Limited-edition bicentennial buttons available now at chamber office

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The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is offering limited edition Indiana bicentennial buttons.

The buttons feature the official state bicentennial logo, complete with torch and adjoining stars.

The buttons may be purchased at the chamber office, 305 Warren St., Huntington. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, call the chamber office at 356-5300.

Huntington, Zagster team up for bike-share program

Representatives and sponsors of the Zagster bike share program get ready to cut the ribbon at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, June 25. Pictured (from left) are Ron Kline, partner with Spokesman Cycling;  Kelly Frank, event coordinator for HARTA; Bob Caley, City Services superintendent; Jim Lewis, vice president of HARTA; Mayor Brooks Fetters; Greg Smitley, Huntington University vice president for business and finance/treasurer; Amber Hudson, library employee; Beka Lemons, library director; Devon Henderson, library employee; Aiden Klausing, mayor for the morning; Vince Haupert, Huntington University vice president of advancement; Kole Hale, Zagster employee; and Andrew Rensberger, Parks Department community engagement volunteer/coordinator.
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The City of Huntington and Zagster Inc. have introduced a citywide bike-share program.

Ten cruiser bikes have been divided among three locations around Huntington and will be available for anyone to use for local trips.

Rental locations are at Huntington University, the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library and Drover Park.

Riders join the program purchasing hourly, monthly or annual passes.

Trinity UMC’s Land moving on

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After four years as pastor at Huntington’s Trinity United Methodist Church, Rev. Bob Land is moving on, heading to Plymouth Trinity United Methodist Church. Land says the change is par for the course.

“It’s part of the deal. You just accept it,” he says. “It’s part of our commission in the United Methodist Church. That’s the way it’s done. It could be shorter, it could be longer.”

Clark on 4.0 dean’s list at Hillsdale for spring

Larissa Joy Clark, a junior studying political economics at Hillsdale College, has been named to the 4.0 dean’s list for the 2016 spring semester.

Clark is the daughter of Dr. Lance and Mary Clark, of Huntington, and is a 2013 graduate of Blackhawk Christian School.

On the air

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Joe Homier, a member of the Huntington County Amateur Radio Society (HCARS), does a radio check shortly after the group went on the air to start the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) contest on Saturday, June 25, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. HCARS competes annually in the ARRL against other amateur radio operators across North America. The goal is to earn the most points within a 24-hour period. Points are earned based on the number of radio messages that are picked up.

Online registration under way for HCCSC

Online registration is under way for Huntington County Community Sch-ool Corporation’s 2016-17 school year. All returning students must register.

Parents or guardians should log in to their PowerSchool Parent Portal and click on the InfoSnap Registration link, located on the bottom left side of the screen.

Detailed instructions are available at under “Student Registration.”

Third annual Huntington County 4-Health Run July 9 at fairgrounds

The third annual Huntington County 4-Health Run will be held July 9 at 8 a.m. at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The event, which benefits Huntington County 4-H programs, includes a chipped 10K/5K and a one-mile fun run. The fun run includes an option for a green color run.

Registration forms are available on the Running in the USA website or at ex ington.

HU to hold adult degree info session on July 13 at Dowden Science Hall

Huntington University invites prospective students to an informational session regarding its adult degree programs on Wednesday, July 13, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on campus at Dowden Science Hall, 2303 College Ave., Huntington.

Anyone interested in obtaining a degree and who is 23 years old or older is invited to attend.

There is no charge for the program. To register for the event, visit hunting

Church to feed the community

The Roanoke Brethren Church invites the public to its monthly community meals on Tuesday, July 12, and on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both days.

The meals will feature grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. There is no charge for the meal.

The church is located at the corner of Main and Coe streets in Roanoke.

Stars N’ Stripes Car, Truck, Bike Show at HU

The Stars N’ Stripes Car, Truck & Bike Show will be held Friday, July 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington.

