Trolley hopping in Roanoke

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

A trolley hop and quilt show were held throughout Roanoke on Saturday April 30,with a trolley taking participants to various points in the town during the day. Boarding in front of Paper Moon Antiques are (from left) Dave Burns,  Connie Burns and Vicki Prezbindowski.

Loadng up

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Eric Powell (front) and Joe Bailey get plates of food during the Andrews United Methodist Church fund-raising ham and beans supper on Saturday, April 30.

YMCA Healthy Kids

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Huntington Police officer Joel Clark (left) watches as Gracie Farthing looks over the D.A.R.E. table at the YMCA Healthy Kids event on Saturday, April 30. The event focused on youth keeping their minds and bodies healthy, and had demonstration tables and snacks, along with entertainment.

Eating right

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Megan Bobay, registered dietitian nutritionist at Parkview Huntington Hospital, manages a snack table that also has healthy eating tips during the Healthy Steps health fair at PHH on Saturday moring, April 30.

Talking to the GOP faithful

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Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma speaks at a Republican gathering at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke on Saturday, April 30.


Skateboard geometry

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Huntington North High School students Rylie Shipbaugh and Isaac Albertson (front from left), along with classmates in the Viking New Tech geometry class at Huntington North High School, calculate the areas of different figures. The partners were using arc length to find the total distance a skateboarder travels on a half pipe. As the last project of the year, the students will design storage tanks that maximize volume while minimizing surface area.

Work to begin on Ind.-124 bridge at Richland Creek

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that bridge maintenance will begin on Ind.-124 over Richland Creek, between CR 600S and CR 500W in Huntington County, on Thursday, April 28, weather permitting.

Work will include bridge deck repair.

Motorists can expect the road to be reduced to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic during daytime hours. Work on the bridge is expected to be complete by late July, weather permitting.

Bare Necessities diaper store assisting community since March

Rev. Tim Anderson, pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, and church members Pam Wertenberger and Barba Eickhoff (from left) stand in the midst of the diapers stacked up in the Bare Necessities diaper store housed in the church’s educational building. The diapers are available twice a month to families who register through Love In the Name of Christ.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Stacks of diapers in all sizes fill a large room of St. Peter Lutheran Church’s education building.

Twice a month, volunteers from the church hand out diapers — along with baby food and a few other items for infants — to local families.

The Bare Necessities diaper store has been operating out of the education building since early March, when the church took over responsibility for the Diaper Depot previously operated by Love In the Name of Christ. Love INC remains a partner in the diaper store, handling the registration of those wishing to receive diapers.

Free health screenings available Saturday at Healthy Steps Fair

Parkview Huntington Hospital will present its spring Healthy Steps health fair on Saturday, April 30, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event is being held the same day as Healthy Kids Day, taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, next door to the hospital.

The hospital health fair will include free health screenings and services, reduced-cost lab tests, information on medical conditions, healthy lifestyle tips and reduced-cost imaging services.

Roanoke performance will revive vaudeville era

Larry Bower (left) and Scott Nedberg ham it up with a comedy routine. The two, along with singer-comedian Vickie Kibellus, will perform a vaudeville-style show at the Cottage Event Center on Friday, May 20.
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Sketches and routines from the golden age of comedy will be live onstage at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center on Friday, May 20.

The show, called “It’s A Wonderful Laugh,” stars Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg along with singer-comedan Vickie Kibellus.

Proceeds will benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry.

The show will recreate the madcap humor of the vaudeville era in American comedy, typified by the classic “Who’s On First” made famous by Abbott and Costello.

 Behind the scenes

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Darren Turney plays a harried actor in “Noises Off,” which opens  Friday, April 29, at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren. The play takes place both on stage and back stage, giving audiences a peek at what it takes to stage a show. Performances are April 29 and 30 and May 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows are at 4 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the website at or leave a message at 375-7017.

