Leading reading

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Flint Springs Elementary School Principal Aimee Lunsford (left) – a.k.a. Cruella de Vil – leads an all-school rally Friday, Sept. 16, during Flint Springs’ Read-a-Thon fund-raiser. The school raised a total of $12,946, with teacher Jill Webb’s fourth-grade class bringing in the most donations.

As always, the villain is foiled in Masque & Gavel’s melodrama

Robert Borland is villainous Lawyer Slippery in the Huntington North High School Masque & Gavel Club’s melodrama “The Will.” He’ll terrorize fair maidens for two days during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25.
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The sudden death of a wealthy banker and the “discovery” of a document that leaves his housekeeper and his niece penniless sets into motion the stuff that melodramas are made of — an unwanted marriage proposal, a murder investigation and, of course, a happy ending.

The audience, as always, is encouraged to make its feelings known as the story unfolds.

Huntington North High School’s Masque & Gavel Club returns to the Forks of the Wabash  Pioneer Festival this weekend with its new melodrama, “The Will,” directed by Ruth Reed.

FFA donation

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Mike Johnson (right), representing the Huntington County Swine Boosters, presents a $1,500 check to members of the Huntington North High School FFA livestock judging team to help pay for its trip to Raleigh, NC, for the Southeastern Regional livestock judging contest on Oct. 29. Team members accepting the donation are (front, from left) Victoria Keiffer, Leigh Ann Trickle and Bailey Irick; and (back, from left) Savannah Jones, Brandon Will and Spencer Atkinson. Additional team members not pictured are Madison Wohlford and Sarah Hunnicutt.

Pizza Hut buffet on Monday benefits Huntington County Special Olympics

Huntington County Special Olympics is hosting the pizza buffet at the Huntington Pizza Hut on Monday, Sept. 26. Pizza Hut will donate $1 from each adult buffet purchased between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Along with the donation from Pizza Hut, all tips will be donated to Huntington County Special Olympics. Parents, athletes and friends of Special Olympics will be providing service for the evening.

Donations and tips help cover entry fees and equipment for bowling, basketball, corn toss and track competitions held throughout the state.

Producing a tasty product

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Katelin Herber’s first grade class at Roanoke Elementary School learns about consumers and producers from Rosemary (standing) and Tom Harvey, who visited their class recently to demonstrate how bakers are producers and how they make bread.  Students got to be the consumers and taste the freshly baked bread.

Hot off the grill

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Tim Albertson (right) dishes up some of his pulled pork for Natalie Brautigam during the Grillmasters competition on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Drover Park. The event was sponsored by Community and Family Services to raise funds to help community residents pay utility bills.

UW says ‘working poor’ make up 31 percent of Huntington County

There are nearly 908,000 Hoosier households unable to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, childcare and transportation despite working hard, according to the United Way ALICE Report Update released Sept. 14 by Indiana Association of United Ways.

In Huntington County, 3,025 households live above poverty but below the ALICE threshold or the basic cost of living. Combined, ALICE and poverty households account for 31 percent of households in Huntington County.

50-year honors

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Peggy Zook (left), a member of the celebration committee of Salamonie Church of the Brethren, presents a 50-year certificate to her father, Phil Gauntt, during a recognition ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 18. Gauntt, Ted Priddy and Mary Donna Wamsley were honored as 50-year members of the church.

Free, reduced cost screenings at PHH health fair

Parkview Huntington Hospital will offer free and reduced cost health screenings and services during its Healthy Steps health and wellness fair on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The health fair will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the hospital, 2001 Stults Rd., Huntington.

Tippmann to present program on Miami use of edible plants, materials

Dani Tippmann, a member of the Miami Indian Alliance of Miami Indians (M.I.A.M.I.), will present the program “Miami Harvest: Edible and Usable Plants and Materials” on Oct. 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chief Richardville house, 5705 Bluffton Rd., Fort Wayne.

Admission includes a guided tour of the house, which is recognized as the oldest Native American structure in the Midwest.

The program is sponsored by the Fort Wayne History Center.

‘Palestinian Gandhis’ is message at Hgtn. COB

Dr. L Michael Spath will bring the message at the Huntington Church of the Brethren on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 9:45 a.m. The topic of his message will be “Palestinian Gandhis.” There will be a time for discussion after the service.

