Robot reveal

Pfhoto by Steve Clark.

Andrew Lund (left), CAD lead with Team THRUST 1501, discusses the team’s new robot with Don Tilley, an attendee of the team’s Robot Reveal Open House on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the First Federal Savings Bank Community Building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Team Coordinator Chris Elston detailed this year’s game, entitled “STEAMworks,” before members of the team used the squad’s practice robot to demonstrate the game for the audience.

Community Health Funds given by PHH

Representatives of Parkview Huntington Hospital and its 2017 funded community partners are (from left) Jan Williams, Youth Services Bureau; Juli Johnson, PHH; Doug Selig, PHH; Rosella Stouder, Huntington House; Steve Anderson, Blessings in a Backpack; Stacey Stumpf, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana; Ann Emely, Huntington County Free Health Clinic; Ben Davis, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; Al Sims, Cancer Services of Huntington County; Diana Shenefield, Huntington University Nursing Career Academy; Todd Latta, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; Holly Saunders, Huntington County Council on Aging; Sharon Metzger, Place of Grace; Emily Johnson, Blessings in a Backpack; and Kyle Metzger, Love INC.
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Parkview Huntington Hospital has awarded 2017 Community Health Improvement funds to 14 Huntington County organizations.

The grants target specific areas of focus in conjunction with the hospital’s mission of improving the health and inspiring the well-being of the community.

Receiving grants are:

• Blessings in a Backpack of Huntington County, which provides food for the weekend to elementary school students who rely on the federal Free and Reduced Priced Meal Program.

Fund-raising success

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lincoln Elementary School third-grader Emily Albertson (left) was presented with a Science Central membership by Dale Ruppert, lead educational specialist at Science Central, for being the top fund-raiser in the STEAM-a-thon pledge drive. During the STEAM-a-thon, students asked for pledges of donations to support the school instead of raising funds by selling candy, cookie dough or wrapping paper. The campaign brought in $6,076, with the third grade raising $1,333, the most of any grade level, and Albertson single-handedly raising $115, the highest individual total.

PAWS teams to add canine flavor to Roanoke concert

Michele Grimm (left) and Venita Lawyer (right) pose with Ellie, a therapy dog. The team is part of PAWS, which will provide a demonstration prior to Friday evening’s concert at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.
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Therapy dogs and their handlers will provide a demonstration of their work prior to the concert on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.

The concert by West Central Quartet begins at 7:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., several teams of dogs and handlers from PAWS (Pets Assisting Well-being and Success) will meet guests at the Cottage Event Center. PAWS uses therapy dogs to work with special needs children and others.

Prize-winning musicians perform tonight at HNHS

Several students in the Huntington North High School band program have qualified for the state Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competition and will present a preview concert tonight, Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium.

Students qualified for the state competition by earning a gold rating, the highest possible rating, on a solo or ensemble performance in Group 1, the group of highest difficulty, at the district ISSMA event.

HU students participate in innovation challenge

Students from five colleges and universities located along the I-69 corridor, including Huntington University, participated in the I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge, spending the weekend of Feb. 10 through 12 collaborating to solve a problem.

The Grant County Economic Growth Council hosted the event, which was held at Swan Lake Resort, in Plymouth. Participating universities and Indiana Michigan Power helped sponsor the weekend.

Joy Pleasers invite potential clowns to workshop on March 4 at The Heritage

“Clowning around” with some balloons are members of the Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry (from left) Jelly Bean (Linda Carroll), TidBit (Midge Decker), Ba Lue (Mark Bickel), Princess Piggy (Marianne Christman), Mama Mia (Christina Christman) and Lollipop (Ann Ericsson). The group will begin its next clown class with an information meeting on March 4.
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The Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry will hold an informational meeting and workshop on Saturday, March 4, at 9 a.m. at The Heritage of Huntington.

The Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry has been a presence in Huntington County since 1988 and for the next couple months will be giving members of the public an opportunity to join the group.

The event, open to males and females over the age of 16 years, will include a question and answer session as well as class time.

Paper Artisans set scrapbook event

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers Club Paper Artisans will host the Spring Crop 2017 scrapbooking event on  March 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at iAB financial bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Scrapbooking and card making products will be available from vendors and new techniques will be demonstrated.

The cost of the event covers a make-your-own baked potato bar for lunch and drinks and snacks during the day. Make it/take it sessions can be attended for an additional fee.

Huntington library to celebrate several events during March

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will celebrate disability awareness, St. Patrick’s Day, Pi Day and Hoosier vice presidents during March.

Nicole Scheiman, director of Huntington University’s occupational therapy program, will present a program on disability awareness on March 9 at 6 p.m. at the Huntington library. Scheiman will discuss vision impairment, auditory hallucinations and more in this interactive session, which is geared toward adults. Those attending will meet Hope, a certified therapy dog.

Extension offers commodities marketing workshop for women

Women interested in learning marketing and management strategies for farm commodities are invited to attend a Purdue Extension workshop.

The workshop will be held March 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Huntington University’s Ha-becker Dining Commons, 2303 College Ave., Huntington.

The workshop will help provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to confidently market the grain on their farm, says Kelly Heckaman, director of Purdue Extension-Kosciusko County and one of the conference organizers.

Robotics team to intro new robot to community

The Huntington County 4-H robotics team will introduce its 2017 robot to the community tonight, Thursday, Feb. 23, in the First Federal Savings Bank Community Building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The robot reveal open house begins at 6 p.m. with a meet-and-greet. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The local robotics team, Team T.H.R.U.S.T. 1501, has designed, built and programmed a robot to take part in a worldwide event, STEAMworks, a competition with a steampunk theme.

Seeking volunteers for 50th Salamonie fest

The community of Warren is gearing up for its 50th Salamonie Summer Festival and is inviting Warren residents to get involved.

The 2017 festival will be held June 30 through July 4. This year’s event will feature a rodeo on July 1 and July 2, and the fireworks on July 3 will be preceded by entertainment.

Additional highlights include activities for children, the festival parade on June 30, entertainment the evenings of  June 30 and July 1, a bike run and 5K run on July 1, a kickball tournament on July 2 and a mud run on July 4.

Huntington University students, former faculty member win media arts awards

Seventeen Huntington University students, including three from Huntington County, and a former member of the HU faculty have earned awards in the 2017 Broadcast Educators Awards Festival of Media Arts.

They will be recognized during the festival, which takes place April 22 through 24 in Las Vegas, NV.

“The Julie Amos Story,” a film created by HU students Adam Konger, of South Whitley, and Randi Orr, of Corunna, was named best of festival in the promotional category of the student video competition.

iAB financial bank to merge into First Merchants Bank

Independent Alliance Banks Inc., the holding company of iAB financial bank, and First Merchants Corporation jointly have announced an agreement whereby IAB will merge with and into First Merchants, and iAB financial bank will merge with and into First Merchants Bank.

The announcement was made on Feb. 17 and the merger could become finalized late this year.

The merger agreement provides that shareholders of Independent Alliance Banks will have the right to receive 1.653 shares of First Merchants common stock for each share of IAB common stock owned.

Alliance will address ‘Atheist Delusion’

The Biblical Alliance for Truth will present “The Atheist Delusion: Why Millions Deny The Obvious” on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at The Heritage of Huntington multi-purpose room.

This presentation will answer, “What scientific question will challenge your atheistic belief?”

The meeting will include the “million dollar table,“ fun IQ tests showing how easily people are deceived. Each household will receive a free “The Atheist Delusion” DVD.

The Heritage of Huntington is located next to Parkview Huntington Family YMCA at 1180W-500N, Huntington.

Striving for fitness

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Students at Crestview Middle School earned certificates for excellence on their physical fitness or for showing great improvement in their physical education class. Pictured are (front row, from left) Mason Miller, Gregory Miller, Audrey Rittenhouse and Hope Hewson; and (back row, from left) physical education teacher Phil Wiley, Aaron Amick, Kadin Anderson, Addison Dennis, Jackie Burcroff and physical education teacher Marla Becker. Todd Latta of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA presented the students with certificates and a six-month membership to the YMCA.

Southbound Ind.-9 down to one lane

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced lane closures for Ind.-9 over the Salamonie Reservoir, between Ind.-124 and CR 550S, through early March.

INDOT contractors were set to reduce southbound Ind.- 9 to one lane on Feb. 20, weather permitting.

Work will include scour protection around the bridge piers and should be completed by early March, weather permitting.

The project, which included a bridge deck overlay in 2016, was awarded to R.L. McCoy for $3.1 million.

Church offers stage for gospel singers

The First Free Will Baptist Church will be having open mic singing on Saturday, Feb. 25. There will be snacks served at 5 p.m. and singing will start at 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come and be a part of gospel singing, and any individual or group who wants to sing is welcome.

The church is located at 1805 Salamonie Ave., Huntington.

