Library hours to change in Markle

The Markle Public Library will operate under new hours beginning Sept. 1.

In an effort to meet patrons’ needs with more varied and flexible operating hours, the library will be open Monday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and closed Wednesday and Sunday.

During the community planning meetings the Huntington and Markle libraries held in January, Markle patrons expressed their wish for morning hours, as well as more hours on the weekends.

Freaky flirtation

“Uncle Fester,” portrayed by Darren Turney (center), is surrounded by some ghoulish beauties in the Pulse Opera House production of “The Addams Family.” Pictured with him are (from left to right) Noelle Turney, Jordan Neal, Amanda Shull and Fiona Sackett. The show continues July 31 and Aug. 1 and 2. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. Sunday shows are at 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017. The Pulse Opera House is located at 127 1/2 Wayne St. in Warren.

Humane society presents 7th annual Furrball Fest on Aug. 1

The Huntington County Humane Society presents its seventh annual Furrball Fest on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Humane Shelter, 390 Thurman Poe Way, Huntington.

The festival features a free dog park day for those with canine friends, in addition to kids’ games and crafts, a dog wash, mobile adoption opportunities, vendors and concessions. A DJ will provide music for the event. The shelter will also be open for tours.

In case of rain on Aug. 1 the event will be canceled.

Kratz on dean’s list

Benjamin Kratz, of Huntington, was named to the dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed spring 2015 semester.

To qualify for inclusion on the dean’s list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale.

Upcoming LES kindergarteners get early taste of real thing

Lincoln Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Dawne Pearson (right) encourages her young pupils Adaline VerBryck (left) and Lienna Pearson to share their summer experiences Wednesday, July 22, during Kinder Kamp, a pilot kindergarten readiness program. Thirty children participated in the two-week camp, funded by Huntington County United Way.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Prior to the start of the real thing, some 30 kids at Lincoln Elementary School are getting a feel for what kindergarten will be like during the school’s two-week Kinder Kamp.

The pilot program, funded by a grant from the United Way of Huntington County and the Indiana Association of United Ways, aims to help youngsters transition to a school environment, especially those who haven’t been in a classroom previously, according to local United Way Executive Director Jenna Strick.

Block party set for teens in middle and high school

Youth in grades six through 12 are invited to a free block party on Monday, Aug. 3, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at General Slack Park, 929 Guilford St., Huntington.

There will be a 3-on-3 basketball tourney, inflatables, food and door prizes.

The party is sponsored by The Indiana Dream Center and The Awakening Community Church.

EMA says reporting damage ups chances for funds

Lindsie Goss (middle), director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, asks citizens to report flood damage to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to help the state’s chances of receiving financial assistance from the federal government with the clean-up process during a press conference on Thursday, July 23, at the Huntington County Jail. Goss is flanked by Keith Walters (left), director of the Wabash County EMA, and Ralph Frazee, director of the Jay County EMA.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency urges citizens to report flood damage to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to boost the state’s chances of receiving financial assistance from the federal government during the clean-up process.

Citizens can report damage to their homes by going to and clicking on the first bullet point under the words “Featured Topics” at the top of the page. The website takes all the information and reports to the state and local entities so that damage assessments can begin.

Rachel Jones completes basic training in San Antonio

Air Force Airman Rachel D. Jones graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Local man’s Corvette takes third in Bloomington show dedicated to most hardcore of Corvette fans

Tom and Suzette Tallman stand next to their black Corvette at the Bloomington Gold show, where the car took the bronze award in the survivor class.
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It’s almost perfect.

Close enough to finish third in Bloomington Gold, a Corvette show dedicated to the most fanatical of Corvette fans.

The 1992 black Corvette convertible, entered by its Huntington owners, Tom and Suzette Tallman, lost points in just a couple of areas — the 23-year-old car didn’t have its original tires, and several of the body panels showed evidence of having been repainted.

