Searching for treasures

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jack O'Brien sifts through pretend ice crystals to find buried treasures during "Frozen Fun" at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 21. The winter-themed play day included games, crafts and snacks.

Churches will toll bells Sunday in observance of abortion decision

Huntington County Right to Life will sponsor the Tolling of Bells on Sunday, Jan. 22, in observance of 44 years of legalized abortion on demand in the U.S.

Churches that will their bells at noon for five minutes were St. Catherine Catholic, St. Mary Catholic, New Hope United Brethren, Etna Avenue Wesleyan, St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic.

Huntington County citizens are asked to pause for five minutes of silent prayer as the bells tolled.

Group of friends

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Roanoke Elementary School recently honored students for exhibiting the life skill of friendship. The students, chosen by their teachers, are (front row, from left) Wyatt Pratt, Ross Oden and Nolan Hill; (middle row, from left) Joshua Aguilera, Haley Hertel, Ashton McCoy, Shae Wilson, Gwenyth Kiser and Ambrea Milton; and (back row, from left) Belle Ottinger, Cooper Wigmore, Rylee Creech, Quinn Walpole, Leland Lewis, Eric Slusher and Rachel Plasterer. Not pictured is Layla Sutton.

A modest spirit

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students at Huntington Catholic School received Spirit Awards during the all-school liturgy on Friday, Jan. 13, for displaying the Christ-like spirit of modesty. They are (front row, from left) Jedadiah Kline, kindergarten; Daniela Plascencia, first grade; Roberto Cano, second grade; and Indigo Stepler, third grade; and (back, from left) Phoenix Stepler, fourth grade; Adam Holzinger, fifth and sixth grades; Jacob Stetzel, seventh grade; and Olivia Godfroy, eighth grade.

Cookies for sale

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Young members of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 50539 help customers with their selections of Girl Scout cookies on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Owen’s North grocery store. Pictured are Daisies (from left) Olivia Holbrook, Evelyn Curry and Zoe Curry, assisting Richard Williams (standing, at left) and Pam Smith, both of Huntington. The annual Girl Scout cookie sale will continue through March 15.

Lincoln students named to 2Q Honor Roll

Lincoln Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Second grade – Kairi Daniels, Starlilly Garrison, Rayne Lifsey, David Livingston, Elijah Mekus, Wyatt Mortimore, Ren Okuly, Cayden Sadler, Tryton Sheefel, Braxtyn Simmons, Taylor Stephan, Zoey Taylor, Kain Wallace and Darlene White.

Giving back

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Lori Christie (left), of Huntington, is the recipient of the Mike’s Car Care Center and NAPA and Ridge Company’s Holiday Give Back to the Community program. She is congratulated by owner Mike Keplinger on Friday, Jan. 13. The auto repair company provided $500 in labor and NAPA provided $500 in parts, after Christie was nominated and chosen to receive the prize.

Crestview Middle School students achieve 2Q honor roll status

Crestview Middle School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Pathfinder Services offering free tax preparation service

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will again be providing free tax preparation assistance to those who made less than $55,000 in 2016.

This year marks the eighth year for the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) Program.

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center will begin offering this service on Monday, Jan. 23, and the service will run through Monday, April 17. A drop-off option is also available.

Making the effort

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Catholic School students received Spirit Awards during the all-school liturgy on Friday, Jan. 13, for using the Christ-like spirit of effort. They are (front, from left) Ethan Fowerbaugh, kindergarten; Jacob Vohs, first grade; Xaver Tinoco, second grade; and Lena Eckinger, third grade; and (back, from left) Brock Krumanaker, fifth and sixth grades; Amaya Norman, seventh grade; and Chloe Shepperd, eighth grade.

Birthday books

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Three Huntington Catholic School students joined the school’s Birthday Book Club, donating books to the school library in honor of their January birthdays. They are (from left) Jacob Stetzel, seventh grade, and Grace Bryant and Olivia Godfroy, both eighth grade. The student celebrating a birthday gets to read the book first, and it’s then placed in the school library for other students to check out. The presentations were made on Friday, Jan. 13, during the all-school liturgy at St. Mary Catholic Church.

HU grad school teaming up with FW company for new MBA program

Huntington University’s Graduate School, with support from Ambassador Enterprises of Fort Wayne, is launching a new Master of Business Administration degree program.

The first corporate cohort of students from Ambassador Enterprises will begin their studies this month. A full program launch for other interested students is planned for August.

Huntington woman earns USF dean’s list

Lainey Wilkinson, of Huntington, has earned inclusion on the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne.

Wilkinson was among students who completed 12 or more semester hours of class credit and attained a scholastic semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Two added to leadership spots at Little Blessings

Stephanie Nielsen (left) is the new director of Little Blessings Child Care Ministry, in Huntington. Shallie Brown (right) is the new assistant director.
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Stephanie Nielsen and Shallie Brown have been named to leadership positions at Little Blessings Child Care Ministry, in Huntington.    

Nielson assumed the role of director on Jan. 3. She recently moved to Huntington with her husband and two of her children.

Prior to moving to Huntington, she worked as a day care provider at the Nurtury Developmental Childcare and pre-school in Bristol, VA. She worked with children of all ages and planned, developed and executed activities to support their mental and physical growth.

Law firm’s internal fund-raiser pays off for BIAB

The employees of DeLaney Hartburg Roth and Garrott LLP, in Huntington, donate $175 to Emily Johnson (fourth from left) of Blessings in a Backpack on Friday, Jan. 13. Pictured (from left) are Lisa Kline, Janice Bir, Jody Hanson, Johnson, Christina Yoder and Beth Rittenhouse.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

The staff of DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott, LLP, of Huntington, presented Huntington County Blessings in a Backpack founder Emily Johnson with a check on Friday, Jan. 13, raised from funds through the law firm’s weekly jeans fund-raiser.