The theme will be “Red, White and Blue.” Dash plaques, door prizes and awards will be given out. Music from the ’50s and ’60s will be provided by DJ Fast Eddie.

For more information call 273-1447.

Lane restrictions through mid-August on Ind.-3 near Markle

The Indiana Department of Transportation is conducting bridge maintenance on Ind.-3 over Rock Creek, just south of Markle, resulting in lane restrictions through mid-August.

The road is reduced to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic during daytime hours.

In addition, CR 200S will be closed between CR 300E and Ind.-3 through early July as INDOT continues its overpass rehabilitation project at I-69.

Drivers may also see shoulder work and overnight work on I-69 between mile markers 283 and 285.

Program will showcase Thomas, Hoosier tunes

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Pianist Joe Thomas, a Huntington County native, will perform the music of famous Hoosier musicians and composers on Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at Historic Forks of the Wabash.

The program, sponsored by the Huntington County Historical Society, is the third of four programs organized to celebrate Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial.

Thomas will perform approximately 20 compositions, such as:

Glass art

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sharon Laupp gives a presentation on creating glass lawn sculptures to a crowd at the Andrews Dallas-Township Public Library on Saturday, June 25.

MMM July picnic set for July 12

The annual Miller’s Merry Manor July celebration picnic will be held Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Entertainment will be a feature of the picnic.

The meal is free, but reservations are required to attend. Reservations will be accepted beginning Friday, July 1, at 8 a.m. by calling 356-4410.

Catherine Reed earns spring semester honors at Olivet Nazarene University

Catherine Reed, of Huntington, has been named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University for the recently completed spring 2016 semester.

To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university located in Bourbonnais, IL.

Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge to serve up lunch at Salamonie Summer Festival

The Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge will be hosting a food tent as a fund-raiser at the Salamonie Festival on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2, in Warren.

Menu offerings include smoked pork chop sandwiches, brats, homemade meat ball subs, hot dogs, corn on the cob, smoothies and soft drinks.

The tent will be located at the corner of Wayne and 2nd streets in Warren, opening at about noon each day.

‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ opens July 8 at Warren’s Pulse

Travis Fisher (left) as Bottom and Jana Henly as Titania are featured in the Pulse Opera House production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which opens July 8.
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April 23, 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. To mark the occasion, three quarters of a billion people worldwide are celebrating his life through music, dance, art and, of course, his plays.

The Pulse Opera House is joining in the celebration with the summer production of A “Midsummer Night's Dream.”

Alles Family Band to play for two summer dances

The old-fashioned round and square dance at the Alles Barn returns this summer for two dates, July 9 and Aug. 13. The dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight both nights.

The musical entertainment will be provided by the Alles Family Band. Square dance calling will be done by grandsons of Dale Alles.

Admission is charged. More information can be found at

Senior Center organizing bus trip to State Fair

Area Seniors are invited to attend Golden Hoosiers’ Day at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 16.

The Huntington Senior Center has chartered a bus to provide rides to the event. The bus will leave from the former Kmart parking lot in Huntington at 7:30 a.m. and return about 6 p.m.

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation will provide a free breakfast on the bus prior to leaving.

The bus fee includes round trip transportation and admission to the fair. While at the fair, shuttle rides are free to Seniors age 55 and older.

Senior movie outing features ‘Secondhand Lions’

The next Wild Wednesday at the Huntington 7 Theater will feature the movie “Secondhand Lions,” starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment.

The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts and the program begins at 9 a.m. Admission is charged. Grandkids will be admitted free. Snack bar discounts will be available and door prizes will be given out.

Wild Wednesday partners are the Huntington Senior Center, Markle Health & Rehabilitation and Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Schroeder’s expands into full service for motorcycles and ATVs

Chris Schroeder, of Schroeder’s Automotive Specialists, in Huntington, stands in the middle of a few of the types of vehicles the shop is now repairing since it began complete cycle and ATV repair recently at its 1001 W. Park Drive location.
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Schroeder’s Automotive Specialists, of Huntington, a five-generation automotive repair shop, has expanded into full service for motorcycles and ATVs.

