Aiming for the top

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Huntington University mascot Norm the Forester is in the finals of the inaugural NAIA Mascot Challenge, facing off against Pikey the Bear of the University of Pikeville. Voting in the championship round takes place on Twitter over a 24-hour period starting today, Monday, March 27, at 11 a.m. Votes can be cast via Twitter at @NAIA_News. Norm finished second in the Crossroads League mascot challenge and received an at-large bid to the national challenge, winning 51 percent of the vote in the quarterfinals and advancing to the final four.

Kimmel, Lemon among many receiving thanks for UW effort

Satin Lemon (right), of First Federal Savings Bank, receives the 2016 United Way Bob Smith Campaign Award from Smith’s grandchildren, Ryan Scott (left) and Casse Shiflett, Wednesday, March 22, during the United Way Thank You Luncheon.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Local organizations that receive United Way funding said “thank you” Wednesday, March 22, at a luncheon honoring donors, volunteers and members of the business community after a successful 2016 fund-raising campaign.

The celebration was held at Huntington Sheet Metal with around 100 people in attendance.

Ed Vessels, one of six honorary chairs heading up the past year’s campaign, announced that the amount raised exceeded its goal of $606,060 — the numbers representing United Way’s 60th anniversary in 2016 — with a total of $606,500.

Farm talk

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

John Phipps, an author and commentator of U.S. Farm Report, talks about the business of farming during the annual Feed a Farmer breakfast at Huntington University on March 21.

Parks & Recreation garage sale on April 22

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a garage sale at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, near Hier’s Park, on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is a fee for booth rental, which includes tables. Booth location is assigned in order of reservation.
The sale will be held in iAB financial bank Heritage Hall and the First Federal Savings Bank Community Building. Setup is Friday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

‘Armless’ art

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kids Kampus preschool teacher Karissa Ditzler holds back the hair of Addilee Spillman as the 4-year-old attempts to paint a flower picture using nothing but her mouth to hold the paintbrush. The kids in Ditzler’s class attempted several familiar tasks with limited abilities to show them what it is like for a person with disabilities.

Funding the fireworks

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 recently made a $1,000 contribution toward the 2017 fireworks celebration in Huntington, a gift that earned the post sponsorship of the evening’s grand opening display. Marking the occasion are (from left) John Block, VFW house committee chairman; Michael Harrell, VFW commander; Dan Fisher, lead shooter for the fireworks; Richard Sutton, VFW quartermaster; Michael Harrison, commander of American Legion Post 7, which coordinates the fireworks display; and Rick Stell, VFW senior vice commander.

Vanderspool named Volunteer of the Year

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Steve Kimmel (right), of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, receives the 2016 Ray Vanderspool Volunteer of the Year award during the United Way Thank You Luncheon on Wednesday, March 22. He is pictured with the 2015 winner, Jeremy Nix.

Sheriff again warns public about scammers

The scammers are out in droves, Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel says, and he doesn’t want to see any more people taken in.
“I am getting inundated by people asking about these things,” Stoffel says.
It’s the same old stories making the rounds again, he says.

Someone claiming to be an IRS agent calls and says the person owes money to the IRS; if that money isn’t paid immediately, the caller says, he’ll send the sheriff out with a warrant for the person’s arrest. Alternately, the caller passes the person along to the “debt collection” department.

Your wish is my command

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lilly Poling (center), playing a genie, prepares to grant the wish of Aladdin, played by Cameron Spencer (left) during the Flint Springs Falconears’ production of Disney’s “Aladdin Kids” Thursday afternoon, March 23, in the school gymnasium. The dress rehearsal, performed before the rest of the student body, was in preparation for the main show on Thursday evening for parents, family and friends. The musical was directed by music teacher Connie Holzheuer.

Rolling around

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Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters leads local residents on a “downtown roll-around” during the 2016 event. The annual event, designed to give residents an idea of the obstacles facing people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, will take place this year on Friday, March 31, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington. Community members are invited to participate in the event, which will last about an hour. The roll-around is the final event of Disability Awareness Month.

Learning about agriculture

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Shannon Hughes (center) talks about the different breeds of horses and their importance to farming during Huntington County Ag Day, held Wednesday, March 22, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Learning stations were set up in three buildings to teach third-grade students from across Huntington County about various aspects of agriculture.

Salamonie School announces its third quarter honor roll students

Salamonie School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Fifth grade
Rehgyn Brooks, Asher Chipchosky, Aiden DeWeese, Tessa Maul and Brooklyn Scalf.

Soup for kids

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Members of the Huntington Police Department show off the 1,070 cans of tomato soup the department donated to Blessings in a Backpack during a competition between the police department and the Huntington Fire Department. The fire department won the competition, donating 1,444 cans of chicken noodle soup. Blessings in a Backpack sends food home with 325 local students each weekend, and the soup donated by the firefighters and police officers will provide each of those children a can of soup each week for seven weeks.

Cleanup at Mt. Calvary begins April 1

Mt. Calvary Cemetery’s spring cleanup will begin April 1.

All Christmas decorations and any other decorations that are worn or unsightly must be removed.

Those who wish to save something and cannot make it to the cemetery are asked to call Tom Gates at 356-8228.

Girls can shop at Prom Closet Tuesday

Shopping night at the Huntington North High School Prom Closet is Tuesday, March 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Anyone who wants a free prom dress can visit the Prom Closet and try on the many dresses available.

To visit the Prom Closet, report to the HNHS main office.

