Bluffton Elks make donation to Markle Volunteer Fire Dept.

Members of the Bluffton Elks Lodge 796 and Markle Volunteer Fire Department celebrate the donation of $1,000 to the fire department for a backup camera, a television and computer to operate a new response system. Pictured are (from left) MVFD Capt. Eric Pike, Cody Weikel, Nancy Yates, Brad Hartman, Asst. Fire Chief Jon Gray, Rowdy Yates, Jim Mettler and Ralph  Miller.
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The Bluffton Elks Lodge 796 made a donation in the amount of $1,000 to the Markle Volunteer Fire Department on June 13.

The donation was used to purchase a backup camera for the fire department’s main engine and a television and computer to operate a new response system, Iamresponding.

The backup camera was something the department needed to help with safety concerns. It will allow drivers to see what is directly behind the truck when backing up.

Donating to Cancer Services

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Michael Howell (left) makes a donation to Cancer Services for Huntington County, handing money to Earlynn Worster, vice president of the Cancer Services for Huntington County Board, on Monday, June 18, at B&K Rootbeer Stand, in Huntington. In addition to donations, Cancer Services received $1 from every order placed that day at the drive-in restaurant.

New junior librarians

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The 2018-19 junior volunteers at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library have been announced. They are (front row from left) Carrie Runyan, Kiana Kistler and Jaq Webb; and (back row from left) Lindsey Skiles, Evelyn Lee, Ella Hall and Sydney Palmer. Not pictured is Stribor Bencun. The junior volunteers help out by shelving books, die-cutting projects, assisting with the summer reading club and other programs.

Truck Jam ‘18 set for downtown Warren July 1 at Salamonie festival

Truck Jam ‘18 will be held in downtown Warren during the Salamonie Summer Festival on Sunday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a show and shine event with all two-wheel and four-wheel drive trucks welcome.

Door prizes, 50-50 drawings, music and food are also part of the event. Judging will start at noon with awards given out at 2:30 p.m.

Trophies will be awarded to the best Chevy truck, best Ford truck, best Dodge truck, best Jeep, best SUV, best GMC and best of all the rest (Hummer, Toyota, etc.) along with a best of the show award.

Woods Medallion awarded

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The Bippus Lions Club held its 70th anniversary celebration on June 12 at Mecates Mexican Restaurant, in Huntington. The club was chartered on May 10, 1948. Several awards were presented at the celebration, including the Progressive W.P. Woods Medallion, an Indiana award that was presented to Past District Governor Kathy Morton (left) and Past Council Chair Robert Morton (center) by District Governor-Elect Alan Arnold.

Town of Markle is celebrating July 4 with downtown block party

The Town of Markle will celebrate the 4th of July with a block party, held downtown starting at 4 p.m.

Morse Street will be blocked off between Clark and Miller streets for the event.

Activities include free cornhole games, kids activities and musical entertainment by The John Durnell Band and Fireball Matineé. Free fireworks will top off the celebration, beginning at dusk at Markle Park.

Activities for youngsters include face painting, airbrush tattoos, balloon art and a scavenger hunt.

Love INC to hold back-to-school shopping program on July 26-27

Love In the Name of Christ is holding its annual back-to-school shopping program on July 26 and 27. School-aged children entering grades K-12 are eligible to receive three new outfits each (pants, shirts and underwear), as well as a backpack.

Registration is open through July 5. To register, visit the Love INC office during business hours to fill out a registration form and ask any questions. At that time, shopping appointments will be scheduled.

Groundbreaking underway for Goetz Memorial Park

Groundbreaking started recently at the Drake Goetz Memorial Park in Union Township in Huntington County. The four-acre park is being built to honor Drake Goetz, who died in an accident this past November at the age of 15.
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Groundbreaking is underway at the Drake Goetz Memorial Park in Union Township in Huntington County.

The park is being built to honor Drake Goetz, who died in an accident this past November at the age of 15.

The vision for the park came from Goetz’ close friend, Carter Mertz. Plans call for the completed park to have a soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, walking paths and a pavilion.

Cricket crooners

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In preparation for summer singing camp, members of the Huntington Children’s Choir met at Mega Pets in Wabash to purchase a cricket cage for their camp mascot. “Peace On Earth and Lots of Little Crickets” is the theme of the camp. Pictured are (from left) Jay Clampitt, Lucy Clampitt, Katie Clampitt, Andrew Lopshire, Joshua Troyer, Matthias Gilliland and Claire Troyer.

Caffray earns spot on University of Dayton dean’s list

Jordyn Caffray, of Markle, earned a spot on the University of Dayton’s spring 2018 dean’s list, which honors undergraduate students achieving a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

The University of Dayton is a national, Catholic, research institution located in Dayton, OH.

Newly installed officers

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The new officers of American Legion Post 7 were installed Thursday, June 14, at the legion hall, in Huntington. They are (from left) Ed Hippensteel, chaplain; Tim Gooley, judge advocate; Barry Wehr, sergeant-at-arms; Steve Garwood, second vice president; Dan Fisher, post adjutant; Kris Henderson, service officer; Randy Richard, first vice president; Stan Klosowski, commander; and Olin Roberts, finance officer.

Melvin Jones Award presented

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The Bippus Lions Club held its 70th anniversary celebration on June 12 at Mecates Mexican Restaurant, in Huntington. Forty Lions and friends were in attendance. Several awards were presented during the evening, including the highest Lions award, the Melvin Jones Award, which went to Lion Jack Sell. Celebrating the occasion are (seated) Sell’s wife, Lion Alice Sell; and (standing from left) Sell’s son, Mike Sell; his daughter, Beth Ring; Past International President Wayne Madden; Sell; and Past International Director Dave Fiandt.

Remembering those who gave all

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Members of the Markle Boy Scout troop, their leaders and volunteers placed flags on headstones of veterans’ graves at the Markle Cemetery in observance of Memorial Day. A total of 147 flags were placed in the cemetery and six flags were placed at Markle Veterans Park. Pictured are (front row from left) Scout Leader Kent Caston, Coby Hartzler, Asher Vitatoe, Assistant Scout Leader Matt Pence and David Pence; and (back row from left) Kayla Caston and Chase Caston. Larry Jenks of the Huntington VFW 2689 Post coordinated the effort to decorate the graves.

Second Saturday to teach nature photography with cell phones

Learn to take nature photos with a smartphone at Salamonie Lake’s Second Saturday program on July 14.

The program will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants should meet at Salamonie Interpretive Center. After learning techniques, participants will head outdoors to experiment before meeting back at the center to share photos.

Advance registration is required by calling 468-2127.
The property entrance fee is waived for Second Saturday participants. 

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

Warning from ‘Mr. Bac’

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

As 4-H Youth Development Educator Rae Ann O’Neill (at top right) talks, 4-H Junior Leader Zachary Rice (at left) and “Mr. Bac” (short for Bacteria) illustrate the benefits of washing your hands to kids in the mini 4-H day camp held Thursday, June 14, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Kids also learned about first aid, fire safety, different 4-H projects they might like and other topics during the daylong camp.