Local Psi Iota Xi sorority awards scholarships to 9 students

Pictured are (top row from left) Emma Helmich, Kaitlin Jones, Emily Klepper and Megan Leedy and (bottom row from left) Savannah Moyer. Alexandra Short, Mary Winans and Reagan Wohlford. Not pictured is Mikayla Skinner.
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Nine students have been awarded scholarships for 2017-18 by Psi Iota Xi sorority.

The scholarships, which are funded in part with proceeds from the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, went to Alexandra Short, Savannah Moyer, Mary Winans, Mikayla Skinner, Emily Klepper, Kaitlin Jones, Megan Leedy, Emma Helmich and Reagan Wohlford.

Short received the Forks of the Wabash Scholarship. The daughter of Michelle and Alan Short, she is studying anthropology with a French minor at Indiana University. She hopes to eventually work in a museum.

United Way campaign gets off to rousing start

The United Way’s 2017 campaign goal is spelled out in numbers held by supporters who attended the organization’s kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Pictured (from left) are Susan Rentschler, Huntington County Community Schools; Jessi Brown, Huntington City-Township Public Library; Ron Orman, Parkview Huntington Hospital; Rachel Achenbach, Huntington County Community Schools; Tim Bischoff, City of Huntington; Lindsi Walker, First Federal Savings Bank; and Sharon Metzger, Place of Grace.
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The 2017 United Way campaign got off to a rousing start Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a luncheon attended by a crowd of supporters hoping to help the agency meet its targeted goal of $578,000 in donations.

The money will help the United Way of Huntington County fulfill its mission to improve health, education and financial stability for everyone in Huntington County.

President and CEO Kyle Metzger said the theme of “We are United — You are the Way” embodies what the campaign is all about.

Saying thanks

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Samantha Endsley (left), a direct support professional with Pathfinder Services, receives a gift from Amy Thornsberry as part of Pathfinder’s recognition of its more than 270 direct support professionals during National Direct Support Professionals Week, which was observed Sept. 10 through Sept. 16. Direct support professionals provide services to community residents who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Helicopter rides set for Veterans Day activities

Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Tim Eckert (far right) goes over plans with members of the 2017 Veterans Day Committee during a meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 19. Members of the committee include (clockwise from left) Mary Abbott, Veterans Service Office; Mike Smith, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689; Rodney Funk, Huntington County Veterans Council; Larry Banister, American Legion Post 85; Eckert; and Pete Smith, American Legion Post 160. A Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 will be followed by ceremonies at Memorial Park.
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Plans underway for a Veterans Day parade and ceremony in Huntington will include rides in a Huey helicopter.

All events will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The parade will leave Huntington North High School at 10 a.m. and travel south on Jefferson Street and west on West Park Drive to Memorial Park.

The parade will end at the park’s veterans’ memorial, where the new Vietnam veterans’ memorial will be dedicated. Bricks bearing the names of those killed in action in Vietnam and Korea will also be dedicated.

Arizona campus pushes HU to largest enrollment

Huntington University is reporting its largest-ever enrollment, thanks to the addition of a campus in Peoria, AZ.

HU has 1,321 students enrolled for the fall semester of 2017, a figure that includes 1,234 students in various programs based in Huntington and 87 students in its Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, AZ.

The total enrollment for this fall is up 21 students from 2016 and is the largest enrollment in the university’s 120-year history, HU officials say. It includes 266 new enrollments, a 9 percent increase from the previous year.

Pathfinder accepts disaster cleanup kit donations

Members of Pathfinder Community Integration are working with the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington to collect items for cleanup kits that will be sent to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program in Louisville, KY. Displaying one of the buckets are (front, from left) Dave Sunderman, Jameson Peters, Ronny Stolte, Dave Maddux, Logan Mealer and Brandon Borntreger and (back) Rebecca Dubuc, Pos’Abilities team leader for Pathfinder Community Supports.
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Individuals served by Pathfinder Community Supports are accepting donations from the community of items that will be used to assemble hurricane cleanup kits to be distributed by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program in Louisville, KY.

Donations will be accepted today, Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 50 E. Tipton St., Huntington. The congregation of the church will collect donations on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the same location.

Amateur radio club meets today at Cafe of Hope

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will meet today, Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The public is welcome. Anyone who is interested in becoming an amateur radio operator or just wants to know more about the hobby is invited to attend.

Potato bar fund-raiser to help Lange serve on missionary team

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Cassy Lange

St. Peter Lutheran Church, in Huntington, will host a baked potato bar on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church.

Proceeds from the meal will go to Cassy Lange, who will be serving with the LCMS Mercy medical team in Antsirabe, Madagascar, in July 2018.
The team will be treating thousands of patients at local Lutheran churches.

For many Malagasy people, these clinics held by LCMS volunteers are their only form of health care.

HU receives 16th in mag ‘best college’ ranking

U.S. News & World Report has included Huntington University in its ranking of best colleges in the Midwest.

