Just bouncing around

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Daniel Felton (left), 6 and Silas Roy, 8, both of Huntington, get some air time in the bounce house during the Huntington Parks & Recreation Fall Festival held Saturday, Oct. 10, at Hier’s Park. Daniel is the son of Mark Felton and Silas is the son of Crystal and Daniel Roy.

Flexible students

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Students at Roanoke Elementary School were recognized for exhibiting the life skill of flexibility. They are (front, from left) Joel Kline, Mylee Scheer and Caiden Pohler; (middle row, from left) Jeron Cox, Arianna Mattingly, Samantha Walters, Kaylee Hansen, Gracie Liles and Chandler Stoffel; and (back, from left) Alivia Bradbury, Victoria Quickery, Aaron Emley, Samson Wilkinson, Jenna Wilson, Layla Sutton, Scott May and Caleb Foster.

Praised for compassion

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School students received Spirit Awards for compassion during an all-school liturgy held Friday, Oct. 2. Pictured (front row, from left to right) are Claire Fettinger, kindergarten; Christian Hudson, first grade; Isaac Scheiber, second grade; and Kylee Nevius, third grade; and (back row, from left to right) Sophie Hudson, fourth grade; Tyler Teusch, fifth grade; Aric DeLaGrange, sixth grade; Tony Clor, seventh grade; and Peyton Rosen, eighth grade.

Sheriff urges drivers to stay alert for deer

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department urges drivers to stay alert as deer become more active in fall months on Indiana’s highways.

Sheriff Terry Stoffel says nearly 50 percent of all vehicle crashes involving deer occur between October and December. Deer are generally more active in late October into early November, during deer mating season. With many farmers harvesting crops, deer could be on the move at any time, encountering roads more frequently and increasing the potential for collisions.

Sheriff’s dept. encourages use of Offender Watch

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department is encouraging residents to use its Offender Watch to avoid trick-or-treating at the homes of registered sex offenders.

Huntington County has approximately 91 registered sex offenders, Sheriff Terry Stoffel says.

“We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website,, to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” Stoffel says.

Hands on experience

Photo by Steve Clark.

Alazai Larkey (center), a third-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, works a firefighting nozzle under the watch of firefighter Macy McClellan (left) at the school on Thursday, Oct. 8. Firefighters visited the school to give a program on fire safety to third-graders.Hands on experience

Respect for Life proclamation sought

At the October meeting of the Huntington County Right to Life organization Norma Etherington reported that arrangements had been made for Mayor Brooks Fetters to sign a proclamation designating October as Respect Life Month.

The Eric Bledsoe family and the Zach Scheiber family appeared with the Mayor in the picture for the newspaper.
Also to honor Respect Life Month, an ad containing information and pictures on fetal development was placed in The TAB.

Pat Bickel reported that the contract had been signed for a pro-life ad to appear on 24,000 Owens Pharmacy bags.

‘A Night in Germany’ planned on Oct. 18

A “Night in Germany” will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Old German School.

Retired German teacher Jim Taylor will show slides of Germany from the many trips he has taken with students in a cultural exchange.

The evening will include music and stories from early life in the German Settlement. Anyone with family stories to tell is encouraged to come and share.

Serving the community

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Aaliayh Stephans, Kendall Fagan, Madison Ptak and Chase Falcone (from left), all members of the Andrews Elementary School Student Council, pose with the Lions Club mascot during a fish fry on Oct. 2 sponsored by the Andrews Lions Club and Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church. The school’s student council members were volunteer workers during the event.

Team D raises money to fight childhood cancer

Members of Team D pose after a head shaving event on Oct. 3 with the check they will donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation after six months of fund-raising to fight childhood cancer. Team members include (front, from left) Martha Sowles as Elastigirl and Richard Sowles as Spiderman; (middle row, from left) Sarah Brown, Libby Culley, Christy Weaver, Bobbie Jo Bowers, Paula DeLaGrange, Trudi Yount and Chad Bowers; and (back, from left) Tara Duke as Wonder Woman, Josh Dyke as Batman, Sandy Sell as Catwoman, Abbi Dubuc, Aaron Sell as Superman, Keith Smith and Riley Smith.
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Team D, a local group raising funds to fight childhood cancer, has raised a total of $4,839.55 through six months of fund-raisers.

The funds will be given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a California-based organization that funds childhood cancer research, in memory of Delilah Nicole Smith.

Smith died of cancer in February of 2015 at age 17.

The money was raised through online donations, a festival held at the Hoosier Drive-In, a fund-raiser garage sale, T-shirt sales and a head shave day on Oct. 3.

