Sparkle Clean hails 25th year with new equipment

Gregg Ness stands in front of his Huntington business, Sparkle Clean Car Wash, on Monday, March 12. The car wash has been open 25 years this month and Ness recently added new state-of-the-art automatic car wash equipment in celebration of the milestone.
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Gregg Ness has kicked off the 25-year anniversary celebration this month of his business, Sparkle Clean Car Wash, by installing brand-new, state-of-the-art Razor car wash equipment, bringing new technology to his customers. And, he says, business has been better than expected with the change.

The car wash, located near the Huntington Walmart and behind the Shell Gas Station on North Jefferson Street, has grown every year, Ness says. This is the third wash equipment system installed in the two automatic car wash bays since he opened the doors.

Spring Carnival face painting

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Roanoke Elementary School held its Spring Carnival on Friday, March 9. Posing for the camera after having their faces painted are fourth-graders (from left) Grace Anderson, Campbell Sloan and Emma Kelsey.

Color Craze

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Paxten Daggett (right), 3, and her mother, Rachel Kochensparger, do some painting during the Color Craze playday at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, March 10.

HU history professor to release fourth book

Tim Smith
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Dr. Tim Smith, FRHistS, professor of “Non-Western History” at Huntington University, will be releasing his fourth book, “Cambodia and the West, 1500-2000,” this month.

Smith has been a professor at Huntington University for 11 years and has previously written and/or edited four books concerning imperial and diplomatic history in Asia.

Smith’s book is unique in that no other interdisciplinary collection of essays on Cambodia’s international relationship with the West has ever been produced, says Lynette Fager, Huntington University relations staffer.

Learning to floss

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Karlei Protsman (left), a second-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, learns about flossing from Mindy Conrad of Bussick Orthodontics on Dental Day, held recently at the school.

Lost in Yonkers

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Jonathan Kierman (left) and Brenner Newsom interact in the Pulse Opera House production of “Lost in Yonkers.” Remaining performances are March 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. and March 18, at 4 p.m. The theater is located at 127-1/2 Wayne St., Warren. Reservations to purchase tickets may be made online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017.

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church sets supper

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting a soup supper and bazaar on Saturday, March 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will include chili soup, chicken noodle soup, carrot and celery sticks, ham sandwiches, drinks, pies and cakes.

A freewill offering will be taken.

The church is located at 880E-1100N, Roanoke.

Annual Dream Center auction this Saturday

The Indiana Dream Center will have its annual auction fund-raiser on Saturday, March 17, at the Huntington PAL Club. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., the meal starts at 6 p.m. and the auction will begin around 7 p.m.

This year both live and silent auction items will be up for bid. Curtis Smith of Parkview Hospital and a former Fort Wayne-area meteorologist will emcee the event and Kim’s Catering will provide the food.

For more information or to RSVP call 200-1155 or visit the Indiana Dream Center’s Facebook page.

Salvation Army Easter egg hunt on March 24

The community is invited to the Salvation Army Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park.

The event is for youth up to 12 years old.

Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m.

Growing Place f-raiser at Juergens Saturday

Nelson’s Port-A-Pit Chicken will be available for purchase on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Juergens Do-It Best Hardware, in Huntington, as a fund-raiser for Growing Place Preschool.

Juergens Do-It Best Hardware is located at 2850 N. Jefferson St., in Huntington.

Dr. Sider to be feted at PHH Community Gala

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Todd Sider

Todd Sider, M.D., will be honored at the seventh Parkview Huntington Hospital Community Gala on the evening of Saturday, April 7, at the PAL Event Center in Huntington. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Pirate peril

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Black Stache the Pirate (far right), played by Alex Voeller, divulges his evil plan while Lord Leonard Aster (seated left), played by Elizabeth Olson, and the orphan boy Peter (seated right), played by Andrew Daeger, await their fates in the musical play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” on Thursday, March 8, in the Zurcher Auditorium at Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts. The production, which features non-stop action and humorous gags, will also be presented March 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. and March 17, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Law enforcement to discuss security training for churches prior to Easter

Huntington law enforcement officials are speaking about security training at places of worship prior to the Easter holiday.