Future Farmers to hold fund-raiser on Oct. 1

The Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club will hold its annual fall fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale of mums, pumpkins and gourds will take place at Mt. Etna United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Ind.-9 and Ind.-124.

The club will use the proceeds from the sale for service projects and donations during the upcoming 4-H year.

iAB announces promotions of four to mortgage banking lender roles

(From left) Bradley Martin, Todd Martin, Gary McEachern and Jenna Russell.
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iAB financial bank has announced the promotions of Bradley D. Martin, Todd A. Martin, Gary R. McEachern and Jenna M. Russell to mortgage banking officers.

Bradley Martin has been with iAB for more than eight years and has 15 years of experience in mortgage lending. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Manchester College.

Todd Martin joined iAB in 2007 and has 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry. He earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Manchester College.

Walgreens to offer flu shots at Senior Center

Walgreens pharmacists will administer flu shots on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Huntington Senior Center, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.

The shots are available to the public.

Those taking part should bring Medicare and Medicaid cards; Walgreens will process the charges.

Marshall now COO of Interra Credit Union

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Andy Marshall

Markle native Andy Marshall has been named chief operating officer of Interra Credit Union. He will also continue serving as executive vice president.

As chief operating officer, Marshall will oversee the retail, mortgage, consumer services, commercial and agribusiness services and enterprise risk management divisions.

Marshall joined Interra in September of 2014 as executive vice president and chief lending officer. He previously worked in the financial services industry, heading the small business and retail divisions at iAB financial bank.

Falcon Flash Mile set for Sept. 30 at F. Springs

Flint Springs Elementary School presents the Falcon Flash Mile 2016 race on Friday, Sept. 30, for kids in grades 3, 4 and 5.

Third-grade girls start at 5:30 p.m. Following will be third-grade boys, fourth-grade girls, fourth-grade boys, fifth-grade girls and fifth-grade boys, with each race starting approximately 15 minutes apart. Younger students can run in the third-grade race.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each race and team plaques will be presented. Teams are made up of five runners from the same school and grade.

Bippus Lions set dinner

The Bippus Lions Club will have a fish and tenderloin supper on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Bippus Lions Community Building.

The all-you-can-eat dinner is prepared by Dan’s  and will be served with green beans, cole slaw or applesauce, bread and butter and cookies.

There is a fee to attend.

The Bippus Lions Community Building is located at 9033W-800N, Bippus.

Grant for Little River Trail wins final approval

This map shows the route of the newest section of the Little River Trail, which will run from the trail hub at Schenkel Station to the Erie Rail Trail Bridge.
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Construction on a new trail leading from downtown Huntington to the Erie Rail Trail Bridge is expected to get underway soon following final approval of a grant that will fund part of the cost.

The City of Huntington will receive $263,390 in Regional Cities Initiative funding to pay for a portion of the $1.05 million project.

The grant won the support of the Northeast Regional Development Authority in August, with final approval of the grant coming from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation on Sept. 15.

Children’s Choir begins classes for preschoolers

Pictured (from left) Emily Smith and Denise Gilliland.
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The Children’s Choir of Huntington County is expanding its offerings to area youth with its new early childhood music classes geared toward children 18 months to 7 years.

The fall semester begins Oct. 3, with a registration deadline of Sept. 22.

The classes are taught by musical professionals who will lead active sessions of movement, games and singing. Thirty-minute sessions will be held weekly for eight weeks.

Dedicated volunteers

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The Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department gathered on Sept. 12 to honor several of its members for their 30 or more years of service to the community. Those honored included (from left) Jim Brown, 30 years; Jim Paul, 32 years; Mark Sale, 32 years; Jim Sprowl, 31 years; and Jim Carl, 30 years. The department also honored Randy Brightmire for his 38 years of service, and presented posthumous honors to John Tyner, a 30-year volunteer who died on Sept. 3.

Local Psi Iota Xi chapter awards scholarships to 10 students

Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi has awarded college scholarships to 10 local students for the 2016-17 academic year.

