Keeping his head

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Caedyn Hartwig, 9, holds his own head in a jar during the costume contest at the 13th annual Great Pumpkin Hunt on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park. The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department held the free event, which also featured a coloring contest and an egg hunt.

Restocking the Love INC food pantry

Photo by Steve Clark.

Kyle Metzger (first from left), director of operations at Love in the Name of Christ, accepts a check for $750 from Dr. Stephen Geders (second from left) at Huntington Chiropractic Center on Monday, Oct. 17. The center held a food drive during the first week of October to help restock the Love INC food pantry, providing services to new and existing patients in exchange for donations to the pantry. With Geders are Chiropractic Assistant Nikki Eltzroth (third from left) and his wife Cindy Geders.

November Senior party Nov. 15 at Sr. Center

The November Senior party will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Huntington Senior Center, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

The party is sponsored by Markle Health & Rehabilitation.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Monday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m. Call 359-4410 to reserve a place.

Huntington Area Transportation will provide rides. HAT reservations must be made by noon, one business day in advance, by calling 356-3006.

Metro Kiwanis installs new officers

Newly-installed Huntington Metro Kiwanis President Dan Rumple (left) receives the gavel from Lisa Leist, the club’s outgoing president.
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Huntington Metro Kiwanis recently held installation for the club’s new officers.

Dan Rumple was installed as president by the Past Wabash Valley Lt. Gov. Jack Amick, who also installed Terry Oden as president-elect and Rita Dinius as secretary/treasurer.

Terry Oden, Steve Williams, Judy DeLuca and Kevin Amick were all installed as board members.

Precise conversation

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Brian Murray (left), a precision machining instructor at the Huntington County Learning Center, chats with Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly about one of the machines students are using to learn new technical skills. Donnelly visited the center Monday, Oct. 17, and took a tour of the various classrooms and offices located in the state-of-the-art “one-stop-shop” vocational training facility that opened earlier this fall.

Joy on wheels

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Max Fusselman, 10, of Huntington, takes advantage of the beautiful fall break weather Wednesday, Oct. 12, to rollerblade at Central Christian Church. Max is the son of Ron and Deneen Fusselman.

County’s elementary students learn about bus safety this week

Lancaster Elementary School students Brody Bowers (left) and Cole Richison (right) help classmate Charleigh Rupert jump from the emergency door of a school bus, as Kaylee Krumanaker waits her turn to evacuate the bus. The evacuation drill was part of a school bus safety program presented at Lancaster on Monday, Oct. 17. The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Transportation Department is presenting the safety program at every HCCSC elementary school this week, with abbreviated programs set for the middle and high schools.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Before the week is out, some 2,500 Huntington County elementary students will have a good idea of how to stay safe in and around a school bus.

It’s the fourth year for the bus safety training, which was initiated by Vanessa Fields, director of transportation for the Huntington County Community School Corporation. She says Huntington County is the only school corporation in the area with such a program, and she adds that she’s seeing a payoff.

“We really felt like we wanted to teach our students,” she says. “We see a change in our kids at the bus stops.”

Regan’s dentist office again buying back candy this year

Huntington dentist Dr. John Regan is again buying trick-or-treaters’ excess candy this Halloween.

Candy will be collected at his office, Family Dentistry, located at 650 Cherry St., in Huntington, from Nov. 2 through Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The candy must be unopened to be shipped to troops overseas.

A new initiative this year is to replace some of the children’s candy with treats that are sweetened with natural xylitol, which Regan says is actually good for teeth.

‘Pink Out’ walk set for Friday evening

A “Pink Out” Honor Walk will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, at Memorial Park beginning at 7 p.m.

The entire walk will take place in Memorial Park.

The goal of the event is to benefit those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Walkers are encouraged to bring a flashlight.

A bake sale and silent auction will take place beginning at noon in the park’s small pavilion.

T-shirts are available at the Red Eye for purchase and at the event, if any remain.

All donations go to Cancer Services for Huntington County, PO Box 51, Huntington, IN 46750.

Top guns in paint

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Michele Higgs (center) holds the “Top Gun Award” plaque on Thursday, Oct. 13, presented to Juergens Do It Best Hardware by Valspar, in recognition of the company’s outstanding sales and marketing of its paint products line. Higgs is pictured with store owners Brandon Juergens (left) and Dan Juergens.

Friend of Farm Bureau

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Sen. Dan Coats (center) holds the Friends of Farm Bureau award he received from the American Farm Bureau Federation during a presentation at the Huntington County farm of Tom (left) and Rose Wall. The Farm Bureau notes that Coats aligned with the national organization on several priority issues, including opposition to the “death tax” and EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule. Coats also worked to help Hoosier farmers by supporting international trade, specifically the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the organization said.

Huntington University grad school rated one of nation’s best

Huntington University is one of the 50 Best Christian Graduate Schools in the country, according to the online resource Christian Universities Online (CUO).

HU was ranked 44th on the CUO list of the 50 top Christian graduate schools for 2017.

Graduate students make up more than 20 percent of Huntington’s student body, says Dr. Ann McPherren, vice president and professor at HU.

CUO says it selected schools that excel in personal attention to students, selectivity, readily available financial aid and overall student satisfaction.

Teen Tech at Markle library Nov. 11

The Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will host a Teen Tech Take-Apart on Friday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m.

Old technology will be provided, and drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 356-0824 or email The Markle library is located at 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

Fall fun

Photo by Steve Clark.

Travis Schenkel and wife Adrien (first and fourth from left, respectively) pose with their sons Cameron and Jackson (second and third from left, respectively) for a family picture at the Hier’s Park Fall Festival, conducted by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, Oct. 15.


Presbyterian church to treat the kids

First Presbyterian Church will have a Trunk of Treats for trick-or-treaters on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the church’s John Street parking lot.

Children are invited to trick or treat from trunk to trunk in a safe environment.

The church is located at 50 E. Tipton St., Huntington.

Teens can test trivia knowledge

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Teen Trivia night is Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m.

The library will be hosting a quiz bowl-style tournament, with two teams of four competing at a time, buzzing in as on “Jeopardy” to answer a variety of academic-leaning questions.

Participants don’t have to come as part of a team; those in attendance will be divided into teams on arrival. Signups are strongly encouraged so the library knows how many to prepare for, but walk-ins are welcome.

Dinner organizers hope to raise funds for best SSF fireworks show

Although it’s only fall, a fund-raiser will be held soon to help raise funds to make the 50th anniversary Salamonie Summer Festival fireworks show next summer bigger and better than ever.

Warren Health and Fitness is organizing a dinner to be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 125 S. Nancy St., Warren, in the old light plant building. A silent auction and bake sale will also be held at the event, with 100 percent of all funds raised going toward the purchase of Salamonie Summer Festival Fireworks, notes Brittney Miller, Warren Health and Fitness manager.

Collaborative effort

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Roanoke Elementary School fifth-graders (from left) Ava Deming, Conner Myers and Maeve Wilkinson point out the segments of a totem pole created by their respective teams. The project was part of the fifth grade’s study of Native American regions of the United States, with the totem pole representing the northwest region. Mary Gradeless divided her class into three groups and asked each group to create an animal for part of the totem pole.

Extension Homemakers are active all year, but highlight activities this week

Extension Homemakers Week is Oct. 17-21, and a display is being used to highlight the local homemakers’ activities for Huntington County. This year the state organization is celebrating 103 years of Indiana Extension Homemakers. The display will be located at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library through the month of October.

Several members attended the Home and Family Conference in Indianapolis in June. Many speakers were enjoyed and lessons were attended and brought back to local clubs.

Arnold and Felger earn promotions at iAB bank

Joel Arnold (left) and Nick Felger
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Joel Arnold has been named assistant vice president, agribusiness officer, with iAB financial bank.

Arnold works out of iAB’s Warren office.

Arnold grew up working on the family farm and is a graduate of Indiana Institute of Technology. He is active with the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce and Hope Missionary Church.

In addition, iAB has promoted Nick Felger to assistant vice president, business banking officer. He works from iAB’s Dupont office, in Fort Wayne.

Andrews library plans Harvest Party on Oct. 25

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will host its annual Harvest Party on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 5:45 p.m.

Toddlers through fifth graders are welcome to attend. Activities will include cookie decorating, a glowing web walk, apple bobbing, crafts and more.

Registration is not required for the Harvest Party, and all supplies are provided. Costumes are welcome but not required. Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver or by a sibling who is at least 13 years old.

Gethsemane Food Pantry will be open this afternoon

The Gethsemane Food Pantry, in Huntington, will be open today, Thursday, Oct. 20, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gethsemane Ministries is located at 2239 Hartman St., Huntington.

1st class of Huntington County Honors touches many aspects of life

Among those inducted into the inaugural class of Huntington County Honors are (from left) J. Danforth Quayle, Donald Purviance, Gene Snowden, Chris Schenekl and Steve Platt.
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From a long-ago lawyer whose conviction and imprisonment landed Huntington before the United States Supreme Court to a priest who continues to work behind the scenes to improve his community, the 25 people who make up the first class of Huntington County Honors have touched nearly every aspect of life in their community — and beyond.

The two-dozen-plus movers and shakers will be recognized during a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the rotunda of the Huntington County Courthouse. The community is invited to attend.

Registration for annual Love INC Christmas Shop begins today, Oct. 17

Registration for Love INC’s annual Christmas Gift Shop begins today, Monday, Oct. 17, and will run until Nov. 23.

This is the fifth year in which the event has taken place, with last year’s event serving 134 families, including 309 children. This year’s gift shop will be hosted at St. Peter’s First Community Church, at 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.

For a small monetary contribution per child, parents can go to the Gift Shop and shop for a variety of quality toys for children of all ages.

Happy trails

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

John Bosio, of the Merje consulting firm, presents some ideas for what he calls “cohesive branding” of trail signs, template designs and logos for the regional trail system in northeast Indiana Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Merje conducted several meetings to gather feedback, which will be used to finalize sign designs. The network covers trails in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

Pathfinder seeks nominees for LaMont Award

Pathfinder Services is searching for an individual or organization in the community who has made an extra effort to assist persons with developmental disabilities.

Nominations for the 31st annual Herbert D. LaMont Award must be made by Monday, Oct. 31.

The award is given in memory of Herbert D. LaMont, who was a major force in the development of services for persons with disabilities in Huntington County. He was also an early supporter of Pathfinder Services.

Honored for long-term service

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Marilyn Hansen (third from left), inventory controller at Juergens Do It Best Hardware, is congratulated for her 35 years of service to the company on Thursday, Oct. 13, by owners George Juergens (left), Brandon Juergens (second from left) and Dan Juergens.

HNHS Marching Vikes will recall Challenger disaster in Friday show

Members of the Huntington North High School Marching Vikes perform the band’s 2016 competition show, “Challenger.” The community is invited to a free performance of the show on Friday, Oct. 21, at Kriegbaum Field at 6 p.m.
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The community is invited to a presentation and performance of the Huntington North High School Marching Vikes’ 2016 competition show, “Challenger,” on Friday, Oct. 21, the evening before the band heads to Indianapolis for ISSMA Scholastic State Finals. The performance will begin at 6 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.

The music and show were designed by Michael Petek, with drill by Jon Bay and color guard choreography by Rachel Cook.

This emotional show remembers the 30th year anniversary of the Challenger disaster.

Hudson can help Seniors navigate Medicare

Ben Hudson
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Seniors who need help with their Medicare insurance have a new go-to person at the Huntington County Council on Aging.

Ben Hudson has been with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program – also known as SHIP – for nearly a year, serving as the central and northeast Indiana manager. About two months ago he became the SHIP counselor for Huntington County, volunteering his time on Mondays while he works for SHIP from his home.

County Health Department to offer flu shots Oct. 26 at Warren Pharmacy

The Huntington County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic at the Warren Pharmacy on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The new 2016 Quadravalent flu shots will be available for ages 3 and older. There is a cost for the shot, with cash or check only accepted. The Health Department can bill some privately insured patients or they may send their bill in to their insurance plan for reimbursement.

Patients with Medicaid or Medicare must present a currently active Medicaid or Medicare card.