Hammel to dig up Hoosier sports history in May 18 program at Forks

Bob Hammel
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Bob Hammel, a Huntington native and Hoosier sports legend, will share stories of the glories of area and state sports history Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, 3011 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Hammel’s program will reflect theme of the Indiana bicentennial as he introduces the audience to some exceptional athletes who were stars before the Huntington centennial  in 1948.

May Business of the Month

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The Huntington PAL Club has been named as May’s Business of the Month by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Celebrating the occasion on Friday, April 29, are (from left) Chamber Ambassador Terry Miller; Huntington Police Officer Steve Sims; Chamber Board Member Mike Hartburg; Chamber Ambassador Brandi Haeft; Chamber Ambassador Phyllis Renz; Huntington Police Chief and PAL Vice President Chad Hacker; Chamber Ambassador Paula Whiting; and Chamber Ambassador Trace Hinesley.

Seven Riverview artists will display photographs at Allen County Library

Seven Riverview Middle School students were recognized in the 2016 Allen County Public Library Teen Photography competition.

Riverview’s winners in the Junior Division (ages 11-14) were:

• Brynn Caley, eighth grade, first place for “Path Out of Poverty” and third place for “Dorothea Lange Study.”

• Joshua McDaniel, seventh grade, honorable mention for “Abstract 1.”

• Paige Starr, eighth grade, honorable mention for “Dreary Day.”

• Olivia Utterback, eighth grade, honorable mention for “Pearls of a Queen.”

Adding more green to the space

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Huntington city officials and members of the community celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 29, by planting three trees at the Lime City Trail head. The City of Huntington has been a Tree City USA community for 21 years.

Parkview awards eight Tapestry scholarships

A total of $50,000 in Tapestry Parkview Health Sciences scholarships were awarded to eight Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne students on April 29 at the annual event Tapestry: A Day for You at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The Tapestry Parkview Health Sciences Scholarship recipients are:

• Tabitha Bane, working toward a doctorate of nursing practice, receiving $4,000.

• Toye Berger, working toward a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management receiving $7,000.

Mayor, HARTA inviting everyone to explore area by bike on Saturday

Residents of Huntington County will have an opportunity to “Bike with the Mayor” on Saturday, May 7. Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters is avid about getting people excited about riding and exploring Huntington.

“We really just want to give people the chance to get out and follow a marked trail on a bicycle,” Fetters says, “to see the different neighborhoods and parks in and around town, to see some of the really interesting architecture … and to get outside and just enjoy some exercise.”

Pulse Opera House seeking large cast for ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

The Pulse Opera House, in Warren, is looking for a large cast of men, women and children for the summer production of  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  

There are roles for 10 men, seven women and an ensemble including children age 6 and older.

Auditions are Monday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. for adults and all principal roles (including Puck, Oberon and Titania); and on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. for the fairies  (children ages 8 through 12).

Smith and White earn scholarships from Huntington County Lions clubs

Molly Smith (left) and Jacob White.
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The Huntington County Lions clubs have awarded their 2015-16 scholarships to Molly Smith and Jacob White.

Smith is the daughter of Tod and Joyce Smith. She plans to attend the University of Indianapolis to major in social work and minor in Spanish. Her goal is to become a social worker and help others.

White is the son of Kevin White. He plans to attend Ball State University and study to become an architect.

HNHS bands will present spring concert on Friday

The Huntington North Band Department will present its spring concert on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the HNHS Auditorium. Performing will be the Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.

Expected to last 90 minutes, the concert is free, though donations will be accepted. The music will include upbeat jazz charts, traditional marches, lush ballads and contemporary settings of American and Irish folk songs.

HU profs, students shine at BEA Festival

Nathan Hartman (left), adjunct professor and studio supervisor, and Dr. Lance Clark, professor of digital media arts and broadcast fusion media, display the awards Clark and eight students won in the Broadcast Education Association Festival for the Arts.
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Four films by Huntington University professors and students earned top awards at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival for the Arts.

