Admiring the diploma

Photo by Steve Clark.

Logan Penn admires his diploma while walking off the platform at the Huntington North High School graduation on Friday night, May 27, at North Arena. A total of 321 HNHS seniors walked during the ceremony.

Valedictorian speech

Photo by Steve Clark.

Valedictorian Mackenzie Faurote gives her valedictory address at the Huntington North High School graduation on Friday night, May 27, at North Arena.

Class gift

Photo by Steve Clark.

Anthoy Ditzler, senior class treasurer, announces the class gift from the Huntignton North High Shool Class of 2016 at the HNHS graduation ceremony on Friday night, May 27.

Class song

Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior members of Varsity Singers, Viking Volume, Concert Choir and Glee Club sing the class song, Wherever I Go," during Huntington North High School graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27, in North Arena.

Huntington Firefighters award four scholarships

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Firefighters Association has awarded its Weston Close/Lucas Sunderman Scholarships to Alex Easley, Sarah Fryman, Courtney Scher and Emily Klepper.

Easley is attending Huntington University, where he just completed his sophomore year.

Fryman, a Huntington North High School graduate, will be a freshman this fall at Huntington University.

Scher is attending Southeastern University, in Lakeland, FL, where she just completed her freshman year.

Painting the town purple

Photo by Steve Clark.

Beth Blocker (left) and Tara Bickel, members of the Relay For Life of Huntington County Event Leadership Team, affix a purple ribbon to a light post in downtown Huntington on Friday, May 20. Blocker, Bickel and others hung up ribbons throughout town to “paint the town purple,” raising awareness for the Relay For Life event on June 11 at Kriegbaum Field.

HU and group founded by HU alum to offer adventure class across U.S.

Huntington University will partner with an organization founded by an HU alumnus to offer a summer adventure class that will take its participants across the United States.

The Young Philanthropists was founded by 2010 Huntington graduate Matt Friedlund and, since 2013, has previously sponsored two trips across the United States and one through Europe.

Participants in the 2016 Adventure Class will travel by a variety of means — on a bus, by bicycle and on foot — as they do service projects for nonprofits and community organizations while taking college courses.

Literacy council to hold first team spelling bee June 11 at Hgtn. library

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition will hold its first Team Spelling Bee on June 11, at 10 a.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Teams of four can register to compete by visiting the Literacy Coalition office at the library. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. The competition will also include door prizes and raffles.

A registration fee is charged. Proceeds will benefit literacy programs in the community.

For more information, call the Huntington County Literacy Coalition at 356-0824.

69 veterans who died in 2015 to be honored at county service

Sixty-nine Huntington County veterans who died during 2015 will be honored during a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Church of the Nazarene.

The annual event is sponsored by the Veterans Council of Huntington County and the Huntington County Veterans Service Office. It is open to anyone who wishes to honor the veterans who served the country.

American Legion Post 160 to host Memorial Day service at Glenwood

American Legion Post 160, in Roanoke, will host a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery, in Roanoke.

The public is invited to attend.

Glenwood Cemetery is located across Main Street from Post 160, which is at 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke. The post will be closed during the service.

The service will include a presentation of wreaths, color guard service and a folding of the flag presentation provided by the 201st Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol, Fort Wayne.

Nine achieve perfection at Northwest

Northwest Elementary School has honored nine of its students who achieved perfect attendance for the entire 2015-16 school year.

They are:

Drew Bauer Baker and Luke William Inderlied, fifth grade.

Evan Lee Camomile and Kelsey Renee Stout, fourth grade.

Gabriel Lee Null, second grade.

Parker D. Daugherty and Mikaylah Rose Smeltzer, first grade.

Kianna Marie Marshall and Ryder Lee Ross, kindergarten.

New session of walking program set at library

 The Huntington County office of Purdue Extension will begin a new session of Indoor Walking starting June 10 at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Sessions will be held at 10 a.m. each Friday through July 22 with the exception of June 18, when the library will be closed for Heritage Days.

Indoor Walking is an easy, low impact exercise class. There is no charge.

The class is open to adults, and participants should wear comfortable clothing.

To register, call the library at 356-0824.

Northwest announces 4th quarter perfect attendance

Students at Northwest Elementary School have earned recognition for having perfect attendance during the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year.

