Photo by Steve Clark.

Susan Miller (left), a member of the Huntington County Master Gardeners, assists Lisa Peare with a craft project on Saturday, July 22, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The Master Gardeners offered craft projects throughout the afternoon to attendees of the Huntington County 4-H Fair.

Ornamental castoffs

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sharon Laupp displays a piece of yard art she crafted using old glass pieces as she presented the first of three Ladies’ Day programs at the Huntington County 4-H Fair on Monday, July 24. The Huntington County Extension Homemakers also hosted sessions on maple syrup making and leather tooling.

Can-do spirit

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Anne Vaught, dietary manager of Miller’s Merry Manor in Huntington, stands before the display the nursing facility staff created for the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s “Can-Unity” event on Friday, July 21. Area groups and businesses made creations using canned and non-perishable food items. The building is a replica of the Miller’s Merry Manor facility and shows the 50th anniversary summer block party that will occur on the Miller’s Merry Manor campus Aug. 3.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Madylyn Keiffer (left) shows off the ensemble she designed and sewed as part of the 4-H sewing project, then modeled on stage during the 4-H Fashion Revue Monday evening, July 24, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Other participants in the event’s senior division are (background, from left) Victoria Keiffer, Reece Colclessor, Lesley Zook and Jordan Neal.

Piecemakers Quilt Club sets meet for Aug. 3 at Evangelical UM Church

The Piecemakers Quilt club will meet Thursday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Visitors are welcome.

Home buyer session to begin Aug. 2

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center is offering a two-part Home Buyer Education class on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd., Suite 301, Fort Wayne.

The eight-hour class will review what is necessary to become successful home buyers and home owners.

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center follows the NeighborWorks curriculum, “Realizing the American Dream,” used by home buyer educators across the United States.

Churches display unity in helping needy

The committee coordinating the Aug. 20 Love Unity Feast includes (front, from left) Rose Broyles, Barb Derr and Joyce Gravley; and (back, from left) Nancy Carender, Joey Spiegel, Erin Didion and Kelley Miller. Committee member Glenda Giggy is not pictured.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

More than two dozen churches will come together in an event designed to celebrate their unity in serving those in need in their community.

The Love Unity Feast, to be held Aug. 20 at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, will also raise funds to allow those churches to continue serving the community through Love In the Name of Christ.

“The most important thing to me is that it’s a chance for the churches to come together in unity,” says Joey Spiegel, executive director of Love INC. “We’re not made up on our own. We’re a partnership of local churches.”

Huntington University earns kudos from magazine

Huntington University was ranked as one of Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money 2017-2018.”

Out of 711 public and private schools in the United States that made the list, Huntington ranked 255th. HU also ranked 39th out of 118 Midwestern schools on the list and ninth out of 21 Indiana colleges.

Party at Johnny’s will benefit Harmony Home

A block party to benefit a transitional home for sober men will be held Sunday, Aug. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Johnny’s Drive-In, in Huntington.

The event to benefit Harmony Home will feature music, food and more, says organizer Rob Knorr.

Live music will be provided by Rahzenburg, and the menu will feature burgers, hot dogs, deep-fried Twinkies and more.
There will be a silent auction and bake sale to raise funds.

A dunk tank and bounce house will also be on site, clowns will be on hand and Batman is scheduled to make an appearance.

Sunday night songs

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The band All For One performs Sunday evening, July 23, on the Heartland REMC Outdoor Stage at the Huntington County Fairgrounds as the 2017 Huntington County 4-H Fair kicked into high gear for its final week. The performance followed a brief worship service by Jason Parsons and Heather Parsons.

Bicycle poker run and swap meet are part of this year’s Ride 2 Remember

The fifth annual Ride 2 Remember will be held Saturday, Aug. 5, at Elmwood Park, in Huntington.

The day-long event, which will include a bicycle ride and more, is sponsored by Hoodratz Alternative Transportation Club and friends to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s Disease.