Appreciating Huntington’s clergy

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (seated) signs a proclamation designating October as Clergy Appreciation Month in the City of Huntington. Representing area churches are (from left) Rev. Ray Seilhamer, New Hope Church; Rev. Marti Lundy, Evangelical United Methodist Church; Rev. Richard Strick, St. Peter’s First Community Church; Holly Lutton and Diana Grogg, College Park United Brethren Church; and Rev. Bob Land, Trinity United Methodist Church.

Ride 2 Provide plans casino bus trip Nov. 21

Ride 2 Provide will sponsor a bus trip on Nov. 21 to Firekeepers Casino.

The bus will leave from the Markle United Methodist Church parking lot at Ind.-3 and Ind.-116, in Markle, at 7 a.m. and will return at 6 p.m.

The cost of the trip includes casino cash and a food voucher.

There is a limit of 50 seats for the trip.

For more information contact Carla Buzzard at 273-0748 or Lesa Asher at 438-8635.

VN holds ‘centering’ prayer retreat

Victory Noll Center will offer  a Centering Prayer Retreat Oct. 23 and 24.

The retreat includes Taize prayer, quiet reflection space and conversation.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina are practices that complement each other and draw practicers  deeper in their life in Christ. This retreat will explore these spiritual disciplines and allow time for practice both in community and individually.

Book Swap also offers jigsaw puzzles to trade

Laura Summer (left) and Alicia Bowers display some of the jigsaw puzzles that have been added to the offerings at the Community Book Swap, which is open twice a month at the Huntington Church of the Brethren, 306 E. Washington St., Huntington.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Community Book Swap initiated last fall by avid reader Alicia Bowers has grown from makeshift tables in borrowed space to permanent shelves filled with books and a room all its own.

It’s expanded beyond books, too, offering visitors the chance to trade in an already-solved jigsaw puzzle for one that’s new to them.

The puzzle swap, Bowers says, was suggested by one of the book swap’s regular customers.

Solid Rock to host fall, holiday bazaar Oct. 24

Solid Rock United Methodist Church, in Warren, will hold a Fall & Holiday Bazaar on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The bazaar features holiday gift ideas, pottery, candles and crafts.

Homemade goods including pies, candies, cookies, noodles, breads and soups will also be available.

Lunch will be served.

Solid Rock United Methodist Church is located at 485 Bennett Drive, in Warren.

On their toes

Photo by Ehren Wynder.

Members of Huntington North High School’s Varsity Singers practice their moves with choreographer Jason Johnson on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in preparation for the 31st annual Pomp and Plenty dinner show, to be held Nov. 21 and 22. Pomp and Plenty tickets are now available in the main office of HNHS or by calling 473-5184.

Mt. Etna UMC bazaar features vendors, food

Mt. Etna United Methodist Church presents its annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 25 vendors will be on hand, selling goods including paper crafts, floral arrangements, jewelry, candles, baby items, dog and cat items and Christmas items.

In addition, homemade pies, noodles, soups and baked goods will be available for purchase. Local author Doris Gaines Rapp will also be present for a book signing.

Coffee and rolls are available. Lunch will be served by the church youth to benefit youth projects.

Kids Club up and running for 2015

The Huntington Kids Club is inviting more kids to join. Pictured (front row, from left to right) are members Aden Kalhoefer and Blaine Bower; (middle row, from left to right) Chad McGroder and Korbin Kalhoefer; and (back row) Brett Evans.
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Huntington Kids Club (HKC) kicked off its 14th year in September.

Children ages 8 to 12 years old or students in second through sixth grades are invited to attend.

HKC meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays throughout the school year.

Huntington Kids Club meets at St. Peter’s First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., with access through the William Street entrance. The program is a community partnership with other churches and organizations in Huntington.

Shovels turn dirt as learning center moves closer to reality

Students, educators, investors and others gather behind the shovels for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Huntington Learning Center expansion project on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The project will cost $1.45 million and add more than 7,500 square feet to the current vocational center. Manning the shovels are (from left to right) Matt Schenkel, of Shawnee Construction & Engineering; Randy Harris, of Huntington County Community School Corporation; Kari Vilamaa, of Barton-Coe-Vilamaa Architects and Engineers; Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters; Steve Kimmel, of Huntington County Chamber of Commerce; Jerrilee Mosier, of Ivy Tech Northeast; Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall; and Karen Green, of North East Indiana Works/WorkOne.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ground was broken Wednesday, Oct. 7, on a $1.45-million, 7,552-square-foot building expansion that will turn Huntington County Community School Corporation’s vocational center into the Huntington County Community Learning Center.

