Pathfinder introduces Little River Art Studio at OH

Representatives of Pathfinder Services’ Little River Art Studio presented a nearly-life-sized papier maché moose to a representative of the Huntington Moose Lodge on Friday, Nov. 17, a tribute to the day 51 years ago that members of the local organization went door to door throughout the community to enlist 1,001 members and raise funds in order to found an agency that would serve people with disabilities. Making the presentation are (from left) Little River Art Studio representatives Krista Reed, Shawn Kelley, Wayne Wilson, Steve Roush and Rose Mills; Kim Myers, assistant to the administrator at the Huntington Moose Lodge; and John Niederman, president of Pathfinder Services.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Pathfinder Services introduced its newest component, the Little River Art Studio, during an open house Friday afternoon, Nov. 17.

Artists from Creative Abundance Consulting, based in Columbus, OH, worked with the Pathfinder staff to implement the arts program, designed for clients participating in Pathfinder’s day services program. Community members are also welcome to take part in the activities.

Son-Rise Bakery in Warren moves to bigger quarters just down block

Krysta Fornal, who along with her husband Cory owns Son-Rise Bakery, in Warren, works on some dough for a creation in the shop’s new location at 114 N. Wayne Street. The Fornals opened at the new location on Oct. 26.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Son-Rise Bakery in Warren has moved to a new location, just about a block from where it was previously located.

The bakery, which opened about a year ago, has moved to 114 N. Wayne St. into the building formerly occupied by The Flower Pot, which recently closed.

Krysta and Cory Fornal, owners of Son-Rise Bakery, bought the building from its previous owner and opened at the new location on Oct. 26.

“I thought the building was great,” says Krysta Fornal. “All the doors just opened up and we took it as a God-sign.”

Keeping kids warm

Members of the Roanoke Lions Club, Lassus Handy Dandy store and Roanoke Elementary School display some of the hundreds of knit hats and gloves collected from patrons of the Roanoke Lassus Handy Dandy store. The items will be given to students at Roanoke Elementary. Pictured on Tuesday, Nov. 14, are (from left) Dale Rice, Roanoke Lions Club; Lisa Southworth, Lassus Handy Dandy; Charlie Crawford, Roanoke Lions Club; Seth Parker, principal, Roanoke Elementary School; and Elaina Ailes, Lassus Handy Dandy.

Adam Harris to take over oldest Jones office in Hgtn.

Adam Harris has been named to take over the local Edward Jones office located at 2859 Northpark Ave., Suite 108, Huntington.

Harris will be working with Chuck Harris to serve investors throughout the community.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. More information is available at the firm’s website at

Expanded PHH rehab center to bear name of late dept. leader

Taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for an expanded rehabilitation and wellness center and a new wound clinic at Parkview Huntington Hospital on Friday, Nov. 17, are (from left) Tom Wall, president of the Huntington County Commissioners; Juli Johnson, president of Parkview Huntington Hospital; Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University; Mark Sale, husband of the late Holly Sale, the long-time rehabilitation and wellness director for whom the new center will be named; Mike Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Health; Jeremy Nix, Parkview Huntington Foundation board member; Dr. Todd Sider of Parkview Physicians Group – General Surgery, who will lead the wound clinic staff; Dr. Theppanya Keolasy, chief of the medical staff at Parkview Huntington Hospital; John Nelson, vice chair of the Parkview Huntington Hospital board of directors; and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.

An expanded rehabilitation and wellness center at Parkview Huntington Hospital will be named in honor of the woman who led that department until her death last June, Parkview Health administrators announced on Friday, Nov. 17.

“This remarkable woman touched countless lives,” PHH President Juli Johnson said of Holly Sale. “This project is her gifts to us … It is her legacy, the sum of her life’s work.”

Donations to Huntington County Promise can be doubled

Qualifying donations made to Huntington County Promise on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, can be doubled.

Through the 1:1 Fund, Huntington County Promise will receive a dollar-for-dollar match on every donation up to $500 per individual donor.

Donations will be used to help local youth open CollegeChoice 529 accounts with an initial $25 deposit and to encourage families to contribute to the accounts by providing matching funds for their own deposits.

Huntington County Promise has set a goal of raising $5,000 in 24 hours on Nov. 28.

Look to the future

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mike Packnett (left), president and CEO of Parkview Health, and Juli Johnson (right), president of Parkview Huntington Hospital, applaud after announcing that the expanded rehabilitation and wellness center at Parkview Huntington Hospital will be called the Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, honoring a long-time PHH staff member who died June 30.

Salamonie Senior Lunch set for Dec. 4 at Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center

The monthly Salamonie Senior Luncheon will be on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center.

