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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


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

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.

Persinger to present an evening of song April 21


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Vocalist Shannon Per-singer, backed by pianist Eric Clancy’s jazz trio, will present an evening of swing, pop and jazz on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.

The evening will benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Persinger performs regularly throughout the Fort Wayne area, with a repertoire that ranges from jazz to the hits of country icon Patsy Cline. Her musical library also includes Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, The Beatles and an impression of Michael Jackson performing “Billie Jean.”

Hero’s Paws Award


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James Buchanan (right), of Fort Wayne, holds the 2016 Hero’s Paws of Excellence Award plaque presented by Huntington Humane Shelter Manager Jean Wilson (left), after she presented the award to him for his dog, Brandy, a beagle mix that was adopted from the shelter and became a therapy dog. Brandy died last year at age 16. The award was presented at the Huntington County Humane Society’s annual dinner meeting on Tuesday, March 14, at Huntington University.

Pulse wins several honors at recent competition

The Pulse Opera House production of “Nunsense” won a host of awards at the American Association of Community Theatre’s Indiana AACTFest 2017 competition, held March 18 and 19 at the Kokomo Civic Theatre. The cast includes (from left) Chrysa Keenon, Jessica Dodson, Linda Willard, Stacia Brinneman and Jana Henly. Brinneman and Henly won individual awards, as did director Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok.
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The Pulse Opera House in Warren won “Outstanding Performance” in the American Association of Community Theatre’s Indiana AACTFest 2017 competition, held March 18 and 19 at Kokomo Civic Theatre.  

The Pulse production of “Nunsense” also won trophies for Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok, for Outstanding Direction; Stacia Brinneman, for Outstanding Supporting Performance; and Jana Henly, for Outstanding Supporting Performance.

The Pulse was also recognized for Excellence in Ensemble Performance.

Record 17 families in Andrews library reading program

Renee (left) and Emily Perdue represent the Perdue Family team, which also included Cody and Ryan Perdue, as they collect the prize basket their family won in the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library’s winter reading program. Seventeen family teams signed up for the program, winning a ticket for the prize basket drawing for each hour read, with six prize baskets awarded.
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The winter reading program at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library drew a record 17 families who read more than 1,250 hours, library director Nancy Disbro reports.
Families counted all the time each person in the household read. Every hour earned a ticket toward a drawing for prize baskets and participants could also choose prizes based on the hours read. Each family that took part received a family participation basket.

Winners of the six prize baskets were:

• The Perdue Family, including Cody, Emily, Ryan and Renee Perdue, winning the Book Lovers basket.

HNHS FFA does well at District VI Convention

Ten Huntington North High School FFA members attended the District VI FFA Convention and competed in a variety of speaking contests, demonstrations and other events on Friday, March 17.  Attending were (front row from left) Kiara Dominguez, Hailey Alford, Savannah Jones and Cheyenne Karst and (back row from left) Victoria Keiffer, Cora Hill, Madelynn Keiffer, Alexa Diaz, Bailey Irick and Dakota Pepper.
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Ten Huntington North High School FFA members attended the District VI FFA Convention on March 17, competing in speaking contests, demonstrations and other events.

Kiara Dominguez received a first-place proficiency award for her documented equine science work experience.

Hailey Alford placed first in both the freshman extemporaneous speaking and FFA creed presentation contests.

Cheyenne Karst and Savannah Jones finished second with their food science demonstration.

From the beginning …


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mara Rieger (left) and Saranna Kewish knead the dough for a pizza crust as they learned to make pizza from scratch on Saturday, March 18, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The workshop for teens ended with participants eating their creations.

Veterans supporting Vietnam Veterans Memorial


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Larry Bannister (third from left), commander of American Legion Post 85 in Huntington, presents a check for $500 in support of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at Memorial Park. Pictured are (from left) Timothy Eckert, Huntington County Veterans Service Officer; Rachel Zahm, Vietnam Veterans Memorial TAPS; Bannister; and Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. The presentation was made Thursday, March 16, at American Legion Post 7 in Huntington.

Woodmansee speaker for next Senior Luncheon

John Woodmansee, a Purdue Extension Educator of Agriculture/Natural Resources for Noble and Whitley counties, will be the featured speaker at the next Salamonie Senior Luncheon on April 3.

Woodmansee will be speaking on “Popular Indiana Native Trees: Identification and Lore.”

The program begins with a carry-in meal at noon at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. A main dish of a rice and ham casserole will be provided. Guests are asked to bring a side dish to share, a beverage and their own table service. A small donation is requested.

County health department to provide meningitis vaccine at HNHS April 13

The Huntington County Health Department will be at Huntington North High School on April 13 to provide a second dose of meningitis vaccine to students who need it.

All current HNHS juniors must have had a second dose of meningitis vaccine before beginning their senior year this fall. Most students received the first dose of the vaccine, MCV4, when they were in sixth grade.

Students may also schedule an appointment with their family physician to receive the vaccine.

Helping out


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Representatives of American Legion Post 160, in Roanoke, present a check for $15,000 — proceeds from a dinner, trivia contest and silent auction held March 18 at the post — to 10-month-old Sophia Sterling and her parents, Steve and Megan Sterling (right). Legion representatives are (from left) Pete Smith, Post 160 commander; Connie Hess, Post 160 chaplain; and Brad Dinius, Sons of the American Legion treasurer.

