Pomp & Plenty

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The Huntington North Varsity Singers held its 33rd annual Pomp & Plenty fund-raiser this weekend, with a Disney theme. The group performs "Be Our Guest" on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the HNHS Auditorium. The final show is this afternoon, sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.

"A Whole New World"

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Emily Spencer (left) and Isaac Albertson sing "A Whole New World" during a performance of the Huntington North Varsity Singers' 33rd annual Pomp & Plenty fund-raiser on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Reber honor

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Mandy Reber (left), executive director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, receives a Community Partner Award on behalf of the club and congratulations from Carrie Sellers during the Pathfinder Services annual dinner Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Huntington PAL Club.

Community Partner Award

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Michael Overholser (left), of Pathfinder Outsource Manufacturing, listens as Brandon Keaffaber of Shuttleworth, Inc. accepts a Community Partner Award from Pathfinder Services during the organization’s annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Making rosaries

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Gaven Bearmann (left), a kindergartner at Huntington Catholic School, watches as Jan Scher shows him how to put the finishing touches on the rosary he made on Monday, Nov. 13. Scher and other members of the Our Lady of Fatima Blue Army spent the day at the school, helping students in all grades make rosaries. The activity took place during the 100th anniversary year of the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal, in which she urged the children to promote praying the rosary for peace.

City life a century ago

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This photo taken in 1911 shows the Odd Fellows building on Franklin Street, in Huntington, just east of a saloon-restaurant and a grocery store. The Huntington County Courthouse is barely visible across the street to the right. An old cannon and a working water pump can be seen on the courthouse grounds. This photograph and other local artifacts can be seen at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington. Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pathfinder celebrates self-reliance, inclusion at annual dinner

Pathfinder Services activities specialist Sarah Schwab (center) holds the 2017 Timothy Hancher Direct Support Service Award, presented at Pathfinder’s annual dinner Thursday, Nov. 9, by Barbara (left) and Bill Hancher. Schwab has worked at the organization since 2009. The award, presented each year to an exceptional employee, includes a check for $250.
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A celebration of self-reliance and inclusion brought supporters of Pathfinder Services together for the organization’s annual dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Huntington PAL Club.

The theme of the evening, “Helping Dreams Come True for People Along Their Path to Self-reliance and Inclusion,” focused on the recognition of talents and celebration of dreams come true for individuals served in the four main service areas offered by Pathfinder Services: education and training, employment services, aff- ordable housing and community integration.

Donation for Blessings

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Members of Flint Springs Elementary School’s fifth-grade class present a donation to Blessings in a Backpack from money raised during a recent “Save the Pumpkins” dodgeball game. Students paid $1 each to play the game, as well as purchase T-shirts designed by fifth-grader Sophie Lunsford (third from left). Pictured are (from left) Flint Springs Physical Education Teacher Jo Ellen Earhart, Aubrey Wiegmann, Lunsford, Emily Johnson of Blessings in a Backpack, Marissa LeMar and Madalynn Wellman.

Roanoke Elementary artists

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Students from Roanoke Elementary School created works of art for the Renaissance in Roanoke art festival on Oct. 14. Students who produced works that received awards were recently recognized at the school.

Roanoke woman participates in Lugar public service series

Tinisha Weigelt, of Roanoke, is one of 20 women from across Indiana participating in the 28th Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

The goal of the series is to “increase the number and influence of Republican women in elected and appointed governmental positions at the local, state and federal levels.” To date, 489 Hoosier women have graduated from the series.

Birdhouse decorator

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Four-year-old Cora Mattern, of Lagro, paints a mini-birdhouse while her grandmother, Laura Whiteleather, of Andrews, looks on at a decorative mini-birdhouses session at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday morning, Nov. 11.

Mass at St. Felix Catholic Center hails beatification Mass for Casey

Rev. Solanus Casey is shown in front of the St. Felix Friary, in Huntington, his home for 10 years.

Rev. Tony Steinacker, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, will celebrate Mass on Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Felix Catholic Center, in Huntington.

The Mass begins at 1 p.m. and will be preceded by recitation of the rosary at 12:30 p.m.

The Mass is being held on the same day as a beatification Mass for Rev. Solanus Casey in Detroit, MI, which will be concelebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, head of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese.

Gospel rules at open mic

The First Free Will Baptist Church, in Huntington, will hold an open mic night on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Food will be served starting at 5 p.m. and the singing will start at 6 p.m. Anyone who sings gospel music is welcome to join in.

The church is at 1805 Salamonie Ave.

Projects inspired by history

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Roanoke Elementary School fifth-graders read historical fiction books in October and later made projects about their books. Alivia Hernandez (left) created a project inspired by the book “Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary” while Miles Leach crafted a project inspired by the book “I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937.”

Salamonie Interpretive Center to host gift-making session for kids on Dec. 9

Kids can make holiday gifts during Second Saturday at Salamonie Lake on Dec. 9.

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center. Children can use materials from nature to make gifts. Parents and guardians of children ages 6 to 12 are not required to remain with their kids.

Advance registration is required by calling 468-2127.

Second Saturday is a monthly educational series of programs at Salamonie Lake.

A fee per participant is payable day of the event. Standard gate fees apply.

Teacher grants

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Ten teachers at Riverview Middle School were awarded grants from CF Industries. Celebrating the grants are (front, from left) teachers Meghan McElhaney, Marta Waldfogel, Lisa Nightingale and Mike Beaver, with Brad Gordon, of CF Industries; (middle row, from left) teachers Diane Miller, Brandi Cross and Anne Helmich; and (back, from left) teachers Sam Ryan, Les Hoffman and Blake Childs. The grants totaled $1,294.