The public is invited to the seminar at the Huntington First Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington. Officers with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, Huntington City Police Department and the Indiana State Police will be the presenters.

Plans to add more to Lake Clare Fitness Park

Bill Lucker, a Lake Clare Fitness Park volunteer, hangs trapeze rings on the youth course portion of the fitness park, which is located in Huntington. The facility’s construction coordinators are requesting donations to complete the installation of several new obstacles at the park.

Plans are underway to add six new obstacles to the youth course and an additional climbing ball obstacle to the primary course at the Lake Clare Fitness Park, in Huntington.

In order to complete the obstacles, the park’s construction coordinators are seeking to raise $1,200.

Coordinators wish to thank the Huntington Lions Club, which recently voted to purchase an $800 cargo net to help complete one of the obstacles.

Favorite Seuss characters

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Roanoke Elementary School held its “Dress as Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Character Day” on Friday, March 9. Among those participating were kindergarten students (from left) Sofia Aguilera, Connor Cuttriss and Riley Schoenemann.

St. Peter’s Lutheran to host Shamrock Lunch

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will host its annual Shamrock Luncheon fund-raiser on Friday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school gymnasium.

The menu will include soups, salads, casseroles and desserts.

The church is located at 605 Polk St., Huntington.

Tickets will be available at the door, the church office, the north branch of Bippus State Bank and at Juergens Hardware.

Paradise Road to perform country, traditional gospel at Lancaster WC

Paradise Road will perform traditional and country gospel music in concert on Sunday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Wesleyan Church.

The church is located at 3149W-543S, Huntington.

For more information, contact Pastor Doug Sharrard at 468-2411.

Picking and grinning, Irish style

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The Irish band Soltre’ will be the featured entertainment at the LaFontaine Arts Council’s St. Paddy’s Celebration on Saturday, March 17, at the Knights of Columbus, 2817 Theater Ave., Huntington. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served until 8:30 p.m. The concert will last until 10 p.m. For more information and to get tickets, call 358-0055.

Roanoke girl wins regional science fair

Bishop Luers High School sophomore Jessica Hartmus of Roanoke won first place at the Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair at IPFW March 3, with her project, “The Fine Art of Oxidation - Development of Titanium Anodizing as an Art Medium.”

Hartmus received multiple awards in the senior division. She advances to the state-level science fair on March 24.

Heydes are new owners of B&K Rootbeer Stand

New B&K Rootbeer Stand owners Kim (left) and Kirk Heyde stand outside the iconic building at 1218 S. Jefferson St., Huntington. The Heydes bought the business, which has operated for 69 years, on Jan. 1.
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Kirk and Kim Heyde are the new owners of the B&K Rootbeer Stand in Huntington.

The couple bought the business on Jan. 1 from former owner Roger Stephens.

Kirk Heyde says he and his wife bought the business so he could get back into being a part of a community, something he enjoyed in the past, as his family owned the Huggy Bear in Warren for a number of years and Kirk also owned the hardware store in that community for several years.

Going native

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Martha Ferguson, of Riverview Native Nursery in Spencerville, talks about the benefits of growing native plant species during a Huntington County Master Gardeners forum held Wednesday, March 7, at the Huntington branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Ferguson, a master gardener and a master naturalist, previously directed the garden restoration project at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site.

Youngs visit statehouse

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Judy Young (left), Dr. Sam Young (middle), of Huntington’s Central Christian Church, and State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) gathered on Jan. 23 in the House Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse. Dr. Young led the prayer before the start of official legislative business.

Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild to have first 2018 meeting

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild will have its first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, March 20, at 1 p.m.

The guild will meet in the lower-level classrooms at the hospital, 2001 Stults Road, Huntington.

