Roanoke gallery owner will serve as judge for LAC Regional Art Show

Penny French-Deal
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Penny French-Deal will serve as judge for the LaFontaine Arts Council’s 2017 Regional Art Show.

The show will be held Aug. 5 through Aug. 30 in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery of the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University.

French-Deal, an award winning contemporary oil painting artist, grew up on a farm in Indiana. She studied at the Fort Wayne Art Institute and now manages her own gallery, French-Deal Fine Art, in Roanoke.

French-Deal focuses on landscapes and portraiture, using vibrant colors in her contemporary impressionistic style.

Mt. Etna car show is Aug. 5

The Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge will hold its 10th annual car show on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Judged classes include cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods. Trophies will be awarded to each to the top three finishers in each class. Special trophies will also be awarded.

Entrants will receive dash plaques and door prizes will be awarded. Food will be available.  

The show will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration at 10 a.m., at the Masonic Lodge in Mt. Etna, a mile east of the intersection of Ind.-9 and Ind.-124, 10 miles south of Huntington.

Adding greenspace

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Josie Ferrell, 11, of Huntington, adds green “grass” in the form of green colored sugar to her forest-themed cupcake Monday, July 17, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Kids decorated cupcakes with a variety of frostings and toppings, lending them so library patrons could vote on their favorite decorated cakes.

Harshbarger will bring Andrews stories for Seniors

The monthly Salamonie Senior Luncheon will be on Monday, Aug. 7, at the Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center.

Featured speaker and Andrews native Janice Harshbarger, author of “Only in Andrews,” will highlight history and anecdotes about the town that are included in her book. Harshbarger is beginning to write a second book on Andrews history.

The program begins with a carry-in meal at noon at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

Telescopes topic at Second Saturday

Guests can learn about the night sky and how to use telescopes at Salamonie Lake’s Second Saturday event on Aug. 12.

The event runs from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with Steve and Debbie Russell hosting a telescope clinic.

Meet at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. Telescopes will be provided.

Second Saturday is a monthly educational series of programs at Salamonie Lake.

A fee per participant is payable the day of the event.

Standard gate fees apply.

HU ranked 13th among most affordable Christian universities in the Midwest

Huntington University has been ranked 13th in Christian Universities Online’s (CUO) list of “25 Most Affordable Christian Colleges & Universities 2017 – Midwest.”

A follow up to CUO’s “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities 2017” ranking, this list highlights institutions located in the Midwest that offer students affordability without compromising quality in their programs.

Huntington County Amateur Radio Society to meet tonight at COH

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will meet on Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

Anyone interested in learning about amateur radio or becoming an operator is invited to attend.

Libraries prepping for several programs

The early weeks of August will bring multiple programs to both the Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Teens can “Paint It Like Pollock” in a painting workshop to be presented on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. in Markle and on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in Huntington. Participants will learn about the life and works of artist Jackson Pollock, as well as create their own drip painting. Wearing old clothes is suggested.

Bus trip to Indiana Grand Casino to benefit Ride 2 Provide group

A bus trip to the Indiana Grand Casino, in Shelbyville, will benefit the Ride 2 Provide organization.

The bus will leave from the Methodist Church parking lot in Markle at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and return to Markle around 5 p.m.

There is a cost for the trip and it is limited to 40 people. The fee includes casino cash and a food voucher. Raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing will also be held.

To sign up for the trip, contact Carla Buzzard at 273-0748 or Lesa Asher at 438-8635.

Aug. 1 deadline for two types of ag insurance

Farmers have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2017 crop year. These programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues.

Veteran manicurist buys local shop

Tuan Phan stands next to the pedicure spa chairs in his shop, KT’s Nails, located at 1920 N. Jefferson St., Huntington The salon is open seven days a week and specializes in acrylic nails and pedicures.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Tuan Phan has had several years’ experience doing manicures and pedicures in Fort Wayne, and now he has his own shop, KT’s Nails, located at 1920 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, in the Huntington Plaza.

Phan bought the business in December and has made a few changes, including a new polish center, lighting and covers for the spa chairs. However, the name of the business, featuring “professional nail care for ladies and gentlemen,” will remain the same. Five employees staff the salon, specializing in acrylic nails and pedicures.

First Federal parent announces quarterly income

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, recently announced net income for the six months ending June 30, 2017, of $1.59 million ($1.32 per diluted common share).

Box play

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Paxten Daggett (left), 2, of Huntington, decorates a box with a little help from her mom, Rachel Kochenspager, during the “Box Play” event held Saturday, July 15, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Kids had fun using their imagination to play with a room full of various cardboard boxes, using markers, stickers and crepe paper to decorate them.

HU gets honor from Peoria chamber

Huntington University Arizona received the President’s Award from the Peoria (AZ) Chamber of Commerce during its annual anniversary and awards dinner on June 28.

The chamber’s President’s Award recognizes a local business or organization that best helped the chamber achieve its mission during the previous year.

Huntington University’s Arizona campus recently completed its first year of operation with 47 students enrolled. The Arizona campus offers bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media and graphic design.

Hopping along

Photo by Steve Clark.

Nathan Mullins (left) competes in a potato sack race on the final day of the Huntington Parks Department SPARK program on Friday, July 14, at Drover Park. All of the program’s groups came together to compete against one another in a slate of friendly competitions.

Making a safe box

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Kaydince Kalhoefer, 10, of Huntington, carefully pads a raw egg inside her plastic box during the egg drop challenge on Saturday, July 15, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Kids constructed what they thought would keep the egg from breaking after it was dropped from a ladder, using cotton balls, popsicle sticks, plastic cups and other items to make their package. Kaydince’s package was successful and her egg did not break.

