Jaycees to sponsor Easter egg hunt on March 31

The Huntington Jay-cees' Easter egg hunt will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31, at Memorial Park.

The Easter Bunny will be at the event until noon.

The hunt will begin as children 3 and younger have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Children will receive a plush toy and eggs.

Plush toys will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

The remaining age groups will follow, with 4 to 6-year-olds, 7 to 9-year-olds, and 10 to 12-year-olds.


Miss Huntington crown goes to Ball State junior Mawhorter

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ball State University junior Kara Mawhorter now holds the title of Miss Huntington 2012.

Mawhorter, a 21-year-old from Whitley County, received the crown from 2011 Miss Huntington Mindi Hoffman on Saturday, March 24, in a moment of deja vu - with only the roles reversed.

"I was Junior Miss in 2009, when I was a senior in high school, and the next year I gave it to Mindi," Mawhorter said after winning the Miss Huntington title. "Now, she's giving it to me."


People’s choice award

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Roanoke Elementary School student Dairian Goelz received the People's Choice award at the 2011-12 Symphony in Color. Her artwork was chosen from 516 students representing 84 schools. The award was given at a ceremony held in the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Other award winners from Huntington include Matthew Weill of Northwest Elementary and Ronald Goetz of Roanoke Elementary.


HNHS announces important dates for seniors

The Huntington North High School class of 2012 will graduate on Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. in the school's gymnasium.

In preparation for graduation, important dates for seniors have been announced by the school's administration.

Upcoming events include:
• Thursday, April 12 - Kiwanis Vocational Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Tuesday, April 17 - Junior Rotarian Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Tuesday, April 24 - Top 25 pictures, during homeroom.


Pie in face

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Third grade teacher Ken Thompson is creamed at the 2012 Lincoln Elementary School carnival. The carnival, held on March 16, raised funds for the school's various events and activities held throughout the school year.


TAB to publish Easter services

The TAB will publish a list of Holy Week and Easter services at area churches on Monday, April 2.

Information about the services must be submitted no later than Thursday, March 29, at noon in order to be included.

Information can be emailed to, dropped off at The TAB office at 1670 Etna Ave., or mailed to The TAB, PO Box 391, Huntington, IN 46750.



‘Lorax’ in the library

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First-graders (clockwise from left) Payton Sell, Drew Dorsett and Savanna Wilson from Roanoke Elementary have fun creating a "Lorax" hat in honor of Dr. Seuss' children's book "The Lorax."


Parks department tree give-away

Photo by Lauren Wilson.

Huntington resident Randall Mitchell wraps his free tree on Monday morning, March 26. Mitchell selected his tree from an assortment offered by the Huntington Parks and Recreation, free of charge.


Trivia, coffee tasting on tap at café

Café of Hope is hosting two events that are open to the community.

Last Call Trivia will be held on Thursday nights starting at 7 p.m. The live trivia show is open to individuals or teams of up to six people.

Trivia topics include anything from geography, movies and literature to sports and scandals.

There is no cost to participate in the weekly event.
On April 6, the café will host an Alliance World Coffee "cupping." The event lasts for one and a half hours and will provide information on coffee as well as samples.


Parker to lead ‘Wellness Practices’ series at VNC

Victory Noll Center will present "Wellness Practices for Self-Care" beginning April 9.

Participants in the four-class workshop will participate in T'ai Chi, yoga, quiet reflection, calming breathwork and more.

The activities are appropriate for men and women of all ages and physical abilities.

Comfortable clothing is recommended.

Jan Parker will lead the program.


Kiwanis name Stoffel, Park as ‘outstanding’

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Hannah Stoffel and Nathan Park were honored by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club as Outstanding Eighth Graders from Riverview Middle School.

The students were recognized during the club's March 19 meeting.

Stoffel is the daughter of Annette Stoffel.

Stoffel, a straight-A student, participates in Junior Lady Vikes, Kim League and cross country; serves as an usher at her church; and has volunteered with a food drive, blood drive, fish fry and the YMCA Miracle League. She is a member of the 4-H Future Leaders and has participated in a number of 4-H projects.


Maclure Thompson serves as page to Tom Wyss

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State Sen. Tom Wyss (left), R-Fort Wayne, poses with Maclure Thompson, who served as a page in the Indiana Senate in February. Thompson is a sixth-grader at Riverview Middle School. Senate pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the capitol building, visiting the floor of the senate and meeting senators as they listened to floor debate and delivered messages between senators and staff.


Paige Gordon serves as page to Tom Wyss

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State Sen. Tom Wyss (left), R-Fort Wayne, poses with Paige Gordon, who served as a page in the Indiana Senate in February. Gordon is a seventh-grader at Riverview Middle School. Senate pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the capitol building, visiting the floor of the senate and meeting senators as they listened to floor debate and delivered messages between senators and staff.


Salamonie announces 3rd quarter honor roll

Salamonie Elementary School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. Students achieving honor roll are:

Second Grade
All A's - Jillian Bieber, Austin Brown, Grace Clabaugh, Engelbert Dickson, Grace Fairchild, Tyler Forst, Alexander Gallegos and Madison Herstad.
Also, John Markley, Aurora Maul, Cam McCarver, Paige McCutcheon, Kennedy Mitchem, Nicholas Neuenschwander, Megan Ormiston and Evan Reynolds.


4-H Swine Boosters to meet on April 3

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Family Living Building at Hier's Park.

Discussion items include gates and other possible swine barn improvements, Pork Quality Assurance youth training, and other old and new business.

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



Erie RR workers to have b’fast buffet

The Erie RR workers will meet for a buffet breakfast at the VFW, located at 220 W. Park Drive, in Huntington, Saturday, March 31.

The breakfast will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. with a group photo being taken at 10 a.m. All railroaders, friends and family are welcome.



UWIS to have program about plants, wildflowers on April 2 for Seniors

Individuals age 50 or older are invited to join Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, Monday, April 2.

The group will be offering a look at plants and wildflowers with an indoor portion and, for those who choose, a stroll around the short Turkey Cove Trail as well.

The program begins with a meal at 12:30 p.m. The meat dish will be provided by Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. Seniors should bring a dish to pass, their own table service and $1 donation to help defray the cost of the provided meat dish.


SWCD fish sale order forms due by April 26

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office is sponsoring a spring fish sale with orders due by April 26 with payment.

Some varieties of fish available are: Redear Sunfish, Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Fathead Minnows, Black Crappies, Koi and Grass Carp. Water lilies and aquatic plants are also available.

For an order form, visit the district office located at 2040 Riverfork Dr., Huntington, or go to the SWCD website at


Huntington County Baptist Church to hold children’s Easter celebration

The Huntington County Baptist Church will hold a Community Children's Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt, on Saturday, April 7.

The event will take place at the church, located at 2435 Waterworks Rd. in Huntington, and will run from 10 a.m. until noon. Children in grade five and younger may attend and will enjoys games, crafts, puppets, prizes and a Bible Easter story. Participants are encouraged to bring an Easter basket.

For more information, contact the church at 356-6954.



Eilers to participate at multi-faith panel discussion April 11 at FW

Dr. Kent Eilers, assistant professor of theology at Huntington University, will participate in a multi-faith discussion panel April 11 at Canterbury Middle School, Fort Wayne.

Eilers will represent the viewpoint of evangelical Christians as the panelists discuss the topic "How Good Must I Be? The Consequences of My Choices."

Other faiths represented are Baha'i, Hundu, Islam and Judaism.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Andrews COB to host soup supper March 31

The Andrews Church of the Brethren will hold a ham and bean and soup supper on Saturday, March 31, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu includes ham and beans with cornbread, chili, vegetable soup, ham and cheese sandwiches, chili cheese dogs, assorted desserts and assorted drinks.

A free-will offering will be accepted.

For more information call 786-3136.

The church is located at 262 E. McKeever St., Andrews.



Salamonie IC to hold ‘Just Ducky’ on April 25

Children ages 2 through 5 are invited to learn about ducks during the "Just Ducky" program on Wednesday, April 25, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

The program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will take place indoors and outside. A parent or caregiver must attend with the child, and they may choose to bring a lunch to eat after the event.

There is a per-child fee, but the property entrance fee is waived. To register, call 468-2127 or visit the Salamonie Interpretive Center at 3691 S. New Holland Rd., Andrews.



Goat attraction

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Third-graders from throughout Huntington County reach out to touch a pair of young goats during Purdue Cooperative Extension's Ag Day on Thursday, March 22, at Hier's Park. All 480 of Huntington County's third-graders got to visit the park to learn about the roles livestock and crop production play in their lives. Approximately 40 volunteers manned 14 stations, several featuring baby farm animals.


Warren’s ‘Taste of Spring’ set for May 5 at Dogwood Glen GC

The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce will present its third annual "A Taste of Spring" event on May 5 at the Dogwood Glen Golf Course in Warren.

Guests are invited to sample wines, ales and lagers - and, new this year, olive oils and vinegars - during the evening.

Satek Winery, of Fremont, will provide eight varieties of wines. Six ales and lagers will be provided by the Mad Anthony Brewing Company of Fort Wayne.

The Olive Twist will provide an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar.


Lahr, Stevens and Witt take home grand prizes from recent EXPO

Organizers of the 2012 Huntington County EXPO announce the winners of vendor-sponsored prizes given away during the event on March 17 and 18.

Grand prize winners were Donna Lahr, who won two round-trip tickets from Allegiant Air; Matt Stevens, a 40-inch JVC big screen TV with Blu-ray player, sponsored by Edward Jones; and Matthew Witt, a one-year membership to the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, sponsored by Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Saturday's winners were:


Hgtn. mayor to lead special Story Time at library

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will lead a special Story Time session on Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m., at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, as part of the statewide celebration of March as Disability Awareness Month.

Mayor Fetters will read several books celebrating this year's theme, "Celebrate Community."

Following Story Time with Mayor Fetters, children will have the opportunity to enjoy additional stories and take turns at several activity stations designed to teach understanding of those with disabilities.


Daffodil Day

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Judy Cline (standing) chats with Parkview Huntington Hospital volunteer coordinator Judy Fitzmaurice (seated at right) and Huntington North High School intern Nicole Smith (seated at left) before starting her shift at the hospital's American Cancer Society table on Thursday, March 22. Cancer Society volunteers were holding their annual Daffodil Days fund-raiser, selling the first flower of spring as a sign of hope for cancer patients.


Lancaster announces 3rd quarter honor roll

Lancaster Elementary announces its list of students named to the honor roll for the third grading period of the 2011-2012 school year.

They are:

Grade Three
All A's - Makayla Ball, Barrett Barscz, Micah Bell, John Biehl, Garrett Bowers, Emma Bradford, Grace Bradford, Makayla Braun, Caden Brubaker, Rebekah Brunner, Kennady Chapin, Jasmine Cosimini, Kyle Deetz, Lindsay Felton, Trace Fields, Reese Freeman and Alexis Gaunt.


Tri Kappa taking Schul Scholarship applications

The Huntington Associate Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa is accepting applications for the Constance L. Schul Scholarship until April 15.

Applications may be obtained from the Huntington North High School guidance department.

The scholarship will be awarded to a Huntington County resident who is a high school senior or a college freshman, sophomore or junior. Special consideration will be given to those entering the health care field.



A career concluded

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Norma Beghtel (third from left) concluded a 41-year career with Juergens Do-It Center with her retirement on Thursday, March 22. With her are Juergens owners (from left) Gina Juergens, Dan Juergens and George Juergens. Beghtel has worked as a clerk, housewares manager, merchandising engineer and in other capacities at Juergens. She and her husband Walt live in Huntington


HU students and professors present papers to fellow mathematicians

Two Huntington University students and two faculty members were scheduled to make presentations at the spring meeting of the Indiana section of the Mathematical Association of America at Ball State University on March 24.

The speakers are:
• Zachary Keller, a senior math education major from Portland, with a presentation titled "The Four Color Theorem."

• Megan Verhasselt, a senior math education major from Bartlett, IL, with a presentation titled "A More Powerful Construction."


Seeing it all

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JJ Porter (left), a student at Parhfinder Kids Kampus, has his eyesight screened by Lions Club volunteers Othel Fouts (center) and Patti Jones. The Lions Clubs of Andrews, Bippus, Huntington and Roanoke provided free eye screenings for children ages 18 months through 5 years, conducting 66 screenings over three days at Pathfinder Kids Kampus.


Flint Springs names honor roll students for quarter

Flint Springs Elementary announces its list of students named to the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

They are:

Grade Three
All A's - Kaitlyn Bowers, Carly Collins, Caliegh Davidson, Melody Glassburn, Dylinn Hertel, Ashley Higgins, Jade House, Andrew Kiracofe, Keaton Kline, Miranda Lippe, Laney Marshall, Dylan Miller, Garrett Palmer, Samuel Schuhler, Benjamin Shriner, Kall Stinson and Tatum Taylor.


Get ready for ‘Brown Bag Fridays’

The early arrival of warm weather has prompted many Huntington residents to begin cleaning up winter debris from their yards, and the Huntington Street Department wants to help residents get rid of that waste.

The street department has instituted "Brown Bag Fridays," Superintendent Bob Caley says.


Crestview Middle School announces honor rolls for third quarter

Crestview Middle School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. Students achieving honor roll are:

Sixth Grade
All A's - Hollyn Anderson, Caleigh Burkley, Haley Cook, Reid Dillion, Willow Erickson, Lauren Farrell, Paige Grable, Melanie Gradeless and Sydnee Gradeless.

Also, Gabrielle Haneline, Katherine Jamison, Rileigh Johnson, Sara Kauffman, Karmen Koch, Sydney Kyle, Collin Landrum, Gillian Lintz, Audrey Marjamaa and Rachel Moore.


Salamonie School students earn honors for perfect attendance

Salamonie School announces its list of students who achieved perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.

They are:
Kindergarten - Conner Brown, Ayden Cooper, Tessa Maul, Dawson McCarty, Ava Poulson, Aaliayh Stephens and Shaylyn Suchcicki.

First grade - Ashton Antoine, Erica Dickson, Summer Jackson, Taylor Jordan, Gabrielle Leichty, Katelyn McMillan, Alexandria Raab, Logan Stucky and Charlie Zehner.

Second grade - Engelbert Dickson, Madison Herstad, Cam McCarver, Mason Scalf, Tyler Stanley and Caedin Womack.


Statewide organization looking for 1840 Huntington County setttlers

The Society of Indiana Pioneers is looking for people who had settled in Huntington County by 1840.

The society, founded in 1916 on the 100th anniversary of Indiana's statehood, is compiling information about pioneers in each of the state's 92 counties in preparation for the 200th anniversary of Indiana's statehood in 2016.

Any person, famous or ordinary, may be nominated as long as he or she had settled in Huntington County by 1840.


Riverview Middle School announces honor roll for third grading quarter of school year

Riverview Middle School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. Students achieving honor roll are:

Eighth Grade
All A's - Olivia Bolinger, Ashley Breeding, Emily Bucher, Alexandra Christian, Kaitlyn Drayer, Mackenzie Faurote, Mallory Flora and Hannah Frankle.
Also, Logan Green, Jeffrey Holley, Kylie Kaiser, Emily Karst, Abigail Kindler, Wyatt Landrum, Alexandra Moyer and Abigail Ness.

And, Nathan Park, Spencer Sharpe, Carly Snyder, Hannah Stoffel and Aaron Webb.


Lincoln Elementary releases honor roll list

Lincoln Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year.
Honor roll students are:

All A's
Third grade - Luke Bent, Isabelle Center, Tyler Dalrymple, Quinton Fetrow, Savannah Herring, Caleb Jackson, Madisyn Johnson, Matthew Kline, Michael Kline, Megan Landon, Elysha Little, Olivia Lough, Brinleigh Myers, Haylee Penn, MaKayla Rodgers, Caden Searles, Zackery Sikora, Lacie Stouder, Kya Voght and Samantha Wilson.

Fourth grade - Shane Burton, Dakota Davenriner, Allison Jennings, Emma McNally and Mikayla Williams.


HU awards Horizon scholarships to six students

Six incoming Huntington University freshmen have been awarded Horizon Leadership Scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.

The scholarship program, launched in 2008, is a collaborative effort between HU and Youth for Christ. It is designed to attract and retain students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.


Education programs recognized

Several of Huntington University's education programs have received national recognition from NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and from the national professional associations that evaluate them.

The programs recognized were elementary education, special education, math education, social studies education and physical education.

Although Huntington has been nationally accredited by NCATE since 1994, this is the first year that Huntington has applied for national recognition of individual programs.


Crestview students recognized for getting to school every day

Crestview Middle School has announced its perfect attendance list for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. Students who had perfect attendance are:

Sixth Grade
Hollyn Anderson, Brianna Bates, Mickalea Bowman, Josiah Chesterman, Deanna Christiansen, Haley Cook, Caitlin Crawford and Julie Donahue.

Also, Isabella Edwards, Willow Erickson, Derek Farley, Lauren Farrell, Jacob Foster, Megan Gilpin, Gabrielle Haneline and Peyton Harvey.


HU student film is awarded top honors at festival

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"Refresh," an animated film created by three Huntington University seniors, won first place in the first Water Day Film Festival.

The film was created by Sean Cruise, of Melville, NY; Ben Kroll, of Mt. Lake Park, MD; and Matthew Weener, of Hudsonville, MI.

All three are majoring in animation at HU.
"Refresh" examines how people use limited resources, including water, and if there is a way to help those with less.


Malta House will serve free Easter meal April 7

The Malta House Men's Shelter will host a free Easter dinner on Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.

The all-you-can-eat buffet will include ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and assorted dessert. Carry-outs will be available.

For more information, call Teresa Kaylor at 356-5310 or email

Donations for the meal can be sent to the Malta House, PO Box 81, Huntington, IN 46750 or dropped off at Malta Burger, 201 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.



Northwest honors students for perfect attendance

Northwest Elementary School has recognized students who had perfect attendance for the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

They are:
Dominic Adams, Nathan Alleman, Gavin Babb, Drew Baker, Colin Betterly, Morgan Betterly, Brendan Brinkman, Kylee Burnau, Brendan Caffee, Denver Caffee, Brynn Caley, Kortney Campbell, Madeline Cooper, Bryce Cotton and Julia Crist.


Northwest’s honor roll students earn recognition

Northwest Elementary School has announced the names of students who achieved honor roll status for the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

They are:

All A's
Fifth grade - Colin Betterly, Reiley Brown, Corbin Cozad, Peyton Dorsett, Angel Ellyson, Madison Fruit, John Groves, Mikala Holder, Kayla Inderlied, Hannah Johns, Kaden Kaiser, Andrew Nash, Preston Perlmutter, Alex Ranc, Daniel Skinner, Emily Walter, Alexyea Ward, Macy Wohlford, Eli Wood and Adam Zahn.


Saddle club elects officers, announces events for 2012 show season

The Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club met March 14 at Z Place.

The officers for the 2012 season are Melissa Jackson, president; Phil Kreider, vice president; Leslie Zahm, treasurer; and Denise Kreider, secretary.
Members received calendars for the approaching show season.

Two cowboy mounted shooting competitions will be held at the saddle club on May 18, 19 and 20 and June 22, 23 and 24.

The club will hold its annual open horse show on a June 17.


Therapy on a tricycl

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Parkview Huntington Hospital physical therapist Cynthia Goshert (left) and pediatric occupational therapist Karen Heimann display a therapeutic tricycle they recently fit for a pediatric patient with occupational, speech and physical disabilities. The tricycle is a therapeutic tool to help build leg and trunk strength and is a mode of mobility; it will also allow the child to develop social skills by riding with neighborhood children. Funds for the $1,000 tricycle came from the Assistive Technology Award grant sponsored by Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana.


HU to have new pre-athletic training program

Huntington University will launch an innovative program in pre-athletic training this fall.

This 3-2 program will include three years of undergraduate study at Huntington and two years of graduate work at Manchester College.

"This 3-2 program will equip students for this in-demand field while helping them to graduate in less time with less debt," says Dr. Matthew Ruiz, associate professor of exercise science at HU.


Extension Office lists 4-H calendar for this week

Purdue University Cooperative Extension - Huntington County office announces its calendar for this week:

Monday, March 26
• 5:30 p.m. - Champion Achievers. St. Peter's Community Church.

• 7 p.m. - Tractor Club. Home of Doug Carroll.

Tuesday, March 27
• 6 p.m. - Rifle Club. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

• 6:30 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.

• 6:30 p.m. - Crystal Clovers. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

• 6:30 p.m. - Corn Cob. Faith Lutheran Church.


Tutor of the month

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Karen Dalrymple, third from left, has been named Tutor of the Month by the Huntington County Literacy Coalition. With her are (from left) Literacy Coalition board members Cathy Rumler and DeAnna Scott and (right) literacy coordinator Hallie Selig. Dalrymple, of Markle, has volunteered as a tutor for two years, working with an elementary school student on reading skills.


Miss Huntington and her court

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Miss Huntington 2012 Kara Mawhorter (third from left) is joined by the other winners from the Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 24, at Central Christian Church. They are (from left) Madelyn Scheiber, people's choice winner; Alyssa Hollowell, first runner-up and community service award winner; and Madison Kroh, second runner-up.


Farewell walk

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Miss Huntington 2011 Mindi Hoffman takes her farewell walk during the 2012 Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant on Saturday evening, March 24, at Central Christian Church. Applauding in the background are 2012 contestants (from left) Madison Kroh and Kara Mawhorter.


Evening gown competition

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Madison Kroh, a Northfield High School senior from Wabash County, models her evening gown during the competition at the 2012 Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant on Saturday evening, March 24, at Central Christian Church.


Showing her talent

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Morgan Meinert, a University of Iowa graduate student from Wabash County, performs a tap dance during the talent portion of the 2012 Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant on Saturday evening, March 24, at Central Christian Church.


Miss Huntington pageant interview

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alyssa Hollowell (left) answers a question from 2011 Miss Huntington Mindi Hoffman during the interview portion of the 2012 Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 24, at Central Christian Church in Huntington.


Beef preview show

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Abbigail Schrader, of Columbia City, and her calf participate in the Huntington County Beef Preview Show on Saturday, March 24, at Hier's Park.


Admiring the art

Photo by Alex DeNicolo.

Kaleb Nightenhelser looks over some of the artwork on display at Crestview Middle School as part of the annual ArtsExpress, a showcase of art by Huntington County Community Schools Corporation students, on Saturday, March 24.


Robotics team heading to worlds

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Team T.H.R.U.S.T., the Huntington County 4-H robotics team, is headed for the world championships.

The local team, working in an alliance with two other teams, won the Boilermaker Regional held March 15-17 at Purdue University. As a result, the teams secured a spot in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championships in St. Louis, MO, April 25-28.

The three-team alliance also included Limestone Community High School, of Peoria, IL, and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, of Cincinnati, OH.


Sixteen youth graduate from Leadership Academy

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Huntington County Leadership hosted its 2012 Youth Leadership graduation ceremony on Sunday, March 4, at the Crestview Middle School auditorium.

The 2012 graduating class of 16 is the 10th academy of students to graduate from the HCL youth leadership program.

Throughout the academy year, students attended a weekend retreat held at Epworth Forest, took tours of local government offices, learned about local industries including Our Sunday Visitor and Gerdau, toured St. Felix Oratory and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.


ArtsExpress hits 20th anniversary

The artistic talents of Huntington County students will be on display at the 20th anniversary edition of ArtsExpress.

Visual and performing arts, as well as a chance for guests to create some of their own art, are featured during the festival of fine arts, to be held Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crestview Middle School.

This year's theme is "Arts for Life."


New clowns to perform at ceremony on Sunday, March 25

Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry will hold its graduation ceremony on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntington.

Nine new clowns who recently completed an eight-week training program will present a program of skits.

The program will be followed by a commissioning ceremony.
The public is invited to attend.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 530 Guilford St., Huntington.



Forks seeks items for fund-raiser garage sale

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The Historic Forks of the Wabash is seeking donations for a fund-raising garage sale to be held on March 31.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward funding the new museum addition at the Forks.

Donations of clothing and other miscellaneous items will be accepted on March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon and on March 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forks' museum addition.

The sale will be held at the museum addition on March 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Senate page

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State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City, poses with Sam Daugherty, who served as a page in the Indiana Senate in February. Daugherty is a student at Riverview Middle School. Senate pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the capitol building, visiting the floor of the senate and meeting senators as they listened to floor debate and delivered messages between senators and staff.


Boxell addresses students about tobacco use

Photo by Lauren Wilson.

Huntington Police Officer Cory Boxell addresses a group of fourth grade students at the Huntington County Wellness Coalition's annual fourth grade health fair on Wednesday, March 14, at Huntington University. Boxell talked to the students about tobacco use and how to steer clear of the dangers of second-hand smoke.


Roanoke library hosts Easter event

The Roanoke Public Library will host an Easter event for children 12 and younger on Saturday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event will take place at the library and will feature stories, crafts, snacks and games.



Revival will open Friday at Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church in Andrews

Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, in Andrews, will host a revival, March 23-25.

Service times are:

• Friday, March, 23, at 6:30 p.m., featuring guest singers Gospel Lights.

• Saturday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m., featuring vocalist Judith Montgomery.

• Sunday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m., featuring Montgomery. The message will be given by Bethesda pastor Rev. Todd Masters.

• Sunday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m., featuring the Denham Free Will Baptist Church Singers.


Lancaster High School sets alumni banquet

The Lancaster High School (Huntington County) Alumni Banquet for all graduates, former students and teachers will be held April 21, at the Lancaster Elementary School gymnasium.
Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the banquet served at 6 p.m. There is a cost per person and advance reservations are required.

Those who cannot attend dinner are encouraged to come at 7 p.m. for fellowship and entertainment provided by Damon Bailey, the "singing auctioneer." The evening program will include recognition of the honored classes of 1932, 1942, 1952 and 1962.


HNHS students Daronatsy and Spencer seek chance at Intl. DECA

Photo by Lauren Wilson.

Huntington North High School students Laura Daronatsy and Colin Spencer have the opportunity to compete at the International DECA Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.


Andrews Elementary announces honor roll

The following students received all A's for the third quarter at Andrews Elementary.

They are:

Grade Three
All A's - Jayden Black, Maximus Bruner, Cynthia Dawalt, Ethan Eckert, Jessica Geiger, Kaitlyn Gordon, Micki King, Victoria Myers, Maggie Park, Matthew Schnepp, Cassandra Vargo, Tomas Velez, Kyra Williams and Daylin Wintrode.

A's and B's - Malakai Anders, Chesney Anderson, Darren Anstead, Bailey Bruner, Allison Caley, Jennifer Cicatko, Gavin Covey, Ethan Crouse, Eryn Dolby, Tawna Garriott, Triniti Hendryx, Joshua Keel and Justin Kinsey.


TAB to publish Easter services

The TAB will publish a list of Holy Week and Easter services at area churches on Monday, April 2.

Information about the services must be submitted no later than Thursday, March 29, at noon in order to be included.

Information can be emailed to, dropped off at The TAB office at 1670 Etna Ave., or mailed to The TAB, PO Box 391, Huntington, IN 46750.



Cloning debate

Crestview Middle School student Taylor Toombs presents a speech stating her opinion on human cloning. Several other students with top speeches also offered their views on the subject in the school's auditeria, Friday, March 16.


Mission House provides food boxes to needy

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Mission House Church, located on Etna Avenue in Huntington, provides boxes of food to those in need.

Business at the church's food pantry has "grown tremendously" since it opened a year and a half ago, director Jill Waikel says.

Food is given out by appointment on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings, and recipients are allowed to pick up a box of food every other week. Those wishing to make an appointment should call Waikel at 504-1300.


LAC Artists of the Month

Photo by Alex DeNicolo

The La Fontaine Arts Council has honored three Crestview students with the Artist of the Month award for the Month of March. Students honored were (first row from left) Erika Kennedy, Drew Evans and Stacey Cox. Nominating teachers of students are (second row from left) Doug McElhaney, William Richey and Abbey Shively.


Hgtn. Parks dept. to hold garage sale

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual spring garage sale at Hier's Park on April 14.
Vendors are being sought to rent available booth space.
The rental fee includes two eight-foot tables.

Booths will be located inside Heritage Hall, the Community Building and the Family Living Building.

Set-up for vendors will be on April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The sale will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on renting booth space contact the Parks Department at 358-2323.



HU students will travel to Baltimore to compete for scholarships

Huntington University's Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society will be attending the Alpha Chi Super-Regional Convention in Baltimore, MD, from March 22 to 24.

Seven students will be presenting papers and competing for Alpha Chi scholarships and fellowships. Those students are:

• Daniel Binkoski, a junior business management and entrepreneurial small business management double major from Adrian, MI, will present on "Hybrid Organizations."


HCS names honor roll for quarter

Huntington Catholic School has announced its honor rolls fort he third quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

Students making all A's are:

Fourth grade - Sydney Bowman, Emily Molitor, Graham Scher, Darcy Williams and Brant Young.

Fifth grade - Amara Eckert, Martin Harold and Olivia Jablonski.

Seventh grade - Sophie Simms, Audrey Wilcox and Alyssa Woolard.

Eighth grade - Ethan Owens.

Students making all A's and B's are:

Fourth grade - Tatihana Black, Taylor Reust, Peyton Rosen, Hailee Wilcoxson and Meredith Zay.


Andrews Elementary announces third quarter perfect attendance

Andrews Elementary announces its list of students who have achieved perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.


Master gardener will offer growing tips at HU Auxiliary breakfast

Greg Sweetland, a Purdue University master gardener, will be the featured speaker for the Huntington University Women's Auxiliary Spring Breakfast on April 14 at 9 a.m.


Huntington Catholic lists third quarter PA

Huntington Catholic School has announced the names of students who had perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

They are:

Nolan Williams.

Grade One
Samson Vickrey and Kyler Wilcoxson.

Grade Two
Josie Eckert, Anna Guerre, Morgan Hasty, Ethan Linker, Evan Linker, Katie Smith, Jacob Stetzel, Ryan Teusch, Lucas Thomas, Evan Wilcoxson and Sloane Williams.


Event Center opens

Photo by Alex DeNicolo.

Owners of the Cottage Event Center host a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the center. Offering a space for receptions, parties and meetings, the center is open for scheduling. Many Huntington and Roanoke business professionals were present including (front row from left) Gene Snowden, Mat Quickery, Nicole Johnson, Owner John Mann, Owner Gale Mann, Owner Jim Amstutz, Gail Gibson, Mike Gibson and County Commissioner Tom Wall.


Falconears perform at EXPO

Photo by Andre. B. Laird

The Falconears of Flint Springs Elementary School perform at the Huntington County EXPO on Sunday, March 18, as part of the EXPO Music Showcase at Huntington University's fieldhouse.


Scheiber among six Award of Excellence recipients

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Corey Scheiber, of Huntington, was one of six Vincennes University students to receive Awards of Excellence during a March 13 ceremony in Indianapolis.

The award is presented by the Indiana Department of Education to recognize outstanding scholarship and service.

Scheiber, a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School, is studying surveying technology at Vincennes University. He was nominated by Bill Clark, coordinator of the surveying program.


Retired officer will present ‘Body Safety’ sessions

Sgt. Terry Hall, a retired Indianapolis Police Department officer and an expert in child safety, will return to Huntington for a seventh year to present his "Body Safety" program.

Hall's program is designed to keep children from becoming victims of sexual predators.

He will present his program to the community on March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

Hall will explain how parents, professionals, law enforcement and the community at large can take an active role in making the community safe for children and youth.


Helping the rabbit prepare for egg hunt

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Jaycees Treasurer Richard Riggle (left) watches as Zouie Whitacre (center) and Bonnie Leyman (right) fill plastic eggs with candy pieces in preparation for the Jaycees' Easter egg hunt in Huntington. The club recruited Leyman, Whitacre and other residents of the Central Living apartments to help stuff the eggs on Wednesday, March 14. The event will be held on March 31 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park.


Area 4-H clubs announce activities for the week

Purdue University Cooperative Extension - Huntington County office announces its 4-H program schedule of activities for this week:

Monday, March 19
• 7 p.m. - Best-N-All. Home of the Suchcickis.
• 7 p.m. - We Raise ‘Em. Home of the Suchcickis.
• 7 p.m. - Tractor Club. Wertenberger Tire.


HU will host lecture on Parkinson’s Disease

A lecture on the "Brain Cell Transplant and Signal Analysis for Parkinson's Disease" will be presented by Dr. Tim Gilmour on March 30 at 4 p.m. in Hiner Hall of the Science Hall at Huntington University.

The seminar is part of the Gerald D. Smith Lecture Series in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

It is free and open to the public.

Gilmour recently completed a doctorate with the Pennsylvania State University Electrical Engineering Department and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Neurology Department.


Statehouse guest

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Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City (left) and Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle (right) welcome Dr. G. Blair Dowden, (center) president of Huntington University, to the Indiana Senate on March 9. Dowden was invited to give the opening invocation in the Senate Chamber prior to the start of the session.


Roanoke School honors students with top grades

Roanoke Elementary School announces the list of students named to the honor roll for the third grading period of the 2011-12 school year.

They are:

Grade Three
All A's - Brison Beekley, Emma Brewer, Max Colclesser, Reece Colclesser, Alex Gass, Grace Gross, Alivia Jackson, Meghan Mahoney, Haiden McLeod, Cassidy Smith and Hanna Whitney.


Students with perfect attendance earn recognition

The following students had perfect attendance for the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year at Roanoke Elementary School:

Ryan Abt, Autumn Anderson, Keegan Bartrom, Ashton Berghoff, Lazarus Bertsch, Syanna Bonewitz, Alivia Bradbury, Nia Branning, Emma Brewer, Hattie Brisco, Wesley Burkhart and Auburn Cartwright.

Also, Nicholas Chandler, Lizzie Colclesser, Max Colclesser, Reece Colclesser, Richard Corey, Isaiah Cripe, Brianna Cutting, Christian Cutting, Alyssa Dauscher, Sarah Dearduff and Aden Dennis.


Duke Energy to be Heritage Days main sponsor

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Duke Energy has agreed to serve as sponsor of this year's Huntington Heritage Days celebration, the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce has announced.

Duke Energy is celebrating its 100th year of serving communities like Huntington and is sponsoring Heritage Days as part of that commemoration.

The company's name will appear on the festival's official logo, which depicts a canal boat traveling the Wabash and Erie Canal.


Planting memories

Photo by Andre Laird.

Andy Mellany and son Noah work together to plant a sunflower during a youth program held on Wednesday, March 14, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. The program also included a craft time, where children made flowers and explored the outdoors.


Six seek Miss Huntington title

Six young women are in the running for the title of Miss Huntington 2012.

The new royalty will be selected during the Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 24. The pageant begins at 5 p.m. at Central Christian Church.

Participants will compete in interview, talent, swimsuit and evening wear segments.

The winner will be crowned by the reigning Miss Huntington, Mindi Hoffman. The new title-holder will compete in the Miss Indiana Pageant, to be held in Zionsville in June.


Local YSB to offer seven-week course on challenges of parenting children

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County will be offering a seven-week series addressing the challenges of raising pre-adolescents and adolescents beginning April 4 through May 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Class will cover such things as:

• Why it is hard to say "No" to children while learning why it is important to do so.

• Provide techniques to assist parents in enhancing structure and consistency within their homes.


Alzheimer group to meet on April 11

The next meeting of the local Alzheimer's Association support group is April 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Participants in support groups receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the problems they face, and the latest in information regarding research.

All meetings are confidential and free of charge.

For additional information contact the association's Helpline, 24 hours a day, at 800-272-3900.

The hospital is located at 2001 Stults Rd.



Moose donation

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Julia Wine (right), senior regent of women of the Moose Huntington Chapter 255, presents a $1,000 check to Eric Garber, administrator of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 837, Huntington, to help pay for a new furnace at the Moose Lodge. Several fund-raisers are being planned to help pay for the furnace, including an auction to be held May 5 at the lodge. Women of the Moose will provide concessions.


Aaron Webb serves as page to Sate Senator Jim Banks

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State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City, poses with Aaron Webb, who served as a page in the Indiana Senate in February. Webb is a student at Riverview Middle School. Senate pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the capitol building, visiting the floor of the senate and meeting senators as they listened to floor debate and delivered messages between senators and staff.


Apps out for PHH Guild Scholarship

Applications are now available for the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild Scholarship.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2012-2013 school year.

Applicants must be a relative of a current Guild member in good standing for at least one year prior to applying and/or a relative of a current PHH employee.

Preference is given to students enrolled in a health-related field. Awards are based on financial need, and recipients must complete the school year for which the scholarship is awarded or refund the money in case of early withdrawal from college.


Financial insight

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the Huntington Optimist Club listen as David Mills (right), director of the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions, explains the workings of the state agency. Mills, a Zionsville resident who retired in 2007 from National City Bank, was appointed in 2009 to head the agency that provides regulatory oversight of state chartered financial institutions. He was the guest speaker at the Optimist Club meeting on March 15.


Luke Gordon serves as state page

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State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City, poses with Luke Gordon, who served as a page in the Indiana Senate in February. Gordon is a student at Riverview Middle School. Senate pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the capitol building, visiting the floor of the senate and meeting senators as they listened to floor debate and delivered messages between senators and staff.


Cancer group meets tonight March 19

The Cancer Support Group will meet Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in the lower level.

Dr. Dave Murdock of Nutritional Healing Center in Fort Wayne will discuss "Gaining Health Naturally."

Anyone interested in alternative means is invited to attend.



American Cancer Society celebrates Daffodil Days

Photo by Alex DeNicolo.

The American Cancer Society will be celebrating Daffodil Days, March 19 through 23, by offering daffodils to donors in appreciation of their contributions.

Daffodils will be sold at three locations in Huntington on specific dates:

• Thursday, March 22 - Parkview Huntington Hospital, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Friday, March 23 - The Cove at Heritage Pointe, in Warren, starting at 9:30 a.m.

• March 22 and 23 - Wehr Into Flowers, 819 W. Park Drive. Daffodils will be sold during regular business hours on both days, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Poulson, Smithley earn scholarships from IAB, FW Community Foundation

Independent Alliance Banks Inc. and the Fort Wayne Community Foundation announced the 14 recipients of the Independent Alliance Banks Employee Scholarship awards.

Among them were two Huntington County students, Landon Poulson and Lisa Smithley.

Poulson is the son of Don and Marsha Poulson, of Warren.
He currently attends Manchester College, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in pre-pharmacy.

Smithley is the daughter of Greg and Patricia Smithley, of Leo.

She currently attends Huntington University, pursuing a bachelor's degree in business.


No early dismissal of HCCSC, HCS classes on Tuesday, March 20

There will be no early dismissal of classes in the Huntington County Community Schools on Tuesday, March 20.

An early dismissal had originally been scheduled for that day to allow for teacher training sessions.

However, that date falls within the testing window for IREAD-3, a state-mandated reading proficiency test that will be administered to third-graders. Students who do not pass the test, either in the spring or by retaking it in the summer, will not advance to fourth grade.

The March 20 early dismissal has also been canceled at Huntington Catholic School.


Suicide prevention session to take place March 21

A suicide prevention training session will be offered on March 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County, 1344 Maple Drive.

"This training is geared for family members, friends, pastors, etc. who want to learn more about this critical issue," says Ryan Beeching, who will instruct the session.

The QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) training will cover statistics about suicide, warning signs, risk factors, local resources and more.


Brooke Rethlake serves as page

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State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City, poses with Brooke Rethlake, who served as a page in the Indiana Senate in February. Rethlake is a student at Huntington North High School. Senate pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the capitol building, visiting the floor of the senate and meeting senators as they listened to floor debate and delivered messages between senators and staff.


Doctor will discuss new therapies to prevent stroke

Parkview Huntington Hospital will present a free program titled "New Therapies to Prevent Stroke in 2012" on Wednesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the lower-level classrooms of the hospital.

The program will be presented by William Wilson, MD, of Parkview Physicians Group - Cardiology.

Wilson will discuss the dangers and risks of stroke associated with the very common heart-rhythm disturbance called atrial fibrillation.

He will also identify new alternative drugs available for the prevention of stroke.


Healthy Steps health fair is April 10 at PHH

To promote better health, one step at a time, Parkview Huntington Hospital will present its Healthy Steps health fair on April 10, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., in the front lobby and lower-level classrooms of the hospital.

Free screenings will include, but will not be limited to, bone density, hearing, vision, body fat analysis, breathing assessment, foot screening and skin cancer screening.

Appointments are required for the skin cancer screening and can be made by calling 355-3802 or 800-533-2252, ext. 53802.


INARF honors Niederman with Chairman’s Award

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Pathfinder Services President John Niederman received the Chairman's Award at the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF) annual conference, held March 14 in Indianapolis.

The Chairman's Award is presented to outstanding executives/administrators in the human service industry.

Niederman was recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit, political acumen, ethical demeanor and professional posture with Pathfinder Services.


Seth Thompson state senate page

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State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City, poses with Seth Thompson, who served as a page in the Indiana Senate in February. Thompson is a student at Riverview Middle School. Senate pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the capitol building, visiting the floor of the senate and meeting senators as they listened to floor debate and delivered messages between senators and staff.


Cover Crop Field Day March 20 near Warren

The Huntington and Wells County Soil and Water Conservation Districts will host a Cover Crop Field Day on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The field day will be held at the James Leazier farm, 8651 S. Warren Rd., located on the northeast corner of Ind.-5 and CR 900S just north of Warren.

The event will include soil pits showing cover crop root systems, benefits of cover crops in nutrient retention and protection from soil erosion and information about varieties of cover crops available to seed on your farms.


Underwood has role in area movie

Former Huntington resident Kris Underwood will play Jesus in "The Destination," a movie being produced by Ace In the Hole Films, of Milford.

Underwood, also known as radio personality "Coyote" at Willie 103.5 FM in Warsaw, will also serve as location consultant for the film.

Ace In The Hole Films owner A.C. McCray, who is also writer/director of "The Destination," says the film will be shot in early summer in Tennessee and will be released Nov. 8.



Food pantry up and running in Andrews

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

After more than a year of preparations, a food pantry has opened in Andrews.

The Shepherd's Pantry distributed 20 boxes of food on March 15, its first day of business. Additional distributions are planned on the third Thursday of each month, organizer Tony Cicatko says.

All leftover food from the March 15 distribution will be handed out on Tuesday, March 20, beginning at 6 p.m. in the basement of the Andrews United Methodist Church.

"I am speechless at all the help we've had," says Cicatko, pastor of the Apostolic Grace Fellowship Church in Andrews.


Heritage Pointe wins grant

Heritage Pointe, in Warren, was one of 13 nursing homes in 10 states selected to receive a $3,500 grant to establish "Well-tuned: Music Players for Health" programs.

Each facility is contributing $2,500 toward the cost of the program implementation.

The program is a collaboration between Music & Memory and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.

Funding for the grant match was provided by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.



Huntington Alert will lead tour of Central Living apartments

Huntington Alert invites history lovers and former students of Central School to attend a tour of the Central Living apartments at the old Central School in Huntington.

The tour will take place on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. and will showcase the transition from school to housing.

Following the tour, Huntington Alert will meet to discuss Historic Preservation Awards to be given out in May.

For more information, visit huntingtonalert.word



Juried Student Art Exhibit at HU March 26-April 5

The Huntington University Visual Arts department invites the community to see the 22nd annual Juried Student Art Exhibit beginning March 26 through April 5 in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery on campus.

This is a juried exhibit of works created by Huntington University visual art students during this academic year. There will be a variety of media on display including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, photography, computer illustration and web design.
The guest juror for the exhibit is James Miles, professor of photography at Taylor University.


Red Cross sets April blood drives

The American Red Cross of Huntington County announces upcoming blood drives in the month of April, as part of National Volunteer Week, April 15 through 21.

• April 9 - A blood drive will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church in the main room, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

• April 11 - Huntington University will host a blood drive in the dining hall, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card.

The university is located at 2303 College Ave., Huntington.


Cancer Society seeking ‘Road to Recovery’ drivers

The American Cancer Society is urgently looking for "Road to Recovery" drivers in Huntington County.

Cancer Society officials believe with the rising cost of gas, the need will become even greater. Approximately 10 to 20 percent of patients either cancel or postpone cancer treatment simply because they have no means of transportation.

For more information on how to volunteer, call 484-5531.



New Parkview med center mural has 4 local ‘stars’

A mural at the just-opened Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, pays tribute to 160 "everyday stars" in the area served by the medical facility, including four from Huntington County.

The mural, located in the waiting area of the hospital's emergency department, is made up of 160 individual tiles, each painted by a different artist. When assembled, the tiles create an image of a barn and house along a rural road.

Four of the tiles pay tribute to Rose Wall, Lilly Nutter, the late Bill Fetrow and the late Robert Brown.


Denver-based music group at HU March 27

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The Denver-based musical group Güngör will be in performance at Huntington University's Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on March 27 at 7:30 p.m.

This Grammy-nominated worship band is comprised of Michael Güngör, his wife Lisa and friend Josh Harvey.
Güngör is self-described as defying the rules of modern music making and instead bringing the audience "simply the honest musical response of (a band) that sees the world as a beautifully complicated place."


HCCSC booth

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Helen Merryman(left) listens as Riverview Middle School seventh-grader Andrew Freck explains what he does with his iPad at the Huntington County Community Schools Corporation booth at the Huntington County EXPO on Saturday, March 17, at the Huntington University Fieldhouse. The EXPO continues today, Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.


Elvis hits the EXPO

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Gordy Cleamons performs as Elvis Presley as part of the Ultimate Oldies Revue during the Huntington Counthy EXPO on Saturday, March 17, at the fieldhouse at Huntington University. The EXPO continues today, Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.


Clowns perform at EXPO

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Backstage Clowns Chester Bowdean (left) and Crayola Mae (center) do their thing with Gary Davisson during the Huntington County EXPO on Saturday, March 17, at the fieldhouse at Huntington University.


Spinning the wheel

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Larry Gephart takes a turn spinning the Re/Max wheel at the Huntington Counthy EXPO on Saturday, March 17, at the fieldhouse at Huntington University.


Huntington ranks high for ec. dev.

Site Selection magazine has ranked Huntington 21st in its list of the 100 best micropolitan communities for economic development success in the United States in 2011.


Huntington library gearing up for Teen Tech Week with several events

In celebration of Teen Tech Week, Huntington City-Township Public Library invites area teens to "Geek Out @ Your Library!"

This year's theme encourages teens to visit the library and see the technology available, from online homework help to resources such as e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.

Planned events include:

• Scrabble - Teens are invited to come to the Main Library in Huntington on Monday, March 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to play Scrabble, the original "Words With Friends"


Personal Best achievers

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During the month of February, Flint Springs Elementary School honored students who consistently displayed the life skill of putting forth their personal best. Students were (front row, from left) William Crider, Max Fusselman and Elycia Tome; (second row, from left) Jack Martin, Devon Bye, Kristian Kline, Issac Bennett and Kali LaRocque; (third row, from left) Zach Hubartt, Eliot Bostel, Caliegh Davidson and Isabella Noonan; and (back row, from left) Brayden Turner, Elizabeth Schnitz, Garrett Palmer, Olivia Meyer, Zach Daughtery, Kenzie Prickett and Melissa Pharoah.


Psi Iota Xi hosting spa night on March 19

Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority is hosting a spa night on Monday, March 19.

The sorority invites women from the community ages 18 and older to enjoy an evening of relaxation.

The event will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd. in Huntington.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m.

Information about the sorority and membership will be available for those interested.



Learning the language

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Joel Froomkin (left), co-owner of The New Huntington Theater, gives Huntington North High School students Andrew Anderson (center) and Alexia Gamble some acting advice for their production of scenes from "Macbeth" adapted to a modern setting. Froomkin discussed the evolution of the English language with sophomores in the HNHS Viking New Tech program, using William Shakespeare's 1606 play "Macbeth" as an example.


Zimmer to help 4-Hers pay state program fee

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Huntington business owner Bill Zimmer will fund scholarships for youth who need assistance in paying the state 4-H program fee.

The fee, which must be paid by any youth enrolling in the 2012 4-H program in Huntington County, is new this year.


Master Naturalist class at Salamonie March 22

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services will hold an Indiana Master Naturalist class at Salamonie Lake from Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24, for people who love nature and want to share their enthusiasm with others.

Classes are mostly on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with some Saturdays scheduled as well.


Daisy Girl Scout Troop 00234 collecting items to be donated to tornado victims in Indiana

Daisy Girl Scout Troop 00234, led by Shannon Houser and Vanessa Fields, is collecting items to be donated to tornado victims in southern Indiana.

A trailer provided by Dayton Freight, where Houser's husband works, will be in the Walmart parking lot on Sunday, March 18, from noon to 4 p.m. to collect donations. A collection bin will also be placed at Owen's South.


4-H participants selling geraniums as fund-raiser for clubs, programs

Huntington County 4-H participants are selling geraniums as a fund-raiser for local 4-H clubs and the county 4-H program.

Orders for geraniums are due Friday, March 30. Plants may be bought individually or by the flat (18 plants). Orders may be placed with local 4-H club members or with the Huntington County Extension Office.

Geraniums come in red, white, pink and salmon. They will be delivered on Thursday, May 3.

For more information, contact the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office, 354 N. Jefferson, Suite 202, Huntington, or email jhighley@pur


In character

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Colin Sackett (left) is King Louie and Alex Smart (right) is Baloo the Bear in "Disney's Jungle Book Kids," which continues this weekend at the Pulse Opera House in downtown Warren. The abbreviated show features 44 local youth playing characters from the classic Disney movie. Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 15, 16 and 17, at 8 p.m. Lobby doors open at 7 p.m. and theater doors open at 7:30 p.m. To reserve tickets, visit or call 375-7017.


Artist at work

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Roanoke Elementary School fifth-grader Megan Thomas creates a piece of art on Monday, Feb. 27. Candie Cooper worked with students, demonstrating how to create small sculptures from wire and metal.


Huntington Catholic Booster Club to host a euchre party fund-raiser

The Huntington Catholic School Booster Club will host a euchre party on Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

The party will be held at the new Knights of Columbus hall at 2817 Theater Ave. in Huntington.

There is a fee per person and the proceeds will benefit the HCS Athletic Department in an effort to improve programs for student athletes. The money will go toward new equipment, uniforms and officials.

There will be a cash bar, but those attending should bring a favorite to share.


What's inside a frog

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Madison Bowers, a first-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, inspects the frog she is about to dissect. Bowers was taking part in an enrichment class, "Frog Frenzy," on Wednesday, March 7, at the school.


Victory Noll Center to present a Women’s Tea on Sunday, March 18

The Victory Noll Center will present a Women's Tea, hosted by the Women at the Well, on Sunday, March 18.

The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Victory Noll Center, at 1900 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

This is a chance for women and girls of all ages to interact with other women in a time of sharing and renewal.
There is no cost for the event, but there is a suggested donation.

To register for the program, call 356-0628, ext. 174, or email



First Wild Wednesday is March 21

The first Wild Wednesday - a day out for Seniors formerly known as Senior Friday - will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at the Huntington 7.

The featured movie is "The Big Year," starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson on a cross-country journey of wild adventures.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The coffee and doughnuts are free, but there is a charge for the movie. Door prizes will be awarded.

Wild Wednesday partners are the Huntington Senior Center, Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center and Parkview Huntington Hospital.


Green earns academic NAIA honor

For the second consecutive year, Huntington University senior basketball player Kelsey Green has earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.

The Van Buren native was one of 162 Division II Women's Basketball student-athletes named to the list of 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Green plans to graduate this May with a degree in mathematics education.

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.



Birthday books

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

These Huntington Catholic School students celebrated their March birthdays by donating new books to their school's library. The student donating the book gets to read the book first, and the book is then placed in the library for other students to check out. Students donating books are (front row from left) Macy McCloskey and Reid Johnson, both second grade;, and (second row from left) Carter Wilcox, second grade, and Audrey Wilcox, seventh grade. Not pictured is Margaret Guerre, preschool.


UWIS invites children for Green and Growing Nature Day March 29

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at Ouabache State Park Thursday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a Green and Growing Nature Day.

Those interested should register now to ensure an opening in the workshop.

All activities will start at the park lodge, and will include a seed and soil scavenger hunt, hiking, crafts, games, checking out Bison chow and a spring wildflower hunt.


Computer classes to be offered at St. Peter’s

St. Peter Lutheran School will offer spring computer classes beginning Tuesday, April 10.

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons. Other sessions will be added if needed.
Beginners are encouraged to attend. Written handouts will be provided with lessons focused on the desires and needs of the class.

There is no charge for the class, but donations are accepted to offset the cost of the program.


Bagan part of winning team in biz competition

Spencer Bagan, of Roanoke, was a member of a winning team in the inaugural Evansville Startup Weekend competition.
The 54-hour event took place Feb. 24-26 at the University of Southern Indiana College of Business.

Startup Weekend brought together developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.


Parks & rec dept. to give away trees

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will give away free trees on March 26 in observance of Arbor Day.

Trees will be given away at the park office, 1205 W. Park Drive, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Recipients will receive their choice of two saplings, which will be bare root and wrapped in newspaper for transport.


Artists earn honors

Four artists from Huntington North High School earned honorable mentions in the seventh annual Huntington University High School Art Exhibit.

The awards went to Cassandra Hacker, for a piece titled "Tiny Black Dots;" Haley Brumleve, for a piece titled "Some Polka Dots;" Malina Fairchild, for a piece titled "Sunday Java;" and Haylee Richman, for a piece titled "On the Wave."

The best of show award went to Kaylee Hoffman, of Carroll High School, Fort Wayne.

Students from 14 schools submitted 109 works, which were on display through March 8.



Fish and tenderloins on menu at Banquo church

Banquo Christian Church will host a fish and tenderloin supper presented by Dan's Fish Fry on Tuesday, March 20.

The meal will include green beans and applesauce.
There will be a fee for the dinner, while children ages 5 and under are free.

Dessert will be available for an additional donation.

Carry-out will also be available.

The dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.



HU grads’ project named Best Animated Film

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A short animated film created by Huntington University alumni has been recognized by a Redding, CA, film festival.

"The Tiger's Gift," a short children's animation created by 2010 animation graduates Jimi Bonogofsky and Josh Addessi, won Best Animated Film in the 2012 Sundial Film Festival.

"The Tiger's Gift" tells the story of a baby who came to live in the jungle, and all the animals present him with extravagant gifts in his honor. The tiger's modest gift, a gourd that rattles, turns out to be the best gift of all.


Pyle earns top music accolade

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Derek Pyle, grandson of William and Martha Pyle of Huntington, and a senior at Waukee High School in Waukee, IA, has been selected by Music for All to perform in the 2012 Jazz Band of America, playing lead trombone.

The Jazz Band of America will perform in concert Friday, March 16, 8:30 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis.

Pyle was selected for this ensemble from numerous applicants across the nation.


HCRTA honors four teachers for their volunteer service to the community

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Four retired teachers were honored during the March meeting of the Huntington County Retired Teachers Association for the volunteer service they provided during 2011.

Providing the most volunteer hours during the year were Nancy Thrasher, 935 hours; Barba Eickhoff, 730 hours; Sandra Schacht, 701 hours; and Jack Sell, 715 hours.
Members of the association reported a total of 12,557 volunteer hours during the year, including 2,732 hours working with youth.



Cooking with Love offers multiple sessions of free meal prep classes

Cooking with Love, a cooking class that focuses on preparing low-cost healthy meals, is now offered five times a month in two locations.

Seven to eight recipes, often using ingredients that are in plentiful supply at Love INC, are prepared during each class. The recipes are chosen for their nutritional value or are altered to use healthier ingredients. The Purdue Extension staff and volunteers assist participants with cooking skills, and participants are able to sample each dish prepared.


HU seniors Balliet and Stites to present free recital

The Huntington University Music Department will present a combined senior recital by soprano Breana Balliet and clarinetist Emily Stites on March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The free recital will be held in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.


Fair board will meet March 20 at Hier’s Park

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Board will meet at Heritage Hall, in Hier's Park, on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Board members will continue planning efforts for the 82nd Huntington County 4-H Fair, which is scheduled for July 13 to 27. Fair books will also be handed out.



Lancaster Elementary honors students with third quarter perfect attendance

The following students at Lancaster Elementary have achieved perfect attendance for the third grading period of the 2011-12 school year:

Eric Allred, Mason Anderson, Ashlynn Arrington, Barrett Barscz, Bailey Baumgardner, Gabriel Baumgardner, Hayden Beard, Emma Bickel, Anthony Biehl, Caleb Biehl, Makayla Braun, Jack Britten, Jonathan Brown, Caden Brubaker, Rebekah Brunner, Kenyon Buckland-Brewer and Mariah Burnworth.


3 grand prizes, more than 50 door prizes to be awarded at HC EXPO

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The top prizes to be given away during this weekend's Huntington County EXPO offer a chance to take a trip, become a couch potato or get up and get moving.

In addition to the three grand prizes, more than 50 door prizes donated by EXPO participants will be given away throughout the weekend.

The two-day event, showcasing local businesses and organizations and the services they offer, will be held March 17 and 18 in the fieldhouse at Huntington University's Merillat Centre for Physical Education and Recreation.


New cart in service

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Beth Burnau (left), emergency department clerk at Parkview Huntington Hospital, and Ann Etter, RN, display the emergency department's new trauma cart, which was purchased with a gift from the Parkview Huntington Foundation. The new cart can be easily lowered to accommodate smaller patients, reduces the need for lifting by staff members and features a built-in scale to weigh patients in order to calibrate medication. The foundation appropriated money from its unrestricted Greatest Need Fund so the cart could be purchased two years ahead of the normal replacement timetable.



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Elizabeth Koehl (left), a Pathfinder Services client, and Amy Rakoczy (right), a Pathfinder employee, spoke to children at the Roanoke Public Library's story time on March 6 in celebration of Disability Day. The guests explained that people who may seem different are actually quite similar to everyone else. Library assistant Karen Baker read several books about people with disabilities


Extension announces 4-H activities for March 12-19

Purdue University Cooperative Extension - Huntington County office announces its calendar for this week:

Monday, March 12
• 5:30 p.m. - Champion Achievers. St. Peter's Community Church.

• 7 p.m. - Tractor Club. Koenig (CASE IH).

Tuesday, March 13 • 6 p.m. - Rifle Club. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

• 6:30 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.

• 6:30 p.m. - Corn Cob. Faith Lutheran Church.

• 7 p.m. - 4-Leaf Clovers. Home of the Lahrs.


Son Grown Preschool taking applications for 2012-2013

Son Grown Preschool is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The child must be 4 years old by Sept. 1. Classes will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and class size is limited.

Early bird registration runs through March 31.

For more information, contact Evangelical United Methodist Church at 356-6975 or visit the preschool at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.



Courageous students

A group of Huntington Catholic School students was honored during the March 2 all-school liturgy for displaying the Christ-like virtue of courage.


Forester Lecture to feature Calvin College prof

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Christina Van Dyke, associate professor of philosophy and director of gender studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, will examine how current culture views male and female appetites and dieting during Huntington University's Forester Lecture Series on March 22.

The lecture, "I'll Have a Salad and a Diet Coke: Eating as a Gendered Act," will take place at 7 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.


DNR to teach kids about growing plants

The DNR invites children ages 2 to 5 to the Salamonie Interpretive Center on March 14 for hands-on learning about growing plants.

"Green and Growing" starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 11:30. The program will include time outside, so children and their caregivers should dress appropriately.

This program encompasses all types of plant growing, from gardening to caring for trees and native flowers.

Participants may bring their lunch and eat together after the event. There will be a per-child fee for the program, while the standard entrance fee will be waived.


Works by five students from Andrews School grace halls of Indiana Statehouse

Students from Andrews Elementary School have their artwork on display at the Statehouse in Indianapolis during March for Youth Art Month.

Student artists are Sam White, fifth grade ("My Alamo"); Kendyl Coles, fourth grade ("Cardinal"); Savannah Yoder, third grade ("Me!"); Emma Haupert, second grade ("Butterfly"); and Jesse Simpson, second grade ("Sunflower").

Students were invited to a reception at the State House on Sunday, Feb. 26. White, Yoder and Simpson were in attendance.



Church sets plans for Shamrock Luncheon

St. Peter Lutheran Church will host a Shamrock Luncheon on Friday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The luncheon will be held in the school gymnasium at the church, located at 605 Polk St., Huntington.

There is a cost for the meal. The menu will include soup, salad, casseroles and desserts. There will also be one handcrafted quilt for sale at the event.



Roanoke council will help fund library move

The Roanoke Town Council will provide $5,000 in CEDIT money to help fund a planned move by the Roanoke Public Library.

The library plans to move from its current space in the Roanoke Town Hall to a building at 315 N. Main St., also in downtown Roanoke.

The library board is seeking grants to help fund the move, library board members told the council during its meeting on Tuesday, March 6.

Council members voted during that meeting to pitch in the $5,000 in town funds.


Audition now for ‘Godspell’

Auditions for the folk rock musical "Godspell" will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 12 and 13, at the Pulse Opera House in Warren.

Auditions begin at 7:30 p.m. Those auditioning should prepare a song, preferably from the show.

Roles are available for six men, four women and a small ensemble made up of performers 12 years and older. This will be the full-length version of the show, and not the junior version as was previously announced.

Performances are May 11-26 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Those auditioning should bring a list of conflicts.


UWIS to host statewide fishing derbies on June 2

Children ages 2 to 14 are invited to participate in an Upper Wabash Interpretive Services' fishing derby at one of four Upper Wabash properties on June 2 during the statewide Free Fishing Weekend.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with fishing from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. An award ceremony will follow.
Children should pre-register for this free event.


Warren group to lead trip

The RoadRunners will head to Decatur to The Back 40 Junction on Monday, March 26.

The buffet-style restaurant has six food stations to choose from. A variety of meats, side dishes, cheeses, breads and desserts are offered.

After the meal, the group will head south to Berne to visit the Swissland Cheese Company, a family owned business known throughout the Midwest for its grass-fed organic, goat, raw milk and specialty cheeses.
The group will leave from the Warren Church of Christ at 10 a.m.


Talking art

Photo by Sarah Johnson.

Mary Klopfer, associate professor of studio art at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, discusses her metal, graphite and charcoal work, "Storm Fish," at Huntington North High School on Thursday, March 8. Klopfer was part of a presentation by the USF School of Creative Arts at the high school, which was sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council.


Team T.H.R.U.S.T. earns Top 10 finish at meet

The Huntington County 4-H robotics team, Team T.H.R.U.S.T. 1501, placed sixth out of the 54 teams competing in the Smoky Mountain Regional robotics competition held March 1-3 in Knoxville, TN.

During the competition, the teams used robots they had built and programmed to compete in a basketball-like game called Rebound Rumble.

In addition to the sixth place finish in the competition, the local team also won the imagery award. That award recognizes attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration from the machine to the team appearance.


Pleasant Chapel UMC to have soup supper, bazaar on Saturday, March 17

Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church will host a soup supper and bazaar on Saturday, March 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will include chili soup, chicken noodle soup, carrot and celery sticks, sandwiches, drinks, pies and cake.

A free-will offering will be taken.

The church is located at the intersection of 1100N and 100E, in Huntington County.



Locals make Taylor U dean’s list

Taylor University Upland recently released its list of students named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester.

Among them were several Huntington County students. They are:

Huntington - Molly King and Kayla Schenkel.

Roanoke - Reid Dodge and Kidane Sarko.

Criteria required to be named to the dean's list include maintaining full time status, with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and earning a GPA (grade point average) of 3.6 or higher on a four-point scale.



Pathfinder to be lead agency for research, plan for community dev.

Pathfinder Services will be the lead agency in the Huntington community in a community study funded by a recently awarded $16,000 planning grant.

The grant was awarded by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Pathfinder Services will conduct five months of community research and later develop a plan for community development and sustainability.


Promoting awareness

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Pathfinder Services President John Niederman reads a story to a preschool class at Kids Kampus on Thursday, March 8. Niederman's annual reading to Kids Kampus children was part of Disability Awareness Month. This year's theme was "Celebrate Community."


A symbol of …

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Students in Erica Hall's kindergarten class at Salamonie School recently studied American symbols. Students (left to right) Vincent Carboni, Makiah Tracy and Aschton Michaud created posters, costumes and replicas of their symbols.


Variety of 4-H award trips available for students in grades 7 and up

A variety of 4-H award trips are open to 4-H youth who are in grades seven and up.

High school-aged youth may apply for 4-H Science Workshops, held at Purdue University June 13 to 15.
The state 4-H Junior Leaders Conference is in Indianapolis from June 19 to 22.

Youth in grades seven and eight are eligible to apply for 4-H Round-Up at Purdue University from June 25 to 27.
To be considered for a 4-H award trip, 4-H members must complete the application form which summarizes their 4-H par- ticipation.

Applications must be submitted no later than March 30.


Professor blames spiritual immaturity on ‘juvenilization’ by youth ministries

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Huntington University ministry professor Dr. Tom Bergler has released a new book, "The Juvenilization of American Christianity."

Bergler says the book traces how youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions, African American, evangelical, mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic, over the past 75 years.

"In the book, I argue that youth ministries have revitalized American Christianity but at the cost of making American Christians more immature," Bergler says.


Pullers say thanks

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Chad Taylor (left), chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, accepts a $1,000 donation from Bob Hemes (right), representing the Roanoke Tractor Pullers. The group made the donation to the fire department in appreciation of the firefighters' help at the Roanoke Fall Festival demolition derby, which is sponsored by the Roanoke Tractor Pullers. Taylor says the contribution will help pay for a new intake valve for the fire department's tanker.


Bookbinding demo at Andrews library

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bookbinding instructor Marianne Kelsey (center) instructs Ashley Kochensparger (right) while Koshensparger's mother, Dee, works by herself durng a workshop on the Coptic technique of bookbinding on Saturday morning, March 10, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Participants in the workshop, which was sponsored by Friends of the Andrews-Dallas-Township Public Library, created the their own books.


Miss Huntington heads up EXPO entertainment lineup

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Reigning royalty, a blast from the past and up-and-coming musicians will entertain guests at this year's Huntington County EXPO.

The two-day event, showcasing local businesses and organizations and the services they offer, will be held March 17 and 18 in the fieldhouse at Huntington University's Merillat Centre for Physical Education and Recreation.


Birthday story

Photo by Lauren Wilson.

Huntington County Community Schools Corporation Superintendent Tracey Shafer dons a Dr. Seuss' "Cat in the Hat" style cap and reads "Happy Birthday to You," a children's book by the famous author, to preschool students at Horace Mann Educational Center on Friday, March 2, in celebration of Dr. Seuss' 123rd birthday.


United Way to use ‘impact model’ to decide how donations to be spent

When the Huntington County United Way's volunteers get together next month to decide how to best make use of donations from the community, they'll be looking at the funding requests with a new focus.

The United Way has adopted an "impact model" to be used when deciding how to allocate funds. That model, United Way Executive Director Jenna Strick explains, is designed to place United Way funds where they will be most likely to have an impact in the areas the organization has identified as community goals.


Andrews Community Helpers to host Easter egg hunt on April 7

The Andrews Community Helpers will be hosting an Easter egg hunt on April 7.

The hunt will take place at the Andrews Fire Department for all children in the fourth grade and younger. The Easter Bunny will also pay a visit to the hunt.

The group will be accepting donations for candy purchase until Saturday, March 31. Donations can be picked up upon request by calling 786-3510 or mailed to 130 S. Market St., in Andrews. Each person or business that donates will have their name on a poster to be displayed by the winning baskets at the hunt and will be thanked publicly.


Local landmark officially returned to service

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A Huntington landmark steeped in history was officially returned to the service of the Catholic church during a ceremony Saturday, March 3.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades, head of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic diocese, officiated at the dedication ceremony for the St. Francis Oratory, a former friary that will now serve, among other purposes, as home for a community of Catholic religious women.


HNHS announces first semester honor roll students

Huntington North High School has announced its honor rolls for the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

Students earning all A's for the semester are:

Grade 9
Rachel Anderson, Chandler Bauer, Benjamin Blinn, Nathan Booher, Johnathon Carmichael, Angelica Carter, Cassidy Cormany, Emily Eherenman, Kylie Frederick and Erica Freise.


HNHS vocalists bring home 15 golds, 2 silvers

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School vocalists brought home 15 gold awards and two silver awards from the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) state competition on Feb. 18.

A barbershop quartet made up of Alaina Ellenburg, Ana Wenning, Jessica Stucky and Bethany Olinger earned one of the gold awards. The quartet was the only vocal group from HNHS to compete at state.
Wenning and Ellenburg also won gold awards for solo performances.


Visiting Executive Seminar to examine taxing rich strategy

Huntington University's Visiting Executive Seminar brings together business leaders and HU business students to discuss important issues in today's business world.

On March 23, the seminar will examine "Do the Rich Pay Enough Taxes?" The seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Habecker Dining Commons.


Local Habitat raffling off playhouse to raise funds for organization goals

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Huntington County Habitat for Humanity will raise funds for its mission of eliminating substandard housing by raffling off a playhouse.

The playhouse features log siding, cedar shake roofing and a wood porch railing. It will be featured at the Habitat booth of the Huntington County EXPO and on Habitat's float during the Heritage Days parade. At other times, it will be displayed at local businesses that have served as playhouse sponsors and at the Habitat ReStore, 325 Hauenstein Rd.


HNHS band members bring home nine ISSMA golds

Huntington North High School band members brought home nine gold awards from the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) state competition, held Feb. 25 at North Central High School, Indianapolis.

Soloists earning gold awards are Holly Stanley, flute; Lukas Kaylor, clarinet; Ali Meyer, trumpet; Kaylie Killian, trumpet; Molly Irick, trombone; Drew Zahm, trombone; Anthony Beery Bennett, snare drum; and Ed Yanes, trumpet.


Group trying to establish no-kill dog shelter

Lilly Bear's Rescue looks to the community for help establishing a no-kill dog shelter in Huntington County.
As a first step in fund raising a chili cook-off will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 7 in Huntington.

Jenelle Conley, head of the organization, says Lilly Bear's Rescue is trying to raise funds to buy a building where the no-kill shelter would be housed.


Honored for honesty

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A group of Huntington Catholic School students was honored during the March 2 all-school liturgy for displaying the Christ-like virtue of honesty. They are (front row from left) Jax Mickley, kindergarten; Lindsay Godfroy, first grade; Madelynn Williams, second grade; and Samson Vickrey, first grade; (middle row from left) Meredith Zay, fourth grade; Jackson Holzinger, third grade; and Joseph Melchi, third grade; and (back row from left) Maytelin Miller, sixth grade; Trevor McGuin, eighth grade; and Luke Clor, eighth grade.


HU students to spend spring break helping others

Teams of students from Huntington University will spend their spring break, March 12-16, volunteering in Haiti, Philadelphia and Guatemala.

The missions trips were organized by Jessica Stearns, an HU graduate counseling student and assistant at the school's Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service. She will advise the team of students in Zacapa, Guatemala, and Rebecca McIlwain, a sophomore from Albany, will lead the six-student group.


Cancer Society will sell daffodils March 22 and 23

Daffodil Days, a fund-raising program of the American Cancer Society, will take place in the area on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23.

The flowers symbolize hope and celebrate the society's mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease.

Daffodils will be available for purchase at the Parkview Huntington Hospital main lobby on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To pre-order, contact Judy Fitzmaurice at 355-3319.

Wehr into Flowers will also offer daffodils on March 22, while supplies last.


HCCF sets deadline for scholarship applications

The Huntington County Community Foundation announces that the deadline to apply for its named scholarship is March 26.

To find scholarship requirements and applications, go to www.hunting, click on "Scholarships," and then click on "Scholarship Application/Requirements." The Qualifier Workbook will indicate which scholarships are open for applications.


Mystery barn

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Local history buff Jean Gernand bought this photo of an unusual barn at a yard sale in southern Huntington County. The barn's architecture has her wondering if anyone knows where the barn was located or why it was built with the oddly-shaped roof. Anyone with information can call the Huntington County Historical Museum at 356-7264, Wednesdays through Saturdays, or Gernand at 356-4218.


Cookies for troops

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VFW Post 2689 Ladies Auxiliary held a "Date Night" basket raffle to raise money to purchase Girl Scout Cookies to send to the Troops in Afghanistan. The raffle along with donations from the Post and men's and women's auxiliaries raised enough money to purchase 115 boxes of cookies and money towards shipping the cookies. Young's Café also donated money for shipping.


Local author to hold book signing at HCTPL

Huntington City-Township Public Library will host writer and Huntington County resident Dr. Doris Gaines Rapp, author of the new novel, "Length of Days: The Age of Silence," with an author talk at 6 p.m. today at the main library.

Rapp will give a small presentation on how she pursued getting published, and will discuss self-publishing eBooks.

The night will end with a book signing. Copies of "Length of Days:  The Age of Silence," the first novel in the "Length of Days" trilogy, will be available to purchase in hardcover at the signing.


In character

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Students at Roanoke Elementary School dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character on Friday, March 2, to celebrate the author's birthday. Some of the characters included (from left) Auburn Cartwright, second grade; Emma Holzinger, first grade; Reece Scheiber, second grade; and Audrey Stamm, second grade.


Habitat seeking work day volunteers

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help with "A Brush With Kindness" projects in the area on the morning of Saturday, April 14.

Up to 10 projects are to be completed by volunteers between 9 a.m. and noon. Projects may include painting, landscaping, garden preparation, weather stripping and other exterior home repairs. The program benefits low-income, fixed-income and disabled homeowners.


HU again collecting Easter baskets

The Huntington University Office of Alumni Relations is again collecting Easter baskets and Easter items to donate to SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect).

The sole mission of SCAN is to eliminate child abuse or neglect in northeast Indiana through family services, education and community partnerships. Huntington County is included in those counties served.


Gardening 101

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Master Gardener Dick Wymer demonstrated the basics of building a rain barrel to a small group on Saturday, March 3. The rain barrel workshop was held in the Family Living Building at Hier's Park.


VFW nominates Platt

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Joshua A. Platt, a member of Boy Scout Troop 129, has been nominated by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6671, of Markle, for a Scout of the Year Scholarship.

Local nominees are submitted to the VFW National Scouting Team, which will select scholarship recipients.

Platt is a 10-year member of Scouting. He has held several troop leadership positions and has organized fund-raisers, merit badge demonstrations and canned food drives for the troop.


Success at Lancaster

Photo by Alex DeNicolo.

Members of the community speak to fifth grade students at Lancaster Elementary about success, Friday, March 2. The group talked on topics like peer choice and goal setting. Those speaking were (from left) Russ Lawson, Amy Richison, Joe Wiley and Ted Trout.


Local Kiwanians to serve ‘buck breakfast’ at EXPO on March 17

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Seventy area businesses have already signed up to participate in this year's Huntington County EXPO, and local Kiwanians are cooking up a breakfast that's easy on the pocketbook.

The EXPO, sponsored every other year by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, in the fieldhouse at Huntington University's Merillat Centre for Physical Education and Recreation (MPERC). Hours for the free event are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Junior Rotarians

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Lauren Johnson (second from left) and Alan Poon (third from left), both students at Huntington North High School, are the Huntington Rotary Club's Junior Rotarians for March. With them are Rotary Club members Chuck Grable (left) and Ron Coffey (right).


Bickel to speak at genealogy society meeting

The Huntington Genealogy Society will meet on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The speaker will be Jim Bickel. Bickel has been a historian and collector of artifacts of the Miami Indians and other pre-historic items since the 1970s. He will discuss the history of the Miami Indians and show some of the pre-historic and historic items of his collection that center around Kilsoquah (Rising Sun) and the Huntington County area.


Army experience

Photo by Alex DeNicolo.

Local United States Army soldier Alex Dean speaks to students at Lancaster Elementary, School on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Dean spoke of his recent experiences in Iraq, life in the Army and what it's like to come home after being deployed.


Fetters, Wall to discuss economic development at foundation b’fast

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Tom Wall, president of the Huntington County Commissioners, will discuss economic development progress and initiatives in the city and the county during the March 14 Huntington University Foundation breakfast.

Fetters became Huntington's mayor in January. He was a member of the foundation board from 2001 to 2011 and served as its president for three years.

Wall is in his fourth year as a commissioner and has served as the board's president all four years.


Scrapbooking event March 17

The Paper Artisans, a Huntington County Extension Homemakers Scraapbooking Club, will be holding a scrapbooking and card-making event on March 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Hall, in Hier's Park.

Participants will spend the day scrapbooking and card-making, shopping and learning new tech-niques. The public is also invited to learn about the Extension Homemakers Club activities.


Extension office announces week’s 4-H calendar

Purdue University Cooperative Extension - Huntington County office announces its calendar for this week:

Monday, March 5
• 7 p.m. - Leaders meeting. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Tuesday, March 6
• 6 p.m. - Rifle Club. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

• 6:30 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.

• 7 p.m. - Tractor Club. Huntington County Jail tour.

Wednesday, March 7
• 6 p.m. - Golden Eagles. Courthouse Annex Building.


IFB District 4 meeting, party set for March 7

The Indiana Farm Bureau District 4 spring meeting and pizza party will be held on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Habecker Dining Commons on the Huntington University campus.

Kent Yeager, Indiana Farm Bureau's director of public policy, will present an update of state and national legislation. Jerry Canada, CEO of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, will give an insurance update.

Reservations should be made with Huntington County Woman leader Phyllis Little.



In the jungle

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Alex Menchaca (left) is Mowgli and Sophie Smekens (right) is Bagheera in the Pulse Opera House production of "Disney's Jungle Book Kids," which opened March 2 at the downtown Warren theater. Additional performances are March 8, 9 and 10; and March 15, 16 and 17, all at 8 p.m. Tickets may be reserved online at or by calling 375-7017.


Workshop teaches businesses to use social media

The Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau and Reusser Design have teamed up to present a workshop designed to help Huntington County businesses use social media to attract tourism dollars.

"Your Business Will be Hashtagged: The Whys and Hows of Social Media" will be presented on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Reusser Design, located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 2, Roanoke.


Preschool registration at HCS to be held March 18

Huntington Catholic School will hold its preschool registration for the fall 2012 session on Sunday, March 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration will be held at the HCS Primary Building, 820 Cherry St., and is open to children who plan to attend either the 3-year-old class or the 4-year-old class in the fall.

Children must be either 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2012.
The 3-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 4-year-old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Everett, Fowler tops in library’s Young Adults Photography Contest

Photo by Andre. B. Laird

The Huntington City Township Public Library announced the winners of its Young Adults Photography Contest, on Thursday, March 1.

Ali Everett placed first in the junior division, grades six to eight. Second place was awarded to Abigail Kline.
Senior division (grades nine to 12) winner was Jessica Fowler.

Second and third place respectively was awarded to Whitney Mepheters and Heather Paynter.

Kylie Tester received an honorable mention and Julz Fairchild was awarded the Director's Choice prize.



Central Christian to host fish, loin supper on Tuesday, March 13

On Tuesday, March 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Central Christian Church will host an all-you-can-eat Dan's Fish and Tenderloin supper.

The menu includes meat, green beans, choice of applesauce or slaw, bread, drinks and pie with ice cream.

There is a cost per person, with a discount for children aged 5 to 12 years. Children 4 years and under are free of charge.

Carry out will be available at the canopy door.

The event is sponsored by the evangelism department and proceeds will be used for various ministry outreach programs.


HCYLA throws party for Seniors at The Heritage

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Several Huntington North High School sophomores hosted a party at The Heritage of Huntington on Feb. 26.

The party, which included dancing, bingo and a live band, was part of the students' leadership training in the Huntington County Youth Leadership Academy.

Students participating in the academy began their training with an August retreat in Syracuse. They later visited local businesses and learned from leaders in the community. The class split into three groups, with each group completing a different community service project.


Bach at Roanoke

Photo by Sarah Johnson.

The Meadowlark String Quartet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic performs Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor as a part of their Bach Rocks performance at Roanoke Elementary School on Thursday, March 1. The quartet consists of (from left) Olga Yurkova, first violin; Marcella Trentacosti, second violin; Jane Heald, cello; and Debra Graham, viola.


Klepper, Teusch honored by Metro Kiwanis Club

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Emily Klepper and Derek Teusch, both students at Huntington Catholic School, have been named Outstanding Eighth Graders by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club.

They were selected for the honor by the school's eighth grade teaching staff on the basis of their excellence in scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character building activities, faith, extracurricular achievement and leadership.

The students and their families were honored by the club during a dinner held Feb. 27 at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons.


Parks dept. taking soccer registration

The Huntington Parks & Recreation Department is currently accepting registration forms for children in the Huntington area who are interested in playing soccer.

The league is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 14.  Age divisions are 3 and 4 years old, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-14 years old.

There is a registration fee is per child, which is due by Monday, March 12.  The fee includes six games, a team T-shirt and an award at the end of the season.

Games will be played at Yeoman Park on May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9 and 16.


Huntington House seeking donations to help client completing program

The Huntington House is seeking donations to assist a client who recently completed its program, found a job and moved into an apartment.

The client is in need of a bed, kitchen table and chairs, end tables, lamps, throw rugs, plastic kitchen ware and silverware.

Contact Carolyn Ray at the Huntington House Homeless Shelter at 358-0748 to help meet any of the needs.



Wax museum

Photo by Sarah Johnson.

Lincoln Elementary School fifth grader Kristina Parker (left) portrays Betsy Ross for her schoolmates during the annual Lincoln fifth grade History Wax Museum. Students in other grades visited the museum to talk to the "historical figures" from Christopher Columbus to Muhammed Ali on Tuesday, Feb. 28.


Program offers preschoolers a look into the garden

Salamonie Interpretive Center will hold a program on March 14 for children ages 2 to 5 years old.

"Green and Growing" will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Children and their parents and caregivers can enjoy time in the garden and learn about growing plants.

Activities are planned for both indoors and outdoors in almost any weather, starting at the Interpretive Center.
Parents and caregivers are expected to remain with their child for the entire program.

Participants can also choose to bring lunch and eat together after the event.


4-H club service

Photo by Alex DeNicolo.

Members of the Crystal Clovers 4-H club finish filling Easter baskets for the SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) program as a community service project, Tuesday, Feb. 28. The baskets will benefit children in Huntington County.


Dedicating the St. Felix Oratory

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades (left) pours sacred oil onto the altar during a dedication earlier today, Saturday, March 3, at the St. Felix Oratory in Huntington. Decaon James Fitzpatrick assists. The former friary was sold almost 30 years ago and was recently purchased and restored by the Tippmann Foundation, of Fort Wayne, to be used by local Catholic churches. An expanding order of nuns from Ann Arbor is establishing a second home at the oratory.


Putting on a show

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rebel Rhapsody, a show choir from Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, puts on its show during the Midwest Showcase competition Saturday, Feb. 25, at Huntington North High School. Roncalli was one of 18 choirs from high schools and middle schools throughout Indiana to compete in the day-long event, which is sponsored annually by the HNHS Varsity Singers. The Indianapolis choir was first runner-up in small mixed choir division, finishing second to Southwestern Junior/Senior High School, of Hanover.


Roanoke library board working on lease of larger building in town

Photo by Lauren Wilson.

The Roanoke Public Library will double in size in August, if all goes according to plan.

The library's board of directors is working on the terms of a lease, which would allow the library to move from its current home at 126 N. Main St. to a location just up the road at 314 N. Main St.

The move is very important to the library, Director Celia Bandelier says, because the small space it now occupies - a limiting 1,298 square feet - creates many problems in operation.


Choir seeks nominees for music service accolade

The Children's Choir of Huntington County is accepting nominations for the 2012 Community Music Service Award.

The award will recognize an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service in the Huntington County community through the field of music instruction or education as a teacher, director and/or an advocate.

Those nominated may include (but are not limited to) individuals such as piano teachers, choir directors, private and public music educators and music education advocates and supporters.


Andrews library to feature bookbinding program

Marianne Kelsey, book conservator and bookbinding instructor, will teach a workshop on the Coptic technique of bookbinding at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

One of the earliest forms of bookbinding, the Coptic style is an ancient Chinese binding method. Each participant will create his or her own bound book, using anything from playing cards to newsprint for covers.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.


County’s Lions Clubs partnering with Kids Kampus for Op Kid Sight

The Lions Clubs of Huntington County, which includes the clubs in Andrews, Bippus, Huntington and Roanoke, is partnering with Pathfinder Kids Kampus Early Childhood
Center of Huntington for Operation Kid Sight.

On March 19, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and March 20 and 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., members of the Lions Club will be at Pathfinder Kids Kampus so children ages 18 months through age 5 can receive free eye screenings.


Budding scientists

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Roanoke Elementary third-graders Noah Dilley (left) and Emma Brewer try their hand at weigh stations during the school's annual Science Experience Night on Feb. 23. The event featured hands-on activities and a visit from Science Central representatives.


Paws-To-Read spring program starting March 3

The spring session of the Paws-To-Read program, which gives children a chance to read to trained therapy dogs, will get under way March 3 at libraries in Huntington and Markle.

Children ages 6 through 12 can sign up for the program, which is offered by the Huntington City-Township Public Library and Canine Companion.

Children with low self esteem are often more willing to interact with a dog than another person, researchers say. The relaxed environment gives participants a chance to improve their reading skills and take pride in their accomplishments.


Roanoke Legion Auxiliary to award scholarships to members’ children and their grandchildren

The Roanoke American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 will award scholarships to children or grandchildren of any member in good standing of American Legion Post 160.

The scholarships may be used at the college or vocational school of the recipient's choice.

Applications are available at the Legion post, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Applications must be returned by April 1 to JoAnn Caulk, 8253 Roanoke Rd., Roanoke, IN 46783 or dropped off at the Legion post in Roanoke. Applications must be accompanied by transcripts and school recommendations.


Quayle Center’s Designer ‘Blingo’ Night March 20 at HCS auditorium

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center's annual Designer "Blingo" Night will be held on March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Huntington Catholic School's auditorium at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Huntington.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and there is a cost for 20 games.
Each bingo game's winner will receive either a designer purse or jewelry.

Light snack foods will be available for purchase.
The evening will also feature a raffle as well as silent auction items.


Entries sought for quilt show at Historic Forks

The Historic Forks of the Wabash and the Piece Makers Quilt Club are seeking quilters for their 11th annual quilt show.

The show will be held April 21 and 22 at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park in Huntington.

The show is open to quilts, wall hangings, table runners, purses and other quilted items.

Entries will be judged in three categories: hand-pieced and quilted quilts; machine pieced and quilted; and table runners, wall hangings and other quilted items.

Judging will be by "people's choice." There is no fee to enter.


HU student film earns recognition in Fort Wayne Addy Awards

"What Remains," a film by a group of 2011 Huntington University graduates, won a silver award in the 2012 Fort Wayne American Advertising Federation's Addy Awards on Feb. 19.

The film tells the story of a lone survivor searching the ruins of civilization on Earth, desperate to find other survivors. Last year, it was selected for screening at the 28th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival.


Anniversary gift

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Heather Malone, Jo Patmore and Jolene Paolillo (from left), members of the Huntington Chi Chapter of Tri Kappa, present gifts to Carolyn Ray (right), manager of Huntington House, in observance of the 113th anniversary of the sorority's founding. Tri Kappa is a philanthropic organization with 146 chapters throughout Indiana, including the 37-member chapter in Huntington. Each of the chapters observed the anniversary the week of Feb. 19-25 by supporting a local charity.


Business of the Month

Photo by Alex DeNicolo.

Ecolab has been chosen as the Business of the Month by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce for the month of March. Those attending the presentation were (first row from left) Tony Flora, Misty Harrison, Oscar Rodriguez, Carla Buzzard, Tracey Hartman, Sue Rumple, Esteban Garcia and (second row from left) Keith West, Rebecca Thomas, JoDeane Knowles, Bob Ratliff, Kyle Cadinger, Mike Friend and Steve Kimmel.


HCS announces registration dates

Huntington Catholic School will hold its preschool registration for the fall 2012 session on Sunday, March 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration will be held at the HCS Primary Building, 820 Cherry St., and is open to children who plan to attend either the 3-year-old class or the 4-year-old class in the fall.

Children must be either 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2012.

The 3-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The 4-year-old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

For more information, call the Primary Building at 356-2320.


3 from county earn Olivet dean’s list

Olivet Nazarene University recently released its list of students who were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester.

Included on the list were Huntington student Aisha Foday, Matthew Gargiulo and Anna Reed.

To qualify for inclusion on the dean's list, students must be enrolled full-time and earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher, on a four-point scale.



Little Blessings to have BBQ

Little Blessings Childcare Ministry will sponsor a Nelson's Barbecue sale on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Juergens Do-It Center.

The menu will include a half-chicken, pork chop and pit-tatoes.

Discounted tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Little Blessings at 359-1161. Businesses may also call 359-1161 to arrange for delivery orders.



On stage

Photo by Sarah Johnson.

Josh Kessler (left) upbraids Huntington University senior Kate Smith on stage during the opening night of the theater department's production of "Medea" on Thursday, Feb. 23. Kessler, founding pastor of The Well and guest actor for "Medea," played Jason opposite Smith in the title role


HNHS conferences set for March 14

Parent-teacher-student conferences at Huntington North High School will be held Wednesday, March 14, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Appointments for the conferences may be made by called HNHS at 356-6104.

Walk-ins are welcome, but to assure a time to meet with teachers, appointments are recommended.

Conferences are 10 minutes in length.



Little hands, big project

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Catholic School kindergartner Isaac Zay (left) gets some help from kindergarten teacher Julie Ramp as he forms a clay ornament that will eventually become part of a wreath. Each of the kindergartners will contribute several ceramic ornaments to the wreath, which will then be auctioned off at the school's Run for the Rams fund-raiser. The dinner auction, which features an auction item created by each class, will be held on May 12 at the PAL Club in Huntington. Reservations may be made by calling the school, 356-2320.


Chili cook-off is March 10

Lilly Bear's Rescue will host a chili cook-off on Saturday, March 10, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event to benefit a dog rescue group in Huntington County will be held at the American Legion Post 7, in Huntington.

There is a cost for the event, with a discount for children 3 to 11 years. Children 2 years and under are free of charge.

In addition to the chili cook-off, there will also be Karaoke by Paul and clowns for the kids, note event organizers.



Korean War vets to meet March 10 in FW

The next monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One is Saturday, March 10, at the VFW Post 857, in Fort Wayne.

The meeting will start promptly at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served following.

Friends and spouses are welcomed to attend.

The post is located at 2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne.