Community

Battle of the Businesses


Photo by Steve Clark.

PHD employee Danny Thomas (right) hands a container he just emptied out to coworker Kurt Gamble at the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Saturday, Aug. 29. Thomas, Gamble and others from PHD helped organize the ReStore’s trailer in fulfillment of the community service portion of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA’s Battle of the Businesses challenge.

Chairity check


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tim Allen (front left) and his wife, Penny, of Huntington, check out the 'competition" of cleverly-decorated chairs to be auctioned off as a Special Olympics fund-raiser at the Harvest Craft Show and Chairity Auction on Saturday, Aug. 29, in Heritage Hal lat the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Huntington University students take the 'plunge'


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington University freshman (from left) Kasey Carney, of Alexandria; Kylie Barker, of Woldocttville; and Heidi Tucker, of Chesterton paintin a concession stand building at Elmwood Park in Huntington as part of the annual Huntington University Plunge, in which college freshman go out into the community and do civic-minded work on their first weekend on campus.

Decorating her own crown


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Eliana DeRoo (left), 3, of Roanoke, gets a helping hand from Miss Northeast 2016 Emily Mishler, of Goshen, as she decorates her own princess corwn with colorful stickers at the Princess Party in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, Aug. 29. DeRoo is the daughter of Rusty and Nikki DeRoo.

HU Move-In Day


Photo by Steve Clark.

Shelby Harkness, a Huntington University freshman, gets her bedding sorted out during the school’s Move-In Day on Friday, Aug. 28.

Huntington County Free Health Clinic is accepting new patients

The Huntington County Free Health Clinic is accepting new patients.

To be eligible to receive services from the clinic, patients must be between the ages of 18 and 65 years.
Patients must submit proof of income each year for everyone in the household.

Those who did not work or file taxes during the previous year must present a third-party letter, stating that the applicant had no income and filed no taxes. The letter must be signed and notarized, which can be done at no charge at a library or bank.

Applicants must also submit a Medicaid denial letter.

Grounds maintenance


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jerry LaCroix, Casey Sellers and Antonio Velez (from left) smooth out landscaping rocks around the shrubs outside the Huntington County Jail on Monday morning, Aug. 24. They were among four jail trusties who volunteered to spend a few hours in the sunshine helping Sheriff Terry Stoffel freshen up the landscaping.

Two Dudes concert will benefit Riley Hospital

Two Dudes in Flip Flops will bring their “trop rock” sound to the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, for a Sept. 25 show benefitting Riley Hospital for Children.
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Two Dudes in Flip Flops will headline a “beach party” on Sept. 25 in Roanoke to raise funds for Riley Hospital for Children.

Guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts for the evening, to be held at the Cottage Event Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

A cash bar will be available and food prepared by 124 Catering can be purchased.

A day of remembrance


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (seated) reads a proclamation on Monday, Aug. 24, designating Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, as SPC Chad D. Clements Recognition Day. Clements, an army enlistee, was killed in action in Afghanistan on that day in 2010. With Fetters are Danielle Clements (left), Clements’ sister, and Joshua Bowers, a longtime friend of Clements.

Parks Department offers craft classes

Several Make-It-Take-It craft classes are offered in September by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

The classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lions Club facility, located at 1103 W. Park Drive, across from Sunken Gardens.

Classes are:

• Sept. 1 — kitchen and garden, featuring rope-wrapped pots and painted wooden spoons.

• Sept. 8 — fall décor, featuring crepe paper pumpkins and aluminum foil leaf art.

• Sept. 15 — Christmas crafts, comprised of vintage-look decoupage ornaments and sock snowmen.

Zabel wins grill in fest drawing

Dale Zabel, of Warren, was the winner of the raffle held by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6671 during the Markle Wildcat Festival.

Zabel won a Charbroil gas grill and a gift certificate to Lengerich Meats, of Zanesville.

The prizes were donated by Markle Hardware, Mark Schaufelberger and Whitney McBride.

Evaluations set for potential therapy dogs, owners

The Huntington team of Three Rivers Visiting Dogs will hold an evaluation session on Sept. 21 for handlers and dogs interested in becoming involved in the program.

The session will be held at 6:30 p.m. at The Heritage of Huntington. The evaluators will determine if the dogs and handlers are good candidates for the program. Dogs should be calm, non-aggressive and have basic obedience skills.

An eight-week class will begin after the evaluation session.

Special delivery


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mike Lovett of Polar King Transport, Fort Wayne, works on putting the pieces of a United States Air Force T-33 together after the plane was delivered to the veterans’ memorial at Memorial Park, in Huntington. The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, produced between 1948 and 1959, was used as a jet trainer aircraft.

