Reed understands the reality that floods bring

Division Road ends in water before it reaches the Roush Lake Shooting Range. The shooting range, campground and boat ramps at Roush are all closed, having been made inaccessible by flooded roads.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jeff Reed understands; he really does.

But after the years he’s spent nurturing the woods and the wildlife surrounding Roush Lake, you can hear the hurt in his voice.

“It’s a disaster,” he says.

He knows, though, that it’s a disaster by design. The destruction of wildlife and recreational areas is a trade-off against the destruction of homes and loss of human life downstream.

“The reservoir itself is doing what it’s supposed to do,” he says, “and that’s what we’re here for.

“Recreation and everything is secondary.”

New tents

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Moose Lodge 837 donated four new tents to Boy Scout Troop 637 on Tuesday, June 23. Pictured at the Moose Lodge are (from left) Ben Young, Donovan Yeater and Josh Rakoczy, all of Troop 637; Kim Myers, Lodge 837 assistant administrator; Lane Nightenhelser, senior patrol leader, Troop 637; Dave Ford, Lodge 837 administrator; and Trey Harris, Joe Melchi and Jakob Miller, all of Troop 637.

Local Habitat group to do Operation Backyard

Youth leaders and youth groups in Huntington will partner with Huntington County Habitat for Humanity for Operation Backyard, spending several days in July serving people in their own communities.

This is the ninth year for Operation Backyard, which will take place July 10 through 12. This year’s group will work in a neighborhood near Memorial Park, covering six to eight blocks. Program leaders will visit homeowners in the area prior to the start of the program to find out what the youth could do for them.

Sheep producers to meet on Thursday, July 9

The Huntington County Sheep Producers will meet on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will take place in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Building on the first floor.

Attendees will discuss preparations for the 2015 4-H Fair Sheep Show.

All 4-H sheep members and interested producers are asked to attend this meeting.

For more information, contact the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson-Suite 202, Huntington or call 358-4826.

High water will delay Splash on the Wabash

This summer’s Splash on the Wabash festival, which had been scheduled for July 11, has been postponed.

The event includes an inner tube float down the Wabash River, but high water levels would make that activity unsafe, says Tina Bobilya, executive director of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau and co-chair of the festival.

Bobilya says she hopes to reschedule the event for later this summer and is discussing possible dates with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Several locals earn spots on Trine’s spring president’s list

Trine University is pleased to announce its spring 2015 president’s list for main campus students.

Local students named to the list include:

• Levi Lawson, of Huntington, a senior studying sport management.

• Megan Smart, of Huntington, a junior studying design engineering technology.

• Caleb Stoffel, of Huntington, a freshman studying mechanical engineering.

• Aaron Wolf, of Huntington, a senior studying accounting.

• Shelby Ditto, of Roanoke, a senior studying management.

Target shoot features lessons on safety, too

Youth can learn about firearms and firearm safety at Salamonie Lake’s Youth Target Shoot, July 24. The free event is at 6:30 p.m. at Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.

The event is geared toward youth with no firearm experience, but all ranges of experience are welcome. Prizes will be awarded.

There will be a safety session provided for all participants before they can handle firearms. Safety glasses and hearing protection will be provided.

Registration is not required; however, the regular gate fees will apply.

REMC donation will help process meat for food banks

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $1,000 grant from the Northeastern REMC Community Trust-Operation Roundup.

The grant will be used to pay processing fees for donated meat in Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Wabash and Whitley counties. The meat will then be distributed to area hunger relief agencies.

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry accepts donations of large game and livestock from hunters and farmers. For more information, visit

Local students earn spots on dean’s list at Trine

Trine University has announced its dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester.

Local students named to the list include:

• Mikayla Carpenter, of Huntington, a sophomore studying elementary education

• Doyle King, of Huntington, a freshman studying mechanical engineering.

• Scott McClellan, of Huntington, a freshman studying mechanical engineering.

• Austin Shoemaker, of Huntington, a senior studying exercise science.

• Brandon Long, of Markle, a senior studying mechanical engineering.

Coins will determine victim of Andrews pie

One “lucky” Andrews resident will get a pie in the face during the Andrews Summer Festival in August.

Between July 5 and July 19, fellow Andrews residents can use their loose change to vote for the person they would most like to see take a pie to the face. Containers bearing the candidates’ pictures will be available at the Andrews Dairy Store.

To cast a vote, simply toss change into the appropriate container. The person with the most votes — the highest total of money — will be the target of the pie on Aug. 15.

Transforming into superheroes

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Brookelynn Buzzard, 8, of Huntington (right), helps her brother Jaxton Buzzard, 4, with designing his superhero costume at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Friday, June 26. They were among more than 100 children from both Huntington and Markle who added their own masks, shields and other accessories to their colorful capes. The event was part of the libraries’ Super Hero Summer Library Reading Program.

HU DMA adds drone to stock of equipment

Lance Clark (left), professor of DMA Film and Communications, and Nathan Hartman, digital media arts studio supervisor, man the controls during the inaugural flight of Huntington University’s new DJI Inspire UAV drone.
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Huntington University’s Digital Media Arts Department added an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) DJI Inspire drone to its stock of equipment.

The UAV drone has four rotating propellers that can take up to 4K footage, which refers to resolution. It has a 360-degree pan for capturing video. It can be piloted by one or two people, one flying the machine and one taking video, and it runs off of controllers that are attached to iPad minis. It connects to satellites in GPS areas, but it also has its own sensors to detect where ground level is so it will not crash.

Local fair board to meet July 9 at Heritage Hall

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Board will meet Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The board will discuss continuing plans for the 85th Annual Huntington County 4-H Fair to be held July 17-31.

For more information, contact Julia Miller, or 358-4826.

The Purdue Extension-Huntington County office is located in the County Courthouse Annex Building, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington.

Super poets

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The winners of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Young Adult Poetry Contest pose outside the library on Friday, June 26. Pictured are (from left to right) Cassiday Moriarity, who won first place; Brooke Trice, who won second place; and Reagan Wohlford, who took third place. Not pictured are Emma Helmich, honorable mention and Melissa Pharoah, honorable mention. The theme of the contest was “My Hero.”

Red Cross asking for blood donors

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.

The call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel the week before or after Independence Day, an indicator that many eligible donors may be unavailable to give. In addition, fewer blood drives are scheduled the week before and after Independence Day, because many hosting organizations postpone blood drives while people are on vacation.

County residents can enjoy five Independence Day celebrations

Huntington County residents can mark Independence Day with five celebrations spread out over five days.

The parties start on July 1 with a barbecue and music in downtown Roanoke.

More events take place on July 4, with an old-fashioned observance at the Forks of the Wabash and fireworks displays in Roanoke and Huntington.

The party keeps going on July 5, with a fireworks display in Warren.

Here are the details:

• “Freedom on Main: An All-American Family Experience” takes place in downtown Roanoke on Wednesday, July 1. All activities are free.

Among the top

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Brenda Wintrode (left), broker of Century 21 Property Shoppe, presents a plaque to agent Sue Sunderman, who was named as one of the top 50 agents in Indiana and Ohio as of the end of May 2015. Sunderman had $3.3 million in sales for 2014. In office rankings, Property Shoppe was 25th in the Indiana-Ohio region. Sunderman lives in rural Huntington with her husband Jim. She can be reached at 519-3121.Among the top

Roanoke Public Library offering art classes in July

The Roanoke Public Library is offering free art classes during July for youth in grade six through grade 12.
Classes will be instructed by Karen Baker, library assistant and former art student.

Space is limited to the first 10 registered students, and they must pre-register at least three days prior to each class.

Students can make a T-shirt craft Thursday, July 9, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Several project ideas will be demonstrated and students must bring their own T-shirt to use.

Beauty school officially opens doors to students, customers

Creations Beauty School celebrated its grand opening Thursday, June 25. Those in attendance for the ribbon cutting include (front row, from left) Jeremiah Stoffel, the owner’s son; Heather McFarren, the owner’s daughter; Bethanie Burns, lead instructor; Kelly Shank; Ron Gressley, the owner’s husband; owner Donna Gressley; Dorothy Scott, the owner’s mother; Sonya Foraker, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce board member; Ken Kline, interim superinteadent of Huntington County Community School Corportion; and Jackie Boxell, chamber Ambassador; (second row, from left) Karen Morrow; Kristy Bauer, the owner’s niece, with son Nash Bauer; Ian Hope, chamber ambassador; Michael Scott, Donald Scott and Doug Scott, the owner’s brothers; Brandon Kastner, chamber ambassador; Chad Daugherty, Huntington North High School principal; and Belinda Clancy, chamber ambassador; and (third row, from left) Cheryl McCoy, Michelle Crone and Paula Whiting, chamber ambassadors; Tiffanney Drummond, director of career and technical education at Huntington County Community School Corporation; and Gene Snowden, Charlotte Center, Kandi Tom-Dunwiddie and Les Graham, chamber ambassadors.
Photo by Lauren Frischman.

