Hauenstein Road construction to start May 26

Portions of Hauenstein Road will be closed or restricted, beginning on Tuesday, May 26, and continuing through at least mid-July, as extensive repairs are done on the road.

Access to businesses along the road will be maintained throughout the project, a city official says, except during brief times when heavy equipment is being moved.

Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services for the City of Huntington, says the project is scheduled to start on Tuesday, May 26, and is expected to continue for at least 45 days, weather permitting.

Veterans donate big to town’s vets’ monument

Celebrating a $10,000 gift from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 for the construction of a Purple Heart Memorial are (front, from left) Jean Fleck, whose husband was a Purple Heart recipient and whose son was killed in Vietnam; Jerry Walling, who earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam; Gloria Holzinger, a member of Purple Heart Monument committee; Leslie Ackermann, VFW Post 2689 commander and a member of the monument committee; Chuck Kuschel, who earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam; and Bruce Stanton, Huntington County veterans service officer and a member of the monument committee: and (back, from left) monument committee members Danielle Clements, Larry Jenks, Chief Deputy Chris Newton, Sheriff Terry Stoffel, Brian Love, Perry Collins and Steve Kimmel.
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A group of local veterans has made a major gift toward the construction of a monument recognizing Huntington County veterans who died or were wounded in combat.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, in Huntington, will provide $10,000 in funding for the monument, which is expected to cost a total of about $31,000. VFW representatives presented the $10,000 check to the monument committee during a ceremony on Thursday, May 14.

New warehouse

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Huntington Aluminum President Roger Kilty (front row center) does the honors at a ribbon cutting commemorating the opening of a new warehouse on his company’s campus that replaces a warehouse lost to a fire in 2014 and adds manufacturing space.

38 from county among 283 HU graduates

Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton (left) congratulates Andrew Wickersham, of Huntington, as she awards him his diploma during commencement exercises Saturday, May 16. Wickersham received a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, graduating summa cum laude. He is the son of Mark and Anita Wickersham.
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Thirty-eight Huntington County residents were among the 283 graduates who were awarded degrees during Huntington University’s 117th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16.

The local graduates are:

• Emily Joy Hittler, of Huntington, receiving a Master of Arts in counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree from Huntington University.

• Hilary Moore, of Huntington, recognized for the Master of Arts in counseling she will complete in July. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Hougendobler hails 30 years with Parkview

Duane Hougendobler
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Parkview Huntington Hospital honored Duane Hougendobler, MD, on Friday, May 8, for his 30 years of service with Parkview Health.

Hougendobler is a pediatrician practicing with Parkview Physicians Group and at Parkview Huntington Hospital

A Huntington native and graduate of Huntington North High School, he earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, in 1981. He immediately returned to his hometown to begin practicing medicine.

Local Psi Otes give donations of more than $24K

Members of Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, in Huntington, have approved an investment of more than $24,000 in the community in the form of donations to community organizations and projects, as well as scholarships for local students.

The chapter raises funds through its co-sponsorship of the annual Forks of the Wabash  Pioneer Festival and by making and selling cheeseballs during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season. This spring’s contributions were funded by proceeds from the 2014 festival and 2014 cheeseball sales.

Freise earns local Sigma Phi Gamma scholarship

Erica Freise
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Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority has selected Erica Freise as its 2015 scholarship recipient.

Freise, a 2015 graduate of Huntington North High School, will receive a $300 scholarship.

She was a member of the varsity softball and gymnastic teams at Huntington North.

Freise is the daughter of Edward and Carrie Freise, of Huntington. She plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University. She is interested in working in the criminal justice field with the eventual goal of working with the FBI.

Metro Kiwanis awards scholarships to Hannah Nissley and Savannah Moyer

Savannah Moyer (left) and Hannah Nissley (right) are pictured with Huntington Metro Kiwanis Scholarship Chairwoman Sharon Rethlake. Moyer and Nissley both received $1,500 scholarships from the organization.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club presented two local students with scholarships at its May 11 meeting.

The scholarships presented were the Chuck Wohlford Memorial and the Huntington Metro Kiwanis.

Receiving the Huntington Metro Kiwanis $1,500 scholarship for majoring in the field of human services was Hannah Nissley, daughter of Curtis and Heather Nissley, of Huntington.

Gray earns criminal justice degree

Travis Gray, of Markle, graduated May 10 from Heidelberg University, in Tiffin, OH.

Gray earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, one of 188 seniors and 62 graduate students to receive diplomas.