The luncheon will  celebrate “50 Years of Salamonie Lake.” Audience members and past and present employees will share memories from the past 50 years. A slide show will also be presented.

The program begins with a carry-in meal at noon. A main dish of a sloppy joe sandwich will be provided. Guests should bring a side dish to share, a beverage and their own table service. A donation will be accepted for the meal. Reservations may be made by calling 468-2127.

Honor Flight vets recognized

Photo by Steve Clark.

Vietnam War veterans who participated in an Honor Flight aboard an American Huey 369 around Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 11, were recognized at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, in Huntington, on Friday, Nov. 17.

Amateur radio society to meet Nov. 27 at Café of Hope

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope at 900 E. State St. in Huntington.

The public is welcome to attend.

Those who are interested in becoming an amateur radio operator are encouraged to attend.

FSA members have until Dec. 4 to return County Committee ballots

Indiana Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Steven E. Brown reminds eligible farmers that they have until Dec. 4 to return their ballots in the 2017 County Committee elections.

In Huntington County, the ballots should be returned to the Huntington Service Center, 2040 Ri-verfork Drive West, Huntington, IN 46750.

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year.

Red Cross to hold three blood drives in coming weeks in county

The American Red Cross is holding the following blood donation opportunities in Huntington:

Nov. 24 – Parkview Huntington Hospital, 2001 Stults Rd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 27 – Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 1 – Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160W-500N, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcross or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

State Tri Kappa organization will award variety of scholarships

The state organization of Tri Kappa will award a variety of scholarships to college students throughout Indiana in the spring of 2018.  

Each state scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.

Tri Kappa has provided scholarship awards since 1914 acknowledging students on the local, province and state levels. Chapters, provinces and the state organization combined, currently give nearly $500,000 annually honoring academic achievement.

New Life fund-raising campaign on

The annual New Life Ministries benefit dinner and auction was held Nov. 16 at Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, part of a campaign to raise $40,000 by the end of the year.

Donations to the fund-raising campaign can be made at newlifeministries or mailed to new Life Ministries at 313 E. Franklin St., Huntington, IN 46750.

Senior Center offers exercise sessions

The Senior Center, at 500 MacGahan St., offers a variety of exercise opportunities.

A free interactive walking indoors class is held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For reservations, call 359-4410.

Seniors can walk in the Senior Center gym every morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Line dancing is offered each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is followed by Dyna Band exercise in chairs from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Our Sunday Visitor announces takeover of Deacon Digest magazine

Our Sunday Visitor, a Catholic publisher headquartered in Huntington, has announced the acquisition of Deacon Digest magazine.

The bi-monthly periodical serves deacons, deacon candidates and their wives and families.

It has been in existence for more than 30 years and was most recently published by Abbey Press.

OSV plans to launch its first print issue of Deacon Digest in mid-2018. The magazine will also be available in digital format. To receive a free monthly email newsletter, visit

Friendship dancing

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jeanne Johns (center), a Native American of Kiowa and Potawatomi ancestry, leads first-grade students at Lancaster Elementary School in a friendship dance during a day of Native American learning on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Activities included Native-themed crafts, music, sampling food and learning various aspects of traditional and modern Native American culture.

HU takes rank No. 440 nationally in Forbes’ 2017 ‘Top Colleges’ list

Huntington University has been named one of “America’s Top Colleges 2017” by Forbes.

Out of the 650 schools ranked, HU was No. 440 in the nation and No. 101 in the Midwest. Huntington was ranked No. 15 in Indiana.

The U.S. Department of Education says there are more than 4,500 college campuses across the United States.

Forks of the Wabash, Indiana Dream Center offer shopping

The Forks of the Wabash Historic Park and the Indiana Dream Center are partnering to offer Christmas shopping at the Forks.

The shop in the park’s museum will open today, Monday, Nov. 20, and again on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Wednesday, Nov. 22; and Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The shop will also be open on Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Breakfast with Santa and Christmas at the Forks.

The Indiana Dream Center will offer holiday decorations including nativity sets, Santas, Christmas villages, snowmen, small trees and novelty decor.

Lassus Foundation, Roanoke Lions team up to help 8 Roanoke groups

Eight Roanoke area organizations each received donations of $100 from the Lassus Foundation and the Roanoke Lions Club Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Lassus Handy Dandy store in Roanoke. Celebrating the occasion are (front row, from left) Celia Bandelier, Roanoke Public Library; Claudia Houck, Inter Church Council; Tammy Winans, Roanoke School Library/Media Center; and Brandi Shockney, Roanoke Fireworks; (middle row, from left) Gidget James, Elmo’s 34; Tedda Shepherd, Elmo’s 34; Jessica Landrigan, Roanoke PTO; Lisa Southworth, Lassus Handy Dandy; Seth Parker, Roanoke Elementary School; Ryan Carroll, Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department; Vicki Bair, Lassus Handy Dandy and Elaina Ailes, Lassus Handy Dandy; and (back row, from left) John Nelson, Roanoke Youth Sports; Jim Coppock, Roanoke Lions Club; Doug Clark, Roanoke Lions Club; Todd Heckman, Elmo’s 34; and Denis Dearduff, Roanoke Fireworks.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Lassus Foundation and Roanoke Lions Club have teamed up to present donations to eight Roanoke community organizations.