Salamonie, Mississinewa reservoirs seek volunteers for clean-up Aug. 29

Salamonie and Mississinewa reservoirs are looking for volunteers to help with clean-up on Saturday, Aug. 29.

In addition, a cleanup day will be held at the Salamonie Interpretive Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Volunteers at Salamonie and Mississinewa on Aug. 29 will clean trails and roadsides of debris left by the summer floods. Salamonie Reservoir volunteers should meet at the Salamonie Interpretive Center at 9 a.m., and Mississinewa volunteers can meet either at the main office at Miami State Recreation Area at 9 a.m. or at Pearson’s Mill, near Somerset, at 9:30 a.m.

Local SWCD sponsoring Sept. tree, shrub sale

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a fall tree and shrub sale.

Some of the varieties available are:

Trees — Cleveland select pear, red oak, Autumn Blaze maple, Norway spruce, blue spruce, white pine, London plane, tulip poplar, emerald green arborvitae and hybrid poplar.

Shrubs/roses — Coral snap, forsythia, red osier dogwood, American cranberry and diablo ninebark, boxwood Green Velvet and Quick Fire hydrangea.

Heritage Pointe raises more than $10K with golf


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Heritage Pointe, in Warren, held a golf outing at Dogwood Glen Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 15, raising more than $10,000 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s campaign.

Jill Huston, admissions coordinator at Heritage Pointe and organizer of the event, says more than 100 companies and individuals participated in the golf outing through team participation, hole sponsorships and donations of money, door prizes and other items.

Senior Center moving to temporary headquarters

Holly Saunders (left), executive director of the Huntington County Council on Aging, accepts tickets for the Nelson’s Chicken and Pork Chops fund-raiser to be sponsored by Delta Theta Tau Sorority on Saturday, Aug. 29, in front of Big Lots at Huntington Plaza. Delivering the tickets are (from left) Cindy Kelley and Lori Guy, co-chairs of the fund-raiser. Proceeds will go toward renovation of the Senior Center’s new facility.

The Huntington Senior Center will move to Central Christian Church on a short-term basis as it continues its fund-raising quest for a permanent move to new quarters on West Park Drive.

Renovation of the West Park Drive building will be helped along with a Nelson’s Chicken and Pork Chops fund-raiser this Saturday, Aug. 29, sponsored by Delta Theta Tau Sorority.

The fund-raiser will open at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. or all the food is gone, whichever comes first. The chicken and pork chops will be sold separately or as part of a meal.

End of an era


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Doug Sink of Enyeart Construction pulls down pieces of the old Markle Town Hall building on Sparks Street to make way for construction of the new Markle Public Library. The structure was formerly the Markle Church of Christ building. The library will move from its present location on 197 E. Morse St.

Well church to help with HU’s Welcome Weekend

The Well Church will not have its regular worship service on Sunday, Aug. 30.

The congregation will host a worship service at Huntington University as part of the university’s Welcome Weekend.

The service will be held in the Zurcher Auditorium at the Merillat Centre for the Arts beginning at 10 a.m.

Childcare will be available for ages birth through 3 years.

For more information about the Aug. 30 service contact the church by email at office@thewell.church.

Princess party at farmers’ mkt.

A princess party will be held during the Aug. 29 farmers’ market in downtown Roanoke.

The party, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon, is open to youth ages 2 to 12 who want to be a princess for the day. They are invited to wear a party dress and take part in crafts, nail painting, crowns and runway fun.

The princess party is sponsored by Two-EE’s Winery and Shindigz.

Middaugh makes transition to auto detailing with new business

Rick Middaugh does some buffing on his 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T. Middaugh recently opened Middaugh’s Auto Detailing, which offers a variety of detailing services.
Photo by Steve Clark.

For years, Rick Middaugh wanted to fix peoples’ cars. Now, he wants to detail them.

Middaugh, of Huntington, has opened Middaugh’s Auto Detailing. After a long career in the automotive repair business, he decided to make the transition to automotive detailing.

Among the services offered by Middaugh are full exterior and interior detailing, washing and waxing, stain removal, engine degreasing and cleaning and treating leather and vinyl.

He specializes in high-end automobiles, as well as motorcycles.

Name of local firefighter added to 2 memorials

The name of Huntington Firefighter Steven Mitchell will be added to state and national memorials paying tribute to firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

Mitchell died of cancer on Sept. 14, 2012. He had been a member of the Huntington Fire Department since 1987.

