Not so trivial

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Team members (clockwise, from front left) Stacy Jackson (back to camera), Molly Follis, Desiree Hartwig and Kari Harmon ponder their answer during a round in the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s trivia competition. The Huntington library hosted the contest on Saturday, March 21, with three teams answering questions on topics ranging from sports to literature.

Round-ups coming up for new kindergarteners

New Huntington County kindergarteners are being rounded up for orientations to their respective elementary schools throughout the months of April and May. New students must be at least five years old on or before Aug. 1, 2015, in order to be eligible for kindergarten registration.

Andrews Elementary will hold its 2015-2016 kindergarten orientation on Thursday, April 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. If a student’s name has not been submitted through the school survey, call the school at 786-3021 so that a formal invitation can be sent to the student’s home.

Robotics team qualifies for state robotics championship April 3-4

The Huntington County 4-H robotics team made it to the semi-finals of its third and final district competition, held on to its first place state ranking and qualified for the state robotics championship.

Team THRUST 1501 heads for the state championship in Indianapolis April 3 and 4, one of 32 teams that will compete for the first state title.

Team THRUST formed alliances with teams from Terre Haute and West Lafayette for the district event at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, on March 20 and 21.

Christ the King, 509 Community will join for services

Parishioners of Christ the King Episcopal Church and the 509 Community will join for services and a procession on Sunday, March 29.

Members of both churches will meet at the 509 Community, located at 509 E. State St., in Huntington, at 9 a.m. for singing, scripture reading and the blessing of palms.

New choir being formed in Huntington County open to teens, adults with and without disabilities

Denise Gilliland (left) leads a group of singers including (from left) Barbara Griffith, Terra Rowley and Michael Paff, who plan to join  a new community choir for teens and adults with and without disabilities. The choir is being organized by the Children’s Choir of Huntington County and will begin rehearsals on April 6.
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The Children’s Choir of Huntington County is forming a new choir open to teens and adults with and without disabilities.

The pilot program, which will begin this spring, is funded by a $1,000 gift from First Federal Savings Bank.

“The pilot program will give us the opportunity to try the program out, get feedback from those involved and reevaluate before starting a full season this August,” says Terra Rowley, president of the children’s choir board of directors.

HU’s online programs ranked among the best in Christian colleges

Christian Universities Online has ranked Huntington University’s online graduate degree programs as No. 23 on its list of the Best Online Christian Graduate Schools.

HU was the top Indiana school on thelist.

Tuition costs and the number of degree programs were used to rank the schools.

Huntington University currently offers three fully online graduate degree programs with master’s in global initiatives (missions), global youth leadership and pastoral leadership.

Salamonie students read to raise school funds

Students at Salamonie School are expanding their reading skills while they raise money for the school during the Rebel Read-A-Thon.

The students are seeking pledges from family members and friends. The Read-A-Thon will be held on April 17, with several preliminary events leading up to that date.

On Team Spirit Day, April 7, students are encouraged to wear their favorite team’s gear. Twin Day is on April 14, with pairs of students encouraged to dress alike. Color Splash Day is April 17, and students are asked to wear as many bright colors as possible.

Roanoke concert will benefit health clinic

Singer Matt Walch will bring Sinatra-style music to the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, on April 17.
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The cocktail music made famous by crooners including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin will fill Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center on Friday, April 17. Singer Matt Walch will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Event proceeds will benefit the Huntington County Free Health Clinic.  

Walch is from Somerset, MI, and has performed throughout the country. He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and opened for the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Local students named to dean’s list at HU

Huntington University has announced the students that were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2014-15 school year.

The honor recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement during the previous semester.

Honorees must be classified as regular students, be enrolled full-time with a load of 12 hours or more in graded courses, and must achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale.

Honorees acknowledged on Huntington University’s fall 2014 dean’s list include:

LAC selects Crestview trio as top artists for month

The LaFontaine Arts Council Artists of the Month are three students from Crestview Middle School. They are (front row, from left) Elaina Teusch, eighth grade, art; Fisher Kohr, eighth grade, vocal music; and Maitlyn Christman, seventh grade, band; with nominating teachers (back row, from left) Stefanie Hutchinson, art; Brittany Blazier, student teacher for John Wenning; and Doug McElhaney, band.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Three Crestview Middle School students, Maitlyn Christman, Fisher Kohr and Elaina Teusch, have received honors as the LaFontaine Council’s Artists of the Month.

