‘Addams Family’ to open July 10 at Pulse

Jana Henly is Morticia in “The Addams Family Musical,” opening July 10 at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren.
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Before the Addams Family became a television staple, the “mysterious and spooky” bunch made its debut in a single-panel cartoon created by Charles Addams.

It’s those characters who make the jump to stage in “The Addams Family Musical,” opening July 10 at the Pulse Opera House, in downtown Warren.

The musical tells the story of every father’s nightmare, director Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok says.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family.

Seniors can invite grandchildren to Wild Wednesday July 15 at theater

Seniors are invited to bring their grandchildren to the Wild Wednesday movie on July 15 at the Huntington 7 Theater.

The July movie is “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1939 musical based on L. Frank Baum’s novel and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Megan Bobay, of Parkview Huntington Hospital, will present a program on nutrition.

Admission is charged for Seniors, and grandchildren are admitted free.

Love INC to hold back-to-school shopping fund-raiser at Brick House

Love In the Name of Christ will hold a fund-raiser at Brick House Grill on July 13 to benefit its back-to-school shopping event.

From 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., a percentage of each bill and all tips will go to the back-to-school event.

The back-to-school shopping event will be held July 31 and Aug. 1. Registration is required and registration is open through July 23. Families can register by visiting the Love INC office at 715 Byron St., Huntington.

School-aged children can shop for three outfits, including pants, shirts and underwear, and a backpack.

Senior trip set for fair

The Huntington County Council on Aging is planning a bus trip to the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 11 for Golden Hoosier Day.

The bus will leave from the Kmart parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Norwood Health and Rehabilitation will provide a free breakfast at 7 a.m. Following a day at the state fair, the bus will return at approximately 6 p.m.

Seniors will enjoy free shuttles around the fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Ticket prices for the excursion include the bus trip and admission to the state fair. The trip is open to Seniors and their guests.

4-H robotics team to be the main entertainment for upcoming Habitat Summer Fun Open House

The Huntington County 4-H Robotics Team will be the featured entertainment at the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity Summer Fun Open House and Picnic on July 18. Team members include (front row, from left) Johanna Ashley, Dane Brown, Brooke Elston, Abigail Pease, Garrett Fowler, Jake Garlits, Garrett Hubartt and (seated in front) Peyton Denney and Nick Melchi; (second row, from left) Tyler Jones, Josef Thomson, Erick “Ricky” Sands, Tyler McCaulley, Matt Hunt, Grant Pape, Claudia Sewell, Brandon Spencer, Luke Juillerat, Noah Nguyen and Jacob Burns; and (back row, from left) Connor Nash, Andrew Lund, Connor Bradt, Sharon Sitton, Tosha Davis, Angel Medsker, MaKayla Grizzle and Charles Grey.

The Huntington County 4-H Robotics Team will be the main entertainment feature at the upcoming Huntington County Habitat for Humanity Summer Fun Open House and Picnic.

The event is being held Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Along with the robotics team, as many as 20 different vendors will be onsite to demonstrate do-it-yourself projects and sell their products. There also will be activities for kids and a free-will donation taco bar lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and snow cones.

Ditzler wins EDJ Spirit of Caring Award recently

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Jim Ditzler.

Jim Ditzler, of the financial services firm Edward Jones, in Huntington, is the recipient of the firm’s Spirit of Caring Award.

The award is  designed to recognize those financial advisors who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back.

Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, calls Ditzler a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve.

Mt. Etna UMC Women plan holiday bazaar

The Mt. Etna United Methodist Women are planning their 2015 Holiday Bazaar to be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Booth space is now being reserved for anyone who would like to show off and sell their products. The booth size is 8 x 8 feet with one table. Some of the spaces have electricity. Booth spaces, tables and electricity are all on a first-come, first served basis upon receipt of registration and payment. All vendors are welcome along with homemade items. The event is advertised in the surrounding counties.

Business of the month

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Rusty Dog Irish Pub, located at 32 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington, has been named Business of the Month for July by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Celebrating the accolade are (front, from left) chamber ambassadors Belinda Clancy and Paula Whiting; Rusty Dog staff member Don Swank; Rusty Dog owner Lee Bowers; and Rusty Dog staff members Joanna Stebing, Penny Allen, Brayden Johnston and Joshua Heins; and (back, from left) chamber ambassadors Terry Miller, Phyllis Renz, Mark Wiley, Davin Smith, JoDean Knowles, Mike Hartburg and Charlotte Center.


Photo by Steve Clark.

Malinda Taylor (left) and Judy Frischman cut out pictures to be decoupaged on Tuesday, June 30, during a craft night session at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The library is holding a series of craft nights, with the next session on July 7 to be mug decorating.

Corinne Zay, Walter Hacker earn scholarships from local Burger King

Corinne Zay (left) and Walter Hacker.
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Corinne Zay and Walter Hacker, both of Huntington, have each received a $1,000 scholarship from Quality Dining Inc., the Huntington Burger King franchisee, to continue their education.

Zay is a 2015 graduate of Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne. She plans to attend Ave Maria University, in Florida, and major in nursing.

Hacker is a 2015 graduate of Huntington North High School. He plans to attend Purdue University and major in engineering.

New fire station

Photo by Lauren Frischman.

Construction is underway for a new Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department building. Barkley Builders Inc. is overseeing the project while Jim Caswell (pictured in the foreground), an employee of Martin Schwartz Concrete, smoothes the new concrete foundation on Wednesday, July 1. The building is located adjacent to the Huntington Township trustee’s office on Broadway, at Lake Clare.

Bethel UMC offers VBS Wednesday nights in July

Bethel United Methodist Church is offering vacation Bible school on Wednesday nights in July from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair,” and it is open to children entering preschool through fifth grade in the fall.

A light meal will be served starting at 6 p.m., followed by music, crafts and recreation. Children will learn about neighbors from different areas of the world.

Bethesda Freewill to host free carnival on July 11

The Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, located at 116 S. Main St., Andrews, will host a free carnival on Saturday, July 11, from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be games, food, fun and prizes.

The church also will hold a pre-registration for vacation Bible school that will be held July 27 to 31.

Extension offers free walking class at the Senior Center

The family and nutrition staff of Purdue Extension offers a free indoor walking class each Tuesday at the Senior Center, in Huntington.

The interactive class features information about proper nutrition and free snacks.

Classes are held each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Senior Center, located in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 354 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

To register, call 359-4410.

Milk testing

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kylee Sheets, 10, of Huntington (center) holds up two samples of milk, as she tries to decide if one is whole milk and the other is 2 percent, 1 percent or skim milk. Checking out the milk with her are (from left) Josh Hupp, 13; Tristan Saye, 11 (partially hidden); Celeste McCown, 4; and Preston McCown, 6. SPARK director Stephen Zahm observes at right. They attended a demonstration by Becky Arnett of Purdue Extension on Monday, June 29, at Drover Park, part of the city’s SPARK summer program.

The family that works together …

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The Redner family puts some elbow grease into making sure the flower beds at Yeoman Park look attractive. Working (from front to back) are Angie Redner, Ashlyn Miller, Anna Redner and Clair Redner.

Sunny day diversion

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Ava Christiansen (left) and her friend Cady Massengill enjoy the sunny day on Wednesday, July 1, by running through the rainbow-colored sprinkler arches at the Bendix-Hiner splash pad at Drover Park on Etna Avenue.

Huntington County Farm Bureau announces winners of six scholarships

The Huntington County Farm Bureau Inc. has announced the winners of six $500 scholarships to be awarded during Spirit Night at the Huntington County 4-H Fair on July 29.

Scholarship recipients  are:

• Rebecca Smith, daughter of Jon and Krystal Smith, majoring in animal science at Purdue University.

• Andrew Smith, son of Jon and Krystal Smith, majoring in animal science at Purdue University.

• Lukas Kaylor, son of James and Pam Kaylor, majoring in chemistry, pre-medicine at Huntington University.

Churches team up to sponsor free two-night summer concert, meal

Central Christian, New Life and First Brethren churches are sponsoring a free, two-night summer concert and cookout for the community.

The two-night event will be July 22 and 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night at General Slack Park, in Huntington.

There will be free food and prizes.

Musical guests Isaiah’s Vision will perform on Wednesday night and Our Fragile Existence will perform on Thursday night.

For more information, call 356-7720 or 356-5769.

