Waiting for the word

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Children at Huntington Catholic School stare rapt with attention at Huntington County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Zeek as the dog waits for a command from his handler and partner, Deputy Dave McVoy, during a police dog demonstration Monday, Feb. 1, at the school. McVoy talked about how the department obtained the German shepherd, the training they have gone through and how they work together as a team.

Markle C of C collects donations for wheelchair van for Tom Sadler

The Markle Church of Christ is collecting donations to help purchase a wheelchair accessible van for Tom Sadler.

Sadler lost his ability to walk after an auto accident on Dec. 22, 2014.

Checks designated for “Sadler Van” may be mailed to Markle Church of Christ Samaritan’s Fund, PO Box 609, Markle, IN 46770.

Promoting awareness

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (center) signs a proclamation on Monday, Feb. 1, designating the month of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. With him are Jennifer Rohlf (left), community education coordinator for YWCA Northeast Indiana, and Tamara Coleman (right), an intern with the YWCA. The agency, which serves six counties from its Fort Wayne base, is providing tool kits to area schools for use in combatting violent relationships in adolescence.

Talking turkey

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus pupils are all smiles, after the childcare center was presented with a check for $23,700 Monday, Feb. 1, the proceeds from the Turkey Trot held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2015. McDonald’s of Huntington is the host sponsor of the Turkey Trot. PNC Bank is the lead sponsor, Parkview Huntington Hospital is the registration sponsor and David Culp and Co. is a supporting sponsor.

Writer’s workshop for children set for Feb. 27

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will hold a Writer’s Workshop for children in grades K-3 on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Library staff will help kids brainstorm ideas and characters, organize their story and finalize it – including illustrations.
Staff will also have information on hand for the annual PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest for those interested in participating.

The Huntington branch is located at 255 W. Park Drive. For more information call 356-0824.

LAC honors five Huntington North students for artistic achievements

The LaFontaine Arts Council December artists of the month at Huntington North High School are (front row, from left) Claire Yazel, art; Kaitie Jones, theater; Samantha Roller, vocal music; Tyler Tester, auditorium crew; and Wyatt Landrum, band; with (back row, from left) teachers Kenny Butler, digital arts; Ruth Reed, drama; Dan Baker, choral and auditorium; Michael Petek, band; and Ann Siegfried of the LaFontaine Arts Council.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has named its December artists of the month at Huntington North High School. They are Kaitie Jones, theater; Wyatt Landrum, band; Samantha Roller, vocal music; Tyler Tester, auditorium crew; and Claire Yazel, art.

• Kaitie Jones is the daughter of Rob and Missy Jones. She was nominated by Ruth Reed, drama club sponsor, who said Jones has been an active member of the Masque and Gavel Drama Club throughout her high school career, participating in acting, production activities and recruitment.

Actor will portray Lincoln at two Huntington schools

Actor Fritz Klein, of Springfield, IL, will bring his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln to two Huntington County schools this week.

Klein, as Lincoln, will greet students arriving at Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 11, and will spend the morning there talking with students.

Klein, as Lincoln, will also present two convocations for Huntington North High School students on Friday, Feb. 12.

Klein’s appearances at both schools are sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council.

February Business of the Month

Photo by Steve Clark.

Steve Bermes (front row, third from left) is the president and chief executive officer of Novae Corporation, in Markle, which was named Business of the Month for February by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Celebrating the accolade are (front row from left) Terry Miller, Real Living Ness Bros.

Cooling Off

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Firefighters Dean Young (left) of Andrews Fire Department, Jared Perrott (center) and Brandon Satterthwaite of Huntington Township Fire Department hose down a burning car for fire training on Saturday, Jan. 30, behind the Huntington County Highway Department. The training cycle was a collaborative effort among Andrews, Roanoke, Bippus and Huntington Township fire departments.

Dental trauma

Photo provided.

A novice dentist, played by Huntington North High School student Robert Borland, pulls his first tooth from the mouth of a frightened nun, played by fellow HNHS student Shelby Warren in a scene from “The Good Doctor,” which will be among the offerings during the high school’s winter show today, Thursday, Feb. 4, and tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 5. The evening’s performances also include “Match (dot) Comedy” and several skits and songs. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each night in the HNHS auditorium, with tickets available at the door.