LaMont Award

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Marie Gerrard (right) is the recipient of the 2017 Herbert D. LaMont Award, presented by Diane Adams, daughter of LaMont’s wife, the late Kay LaMont. Gerrard was recognized during the Pathfinder Services annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Huntington PAL Club. Gerrard, a former employee of Pathfinder Services, was tapped for the award for her support of the organization over many years and her work with people having developmental disabilities.

Gethsemane food pantry to distribute on Nov. 16

The Gethsemane Ministries food pantry will be open on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gethsemane Ministries is at 2239 Hartman St.

All for Love

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Members of the Huntington City Fire Department work to prepare bags of food in the foyer of the Owen’s North store on Thursday, Nov. 9, in support of the Share the Feast/Stuff a Truck event. The bags, which are purchased by shoppers and then donated, will go to Love in the Name of Christ to be distributed to Huntington County residents. The goal of the four-day event was to fill the back of a Kroger semi truck with the donated items.

Renovation, expansion project set for PHH

Parkview Huntington Hospital is preparing for a renovation and expansion project that will enhance the hospital’s Rehabilitation and Wellness Department and add new services, including state-of-the-art treatment for non-healing wounds.

Construction will begin later this month, hospital officials say, and is anticipated to be complete early in 2019.

The $8.5 million expansion represents the second major construction project since the facility opened in 2000. In 2002, 12 patient rooms were added to the Medical Surgical area.

Zionsville High School sweeps up at recent HU math competition

Huntington University hosted teams from eight high schools, including Huntington North High School, for its 18th annual Huntington University High School Mathematics Competition on Oct. 25.

The schools competed for individual and team awards. The first place team award went to Zionsville High School, with St. Joseph High School, in South Bend, placing second and Marion High School earning third place.

The top three individual awards all went to students from Zionsville High School, with Charlie Chiang placing first, Jeremy Chiang second and Grant Thompson third.

Truthful students

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Several Flint Springs Elementary School students received Fabulous Falcon honors for the month of October for using the lifelong guideline of truthfulness.

Designer Purse ‘Blingo’ Nov. 14 at Quayle Center

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center will hold its annual Designer Purse “Blingo” Night on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Catholic School’s auditorium at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington. The doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets will purchase 20 games. Each Blingo game’s winner will receive a designer purse. Light snack foods will be available for purchase.

Tickets are available at the Quayle Center, from DQCF board members or at the door at the event, as seating allows. Attendees must be 18 to participate.

Heister becomes general manager at Huntington’s Rodeway Inn site

James Heister is the new general manager of the Rodeway Inn, in Huntington.
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James Heister was named general manager of the Rodeway Inn, in Huntington, in July.

The former Quality Inn was purchased in March by Huntington Hotel Real Estate LLC, based in Wayne, MI. It remains a member of the Choice Hotels group.

The new owners have completely remodeled the hotel, a project that included a new roof and paint as well as new beds, sheets, pillows, carpeting, flooring and televisions. The hotel also has new landscaping and new blacktop and striping in the parking lot.
The hotel’s pool and Jacuzzi will soon be renovated, Heister says.

Andrews food pantry open Thursday

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold a food distribution on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at 67 N. Snowden, Andrews.

The distribution is for Andrews and Dallas Township residents, and no appointment is necessary. Food is available on a first come, first served basis.

Grant funds diaper ministry’s new location

Volunteers with the Bare Necessities diaper ministry show off their new location in a lower level room at the St. Peter Lutheran Church educational building. Volunteers are (from left) Pam Wertenberger, Allen Couch, Marjorie Richardson, Janet Bennett and Barba Eickhoff.
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Bare Necessities, the diaper ministry of Love In the Name of Christ, has a new location in the educational building at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

The ministry, which has been located in the church’s educational building since 2015, has moved to a lower level room in the same building. The new location has an entrance on John Street and provides better access for families to pick up the diapers, says Barba Eickhoff, one of two coordinators of the project.

Online voters bestow top tenderloin title on Huntington’s Nick’s Kitchen

Nick’s Kitchen, in Huntington, has the best tenderloin in Indiana, according to voters in an online contest sponsored by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development.

Nominees for the Best of Indiana Fall Awards were recommended by members of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The public could vote for up to five nominees in each of three categories.

Voters picked the tenderloin at Dooley O’Toole’s in Hamilton County, for second place and the tenderloin at The Willard, in Franklin, for third place.

Questa adjusts dates for applications dates

Questa Education Foundation has announced that the Questa Scholars Program application for the 2018-19 academic year is available earlier than in previous years.

It will be available Dec. 1 through March 1, 2018 for early applications. In addition, there will be second-wave opportunity from March 15 through May 1.

For high school graduates who are able to complete their FAFSA and college applications earlier this year, Questa has adjusted so that scholars with a gap in funding who are accepted into the program will now receive a financial commitment earlier as well.

HNHS cheerleader to compete in National American Miss Pageant

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Bailey Godfrey

Huntington North High School varsity cheerleader Bailey Godfrey, daughter of Cynthia and Brett Godfrey, will compete in the National American Miss Pageant during Thanksgiving week in Anaheim, CA.

Godfrey earned a spot as a national finalist by winning the photogenic competition and placing third in the state of Indiana.

Her activities and awards include varsity cheerleading, playing flute, earning several gold medals from solo and ensemble competition and posing as a photography model.

Hgtn., Markle libraries to show classic holiday movies

Both the Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will host a series of classic holiday movies, with free hot chocolate and snacks.  At the Huntington library, the movies will be shown on Mondays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

At the Markle library, movies will be shown on Wednesdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. 

For more information, contact the Huntington library at 356-0824 or the Markle branch at 758-3332.