LaFontaine Arts Council honors 4 from Riverview

The LaFontaine Arts Council’s Artists of the Month recognized students from Riverview Middle School, nominated by their teachers for their talent in the arts. Pictured (front row from left) are Karina Clifford, visual art; Mia Liborio, choir; Porter Kennedy, communications; and Azariah Horn, band; and (back row from left) band teacher James Court; Ann Siegfried, representing the LaFontaine Arts Council; choir teacher Danielle Ellenburg; and RTV teacher Chris Husband.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Four students from Riverview Middle School — Karina Clifford, Azariah Horn, Porter Kennedy and Mia Liborio, have been named as the LaFontaine Arts Council’s Artists of the Month.

Clifford, eighth grade, of Andrews, is the daughter of Chasity Riley and Jason Oppy.

She was nominated by art teacher Brenda Betley, who cited her willingness to try difficult projects, her grit, creativity, ability to help and work with others and possessing calmness in the classroom.

Open mic at First First Freewill Baptist Church

The First Freewill Baptist Church will have an open mic singing event on Saturday, Feb. 24.  Food will be served starting at 5 p.m. followed by singing at 6 p.m. 

Everyone is welcome.

Our Sunday Visitor opens fitness center

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Our Sunday Visitor, in Huntington, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Feb. 19, for its new employee Fitness and Wellness Center. Discussions about bringing such an amenity to OSV started four years ago, with a group of employees dubbed the “Dream Team” charged with nurturing that vision and seeing it through. Renovations to the space that houses the center started last September and concluded in January.

Varsity Singers to host show choir invitational

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers will host a show choir invitational competition at the high school on Saturday, Feb. 24, beginning at 8 a.m.

The Varsity Singers and Viking Volume will perform around 5:30 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

An “ArtsExpress on the Road” exhibition will also be featured from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the high school fieldhouse.

The exhibit is free to the public.

Non-profits, educators benefit from HCCF grants

The Huntington County Community Foundation recently awarded grants to nonprofit organizations and educators. Among the awardees were (from left) Heather Closson, Science Central; Sue Wilhelm, Victory Noll Center; Christine Walker, Indiana Dream Center; Casey McCabe, Science Central; Mat Quickery and Ryan Carroll, Roanoke Beautification Foundation; and Jessica Grossman, LaFontaine Arts Council. This grant cycle’s awards totaled $103,634.
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The Huntington County Community Foundation’s latest grant cycle resulted in grants being awarded to 16 nonprofit organizations and 35 educators to support their efforts in Huntington County. This cycle’s awards totaled $103,634.

Psi Iota Xi seeking requests for donations

Psi Iota Xi Sorority is currently accepting requests for donations.

Community leaders and organizations that focus on music, literature and speech and hearing may submit their requests by mail to Judy Johnson, in care of PO Box 187, Huntington, IN 46750. The requests should include the organization’s name, address, phone number, contact person, amount requested and the proposed use of the donation.

Requests need to be submitted no later than March 7.

Roanoke American Legion Post 160 to award scholarships; seeks apps

The Roanoke American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 will award scholarships this year. Children and grandchildren of any member in good standing at American Legion Post 160 are eligible to apply.

Applications can be picked up at the Legion Post, at 1122 N. Main St., in Roanoke. All applications must be returned by April 1, 2019 to JoAnn Caulk, 8253 Roanoke Rd., Roanoke, IN 46783 or dropped off at the Legion post in Roanoke.

All transcripts and school recommendations must accompany the applications to qualify.

It’s science!

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Roanoke Elementary School held its annual Science Night at the school on Thursday, Feb. 15. Science Central activities were held in the gym, many classrooms had science activities going on, Brian Milton from Crestview Middle School brought in some animals from his classroom and the school gave away five science books per grade level that evening. Pictured is Mollie DeCamp feeding one of Milton’s animals, “Michelangelo.”