The scholarships are funded through proceeds from the sorority’s fund-raisers, which include the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival and an annual cheeseball sale.

The Anne Pfister Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to a woman majoring in business in honor of Pfister’s role in the local business community, was presented to Kyra Marjamaa, of Roanoke.

New Hope to have potluck meal fellowship

New Hope United Brethren Church will have a potluck meal fellowship every month, on the last Tuesday of the month. The meal starts at noon with a covered dish carry-in meal, and a program will follow.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the program will be a concert by Gary Grimes.

Door prizes will also be given away.
The church is located at 2001 Engle St., Huntington.

Eight-legged wonder

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Belle Smith, 2, along with her grandparents, Dewey Smith (left) and Barb Smith (right), all of Wabash, get an up-close look at a live wolf spider encased in a clear plastic box Wednesday, Sept. 14, during the Salamonie Preschool class held at the Salamonie Interpretive and Nature Center, in Andrews. Youngsters colored pictures of spiders, learned interesting facts about the arachnids and used a magnifying glass to get a better look.

Indiana Room staffers to be in Markle several dates

Indiana Room staffers will be in the History Room at the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on the first Tuesdays of October, November and December from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to assist library patrons with their local history needs.

The Indiana Room at HCTPL’s Huntington bra-nch features a non-circulating reference and resource collection of historic materials pertaining to the history of Huntington County. The room’s staffers will utilize both printed and digital resources to aid patrons with their research in Markle.

Getting a clue

Jennifer Jennings (left) as Irene Adler goes finger-to-finger with Tanner Crawford as Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming play, “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” at the Pulse Opera House in Warren. The show continues this weekend, Sept. 23, 24 and 25. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows are at 4 p.m. The theater is located at 127 1/2 N. Wayne St. in Warren. Reservations may be made online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017.

Robotics team wins bid to host state championship in Huntington

Huntington’s robotics team will host the Indiana state robotics championships in April, bringing 32 robotics teams and thousands of dollars to town for the three-day event.

The announcement was made Sept. 13, by Indiana FIRST, which coordinates the statewide robotics competition. District events will be held in West Lafayette, Mishawaka and Indianapolis in March, with 32 teams qualifying to advance to the state championship in Huntington.

Speciality deer hunt for disabled veterans is set for Nov. 19 at Roush

A specialty deer hunt for disabled veterans will be held on Nov. 19 at the Roush Fish and Wildlife Area.

Hunting blinds will be provided. Assistance will be available for veterans using wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Hunters must have a deer license.

Reservations are required and are now being accepted. A limited number of blinds will be available and hunting positions will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

To make a reservation call the Huntington County Veterans Service Office at 358-4863.

Porter night at Markle library branch on Oct. 1

The Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will celebrate Hoosier-born poet and author Gene Stratton-Porter. 

On Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m., Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner will share Stratton-Porter’s poems and Markle resident Vickie Kibellus will perform a monologue in the character of Stratton-Porter in this celebration of Markle and Indiana. The program is free.

The branch is at 155 W. Sparks St.

Learning center celebrates its opening

Members of the Huntington County Community Learning Center Development Team prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the facility on Thursday, Sept. 15. Pictured are (front row, from left) Jenna Strick, Randy Harris, Tiffanney Drummond and Dana Wannemacher; (second row, from left) Lisa Smith, Steve Kimmel, Rick Farrant and Randy Prange; (third row, from left) Ed Vessels, John Niederman and Adam Drummond; and (fourth row, from left) Jon Bennett, Tracey Shafer and Steve Schenkel.
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The long-awaited Huntington County Community Learning Center officially opened its doors on Thursday, Sept. 15, after months of construction and years of planning a facility where skills greatly needed in the workforce can be learned.

The leadership team, led by Career and Technical Education Director Tiffanney Drummond, cut the ribbon to the new facility in a dedication ceremony attended by about 100 people.

Lawson is recipient of first Pioneer Festival scholarship

Ellie Lawson
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Ellie Lawson, a history major at Huntington University, is the recipient of the first Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student majoring in history or a related field.

Lawson is a freshman at HU, with a history major and business minor. She is the daughter of Russ and Heidi Lawson. She is a 2016 graduate of Huntington North High School.