Getting that 'sheepskin'

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Dominic Black (left) receives a diploma from Huntington County Literacy Coalition President Rebecca Lemons on Friday evening, Feb. 27, at the Centaral Christian Church, in Huntington, during a graduation ceremony sponosored by the coalition for 10 students earning equivalency diplomas through the IMPACT Institute.

Kiwanis scholarship

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John Mason (left), president of the Metro Kiwanis Club, presents a $500 scholarship to Julie Dobson at the high school equivalency graduation ceremony on Friday, Feb. 27, at Central Christian Church. The ceremony was sponosred by the Huntington County Literacy Coalition. The Kiwanis also gave Tim Pearman a $500 scholarship.

Guest speaker

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Huntington University President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (background center) speaks to 10 students who earned high school equivalency diplomas through the IMPACT Institute in a graduation ceremony sponsored by the Huntingotn County Literacy Coalition on Friday, Feb. 27, at Central Christian Church. Emberton was the guest speaker for the event.

Ivy Tech to offer CNA class at Horace Mann

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will offer a CNA class in Huntington.

The class will prepare those interested in working as nursing assistants with the knowledge and skills essential for providing basic care in extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals and home health agencies, all under the direction of a licensed nurse.

Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible to sit for the Indiana State Department of Health certification exam for nursing assistants.

VFW post and auxiliaries recognize outstanding community service

Earning outstanding service awards during the Hoover-Bickel Post 2689 Veterans of Foreign Wars community service appreciation program Saturday evening, Feb. 21, are (from left) Jim Kneller, honored by the VFW Men’s Auxiliary; Mike Harrell, honored by the post; and Sondra Howell and Susie Draper, honored by the VFW Women’s Auxiliary; with VFW Post Commander Leslie Ackermann.
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Hoover-Bickel Post 2689 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honored members of the post and its auxiliaries, as well as members of the community, during a dinner and program held at the post on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Post 2689 and its auxiliaries rank first in the VFW Department of Indiana for hours and money spent in community service.

During 2014, the Huntington  organization contributed 63,839 volunteer hours and spent or donated a total of $83,545.  

VFW auxiliaries recognize outstanding community service

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Dave Saxton (left), who has four sons serving in the United States Marine Corps, was recognized during the Hoover-Bickel Post 2689 Veterans of Foreign Wars community service appreciation program Saturday evening, Feb. 21. The honor was presented by Pauline Gearhart, president of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary, as (from left) Post Commander Leslie Ackermann and member Steve Garwood hold up pictures of Saxton’s four sons. A fifth son was unable to enlist for medical reasons, and a daughter is too young for the military.

Sparing nothing

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Crestview Middle School students Luke Hentz (left) and Konrad Spitler go for strikes at Oak Lanes. The school’s physical education classes taught by Marla Becker and Phil Wiley recently completed a bowling unit, which included the students being able to bowl during a block time of their related arts

Exam women’s roles in peace process at Victory Noll Center

A five-part series showcasing women’s roles in the peace process will begin March 14 at the Victory Noll Center, in Huntington.

“Women of Peace” will continue on April 11, May 9, July 11 and Aug. 8, with all sessions meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The program will use as a resource “Women, War & Peace,” a PBS mini-series, which places women at the center of a dialogue about conflict and security and reframes the understanding of women’s roles in the peacemaking process.

Trying it on for size

Braiden Icenogle, a fourth-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, tries on a lineman’s gear when a group from Heartland REMC visited the class to provide a demonstration of electrical safety.

VNC to host nine-part series to examine road of incarcerated people

“JustMatters: Prison Reform,” a nine-part series at the Victory Noll Center, will examine the journey of those who are incarcerated, the development of skills to empower a values-based life and the practices of restorative justice.

Prison ministry has long been a part of the work of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, from the writing of letters to prisoners by Sister Martha Wilke to a program of ministering to women who are incarcerated in Indiana state prisons.

Top teacher

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Audrey Fetters (left), 2014 Teacher of the Year, was honored during the Hoover-Bickel Post 2689 Veterans of Foreign Wars community service appreciation program Saturday evening, Feb. 21. With her is Post Commander Leslie Ackermann (right). Fetters teaches kindergarten at Flint Springs Elementary School.