HU was ranked 16th on the list of Best Regional College in the Midwest and 31st in the list of Best Value Regional College in the Midwest.

The rankings are included in the U.S. News & World Report guide, Best Colleges 2018.

Huntington University ahs been ranked on the best Regional College list for 19 consecutive years and has consistently appeared in the top 20 among its peers, HU officials say.

Senior luncheon Sept. 26 to feature remarks by Huntington’s mayor

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will be the guest speaker following the Senior potluck meal on Sept. 26 at noon at New Hope Church, 2001 Engle St., Huntington.

The community is invited to attend. Those attending should bring a dish to share.

The Senior potluck meal is hosted by New Hope Church on the fourth Tuesday of each month at noon.

For information, call 356-0870.

Helping out a neighbor

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Alivia Eppler (left), of Huntington, and Miah Gruss, of Yoder, work on landscaping at the home of Luke Herrick on Henry Street Wednesday, Sept. 20. Several volunteers from Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center pitched in to do the yard work in celebration of NeighborWorks Week.

Huntington County Veterans Service Office to host second Veterans’ Expo Nov. 7

The Huntington County Veterans Service Office will hold its second Veterans’ Expo, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Huntington National Guard Armory.

The expo is for veterans, servicemen and women and their families. The event is free.

Vendors will be set up to help meet specific needs and go over different resources that are available, including:

• Finding military documents.

• VA health care enrollment.

• Health care benefits.

• Caregiver program.

• Burial benefits.

• Counseling services.

Faith Chapel invites the community to breakfast

Faith Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting a free community breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the church’s fellowship hall.

The menu will include pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy.

The church is at 2978W-1100N, Huntington, near the intersection of 300W and 1100N in Goblesville.

For more information about the church, visit or call 344-1466.

Books and bags

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Salamonie School second-graders Macy Rittenhouse (left) and Adaira Stockman receive a free book bag from Joan Drayer (right), a Huntington County Literacy Coalition board member, Thursday, Sept. 21, during Drayer’s visit to Kathy Salzmann’s class. The Literacy Coalition gives a book and a bag, made by members of Evangelical United Methodist Church, to each second grade student in the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

Special guest

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Gib Young, embodying President Theodore Roosevelt, uses the president’s word to stress the importance of leadership as he speaks to volunteer tutors with the Huntington County Literacy Coalition during an appreciation dinner held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Huntington County Courthouse. The organization is seeking more volunteers to tutor children and adults in reading, math, English as a second language and individual learning needs. A new tutor orientation will be held Oct. 17 and Oct. 24.  For information, call Dawn Schmidt, the coalition’s director, at 356-0824.

New outlet store has odd name, but shelves full of name brands

Kari Dill Lahr (left)  and Kathy Dill opened What’s the Big Dill Outlet on Sept. 1.
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The name of the new discount store on Harrison Street — What’s the Big Dill Outlet — may leave you scratching your head.

But when you meet the proprietors, the mother-daughter duo of Kathy Dill and Kari Dill Lahr, you’ll get it.

It actually took them a while to come up with the name, finally taking inspiration from a shirt bearing an image of a pickle and the words, “What’s the big dill?”

“We are going to get pickles eventually,” Dill jokes.

Scarecrow Fest seeks participants

Organizers of the Scarecrow Festival, which will be held Oct. 27 in downtown Warren, are seeking participants for its chili cook-off and the scarecrow contest.

Businesses and organizations are also needed to provide family-friendly booths, organize free games or activities or have treats ready for the trick-or-treaters.

Entries for the scarecrow and chili contests are due by Oct. 25. Entry forms are available at Warren businesses and at the Warren Town Hall.

For booth locations and guidelines for the chili cook-off and scarecrow contest, call 375-3010.

Library sets coloring time

Roanoke Public Library will hold an adult coloring and craft time on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the library.

Supplies will be available for coloring only, but participants may bring their own craft or coloring supplies to use or to share.

The library is at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke.

Habitat for Humanity CEO shares vision for Huntington County

Justin Berger, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne, says that the merger of the Huntington and Wells county Habitat affiliates with the Fort Wayne group offers a more efficient way to serve more families in both of the smaller communities.
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Justin Berger, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne, sees great things ahead for the Habitat affiliate in Huntington County.

Affiliates in both Huntington County and Wells County merged with the Fort Wayne affiliate in April, an action Berger says will remove the burden of back office operations from the smaller affiliates and allow them to concentrate on fund-raising and service.

The impetus for the merger, he says, was a discussion focusing on the question, “How do we serve more families in the region, not just in our own?”

All about her

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Roanoke Elementary School student Aubrey Tyler stands next to her “All About Me” project. Each second-grader was outlined on a piece of paper and the students cut their outlines out and filled them with all sorts of pictures and items so that other students could learn more about them.

HU prof to speak at Senior luncheon Oct. 2

A Huntington University history professor will talk about reservoir building in the Upper Wabash area and its effect on local communities at the Salamonie Senior Luncheon, Oct. 2.