Christman, a seventh-grade student, received the award for band. Her accomplishments were prai-sed by band teacher Doug McElhaney. He noted that she has won gold medals in solo and ensemble contests, is first chair clarinet and has leadership ability.

Other accolades include the Principal’s Award in K-third grade, an arts award in fifth grade and honor roll K-seventh grade.

Senior Center, HAT closing for Good Friday

The Huntington Senior Center and Huntington Area Transportation (HAT) will be closed on Friday, April 3, for Good Friday.

For more information, call the Senior Center at 359-4410.

Employee of the year

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Barbara Darbig (second from left) was recognized on Monday, March 23, as employee of the year for 2014 at Hickory Creek at Huntington. Helping celebrate at a dinner in her honor were (from left) Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, who presented Darbig with a city medallion; Darbig; Brandon Kastner, administrator at Hickory Creek at Huntington; Brent Waymire, vice president of the Hickory Creek Health Care Foundation; and Tom Adams, director of operations for northern Indiana.

Erie RR Workers’ breakfast is on March 28

The Erie Railroad Workers’ breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Baxter’s Restaurant, 1901 Etna Ave., Huntington.

The group will meet in the back room at the restaurant. Those attending will order individually.

Railroaders from all companies, as well as friends and family members, are invited to attend.

HU’s Alpha Chi chapter wins President’s Cup

Huntington University student Esther Higginbottom holds the President’s Cup won by  the university’s Beta Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society after being selected as Outstanding Chapter of the Year. The award was presented at the society’s annual convention held March 19 through 21 in Chicago. Also attending from HU were (front row, from left) Alpha Chi sponsor Dr. Paul Michelson, students Yang Wu and Higginbottom; (middle row, from left) Alpha Chi sponsors Jean Michelson and Dr. Ruth Nalliah and students Jannea Thomason, Bronwen Fetters and Emily Thornton; and (back row, from left) students Alex Hoffman, Andrew Wickersham and Luke Batdorff.
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Huntington University’s Indiana Beta Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society has won the President’s Cup for Outstanding Chapter of the Year.

The award was presented during the Alpha Chi National Convention held March 19 through March 21 in Chicago. HU is one of only two colleges to win the President’s Cup twice.

The HU chapter was also recognized as a Star Chapter for 2013-14, one of only four of the more than 300 Alpha Chi chapters to receive the award every year since it was launched in 1996.

Safety council lunch is set for April 8

Kara Etzler, of Parkview Workplace Development, will present a program on generational diversity during the April 8 luncheon meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. in Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

The reservation deadline is April 3.

To make a reservation, contact Holly Sale, Huntington County Safety Council president, at 355-3203 or parkviewcom.

PHH renovates six Family Birthing Center rooms

Parkview Huntington Hospital recently completed renovation of six of its Family Birthing Center rooms.

Each room now offers a sleeper sofa for guests, a glider rocker and a flat screen television.

Work on the project began in February. Funding was provided by the Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation, the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild and the John & Gale Mann Foundation. The hospital recently hosted a ceremony to honor the donors.

PHH health fair set for April 18

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s semi-annual Healthy Steps health fair will be held on April 18 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the hospital.

Healthy Steps offers a variety of free health screenings, reduced-cost lab tests, medical information booths and imaging services.

New to this year’s event is a Kid’s Korner providing health-related activities for children younger than 12.

Free screenings will include, but are not limited to, hearing and vision screening, body-fat analysis, breathing assessment, foot screening, skin cancer screening, bone density and chair massages.

April full of parties, contests at libraries

Many parties and contests for children and teens will take place at the Huntington and Markle libraries in April.

On April 1, kids in first grade through sixth grades are invited to an April Fools’ Day party at the Huntington Library. Attendees are encouraged to wear their clothes inside out, mismatch their socks, to bring their favorite magic trick and to enter the Exaggerators Contest with the craziest exaggeration. The party will also feature games and refreshments.

St. Peter’s Men’s Brotherhood to host breakfast

The St. Peter’s First Community Church Men’s Brotherhood will have an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.

A free will offering will be taken for the meal, with pre-packaged quarter pound sausage patties available.

Proceeds of the fund-raiser will be used to benefit church mission projects.