The Lassus Foundation allows each of its stores to choose a charity in their community, and the Roanoke store asked the Roanoke Lions Club to assist in choosing which agencies to fund.

Realizing the Dream

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Matthew Neely (left), a Trine University student from Huntington, and Ruth Reed, who Neely named as his most influential teacher at Huntington North High School, both received awards at the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) Realizing the Dream banquet Nov. 4 in Indianapolis. The event recognizes first generation students attending ICI campuses who were selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in their freshman year. Neely is a sophomore majoring in exercise science.

Senior Center to celebrate November birthdays on Tuesday

November birthdays will be celebrated at the Senior Center on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

A party, with a birthday cake provided by Tipton Place, starts at 1:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling 359-4410.

November birthdays include Dick Murray, Walley Emley, Connie Forman, Nancy Thrasher, Walter Clark, Cynthia Stinson, Linda Campbell, Judy Ann Frischman, Oretta Keese, Virginia Pack and Jennifer Braun.

Beck speaks at Harvest Celebration

Photo by Steve Clark.

Scott Beck, president of Beck’s Hybrids, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, speaks at Huntington University during the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies’ second annual Harvest Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Beck was the featured speaker at the event, which included a complimentary dinner, a live auction and special recognition of the institute’s ongoing sponsors.

Gutwein to meet visitors at Crestwoods Gallery

Artist Gwen Gutwein will be painting at Crestwoods Gallery, in Roanoke, on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

She will answer questions and talk about her art.

Gutwein and other artists, including Alan Larkin, Elizabeth Wamsley, Austin Cartwright, Tom Keesee, Cathy Blyth, Dana Fair and more, will have artwork for sale through Dec. 31.

Trinity UMC to host Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23

Members of Trinity United Methodist Church display the 31 turkeys, totaling 660 pounds of meat, they will cook and serve at the church’s annual free community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pictured (from left) are Lee Ann Smith, Liz Godts, Jim McDonald, Jim Wilson and Rev. Steven McPeek. This is the 32nd year that Trinity UMC has sponsored the dinner, which is open to the public.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Trinity United Meth-odist Church will have its annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

This is the 32nd year that Trinity has sponsored the meal, which is open to the public and free of charge. Last year 655 meals were served, with 125 people volunteering from 14 churches.

Carry-outs will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for those who wish to take meals home.

Bowling, Markle Health receive accolades

Nichole Bowling (left), a CNA at Markle Health & Rehabilitation, receives the Quest for Excellence Award from Donna Kelsey, CEO of American Senior Communities.
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Nichole Bowling, a CNA at Markle Health & Rehabilitation, received the Quest for Excellence Award given by American Senior Communities, which operates Senior nursing centers statewide.

In addition, Markle Health & Rehabilitation, located in Markle, was named Healthcare Community of the Year by American Senior Communities. The award recognizes the  nursing community’s exhibited excellence in service and operations.

Healthcare Community of the Year

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David Story (left), chief operating officer of American Senior Communities, and David Alexander (second from left), the company’s vice president of operations, present the Healthcare Community of the Year award to (from left) Vicki Shepherd, executive director of Markle Health & Rehabilitation, and Lisa Mack, director of nursing at Markle Health & Rehabilitation.

Markle library to host earring class

The Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library invites adults ages 16 and older to learn to make their own beaded earrings on Saturday, Dec. 9, at noon. 

The workshop will be led by veteran beader Rebecca Sandlin. 

This program and the materials are free, but registration is required due to limited space. Call the Markle branch at 758-3332 to sign up.

The Markle branch is at 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

Christ the King to hold service of Thanksgiving

Christ the King Episcopal Church will hold a Thanksgiving service on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.

The church is located at 1224 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Donations to Pathfinder to be matched on #GivingTuesday Nov. 28

Pathfinder Services is teaming up with AWS Foundation to encourage donations to the local organization on #Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28.

All new donations to Pathfinder Services will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. In addition, any previous donor who increases their gift will have the amount of the increase matched.

To join Pathfinder Services’ #GivingTuesday initiative, visit pathfinder

#GivingTuesday was initiated in 2012 as an opportunity to support local causes following consumer-driven days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.