“We do everything for them from full service cycle and ATV repair,” says President David Schroeder. “We do electrical, heavy, we even sell tires.”

Schroeder says circumstances led the shop to expand its services. Long-time cycle repair shop Joy’s Cycle Repair in rural Warren closed due to retirement, and Schroeder’s son Chris, just back from living in North Carolina for several years, had an interest in adding the service.

Triton Hydrofarms now retailing hydroponic lettuce to customers

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Inside a nondescript building at Triton Hydrofarms and Greenhouse, located at 5109 W. River Rd., Huntington, is a football field of lettuce. While it may not seem exciting to some, for Phillip Rocha, it’s his passion.

The impressive operation can grow as many as 12,365 plants at one time, using a hydroponics system delivering nutrient-laced water to the tender plants. Triton has had its lettuce operation for about two years, the same time the new business began. However, it is now opening up retail sales to the public.

HAT closed for 4th of July holiday

The Huntington Senior Center and Huntington Area Transportation (HAT) will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Those who need transportation for Tuesday, July 5, will need to call by noon on Friday, July 1, to schedule a ride for Tuesday. Call the Senior Center at 359-4410 with any questions.

Crone gets ABWA cite from New Castle chapter

Michelle Crone
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Michelle Crone has been named 2016 Business Associate of the Year by the Raintree Chapter of American Business Women’s Association, in New Castle.

Crone was nominated by Linda Wentz, who noted that Crone’s position with Wells Fargo Bank makes her responsible for several locations in Indiana. She earned an associate degree in business administration management from Indiana Tech in 2012 and is active in continuing education through American Business Women’s Association.

Fishy flyer

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Cody Perdue, of Andrews, puts the final touches on the colorful koi flying fish windsock he made during the “Create & Compete” class held Thursday, June 23, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. The kids then used a fan to let their windsocks fly before taking them home to display. Cody is the son of Renee and Kyle Perdue.

Top essay

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Cora Hill shows off the award she received for first place in the FFA essay contest. Hill, a member of the Huntignton North High School FFA chapter, picked up the award at the recent FFA state convention.

Singing along

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Arlene Stoller (right), of Bluffton, leads the group in song during the Senior luncheon held Tuesday, June 21, at Central Christian Church. Stoller provided the entertainment, playing a variety of vintage sing-along songs and church hymns.

Volunteer Time

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Lead volunteers of the Huntington County Retired Teachers Association hold a mock check in the amount of $387,959.22. The check represents the dollar amount, as per state formula, of last year’s volunteer hours donated to Huntington County by association members. Pictured (from left to right) are Nancy Thrasher, Barbara Betterly and Marinda Meyer.

Community garden is open for harvest now

The Helping Hands Community Garden is now open for harvest.

All are welcome. Organizers are seeking to provide fresh, wholesome, locally grown produce to those in the community who have limited access to it.

This season, garden harvest times will be Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Community members and those who harvest from the garden are asked to work during designated harvest times or by scheduling another time with Purdue Extension.

J Taylors, parade highlight street fair

Janelle and Jonathan Taylor, who perform as The J Taylors, will entertain during the Friday Night Street Fair on July 1, in downtown Roanoke.
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A performance by The J Taylors and a kids’ parade will highlight the Friday Night Street Fair on July 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Roanoke.

Jonathan and Janelle Taylor, who make up The J Taylors, are both graduates of Huntington University. Now based in Fort Wayne, the duo has traveled around the Midwest and South and performed in Germany in 2013.

Kids are invited to decorate their bicycles, scooters, wheelchairs, strollers or wagons for a patriotic themed parade. Participants should meet in front of Moose and Mollie’s, 171 E. Second St., Roan-oke, at 7:15 p.m.