Each Friday, staff members are permitted to wear jeans to work if they contribute to the fund-raiser. The funds are then donated to a local charity of the staff’s choosing.

“The staff selected Blessings in a Backpack because of their contribution to youth right here in our community,” says staff member Beth Rittenhouse.

1st Source awards grant to Pathfinder for income tax assistance program

1st Source Bank has awarded a $5,000 grant to Pathfinder Services for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Lyle Juillerat, 1st Source Huntington Banking Center manager, presented the contribution to Pathfinder CEO John Niederman and Justin Barker, director of the Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center.

The funds will allow Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center to provide free tax preparation services to individuals who meet certain income qualifications. Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers and e-filed for quick refunds.

O’Donnell to discuss global warming

The Biblical Alliance for Truth will present a discussion of global warming on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at The Heritage of Huntington, 1180W-500N.

im O’Donnell, Huntington University professor emeritus, will address the question “Is man-made global warming fact or fiction and what is the implication for you?”

O’Donnell will discuss the use of oil, natural gas and coal as energy sources and the potential costs of green energy, and if the costs of green energy are great enough to cause financial collapse and the deaths of millions from famine and disease.

Making a move

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Ren Grove (left) moves his chess piece forward in his match against Alexandria Koch during the chess tournament held Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Huntington branch. Nineteen area youths participated in the event, which was open to kids in grades three to 12. Ashton Pinkerton won the tournament, and Tristan Riggers took second place. The Chess Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Huntington library.

Trivia Night at PAL to raise funds for H. Catholic

The Huntington Catholic Booster Club and Zay Leasing & Rentals, Inc. will hold its annual Trivia Night on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Huntington PAL Club, 2101 Riverside Drive, Huntington. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first question will be read at 7 p.m. sharp.

The “Wild West” themed night will benefit two scholarships, the Lucas Grube Scholarship and Rob Mayo Scholarship, as well as two organizations, Junior Achievement and the Huntington Catholic Booster Club.

The new venue for the trivia night will include new questions and new challenges.

HCCOA to host fish fry at Knight Bergman Center

The Huntington County Council on Aging’s annual all-you-can-eat fish and chicken supper will be held Friday, Feb. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knight Bergman Center, in Warren.

The menu, prepared by Dan’s Fish Fry Services, includes green beans and ham, bread, apple sauce, ice cream and beverages. Carry-out orders will be available.

The Knight Bergman Center is located at 132 S. Nancy St., Warren.

Call HAT before noon on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 356-3006 to schedule transportation.

Crossroad earns accreditation by state group

Crossroad Child & Family Services has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demon-
strating continuous compliance with performance standards.

The accreditation was awarded following a multi-day survey at Crossroad’s Fort Wayne and Huntington locations. The review measured compliance with behavioral health care standards in care, treatment and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm.

Andrews Elementary names honor roll students

Andrews Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Preparing to spy

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Paul Hirschy, 11, of Fort Wayne, packs colored rice and winter-themed objects into a bottle as he makes an “I Spy” bottle on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Paul is the son of Daniel Hirschy and Paula Wilhelm.

Salamonie names perfect attendance students for quarter

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

They are:

Landon Burns, Donovan Cain, Brayden Cantrell, Asher Chipchosky, Sabil Davenriner, Addison Douglas, Xzavier Driscoll, Xzyia Driscoll, Izaya Dunno, Dane Eltzroth, Raylyn Eltzroth, Lucy Fairchild, Kaidyn Flohr, Nickolas Flores, Kaitlynn Gardner, Izabella Gareri, Bryce Gilbert, Javin Gray, Ava Green and Landon Green.

Enjoying their creations

Photo by Steve Clark.

Laura (left) and Lucy Clampitt play with their completed Lego creations during a session of the Under Construction Lego Club at the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Monday, Jan. 16.

Annual dinner performer

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Comedian Rik Roberts has the attention of the audience during his performance Monday night, Jan. 16, at the 93rd annual Huntington County Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Huntington PAL Club.

Lemon takes over as Hgtn. chamber chairman

Outgoing Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Kay Schwob (left) presents Steve Godfroy, of Perfection Wheel, with the chamber's Ambassador of the Year award for 2016 at the chamber's 93rd annual dinner on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Huntington PAL.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ryan Lemon garnered polite applause when he was announced as the 2017 chairman of the board for the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, but it wasn’t until he was well into a rendition of “Proud to be a Manly Man” that the ladies went wild — admittedly at the direction of Lemon’s duet partner.

That performance came at the end of the chamber’s 93rd annual dinner, held Monday evening, Jan. 16, at the Huntington PAL Club. Lemon takes over the chamber board’s top spot from Kay Schwob, who praised her fellow chamber members for their accomplishments in 2016.

5 from BGC to attend inauguration

Five representatives of the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will attend the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC, on Friday, Jan. 20, thanks to tickets supplied by U.S. Rep. Jim Banks.

Those attending will be Ashley Allen, director of operations; Desiree Frederick, program director; Tosha Davis, the club’s 2016 Youth of the Year and a current freshman at the University of Southern Indiana; and club members Kristina Parker and Gabbriella Minick, both students at Huntington North High School.

Trusty Falcons

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These Flint Springs Elementary School students were recently recognized for their outstanding work in showing trustworthiness.

Local ABWA chapter offers four scholarships through Bufton fund

The Forks of the Wabash Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is offering four scholarships worth $2,000, funded through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund to deserving area female students.

Each year, local chapters of ABWA provide Stephen Bufton Memorial Scholarships to female students who will be attending accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community or vocational schools.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States; residents of Huntington County; attending college in August 2017; and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.