Extension offers PQA+ session for 4-H’ers

The Huntington County Extension Office will present a Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) workshop for 4-H swine members for the 2016 4-H program year. 

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 4, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. 

Preschoolers to study plants at Salamonie

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Plants” on May 25.

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

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including learning letters, making a craft, social interaction and time outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.

A fee is charged. Register by calling Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 468-2127.

Up there …

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rose Meldrum (right), manager of the LaFontaine Center, points out a feature of the center’s ballroom ceiling to Trenton Walker, a second-grader from Flint Springs Middle School. All of the school’s second-graders visited the LaFontaine Center on Thursday, April 21, as part of a tour of Huntington that included the Huntington County Historical Museum and the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Healthy Kids Day set for April 30 at local YMCA

Families can learn how to keep their minds and bodies healthy during Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

The free event is being held the same day as the Healthy Steps health fair, taking place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital, next door to the YMCA.

Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler and ventriloquist, will entertain visitors to Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA.

Many service providers in the community will be in attendance to promote and engage families in healthy activities.

Nerf Busters, food pantry winners of week-long Nerf War

Kenny Butler (left) and Jack Doughty are the masterminds behind the Nerf War that had 260 high school students firing foam darts at the “enemy” throughout Huntington County and beyond.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The war has ended.

A week-long Nerf War involving 260 high school students came to a close Sunday night, with the Nerf Busters — along with the food pantry at the Huntington Church of the Nazarene — emerging as the victors.

And the spoils for the Nerf Busters?

“Just bragging rights,” says Nerf War co-organizer Jack Doughty.

The church, though, came away with 2,060 donated items to help stock its food pantry.

Blessings in a Backpack plans wine tasting fund-raiser at Two-EE’s Winery on May 5

Local nonprofit organization Blessings in a Backpack is holding a fund-raising event at Two-EE’s Winery, in Roanoke, on May 5 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Blessings in a Backpack serves elementary school students in Huntington County by supplying them with non-perishable food items for weekends throughout the school year.

Tickets for small, medium and large tables are available for purchase, along with individual tickets. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of food for backpacks.

iAB to offer pair of Free Community Shred Days

iAB financial bank will offer two Free Community Shred Days on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
On Friday, iAB’s confidential shredding service will be available at both Bluffton offices, 1405 Baker Place and 1717 S. Harrison Plaza.

On Saturday, the trucks will be at the Huntington office, 2485 Guilford St., and at the main office, 118 E. Ludwig Rd., Fort Wayne.

A stitch in time

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Maxine Stetzel of Huntington showcases her handmade quilts at the Historic Forks of the Wabash Quilt Show on Saturday, April 23. Stetzel started quilting in 1980 and was taught by her mother and grandmother.

Lancaster Township High School alumni to have banquet May 21

Alumni of Lancaster Township High School, Huntington County, are invited to attend an alumni banquet on May 21 at the Habecker Dining Commons, Huntington University.

The evening will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

Classes of 1946, 1956 and 1966 will be honored.

Reservations for the meal must be made by May 7.

Anyone who did not receive an invitation should contact MaryAnn Douglass Eller at 356-0869 or write to her at PO Box 411, Huntington, IN 46750.

Hunters at DNR properties can win prizes

Hunters at eight reservoir properties who return a completed hunter card at Department of Natural Resources check-in stations will be entered to win prizes.

The properties are Salamonie, Mississinewa, Patoka, Brookville, Monroe, Hardy, Cecil M. Harden and Cagles Mill lakes.

The new “Check-In-Win” program is an effort to encourage hunters to turn in hunter cards at the end of their hunts. The cards contain information that is valuable to the DNR, including what animals the hunters harvested and what animals they saw while hunting.