Lancaster Cemetery meeting is April 13

The Lancaster Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the Salamonie Church of the Brethren, 2662W-600S, Warren.

Anyone owning spaces at the cemetery or having questions regarding the cemetery is invited to attend. Financial updates and other information will be available.

The association is in need of six property owners to serve on the board. It meets six times per year for about one hour. Those interested should contact Steve Holmes at 917-1000.

City to hail Arbor Day by planting trees in park

The City of Huntington will celebrate Arbor Day on April 28 by planting trees at Memorial Park and is inviting the community to take part.

The Arbor Day observance will be held at noon in the north end of the park. Cake and water will be served.

Local 4-H organizations list weekly activities

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Huntington County office, announces the 4-H calendar of activities for March 27 through April 9:

Monday, March 27 – Tractor, 7 p.m., Koenig Equipment.

Tuesday, March 28 – Shotgun, 6 p.m., Larry and Joyce Keiffer Family Living Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds; Canine Capers, 6 p.m., First Federal Savings Bank Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Thursday, March 30 – We Win, 7 p.m., Tyner residence.

Friday, March 31 – Geranium orders due, 4 p.m., Extension office.

Shake it up

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Andrews Elementary School kindergartners Layne Quakenbush (left) and James Middleton shake the “chicken feed” they made Thursday, March 23, during a visit to Thornhill Nature Preserve. The students in Stephanie Till’s class spent the afternoon at the Huntington University facility, listening to Dr. Susie Boyer and HU students present the story of “The Little Red Hen” and then taking part in activities related to the story.

Spokesmen Cycling cuts ribbon

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location of Spokesmen Cycling, in Roanoke, on Thursday, March 23. The bicycle shop, located at 247 N. Main St., recently moved from Huntington. Present as the ceremony were (from left) Paula Whiting and Kerry Beaver, chamber ambassadors; Carl Ring, Spokesmen Cycling; Andy Groty, manager, Spokesman Cycling; David Groty, friend of the business; Larry and Rise Buzzard, owners, Spokesman Cycling; Angie Williams, owner, IBA-Design, in Roanoke; and Rick Fischer, owner of the building.

Red Cross seeks platelets, special donors

The American Red Cross is issuing a call for platelet and type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

Platelets, type O negative blood and type AB plasma are three of the most in-demand blood products by hospitals. Those who give can help patients locally or across the country as the Red Cross has the ability to move blood products where and when they are needed most.

Spaghetti on menu at Warren UCC

The Warren United Church of Christ will be holding its 50th annual Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, April 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to dine-in service, the church will be accepting carryout orders and make limited deliveries.

The church will be accepting free will donations, which will go toward missions work.

To contact the church, call 375-2102. The church is located at 202 E. 2nd St.

Preschoolers at Salamonie will learn about Earth Day, recycling on April 19

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Earth Day and Recycling” program on April 19.

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

Kids will participate in some park cleanup and make a craft from recycled materials.

YMCA invites all youth to participate in Healthy Kids Day

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will hold Healthy Kids Day, a free event open to the community, on April 29.

Activities will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon and the pool will be open to the community from noon to 2 p.m.

Activities will include ring toss, ball toss, flower painting, face painting, make your own bookmark, architectural block building, exercise activities and hoop shoot. Booster seats will be given away.

The activities are designed to teach families how to develop healthy routines at home, keeping them moving and learning over the summer.

Fishing program is April 15

April’s Second Saturday at Salamonie Lake, on April 15, will focus on fishing. The program runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center.

Participants can practice their fishing skills and do a fish craft. Fishing equipment will be provided. Scouts may fulfill requirements for Bear Scout — A Bear Goes Fishing. There will be indoor and outdoor activities; dress for the weather.

This is an Indiana Free Fishing Weekend and no license is required. A small fee per participant is payable day of the event. Advance registration is required by calling 468-2127.

Paws to Read

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Jakob Steele, 10, of Huntington, reads aloud to "Artemis," a clumber spaniel owned by Debbie Ward, of Wayne, on Saturday afternoon during a Paws to Read session at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Pulbic Library.

Ready for breakfast

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Members of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department are ready for the annual benefit breakfast to be held on Sunday, March 26, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nick’s Junction, in Roanoke. A full menu will be available, and Nick’s Junction will make a donation to the fire department to help purchase rescue tools. Firefighters are (from left) Layne Neal, Ryan Carroll, Lt. Brian Bogner and Grant Baumgartner.

Fish fry is March 31 in Andrews

Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church will host a fish and chicken fry on Friday, March 31, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Andrews Lions Club.

There is a fee to attend, with a reduced fee for children ages 6 to 12.

Proceeds from the event will help support the Lions’ local projects.

The church is located at 116 S. Main St., Andrews.

Metro Kiwanis honor Crestview’s Crist and Zahn

Crestview Middle School students Emily Crist (left) and Noah Zahn (third from left) were named outstanding eighth graders from Crestview by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club. With them are Jim Dinius (second from left), Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club member, and Crestview Principal Chuck Werth.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club has recognized Emily Crist and Noah Zahn as outstanding eighth graders at Crestview Middle School.

They were selected by the Crestview staff for their individual accomplishments, scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, cha- racter building activities, extracurricular achievement volunteer activities and leadership.

Crist and Zahn were introduced to the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club members by Chuck Werth, principal at Crestview.

Next radio group meet March 27 at Cafe of Hope

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio meeting will be held Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington. The public is welcome.

Those who are interested in becoming an amateur radio operator or just want to know more about the hobby are encouraged to attend.