They are:
Drew Baker, Kennedy Baker, Levi Bilyeu, Brenna Bowers, Braylon Burns-worth, Corgan Burnsworth, Evan Camomile, Alex Cannici, Eli Carter, Jaxson Clark, Gabriel Colo’n and Lillian Craig.

Also, Olivia Craig, Adele Cryderman, Adalyn Cutting, Amina Dailey, Parker Daugherty, Jackson Eckert, Emma Eller, Aydon Eppard, Alexys Estep, Brooklyn Estep, Vanessa Frey and Addison Funk.

Pathfinder teachers receive thanks during Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Laurie Coburn (left) works with her pupil, Garrin Patterson, recently at Pathfinder Kids Kampus.
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The teachers at Pathfinder Kids Kampus were thanked and celebrated recently during Teacher Appreciation Week. All teachers received a notepad, framed saying and flowerpot thanking them for everything they do.

“Teacher Appreciation Week is a great time to recognize everything our teachers do throughout the year for the children and families we serve,” says Jodie Clark, Pathfinder Kids Kampus administrator. “Caring for and teaching our children is something the teachers at Pathfinder Kids Kampus do with excellence.”

A bench for buddies

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Students at Flint Springs Elementary School eagerly raise their hands to answer a question posed by Principal Aimee Lunsford (center) about the new Buddy Bench that was donated to the school during a dedication convocation held Friday, May 20. Sitting on the bench are fifth-grade students Julia Redner (left) and Matt Pharoah, whose families donated the bench for the school’s playground. A child may sit on the Buddy Bench if they are looking for someone to play with.

Northwest announces fourth quarter honor roll

Northwest Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Fifth grade – Spencer Adkins, Jared Cartwright, Corbin Dowden, Alexandrea Green, Mara Hendryx, Hope Hewson, Wesley Huff, Luke Inderlied, Mallory Kline, Mya MacAleese, Cloe Osborn, Micah Plemons, Kayla Reich, Caroline Roth, Samuel Storie, Andrew Szelis, Emma Szelis, Hannah Szelis, Janna Teusch, Claire Troyer, Braden Wine, Kendall Wisel and Ross Young.

Huntington County trio earn Optimist scholarships

Members of the Huntington Optimist Club congratulate the winners of three scholarships, presented at its meeting on May 19. Pictured are (from left) Marshall Sanders, Optimist scholarship committee chair, scholarship recipients Ian Kimmel, Tosha Davis and Carly Snyder, and Optimist Club President Tim Allen.
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The following Huntington County students were each awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the Optimist Club at a luncheon ceremony held at Huntington University on May 19.  

They are:

• Ian James Kimmel, Norwell High School Class of 2016.

• Tosha Lynn Davis, Huntington North High School Class of 2016.

• Carly Rae Snyder, Huntington North High School Class of 2016.

Northwest recognizes students who made honor roll all 4 quarters

Northwest Elementary School has announced the names of students who were named to the honor roll each of the four quarters of the 2015-16 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Fifth grade — Spencer Adkins, Jared Cartwright, Corbin Dowden, Alexandrea Green, Mara Hendryx, Hope Hewson, Wesley Huff, Mya MacAleese and Cloe Osborn.

Also, Micah Plemons, Kayla Reich, Samuel Storie, Andrew Szelis, Emma Szelis, Hannah Szelis, Janna Teusch and Ross Young.

Andrews students earn fourth quarter honors

Andrews Elementary School has recognized students who were named to the honor roll each quarter of the 2015-16 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Fifth grade — Aiden Anders, Gatlin Boxell, Alysia Chopson, Taylor Double, Wyatt Eckert, Kenzie Gamlin, Jadynn Geideman, Rebecca Greene and Teagan Hall.

Also, Jacob Hughes, Cole Martz, Jamen Matheny, Landon Moreland, Madison Ptak, Kai Richison, Keller Whicker, Austin Williams and Brianna Wilson.

Always there

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Eight students at Salamonie Elementary School had perfect attendance for the entire 2015-16 school year. They are (front, from left) Morgan Leffert, Brodee Swaidner, Nora McDaniel and Jaziah Norman; and (back, from left) Abagayle Wright, Emily Manry, Luke Trickle and Matthew Martin.

Too much trash is not treasure if you need help from firefighters

One man’s trash is another one’s treasure, but for firefighters, too much of it packed into a home will turn all of it into dangerous fuel for active fires.  

