholarship and Class of ’44 Scholarship.