Reading winners

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Winners of some of the top prizes in the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s young adult summer reading program were (from left) Ashton Pinkerton, Ashley Wesco and Alex Wesco. Pinkerton won a jar of candy for having the closest guess to the actual number of pieces of candy in the jar. Ashley Wesco won a Walmart gift card and Alex Wesco won an iPod Shuffle. A total of 14 prizes were given out to participants in the young adult summer reading club.

Purple Heart donation

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the American Legion Bustos Post 7 present a check for $5,000 toward the planned Purple Heart monument, to be placed in the new veterans’ park under construction at Memorial Park in Huntington. Celebrating the occasion (from left to right) are Juanita Bustos Hedrick, member of Post 7 and the Purple Heart Committee; Danielle Clements, member of the Purple Heart Committee; Olin Roberts, finance officer of Post 7; Gloria Holzinger, of the Purple Heart Committee; and Taryn Fusselman, of the Huntington County Veterans Service Office.

Boone to serve as principal of school in South Bend

Derek Boone
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Derek Boone, of Huntington, has been named principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School, in South Bend.

The school has about 110 students in preschool through eighth grade.

Boone previously taught physical education at Huntington Catholic School and Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne, and most recently served as dean of students at St. Vincent de Paul School.

He also is a former golf coach at Huntington North High School.

Girl Scouts seek adult volunteers to step into roles as troop leaders

The Huntington Girl Scouts are in need of leaders to alleviate a wait that can be as long as two years for girls to join a troop.

Leaders are especially needed for troops designed for girls in kindergarten through second grade.

Leaders are not required to have a daughter in Girl Scouts.

Men also can be leaders, but there are additional rules for the situation. The main leader must be a woman, there must always be a woman at the meetings and the man must be unrelated to at least one of the women at the meetings.

Hangar 59 and Viking Express join roster of Safe Place sites in Huntington

The Youth Services Bureau has announced Hangar 59 and Viking Express as two new Safe Place sites in Huntington County.

Hangar 59 is located at 2809 Theater Ave., Huntingotn, and is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Viking Express is located at 2090 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, and is open Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. until midnight, Saturday from 6 a.m. until midnight and Sunday from 7 a.m. until midnight.

LaFontaine Center sets program on incontinence

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Nicole Bobay.

The LaFontaine Center, 208 W. State St., is hosting Nicole Bobay, physical therapist with Healthy Expectations, on Aug. 5 at 12:30 p.m.

Bobay will be speaking about prevention and treatment of urinary leakage (urinary incontinence).

She specializes in pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, which is often the underlying cause of urinary leakage.

The public is welcome to attend the event. For more information, contact Natalie Brautigam, LaFontaine Center Social Service Coordinator, at 356-2706.

Quilt club to gather on Aug. 6

The Piecemakers Quilt Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Evangelical United Meth-odist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Visitors are welcome to attend.

Forty years of retail service

Betty Sands, the manager of the Huntington J.C. Penney store, shows off the crystal award she received marking 40 years of service on her job anniversary, Thursday, July 23. Sands began her career with the retail company on July 23, 1975, in Ottawa, KS. She was later transferred from Kansas to the Huntington store, where she has worked ever since.

PHH team earns several PRC Excellence in Healthcare awards

Parkview Huntington Hospital co-workers (from left) Asheley Chaney, Susan Funk, Debra Stallsmith, Tom Wigner, Dawne Thieme, Jackie Geiger and Kim Case share the recognition received from the Professional Research Consultants (PRC) Excellence in Healthcare Awards.
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The Parkview Huntington Hospital team was recently recognized with several 2015 Professional Research Consultants (PRC) Excellence in Healthcare Awards.

The awards are based on patients’ perception of care and were presented to Parkview leaders during the annual PRC Excellence in Healthcare Conference.

Huntington North High School Class of 1970 to hold 35th-year reunion

The Huntington North High School Class of 1970 will hold a reunion on Oct. 24.

The reservation deadline has been extended until Sept. 1.

Anyone who has not received information about the reunion should email

Organizers are asking families of 1970 graduates to pass the information along to those graduates.

Going under the hood

Photo by Steve Clark.

Arden (left) and Karen Anson look under the hood of a 1969 Pontiac GTO during the Rolling into Roanoke car show on Saturday, July 25. Several hundred classic and vintage cars were on display in Roanoke for the annual event.