Optimist Youth Appreciation awards go to HCS eighth grade students Godfroy and Mickley

Nickolas Mickley and Olivia Godfroy, students at Huntington Catholic School, are recipients of Youth Appreciation Awards from the Huntington Optimist Club. Shown during the Feb. 16 presentation are (from left) Matt Ditzler, president of the Huntington Optimist Club; Mickley and Godfroy; Derek Boone, Huntington Catholic School principal; and Juanita Mejia-Goodwell, northeast Indiana outreach manager for the Indiana Youth Institute.
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The Huntington Optimist Club has presented its 2017 Youth Appreciation Awards to Huntington Catholic School eighth-graders Nicholas Mickley and Olivia Godfroy.

The club presents the awards each year to two students from each middle school in Huntington County and three students from Huntington North High School, basing the awards on the recipients’ outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

New Hope sets public breakfast Sunday

New Hope United Brethren Church is having a breakfast open to the public on Sunday, Feb. 26, starting at 7:30 a.m.

The menu consists of biscuits and gravy, pancakes and omelets.

The breakfast is being sponsored by children and parents as a fund-raiser to help send the youth to summer church camp in Bellefontaine, OH.

A free will offering will be taken.

A service will follow at 9:30 a.m.

For more information call the church at 356-0870.

Lenten retreat, ‘Way of the Desert,’ offered at Victory Noll Center 3/23-26

Victory Noll Center is offering a silent, directed retreat during Lent designed to help participants deepen their relationship with Christ.

The four-day Way of the Desert begins March 23 at 4 p.m. and concludes March 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Directed retreats offer time to tend to the movement of God in one’s life. It is a time to go apart and listen, to draw close to Christ’s presence. This retreat focuses on silence, solitude and prayer. Participants may also take part in Centering Prayer and group Lectio Divina.

Giving art a hand

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Roanoke Elementary School first-graders Ross Oden (left) and Elle Campbell proudly show off the pop art hands paintings they made in art class.

Local United Way to hold annual meeting March 9 at HC Community Learning Ctr.

The United Way of Huntington County Board of Directors will hold its 2017 annual meeting on March 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the Huntington County Community Learning Center, 2201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The board’s regular monthly meeting will follow the annual meeting.

The public is invited to attend to hear about United Way’s 60th year in the community. Information will also be shared at the Campaign Thank You Luncheon on March 22.

For more information call the United Way of Huntington County at 356-6160.

Presenting the colors

Several members of Boy Scout Troop 130, of Huntington, presented the colors for the Pacers game on Feb. 11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis. Scouts are (from left) Logan Murray, Jared Cartwright, Jacob Worsham, Braden Wine, Issac Gordan, Jackson LeMar and Noah Bruce. Adult leaders (back, from left) are Jeff Cartwright and Eric Bruce.

HCCSC to meet in executive session

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s board of trustees will meet in executive session on Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

The purpose of the meeting is in respect to an individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction, with the subject being to receive information concerning the individual’s alleged misconduct.

Master gardeners discuss bee-keeping

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will hold a public forum on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Huntington Branch Conference Room.

Dan Juergens, a local business owner, will present a program on beekeeping.  Juergens started raising bees two years ago. He will share tips with individuals in the community interested in establishing beehives.

The Huntington branch is located at 255 W. Park Drive, in Huntington.  To make a reservation call the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office at 358-4826.

‘Paws to Read’ returns to HCTPL

The Huntington and Markle libraries will kick off this spring’s Paws to Read sessions in March.

The Huntington library will have sessions each Saturday morning, where children who are learning to read can practice, judgment free, with a registered therapy dog.

The Markle library’s sessions will be March 11 and 18, as well as April 1 and 22.

All sessions at both libraries require registration; call the Youth Services desk in Huntington at 356-0824 or the Information Desk at Markle at 758-3332 to register a child.

Workshop teaches INSPIRE website

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will host a workshop for those using the INSPIRE website Thursday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at its Huntington branch.

All Indiana residents have access to INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Online Library.

INSPIRE is a collection of online academic and other information resources, full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs and more.

Huntington. library to host Daddy/Daughter Hair Fair

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will hold a Daddy/Daughter Hair Fair on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at its Huntington branch.

All dads and daughters are invited, as well as moms and sons and anyone else who wants to learn more about styling their young child’s hair.

Basic hairstyles including ponytails, buns and braids will be covered and practiced. Hair care tips will be offered for a variety of hair types.

Registration is not required, but those who plan to attend must bring their own hairbrush as this is a workshop involving participation.

10 from county earn writing competition honors

Ten Huntington County students at Canterbury Middle and High School, in Fort Wayne, earned awards in the Scholastic Writing competition for northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

Those earning Gold Keys and advancing to the national competition were:

• Shafer Garrett, a senior from Huntington, for a personal essay/memoir, “My Community.” Garrett also won a Silver Key for a short story, “Dream-Trak.”