Conversation techniques to be explored at program

Techniques and tips for becoming a great conversationalist will be explored at Lifetree Café on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 pm.

The program, “What Do You Want to Talk About?,” features practical tips for having great conversations as well as opportunities to practice new-found skills.
Lifetree Café National Director Craig Cable says this Lifetree session offers a chance for participants to actually slow down and talk, a rarity in these fast-paced, busy times.

College Go-ing

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Lincoln Elementary students recently participated in College Go Week, with various activities aimed at creating an awareness of going to college. The winners of the door decorating contest are (front row) Landon Pearson; and (middle row from left to right) Jaxan Kline and Ellie Stephenson; and (back row from left to right) Caidan Patmore and Spencer Blackburn, all from Kayla Waldman’s first grade class.

RC reminds blood donations help cancer patients

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others needing blood products.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., with one in eight developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer patients may need blood products during chemo-therapy, mastectomy surgery or treatment of complications.   

Business of the month

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Rick Reed (front row, second from left) is the store manager of Rabb Water Systems (RWS), which was named Business of the Month for October by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Celebrating the accolade are (front row from left) Cheryl McCoy, chamber; Reed; Sean Patrick, service tech, RWS; Scott Barnett, territory sales manager, RWS; Charlotte Center, chamber; and (back row from left) Les Graham, chamber; Tom Yoder, delivery, RWS; and Luke McConnell and Michael Zahn, chamber.

Yergler joins iAB as first VP, retail mgr.

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Andrew Yergler.

Andrew Yergler has joined iAB financial bank as first vice president and retail manager.

Yergler received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his Master of Business Administration from Indiana Tech. His professional background of over 15 years in banking includes experience in retail and agribusiness banking, mortgage loans and business development.

Yergler has been a board member for Community Harvest Food Bank. Additionally, he has been involved with the YMCA and the United Way.

Hunters have several options to check in their game this fall

Hunters this fall can check their game online through the CheckIN Game system, at an on-site check station or by phone.

The online CheckIN Game system at checkIN can be used with any Internet-connected device. The website includes instructions on how to use the system. Users also can locate their customer ID and print temporary transportation tags.

The phone-in option, at 800-419-1326, carries a fee.

HU campus filled with Noble County students

Eager third-grade students from Noble County schools are fascinated by the starfish held by Jean Donaldson, a junior biology major at Huntington University, during “Walk Into My Future” Day, held Wednesday, Sept. 30, on the HU campus outside Dowden Science Hall. About 1,350 elementary children participated in the interactive event, visiting more than 30 stations across campus including agriculture, digital media arts, history, ministry and missions and nursing.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

 The campus at Huntington University was filled with about 1,350 elementary students from Noble County on Wednesday, Sept. 30, during the Walk into My Future event sponsored by the Noble County Promise. This is the second year Huntington University has taken part in the event.

Genealogical society meet is Wednesday

The Huntington Genealogy Society will have its next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Juanita Rapp will speak on “What is in Grandmother’s Attic.”

Rapp is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Grant County Historical Society and the Wabash Historical Society.

Her presentation will include a show-and-tell of items from the Depression era.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Fire safety, code violations are topic at next safety council meeting Oct. 14

A program on fire safety and code violations will be presented at the next Huntington County Safety Council meeting, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Huntington University Habecker Dining Commons.

Dave Teusch of the Huntington Fire Department will present the program at the meeting, which also includes lunch.

To register, contact Holly Sale, HCSC president, at 355-3203, by fax at 355-3236 or by email at

DNR seeking volunteers to help with ‘Snapshot IN’ wildlife study

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers for a new study called “Snapshot IN” that will use trail cameras to gather information on Indiana wildlife.

Volunteers must have at least 10 acres and be willing to set up a provided trail camera on their property this fall. The DNR hopes to find between 20 and 100 volunteers, wildlife biologist Shawn Rossler says.

Huntington library to hold write-ins, workshop for natl. novel writing month

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will hold write-ins and a writing workshop as an official Write-In partner for the 2015 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-the-pants approach to creative writing, organizers explain.  The event values enthusiasm, determination and a deadline and is designed for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

A ‘scent’ of Hispanic culture

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kyera Homewood (left), a freshman at Huntington North High School, tries to guess what “especia” (spice) junior Spanish student Josie Graft is holding, as senior Courtney Coffman holds a plate of dried “pimientos” (peppers) at their booth during the “House on Mango Street” Fair at HNHS on Thursday, Oct. 1. Numerous booths were manned by Spanish students, each offering a different facet of Hispanic culture. The high school’s English 9 classes were the main visitors to the fair.

Lodges on display

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Teresa Daniels, director of the Huntington County Historical Museum, shows off the display currently on exhibit at the museum, which showcases some of the lodges that have been active in Huntington County. The display features items from the Grand Lodge of Indiana I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows), Indiana Grand Temple Pythian Sisters, Knights of Pythias, Masonic Temple, Order of Job’s Daughters, Order of DeMolay, Loyal Order of Moose, Elks and Charity Rebekah Lodge. The museum, located at 315 Court St., in Huntington, is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Froomkin in show at Honeywell House

The Honeywell House welcomes area actor Joel Froomkin and his one-man rendition of the legend of the “Headless Horseman” on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Individual sponsorship is provided by Richard Tucker.

The performance will get the audience into the Halloween spirit and transport them to Sleepy Hollow in an original production by director, actor and all-around theater guru Froomkin.

Froomkin, who has performed at the Honeywell House before, is an experienced actor based in Huntington.

Victory Noll Center to hold Harvest of Blessings fund-raiser on Nov. 7

Victory Noll Center will hold its Harvest of Blessings fund-raiser event Saturday, Nov. 7, on the Victory Noll campus.