Among the best

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For the third time in five years, Huntington was named among the top performing micropolitans for economic development efforts in the country by Site Selection Magazine.

HNHS growers selling plants through May 29

Huntington North High School students (from left to right) Brianna Mason, Andrew Laymon and Lane Whitted care for some of the plants in the HNHS greenhouse that will be available for sale now through May 29.
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Huntington North High School growers are holding a plant sale to prepare for classes in horticulture and plant and soil science next year.

These classes have not been offered within the agriculture department for three years, says Tiffanney Drummond, director of the HNHS Vocational School.

To prepare for these new classes, the agriculture department has been working to ramp up plant production and it is offering these plants to the public during a spring plant sale.

Huntington Universitya ‘hidden gem’ for DMA grads

Dr. Lance Clark (right), chair of the Huntington University digital media arts department, is surrounded by the department’s 2015 graduates as he flies an unmanned aerial vehicle — a drone — to film other graduates lining up for the processional prior to the university’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16. The HU digital media arts department is a “hidden gem” for employers looking for graduates who have skills in animation, interactive technology, video graphics and special effects, a recent study declared.
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Huntington University was named the No. 9 “Hidden Gem” college in the United States for employers seeking graduates with skills in animation, interactive technology, video graphics and special effects.

There were 11 winners of College Recruiter’s 2015 Hidden Gem Index.

Established in 2005, HU’s digital media arts programs include majors in animation, broadcast-fusion media and film. The Digital Media Arts Department has the largest number of majors at HU with 130 in the 2013-14 academic year, representing 13 percent of the undergraduate population.

Library offers outlets for fans of chess and comics

This summer, the Huntington Library will be hosting a variety of programs and events for teens as part of the superhero-themed Summer Reading Program.

Chess is a game for those with super-hero focus. At 6 p.m. on June 11 and July 9, teens in grades 6 to 12 can stop by to play chess, whether a beginner or pro.

Snacks will be provided, and teens are encouraged to bring friends.

Summer craft sessions are open to teens and adults

The Huntington Library will hold a series of craft nights for teens and adults throughout the summer.

The first session is on June 23, when participants will paint old bricks to look like the spines of favorite books.

Pages from comic books and old books will be used to decoupage a variety of items during the June 30 session.

The July 7 session will find participants decorating mugs with permanent markers.

All three sessions at the Huntington Library begin at 6 p.m.

Anderson and Stahly win Roanoke Chamber awards

Emily Hart (left), vice president of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, and Brandon Wyss (right), chair of the chamber’s scholarship committee, present Roanoke Chamber of Commerce scholarships to (from left) Emily Stahly and Rachel Anderson.
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The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce has awarded its 2015 scholarships to Rachel Anderson and Emily Stahly.

The scholarships were presented during a chamber meeting on Thursday, May 14, at Two-EE’s Winery, in Roanoke.

Anderson and Stahly both have spots in the Top 25 of the Class of 2015 at Huntington North High School.

Both have also been heavily involved in charity work.

Stahly plans to study psychology at Purdue University.

Anderson plans to study Spanish and medicine at Butler University.

Baccalaureate for HNHS Class of 2015 is May 31

The Huntington North High School baccalaureate service will be held on Sunday, May 31. Members of the baccalaureate planning committee are (front row, from left) Liesl Haupert, Amanda Williams, Tyler Ottinger and Ron Goetz; and (back row, from left) Julie Goetz, Amy Landrum and Gretchen Ottinger.
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Members of Huntington North High School’s Class of 2015, parents and the public are invited to attend the 22nd annual baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium.

The service is sponsored by parents and is being planned by members of this year’s graduating class and the junior/senior parents’ baccalaureate committee. Attendance at the service is voluntary.

Mike Hill will be the speaker for the evening.

Finance workshop geared toward home ownership

Pathfinder Community Connections, the community development division of Pathfinder Services, will host a three-part Financial Fitness Workshop beginning June 2 in Fort Wayne.

The focus of the workshop is on overall financial wellness, with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores to work toward home ownership.

Sharing a piece of history

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Joan Hostetler of Heritage Photo & Research Services (left) advises Huntington resident Judy Wibel on the best photos to tell her family history during a session held at the Huntington City-Township Public Library Saturday, May 16. The program, sponsored by the City of Huntington Historic Review Board, sought to scan and catalog old photographs to The Indiana Album online collection. The public can use the online images for free for personal and educational purposes.

Riding for honor

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Bikers file out of the Life Church parking lot on Saturday, May 16, for the first Ride for Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. The motorcycle enthusiasts rode to Columbia City and back. Following the ride was a cookout and entertainment.  The ride was a benefit for Honor Flight.

