HCARS Field Day

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dennis Keyser mans a station for the Huntington County Amateur Radio Society on Saturday, June 24, as the group participates in a two-day field event based in front of the ReStore at the Habitate for Humanity facility on Commerce Drive, in Huntington.

Literacy on the Lawn

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Erie Band performs at the Huntington County Courthouse as part of the Literacy on the Lawn celebration for the Huntington County Literacy Coalition hailing its 30th year.

Veterans Memorial now bears the names of World War II dead

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (right) applauds as plaques honoring Huntington County men who died in World War II are revealed by (from left) Bruce Stanton, retired Huntington County veterans service officer; Tim Eckert, current Huntington County veterans service officer; and Rodney Funk, president of the Huntington County Veterans Council. The unveiling ceremony took place on Friday, June 16, at the Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Three plaques memorializing the 95 Huntington County men who died during World War II were unveiled Friday, June 16, at the Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park, in Huntington.

The plaques have been affixed to a cement ledge that encircles the plane at the center of the memorial. A plaque honoring local men who died in World War I had previously been added to the memorial.

Gardens, landscaping net Yard of the Month honors for Clarks, Halls

Pictured (at top) Jennifer Hall places a Huntington Yard of the Month sign in the front yard of her Poplar Street home. She and her husband, David Hall, were recognized for their yard in June. Pictured (at bottom) Mary and Lance Clark earned Huntington Yard of the Month honors for June for the landscaping at their Bellingham Drive home.
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Huntington residents Jennifer and David Hall and Lance and Mary Clark share Huntington Yard of the Month honors for June.

The award is handed out during warm-weather months to celebrate residents who do an exemplary job maintaining their properties in the City of Huntington.

Splash on the Wabash to drift on down the river on July 8

Splash on the Wabash, a one-day festival highlighting Huntington’s Wabash River, will be held July 8 at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, 3011 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

The featured event is a lazy river ride down the Wabash River on an inner tube. The float lasts 60 to 90 minutes, with three launch times to choose from — 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m.

Participants can bring their own heavy duty river tube and life jacket or rent a tube. Life jackets are required, and the float is limited to those 8 years and older.

Stop 22

Photo by Steve Clark.

A group of people walk the track around Kriegbaum Field, in Huntington, on Saturday, June 17, during an event organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 to raise awareness for the reported 22 veteran suicides that occur each day. The event’s attendees walked around the track for 22 minutes. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Stop 22 program.

Kids Kampus offers free preschool for 2017-18

Kameron Turley (left) and Terry Saulmon are shown in the Pathfinder Kids Kampus preschool room. As an On My Way Pre-K Provider, the early education facility will provide free preschool to 10 4-year-old children for the 2017-18 school year.
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Pathfinder Kids Kampus is now an On My Way Pre-K Provider.  This program will allow the early education facility to provide free preschool to 10 4-year-old children for the 2017-18 school year.  

Kids Kampus is now accepting applications for the free preschool openings.

HNHS Class of ’77 seeks contact info for members

The Huntington North High School Class of 1977 is planning its 40-year reunion for Aug. 12 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.

Reunion organizers have been unable to contact a large number of class members. Anyone with contact information is asked to call Ann Flora Etter at 224-8405.

Missing class members are Teena Moon, Pam Yordy, Mike Rugg, Sally Miller, Susan Long, Robin Schofield, Sheryl McHenry, Linda Campbell, Lori Gerz and Eddy Alwine.

Mills establishes firefighters’ training fund

Susan Mills has established the Nate Mills Memorial Firefighters’ Fund through the Huntington County Community Foundation in memory of her son.

Through the fund, Fort Wayne firefighters can seek reimbursement for training expenses. Her goal is to see the fund grow large enough to serve area volunteer firefighters outside of Fort Wayne.

Mississinewa Lake to host fireworks and music

Visitors can watch fireworks by lake or by land at Mississinewa Lake’s Fireworks Over the Mighty Mississinewa on June 24.

The show starts at dusk. It debuted in 2016, and support from private donations made it possible to repeat the show in 2017.

Guests can set up lawn chairs and blankets to view the fireworks from the beach. Country music band The Mountain

Dewe Boys will perform on the beach to kick off the celebration at 6:30 p.m.