All ages are invited to participate in a bicycle poker run starting at Elmwood Park and through Laurie, Erie and Memorial parks before returning to Elmwood. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the ride will take off at 9 a.m.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Firefighter Michael Thrift (left) aims a plume of water on to members of the Huntington North High School Marching Vikes as band Director Michael Petek watches from a perch on top of the truck next to Thrift. The band spent the week of July 17 practicing its routine, and the Huntington Fire Department arrived in the HNHS parking lot Friday afternoon, July 21, to provide a water break.

Hire earns promotion at Kids Kampus

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Elizabeth Hire

Pathfinder Kids Kampus, the child care division of Pathfinder Services, has promoted Elizabeth Hire to interim administrator/Early Head Start director.

In this role, Hire is responsible for overseeing all programs in the child care facility in Huntington.

Hire has served as the Early Head Start assistant director since May 2016 and previously worked as a teacher.

Hire also attended preschool at the early learning center as a child and volunteered for the organization as a teenager.

DNR awards training grant to Mt. Etna VFD

Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department is among fire departments from 39 counties across Indiana that have been awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

Mt. Etna received $4,535 for safety training.

The grants, announced by Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Cameron Clark, are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Dog fashion show will benefit shelter

A Dazzle Dog Fashion Show sponsored by Tipton Place will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the facility, located at 460 Forks of the Wabash Way, Huntington.

A fee is charged per dog, with proceeds going to the Huntington County Humane Society.

First, second and third place winners will be chosen.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All dogs must have their shot records on hand.

To register a dog or for more information call 356-2028.

Three HNHS graduates earn language certificates

Pictured (from left) Reagan Wohlford, Olivia Henderson and Emma Helmich.
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Reagan Wohlford, Olivia Henderson and Emma Helmich, all 2017 graduates of Huntington North High School, are the first Huntington North students to earn the new Indiana Certificate of Multilingual.

The certificate is awarded to students who have achieved a functional level of proficiency in both the English language and one or more other languages.

The students tested at an advanced or intermediate high level in all skill areas of their second language.

A hand-y work of art

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Olivia Fingerle, 11, of Roanoke, places colorful cutouts of her hands onto a black background to make a 3-D picture during Art Camp held at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Thursday, July 20. About a dozen youngsters worked on the projects, filling the black backgrounds with their imaginative decorations.

Zanesville gears up for Summer Festival Saturday

Brooklyn Holley, of Fort Wayne, competes in a hula hoop contest held during last summer’s festival car show in Zanesville. The car show will return to Zanesville as part of the Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival on Saturday, July 29.
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A car show, craft show and a full day of baseball are only a few of the activities in store at the Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival on Saturday, July 29, in Zanesville.

The festival’s car show will be held at the Zanesville United Methodist Church with music by  DJ Rich McCoy.

Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Dash plaques are given to the first 50 entries. Early registration fee is discounted. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

Entries for the car show can be mailed to PO Box 361, Zanesville, IN 46799. An entry fee is charged.

Saint Anne Community officially opens

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Staff and officials cut the ribbon on the new Saint Anne Victory Noll location in Huntington on Thursday, July 20. Celebrating the occasion are (front row, from left) Theresa Kitt, Mary McCormack and Anne Crawley, Saint Anne Communities; David Deffenbaugh, chief operating officer, Saint Anne Communities; Sister Mary Jo Nelson, president of the congregation at Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters; and Lucille Martinez; and (back row, from left) Elaine Wilson, Saint Anne Communities; Sister Ginger Downey; State Sen.

Adult coloring offered at Roanoke library July 27

Adult coloring and craft time will be offered at Roanoke Public Library on Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m.

Supplies will be available for coloring only, but participants are welcome to bring their own craft or coloring supplies.

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

Women’s car care clinic at Charity Baptist

A women’s car care clinic will be held Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at Charity Baptist Church.

The free clinic will instruct participants on how to check oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid and tire pressure as well as how to change a tire and the safe way to jump-start a car.

Preregistration is required. For questions or to register call 356-3573 or 388-4078.

Charity Baptist Church is located at the intersection of Broadway and Old U.S.-24 by Lake Clare and the Fitness Park.