Kimmel opens financial advising firm locally

Seth Kimmel, of Huntington, opened his own financial advising firm on June 1. He works mainly with investment, insurance, estate and education planning.
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Financial advisor Seth Kimmel says his passion for Huntington led him to recently open his own financial advising firm.

Born and raised in Huntington, the self proclaimed “hometown guy” knew he wanted to live, work and retire in the community.

Kimmel graduated in 2006 from Huntington University, where he double majored in business management and finance. After graduation, he joined a local bank as a financial advisor and built his clientele base.

Rural Roanoke man graduates cum laude from Virginia Tech

Timothy Neher, of rural Roanoke, graduated cum laude from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

The university’s spring commencement ceremony was held on May 15.

Neher received a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Roanoke man Grayless on Trine dean’s list

Trine University has announced its spring 2015 president’s list for the School of Professional Studies.

Among those named to the list was Jaron Grayless, of Roanoke. He is a senior studying applied management.

To be named to the president’s list, a student must maintain at least 12 credit hours and have a minimum of 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Massie joins State Farm as Roanoke agent

Lena Massie State Farm, in Roanoke, is open for business. Pictured are (from left) Cristina Kern and Leah Hayes, team members; Massie; and Cathy Beard, team member.

State Farm has welcomed new agent Lena Massie to its family of Good Neighbor Agents in Roanoke.  

Lena Massie agency is located at 576 Geiger Drive, Suite E, Roanoke. The office officially opened on July 1.

Prior to becoming a State Farm agent, Massie worked for Medical Protective Company, Delta Dental and State Farm. She is experienced in underwriting, marketing, customer service and claims.  

Red Cross urging blood donors to help offset seasonal decline

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available – both contributing to the seasonal decline.

Look out for bubble snakes!

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Zitlalic Valdez, 6, of Huntington, blows a bubble “snake” with the blower she made during craft time on Monday, June 29, at Gen. Slack Park, part of the city’s SPARK summer program. Behind her, Audrey Bledsoe, 8, of Huntington, watches.

Reed understands the reality that floods bring

Division Road ends in water before it reaches the Roush Lake Shooting Range. The shooting range, campground and boat ramps at Roush are all closed, having been made inaccessible by flooded roads.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jeff Reed understands; he really does.

But after the years he’s spent nurturing the woods and the wildlife surrounding Roush Lake, you can hear the hurt in his voice.

“It’s a disaster,” he says.

He knows, though, that it’s a disaster by design. The destruction of wildlife and recreational areas is a trade-off against the destruction of homes and loss of human life downstream.

“The reservoir itself is doing what it’s supposed to do,” he says, “and that’s what we’re here for.

“Recreation and everything is secondary.”

New tents

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Moose Lodge 837 donated four new tents to Boy Scout Troop 637 on Tuesday, June 23. Pictured at the Moose Lodge are (from left) Ben Young, Donovan Yeater and Josh Rakoczy, all of Troop 637; Kim Myers, Lodge 837 assistant administrator; Lane Nightenhelser, senior patrol leader, Troop 637; Dave Ford, Lodge 837 administrator; and Trey Harris, Joe Melchi and Jakob Miller, all of Troop 637.

Local Habitat group to do Operation Backyard

Youth leaders and youth groups in Huntington will partner with Huntington County Habitat for Humanity for Operation Backyard, spending several days in July serving people in their own communities.

This is the ninth year for Operation Backyard, which will take place July 10 through 12. This year’s group will work in a neighborhood near Memorial Park, covering six to eight blocks. Program leaders will visit homeowners in the area prior to the start of the program to find out what the youth could do for them.

Sheep producers to meet on Thursday, July 9

The Huntington County Sheep Producers will meet on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will take place in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Building on the first floor.

Attendees will discuss preparations for the 2015 4-H Fair Sheep Show.

All 4-H sheep members and interested producers are asked to attend this meeting.

For more information, contact the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson-Suite 202, Huntington or call 358-4826.

High water will delay Splash on the Wabash

This summer’s Splash on the Wabash festival, which had been scheduled for July 11, has been postponed.

The event includes an inner tube float down the Wabash River, but high water levels would make that activity unsafe, says Tina Bobilya, executive director of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau and co-chair of the festival.

Bobilya says she hopes to reschedule the event for later this summer and is discussing possible dates with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.