“Firefighters are increasingly battling fires made vastly more hazardous by hoarding,” says Jason Meier, president  of Huntington Firefighters Association Local 680.

On to retirement

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Deb Fields (left), who is retiring from Roanoke Elementary School after working as a teacher for 27 years, was the guest of honor at a Hawaiian themed breakfast on May 20. The guest speaker at the breakfast was Paula Myers (right), a retired teacher and Fields’ best friend, who presented a “Biography in a Bag” featuring a bag of items that represent Fields. Roanoke Principal Chris Tillett presented Fields with a gift purchased by the Roanoke School Caring and Sharing Committee, the sponsorship of a peacock at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Lemonade … with a twist

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Students and staff members line up to buy samples of lemonade created by the third grade classes at Roanoke Elementary School on Friday, May 20. Each of the three classes created a lemonade with a special ingredient, and those who purchased the lemonade selected “Under the Sea Lemonade,” created by Jessica Ryan’s class and featuring a gummy fish at the bottom of every sample, as their favorite. The project was part of an economics unit and raised $244, which will be donated to Riley Children’s Hospital.

38 percent of Hoosiers vote in primary election

Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced that 38 percent, or 1,771,753, of Indiana’s 4.7 million registered voters cast a vote in the 2016 Primary Election.

Voter statistics were compiled by the secretary of state’s office using voter data gathered in Indiana’s 92 counties.

Voter turnout in the 2016 primary is comparable to the 2008 primary, she said. In 2008, 40 percent of registered Hoosiers voted in the primary election.

In 2012, with no presidential candidates on the ballot, 22 percent of Hoosiers voted in the primary.

iAB earns MAXI Award at recent IBA meeting

iAB financial bank won a MAXI Award from the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA) at the 2016 IBA Mega Conference on May 5, in downtown Indianapolis.

MAXI Awards are presented annually to IBA-member institutions to recognize bank marketing excellence in Indiana. iAB won in the category of Series.

iAB focused its message to communicate that it is in the business of helping individuals reach their goals.

Food, toy drive for shelter set for June 10-11

A food and toy drive for animals at the Huntington County Humane Shelter will be held on June 10 and 11.

Bethany Marcum, who is seeking her Girl Scout Star Award, is conducting the drive. She will be collecting dog and cat food, as well as animal toys, at the food side entrance to Walmart, in Huntington.

Collection hours are 9 a.m. to noon on June 10 and noon to 5 p.m. on June 11.

Casino trip as fund-raiser for Ride 2 Provide

Ride 2 Provide, a fund-raising organization based in Markle, will sponsor a casino bus trip on Saturday, July 2.

The bus will leave the Markle United Methodist Church parking lot at 8 a.m. and travel to Four Winds Casino, in New Buffalo, MI. The bus will leave the casino at 4 p.m.

The cost of the trip includes casino cash and a food voucher. The day will include raffles and a 50/50 drawing.

The trip is limited to 55 people. To reserve a spot, call Carla Buzzard at 273-0748.

Proceeds will benefit Brian James.

Retired teachers group meets at Trinity

The Huntington County Retired Teachers Association’s June luncheon will be on Wednesday, June 1, at noon. The location is Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St., Huntington. Liz Sanders will cater the luncheon.

Alice Plasterer Stickler will present her bubble show. There will be a memorial for members who have passed away in the last two years.

All retired teachers in the area are invited. Send reservations to Barb Buroker.

Andrews names 4th quarter honor roll students

Andrews Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Fifth grade – Aiden Anders, Ashton Antoine, Gatlin Boxell, Tiler Carr, Alysia Chopson, Taylor Double, Lawson Doyle, Wyatt Eckert, Kenzie Gamlin, Jadynn Geideman, Rebecca Greene, Colt Hacker, Teagan Hall, Fischer Hill and Jacob Hughes.

Long out of school

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Opal Land Nelson (standing, fourth from right) and Rex Hughes (front) were honored as the oldest graduates in attendance at the May 21 reunion of Jackson Township/Roanoke High School. Nelson, now a resident of Oregon, graduated in 1939 and Hughes, now of Marion, graduated in 1941. Standing behind Hughes are (from left) sons Randall Hughes and Michael Hughes, daughter-in-law Janice Hughes, Nelson, and daughters Brenda Hughes-Lewis and Nancy Hughes-Chen.