Thornsberry joins Real Living/Ness Bros. staff as new real estate agent

Scott Thornsberry
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Real Living/Ness Bros., Real Estate & Auction Co., Inc., has announced that Scott Thornsberry has joined the office as a real estate agent.

“Real Living Real Estate has a reputation for providing quality real estate services and I’m honored to be a part of the company,” Thornsberry said. “I look forward to joining such a fine group of real estate professionals and serving Northern Indiana.”

15 organizations to set the pace for United Way in fund drive

As United Way Donor Development Coordinator Joy Koch (left) listens, United Way donor Tara McClure explains how she suddenly became a recipient of help from some of United Way’s partner organizations following a fire at her home on March 8. Her remarks were made at the annual Pacesetter Kickoff held Wednesday, July 19, at Central Christian Church.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlinl

The 2017 United Way Pacesetter Kickoff on Wednesday, July 19, revealed 15 companies and organizations that have pledged to lead the way early into the 2017 fund-raising campaign.

The kickoff luncheon was held at Central Christian Church. Adam Fusselman, the 2017 campaign chair, introduced representatives from the companies that will “set the pace” of this year’s campaign:

• Andrews Elementary School.

• Bippus State Bank.

• Ecolab.

• First Federal Savings Bank.

• Flint Springs Elementary School.

• Gerdau.

Birdhouse craft, yoga sessions set in parks

Huntington Parks and Recreation will have several programs coming in the next few months.

A craft day for grandparents and their grandchildren will be held on Aug. 2, at Elmwood Park. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the large pavilion.

Participants will have the chance to paint their own birdhouse.

There is a fee for the craft kit. Supplies are limited participants are advised to sign up in advance. Visit the Parks and Recreation office at 634 Webster St. or call 358-2323 ext. 2502 to pay and reserve a craft kit.

St. Paul’s ice cream social is July 29

An ice cream social will be held at St. Paul’s County Line Church on Saturday, July 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Homemade chocolate, vanilla and lemon ice cream will be featured, along with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, lamb burgers, Spanish dogs, pies and cakes.

The church is located at 3993N-1000W, Andrews.


HU student film wins honors at Chicago festival

Ben Crane, a Huntington University senior from Richmond, wrote, directed and edited “Redshift,” a student film that won “Best of Fest” at Chicago’s Windy City International Film Festival.
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“Redshift,” a film produced by Huntington University students, took home “Best of Fest” and “Best Actor” at the Windy City International Film Festival on June 30 in Chicago, IL.

The film was presented at the festival by writer, director and editor Benjamin Crane; producers Zachary McIntyre and Joseph Walls; and actors Chris Holder and Kelsey Jaffer. The first-year festival showcased 76 films, both short and feature length, and had over 100 filmmakers and actors in attendance.

Goodnight authors textbook, earns ‘Best New Teacher’ recognition

Nicholas Goodnight
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Huntington resident Nicholas Goodnight, an automotive technology instructor at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, has co-authored an automotive textbook and has earned top honors from an automotive teachers’ group.

Goodnight was named Best New Automotive Teacher in the Nation by the North American Council of Automotive Teachers.

The award, which was presented at the council’s conference held July 17 through 20 in Warren, MI, recognizes an outstanding automotive instructor who has been teaching for five or fewer years.

Saving the leftovers

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Love In the Name of Christ Food Pantry Director Kelley Miller (left) helps Jill Morrow, the kitchen manager at Lincoln Elementary School, pack up unused food items at Huntington County schools to be distributed through the food pantry on Wednesday, July 19. The partnership between the schools and Love INC is aimed at keeping packaged food from going into the trash when it can be given to those who need it. The food will be located on a “free” table at the Love INC pantry.

Norwood on dean’s list at U of Findlay

Brody Norwood, of Roanoke, has been named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at the University of Findlay.

To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The University of Findlay is in northwest Ohio.

Pump Track ceremony

Photo by Steve Clark.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Huntington Parks Pump Track, located at Yeoman Park, in Huntington, was held on Tuesday, July 18. The hilly, asphalt track serves as a bicycle motocross (BMX) course.