Turkey Trot pays off handsomely for Kids Kampus

Sponsors of the annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Turkey Trot present a check for $29,950 to representatives from Kids Kampus on Monday, Feb. 19. The funds will go toward scholarships that will enable children to attend Kids Kampus. Pictured are (front row from left) Kids Kampus preschoolers Emmery Maher, Camden Zahn, Wesley Pape and Ethan Lehman; and (back row from left) John Niederman, president, Pathfinder Services; Britt Sather, representing host sponsor McDonald’s of Huntington; Becky Scheiber, representing lead sponsor PNC Bank; Janelle Pflieger and Matt Pflieger, representing lead sponsor Cardinal Family Medicine; and Elizabeth Hire, interim administrator and Early Head Start director, Kids Kampus.

Turkey Trot host and lead sponsors presented $29,950 to Pathfinder Kids Kampus Interim Administrator and Early Head Start Director Elizabeth Hire on Feb. 19.  The 2017 proceeds raised set another record for the Thanksgiving Day event. A total of 1,112 individuals participated in the 5K and one-mile fun walk.

Before it was Lake Clare

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This photo, looking east from Mt. Oscar, a large mound of earth leveled several years ago, presents a panoramic view of what is now Lake Clare and Clare Park. The mound ran north and south between Broadway Street and Lake Clare. The Erie Stone Company conducted operations in this area from as early as 1904; however, this 27-acre quarry, flooded since 1934, no longer belongs to Erie Stone but to Huntington Township. It is named after C.W.H. Bangs, a local attorney and past mayor of Huntington.

Looks tasty

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Rebecca Spitler, 14, of Huntington, gets a kick out of the end product of her “edible slime,” made Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Spitler, the daughter of Leslie Spitler, used a recipe of cornstarch, flavored gelatin, marshmallows and water to make her slime. She said she wasn’t going to eat it.

Create stained glass wildflower at Salamonie IC at workshop in March

Create a stained glass, framed mosaic Indiana wildflower at Salamonie Interpretive Center in a March workshop.

The workshop begins March 6 and continues with sessions on March 8, 13 and 15. All sessions run from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants should attend all four sessions. Participants can choose from bellwort, snow trillium or fire pink flowers for their creation. Stained glass artist Katy Gray, a 20-year veteran of this medium, will lead the workshop.

Advance registration is requested by Feb. 27, by calling 468-2127.

Headed to state

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Huntington North High School band students pose with their instruments prior to their trip to the Indiana State School Music Association state contest at North Central High School in Indianapolis on Feb 24. To qualify for the competition, each student received a Gold (highest) rating on a Group 1 (highest difficulty) piece of music.

Stained glass class

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tiffany Haupert (left), of Urbana, and Ryann Harrington, of Fort Wayne, concentrate as they apply lead-based solder to connect the pieces of glass in their stained glass sun catcher projects Sunday, Feb. 18. Haupert is making a blue jay, while Harrington is working on a cardinal. The popular class, taught by stained glass artist and teacher Katy Gray, was held at the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services Center at Salamonie Lake.

Fit for a superhero

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Dylan Morgan, 10, tries on the cape he decorated at the Superhero Party held Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Andrews Town Hall. He is assisted by his mom, Heather Morgan. Lots of kids – mostly boys – decorated their own superhero cape, took pictures with Spider-Man, played games and had refreshments during the party.

Palm Sunday retreat with Fr. Solanus is March 25

An all-day Palm Sunday retreat with Father Solanus will be held Sunday, March 25, sponsored by the Father Solanus Guild, extension of Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.

The day includes Mass, light lunch and Healing Blessing with the relic of True Cross used by Father Solanus.

Reservations are needed by Feb. 23. For more information contact Jan Scher at 356-1917 or 450-3045.

GriefShare at College Park Church

Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to register for the GriefShare program held at College Park Church.

GriefShare will be held on Wednesdays, from Feb. 28 through May 23, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the church lounge.

Ready to give

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Renee Pence (left), of Huntington, waits patiently as Phlebotomist Joy Hileman of the American Red Cross prepares her arm for a blood donation on Monday, Feb. 19, at Evangelical United Methodist Church. The mobile donation unit sets up at the church about once per month.