Preschoolers to tackle ‘Birdy Beaks’

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Birdy Beaks” on June 17 at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

The class will offer only one session this month as opposed to the program’s usual two. The one session will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Each nature-themed program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including learning letters, building a craft, social interaction and time outdoors.

A fee is charged. Advance registration is appreciated. Call 468-2127 to register.

Invite children to Father’s Day make-and-take craft session at library

Children age 4 through fifth grade are invited to participate in a Father’s Day make-and-take craft session on June 13 at the Huntington Library. Each participant will make a terrarium for their father for Father’s Day.

The program is free, courtesy of the Master Gardeners of Huntington County, but is limited to the first 25 youth who register.

To register, call the library’s Children’s Desk at 356-2900.

Beans to go with that pork

Jackie Feller (left), of Fort Wayne, gets a scoop of beans added to her plate by Roanoke Volunteer Firefighter Jeff Carsten as her husband, Ron Feller, awaits his turn Saturday, May 16, during the fire department’s annual hog roast. Proceeds from the event will help the department purchase new equipment.

Sharing special time together

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Roanoke Elementary School student Brayden Mayer and his mother, Jennifer Mayer, enjoy some story time together during the Mother’s Day Tea recently held at the school. Mothers were invited for refreshments and special activities with their children during the event.

Salamonie Reservoir - Lost Bridge W is site for youth target shoot July 24

A youth archery target shoot will be held Friday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Salamonie Reservoir-Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, in the wildlife management pond area.

The event is free and is for youth who have had no previous experience with archery. However, all ranges of experience are welcome.

A safety session will be provided for all participants before handling equipment.

No pre-registration is required. Donations are accepted. Regular gate fees apply.

Youth fishing derbies June 6 at Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes

Youth fishing derbies will be held on June 6 at Salamonie and Mississinewa lake, Ouabache State Park, for kids and their adult companions.

Sign in time begins at 8:30 a.m. Fishing derby times are 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and awards will be given out at 10:30 a.m.

Age categories are 2-5, 6-10 and 11-14. The event is catch and release only.

The child who catches the longest fish overall and the longest fish in each age category will receive a prize at each property. One prize will be awarded per child.

Up, up and away

Children in the Huntington Head Start program release balloons during graduation exercises held Friday, May 15, outside in the parking lot. The children, ages 3 to 5 years, wrote messages on notes attached to the balloons before sending them skyward. The launch also celebrated Head Start’s 50th anniversary.

Huntington North senior Frederick earns Red Cross Youth Humanitarian of Year

Huntington North High School senior Kylie Frederick (center) takes a look at the 2015 Youth Humanitarian Award of the Year, presented to her on May 7 by Katherine Mac Aualy (right), executive director of the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana and Heather Herron of WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 (left).
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No one can doubt Kylie Frederick’s love for animals. She has been a volunteer at the Huntington County Humane Shelter for 10 of her 18 years.

But it was a visit to “The Dump” that quickened her love for her fellow man.

Her thoughts, written into a powerfully poignant essay, helped garner her the 2015 Youth Humanitarian of the Year award, presented annually by the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana.

Powered by women

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A female crew turned out on May 2 and on May 9 to work on a Huntington County Habitat for Humanity house as part of National Women Build Week. The crew worked on a donated house at 1554 Walnut St., which is being rehabilitated and should be ready for a family in the spring of 2016. National Women Build Week is sponsored by Lowe’s, which donates $5,000 to Habitat affiliates that get women involved in the project.

Fowler, Nissley earn Horace Mann scholarships

Jessica Fowler (left) and Hannah Nissley.
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The Horace Mann PTO Scholarship Committee has awarded its 2015 scholarships to Jessica Fowler and Hannah Nissley.

The $500 scholarships are awarded annually to students who attended Horace Mann Elementary School for at least three years.

Fowler is the daughter of Marc and Pam Fowler, of Huntington. She plans to study business management and accounting at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

Invite businesses, groups, more to decorate chair for ‘Chairity Affair’

Businesses, organizations and government agencies are invited to decorate a chair for the “Chair-ity Affair,” to be held Aug. 29 as part of the Special Olympics Harvest Craft Show.

Any type of chair can be used. It must be decorated in a way that represents the business, organization or agency entering the chair. There is no entry fee.

To participate, an entry form must be submitted by Aug. 21. Forms are available by contacting Ardella Moriarity at, 365-5212 or 355-8047.