Christmas baby

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington County Right to Life Christmas Baby Project Chair Norma Etherington (left) presents Blanca Gabriela Alvarez Lopez a gift bag in celebration of the birth of her son as the first child born at Parkview Huntington Hospital on Christmas Day. Lopez and her husband Martin Quiroz Escalante (not pictured) are the parents of Junior Martin Quiroz Alvarez, born on Dec. 25 at 11:48 a.m. The baby weighed 7 pounds and measured 20 inches in length.


O’Donnell to give annual economic review and forecast at HU breakfast

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Former financial services executive Jim O'Donnell will give his annual review and forecast of the economy at the Huntington University Foundation Breakfast on Jan. 9.

O'Donnell will look back on what happened during 2012 and speak to how it will impact the new year.

O'Donnell will also make the presentation to the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 8 at 8 a.m.
O'Donnell is executive-in-residence, emeritus standing, at Huntington University.


DNR to have plenty of family activities

The Department of Natural Resources has a full slate of events for the 2013 calendar year, with activities for the entire family.

Interpretive Naturalist Teresa Rody says one of the highlights of the year will be the eagle watch field trips.

"Locally, eagle watch trips will be held at Salamonie Lake, on Feb. 2 and 3," Rody says. "There are also trips at the other reservoirs as well."


Sibling rivalry

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Sisters Grace (left) and Claire Driscoll race down the hill at Memorial Park on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Huntington got its first real snowfall and many area residents showed up ready to play at the park.


Warren’s ‘Houdini’ on way to finding new home

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The aptly named Houdini, a white dog that has been running loose in the Warren area for over four months, is finally on his way to finding a new home.

The American bulldog was first spotted by a resident of a nursing home near Riverside Veterinary Clinic, says Jenelle Conley, who works at the clinic and runs Lilly Bear's Rescue, a no kill animal shelter.

The woman who came in to the office told Conley that she saw him when she was out gardening and was concerned about him.

No one caught him then, and the dog continued to roam the area for the next 16 weeks.


Library to offer ebooks, eaudios workshop

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will offer a free "eBooks and eAudios How-To and Troubleshooting Workshop" on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The workshop will be held at the Main Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Those attending should bring their reading or listening device - smartphone, iPad, tablet PC or eReader - along with the laptop if the device requires it to download items.

Advance registration is requested and may be done by calling the library at 356-0824.


REMC site temporarily unavailable for bills

United REMC reminds its customers that the company's website will be unable to process electronic payments until shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The electronic payment presentation software was taken out of service for several days to implement software updates and conduct end-of-year processing. The rest of the United REMC website remains in service.


Remove snow near meters carefully

Vectren Energy Delivery is asking its customers to proceed with caution when removing snow and ice around natural gas meters at their homes or businesses this winter.

Ice and snow accumulation can interfere with the proper operation of the gas meter given it needs to be able to release gas in case of a malfunction.

Snow removal activities can also pose a hazard to the gas meter assembly or piping and result in a dangerous leak.

Follow these guidelines when removing snow and/or ice:


Pathfinder to help with free energy assessments

Pathfinder Community Connections is partnering with Energizing Indiana to offer free residential energy assessments.

The assessment includes an analysis of the home's energy use, recommendations of appropriate weatherization measures and assistance with installing low-cost energy saving measures. Participants will receive free light bulbs and low flow faucet aerators and shower heads.

Anyone whose home is 10 years old or older may qualify for the free home energy assessment.


Helping those in need

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Parkview Huntington Hospital and Pathfinder Community Connections teamed up to adopt four families and provide gifts. In the past 12 years since the partnership began, 45 families have been served. Pictured (from left) are Erica Sheets and Deb Miller from the Parkview Huntington Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department, Bill Black with the Parkview Huntington Hospital Security Team, and Beth Stevens, Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator for Pathfinder Community Connections.


JMC acquires new van

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The Joe Mertz Center at Huntington University acquired a new van on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Through four years of fund-raising efforts, the JMC raised $3,100 toward its goal. With a $3,500 gift from Tom Ahl Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Lima, OH, the group purchased a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country minivan from the dealership.

The dealership is owned by Tom Ahl, father of 2007 HU graduate Mindi Ahl.


Courageous students

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Each week Roanoke Elementary School focuses on a different life skill. This week's students were chosen by their teachers as exhibiting the life skill of courage, to act according to one's belief despite fear of adverse consequences.  The students names are (front row, from left) Faithlyn Bennett and Miles Leach; (middle row, from left) Kylee Harris, Aaron Emley, Trey Hack, Noah Ray, Evan Hoffman and Seth McCord and (back row, from left) Max Colclesser, Garrett Schwieterman, Ian Helms, Nick Jacobs, Hannah Will, Jon Schock and Jeremiah Shoffner.


New probationary ISP troopers on assignment throughout the state

Forty-eight new probationary troopers have been assigned to Indiana State Police districts across the state after taking oaths of office Dec. 12 in Zionsville.

The new troopers are members of the 72nd Indiana State Police Academy, where they received approximately 930 hours of training over the past five months.

Three of those troopers have been assigned to the Fort Wayne District, which includes Huntington County. They are Caleb Hatfield, of Anderson; James Stevens, of Columbia City; and Joshua Thrasher, of Fort Wayne.



First Federal Savings Bank earns IHS centennial accolade

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The Indiana Historical Society, in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, presented 21 companies, including First Federal Savings Bank, with its Centennial Business Award.

The awards were presented during the society's annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.

First Federal Savings Bank celebrated its centennial anniversary on April 15 of this year. The community bank is headquartered in Huntington and has three offices in Huntington, two in Fort Wayne and one in Warsaw.



Showing off

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Jeff Owens, public education coordinator of Koorsen Fire & Security in Indianapolis, works with his two fire safety dogs, Kasey and Kole, during a demonstration on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Huntington Head Start. Owens and his dogs taught the students important fire safety tips including how to "stop, drop and roll."


Pace makes donation

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Pace Chevrolet, in Huntington, recently presented donations of personal hygiene, baby care and household cleaning products to Pathfinder Services and Love INC to assist Huntington County families.

The business collected items during November and December at its store, located at 239 Hauenstein Rd.

Each person who made a donation had a chance to win a Visa gift card, and the prize went to Vicki Knott, of Wabash.



Sparky Mart gives a Merry Christmas

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The employees at Roanoke Sparky Mart sold raffle tickets for a holiday center piece this Christmas that was given away on Dec. 20.  The money raised was given to the Roanoke School in the form of a gift card to Walmart, so that a special family could have a Merry Christmas this year. Roanoke School Principal Paul Roth (far left) and Roanoke School Counselor Ron Goetz (far right) accepts the donation from Sparky Mart employees (middle left) Anika Wiles and Kathy Zeissig (middle right), Extension Homemaker and leader of the raffle.


First Federal announces additions, promotions

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First Federal is pleased to announce staff additions and a promotion.

Heather Korporal has been hired as a full time teller at the office on North Jefferson Street. She has a degree in accounting from National College in Fort Wayne and lives in Huntington with her husband, Tim, and their two boys.


Sweet creation

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Roanoke Elementary School second-grader Renee Peterson is pictured with her gingerbread creation, "Gumdrop Stables." The school held its annual Gingerbread Festival, where students created their own gingerbread houses that were displayed in the main hallway before Christmas break.


Acting it out

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Riley Swihart, a fifth-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, reads the book "Knuffle Bunny" - a story that involves a trip to a laundromat - to classmates, standing next to a washing machine made out of a cardboard box. The session was part of the fifth grade "Book of the Month" project. In December, each fifth-grader chose a picture book to read to their classmates as well as to younger students. The students either dressed like a character from the story or bring in props to go along with the story.