Checking out the "Goat'

Photo by Steve Clark.

Deb (left) and Brad Fahl look over a vintage Pontiac GTO during the Rolling into Roanoke car show on Saturday afternoon in downtown Roanoke. Spectators had more than 300 cars to view during the event.

Historic Forks’ fund-raiser nets grant from Modern Woodmen of America

Dan Fulton (pictured left), Woodmen’s Activities Coordinator, presents a $5,000 check to Susan Taylor, the Historic Forks of the Wabash president and Woodmen member, to match the Forks’ fund-raising efforts. Through a fish fry, rummage sale and silent auction, the Forks was able to raise $2,500 to be matched by the Woodmen grant.
Photo by Lauren Frischman.

On Wednesday, July 15, a representative from the Modern Woodmen of America presented a $5,000 check to the president of the Historic Forks of the Wabash.

The Forks received a grant to double the profit of its fund-raising efforts up to $2,500. The opportunity to apply for the grant comes every three years, said Susan Taylor, president of the Historic Forks of the Wabash.

The fund-raising income came from hosting a Dan’s Fish & Chicken Fry, rummage sale and silent auction.

Ann Shive to serve as judge for LAC art exhibit

The LaFontaine Arts Council has announced that Ann Shive will serve as the judge for the 2015 Regional Art Exhibit.

Shive is presently the owner of the Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery in Roanoke. She has owned the gallery since 2011.

Society of Indiana Pioneers documents the history of early Hoosier families

The Society of Indiana Pioneers is seeking new members.

Membership is open to anyone who had ancestors in Indiana by about 1840 as well as anyone interested in state history.

Members can add their families’ histories to the society’s archives of more than 8,500 individual pioneers and take part in tours to state historical sites.

For more information, visit or call the society’s office at the Indiana State Library, 317-233-6588.

Small World Preschool taking signups

Small World Preschool, in Warren, is accepting enrollments.

Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for children ages 4 and 5.

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children ages 3 and 4.

For more information, call Small World Preschool at 375-4330 or find Small World Preschool on Facebook.

Clothing trade set for Aug. 1

Crossroad Connections will host its New 2U Kids Clothes Trade on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.

During the clothes trade, families can bring in their lightly worn outgrown children’s clothing to trade for a larger size if available. Every piece of clothing brought in can be traded for that many pieces of exchanged clothing.

Donations are needed for infant to adult small sized youth style clothing. All garments need to be lightly worn with no stains or holes and prewashed.

Explaining how it’s done

Tony Zishka (left) offers some tips on putting together a cosplay costume as Fawn Szymoniak awaits her turn during a panel held during the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Comic Con, held Saturday, July 18. Zishka was dressed as “Jaune” from Rwby, an anime-inspired web series, and Szymoniak was outfitted as “Sailor V.” The well-attended event featured panel discussions, vendors, a costume contest, tabletop gaming and an artist’s alley.

Hero reader

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Spc. Jason Kochensparger, of Huntington (right), reads a story entitled “Hero Dad” to (from left) MaKenzie Krieger, 5; her mom, Jessica Villanueva; and brother Keegan Krieger, 7 months, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, July 18, for the library’s Community Heroes Day. Kochensparger is a member of the Indiana National Guard’s Delta Company First Battalion 293rd Infantry Regiment, based in Huntington.

Literacy coalition launches new website

Huntington County Literacy Coalition recently launched into the 21st century with a new website,, with funds from the Sigstein grant and assistance from Visionary Web.

The website provides information on the Literacy Coalition as well as registering for a tutor, volunteering as a tutor and provides an easy way to make a tax-free charitable donation.

VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary meets at post home

The Ladies’ Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 met July 9 at the post home, with Auxiliary President Mary Whitesell calling the meeting to order.

The auxiliary received letters of thanks for donations made to the Purple Heart memorial, the 122nd Air Guard family picnic and Love INC. Letters of thanks were also received from Kay Bartrom, Lois and Jerry Walling and Fifth District President Amanda Etchison.