Caffray earns a spot on dean’s list

Jordyn Caffray, of Markle, earned a spot on the University of Dayton spring semester dean’s list.

The list honors undergraduate students achieving a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

Salamonie’s raptors to be featured at Summit Lake

The Salamonie Lake Raptor Center will take its birds on the road for a program at Summit Lake State Park, in New Castle, on Friday, June 23. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Summit’s Harvey Shelter.

Visitors can learn what an Eastern screech owl sounds like, look into the eyes of a red-tailed hawk and discover how these birds of prey contribute to the environment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The standard per-vehicle gate fee is charged. The program is free, but donations will be accepted for bird care.

PHH guild gives scholarships to Eckert, Smart

Olivia Eckert and Miranda Smart (third and fifth from left, respectively) celebrate receiving Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild scholarships with (from left) Melanie Hull, volunteer coordinator, Parkview Huntington Hospital; Carol Strickler, chair, Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild scholarship committee; and Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital.
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Olivia Eckert and Miranda Smart have been awarded scholarships by the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild.

Smart is a 2017 graduate of Huntington North High School with plans to enter Ball State University’s School of Nursing in the fall. She is the daughter of Todd and Laura Smart, of Huntington.

Eckert will be entering her final year in the nursing program at Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne. Her goal is to become a registered nurse and continue her career at Parkview Huntington Hospital, where she works as a patient care tech.

Radio group sets next meeting for Monday

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will meet Monday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The public is welcome to attend.

Glenwood Cemetery group will meet June 28

Glenwood Cemetery Association of Roanoke will meet on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at the Roanoke Heritage Center, 102 First St., Roanoke.

All association members, especially those interested in becoming a board member or trust fund trustee, are invited to attend.

There are three vacancies for board members and two vacancies for trust fund trustees.

Week-long VBS at Faith Community starts July 10

Faith Community Chu-rch of God will hold a vacation Bible school July 10  through July 14, with sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day.

Children age 3 through those who completed fifth grade in the spring of 2017 are invited to attend.

They will participate in SonSpark Labs, a discovery lab where children will sing songs, watch skits, create crafts and play games while discovering that God’s plan for everyone is Jesus.

Visit for online registration.

The Heritage of Huntington, other UMMH facilities, change names to ‘Heritage Pointe’

The United Methodist Memorial Home has announced new names for the three facilities it operates.

They are Heritage Pointe of Warren, formerly known as simply Heritage Pointe; Heritage Pointe of Huntington, formerly known as Heritage of Huntington; and Heritage Pointe of Fort Wayne, formerly known as Heritage of Fort Wayne.

The three facilities are corporately known as Heritage Pointe Communities.

Friday, June 23 deadline for local Camp H.E.R.O.

Youth ages 8 to 13 have until Friday, June 23, to sign up for this summer’s Huntington Camp H.E.-R.O.

During camp, which runs July 10 through July 14, participants will meet area law enforcement personnel, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

They’ll learn how to stay safe while hearing about careers in public safety.

They’ll also learn that public safety personnel are regular people whose lives include families, hobbies and activities outside their jobs, says Huntington County Chief Deputy Chris Newton, who is coordinating the camp.

Theatre guild set to hold auditions for summer play

The Huntington Theatre Guild Act II will hold auditions June 21 and 22, for the summer’s production, “Grandma’s Attic: A Blast from the Past.”

The original production will be presented July 14 and 15. It was written by Deanna Albertson and will be co-directed by Albertson and Dave Dean.

Auditions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Faith Community Church of God, 3615 N. Norwood Rd., Huntington. All ages are welcome.

June 20 is callout for Battle of Businesses

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will hold a callout session on June 20 for this year’s Battle of the Businesses.

The battle callout meeting is set for for Tuesday, June 20, at noon at the YMCA. Lunch will be provided. Reservations should be made  to Todd.Latta@

The Battle of the Businesses is a fun way to be active, build workplace camaraderie and bring the community together in a friendly competition.

The Battle of the Businesses 2017 will run from Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 17.

Local law firm DHRG affiliates with General Title Insurance Company

DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott LLP has announced the firm’s recent affiliation with General Title Insurance Company.