Ritz visits Riverview

Photo by Steve Clark.

State Superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz (left) speaks to Denise King's eighth grade language arts class in the Riverview Middle School media center during her tour of the school on Thursday, Dec. 20.


Collecting cans

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The Salamonie School Student Council held a canned food drive for the Warren and Markle food pantries. The student council members organized a contest for all grades to participate in by bringing in canned foods to donate. The winning class (from left to right) Olivia Markley, Taylor Martz, Sydney Smekens, Kate Leichty, Haylin Loftis, Natalie Danals, Eliza Francka, Grace Asher, Peyton Miller, Jacob Miller, Logan Christian, Corbin Snow, Alivia Harmon, Kolson Herstad and Engelica Dickson collected 393 cans and will be treated with an ice cream party.


HU says ‘Merry Christmas’ with original animated tale

Huntington University is saying "Merry Christmas" this year with an original stop-motion animated tale.
Accompanied by Christmas favorites such as "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Jack Frost" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," the 24-second video follows Huntington's mascot, Norm the Forester, as he decorates a tree for Christmas.

Animators Curtis Wood and Chris Veil, both 2010 HU graduates, created the video with the help of the digital media arts faculty and others the department.


Tying one on for safety

Sheriff Terry Stoffel ties a Mother's Against Drunk Driving "Tie One On For Safety" ribbon to the antenna of Patrol Officer Kole Hacker's squad car on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 20. Stoffel accepted ribbons from Steve Mason, spokesman for the organization, in hopes to raise awareness about drunk driving during the holiday season, as Mason says more people drive drunk during the holidays than any other time of the year.


Busy elves

Lancaster Elementary School Student Council members Cameron Foust (left) and Barrett Barscz work on making trinkets for sale on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The Student Council held a three-day sale, "Santa's Workshop," and the proceeds from the event were donated to Riley Children's Hospital.


All aboard!

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The annual "Polar Express" Day at Roanoke Elementary School is celebrated by (from left) Scott May and Lucas Tallman, who display their Polar Express tickets before their departure on the "train" that is constructed in the main hallway.


Warren resident Bryant qualifies for U of Northwestern Ohio dean’s list

The University of Northwestern Ohio announces Victoria A. Bryant, of Warren, has made the dean's list for fall quarter 2012 in the College of Occupational Professions.

Full and part-time students must receive a grade point average of 3.5 or better to be named on the dean's list.



Rethlake picks good time to start winning contests

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chelsea Rethlake has never had much luck in contests.
But she picked a good time to start.

Rethlake won a vacation from JCPenney after visiting the Huntington location and participating in the store's "Merry Christmas America" promotion. It's a nationwide campaign that has seen JCPenney stores hand out 80 million free holiday buttons with codes printed on the back. Customers are instructed to visit a website where they can input the codes and see if they've won a prize, which could be anything from a gift card to merchandise.
Or, in Rethlake's case, a trip.


Students pitch in

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Huntington North High School vocational students (from left) Tyler Spooan, Roger Jones, Wade Marrill, Hunter Haney, Val Tamm, Brandon Satterthwaite, Xavier Shaw, Robert Clor, Matt Caley and Paul Arivett donated Christmas gifts to the Salvation Army on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The students raised money to buy the gifts, purchased and wrapped the gifts themselves. The students' instructor, Mick Jarrett, says the vocational students of HNHS have been donating to the Salvation Army each Christmas for the past four years.


Santa visits Kiwanis

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Santa Claus visits the Metro Kiwanis annual Christmas party. Santa visited with the Kiwanis members and their special guests.


Seven from Pathfinder Services attend NeighborWorks conference

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Seven members of the Pathfinder Services staff attended a conference in Washington, DC, sponsored by NeighborWorks America.

Attending the five-day conference were Natalie Fisher, Jan Baumgartner, Larry Carr, Diana Laux, Loretta Mottram, Tim Federspiel and Andy Ayers.

NeighborWorks America, the conference sponsor, is a national leader in affordable housing and community development. Conference topics included management and leadership, community and neighborhood revitalization, homeownership, community lending and affordable housing.


High school students can test their math skills in competition at USF

The University of Saint Francis will host the state's only American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10/12 for high school students in grades 9-12 on Feb. 5, in the Pope John Paul II Center.

Activities will begin at 6 p.m. with food and refreshments, and the 75-minute test will follow.

A program will be available to parents during the test, and the event will wrap up with awards. Depending upon scores, students may have a chance to advance to national-level competition.


Arts council recognizes three Crestview students

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The LaFontaine Arts Council presented Artist of the Month Awards to three Crestview Middle School students, on Friday, Dec. 14.

Eighth-graders Tyler Gates, Jaycee Thorn and Stone Myers accepted their awards from Debbie Dyer, executive director of the arts council.

Gates was nominated by band director Doug McElhaney.

Gates has competed in solo and ensemble contests where he earned gold ratings and was selected to the all-region band. He was also named Student of the Year and Student of the month three times.

Gates is the son of Troy and Linda Gates.


A visit from Ronald

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Ronald McDonald visits Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday, Dec. 19, as a special surprise for the entire school. Ronald was on hand to talk to students about friendship, bullies and staying fit before he accepted a donation of 280 pounds of pop tabs the school has been collecting over the past several years. The pop tabs will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, an organization that provides a home away from home for families of hospitalized children.


Upcoming RC drives

The Red Cross of Huntington County announces upcoming blood drives in the month of January.

• On Jan. 12, from 8 a.m. to noon, a blood drive will be held at Central Christian Church.

This is a "Power in the Blood" interfaith initiative, which aims to bring together groups of all beliefs to help the community maintain the supply of donated blood.

The church is located at 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.

• Evangelical United Methodist Church will host a blood drive on Jan. 14, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Antlerless deer season starts Dec. 26 in state

One of the many changes to deer hunting regulations that were implemented this year will take place when the special antlerless season begins Dec. 26.

The purpose of the extra season is to focus the state's deer management on counties with high deer densities.

The extra season runs for 12 days and will take place only in counties with a bonus antlerless quota of four or more. Huntington County has a bonus antlerless deer quota of eight.


Daas is spelling champ at Flint Springs Elem.

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Fifth grader Emily Daas, daughter of Joel and Jane Daas, is spelling bee champion at Flint Springs Elementary School for the 2012-13 school year.

Daas correctly spelled the word "enact" in the 22nd round of the bee to clinch the title.

Runner-up was fifth- grader Bailey Godfrey, daughter of Brett and Cyndi Godfrey.



Christmas duet

Photo by Steve Clark.

Andrews Elementary fifth-graders Jayden Bolinger (left) and Kendyl Coles sing a Christmas song in the school's gymnasium during its All-School Sing-A-Long program on Thursday, Dec. 20.


Walker at Lox Inc.

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Tiffany Walker has joined the staff of Lox Inc. as a hairsylist.

Walker has 20 years of experience as a stylist. She is available Tuesdays through Saturdays and will accept walk-ins and appointments.

To make an appointment with Walker, call 388-5257,

Lox Inc. is located at 125 Stadium Drive, Huntington.



Christmas celebration

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Scott Harvey, a substitute teacher at Northwest Elementary School, helps students open their milk cartons during an all-school Christmas dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 18. All staff members and students attended the dress-up dinner as a school family. Place cards, cloth table coverings, centerpieces and Christmas decorations provided an elegant atmosphere in which the students displayed their best manners.


A Merry Christmas

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Salvation Army volunteer Linda Poling (right) assists Stephanie Roberts in picking out toys for her children on Thursday, Dec. 20, during the Salvation Army's Toy Shop. Area families had the opportunity to shop for clothes and toys for their children and received some groceries as well.