Mitchell’s death was determined to be a “line of duty” death in accordance with an Indiana law, passed earlier this year, acknowledging that some cancers, heart diseases and lung diseases can be triggered by carcinogens and other toxins encountered by firefighters in the line of duty.

Senior Center, HAT rides to be closed on Labor Day

The Huntington Senior Center and Huntington Area Transportation (HAT) services will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Call the Huntington Senior Center at 359-4410 for additional information.

OutSource Manufacturing exhibits at LISC conference

Loretta Mottram (left), senior director of business development at Pathfinder Services, discusses the services and products provided by Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing with an attendee at the Rural LISC national seminar.
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Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing, the manufacturing division of Pathfinder Services, recently took part in the Rural Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) annual seminar in Portland, ME.

Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing won the contract to produce more than 100 hand-turned wooden pens that were given to those attending the seminar. It was also the sole exhibitor invited to present its social enterprise efforts during the seminar.

Huntington House opens annual yard sale today

Huntington House will hold a fund-raising yard sale today through Saturday, Aug. 27 through 29.

Hours are Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The shelter is located at 576 William St., in Huntington.

Proceeds will fund improvements at the house, including replacing the deteriorating handicap ramp.  

Huntington House provides short-term, immediate housing for homeless families, women and children.

West Rock Creek to hold alumni event on Sept. 12

The Rock Creek Center High School Class of 1965 will celebrate its 50-year reunion on Sept. 12. Class members are (top row, from left) Darwin Gilbert, deceased; Rickie Randol; Fred Grogg; Julius Moore; Claude Sparks, deceased; and Terrel Becker, deceased; (second row, from left) Pamela Vardaman Wall and Vicki Davis Jenks, deceased; (third row, from left) Ted DeHaven; Phyllis Wood Bonner; Sharon Broom Jones; Tommy Allen; Rita Reber Hotchkiss; Brenda Britt; and John Hacker; and (bottom row, from left) Charles Iser; Jane Barnes Dowden; Joy Jones Gilbert; Dixie Sparks Oldham; Carlotta Flemming Tackett; Peggy Whisenhunt Hoch; and Herbert Brown, deceased.
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The West Rock Creek High School Class of 1965 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation year, along with the honored classes of 1945 and 1955, at the annual alumni gathering on Sept. 12.

A luncheon, catered by Kim’s Katered Affair, will be held at Markle Church of Christ at 12:30 p.m. All graduates, teachers and former students of West Rock Creek are invited to attend, as well as their guests.

Reservations and money should be sent to Edith Canaan, secretary and treasurer, by Aug. 31.

Acting workshops to be held at Pulse in Warren

Two acting workshops are returning to the Pulse Opera House this September.

The first is Creative Dramatics for children 8 through 12 years old. Taught by Pulse Artistic Director Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok, the class is geared toward young actors, with exercises focusing on movement, imagination and teamwork.

Creative Dramatics meets Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is a cost for the four sessions.

Talking turkey


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Interpretive Naturalist Teresa Rody shows youngsters a poster that explains how wild turkeys were released back into the Salamonie Recreation Area during the Salamonie Preschool Day held Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Salamonie Interpretive/Nature Center. About a dozen children made “turkey” pictures by dipping their hands in colorful paint and learned interesting facts about the turkeys that are often spotted at the recreation area.

SA seeking public help for upcoming Red Kettle campaign

The Salvation Army, in Huntington, is preparing to kick off its biggest fund-raiser of the year.

The traditional Red Kettles will go out into the community on Nov. 13.

The funds collected in the kettles allow the Salvation Army to provide Christmas toys and food boxes to members of the community and continue to help others throughout the year.

Last year, the Salvation Army distributed more than 3,000 items to families throughout Huntington County.

Local Psi Otes donate to YSB Safe Place program

Heather Clampitt (left), philanthropic chair of Psi Iota Xi Phi Chapter, presents a check for $500 to Youth Services Bureau Executive Director Jan Williams (second from left) for the YSB’s Safe Place program on Monday, Aug. 17. The donation was made at the YSB Safe Place site at Life’s Little Treasures Daycare, located at Turn Pointe Community Church of the Brethren, in Markle. Also joining in on the celebration is (front) daycare pupils Vivian Branham and Katy Clampitt, and (back row at right) Alysia Marshall, co-director of the daycare center.

Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority recently donated $500 to Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County in support of its 2015 Safe Place/Host Home programs. A state grant provides funding for salaries and operating expenses for the Safe Place program, while a federal grant covers Host Home.

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