The awards were presented April 18 during the BEA annual convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Lance Clark won first place in the faculty video category for “The Gift of Hope,” which he directed and produced with professor Dawn Ford. More than 50 HU students served in key production roles.

Healthy Choices

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Sara Lusch (left) of Pathfinder Kids Kampus shows Angelo Lisinicchia how to make a collage of healthy food items at the Huntington YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 30. There were also booths from the Purdue Extension office in Huntington teaching kids how to garden and the Huntington City Police Department teaching kids about drug awareness.

Several Riverview ASB teams get state recognition

Five Academic Super Bowl teams from Riverview Middle School have earned Top 10 recognition in state competition.

Riverview’s English team placed second in the state, with the social studies team placing fifth, the science team sixth, the math team seventh and the interdisciplinary team eighth.

The state rankings were determined by comparing the scores of the 246 middle schools that competed in area Academic Super Bowl competitions throughout Indiana.

Riverview was crowned area champion of the local Academic Super Bowl’s junior division.

‘Bells on Broadway’ concert at TUM to benefit local Honor Flight program

Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington, will host an afternoon concert to benefit Honor Flight Northeast Indiana on Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m.

 The afternoon will feature patriotic songs and selections from musicals and movies. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Honor Flight NEI.

The program, called “Bells on Broadway,” includes several vocalists and instrumentalists performing songs from Broadway, as well as popular songs of the late 1940s and early 1950s, with even some “heroic” music by Chopin.

Local robotics team finishes top 10 at world’s

Members of Team 1501 T.H.R.U.S.T., the Huntington County 4-H robotics team, display the banner and trophies they received after winning a preliminary competition and advancing to the finals of the FIRST Robotics Competition’s world championships. Team members are (from left) Josef Thomson, Brooke Elston, Connor Nash and Chris Elston. The local team concluded the competition with a seventh place ranking.
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The Huntington County 4-H robotics team won its subdivision to advance to the finals of the FIRST Robotics Competition’s world championships, ending the weekend ranked seventh out of 3,128 teams from 24 countries.

The members of Team 1501 T.H.R.U.S.T. was one of just 600 teams to qualify for the world championships held April 27 through 30 in St. Louis, MO.

The backstage story

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Jana Henly (left) as Brooke and Matt Stephenson as Garry are caught in the act in “Noises Off,” now on stage at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren. The backstage comedy continues this weekend, on Friday, May 6; Saturday, May 7; and Sunday, May 8, and returns for its final weekend on May 13, 14 and 15. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 4 p.m. Sunday tickets include a discount on the buffet at East of Chicago, in Warren.

Library to offer series of beginner quilting classes

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will offer a six-part series of beginner quilting classes starting May 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The first Quilting 101 class will cover the project to be tackled and the supplies participants will need. A sewing background will make the class easier but isn’t required.

The class is free, but participants will  be asked to purchase the desired fabric and other supplies for the project. A sewing machine or the willingness to hand sew will also be needed.

Riverview top ad designers

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Riverview Middle School art students earned awards in the Design an Ad art contest, in which they designed an ad for a real business using the company’s logo and other provided information. Thirty-two Riverview students were named finalists in the annual contest. The 11 first-place winners received art kits. Eighth grader Sierra Stout (front row, far right) took third place overall in the grades seven to nine category, winning a Galaxy Tablet.

Korean War vets to meet on May 14

The monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association IN Chapter One will be held May 14 at Eagles Lodge 148, 4940 Bluffton Rd., Fort Wayne.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served after the meeting.

Friends and spouses are welcome to attend.

Optimists recognize Davis, Kaylor, Smith

Huntington Optimist Club Youth Appreciation awards for May were presented to three Huntington North High School students during a luncheon held recently at Huntington University. Pictured (from left) are Sadie Landrum and her nominee, Tosha Davis; Molly Smith and Elaine Willour, who nominated her; and Austin Kaylor and Stephanie Rodgers, who nominated him.
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The Huntington Optimist Club presented its May 2016 Youth Appreciation awards to three Huntington North High School seniors, Tosha Davis, Austin Kaylor and Molly Smith.