First Federal has big check for KK Golf Outing hole-in-one winner

Children from Kids Kampus display a check for $10,000 that could be awarded during the Kids Kampus Golf Outing on May 18 at Norwood Golf Club. The prize, sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank, will be split between anyone who hits a hole in one on the 11th hole and Pathfinder Kids Kampus. Pictured (from left) are Asher Draffen, Gavin Pape, Kids Kampus Director Jodie Clark, Pathfinder Services Senior Director of Business Development Loretta Mottram, Satin Lemon of First Federal Savings Bank, Bill Miller of David Culp and Co., Norwood Golf Club Pro Patrick Davis, Haley Taylor and Rebecca Hire.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

First Federal Savings Bank of Huntington will sponsor the prize for a hole-in-one contest to be held during the Pathfinder Kids Kampus Golf Outing on May 18.

Participants will be allowed to take one swing for the chance to win. If a hole in one occurs on hole No. 11, the winning golfer will receive $5,000 and Pathfinder Kids Kampus will receive an additional $5,000. Certain restrictions will apply with the hole-in-one contest.

Spring Clean-up Day for town of Andrews is set for May 6

Spring Clean-up Day in Andrews is set for Friday, May 6.

Clean-up items, along with weekly garbage, should be placed on the curb by 5 a.m. This is a one-time pick-up; once the truck has passed, it will not return.

Citizens are asked to use good judgment when setting items out. If the driver cannot lift something, he cannot take it. Overstuffed bags that rip will be left. Additionally, the weight of any bag should not exceed 35 pounds.

Top-notch designers

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Roanoke Elementary School fourth and fifth grade art students earned awards in a Design an Ad art contest, in which they designed an ad for a real company using the company’s logo and other information provided.

Fetters recognized during Alphi Chi convention

Bronwen Fetters, a Huntington University senior from Huntington, was recognized for the paper she presented during the Alpha Chi National Convention in Alexandria, VA, April 7 through 9.

Fetters was one of six student members of Huntington University’s Indiana Beta Chapter of the national college honor society to attend the convention.

Fetters, an English literature and writing major, won a $2,500 Benedict Fellowship for her paper “Patriarchal Pink: Gender Signification in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Little Governess.”

HCSC’s program on CPR

Seth Bard will present a program on CPR and basic first aid during the May 11 lunch meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council.

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

Reservations must be made by May 6 at noon with Holly Sale, HCSC president, by phone at 355-3203; by fax at 355-3236; or by email at

HCTA awards two scholarships

Hannah Stoffel (left) and Samantha Roller.
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The Huntington Classroom Teachers’ Association has awarded its scholarships to Hannah Stoffel and Samantha Roller.

Stoffel is the daughter of Annette Stoffel. She plans to attend Indiana University, majoring in exercise science and minoring in psychology.

She plans to eventually pursue a master’s degree in physical therapy.

Roller is the daughter of Robert and Marci Roller. She plans to attend Grace College to study youth ministries.

Her goal is to become a youth pastor.

Heller to study Gaines

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Jack Heller

Dr. Jack Heller, associate professor of English at Huntington University, has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience.”

The institute will be held May 30 through June 24 at the Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in Lafayette, LA.

County council discusses new tax to fund roadwork

The Huntington County Council and Highway Superintendent Troy Hostetler discussed the importance of passing an ordinance to fund roadwork in 2017 at the board’s meeting on Monday, April 25.

Council and Hostetler are looking at an ordinance that would establish a local option highway user tax, which is a combination of the county motor vehicle excise surtax and the county wheel tax. The tax would be paid at the time of a vehicle’s registration and finance roadwork exclusively.

Local Boys & Girls Club to host 11th annual Steak ‘n’ Burger Dinner

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will host its 11th annual Steak ’n’ Burger Dinner on Tuesday, April 26. The event will be held at the club location at 608 E. State St., Huntington.

Club members in attendance will be served steak and guests will receive a hamburger meal as a reminder that the club’s work is all about the youth of our community.

The event will include a silent and live auction, tours of the new facility, dinner and enthusiastic speakers. The silent auction and tours begin at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and program will start at 6:30 p.m.