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters and the staff of Victory Noll Center are planning for their future with an established endowment fund at the Huntington County Community Foundation and a matching Lilly Foundation Grant. The goal is to raise $10,000 this year, with a Lilly match of $5,000.

Local Bendix plant hits brake shoe milestone

Bendix brake shoes cool down following the application of the advanced coating and the tightly controlled oven curing process that provide maximum protection against rust jacking. The Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center in Huntington recently passed the milestone of assembling three million remanufactured brake shoes, less than three years after beginning production.
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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has reached a milestone at its Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center in Huntington, assembling more than 3 million remanufactured brake shoes less than three years after beginning production.

The remanufacturing center opened in 2012 and was expanded to its current 74,000 square feet in 2014.

At the remanufacturing facility, Bendix employees take in salvaged brake shoes that have become deformed through years of force and temperature changes. Those brake shoes lose stopping power because they no longer come into full contact with the drum.

Vectren Energy extends call center support time

Vectren Energy Delivery is extending its call center support hours during October.

Customers can call 800-227-1376 and speak to a customer service specialist Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Customer service specialists will also be available Saturdays in October from 8 a.m. until noon. Customers may also use live web chat for customer service assistance.

Income-qualified Indiana customers may call 800-872-0371 to locate their nearest community action agency and apply for financial assistance through the state’s Energy Assistance Program.

Supplies for school

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Mary Gradeless’ fifth grade class from Roanoke Elementary School displays some of the school supplies that were donated by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160. Pictured (front row from left to right) are Taylor Vetor, Morgan Lee, Ashlee Schwieterman; and (back row from left to right) Aaron Amick, Roanoke Auxiliary Unit 160 President Bev Swaim, Jeff Gross, Aric Hosler and Grant Beckner.

Program on ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ at Cafe of Hope next Monday evening

A program on the origins of “The Star- Spangled Banner” and the life of its writer, Francis Scott Key, will be presented on Monday, Oct. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Café of Hope, 950 E. State St., Huntington.

Supplying the school

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American Auxiliary Legion Unit 160, in Roanoke, recently held its annual drive to collect school supplies. Auxiliary Unit 160 President Bev Swaim (right) presents school supplies to Kathy Bogert, a member of the Lincoln Elementary School recess staff.

Trinity UMC fall pickle sale through Oct. 26

Trinity United Methodist Church Preschool is having its fall pickle sale now through Oct. 26.

Order forms are available in the church office or by calling 356-0961 ext. 104 or 786-1834. Pickles will be ready for pick-up on Monday, Nov. 9.

The proceeds of the sale will be used for scholarships.

'Sewing Truth and Harvesting Hope'

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An entry in the Huntington University Homecoming Parade passes through the campus on Friday, Oct. 2. The theme of this year’s parade was "Sewing Ttruth and Harvesting Hope.”

Haunted Hotel ready to scare

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A collection of ghouls stands ready to scare patrons of the Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor on Saturday evening, Oct. 3. The venerable downtown Huntington Halloween venue is open through October on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will also be open Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Head shaving for fund-raising

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Christy Weaver (seated) has her head shaved by Paula DeLaGrange on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Gethsemane Ministries, in Huntington, as part a a Team D fund-raising event benefitting the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a Callifornia-based charity that awards grants for childhood cancer research.

Parkview Healthy Steps health fair

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Stan Horne, a chef with Parkview Helath Catering, sets out sample cups of his shrimp avocado salad during a healthy cooking demonstration on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Parkview Huntington Hospital Healthy Steps health fair.

Huntington University royalty

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Justin White (left) and Rebecca Grimes were chosen as the 2015 Huntington University Homecoming king and queen on Friday night, Oct. 2.

United Way campaign gets off to big start

Students in Rachel Smith’s fifth-grade class at Lincoln Elementary School hold up signs announcing the 2015 United Way Campaign goal during a skit performed at the United Way kickoff luncheon held Friday, Sept. 25, at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. Campaign Co-chairman – and principal of Lincoln Elementary – Adam Drummond holds up the comma sign, making sure it’s in the right place of the amount of funds United Way would like to raise this year.
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The 2015 United Way campaign got off to a big start on Friday, Sept. 25, as students from Rachel Smith’s fifth-grade class at Lincoln Elementary School used a clever skit to announce this year’s goal of $641,500 to fund organizations that serve the people of Huntington County.

Co-chairs Tiffanney Drummond, the director of career and technical education for the Huntington County Community Schools and her husband, Adam Drummond, principal at Lincoln Elementary, shared this year’s theme, “Together, We Can Change the Story.”

4-H Junior Leaders to meet Oct. 8 at county fairgrounds

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leader organization will meet Thursday, Oct. 8, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Heritage Hall, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The main item of business will be the election of officers for the 2016 4-H club year. Officer positions include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, news reporter/photographer, health and safety officer, historian/photographer and recreation.

Safe place

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Roanoke Elementary School fifth-grader Jeff Gross checks out the inside of a cab on a tractor at the Huntington County Fairgrounds during a field trip about farm safety on Tuesday, Sept.

Decuis Farmstead Inn one of five sites on Tri Kappa Housewalk

The Joseph Decuis Farmstead Inn, one of five stops on Sunday’s Tri Kappa Housewalk, was built in 1884 and maintains many of its original features.
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The Joseph Decuis Farmstead Inn, owned by Pete and Alice Eschelman, is one of five locations on the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The Farmstead Inn, located at 6755E-900S, Columbia City, features a restored farm house and carriage house.  

The farm house, built in 1884 by Oliver Smith, has maintained its historical integrity even with the addition of the comforts of modern living.

The kitchen is the original from 1884. A wood stove, dry sink, original hardwood floors and moldings are featured as well as period antiques.