Pathfinder Foundation taking 2018 fund requests

The Pathfinder Foundation is now accepting fund requests for 2018 from not-for-profit organizations who have received a 501©3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

March bringing plenty of events to Hgtn. library

March brings a superhero movie series, teen tech week and Paws to Read to the Huntington Branch and Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The new Avengers movie comes out this summer, and the Huntington and Markle libraries are celebrating with a movie marathon. Every Thursday at 5 p.m. in Huntington, and every Friday at 4 p.m. in Markle from March 8 through April 27, the libraries will show one of the superhero films leading up to the big release date. For a complete list of movies to be shown, check the library’s online calendar at

Spaghetti at Salamonie

Salamonie School is hosting a spaghetti dinner tonight, Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will consist of spaghetti, breadsticks, Italian salad and drinks.

A free will donation will be accepted for the meal. All proceeds will go toward Salamonie School’s fifth-grade trip to Chicago in May.

The school is located at 1063E-900S, Warren.

Local girl Hall, 14 others in JG Regional Spelling Bee on March 3

Fifteen county spelling bee champions from northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, including Huntington County spelling bee champion Ella Hall of Riverview Middle School, will compete at the 64th Annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee presented by STAR Financial Bank on Saturday, March 3, at IPFW’s Rhinehart Music Center. Spelling will begin at 10 a.m. in the Rhinehart Recital Hall.

The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will represent The Journal Gazette and STAR Financial Bank at the 91st Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, in May.   

American Red Cross holding 3 blood drives in early March

The American Red Cross is holding the following blood donation opportunities in Huntington County:

March 1 – 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Knight Bergman Center, 132 S. Nancy St., Warren.

March 4 – 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

March 14 – 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke; 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Roanoke Elementary School, 423 W. Vine St., Roanoke.

Radio group sets Feb. 26 meeting date

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Cafe of Hope, 900 E. State St., in Huntington.

The public is welcome. Those who have thought about becoming an amateur radio operator or just want know more about the hobby are encouraged to attend.

PHH ranked as a top place to work in state

Parkview Huntington Hospital is receiving recognition as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana.

The honor is in conjunction with the 13th annual Best Places to Work in Indiana program, created by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. The statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Indiana, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.

New location for Parkview YMCA’s Sock Soaker on May 12

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA has announced a new location for its annual Sock Soaker adventure race with early registration extended through March 12. The fourth annual Sock Soaker will be held on Saturday, May 12, at Lake Clare.

“The Y is excited to take advantage of this great setting for a fun event,” says YMCA CEO Ben Davis.

The Sock Soaker will also have a new format for 2018. This will be a multi-faceted race that will appeal to individuals and teams of any skill level.

Crimestoppers requests assistance on recent Huntington vehicle break-ins

Crime Stoppers requests the public’s assistance in finding those responsible for a recent rash of thefts from motor vehicles.

Since Jan. 21, 2018, there have been approximately 50 thefts from motor vehicles. Most of those have occurred in the northern part of the city during the late evening and early morning hours. The target of these thefts has been unsecured vehicles containing guns, money and other personal property.

VFW Auxiliary donates coats

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary to Post 2689 in Huntington recently donated 23 larger-sized winter coats to veterans at the Marion VA in Marion, using funds from a VFW Foundation Community Support Grant. Pictured (from left) are Marion VA representative, Erica Jones; Pam Leyman, Auxiliary 2689 president; James Kneller, 5th District president; Karen Sandlin, auxiliary secretary; Sondra Howell, auxiliary treasurer; and Charlene Chaplin, Marion VA representative.

Boys & Girls Club running club gets grant

Members of The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County’s running club, Run Parkview BGC, celebrate the news they received a $500 grant in superhero style. Pictured are (from left) Jaiden Eckert, Carson Eckert, Staff Member Bekah Case, Caden Douglas and Corbin Douglas.
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The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County’s running club, Run Parkview BGC, was chosen for the 2017 Kids Run the Nation $500 grant from The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).

Run Parkview BGC is one of 52 programs to receive funding.

The group meets for one hour every day in the summer, during which members learn how to stretch properly as well as how to breathe and pace themselves to run effectively. At the end of the 2017 summer club members then participated in the Superhero 5K in Fort Wayne.

New sprayer tech

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Tom Kilgus (left), with Jenner Ag, discusses new sprayer technology with Huntington County farmers (from second left) Mark Sale, Lance Kreider and Tom Sieberns at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY, on Thursday, Feb. 15.