PHH awards Community Health Improvement funds

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s 2015 community partners are (front row, from left) Aidan Hosler, Adam Bonner and Derek Farley, all of Blessings in a Backpack; (second row, from left) Mandy Reber, of the Boys & Girls Club; Diana Shenefield, of Huntington University; Jenna Strick, of the United Way; Erica Freise, Katelynn Farley, Dana Meyer, Alex Hosler and Kyler Town, all of Blessings in a Backpack; (third row, from left) Carolyn Ray, Huntington House; Holly Saunders, of Huntington Area Transportation; Stacey Stumpf, of Cancer Services for Huntington County; Chris Newton, of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department; Jan Williams, of the Youth Services Bureau; Tom Karst, Parkview Huntington Hospital Board chair; Joey Spiegel, of Love INC; and Rosemary Wagner, of the Huntington County Free Health Clinic; and (back row from left) Todd Latta, of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; Megan Bobay, of the Health and Wellness Coalition; Juli Johnson, Parkview Huntington Hospital president; Ryan Warner, Parkview Huntington Hospital Board member; Terry Stoffel, Huntington County sheriff; John Nelson, Parkview Huntington Hospital Board member; and Ed Freize, of Blessings in a Backpack.
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Parkview Huntington Hospital has awarded 2015 Community Health Improvement funds to 11 Huntington County organizations to provide resources to improve the health of the community.

The grants awarded through the Community Health Improvement Program target specific areas that are in line with the hospital’s mission.

Grants were awarded to:

Jeans-wearing iAB employees help Rescue Mission

iAB financial bank donates $5,700 to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, in Fort Wayne, as part of its “Fun Committee” fund-raising activities. Pictured (from left) are Angela Kuhn, iAB branch manager and Fun Committee chair; Rev. Donovan Coley, The Rescue Mission CEO and senior pastor; Laurie Brumbaugh, The Rescue Mission major gifts officer; Amanda Miller and Kristin Smith, iAB Fun Committee members.
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 iAB financial bank recently presented the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission with a donation in the amount of $5,700.

Annually, iAB’s “Fun Committee” determines a non-profit agency to support through fund-raisers for the year. Choosing the Rescue Mission as their 2014 charitable partner, monthly “Jeans Days” were held in order to raise dollars for this donation. On these special days, iAB employees were able to wear jeans to work with a minimum contribution of $3.

Warren pageant organizers move event to April 25

The Salamonie Summer Festival Pageant is undergoing a makeover for 2015.

It will now be called the Miss Warren Pageant and will be held on April 25.

The winners will serve in roles throughout the year at events such as the Salamonie Summer Festival, Scarecrow Festival and the Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees.

There will continue to be three age groups: Little Miss Warren, 5 to 8 years old; Junior Miss Warren, 9 to 13 years old; and Miss Warren, 14 to 18 years old.

Welcome home, soldier

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The family and friends of SSG Sean Ripley celebrated his return home to Huntington on Friday, Feb. 20, after serving nearly 11 years in the United States Army, much of his deployment spent abroad. Pictured  are (front row from left) son, Elijah Ripley, 7; Sean Ripley; son, Paxton Ripley, 1; and Sean’s fiancée, Kristen Schenkel; and (back row from left) step daughter, Kennedy Ritchie, 5; mother, Jackie Ripley; and father, Mike Ripley, all of Huntington.

Habitat to celebrate at Spring Gala and Auction

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity will host its third annual Spring Gala and Auction on Saturday, March 14, at the Huntington PAL Club, 2101 Riverside Drive, Huntington.

Social hour is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. The meal offers a choice of roast beef au jus or chicken cordon bleu. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

The theme this year is “Black and White & The Little Red Door.”

Victory Noll Center T’ai Chi Chih sessions set to begin on March 31

The Victory Noll Center will offer a series of T’ai Chi Chih sessions beginning March 31.

T’ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 slow, gentle movements and one pose designed to activate, circulate and balance the energy flowing through the participant. The movements are accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities and can be performed while seated.

The classes will be led by Jan Parker. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. March 31 through May 19. The registration deadline is March 24.

‘Pints and Paints’ will benefit arts in schools

The La Fontaine Arts Council of Huntington County will hold a  “St. Paddy’s Pints and Paints” fund-raiser on March 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Expectations Events Center in Markle.

Those attending will create a painting and take it home with them that day. Giggabuggy will provide the necessary  canvases, art supplies, and simple instruction in a casual atmosphere. Tickets include appetizers and cash bar will be available.

Kiwanis honors CMS students Olinger, Helmich

Katie Olinger (second from left) and Paul Helmich (third from left) have been recognized as Outstanding Eighth-Graders from Crestview Middle School by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club. With them are Crestview Principal Chuck Werth (left) and Huntington Metro Kiwanis member Jim Dinius (right).
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Katie Olinger and Paul Helmich, students at Crestview Middle School, have been recognized as Outstanding Eighth-Gra- ders by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club.

The students were selected by the Crestview staff on the basis of their accomplishments and excellence in scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character building activities, extracurricular ach- ievement, volunteer activities and leadership.