Harshbarger to discuss early history of Andrews at library program Feb. 9

Janice Harshbarger will discuss the early history of Andrews during a program on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, in Andrews.

Harshbarger has been researching the history of Andrews and is in the process of compiling the town’s history in written form.

Her program is part of the Hoosier History Happenings series sponsored by the Friends of the Andrews Library in celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial year.

Additional Hoosier History Happenings programs at the library will be presented in April, June, August and October.

March 13 bowling event will raise funds for BBBS

Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold its largest annual fund-raiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, in March.

The organization is seeking team captains to organize five-member teams that will raise pledges for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Each team will have two hours of bowling with rentals, concessions and the chance to win prizes, all free.

In Huntington County, the bowling event will be held on March 13 from noon to 7 p.m. at Rainbow Lanes, in Huntington.

Spiritual leadership discussion at HU

Ruth Haley Barton, a spiritual director and author, will speak on spiritual leadership today, Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. as part of Huntington University’s Forester Lecture Series.

Her discussion will take place in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Barton is the founder of the Transforming Center, in Wheaton, IL, which seeks to strengthen and equip pastors and leaders to guide their churches and organizations to become spiritually transforming communities that discern and do the will of God.

Pantry to be open on Feb. 11

The Gethsemane Miistries’ food pantry, 2239 Hartman St., Huntington, will hold a food giveaway for people in need on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Two forms of ID are needed plus one utility bill.

Kiwanis recognize pair of Riverview students

Riverview Middle School students Morgan Richison and Wilson Whicker (second and third from left, respectively) were recognized as outstanding eighth graders by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis. Pictured are (from left) Jim Dinius, Kiwanis past district lieutenant governor; Richison, Whicker and Riverview Principal Curt Crago.
Photo provided.

Huntington Metro Kiwanis recognized Riverview’s outstanding eighth graders on Monday, Jan. 25. The students selected by Riverview Middle School’s staff, Morgan Richison and Wilson Whicker, were chosen for their individual accomplishments and excelled in scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character-building activities, extracurricular achievement and leadership.

Crestview musicians earn awards at competition

The Crestview Middle School Band members scored very well at the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Eastbrook High School.

The following seventh grade band members scored gold for their solos:  Ashley Higgins – flute solo, Merisa Walter – flute solo, Laney Marshall – alto sax solo and Grace Driscoll – snare drum solo.

Ben Shriner received a silver medal on his trumpet solo. Shriner, Joe Melchi and Grant Meitzler teamed up and received a gold rating on their brass trio.

FAFSA professionals to help out at 42 sites in state

Financial aid professionals will volunteer at 42 Indiana sites, including one in Fort Wayne, to help college-bound students and their families file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on College Goal Sunday, Feb. 21.

The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational and technical schools. It must be filed by March 10.

Huntington library to host legislative session

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will host a Third House Legislative Session at the Huntington branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The session will feature state senators Jim Banks and Travis Holdman along with 50th District State Rep. Dan Leonard, Mayor Brooks Fetters and a local county commissioner.

Those in attendance will hear from the elected officials about city, county and state government activities. A question and answer session will follow.

Students recognized

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Julie Johnson, president of Parkview Huntington Hospital, was the special guest for the December PALs luncheon at Northwest Elementary School, which recognized students who display pride, achievement and leadership in their daily activities. Attending the luncheon were (front, from left) Liam Sell, Dylan Boxell, Alex Boxell, Nalah Graft, Finley Parsons, Colton  Whitacre and Henry Hoffman; and (back, from left) Northwest Principal Mark Dubois, Shawn Iseton, Jason Teusch, Patrick Flowers, Luke Inderlied, Claire Troyer, Alyvia Meyer, Lucas Lehman and Johnson.

Meyer earns chem/bio degree

Huntington County resident Alexandra Meyer graduated from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, in December 2015 with a degree in chemistry/biology.

She was one of two local Questa Scholars to graduate in December.