Emley hits 25 years with PHD

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Dan Emley will celebrate 25 years of service at PHD on Dec. 28.

He currently works as a CMM programmer on second shift.



Smart graduates from Purdue

Monty Smart Jr., son of Monty and Anita Smart of Huntington, graduated from Purdue University on Dec. 16.
Smart majored in civil engineering with emphasis on architectural engineering.

He is a 2005 graduate of Huntington North High School.



Community Foundation gives Kudos

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Desiree Fredrick (center), Boys & Girls Club staff member, accepts a Kudos Grant check from Bill Hancher (far right), president of the Huntington County Community Foundation Board of Directors, as Garrett Hubartt (far left) and Aliyah Stephens show their approval. Hancher selected the Boys & Girls Club for this grant donation to award their tireless work in Huntington County.


Payless partners with local B&G club

Payless ShoeSource is launching an international children's shoe-giving program, "Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids," and has announced its selected charity partners including the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.

The program will give $1.5 million of free shoes to children of families in need this holiday season.


Learning to serve

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School 12th-grader Tabitha Rader rakes leaves at the Huntington House on Monday, Dec. 17. Huntington North's J.A.G. class assisted Huntington House with chores around the yard. The class is also collecting toilet paper, paper towel and Kleenex, which will be donated to the agency.


Cottage Event Center gets Roanoke CC biz honor

The Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, has been named 2012 Business of the Year by the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce.

The award was presented during the chamber's annual Christmas party, held Dec. 11 at the Cottage Event Center.

Since opening in March, the Cottage Event Center has hosted weddings, parties and political events, as well as dinner theater and musical presentations.

The Cottage Event Center is owned and operated by Hamilton Hospitality Group LLC.



Nail Station moves to new location, expands its hours

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Nail Station has moved to a new location, expanding both its staff and its hours with the move.

In addition, owner Greta Lesh says the shop now has four chairs, double the number it had at its previous location on State Street.

The Nail Station opened at 317 Hauenstein Road, Suite 103, on Monday, Dec. 17. Lesh opened the business six years ago on State Street, and says the move was prompted by a need to expand.


Registration through Jan. 11, 2013 for upcoming ACT college exam

Registration is now open for the Feb. 9, 2013, administration of the ACT college and career readiness exam.

Students who want to take the exam must register by Jan. 11, 2013.

Students can register online at or by mail. Paper registration forms can be obtained from school counselor offices or by requesting a registration packet from ACT.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It measures what students have learned in school and what they need to know to be ready for first-year college courses.


Artists of the month

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

The LaFontaine Arts Council's artists of the month for December are Huntington North High School seniors (front row from left) Kylie Tester, Molly Irick, Cheyanne Geideman, Ana Wenning and Austin Stucky. Here, they pose in front of their nominators (back row from left) Richard Spenner, theater arts teacher; Chris Whitacre, band person; Jerry Wright, visual arts teacher; John Wenning, music department chair; and Charles Hayden, auditorium manager, on Friday, Dec. 14.


Still ringing

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Huntington Optimist Club members Gene Snowden (center ) and Darlene Stanley thank a donor for his contribution to The Salvation Army while ringing bells on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Kmart store in Huntington.


Tribolet, Duffer earn HU Peer Award

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The Huntington University Peer Award recipients for December are Polly Tribolet, accounts payable/student payroll processor, and Jay Duffer, assistant professor of theatre arts.

Tribolet was recognized by Anita Gray, director of library services, because of her graciousness in helping Gray with student payroll.

"Polly kindly answered all my questions with patience and grace, sometimes repeatedly. I thank you, and our student workers definitely thank you, for your gracious help," Gray said.


Opera Block Market now open to offer grocery items to downtown employees and residents

Photo by André B. Laird.

Playing a little off history, Huntington resident Justin Wall has opened the Opera Block Market at 45 E. Market St., in Huntington.

"In the late 1800s to early 1900s, this block was known as the Opera Block," Wall says.

"There were a lot of high-end stores and we decided to stay true to that history."

Wall adds that an opera house was located above the store.

When deciding to open the store, Wall points to several reasons.


New Hope UCC sets holiday service

New Hope United Church of Christ, Bippus, will hold a worship service on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

The candlelight service will include Holy Communion.

New Hope United Church of Christ is located at 9160W-800N in Huntington County.



Boxing up baked goods

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Paula Weill tapes up boxes of cookies on Saturday morning, Dec. 15 in Assumption Hall at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Volunteers prepared 225 cookie boxes that morning, to be delivered to those in need by the church's organization The Open Door.


Ivy Tech offering courses locally

Ivy Tech Community College - Northeast is offering courses in Huntington County for the spring semester schedule, beginning Jan. 14.

Classes will take place at Huntington North High School, 450 MacGahan St., and Huntington WorkOne, 1314 Flaxmill Rd.

Courses being offered in Huntington County include:


Bust a move

Photo by Steve Clark.

April England (center), a Pathfinder Services client, dances to Christmas music during a Christmas party at American Legion Post 85, in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 15. The post hosts the party each year.


SportDOG grant will help restore wildlife habitats at Salamonie Lake

Salamonie Lake will use a $5,000 grant from SportDOG Brand to buy a piece of equipment to help the property restore habitats.

Salamonie will use the grant, combined with funds from the property, to buy a compact track loader with a tree mulcher attachment. The machine will clear small trees and restore grassland and shrubland habitat to increase hunting opportunities and wildlife diversity.

The machine will primarily be used to restore and maintain grassland-priority areas and woodcock-management areas at Salamonie.


Scholarships now available for HC 4-H members

Huntington County 4-H members looking for financial assistance with upcoming post-high school educational efforts are encouraged to apply for state 4-H scholarships.

Available scholarships include:

• Indiana 4-H Foundation Senior Year Scholarship - 4-Hers who are currently high school seniors may apply for a scholarship of a minimum $250.

These funds can be used towards any post high school training or degree of study and does not have to be in Indiana.


HAT holiday schedule

The Huntington County Council on Aging announces their Christmas holiday schedule.

Huntington Area Transportation (HAT) and the Senior Center will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, to observe the holiday season.

You can contact HAT and the Senior Center at 359-4410.



Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot raises $17,000 for Pathfinder Kids Kampus

Photo by Steve Clark.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus, in Huntington, received a check from local business representatives on Friday, Dec. 14, for $17,000 for proceeds raised at the child care center's Turkey Trot fund-raiser held on Nov. 22.

On hand to present the check were Sonya Foraker, of Parkview Huntington Hospital; Britt Sather, Jessica Blumenfeld and Angie Dailey, all of the Huntington McDonald's restaurant; Bill Miller, of David Culp & Company LLP; Michael Zahn, of First Federal Bank; and Tom Mettler, of Mettler Agency Inc.


HELP Inc. scholarship

Huntington County HELP Inc. for Disabled Citizens announces that it is accepting applications for the Jane Nes Memorial Scholarship.

The $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a full- time or part-time Huntington County resident who is a student enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning and who has been accepted into its nursing program, with the intention of becoming a registered nurse.

Applications are available at Bippus State Bank during regular business hours.

Completed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2013.



BSB employees share their time, money with others

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Employees of Bippus State Bank, in Huntington, are winding up a year of giving to the community.

They contributed $600 to Love INC's Back to School Fair in August.

Throughout the year, Bippus State Bank employees are given the opportunity to wear jeans to work on Fridays for a $2 donation to their jeans fund.

This money is then used throughout the year to give back to those in the community who are less fortunate by purchasing jeans and other clothing.

During the Christmas season, Bippus also adopts local families through Love INC.


Winter fun

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Cub Scout Ashton Berghoff (center) swings on a rope supported by poles held by Boy Scouts Nathan Bausser (left) and Logan Boyer (right), while scout leader Nate Williams and other scouts watch. The activity took place took place during a winter weekend campout at the Fort Wayne Beagle Club by Boy Scout Troop 302 and Cub Scout Pack 3131, both of Roanoke. Some of the scouts made their own sleeping shelters out of boxes.


Soccer dribblers raising funds for charity serving homeless in Toledo OH

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Huntington University students Jake Essig and Isaac Beal will join two friends to dribble soccer balls 250 miles this spring to raise money for the homeless in Toledo, OH.

Essig, of Monroe, OH, and Beal, of Greenfield, will join friends Derek Garde and Nick Streibick, both of Monroe, OH, to make the trip from Monroe, OH - a suburb of Cincinnati - to Toledo.

They plan to begin the trip on May 20 and cover 15 miles a day, completing the journey by June 15.


Enjoying some cocoa

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Roanoke Elementary School Media Clerk Tammy Winans pours herself a cup of hot chocolate, part of a "Hot Chocolate Buffet" set up in the teacher's lounge by the PTO on Monday, Dec. 17. The buffet was set up as a thank you for the staff of the school, and featured hot chocolate, marshmallows, whipped cream and an assortment of treats.


Red Cross Blood Services holds annual recognition

The Indiana-Ohio Region of American Red Cross Blood Services hosted its annual recognition dinner at the Fort Wayne Marriott.

Awards were presented to recognize the outstanding achievements and volunteer service of individuals and businesses in the region. Among them were several from Huntington County.


Rhodes to offer Mass for CT victims

Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes, leader of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese, will offer a Mass on Friday, Dec. 28, for the victims of the Dec. 14 killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and their families.

The Mass will begin at 12:05 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne. All are invited to attend.

The Catholic church observes Dec. 28 as the Feast of the Holy Innocents, commemorating the children who were killed by King Herod during the time of Jesus' birth.



12 on 12/12/12

Photo by Steve Clark.

Layla Rigdon (middle), a fifth-grader at Flint Springs Elementary, turned 12 on Dec. 12 and hands out M&M's to fellow Flint Springs student Jade House (left) along with fourth grade teacher Peter Kitchen, who turned 40 on the same day.


Glitter on the ornament

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Jason Couch (right) gets some help from his mom Candice Couch in making a Christmas ornament during a pre-school session at Salamonie Reservoir on Wednesday, Dec. 12.


Huntington University missions team provides orphans with place to lay

Come January, the orphaned girls at the Home of Love in India will finally have a soft place to lay their heads at night.

Almost a year after returning from a missions trip to Chennai, India, the Huntington University team has reached and exceeded its fund-raising goal of $20,000 for the Home of Love, an all-girls orphanage in Chennai, India. Next month, a team of HU students is going back to finish the job.


Roanoke Kiwanis, school ring bells for SA

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The Roanoke Kiwanis teamed with the Roanoke Elementary Student Council to raise money in the area by ringing bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec 2.

Over the course of the two days, the two groups raised $399.21 in the kettles. The Roanoke Kiwanis and the Roanoke Elementary Student Council thank the contributors that made the fund-raising efforts possible and Lassus Handy Dandy, Hoosier Foods and the Roanoke Post Office for allowing them to stand near their entrances.


Huntington County HELP Inc. offers minimum of 5 student scholarships

Huntington County HELP Inc. for Disabled Citizens is offering a minimum of five scholarships to students who are majoring in fields of study that promote service to people with disabilities.

Among the fields considered are speech and hearing, special education, physical and occupational therapy, nursing, medicine, counseling and social work, as well as other areas of study in the medical and mental health areas.


Preserving history

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Beacon Credit Union presented a check for $500 to the Huntington County Historical Museum, during an open house at the museum. On hand for the presentation were several museum board members and (front row, from left) Sue Rumple, of Beacon Credit Union; Patty Souers, museum board president; Sarah Schmidt, museum director; Cheryl Kissinger and board member Ann Erickson.


Boys & Girls club, Unilever team up for self-esteem w’shop

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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County and Unilever combined efforts to help encourage healthy self-image in teens by conducting a Self-Esteem and Body Confidence Workshop at the club, in Huntington, on Thursday, Nov. 29.


Warren classes donate to KBC preservation

The Warren High School classes of 1952 and 1962 recently made donations to the Knight-Bergman Center Preservation Fund.

The class of 1952 donated $2,325, while the class of 1962 donated $2,340.

In addition, the preservation fund was also the recipient of a $25,000 donation from the estate of an anonymous member of the class of 1941.

All dividends and interest from the fund are used for matching monies for grants or for upkeep of the Knight-Bergman Center.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to Box 532, Warren, IN 46792.



Community Connections to again do tax prep

Pathfinder Community Connections, the community development division of Pathfinder Services, will again be providing free tax preparation assistance to people with low-to-moderate income this year.

Anyone can volunteer for the free tax preparation program as the IRS provides free tax law training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns. Volunteers do not need to have prior tax experience. Pathfinder Community Connections will train all volunteers.


Hill earns top teller honor at First Fed

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First Federal Savings Bank announces that Addey Hill has been named the Teller of the Year for 2012.

Hill works at First Federal's north office and has been employed with the institution since September of 2011.
This recognition comes from accuracy, hard work, customer service, dedication, number of transactions and job knowledge.

Cietera Vogleman, Addey Hill, Janelle Gates and Carrie Shipbaugh were recognized for their high transaction counts and newer tellers Stacia Lewis and Jamie Hughes received Rookies of the Year honors.


Food pantry to distribute on Dec. 20

The Shepherd's Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Boxes of food will be available for Andrews area residents and will be handed out between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon at their new location, 67 N. Snowden (old Union Building behind the town hall) in Andrews.

No appointment is necessary. The distribution is on a first come-first served basis.



Sprinkle acquires total Brick House ownership

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Andrew Sprinkle obtained sole ownership of Brick House Grill, in Huntington, on Sept. 1.

The restaurant, located at 19 W. Washington St., features steaks, seafood and spirits.

"There will be no changes in our menu at this time," Sprinkle says. "We will continue to offer catering and a full-service restaurant to the Huntington area.

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The business phone number is 260-224-6696.


Winning T-shirt designer

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Elijah Van Dine was chosen as the winner of the T-shirt design contest for "The Pit," a section of student fans at HNHS athletic events. Part of his prize included a Z-Place pizza. T-shirts are available for purchase at Huntington North High School's athletic office.


Salvation Army in midst of biggest fund-raisers

The Salvation Army of Huntington County has been in the midst of its biggest fund-raising efforts of the year.

Between the collection kettles and mail appeal efforts the organization has raised $39,422.02, which is approximately 40 percent of its goal of $100,000.

Donations will continue to be accepted through Dec. 31.


Applications being taken for Decker Scholarship

Huntington County HELP Inc. for Disabled Citizens is accepting applications for the John Decker Memorial Scholarship.

Decker was a former board member.

The applicant must be a resident of Huntington County, who is a graduating senior or enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning.

Criteria for selection include:


Local hospital guild elects officers for 2013

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The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild has elected its leading officers for 2013.

Meeting on Nov. 27, President Phyllis Pieper presided over the elections process. Guild officers installed for 2013 include Vicki Patrick, president; Susan Smith, vice president; Phyllis Pieper, treasurer; and Pat Hall, secretary.


Five locals achieve ‘Top Visits’ among dog group

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Five Huntington County team members of Fort Wayne's Three Rivers Visiting Dogs group achieved "Top Visits" ranking this past year.

In total, the group made 939 visits, with the Huntington team members accounting for one-third of the visits. The Three Rivers group has 100 members in all.


Tim McCune joins Pathfinder Services as firm’s web designer/developer

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Tim McCune has joined Pathfinder Services as web designer/developer.

McCune previously worked for Shuttleworth in the company's marketing department as the marketing communications manager.  He worked with many co-workers and customers in the USA and European locations and was trained though Huntington University on video production and editing.

McCune shot over 500 videos for promotional use for the Shuttleworth website.


Warden Grinch

Photo by Steve Clark.

Second graders at Flint Springs Elementary pass through "jail," supervised by a life-size Grinch mannequin, while playing a holiday-themed version of fitness Monopoly in Jo Ellen Earhart's physical education class on Wednesday, Dec. 12.


Law’s Country Kennel reaches 25th year

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Twenty-five years ago, Deborah Law saw a boarding kennel as a way to bring in some supplemental income.

Today, Law partners with her son, William Law, to care for as many as 85 pets - mostly dogs - at a time, with the help of a dozen part-time staffers.

Law's Country Kennel, located near Roanoke, is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.


RediMed clinics distributing season flu shots

RediMed urgent care clinics in Fort Wayne and Huntington are distributing seasonal flu shots on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Flu shots are available for anyone age 4 and older. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No appointment is necessary.

A limited supply of flu shots for children ages 6 months to 3 years is also available. Interested parents are asked to call RediMed.

Pneumonia shots are also available at RediMed.

A fee is charged for all shots.



Master Garden intern training to start on Jan. 14

Purdue Master Gardener intern training will be held at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jan. 14 through March 11. 
Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape and fruit plants.

The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 17.

There are many projects in which individuals can volunteer in the area once they have completed the Master Gardener intern coursework.


4-H Beef Identification Day set for Jan. 5 at Hier’s Park

Huntington County will hold its annual 4-H Beef Identification Day on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the cattle barns at Hier's Park.

Huntington County 4-H members planning to exhibit beef steers and/or non-registered breeding heifers must bring their animals for weighing, identification and ear-tagging between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon.

Animal enrollment forms will be mailed the week of Dec. 18 to all 4-H beef members who were enrolled in the 4-H beef project for the previous year.


Well organized

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Each month, Huntington Catholic School presents Spirit Awards to students who display Christ-like behavior. Students recognized during the Dec.


Birthday books

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students at Huntington Catholic School have the opportunity to donate a new book to the school library during the month of their birthdays. The student donating the book gets first chance to read it before it is placed in the library. Students donating books for December birthdays are (front row from left) kindergartners Baden Craig and Lillian Brumbaugh; and (second row from left) Laura Hartmus, second grade; Penelope Harrell, kindergarten; and Alivia Shockley, first grade.


Forks lists winners in holiday decorating contest

Organizers of the Christmas at the Forks event announce the winners of its tree and wreath decorating contest, along with the voters who won the trees and wreaths to take home.

They are:

People's Choice
Not for Profit category
First Place - Huntington University Professional Programs, won by Larry Taylor.

Second Place - Hatpin Has Beens sponsored by Gib Young Insurance, won by Courtney Wiegmann.

Third Place - Psi Iota Xi Sorority, won by Anna Schroeder.


Murder mystery authors to speak at Senior lunch

The monthly Senior Monday carry-in luncheon at the Salamonie Interpretive Center on Jan.7 will feature a discussion with two authors of a murder mystery novel and a book signing afterward.

People age 50 and older are invited to the luncheon, which starts at noon.

Authors Deb Dulworth and Linda Hanna will share their humorous and sometimes chilling experiences while writing "Reflections of a Stranger" together. The novel is a murder mystery set in a retirement community.


Subscription winners

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Huntington North High School band members (from left) Ed Yanes, Drew Zahm, Molly Irick and Alix Zimmerman have each been awarded a one-year subscription to the software program Smartmusic through a grant received from Ecolab. All four musicians will participate in the top level of a solo competition in January, and the software will help them prepare for the competition. To help underwrite subscriptions for other students, contact one of the band's directors, Chris Whitacre and John Gardner, at 356-6104, extension 1034.


Wheat acres certification for FSA is Dec. 15

Producers have until Dec. 15 to certify the acreage they have planted in wheat, the Huntington County Farm Service Agency (FSA) says.

This certification deadline is a change from previous years.

The FSA will accept crop certifications from farm operators, farm owners, persons authorized by power of attorney, tenants and sharecroppers. The office will also certify Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land at this time.


Merciful students Spirit Awards

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Each month, Huntington Catholic School presents Spirit Awards to students who display Christ-like behavior. Students recognized during the Dec. 7 all-school liturgy for being merciful are (front row from left) Gwyneth Penrod, kindergarten; Andrea Krumanaker, third grade; Joseph Bowers, second grade; and Ella Mettler, first grade; (middle row from left) Hailee Wilcoxson, fifth grade; Corah Rupley, fourth grade; and Lindsay Godfroy, second grade; and (back row from left) Ben Young, sixth grade; Max Pyle, eighth grade; and Isiah Fettinger, seventh grade.


Flint Springs Elementary recognizes the life skill of truthfulness

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Flint Springs Elementary recently recognized students who displayed the life skill of truthfulness. Honored students were (first row, from left) Thomas Dunnuck, Sullivan Marshall, Cameron Spencer, D.J. Cochran and Wesley Reynolds; (second row, from left) Porter Kennedy, Sydney Palmer, Gabrialla Betterly, Alyson Reust, Dylan Dunnick and Aaron Smelser and (back row, from left) Jarrett Shenefield, Ameray Johnson, Emily Daas, Laney Marshall, Grace Tolson and Parker Thomas. Not pictured are Ian Crider, Matthew Grube, Lauren Pharoah and Carley Bickel.


County Junior Leaders collecting food items to benefit community

The County Junior Leaders are collecting food items to benefit the Huntington County community.

Items are being collected at the Extension office through Dec. 27.

All items collected will be given to food pantries in Huntington County.

The Huntington County Extension Office is located at 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Courthouse Annex, Huntington.

For more questions contact the Extension office at 358-4826 or email jwick



Health care grant

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Sharon Kay (left) director of the Huntington County Free Health clinic, accepts a Kudos Grant from Bill Hancher, president of the Huntington County Community Foundation board of directors. Hancher selected the clinic as a grant recipient to acknowledge the services it provides to Huntington County residents who need acute and chronic health care, but who lack the income, medical insurance or any kind of third party payer that would enable them to find access to the medical care they need.


National Weather Service honors Covey for volunteer observation

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Larry Covey has been recognized by the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service for serving as a volunteer weather observer at the Huntington Waterworks plant for 15 years.

Covey's daily observations include the maximum and minimum air temperatures, 24-hour rainfall amounts, 24-hour snowfall amounts, snow depth and snowfall water equivalent.

That information helps paint an aerial picture of how much rain or snow has fallen in the area, says Brentley Lothamer, observation program leader for the National Weather Service.


Affirmation meeting Jan. 23 for high school seniors in 21st Century Scholars Program

An affirmation meeting for all high school seniors participating in the Twenty-first Century Scholars program will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Huntington North High School.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., but those attending must arrive at 5:45 p.m. to sign in.

The meeting is required for program participants. The students and their parents will complete forms necessary to receive the Twenty-first Century Scholars Tuition Award.


Making it fit

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Lions Club members Doug Waldfogel (left) and Doug Sharrard assist a customer with fitting a Christmas tree in her vehicle on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Lions Club annual Christmas tree sales lot is set up on West Park Drive across from Sunken Gardens.


Filling the truck

Isaac Haupert, an eighth-grader at Crestview Middle School, carries a stack of instant noodle soup to a waiting truck on Monday morning, Dec. 10. Students and staff members at Crestview collected food items to be donated to The Salvation Army's food pantry, and the donations were delivered Monday morning. Students in each of the Huntington County Community Schools collected food for the organization's pantry.


Wrapping hope

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Sarrah Kerlin, her mom Dawn and sister Rebeccah (from left) work together to wrap gifts for needy children on Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Peter's First Community Church. The group wrapped more than 2,000 gifts for 120 families who will benefit from Love INC's Adopt a Family for Christmas project.


Extension office to hold block party workshops

The Purdue Extension Office of Huntington County will hold block party workshops for parents, preschool teachers and child care providers.

The training is designed to teach participants the benefits children receive while playing with blocks in a safe social atmosphere.

Block Party Workshops are scheduled for Jan. 16 and Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the second floor Courthouse Annex conference room.

The parties were designed by Wisconsin Extension and brought to Indiana by Purdue Extension for children 5 and under.


Christmas services to be listed

The Huntington County TAB will publish announcements of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services on Thursday, Dec. 20. The deadline for inclusion is Monday, Dec. 17, at noon.

Announcements may be emailed to tabnewsroom; faxed to 356-1177; or mailed to PO Box 391, Huntington, IN 46750.



Making gingerbread

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Jack Nelson, a third-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, decorates a ceramic gingerbread man during a "Painting Fun Spot" enrichment class Dec. 5 at the school. The students added their personal touches to a variety of plaster pieces, including holiday ornaments, animals, smiley faces, hearts and more.


School board taking applications for upcoming 4th district vacancy

Applications are being accepted from persons interested in serving a four-year term on the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.

Applicants must live in the board's fourth district, which includes Lancaster Township, Dallas Township, and precincts 8, 12, and the south half of 12A in Huntington Township.

The successful applicant will succeed Dr. Jennifer Goff, who currently represents the fourth district. Goff's term expires at the end of this year. She did not seek re-election, and no one ran for the position during last November's election.


iAB employees donate clothes to medical clinic

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A clothing donation weighing nearly 400 pounds was donated recently to a medical clinic in Pierre Payden, Haiti by iAB financial bank.

The clinic, started by the late Dr. Victor Binkley and his wife, Donna, provides medical assistance to the underserved in Haiti. A monetary donation was also made to assist in the shipping of the clothes.

"Our iAB employees were extremely generous in donating to help others less fortunate," stated Michael C. Marhenke, president and CEO of iAB financial bank.


Library to present holiday program on Dec. 11-12

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will present its holiday program, "The Elves and the Shoemaker," Dec. 11 and 12 at the main library in Huntington.

The program will be offered at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Both sessions will include themed finger plays, story time and a shoemaker craft.

The event is free, but participants must register in advance by calling 356-2900.

The library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.


Marching forward

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Huntington County Community Foundation board member Stephen Eisenhut (center) presents a check for $4,000 to Roanoke Public Library Director Celia Bandelier (left) and John Stoeckley (right), president of the library board. The money was awarded as part of the 2012 Cycle II grant and was used to install computer wiring, a mop sink and faucet along with conduit and fittings in the library's new facility in downtown Roanoke, which is now being renovated.


Shoe Sensation collecting shoes for those in need

Shoe Sensation stores are partnering with Soles4Souls to collect donations of new or gently worn shoes to be given to individuals in need around the world.

Through Dec. 17, Shoe Sensation will collect shoes for the relief effort. Donors will receive a discount on the purchase of a new pair of shoes at Shoe Sensation.

Since its founding in 2004, Soles4Souls has donated more than 19 million pairs of shoes to people in 128 countries.
Shoe Sensation is located at 2924 Walmart Drive, Huntington.



Evangelical UMC choir to offer 4 Christmas musical shows

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The Adult Choir of Evangelical United Methodist Church will offer four performances of its annual Christmas musical.

Performances will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The choir will perform "A Thrill of Hope" by Claire Cloninger and Camp Kirkland. The musical incorporates carols and worship choruses, as well as new and traditional Christmas songs.

The 24-voice choir is under the direction of Mark Kiefer.


Blood drive in Warren is set for Dec. 27 at KBC

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Knight-Bergman Center, 132 S. Nancy St., Warren.

To schedule a blood donation appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit for more information.

Donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements and be in generally good health. Donors must present a Red Cross donor card or other form of identification. Platelet donors should be aspirin-free for 48 hours.



Zion UMC to present living nativity Dec. 15-16

A living nativity story will be presented Dec. 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church.

The production, presented by youth of the church, will consist of three separate scenes, with guests walking a short distance between scenes. Those attending should come dressed for the weather, as the performance is outdoors.

Refreshments will be served after the production. Free will offerings will be accepted.

The church is located at 6276 N. Old Fort Wayne Rd., Huntington.



Pace partners with Pathfinder to collect donations for families

Pace Chevrolet in Huntington is partnering with Pathfinder Services and Love INC in Huntington this holiday season to collect donations for families served by the organizations.

Pace is collecting donations of personal hygiene, baby products and household cleaning products and other non-perishable items.

Items will be accepted at Pace Chevrolet, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Thursday, Dec. 20. Pace is located at 239 Hauenstein Rd., across from the Huntington Walmart.


Toys for area youth

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OakBrook Village recently completed a toy drive to benefit Love INC, collecting more than 50 toys to be given to area children. The toys were delivered on Dec. 5 along with a donation check of $300. Pictured are several members of the OakBrook staff who contributed to the toy drive, including (kneeling, from left) Director of Nursing Rene Phillippe and Sara Fields and (standing from left) Brandi Dennis, Assistant Director of Nursing Wendy Kelly, Nichole Kaiser and Yvette Pardue.


Browns perform

Photo by Steve Clark.

Donna Brown (right) performs a song on the xylorimba, which is a cross between a xylophone and a marimba, during a concert at The Heritage of Huntington, on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Accompanying Brown is her husband Doyle Brown (left), on the trombone, and grandson, Nathaniel Wilson, who plays prerecorded accompaniment music for them.


Crossroad fund-raiser Dec. 10

Crossroad Connections will hold a fund-raiser at the Huntington Pizza Hut on Monday, Dec. 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For every adult buffet purchased, a donation will be made to Crossroad Connections.



Parkview Huntington Family YMCA accepting registrations for dance program for students 3 to adult

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA is accepting registrations for its dance program, which is open to students age 3 to adult.

Classes include jazz, hip hop, clogging, tap, ballet, lyrical, street jazz and more.

Two sessions are held each year, from August through December and from January through May. A recital is held at the end of each session.

This session's Christmas recital will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at Crestview Middle School, with shows at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the YMCA and at the door.


The Christmas look at the Purviance House

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jean Gernand (left), owner of the Purviance House on South Jefferson Street in Huntington, and Glenda Giggy, caterer, put the finishing touches on a Christmas garland gracing the stairway at the Purviance House. The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is believed to be the oldest house south of the Little River in Huntington, regularly hosts club meetings and is open to the public for lunch each Tuesday.


Pace hires Henson to manage collision center

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Pace Chevrolet Collision Center, in Huntington, is getting off to a fresh start, and Steve Henson is leading the way.

Henson was recently hired as the new body shop manager and brings an abundance of experience to the position, having served as the body shop manager for dealerships in Peru and Wabash and having also operated his own body shop in North Manchester.

Additionally, Henson was an instructor for 11 years at Heartland Career Center, in Wabash.


Criss graduates Air Force basic

Air Force Airman Draft S. Criss graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Criss is the son of Annette and Michael Criss of Poplar Street, Huntington.


Sunrise Eagle Watch at Mississinewa on Jan. 12

Greet the morning with bald eagles at Mississinewa Lake's annual Sunrise Eagle Watch, Jan. 12.

The event runs 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and is highlighted by the opportunity for participants to observe the largest documented eagle roost in Indiana.

Registration for the event is required by calling 468-2127.

Participants should meet at the Miami State Recreation Area boat launch to caravan to the roost site.

Participants should also dress for the weather and bring binoculars, cameras, spotting scopes and any personal drinks or snacks.


Away in a manger

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Aric DeLaGrange (left) plays Joseph and Anna Guerre is Mary in the Huntington Catholic School annual Christmas program titled "Starry Night, Noisy Night" on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The HCS primary building students (grades preschool through fourth grade) performed the program twice that day.


Taking the initiative at Roanoke Elementary School

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These Roanoke Elementary School students were recognized for exhibiting the life skill of initiative. They are (front row, from left) Brett Donaldson, Kyle Shoffner, Aidan Milton and Caleb Foster; (middle row, from left) Madison Rice, Zach Rice, Addyson Porter, Payton Sell, Grace Vaught and Chloe Morris; and (back row, from left) Ari Wise, Kyra Keplar, Noah Wiedenhoeft, Kendal Kline, Addison Dennis, Noah Denney and Simon Fairchild.


Historical museum sets holiday open house

The Huntington County Historical Society will be hosting a holiday open house on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., at the Huntington County Historical Museum.

The open house will feature live Christmas music, decorations and holiday treats. The museum will also be open for tours.

For more information about this event, contact the museum at 356-7264 or

The museum is located at 315 Court St., Huntington.



Shoe relay

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jeri Davis (left), bookkeeper with the Huntington City-Township Public Library, helps Flint Springs Elementary students Jeremy Wilson (middle) and Jackson Hopkins during a shoe relay at the library as part of its Winter Extravaganza on Thursday, Dec. 6.


D’Amato clocks out for final time at post office

Photo by Steve Clark.

Larry D'Amato, a mail carrier with the Huntington Post Office since 1973, delivered his last piece of mail on Friday, Nov. 30.

Heading into retirement "feels great," he says.

Over the years, it was the job's social component that kept him coming back.

"Just being outside and meeting new people; that's the best part of it," D'Amato says.

Though he no longer has to fulfill the post office's unofficial mandate of delivering the mail no matter the elements, he now faces a different challenge.


Walmart partnering with Salvation Army to give kids toys and coats

Walmart and The Salvation Army are partnering this Christmas season to help provide new toys and coats to local children on Christmas as part of the 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The "Fill the Truck" toy drive will be hosted at the Huntington Walmart, along with more than 2,500 other Walmart stores across the country, on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The "Fill the Truck" event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.


iAB financial bank moves Kumfer to Ossian

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Kody Kumfer has been named a relationship banker at the Ossian office of iAB financial bank.

A lifelong resident of Wells County, Kumfer received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Trine University. He is a 2012 graduate of Consumer Lending, a graduate of the Midwest Agricultural School of Banking and a participant in Level 2 of the Wells County Leadership Academy.

Kumfer previously worked at iAB's Markle office providing agricultural and commercial lending. His responsibilities will be the same at the Ossian office.



Macaroni mountain

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Dr. Mark Sell (center), of Sell Chiropractic in Huntington, recently presented Love INC with 1,870 boxes of macaroni and cheese he collected through his office. Accepting the donations are Rex Tribolet (left), food pantry volunteer at Love INC, and Kyle Miller (right) Love INC coordinator. Sell offered chiropractic sessions to people who donated 35 boxes of macaroni and cheese.


First Freewill to have revival Dec. 9-12

The First Freewill Baptist Church, Huntington, will hold a revival Dec. 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Services start at 6:30 p.m. each night and will be led by Rev. Micky King.

The church is located at 1805 Salamonie Ave.



Unilever employees donate toys, more to Love INC

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Employees of Unilever's Good Humor-Breyers plant in Huntington have donated hundreds of toys and personal care items to Love INC, which will distribute the items to area residents in need.

Approximately 120 Unilever employees participated in the giving effort organized by fellow Unilever employee Cheryl Coles.

Dana Meyer, toy distribution coordinator for Love INC, supplied Unilever with a list of toys that are most often requested by children but not often donated. The biggest request last year, Meyer says, was for anything related to the Indianapolis Colts.


Kudos to Warren Boys & Girls Club

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David Daugherty (left), Huntington County Community Foundation board member, presents a Kudos Grant to Deidre Irick Gray, director of the Warren Boys & Girls Club. Kudos Grant recipients are chosen by board members of HCCF because of the valuable role they play in improving the quality of life in Huntington County.


Local girl wins state singing contest recently

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Alyssa Kissell, of Huntington County, won first place in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Indiana Chapter State Auditions, held Nov. 3 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.

Kissell sang "Alma del core," "Come Ready and See Me" and "My New Philosophy" from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" to win the high school classical division.
This was Kissell's second NATS title. In 2011, she won the 16-and-under division.


Kudos to the Scouts

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David Daugherty (back row left), representing the Huntington County Community Foundation, presents a Kudos Grant to Trent and Christy McCarver, scoutmasters of Troop 122 in Warren. With them are Scouts (front row from left) Darren Jackson and Cam McCarver; (middle row from left) James Ormiston and Kalel Maul; and (back row) Tristan Westlund. Kudos Grant recipients are chosen by members of the foundation board to recognize the valuable role those organizations play in improving the quality of life in Huntington County.


Nelson Machining receives JA recognition

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Huntington County Junior Achievement Board Member Andy Zay (left) presents a yard sign to display at Nelson Machining to founder and President Steve Cadwallader. in recognition of the company's continuing support to the organization through the years. Junior Achievement is in the midst of its annual letter campaign to support the Huntington County budget. All of the proceeds raised through the letter campaign stay in Huntington County to support programs to over 2,000 students, local officials note.


By the Book donation

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Sue (center) and Dave (right) Stamper, members of Union Church, present a check for $2,449.61 to Jack Oberholtzer, representing the By the Book weekday religious education program. The church raised the money through its annual fish fry, which was organized by the Stampers and Karen Landrum. The religious education program, sponsored by Associated Churches of Huntington County, offers weekly classes to third and fourth grade students in Huntington County schools. Students must have parental consent.


HNHS bands to present free concert

The Huntington North High School bands will present a free concert of Christmas music on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature concert band, the freshman Viking band and the intermediate band, as well as several small ensembles.

The concert will be presented in the high school auditorium.



Gift from Santa

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Thomas Marshall accepts a Christmas gift from Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 1, during a Christmas party for Pathfinder Services clients sponsored by the Altrusa Club.


Youth will explore the winter sky during night campout at Salamonie

The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is offering an overnight camp for youth ages 7 to 11 Dec. 28 and 29 at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The camp will begin at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28, with pick-up at 9 a.m. the following day.

Campers will spend the night exploring the winter night sky. Activities include constellation stories around the fire, a night hike, stargazing and more. The camp includes an evening meal and night-time snack on Dec. 28 and breakfast on Dec. 29.

Youth who don't want to spend the night may attend from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 28.


HU prof, 3 grads have hand in graphic novel

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A Huntington University professor and three HU grads have contributed stories to the graphic novel "Dead Anyway: Stories from the Zombie Apocalypse."

The novel is available online at DeadAnyway .com and

It includes work by Bryan Ballinger, assistant professor of digital media arts at HU, along with Josh Addessi and Cole Phillips, both 2010 HU animation graduates, and 2012 graduate Sarah Krzynowek Bodnar.

Balllinger also served as art director and editor for the graphic novel and was in charge of layout and general production.