Andrews Summer Festival ups the musical substance with four bands

The Andrews Summer Festival is cranking up the tunes this year, with four bands set to perform during the two-day celebration.

The musical festivities will kick off on Friday, Aug. 11, with a concert of bluegrass, country and gospel from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the festival’s main stage.

BackWater takes over from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 11. Members Gene Fugate, Tom Johnson, Rich Schwartz and Adam Kiel play country, southern and classic rock.

Checking out a Blackhawk

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Kids and staff attending Camp HERO at Crestview Middle School get an up close and personal look at a UH60 Blackhawk helicopter during a visit on Wednesday, July 12. One of the pilots of the Army National Guard helicopter was Huntington native Lt. Col. Matthew Handy. The helicopter’s crew also brought several military weapons to show to the youngsters.

School officials reminding parents to get children registered for year

In just a few short weeks, Huntington Coun-ty’s school children will be back on the buses headed to their classrooms.

The first day of school for students is Aug. 9, and the Huntington County Community School Corporation is asking parents and guardians to get their children registered now for the 2017-18 school year.

Registration can be done anytime online or in person at the child’s school on July 26 or July 27.

All students must be registered, including those who have previously attended a Huntington County Community Sch-ool Corporation school.

Shepherd’s Food Pantry to hold distribution

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution on Thursday, July 20, between 10 a.m. and noon for Andrews and Dallas Township area residents.

Food will be distributed at 67 N. Snowden St., in Andrews.

No appointment is necessary. Food is available on a first come, first served basis.

Next free downtown concert features Roustabout

Roustabout will be featured in the free Music in the City concert on July 21 in downtown Huntington. Members are (from left) Bob Thompson, Joey Spiegel, Chris Kauffman and Justin Barker.
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The Huntington-based band Roustabout will bring its harmonies to downtown Huntington during the free Music in the City concert on Friday, July 21.

The two-hour outdoor show, sponsored by the Huntington Downtown Business Association, starts at 6:30 p.m. on Jefferson Street between Washington and Market streets. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Roustabout members Bob Thompson, Joey Spiegel, Chris Kauffman and Justin Barker call themselves “a folk band steeped in Americana.”

Splash on the Wabash has new date of Saturday, Aug. 12

The Splash on the Wabash, postponed from its original date of July 8, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12.

“We’re hoping that gives the water a chance to chill out a little bit,” says Tina Bobilya, executive director of the Huntington County Visitor Bureau.

High water on the Wabash River forced cancellation of the event on July 8.

Vendors can be part of Andrews fest

The Andrews Summer Festival is accepting applications from food and other vendors for this summer’s event.

The festival will be held on Aug. 11 and 12 in Andrews.

For a vendor application, call Roger Newsome at 224-2506 or Kathy Gamble at 388-3205.

A vendor fee is charged.

Food vendors must obtain a temporary food permit from the Huntington County Health Department prior to the festival. Some vendors may be required to have a certified food handler certification. Information on the health requirements is available by calling 358-4833.

ACRES, OLVM strike land deal

ACRES Land Trust and Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters have closed on the sale of 107 acres of prairie and forest at the Victory Noll motherhouse in Huntington, preserving the land from development.

The closing took place June 6, and follows an announcement made by OLVM a year ago that it planned to partner with ACRES to preserve the land.

HCCF grants

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The Huntington County Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $50,000 to eight area organizations as part of its first grant cycle of the year.

Local resident Klepper receives public employee memorial s’ship

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Emily Klepper

Huntington resident Emily Klepper has been selected to receive an ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship.

 The ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors presented 35 scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. Klepper will attend Saint Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, and expects to graduate in 2020.

Christmas in July marks Salamonie’s 50th birthday

Salamonie Lake will celebrate Christmas in July and its 50th birthday with games, food, a parade, live music, campsite decorating and more July 21 through July 23.

Images from the lake’s history will be on display at the Interpretive Center on Friday, July 21, at 8 p.m.

A pancake and sausage breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. The meal will be prepared by the Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services Friends group. Donations will be accepted.

Davenriner launches auto detailing business

Jarrod Davenriner buffs the hood of a car at his new auto detailing business, JD’s Automotive Detailing, at 546 S. Briant St.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jarrod Davenriner will make your car sparkle.

He’ll also put the shine on your pickup, your motorcycle or your camper.

About the only type of vehicle he doesn’t service through his new business, JD’s Automotive Detailing, is a semi.

Davenriner’s exterior detailing services include washing, waxing, sealant applications and buffing.

Norwood awarded Farm Bureau scholarship

Huntington County resident Jami Norwood is among 10 students who recently received $500 scholarships from the Indiana Farm Bureau and the Farm Bureau Foundation.

The Farm Bureau awarded 13 scholarships in all, including the Marion Stackhouse Scholarship, two collegiate Farm Bureau chapter scholarships and 10 Carolyn Hegel Memorial Scholarship awards. The scholarship money can be applied to tuition, housing, books and other educational expenses.

Norwood, who is from District 4, will attend the University of Evansville.

Bicentennial quilt on display at Roanoke Library

The bicentennial quilt made by members of the Piecemakers Quilt Club in 2016 will be displayed at the Roanoke Public Library in the program room from July 12 through Aug. 14.

Members of the Piecemakers Quilt Club, an Extension Homemakers Club of Huntington County, were challenged to create the piece to be on display during the bicentennial year of celebration in the state.

Panes in the quilt depict scenes in the county as they existed nearly 200 years ago.

The Roanoke Public Library is located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke.