Post 85’s lasagna dinner raises $1,400 for local Special Olympics athletes

Members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary to American Legion Post 85 raised $1,400 through a lasagna dinner and bake sale, presenting the gift to Huntington County Special Olympics on Tuesday, May 17. Celebrating the donation are (front, from left) Nancy Hartley, Huntington County Special Olympics coordinator; Special Olympics athletes Christian Smith and Matthew Hartley; Auxiliary President Jean Watson; Ardella Moriarity, who chaired the dinner; and Keith Hartley, Huntington County Special Olympics coordinator; and (back, from left) Nicholas McKoon, Special Olympics athlete, and Wally Elston, who prepared the lasagna for the dinner.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sixteen pans of lasagna was converted into $1,400 in cash, money that will help 33 athletes of Huntington County Special Olympics compete in a state track meet in Terre Haute in June.

The lasagna dinner and bake sale was held May 6 by the Ladies’ Auxiliary to American Legion Post 85 and was the first time the organization had sponsored such an event, says Auxiliary President Jean Watson. Wally Elston served as chef for the evening, turning out the 16 pans of lasagna.

Roanoke Kiwanis presents three scholarships

Members of the Roanoke Kiwanis Club congratulate the 2016 scholarship recipients during a recent meeting. Pictured (from left) are Paul Roth, Roanoke Kiwanis Scholarship liaison; Alan Amick, Roanoke Kiwanis president; scholarship winners Jacob Vinson, Meghan Underwood and Alex Hosler; and Rick Hartley, Roanoke Kiwanis member representing the DeLoss Hartley family.
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The Roanoke Kiwanis has chosen three recipients – Jacob Vinson, Alex Hosler and Meghan Underwood – to be awarded $500 scholarships.

The scholarships were awarded to students who live in Jackson Township or who attended Roanoke Elementary and who have excelled in a variety of areas including academics, extra-curricular activities and community service.

One of the scholarships is named in honor of one of the founding members of the Roanoke Kiwanis and a civic leader in Roanoke, the late DeLoss Hartley. That scholarship is funded by the Hartley family.

Vacation Bible school in Roanoke sponsored by several local churches

“Submerged” vacation Bible school is five free days of Christian learning for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, with an undersea and pirate theme.

The week is set for June 26 through June 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening at Seminary United Methodist Church.

The week will conclude June 30 with a block party with food and games.

The event is presented by Christ United Methodist Church, Cornerstone Alliance Church, Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Seminary United Methodist Church, United Brethren and Zion United Methodist Church.

Honor Flight Donation

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Roanoke Kiwanis President Alan Amick (left) and Kiwanis member Butch Wygant (right) present a check for $500 to Tom Meyers, representing American Legion Post 160. The donation was made to the American Legion Post 160 Honor Flight fund which serves to fly World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to Washington DC to see the memorials built in their honor.

Art of the state

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Community School Corporation art teacher Amy Vickery (left) applies sealer to the state of Indiana mural made of clay tiles by students at Lincoln Elementary School, as another art teacher, Lyn Ocken (right), works on another mural, as HCCSC art teachers got together Wednesday, May 18, to put the finishing touches on the murals. All six elementary schools participated in the project, endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. The artworks will be revealed on Sept. 30 during Huntington’s bicentennial celebration at Hier’s Park.

Heartland Career Center honors HNHS students

Several Huntington North High School seniors who participated in programs at the Heartland Career Center, in Wabash, have earned end-of-year awards.

Kennedy S. Harris and Abigail L. Osmun earned PrePac professional certification in the culinary arts program. Harris also received the Career Excellence award.

Also completing the culinary arts program are Steven L. Thompson, Linda E. Velez and Clarianne N. Young.
Zackery A. Jackson received the Career Excellence award and perfect attendance award in the interactive media program.

Gethsemane food pantry open May 26

The food pantry at Gethsemane Ministries will be open on Thursday, May 26.

Food will be available to people in need from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those picking up food must present two forms of identification and a utility bill.

Gethsemane Ministries is located at 2239 Hartman St., Huntington.

Digging in

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Jules Bollheimer (left) of the American Legion Auxiliary in Roanoke serves diners at the salad bar during the organization’s annual Swiss Steak Supper on Friday, May 6. Diners also enjoyed an assortment of sweets available at a bake sale. Profits from the dinner will be used to help provide assistance to veterans’ organizations in the area as well as various community programs.

YSB seeking donations of school supplies, cash

The Youth Service Bureau’s Tools For Life school supplies program is under way. 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 2015 we helped 700 students with the school supplies they needed to start school,” says Jan Williams, executive director of YSB.

Duke Energy grant will fund JA program at HNHS

Junior Achievement of Huntington County will use a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to educate Huntington North High School freshmen about career skills.

The $9,775 grant will provide volunteer-based education to the ninth grade students that will equip them with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth industries.

Walk will reveal stories of cemetery

The Roanoke Area Heritage Center is sponsoring a cemetery walk on June 12.

The event is a living history presentation featuring local citizens of a bygone era.

The tour begins at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery at the Kil-so-quah historical marker.

In the event of inclement weather, alternative location details will be posted on the organization’s website,

The program is free and open to the public.

Huntington University recognizes its faculty, staff in service awards celebration

Huntington University President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (left) congratulates Connie Bonner, the university’s controller and director of financial services, on her selection as Staff Member of the Year.
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Huntington University’s Community Enhancement Council hosted its annual Celebration of Service luncheon on May 17, recognizing the Professor of the Year and Staff Member of the Year, retirees and individuals who have reached milestone anniversaries in their careers.

Dr. Tim Smith, professor of non-western history, was named the 2016 Professor of the Year. Smith previously received the award in 2010. He was honored on May 3 at Forester Night, a senior awards event.

Local students make UE dean’s list

Drew Hollman and Madeline Mettler of Huntington have earned a position on the University of Evansville dean’s list for academic achievements during the Spring Semester of 2016.

Hollman is majoring in athletic training, and Mettler is majoring in archaeology.

To make the dean’s list, a student must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Prospective therapy dogs invited to evaluation

The Huntington team of Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Visiting Dogs will hold an evaluation session on Aug. 29 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.

Several from county make Ivy Tech dean’s list

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has announced its spring 2016 dean’s list. The dean’s list, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

• Are degree-seeking.

• Achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs.

• Earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester.

• Have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study.

Huntington County students who have been named to the list are:

Post office not a battery drop-off

The U.S. Post Office at Huntington no longer has receptacles available to collect used batteries.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library offers used battery drop-off, with a receptacle located by the main door of the Huntington branch.

The people have spoken

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Meghan Underwood (left), a senior at Huntington North High School, holds the People’s Choice picture she created, an acrylic painting titled, “A Sunset at the Lake.” The artwork won the popularity award at the recent ArtsExpress event held March 19 at Crestview Middle School. She is congratulated by HNHS art teacher Teri Fuller-O’Brien.

HNHS junior Hall wins Tri Kappa Youth Art Award for pencil drawing

Huntington North High School junior Ashley Hall (right) displays the graphite and charcoal pencil drawing she created, entitled “Friends,” which won the Kappa Kappa Kappa Youth Art Award. Congratulating her on Wednesday, May 18, is Tri Kappa President Sherry Miller (left).
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington North High School junior Ashley Hall is the recipient of the Kappa Kappa Kappa Youth Art Award. Hall won the award with her graphite and charcoal pencil drawing she created, entitled “Friends,” depicting a mother elephant and two youngsters.

“I have been in art classes since freshman year. Most of them have been in drawing and one painting class,” Hall says. “I love art because I enjoy trying to create things. I enjoy trying to capture what I see in real life or in photos.”

In the future Hall would like to become an art teacher.

HU names pair to endowed chair spots

Todd Martin (left) and Rebecca Coffman.
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Huntington University has announced the faculty appointments for the 2016-2019 Edwina Patton and Luke J. Peters Chairs in the Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Todd Martin, professor of English, was selected for the Edwina Patton Chair of Arts and Sciences.

Fireworks donation

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Roanoke Kiwanis President Alan Amick (left) presents a check in the amount of $500 to Denis Dearduff, representing the Roanoke Fireworks committee. The donation was made to help with the Roanoke Fourth of July festival.

Local Extension office announces 4-H events for this coming week

The Purdue Extension office has announced 4-H events for the coming week.

They are:

Monday, May 23
Archery, 6 p.m., Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Tuesday, May 24
Canine Capers, 6:30 p.m., Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Crystal Clovers, 6:30 p.m., Heritage Hall, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, May 25
Bowling, 5 p.m., Rainbow Lanes.

Champion Achievers, 6:15 p.m., St. Peter Church.

Snip of a ribbon opens park, begins Rotary’s centennial celebration

Huntington Rotarians, city officials and friends cut a ribbon Tuesday, May 17, to officially open Rotary Centennial Park in downtown Huntington. Taking part were (front, from left) Dawn Harvey, Jill Denman, Annette Carroll, Rotary Club President Michael Howell, Barbara Ring Rutledge, Mel Ring, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, Sarah Bergler with youngsters Reese Brown, Anne Bergler and Sam Bergler in front, former Rotary President Rose Wall, Nicole Johnson, Rose Meldrum, Chris Fleck and Terry Miller.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A ribbon cutting on Tuesday, May 17, officially opened Rotary Centennial Park in downtown Huntington.

It also opened a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Huntington Rotary Club, which partnered with the City of Huntington to build the park to serve as a legacy of the club’s first 100 years in Huntington.

The park will be dedicated next spring, Rotary Club President Michael Howell said, as Rotarians conclude their celebration of the club’s founding in Huntington in 1917.

ABWA honors Teresa Ray as Woman of the Year

Teresa Ray (center) was named the Forks of the Wabash chapter of the American Business Women’s Association “Woman of the Year” on Wednesday night, May 18, at the group’s 33rd annual Business Associate and Education Night at Huntington University. With Ray are (from left) Event Chairman Angela Smith and Vice President Vicki Pearson.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Teresa Ray has been named 2016 Woman of the Year by the Forks of the Wabash Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

The award was presented on Wednesday, May 18, during the chapter’s 33rd annual Business Associate and Education Night at Huntington University.
Ray was nominated by Debby Gatchel, who characterized Ray as a “dependable, efficient and unfailingly punctual” leader who can “resolve conflicts and handle difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact.”

Applications now available for Paul Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Steve and Peggy Paul Scholarship.

Applications can be picked up at L&S Transmissions, 1126 First St., Huntington or from any board member.

The applications must be mailed to Tony Schmid or dropped off at L&S Transmissions by June 22.

The scholarship is named in memory of Steve and Peggy Paul, who both died of cancer in 2002. Both were active members of the Huntington Moose Lodge.

Mr. Paul was a firefighter with the Huntington Fire Department and Mrs. Paul was a long-time employee of Square D in Huntington.

Local Rotarians host club members from Turkey

Members of a Rotary Club from Turkey and the club in Huntington exchange greetings and culture during a recent Huntington Rotary Club meeting. Pictured are (front row, from left) Tolga Aytore, Dawn Harvey, Ayfer Aytore, Mustafa and Banu Kuralay and Rose Meldrum; (second row, from left) David Mann and Ayse Mine Ergun; (third row, from left) Crystal and Levent Bayraktar; (fourth row, from left) Halide and Burak Akbas; and (fifth row, from left) Nurten and Yuksel Buyukakten.

During the Huntington Rotary Club meeting on May 10, Dawn Harvey introduced the program highlighting the country of Turkey through the Rotary District 6540 Friendship Exchange. Eleven Rotarians from Turkey have traveled to Indiana, and the district will be sending an exchange group to Turkey in June.

First Federal ranked among Top 200 Community Banks

First Federal Savings Bank has been named to American Banker Magazine’s Top 200 Community Banks for the fifth consecutive year.

Of the 700 banks across the country that were eligible to be ranked, FFSB came in at 93. This ranking was 25 spots higher than last year.

The magazine ranked the institutions based on the profitability metric, return on average equity, over a three-year period. Only 14 banks from the state of Indiana made this list.

Lifetree to address stories of meth addiction, recovery

Practical ways to prevent meth use will be offered at Lifetree Café on Tuesday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m.

The program, titled “Meth: Stories of Horror and Hope,” features a filmed interview with Cindy Gray, a woman who lost a son due to methamphetamine use.

This Lifetree program also features a filmed interview with a young man who became addicted to meth but found hope and escaped his addiction.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at 50 E. Tipton St., Huntington.

Moving day

Photo by Steve Clark.

Clay Bishop, of Colen Moving and Storage, carries items out of the Markle clerk-treasurer’s office at 520 W. Logan St. to a moving truck on Thursday, May 19. Movers spent the day packing up the office for relocation to its new home in the old Markle Public Library building, located at 197 E. Morse St.

Amateur radio group will meet tonight

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will meet today, Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The public is welcome.

Dancing to Music in the City

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jane Garrison (left), of Warren, and Gerald Eckert, of Huntiington, dance to the tunes of The West Central Quartet (background) during the first Music in the City in downtown Huntington on Saturday evening, May 21. The event, spopnsored by the Downtown Huntington Business Association, featured music, food and sidewalk sales.