The church is located at 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Shidelers, Lime City Mfg. earn top accolades at Love INC lunch

Gil and Darlene Shideler were presented with the Dorothy A. Scheiber “Heart of a Servant” Award for individuals during Love INC’s annual meeting on Wednesday, March 18. Gil Shideler (left) accepted the award from Scheiber’s family, including (from left) Kate Stuart, Julie Brinkman, Sue Scheiber and Scott Stuart.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A husband-and-wife team and a local business were pulled from hundreds of volunteers to receive special recognition for their efforts on behalf of Love In the Name of Christ.

Gil and Darlene Shideler received the Dorothy Scheiber “Heart of a Servant” Award, presented annually in memory of Mrs. Scheiber, a long-time Love INC volunteer.

Lime City Manufacturing was also recognized during Love INC’s annual business meeting on Wednesday, March 18.

The Shidelers began volunteering with Love INC in July of 2011, said Kyle Metzger, Love INC’s ministry coordinator.

A different tale

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sydni Fife (left) as Little Red Riding Hood and Robert Borland, in costume as a dog, perform Tuesday March 17, on the Northwest Elementary School stage. Fife and Borland were among students in Richard Borland’s drama class at Huntington North High School who visited Northwest. The HNHS actors staged a series of fairy tales, each with a twist.

Open wide

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ben Benfer (seated) gets his teeth checked by Dr. Richard Spencer at the dentists’ station at the 4th Grade 4 Fitness Health Fair held in the Huntington University fieldhouse on Thursday, March 19. The Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition organized the fair.

Volunteers sought to help clean CR 200W

Volunteers are being sought to help clean up CR 200W (Salamonie Road) between Waterworks and Division roads on April 4.

The project is being coordinated by Allison Timbrook, volunteer coordinator for the City of Huntington.

Although that stretch of road is not inside city limits, Timbrook says, it does lead into the city.

A Salamonie Road resident suggested the project, she adds.

“I want to create an awareness of keeping the roads leading into the city clean,” Timbrook says.

Anyone willing to volunteer should call Timbrook at 358-2323.

Lime City earns honor

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lime City Manufacturing, of Huntington, was presented with the Dorothy A. Scheiber “Heart of a Servant” Award during Love INC’s annual meeting on Wednesday, March 18. The award for business was presented by Scheiber’s family, including (from left) Kate Stuart, Sue Scheiber, Julie Brinkman and Scott Stuart to Lime City Manufacturing representatives (from left) Ron Clabaugh and Mark Featherston.

Lincoln Elementary accepting apps for scholarships from former students

Lincoln Elementary School is currently accepting applications for scholarships.

A qualified applicant must be a senior at Huntington North High School, have attended Lincoln Elementary School for a minimum of three years and be committed to a post-secondary degree program.

Applications are available at the Huntington North High School guidance office or online at

Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing participates in INARF conference

Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing participated in the 2015 annual conference of the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF), held March 18 in Indianapolis.

Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing, represented by product and sales specialist Michael Overholser, was one of 40 exhibitors at the event.

The conference offered providers the opportunity to network and learn about new solutions for providing services to individuals with disabilities.

New business is ‘All About the Dog’

Jean Jennings, of rural Huntington, poses with her “family” of five dogs. Jennings, along with two others, operates All About the Dog, a canine training business that uses a “positive association” approach to training and obedience.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

When Canine Companion closed its doors following the death of its owner, Susan Sharpe, a void was created in Huntington County for those seeking help with dog training and obedience.

Former Canine Companion trainer Jean Jennings, of Huntington, along with colleagues Janis Crary, of Avilla, and Debbie Bryant, of Wabash, have formed a new business, All About the Dog, to fill that need.

“We decided we would just branch out on our own,” Jennings says. “We still use Canine Companion’s training facility.”

Learning about disabilities

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Karen Baker, an assistant at the Roanoke Public Library, reads a book about a child with disabilities to youngsters attending the library’s preschool story time on March 10. The children played with dolls using wheelchairs, crutches, braces and service dogs (seen on the table) and explored disabilities by using oven mitts and goggles.

All about the governors

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Former Huntington resident Geoff Paddock, who is the executive director of Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne, speaks at the Huntington County Historical Society’s March meeting about former Indiana governors. Paddock discussed governors J. Frank Hanly; Isaac P. Gray, a distant relative of his; Frank O’Bannon, with whom he worked; and Henry Schricker.

Salamonie Preschool to have pair of classes featuring Amazing Insects’ on April 8

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Amazing Insects” on April 8.

The class will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and again from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

Each nature-themed program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including learning letters, building a craft, social interaction and time outdoors.

There is a fee per child. Advance registration is appreciated. Register by calling 468-2127.