The luncheon starts at noon at Salamonie Interpretive Center at Salamonie Lake.
Jeff Webb will highlight information from his paper, “The Lost Towns of Salamonie: Seasonal Flooding, Flood Control, and the Modern Transformation of the Upper Wabash Drainage Area.”

Hgtn. BZA to hear request for church sign

The Huntington City Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. to consider a request by College Park Church that it be allowed to place a dynamic sign on its property at 1945 College Ave., Huntington.

Installation of the sign — which can be programmed to display electronic messages — would require a variance from development standards.

The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington. It is open to the public.

LACE accepting grant apps from groups seeking to reduce alcohol, drug impact

Local Anti-Drug Coalition Efforts (LACE) is accepting grant applications from organizations seeking funding to reduce the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Huntington County.

LACE will distribute funds in the categories of criminal justice services, intervention and prevention.

The applications are due on Oct. 16. Grant applications and other information may be obtained by contacting Amy Hathaway, LACE coordinator, at

Midwife Boone now providing care at Parkview Huntington

Certified nurse midwife Shelly Boone (right) talks with Kim Knafel, site supervisor for Parkview Physicians Group-OB/GYN, between patient appointments. Boone began providing care for Huntington County women at the office on the Parkview Huntington Hospital campus in August.
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Midwife Shelly Boone is now providing care at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Boone worked as a family nurse practitioner at a Wabash clinic for 12 years before earning her midwifery certification. She is a member of Parkview Physicians Group-OB/GYN and began serving women in Huntington County in August. She delivers babies at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Huntington Chalk Walk Sept. 30 near courthouse

Food and fun for artists and non-artists alike will be a part of the Huntington Chalk Walk on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The parking lot across Franklin Street from the Huntington County Courthouse will be the site of a cake walk, music, children’s activities and food. That block of Franklin Street will be closed.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., kids can play hopscotch, walk through chalk mazes and try their hand at a bean bag toss. Nick’s Kitchen will be there with food, the Boy Scouts will be selling popcorn and the Huntington Rocks group will be leading rock painting sessions.

Inaugural HARTAWeen Zombie Dash 5K set for Oct. 14 at Yeoman

The inaugural HARTA-Ween Zombie Dash 5K is set for Saturday, Oct. 14, at Yeoman Park, in Huntington.

The race, held on the newly-opened Erie Trail, is open to all ages, and a one-mile loop is available for non-competitive participants. Proceeds and contributions from the event will go toward supporting the development and maintenance of trails in Huntington County.

Participants will wear “life” flags on their belts and “zombies” will be on the trail to try to steal them. The goal is to complete the 5K or 1-mile loop with as many flags left as possible.

Early Learning Alliance to host first series program

The Early Learning Alliance, an organization housed from the United Way of Huntington County, is hosting its first program of a series, “Early Childhood Networking Events.”

The event is being held at The Huntington County Community Learning Center from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28.

These events are aimed to bring together child care providers, preschool and kindergarten/first grade educators to discuss the importance of collaboration and coordination across Huntington County.

State senate GOP offers paid spring internships

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships during the 2018 legislative session to college students, recent graduates, graduate students and law school students, State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has announced.

Internships with the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus relate to various fields of study including legislative, legal, policy, communications, multimedia and information technology. Interns receive a bi-weekly stipend, scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking.

Flavors of Fall in Warren spotlights wines and beer

Sponsors of the Flavors of Fall Wine and Craft Beer tasting on Sept. 30 in Warren are (from left) Gina Canady, of Bolinger’s Warren Service & Supply; Sandy Hacker, of Bippus State Bank; Joanie Paxson, of Citizens Telephone; Becky Souder, of East of Chicago Pizza; Karen Campbell and Lisa Campbell, of Campbell & Dye Insurance; and Nicole Johnson, of Edward Jones. Sponsors not pictured are Gebhart’s Floral Barn, Heritage Pointe, iAB financial bank, JH Pottery Works and Kim’s Katered Affair. Photo provided.
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Wine and beer tastings, along with a silent auction, are part of the annual Flavors of Fall Wine and Craft Beer Tasting to be held Sept. 30 at Dogwood Glen Golf Course, in Warren.

The event is hosted by the Warren Chamber of Commerce, and proceeds will go back to the Warren community to help promote economic development and improve quality of life.

The evening opens at 6:30 p.m. for holders of VIP tickets and at 7:30 p.m. for those with regular admission. VIP tickets include a hand-crafted mug, special food and door prizes.

Voyage re-enactment will come to Forks Sept. 26

The Ouiatenon Canoe Voyage will make a stop at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, in Huntington, on Sept. 26.

The voyageurs and canoeists will present at 7 p.m. program at the Forks to explain the voyage and why they are taking part. The program is free and open to the public.

The voyage is being undertaken in conjunction with the 50th Feast of the Hunters Moon festival in West Lafayette.