The award is presented each year to two students from each of the Huntington County Community School Corporation middle schools and three students from HNHS who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Red Cross seeking blood donors

During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges the community to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies.

Donors of all blood types are needed this May. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. In the Indiana-Ohio Region alone, the Red Cross needs about 550 donors each day to support patients at more than 80 area hospitals.  

Dr. Who fan club meeting May 25 at library

All teen fans of Dr. Who are invited to attend a meeting of the Doctor Who Fandom Support Group on Wednesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The evening will include themed snacks and games. Costumes are welcome.

The Huntington Library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

2017 local Lilly Endowment Scholar to now be named in mid-December

The 2017 Huntington County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December of this year, the Huntington County Community Foundation has announced.

Previously, awards were announced in March of the year in which the recipients graduated from high school.

This change affects the scholarship program for all Indiana community foundations.

Master Gardeners to have hanging basket sale

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will hold a hanging basket plant sale at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the library’s parking lot.

Items for sale include hanging baskets, rain barrels and glass totems.

Proceeds from the sale will go to fund scholarships.

The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Never missed a vote

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Kay LaMont (center), who is well into her 101st year, votes in the 2016 primary on Friday, April 29, with assistance from Huntington County Traveling Election Board members Gary Beatty (left) and Janice Ryan. LaMont says she’s never missed the chance to vote. She was born in 1914, six years before women across the United States won the right to vote. The traveling board visited Tipton Place, where LaMont now lives, along with nursing homes across Huntington County. The board also takes voting machines to voters unable to leave their homes.

New Hope UBC plans series of b’fast fund-raisers

New Hope United Brethren Church, 2001 Engle St., Huntington, has planned a series of breakfast fund-raisers.

The three breakfasts will be held on the second Saturday of the month, June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The June breakfast will offer pancakes and sausage. The July 9 breakfast will features potatoes, biscuits and gravy. The Aug. 13 breakfast will be pancakes and sausage. Cost for all meals is a freewill donation.

The goal is to raise enough money for an event next January.

Edible compost

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Evan Kern (left), a second-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, watches as Scott Husband, of the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District, explains composting. After Husband demonstrated composting, the class assembled and tasted edible compost made of crushed Oreos representing dirt, pretzels representing sticks, raisins representing decaying fruits and vegetables, green coconut representing grass and a gummy worm representing worms. The presentation was part of an Earth Day celebration in Marissa Tinkle’s classroom on Friday, April 22.

Markle library closed next week to prepare for move to new building

The Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Markle Branch will be closed May 9 through May 14, as library staffers make the move to its newly-constructed building.

During the transition, there will be no events scheduled at the Markle branch.

The new branch is located at 155 W. Sparks St., the location of the former Markle Town Hall. That building, originally built as a church, was razed to make way for the new library building.

Markle’s town offices will relocate to the former library space, at 197 E. Morse St., after the library finishes its move.

Top 25

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The Huntington Kiwanis Club honored the top 25 academically-ranked students from the Class of 2016 at Huntington North High School on Thursday, April 28, presenting each of the 25 with a Kiwanis Builds Forever medallion and certificate.

Huntington Kiwanis presents 3 scholarships

Carol Morehead (left) presents the Huntington Kiwanis Club’s scholarships to (from left) Tosha Davis, Mackenzie Faurote and Jacob Allred. The awards were presented during a luncheon on Thursday, April 28.
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The Huntington Kiwanis Club presented three scholarships during its annual luncheon on Thursday, April 28.

Scholarship recipients are Tosha Davis, Mackenzie Faurote and Jacob Allred, all Huntington North High School seniors.

Davis received the Herman Goodin Memorial Scholarship. She plans to study business administration at the University of Southern Indiana.

At HNHS, Davis is a member of the National Honor Society and will receive an academic honors diploma. She has participated in the school’s freshman mentoring program.

Star Wars Day set for May 4 at Hgtn. library

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will celebrate Star Wars Day on Wednesday, May 4, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The date, “May the fourth,” is a play on the Star Wars salutation, “May the Force be with you.”

A variety of activities will be provided for all ages. Costumes are welcome.