Swine Boosters to meet March 3 at annex building

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Conference Room, which is located on the first floor.

Discussion items will include property improvements, 4-H swine enrollment updates for 2015, and other old or new business.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington, by calling 358-4826.

Current, former HU musicians perform at Vespers

Five current and former Huntington University musicians will perform during a series of Lenten Vespers concerts ad the First Presbyterian Church of Van Wert, in Van Wert, OH.

Each concert begins at 5 p.m. and will include 35 to 45 minutes of Lenten and Easter themed music. Those attending are invited to stay for supper in the church’s fellowship hall.

VNC offers local community chance to reach out to lawmakers to support programs to help poor

The Victory Noll Center is offering members of the community the opportunity to write to lawmakers in support of federal programs that help hungry and poor people.

On March 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the center will provide information, writing materials and addresses of legislators so that area residents can add their letters to a nationwide effort.

Library to host first Trivia Night on Saturday, March 21

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will hold its first Trivia Night on Saturday, March 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Groups of three to five friends and family and family members are invited to compete against other trivia on a variety of subjects, with the top two teams going home with prizes.

The tournament is open to teens ages 16 and older as well as adults. It will take place at the Huntington Main Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

There is no cost to participate. Call the library’s Reference Desk at 356-0824 to sign up.

Saying cheese

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Winners of the junior and senior divisions of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Teen Photo Contest smile after receiving their prize, a Walmart gift card. Junior division winner Kolson Herstad (left), 12, a seventh grade student at Riverview Middle School, is the son of Mindi and Kent Herstad, of Markle; and senior division winner Erica Young, 19, is a senior at Huntington North High School and the daughter of Dawn Moriarity, of Huntington, and Barry Young, of Bluffton.

HU’s entries earn host of advertising awards

The American Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne selected entries from  Huntington University’s Digital Media Arts Department for 20 awards at its second annual Fort Wayne Advertising Honors event on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The competition recognizes advertising creative excellence from students and area advertising and media professionals. Entries are judged on creativity, originality and creative strategy. Work entered at the local level can become eligible for regional and national judging.

Huntington University names new ag institute for lead gifters

Elaine and Dale Haupert.
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Huntington University has named its new Institute for Agricultural Studies in honor of Dale and Elaine Haupert of South Whitley.

The Hauperts gave the lead gift that launched the newly-named Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies. Additionally, Dale serves as a charter member of the university’s Agriculture Task Force, and Elaine has hosted fund-raising events for the institute in their home. Dale also has been a member of HU’s Board of Trustees for 26 years.

Geyer’s new book about exploits of famed relative, ‘Denver’ Jack Geyer

Huntington resident Max Geyer looks over the scrapbook of “Denver” Jack Geyer, his half-uncle who had a career as a professional boxer and bodyguard, among other occupations, and about whom he has written a recently-released book.
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Huntington resident Max A. Geyer recently released his third book, this one about the exploits of a relative, "Denver" Jack Geyer, whose life story includes mixing with boxing champion Jack Dempsey and Western movie hero Tom Mix.

Denver Jack Geyer was a boxer who fought professionally from 1909 to 1925, and was at one time a sparring partner for champions Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey. He later became a bodyguard for the Western hero Tom Mix, and then spent many years as a plant security guard at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit.

Finding love

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Real-life husband and wife Ruth and Greg Reed act out a story about love during the Readers Theater presented on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, by the Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II. The theme of the evening was love in its different ages and stages. The guild’s next project is a junior production for youth in first through eighth grades.

Local library taking Paws-To-Read sign-ups

The Huntington City-Township Public Library, in conjunction with Canine Companions, is now accepting signups for the Paws-To-Read Spring sessions.

Paws-To-Read allows children to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog. Children who participate in

Paws-To-Read nationwide show improved reading skills and self-esteem, find reading more enjoyable and feel more pride in their accomplishments.

Rehabilitation services staff at Norwood earns service accolade

The therapy services program at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation has been recognized through a national survey for excellent customer service. Displaying the award are (from left) Wendy Trosper, rehabilitation aide; Laura Brooks, physical therapy assisstant; Amy Owens, physical therapist and facility rehabilitation director; and Sheena Brown, rehabilitation supervisor.
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The rehabilitation services staff at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation has been honored for providing top-quality customer service.

The local rehabilitation program, operated under the umbrella of Affirma Rehabilitation, is one of only eight programs in Indiana to receive the Customer Experience Award through the Pinnacle Quality Survey.

The national survey measures customer satisfaction with Senior care providers. This is the first time the program at Norwood has earned the award.