As an agent of General Title Insurance Company, the firm will continue its practice in the title insurance and real estate areas, providing various services including loan closings, title searches, preparation of owners and mortgage policies of title insurance and other related products for both commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Forks Uncorked offers evening of wine, beer, food

Seven wineries, three cider companies and four breweries will be featured at the second Forks of the Wabash Uncorked, to be held on July 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.

Guests will be entertained by live music from the Adam Strack Band. Attendance is limited to those 21 years and older. Those attending should bring lawn chairs.

The evening will feature wines from Country Heritage Winery, Easley Winery, Harmony Winery, Heagy Vineyards, Running Vines Winery, Two EE’s Winery and Whyte Horse Wineries.

Parents can enter their babies’ photos in RTL contest

Area families are invited to enter their baby’s photo to the 36th annual “People’s Choice” baby photo contest, sponsored by the Huntington Right to Life. Photos will be displayed, without identification, in the Right to Life booth located in the commercial tent during the Huntington County 4-H Fair, from July 22 through July 26, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rules of the contest are:

• Baby must have been born during 2015, 2016 or 2017.

• Baby must be a resident of Huntington County.

• All voting must take place at the 4-H Fair booth.
Prizes awarded are:

Hart, Daugherty earn scholarships from Flint Springs Elementary

Haley Hart (left) and Sam Daugherty.
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Huntington North High School 2017 graduates Haley Hart and Sam Daugherty have each been awarded a $500 scholarship from Flint Springs Elementary School.

Hart, the daughter of Jason and Taberly Hart, plans to attend Park University in North Carolina, where she will study business administration and marketing.

While at HNHS Hart received an academic honors diploma. She played tennis and managed the boys’ tennis and basketball teams. She was also a member of DECA. She volunteered at Love INC, Huntington JeFFFest and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Shanks to become president at OSV soon

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Jason Shanks

Jason Shanks will join Our Sunday Visitor as president of the OSV Institute on July 31.

Shanks currently serves as chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, where he combined and reorganized five separate county-based Catholic social service agencies into one regional service agency that assists more than 20,000 people annually for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Pathfinder seeking volunteer for one year

Pathfinder Services is now accepting applications for a year-long volunteer position to begin in August. The new position is for VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) through AmeriCorps, a Corporation for National & Community Service.

The NeighborWorks VISTA volunteer position will be focused on the ongoing development of processes to recruit, engage and retain volunteers and directly participate in activities to spread awareness of the programs offered by Pathfinder Services.

Webb family will speak at Salamonie Senior lunch

The Salamonie Senior Luncheon for July will be on Monday, July 3, at the Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center.

Featured speakers will be the Webb family.

Matt and Eva Webb and their children Jaq, Solveig and Evie spent 14 months traveling to all 50 states. Their goal was to find kids in each state who are making the world better.

The Webb children interviewed the kids with help from Eva while Matt filmed. They are now editing hundreds of hours of footage to make a web series about kids helping the world be a better place.

Local resident Jerabek is new state president of Extension Homemakers

Outgoing Indiana Extension President Cathy Cook (left) hands the gavel to the new president, Stephanie Jerabek, of Huntington, during the recent Indiana Extension Homemakers Association conference.
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Stephanie Jerabek, of Huntington, was installed as the state president of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association  during the 104th Home and Family Conference held June 5 through 7 in Indianapolis.

During a gala celebration on the last evening of the conference, Jerabek received her gavel from outgoing President Cathy Cook, of Trafalgar. Jerabek’s husband, Joel, two daughters, a son and granddaughter also attended the celebration.

Flint Springs, Lincoln teachers to receive state grant

Flint Springs and Lincoln elementary schools will receive more than $86,000 as part of a state grant that acknowledges teacher excellence.

The Indiana State Budget Committee has approved nearly $2 million for the Excellence in Performance Grant program.

Flint Springs Elementary School will receive $38,482.39 and Lincoln will receive $47,537.07, according to a press release on June 13.

First Farmers announces cash dividend for second quarter of year

First Farmers Financial Corp., the parent company of First Farmers Bank & Trust Co., announced that on June 13 the board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend for the second quarter of 2017 of 34 cents per share, payable on July 14 to shareholders of record as of June 30.

This quarterly dividend represents a 6.25 percent increase over the quarterly dividend paid in July 2016.
First Farmers Financial Corp is a $1.61 billion financial holding company headquartered in Converse.