Invite teens to library for Cosplay Night

Teens are invited to the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Aug. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for Cosplay Night.

Teens can come dressed as a favorite character and enter the cosplay contest, or come to enjoy fandom trivia, games and treats.

For more information, call 356-0824 or email

Huntington Catholic students head back a little later than HCCSC

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Students at Huntington Catholic School will head back to school a few days later than their counterparts in the Huntington County Community Schools.

Huntington Catholic will start classes on Wednesday, Aug. 10. As in the past, classes on Wednesdays throughout the school year will begin 30 minutes later than the regularly scheduled time, and the first day of school is no exception.

Honoring Gene

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Gene Hartley, 1959 USAC National Midget Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 racer from Roanoke, was honored at the “Rolling into Roanoke” car show on Saturday, July 23. His family unveiled a memorial plaque in front of the Roanoke Area Heritage Center. Pictured (from left) are Courtney Garrison, Hartley’s granddaughter; Julie Rawllins, daughter; Carolyn Hartley, wife; Grayson Rawllins, great-grandson; Taylor Rawllins, grandson; Keith Hartley, son; Jessica Rawllins, wife of Taylor Rawllins; and Carley Garrison, great-granddaughter.

Crestwoods Gallery featuring ‘Summer in Indiana’

Crestwoods Gallery, in Roanoke, is featuring “Summer in Indiana” through August.

The show features work by Tom Keesee, Austin Cartwright, Alan Larkin, Elizabeth Wamsley, Katherine Rohrbacher, Patricia Weiss, Gwen Gutwein, Rebecca Justice-Schaab, Marcy Neiditz, Barbara Nohinek and more.

Crestwoods Gallery is located at 314 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Seminary United Methodist to host southern gospel on Sunday

Seminary United Methodist Church in Roanoke will host His Way II, a southern gospel group from Syracuse.

The service will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, and the group will minister in music at 10:10 a.m.

The public is invited to attend. The church is located at 285 N. Seminary St., Roanoke. For more information contact Rev. Jim Tormey at 307-1282.

Collection of Oz memorabilia will be on display during weekend shows

Linda Glass displays part of her collection of “Wizard of Oz” memorabilia, which will be showcased in the Huntington North High School auditorium lobby during this weekend’s presentations of “The Wizard of Oz” by Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II.
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Linda Glass was just a kid when she first saw the movie.

“My parents let me watch it when I was probably 6 or 7,” she says as she unpacks “Wizard of Oz” memorabilia.

Holdman and Zay reflect on goings-on at Republican Convention

At left, Indiana State Sen. Travis Holdman and his wife, Becky, get some fresh air outside the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland last week. Travis Holdman was one of 27 district delegates from Indiana – a total of 57 Hoosier delegates total – who threw their support behind Donald Trump for president. At right, Andy Zay, of Huntington (left), takes a moment to pose for a photo on the floor of the Republican National Convention with Curtis Hill, who is running for Indiana Attorney General this year. Zay said the Hoosier delegation got many opportunities to tell delegates from other states about Gov. Mike Pence, who received the nomination for vice president during the convention.
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Following the conclusion of the 2016 Republican National Convention, the first order of business on Travis Holdman’s agenda was sleep.

“I’m going to sleep for a day, take the weekend off, then get back to work on Monday morning,” the District 19 state senator says, making his way home Friday, July 22, from Cleveland, OH.

Holdman served as one of 27 district delegates at the convention, where Donald J. Trump was chosen as the party’s nominee for president.

Huntington University earns ‘Distinction’ status in new rankings

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Huntington University is one of nine Indiana universities to be named a 2016-17 College of Distinction by the college ranking organization Colleges of Distinction.

Huntington was also named a Christian College of Distinction.

The organization places emphasis on four overarching distinctions — engagement, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes, taking into account school type, regional considerations and peer assessments.

Ivy Tech announces classes at Learning Center

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will begin offering classes in August at the soon-to-open Huntington County Community Learning Center.

Classes beginning in August include six courses offered for college academic credit — English composition, fundamentals of public speaking, introduction to psychology, mathematical principles and quantitative reasoning, beginning Aug. 22 and continuing through Dec. 17; and student success in university, running Aug. 25 through Oct. 15.

All are offered in evening sessions.

Two Kiwanis clubs collecting plastic lids for park fund-raiser

The Huntington Noon Kiwanis and Huntington Metro Kiwanis groups are asking the public to help them save plastic lids to get park benches for Kiwanis Park, in Huntington.

Any plastic lids are needed, such as from soap, cottage cheese, medicine bottles, water, pop, ketchup, yogurt lids and ice cream buckets. There can be no metal or cardboard in the lids.

Four hundred pounds of caps, filling approximately 10 55-gallon trash bags, are needed to make one bench.

Lids may be dropped off at the Boys & Girls Club, 608 E. State St., Huntington.

Huntington County Night at Parkview Field Aug. 27

Parkview Huntington Hospital and the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to promote Huntington County Night at Parkview Field, Fort Wayne, on Aug. 27.

The Fort Wayne TinCaps will play the West Michigan Whitecaps at 7:05 p.m. The date is Stand Up to Cancer Night, and fans can bid to purchase jerseys worn by players in a cancer fund-raiser. The evening will also feature QuickChange, a couple that combines magic with ballroom dancing, and fireworks at the end of the game.

Meet and greet set at Salamonie

Students and parents are invited to meet Salamonie School’s new principal, Dawn Morgan, and School Counselor Melinda Ot-winowski during Back to School Night on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Students can meet their teachers and drop off their school supplies.

Students rank HU as tops in occupational therapy

Chelsie O'Neill (left) and Taira Fischer (right), third-year Huntington University occupational therapy doctorate students, are demonstrating hand-over-hand graded assistance in a homemaking task.
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Huntington University’s doctoral program in occupational therapy has been ranked as the 2016 Top Occupational Therapy School by invites current and recent graduate students to rank their graduate programs on items including academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

A graduate program is not ranked until a minimum number of graduate student surveys is completed for that program.

Creative beginnings

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Board and Brush Creative Studio, in Roanoke, hosts a ribbon cutting/open house on Saturday, July 23. Pictured (from left) are Erin Harlan, Board and Brush instructor; Rick Pape, building owner; Sonya Foraker, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce; Sarah Trout, studio manager; Curt Selby, Board and Brush franchise owner; Anna Jones, Board and Brush employee; Tari Okey, Board and Brush Employee; Steve Godfroy, Chamber ambassador; Camille Tester, Board and Brush Employee and Johanna Dohrman, Board and Brush Employee.

Pace holds Back to School event for YSB

Pace Chevrolet, in Huntington, is working to help the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County obtain back-to-school supplies for students in Huntington County.

Pace is collecting school supplies now through Saturday, July 30. Visitors can place their donations in the trunk of a car at the dealership.

Visitors to the dealership can also buy a ticket to bash a car with a bat now through Saturday.

Proceeds will go to the YSB’s back-to-school drive.

Pizza benefit planned for HNHS CC team

The Huntington North High School boys’ cross country team is having a pizza benefit night fund-raiser on Monday, Aug. 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Huntington Pizza Hut, located at 101 Frontage Rd., Huntington.

Team members will be servers. The team will receive $1 for each buffet sold during the event, as well as tips.

Red Cross asks donors to help meet critical need

The American Red Cross is continuing its appeal for blood and platelet donations, saying that donations continue to be delivered to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

Several donation opportunities are available in Huntington County.

In Huntington:

Friday, July 29, from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Huntington Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Rd.

Sunday, July 31, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St.

Former Erie RR workers invited to breakfast

Former Erie Railroad employees and their spouses are invited to a breakfast on Saturday, July 30, at 8:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 85, 1410 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

For more information, contact Jim Dinius at 356-6468.

Five county students receive honors on Manchester U spring dean’s list

Five Huntington County students are among a total of 312 undergraduate students who have been named to the Manchester University spring 2016 dean’s list.

They are:
• Haylee Parrish, of Andrews, a sophomore English major.

• Alexandra Kreider, of Huntington, a first year exercise science major.

• Chandler Bauer, of Huntington, a sophomore accounting major.

• Kathryn Shomo, of Huntington, a senior social work major.

• Siera Updike, of Huntington, a senior athletic training major.

City and county officials agree with United Way: August is a good month to get out and get moving

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Huntington County Commissioners Larry Buzzard, Tom Wall and Rob Miller joined with Adam Drummond, president and CEO of the United Way of Huntington County, to proclaim August as Health and Wellness Month throughout the city and county. Gathering in the Huntington County Courthouse for the signing of the joint proclamation on Monday, July 25, are (seated, from left) Fetters and Miller; and (standing, from left) Drummond, Wall and Buzzard.
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The United Way of Huntington County has created a series of events to highlight the importance of health and wellness during August.

The first event, on Aug. 8, brings back 2014 Campaign Chair Pete ‘Puttin’ Pete’ Schownir for another round of his Pete’s Tour ‘Fore’ United Way on Monday, says Diane Brumbaugh, special events and office administrator for the United Way.

Beginning at 7 a.m. at Dogwood Glen, in Warren, Schownir will golf 63 holes for the 60th anniversary of United Way of Huntington County.

Collecting compost

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Scott Husband, director of Huntington County Solid Waste Management District, explains how to properly fill a compost bin to reduce yard waste and produce natural fertilizer. The demonstration was part of the Ladies’ Day program at the Huntington County 4-H Fair on Monday, July 25.

Pet therapy

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Sharon Ernst (left) and Sharon Laupp of the Huntington branch of the Three Rivers Visiting Dogs Club give a presentation of their therapy dog program during Ladies’ Day at the Huntington County 4-H Fair on Monday, July 25.  Three Rivers Visiting Dogs Club has introduced therapy dogs to several hospitals and homes in Huntington County, including Parkview Huntington Hospital, Tipton Place and Miller’s Merry Manor.

Removal of failed dam in Little River will benefit fish, recreational users

A small dam in the Little River near the Jefferson Street twin bridges will be demolished, thanks to a state grant that will pay 80 percent of the cost, City of Huntington officials have announced.

The low-head dam, originally a wooden timber-crib structure, was built around 1861 to power a nearby flour mill. The wood dam was covered in concrete sometime after 1911 and ultimately failed in early 2016, says Bryn Keplinger, the city’s director of Community Development and Redevelopment.

Schul scholar

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The Constance L. Schul Scholarship committee has awarded Joni Bennett a scholarship to Huntington University, where she will pursue a degree in nursing. Bennett (left) is shown receiving the $500 scholarship check from Betty Sands, treasurer of the Huntington Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa.

Mayor to lead bike ride around city on Aug. 6

The public is invited to take part in a Bike Ride with the Mayor on Aug. 6.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will lead the ride, which will follow the five-mile green route around the city. Riders should meet at Schenkel Station, the former railway station at 11 W. State St.

Zagster bicycles are available to rent at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, Drover Park or the Huntington University Union Building. Organizers recommend that riders bring helmets and water.

The ride will not be rescheduled due to weather.

HCCSC students back in class in less than two weeks from now

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Huntington County Community School students will be back in class in less than two weeks.

The first day of school for HCCSC students is Friday, Aug. 5, a return that is eight days earlier than last fall’s start date.

The earlier return is part of a “modified balanced calendar” approved last December by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees. The 2016-17 school calendar, which appears in today’s TAB, includes a week-long fall break for students, two weeks off at Christmas and the possibility of a two-week-long spring break.

Park and Eckert earn Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild honors

Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild scholarship winners Nathan Park (second from left) and Olivia Eckert (third from left) are congratulated by Anne Malone, guild president (left), and Carol Strickler, scholarship committee chair. Both students received a $1,000 scholarship from the guild.
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Nathan Park and Olivia Eckert have each been awarded scholarships by the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild.

Park recently graduated from Huntington North High School. The son of Steve and Melanie Park, he is enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he will study to become a biomedical engineer.

Singleton director of multicultural affairs at Huntington University

Daryl Singleton
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Daryl Singleton has been named director of multicultural affairs and minority student engagement at Huntington University.

Arnold joins Hickory Creek as new administrator

Alexis Arnold
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Alexis Arnold enjoys hanging out with the older generation.

“They have so many stories,” says Arnold. “I love getting to learn from them, learn from their experiences.”

Arnold has plenty of opportunity to hear those stories, having recently been named administrator of Hickory Creek at Huntington. And with just 36 beds, she says, the nursing home is small enough to allow her and the staff to develop personal relationships with the residents.

Great debaters

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Members of the Boys & Girls Club’s “The Greatest” program, a book club for teenage boys, hold their awards after their team won a debate at the club on Monday, July 18, on the topic of whether the U.S. should reinstate the military draft. The team, arguing the negative side, includes (from left) Hunter Lee, Garrett Hubartt and Austin Burnworth. They defeated the affirmative team, comprised of Caden Searles, Lorenzo Worthington and Ricky Haught. Haught won the top speaking performance award in the contest.