Ribbon cutting

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Rebecca Hanson, wife of Antiqology owner Adam Hanson, wields the scissors during the store's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 1, in downtown Huntington. Joining in on the event are (from left) Joel Froomkin, of the New Huntington Theatre, Adam Hanson, Rich Najuch, of the New Huntington; Huntington County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Tina Bobilya and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.


Christmas tour

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Charlene Wirtner, descendant of Miami Chiefs Richardville and LaFontaine, gives a tour of the Chiefs' House at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Saturday, Dec. 1, during the Christmas at the Forks. Wirtner actually lived in the house for several years.


Hunting for bargains

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Martha Kiningham looks through some books for sale on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Christmas book sale at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.


Warren earns enhancement grant from IN

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman selected Historic Warren as a downtown enhancement grant recipient.

The organization received $5,000 to fund façade upgrades to downtown structures. The lieutenant governor named nine grant winners totaling nearly $45,000.

The Downtown Enhancement Grants are administered by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), and were created to fund projects that support and promote community-based planning, marketing and restoration efforts for Indiana Main Street communities.


Three Crestview Middle School students among top 25 finishers in website mathematics contest

Photo by Lauren W. Wilson.

Three Crestview Middle School students have placed in the top 25 out of 1,459 students competing in a mathematics contest held by the website Sumdog.

The site is a classroom learning tool that teacher Matt Groves began using at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

Groves says this is the first time Crestview students have entered such a contest.
The competition was regional, and 15 schools from northeast Indiana competed.
Students were expected to complete up to 1,000 math problems using the website,, either in the classroom or at home.


Fifty-year firefighter

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Larry Poulson (second from left) was honored during the Nov. 19 meeting of the Indiana Volunteer Fireman's Association, receiving a 50-year pin and gold card in recognition of his 50 years of membership in the Warren/Salamonie Township Volunteer Fire Department. During his 41 years of active service, Poulson held several positions within the department, including that of fire chief.


Junior Rotarians

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Junior Rotarians for December are Huntington North High School seniors Heaston Schwob (second from left) and Jose Eckert (second from right). The distinction is awarded by the Huntington Rotary Club. Also pictured are Rotarian sponsors Ron Coffey (left) and Kay Schwob (right).


Markle nursery gets grants for four cribs

Life's Little Treasures Daycare, in Markle, recently received grants from the Huntington County Community Foundation and iAB that allowed the daycare to purchase four new cribs.

Purchase of the cribs now puts the daycare in compliance with the new crib standards.

Life's Little Treasures Daycare is a ministry of TurnPointe Community Church of the Brethren.

They care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, and have a preschool for children ages 3 to 5 and currently have openings in the nursery.



Law enforcement, Walmart team up for ‘Shop with a Cop’

Members of Huntington County Law Enforcement are partnering with Huntington Walmart for the annual "Shop with a Cop" event for area families.

Law enforcement personnel accompany children from families experiencing financial hardships to the Huntington Walmart to shop for Christmas gifts.

Officers interact with children who may not have had a positive encounter with law enforcement up until now. The partnership between the departments and Walmart makes sure that the children are afforded a more positive holiday experience.


Construction soon on Andrews library addition

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A desire for improvement led to the construction of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, in Andrews, in 1926.

Today a similar desire has the library primed for its biggest construction project since then.

Nancy Disbro, the library's director, had noticed a variety of issues with the building that limited its effectiveness in serving the community.

"It's a split-level building, so there are steps up to the door, and once you come in the main door, there are steps up to the main level and steps down to the basement level.


Huntington mayor to be on panel addressing conference in Indianapolis

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Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will be part of a panel of mayors and city managers addressing the 2012 Community Connections Conference on Dec. 5 in Indianapolis.

The conference is sponsored by the Governor's Council for People with Disabilities. It is designed to encourage the creation of sustainable communities that are welcoming to people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and abilities.


Pitch-In raises funds to help local families with temporary needs

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The Huntington Council of the Knights of Columbus will hold its 2012 Pitch-In roadblock on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members of the council will collect donations at several intersections in Huntington, including North Jefferson and MacGahan streets, North Jefferson and Market streets and South Jefferson Street and Etna Avenue.

Donations may also be mailed to Knights of Columbus Pitch-In Program, PO Box 973, Huntington, IN 46750.


Church sets Smith benefit

A soup lunch and bake sale to benefit David and Cindy Smith will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Warren Sportsman's Club, in Warren.

Free will donations will also be accepted.

Funds will go toward the rebuilding of Smith Auto in Chester Township, Wells County, which was destroyed by fire.

For more information, contact Colleen Franklin, event organizer, at 414-0223 or Rev. Ethan Stivers, pastor of Warren Church of Christ, at 228-0997.

The Sportsman's Club is located on Third Street behind Tower Park, in Warren.



Wild Wednesday will feature Christmas movie

"Jingle All the Way" is the featured movie during this month's Wild Wednesday at the Huntington 7.
The event is open to Senior citizens. Doors at the theater, located at 350 Hauenstein Rd. in Huntington, open at 8:30 a.m.

Those attending are asked to bring donations of canned food and other non-perishable items, which will be given to Love INC.

Wild Wednesday partners are the Huntington Senior Center, Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center and Parkview Huntington Hospital.


Chamber offers seminar on new health care act

Businesses and individuals interested in learning more about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are invited to attend the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce seminar on Friday, Dec. 14, at 11:30 a.m.

The event will address topics concerning the Affordable Care Act. It will take place at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Following lunch at 11:30 a.m. the presentation will begin at noon. There will also be a time for the audience to ask questions.


Business of the Month

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Our Sunday Visitor, which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, has been named Business of the Month by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. The company's presidents are holding either end of the banner, with Kyle Hamilton, president of the Offertory Solutions Division, at left and Greg Erlandson, president of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, at right. With them are Our Sunday Visitor employees and Chamber ambassadors.


Autism center to be showcased at breakfast

The Huntington University Foundation will give the community a chance to hear how Parkview Huntington Hospital is continuing to serve the county and the surrounding areas during its monthly breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Mike Perkins, foundation director for Parkview Huntington Hospital, and Dr. Duane Hougendobler, a Huntington pediatrician, will discuss the opening of the hospital's new autism center. The center will open in early 2013 and will provide therapeutic and rehabilitation services for children age 2 to 18 and support groups for their families.


HU’s Professional Studies Programs sets open house

The community is invited to a Christmas open house on Friday, Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Professional Studies Programs at Huntington University.

The open house will take place in the Healthy Ministry Building, 302 Lake St., Huntington.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa as well as enjoy refreshments and kid-friendly activities.

For anyone applying to the program at the event, the application fee will be waived, and current Professional Studies students who refer a new student will be entered to win an iPad3.


Crossroad Connections New 2 U Toy Trade Day is set for Dec. 8

Crossroad Connections' second annual New 2 U Toy Trade Day is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8.

Those struggling to have a means to buy their children toys for Christmas can bring in their lightly used toys and books to trade for other lightly used items. All toys need to be in good working condition, lightly used and clean.

This year's event is being held in the Central Christian Church Fellowship Hall, located at 500 MacGahan St., Huntington, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Sale features artwork by HU students and faculty

The Huntington University Department of Visual Arts is sponsoring a Christmas sale on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The sale will feature original works of art including pottery, photography, paintings, drawings and printmaking created by students and faculty.

The sale will be set up in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus, and is open to the public.



Straight from the pages …

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Isaiah Clampitt, a fifth-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, poses as a character from a historical fiction book as he tells the story from that character's point of view. The students study a different genre each month, reading a book from that genre and then creating a project based on the book.


History lesson

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Lincoln Elementary School fifth-graders Mason Conley (left) and Gabby Minick portray Walt Disney and Amelia Earhart, respectively, as the class presents a wax museum on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The fifth grade class portrayed various historical figures for the student body and visitors.