The 29,306-square-foot center will include two new skills development tenants, expand current certification- based class offerings for high school students and adults, relocate to the center two off-site programs and provide additional office and classroom space.

Retiring Stanton is 2015 Veterans Parade grand marshal

Bruce Stanton (center) will be the 2015 Veterans Day Parade grand marshal. He recently retired as the Huntington County veterans service officer. Congratulating him on Wednesday, Oct. 7, are (from left) Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce; Veterans Service Office Assistant Taryn Fusselman; Stanton; Veterans Service Office Intern Edith Runion; and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County’s outgoing veterans service officer, Bruce Stanton, has been chosen as the grand marshal for the third annual Veterans Parade, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Stanton, who announced his retirement in July, will preside over the 2015 Veterans Recognition Day events he helped organize.

Stanton was surprised by the news, which had been kept a secret until the official announcement on Oct. 7.

Ex-HU faculty member gets Yale Center appt.

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Dave Rahn.

Dr. David Rahn, a former Huntington University faculty member, has been appointed to the Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing (JAFF) Advisory Board of the Theology of Joy and the Good Life project based at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.

Found to be faithful

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School students were presented with Spirit Awards for faithfulness during an all-school liturgy on Friday, Oct. 2. Pictured are (front row, from left to right) Steven Ball, kindergarten; Brooklynn Olinger, first grade; Lucy French, second grade; and Phoenix Stepler, third grade; and (back row, from left to right) Ellen Rorick, fourth grade; Xavier Wallace, fifth grade; Andrea Krumanaker, sixth grade; Chloe Shepperd, seventh grade; and Michael Learned, eighth grade.

Fair board meeting set for Tuesday eve, Oct. 20

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Association, Inc. will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The board will discuss possible rule changes.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension–Huntington County office at 358-4826 or email

Adult education to hold new student orientation Oct. 14 at St. Peter bldg.

Huntington County Adult Education, provided by IMPACT Institute, will hold new student orientations on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran School building, 605 Polk St., Huntington.

An Ivy Tech representative will be available to answer questions regarding postsecondary education in the Huntington classroom as well as a representative from WorkOne and Be Someone Now.

Time with Grandma

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Roanoke Elementary School’s Grandparent/VIP Day was held on Thursday, Oct. 1. Students had muffins and doughnuts with their grandparents, got their pictures taken together, made crafts together, played on the playground together and did tours of their classrooms. Some even made their way down to the library to share a couple of stories together. Fifth-grader Daniel Zook and fourth grade student Heidi Zook are shown making some crafts while their grandma, Patricia Adkins, enjoys some time with her grandchildren.

Leist to lead Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club

John Mason (left), outgoing president of the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club, hands the gavel to the club’s incoming president, Lisa Leist.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club recently installed its new officers.

Lisa Leist was installed as president by Past Wabash Valley Lieutenant Governor Jack Amick.

Amick also installed the other new officers, who are Dan Rumple, president-elect, and Rita Dinius, secretary/treasurer.

New board members include Terry Oden, Martin Young, Judy DeLuca, Jim Lewis, Dennis Young and Kevin Amick.

Pleasant Chapel bazaar will include soup supper

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church will host a soup supper and bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will include chili soup, vegetable soup, carrot and celery sticks, sandwiches, drinks, pies and cakes.

A freewill offering will be taken.

The church is located at the intersection of CR1100N and CR100E, Huntington.

Teens can party at Huntington library

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will host its annual Teen Halloween Party Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees are invited to come in costume to enjoy snacks, games and other activities. Teens are encouraged to bring their friends. Admission for the event is free.

The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive in Huntington. For more information, call Youth Services at 356-2900 or email

Shepherd’s Pantry open on Oct. 15

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution on Thursday, Oct. 15.

The distribution will take place at 57 N. Snowden St., in Andrews.

Food items will be available for Andrews and Dallas Township area residents between 10 a.m. and noon. No appointment is necessary. Food is given out on a first come, first served basis.

Those receiving food must bring their own box or container for their selections.

Stop smoking program begins Oct. 29 at YMCA

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will offer a stop smoking program for Huntington residents beginning Oct. 29.

The seven-week “Freedom From Smoking” program from the American Lung Association focuses on making lifestyle changes, managing stress, avoiding weight gain, developing a new self-image, preparing to quit and staying smoke-free for good.

The fee for the program is the same as a carton of cigarettes and includes a workbook and all materials that will be used during the class.

Classes begin Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. and continue weekly for seven weeks.