Because of incorrect information provided by the Questa Education Foundation, Meyer’s major was incorrect in an article appearing in the Jan. 18 issue of The TAB.

The TAB regrets the error and any inconvenience it may have caused.

The gift of technology

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students at Christian Life Tabernacle School express their thanks to Bendix for the company’s donation, which enabled the school to purchase six new computers. Students holding the sign are (front, from left) Zeke Alsman, Isaac Stratton and Isaiah Alsman; and (back, from left) Craig Pinkerton, Maryssa Pinkerton and Ashton Pinkerton. With them are Christian Life Tabernacle principal Sherie Pinkerton (second from right) and Heather Bradin (right), plant buyer for Bendix.

Korea vets to gather on Feb. 13

The Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One, invites veterans of the Korean War to its upcoming meeting on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. at Eagles 248, in Fort Wayne.

Breakfast will be served immediately after the meeting.

Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month at the aforementioned time and place.

Eagles 248 is located at 4940 Bluffton Rd., Fort Wayne.

For more information, call 485-7627.

Hgtn. library accepting sign-ups for Paws-To-Read spring sessions

The Huntington City-Township Public Library, in conjunction with Canine Companions, is now accepting sign-ups for the Paws-To-Read Spring sessions.

Paws-To-Read allows children to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog. Children who participate in Paws-To-Read nationwide show improved reading skills and self-esteem, find reading more enjoyable and feel more pride in their accomplishments.

Children of all ages welcome at Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library Winter Craft Festival Feb. 4

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library’s Winter Craft Festival on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A variety of winter-themed crafts will be available and children can choose which projects they will make.

Children ages 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or by a sibling who is at least 13 years old.

Trinity UMC hosting Valentine’s event Feb. 14

Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington, is hosting a concert and dinner on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, with the music to begin at 4 p.m.

The concert, featuring violinist Kristine Papillon, is part of the church’s Evensong Concert Series. Joining Papillon will be tenor André Papillon, cellist Dr. Robert Lynn and pianists Thomas Harber and Greg Otis. There is no charge to attend the concert, which is open to the public.

Beta Chi hosting its Sweetheart Dinner Feb. 13

Beta Chi Sorority is hosting the Valentine Sweetheart Dinner and Show Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Huntington University’s Habecker Dining Commons.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The show will feature music by Judy Ann. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is a choice of roast chicken, roast pork or vegetarian.

Five from Huntington County earn Anderson dean’s list

Five Huntington residents have been included on the Anderson University dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year.

They are Morgan Goetz, David Layman, Derek Long, Carley McElhaney and Joshua Paff.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0.

Mettler on dean’s list at Wabash

Charles Mettler, of Huntington, has been named to the dean’s list for academic achievement in the fall semester of 2015 at Wabash College, in Crawfordsville.

Mettler is a sophomore at Wabash College studying chemistry. He is the son of Thomas Mettler and Jennifer Mettler.

Alert and Old Plat hold neighborhood meeting

The public is invited to attend a joint meeting of Huntington Alert and the Old Plat Neighborhood Association on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at 337 E. Market St. Huntington Alert has recently been appointed receiver of the property and attendees will have the opportunity to see the first floor of the property and to learn about Alert’s rehabilitation plans. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly, as heating is limited; an off-site restroom will be available upon request.

Early settlers’ stories being bound for public

Jean Gernand poses with photocopies of newspaper columns written between 1922 and 1931 by Frank Sumner Bash, along with a volume of later columns written by Howard Houghton and based in part on Bash’s articles. Bash documented the first-person stories of early Huntington County settlers, and his articles are being collected and bound by Gernand in a project funded by the Huntington County Junior Historical Society. The Bash books will be available for purchase by the public.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Frank Sumner Bash spent nearly a decade documenting the people of his parents’ generation, early settlers in what would eventually become Huntington County.

Bash’s interviews were published weekly in the Huntington Herald, an early Huntington County newspaper, between 1922 and 1931.

Someone clipped those columns from the newspapers and pasted them inside the pages of a book that’s now part of the Indiana Room archives at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.