Helping fund the Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

JoDeane Knowles of Teachers Credit Union (third from left) presents a check for $1,500 to help fund the Vietnam Veterans Monument at Memorial Park. Pictured are (from left) Timothy Eckert, Huntington County Veterans Service Officer; Rachel Zahm, Vietnam Veterans Memorial TAPS; Knowles; and Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. The presentation was made Thursday, March 16, at American Legion Post 7 in Huntington.

Vice presidential pride


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Daniel Johns, executive director of The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center, discusses highlights from the lives of six U.S. vice presidents who all hailed from Indiana during a presentation given Thursday, March 16, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Tree ID hike at Salamonie on March 26

The Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services are sponsoring a tree identification hike at the Salamonie Interpretive Center on Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m.

Hikers will take a leisurely stroll through a Salamonie woodlot. On their way through the woods, guides will discuss tips on how to identify several tree species. The hike is no more than a mile in length.

Personalization


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Trinity Condon, a fifth-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, displays the board she decorated with her initial and name during an enrichment class at Board and Brush, in Roanoke. Thirty-eight students attended the March 14 class.

Dance lessons


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Kiana Kistler (right), in the guise of Snow White, teaches Layla Carter how to waltz during a “Royal Ball” held Saturday, March 18, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Youngsters were invited to come dressed as princes, princesses and other inhabitants of the court.

University’s Arizona students work on projects with Peoria theater group

Three students in Huntington University’s Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, AZ, were selected to create video projections of “Sunday in the Park with George,” a play produced by Theater Works, the resident theater company at the Peoria (AZ) Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Josiah Duka, Sarah Wickenhauser and Joe Stone, all first-year film and graphic design students from Arizona, created the video projections.

Salamonie lists perfect attendance

Salamonie School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Claire Alford, Jackson Barlow, Clayton Bell, Mackenzie Brown, Brenna Cady, Chelsea Cain, Evan Clabaugh, Anna Clampitt, Jay Clampitt, Addison Douglas, Xzavier Driscoll, Xzyia Driscoll, Cole Eltzroth and Raylynn Eltzroth.

Roanoke Elementary honors students for perfect attendance in third quarter

Roanoke Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Corbin Ambriole, Gracelynn Anderson, Eric Beihold, Jocelyn Blair, Brody Bolen, Emmett Brown, Clayten Bustos, Gage Byerly, Griffin Castle, Brice Cornell, Jaxon Crawford, Kendal DeHaven, McKenzie DeHaven, Georgia Denney, Sydney Diffenbaugh, Samuel Eckert, Lexy Ellet, Cohen Endsley and Noah Fleischman.

Public forum on community garden set for March 30

The Huntington Extension Office will hold a public forum on Thursday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The forum topic is the Helping Hands Community Garden. This garden, located on Viking Lane near Huntington North High School, has been in production for the past seven years.

Donors to Community and Family Services can receive state tax credits

Contributions made to Community and Family Services can qualify the donor for Indiana tax credits.

The tax credits are available through a Neighborhood Assistance Program grant awarded by the state to Community and Family Services.

Anyone who makes a donation of $100 or more is qualified to receive a tax credit on their Indiana state income tax return of 50 percent of the donation. Donations made prior to March 31 can be used for a tax credit on the 2017 return.

A limited number of tax credits is available and will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Roanoke artist Cherie Droege will instruct painting workshop in Wabash

Roanoke artist Cherie Droege will lead a watercolor painting workshop on Thursday, May 11, at the Wabash Christian Church, 110 W. Hill St., Wabash.

Set-up starts at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m., with a break for lunch. Participants should bring a sack lunch.

The workshop is sponsored by the Wabash Art Guild.

The registration deadline is April 15. To register, call 574-453-6772 or 982-6266.

Musicians get advice prior to ISSMA competition

Director Michael Petek leads the Huntington North High School Wind Ensemble in a performance at an invitational clinic at Lawrence Central High School, in Indianapolis, on March 15. The Wind Ensemble will perform during the HNHS spring band concert on May 9.
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The Huntington North High School Wind Ensemble participated in an invitational clinic at Lawrence Central High School, in Indianapolis, on March 15.

The ensemble performed for a group of university clinicians, who critiqued the performance and provided recorded and written comments. Clinicians were Dr. Jay Kennedy, of the Berklee School of Music; Dr. Doug Droste, of Ball State University; Dr. Dan Tembrass, of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; and Stan DeRusha, of Butler University.

Roanoke announces 3Q honor roll students

Roanoke Elementary 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
Reece Bonewitz, Ella Colclesser, Trinity Condon, Ava Deming, Amelia Glosson, Bram McCracken, Skylar Olson, Bradley Rentschler, Sophie Riggers, Stella Scheer, Graci Shopoff, Cooper Sloan, Amaya Smith, Savanna Stanton, Lara Steele, Elizabeth Thomson, Noah Wagner, Maeve Wilkinson and Samuel Williams.

Guild will repeat performance Sunday at LaFontaine Center

Huntington Theatre Guild Act II will present an encore performance of the interactive murder mystery, “Café Murder,” on Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m. in the ballroom of the LaFontaine Center.

Tickets include the performance and a choice of desserts and coffee or tea.

All proceeds will go toward the Hotel LaFontaine documentary project.

Volunteers can get involved in river cleanup in Warren on Earth Day

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the banks of the Salamonie River, in Warren, on Earth Day, April 22.

The cleanup is being led by Warren Health and Fitness and Mike Haggerty, who says the project is designed to beautify the entrance to Warren from the south.

The river will also play a large role in events to be sponsored by Warren Health and Fitness during this summer’s Salamonie Summer Festival.

The volunteers will burn brush and pick up trash along a section of the Salamonie River near Salamonie Mills. The cleanup will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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