All members are encouraged to attend. Members of the public are also welcome to attend to learn more about the guild and its work.

Virtual reality at library

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Stribor Bencun, 12, tries out a virtual reality headset and controllers during a “Try it Out” session at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Tuesday, March 6. The devices, on loan to the library from the Indiana State Library, will be available to try out during these sessions throughout March.

Huntington Chiropractic, partners raise funds for Love

The Huntington Chiropractic Center, with help from several other local businesses, raised $1,000 and an additional $200 worth of groceries for the Love in the Name of Christ food pantry at its “Spread the Love for Love INC Day” on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The check was presented on Tuesday, March 6, and in attendance were (front row from left) Kelley Miller, Love INC food pantry coordinator; Erin Didion, ministry coordinator; Alysha Storie, chiropractic assistant; Barb Fetters, of The Purviance House Bed & Breakfast; and Cindy Geders, from Huntington Chiropractic Center; and (back row from left) Lisa Lauer, chiropractic assistant; David Geders, of Copper Chord Music; and Dr. Stephen Geders of the chiropractic center.
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Dr. Stephen Geders and Huntington Chiropractic Center raised $1,000 and an additional $200 in groceries during its annual “Spread the Love for Love INC Day” on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14. In exchange for donations to Love INC, the center provided free adjustments and new patient services.

Andrews library lists Winter Reading Club winners

Cathy (left), Andrea (middle) and Mark Krumanaker won the “Spring” basket for participating in the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library’s Winter Reading Club. Held throughout January and February, the club challenged families to track the total amount of time that they read. Eight baskets, each with a different theme, were awarded to participants.
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During the months of January and February, the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library held its annual Winter Reading Club, challenging families to track the total amount of time everyone in their home reads. Each hour earned a ticket in drawings for grand prize baskets.

This year, 16 families read 1,250 hours. Each team that participated received a participation bag of prizes. Plus, eight themed baskets were awarded.

Limberlost naturalist to speak at historical museum

Curt Burnette, the naturalist and program developer for the Limberlost State Historic Site, will speak at the Huntington County Historical Museum on March 21.
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Curt Burnette, the naturalist and program developer for the Limberlost State Historic Site, will present a PowerPoint titled “Gene Stratton-Porter and Her Limberlost Legacy” at the Huntington County Historical Museum on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.

Burnette’s presentation will include Stratton-Porter’s life story and career accomplishments, as well as a history of the Limberlost Swamp she wrote about — its destruction and modern rebirth. Stratton-Porter (1863-1924) was a self-trained best-selling American author, nature photographer and naturalist.

HCCSC to hold safety meeting at HNHS April 3

Local law enforcement officials meet with the Huntington County Community School Corporation School Safety Team recently. HCCSC will hold a school safety meeting for the public at Huntington North High School on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
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In response to the recent school shootings and subsequent “copycat” threats to schools in the surrounding area, the Huntington County Community School Corporation will hold a school safety meeting at Huntington North High School on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Members of local law enforcement, including the Huntington Police Department and Huntington County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand, as well as the HCCSC School Safety Team. Students, parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

Attendees should use Door 28 to enter.

Shamrock Luncheon

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Committee members for St. Peter Lutheran Church’s annual Shamrock Luncheon on Friday, March 16, at the church, 605 Polk St., Huntington, go over last minute details. Discussing the upcoming event are (from left) Joyce Gravley, Pam Wertenberger, Eleanor Smith, Kristen Lorenz and Sandy Slusser.

HU/HUAZ students right there with ‘big boys’ at BEA media fest

Huntington University student Ben Crane, who was one of the Broadcast Education Association Festival’s first-place award recipients, holds the award presented for the film “Redshift.”
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Huntington University, including students and faculty from the Huntington University Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts (HUAZ) location, earned enough honors and awards at the 2018 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts to tie for second in overall awards.

Huntington University competed against hundreds of other universities, including some of the largest schools in the country.