Creations Beauty School held its grand opening celebration on Thursday, June 25.

Students from Huntington North High School as well as surrounding county high schools can attend the vocational school to earn a certification in cosmetology. Students receive 12 credit hours by attending the school in the afternoon, Tuesdays through Saturdays. They put in 1,500 hours of work in a two-year period.

Adults also can attend the school full time to earn their certification in one year’s time.

Local students make MU’s dean’s list

Manchester University has named nine Huntington residents to its spring 2015 dean’s list. The scholars achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher while enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of classes this spring.

Honored students are:

Freshmen — Ashley Landon, biology; Kody Smith, communication studies; and Edward Yanes, music.

Sophomores — Samuel Cox, computer science and mathematics; Allison Henn, exercise and sport science; and Kelsey Hollowell, pre-pharmacy.

Juniors — Laurisa Richard, athletic training; and Siera Updike, athletic training.

YSB seeks support of annual school supplies program

The Youth Service Bureau’s Tools For Life school supplies program is underway.

The  program was started in 1994 to help ensure the students in Huntington County had the school supplies they needed to begin the school year.

“In 2014, we provided 678 students with the school supplies they needed to start school,” says Jan Williams, executive director of YSB.

The agency is seeking community support in meeting the needs of Huntington County.

Groups and individuals are asked to collect school items and donate them to the Youth Services Bureau by July 30.

Cattlemen to meet Tuesday

 The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Fairgrounds cattle barns.

The main agenda item will be the food tent at the 4-H Fair. A worker sign-up sheet will be available.

For more information, contact the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson  St., Suite 202, Huntington, or call 358-4826.

Drawing winner

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Wyatt Landrum (right) was the winner of the 50/50 drawing held as part of the Heritage Days Bicycle Poker Ride sponsored by the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA). Presenting the winnings are (from left) HARTA board members Jim Lewis and Jody Davenport.

New wheels

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Brittany Brumbaugh (center) was the adult winner of the Heritage Days Bicycle Poker Ride sponsored by the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA). She received a bicycle donated by Trailhouse Village Bicycles, of Winona Lake, and a helmet donated by Parkview Health. With her are Chris Bucher (left), of Trailhouse Village Bicycle, and HARTA board member Jim Lewis.

Ready to ride

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Evie Graves (center) was the youth winner of the Heritage Days Bicycle Poker Ride sponsored by the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA). She received a gift card for a bicycle donated by Walmart and a helmet donated by Parkview Health. With her are HARTA board members Jim Lewis (left) and Jody Davenport.

Citizen-led program seeks choices for recognition as ‘Yard of the Month’

A citizen-led program plans to recognize well-maintained properties in the city of Huntington and is seeking both nominations for “Huntington Yard of the Month” awards and volunteers to serve on the selection committee.

Awards will be presented in August, September and October this year and the full program will launch in May of 2016, as Indiana celebrates its bicentennial.

Members of the public can nominate yards to be recognized, and the award recipients will receive a certificate and a yard sign to display during the month.

‘Everest VBS’ set for July 6-10 at FBC

All children are invited to a summer kids’ event called “Everest VBS: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power!” at First Brethren Church from July 6 to July 10. Everest is for kids from age 3 to 11 and will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

We Want You

Photo by Steve Clark.

Billy Bradberry, chief operating officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, talks about the organization’s initiative to recruit 300 volunteers in 90 days to prospective and current volunteers at Nick’s Country Café, in Huntington, on Thursday, June 25.

Roanoke library to close early for concert

The Roanoke Public Library will close at noon on July 1 for the Freedom on Main concert.

The library also will be closed on July 4 for the holiday.

Regular library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is closed on Fridays and Sundays.

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

Local man to speak at MU July 4 celebration

Rodney Funk, of Huntington, will be the featured speaker at the annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display hosted by Manchester University, in North Mancheser.

Funk is a United States Navy veteran who received the Cuban Expeditionary medal for his involvement in the Cuban missile crisis.

The event will kick off at 7 p.m. with music by JP Freeman’s 4th and Walnut Band. University President Dave McFadden will introduce Funk to speak at 8 p.m.