Mt. Etna Masons to hold meet at Heritage Pointe

 Officers of the Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge for 2017 are (front row, from left) Nick Williams, junior steward; Jerry Piqune, tyler; Chuck Clampitt, senior warden; Jathan Jones, junior warden and Joe Gooding, senior steward; and (back row, from left) Steve Halchuck, senior steward; Brent Campbell, treasurer; Steve Williams, worshipful master; Jay Allen, chaplain; and Junior Wehr, secretary. Not pictured is Dave Williams, junior deacon.
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The Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge will hold its monthly meeting at Heritage Pointe of Warren on Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Over the past five years the Mt. Etna Lodge has hosted various activities at Heritage Pointe as a means of keeping all Freemasons residing there involved in the fraternity. This meeting is open to all Masons in good standing.

“We have a number of Masons who are residents of Heritage Pointe or live in the area. We think it is important to remember all our fellow Masons and keep them actively involved,” says Steve Williams, the worshipful master of Mt. Etna Lodge.

Horse performance champs

Overall performance champions were awarded at the annual 4-H Horse and Pony Banquet.

Princesses will party Saturday

Rowan Doughty (left) and Stella Johnson (right) dance in the streets of downtown Roanoke during last year’s Princess Party. The party for this year will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. until noon.
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Aspiring princesses ages 2 to 12 are invited to the third annual Princess Party on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in downtown Roanoke.

During the party, young princesses can come dressed in their favorite party dresses to decorate crowns and have their nails painted. Face painting will also be available.

Local pageant titleholders will make guest appearances.

The activity is free and is sponsored by Two-EE’s Winery.

40 years on the job

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Paul Stoltz (third from left), a quality engineer with M&S Industrial Metal Fabricators, celebrates his 40th anniversary working for the company on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Pictured with him are company owners (from left) Gary Mickley, Nancy Mickley, Stoltz, Michelle Stoffel and Jason Mickley. The company held a cake reception for Stoltz, who started working for M&S in 1977 while he was still in high school.

Huntington County students earn dean’s list honors for summer studies

Several Huntington County residents earned spots on the summer semester dean’s list at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne.

To qualify for the list, a student must be degree-seeking, achieve a minimum 3.50 grade point average in non-academic skills advancement courses with no Ds or Fs, earn six or more Ivy Tech credits during the semester and have earned at least 12 non-academic skills advancement credits during their course of study

Local students on the list are:

Radio group to host meet at Café of Hope Aug. 28

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will meet on Monday, Aug. 28, at Café of Hope at 7 p.m.

Those interested in learning about becoming an amateur radio operator are encouraged to attend.

Café of Hope is located at 900 E. State St., Huntington.

Some stores taking support payments

Child support payments can now be made in cash at CVS, Family Dollar and 7-Eleven stores, the Indiana Child Support Bureau has announced.

Parents must set up an online account at PayN and receive a payment code to scan at the retail location. Payments can be made during the stores’ regular business hours. A fee is charged for each transaction.

For more information about all payment options, visit

Cattlemen to meet Monday

The Huntington County Cattlemen will meet Monday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex.

Topics for discussion include proposed changes for beef and starter calf projects, dates for Beef ID Day and Preview Show in 2018, judge selection for Preview Show, 4-H Fair Beef Show, 4-H Fair Starter Calf Show in 2018 and a review of the food tent at the 4-H Fair.

Interested 4-H members and parents involved with the beef or starter calf project are encouraged to attend this meeting. Biographies of judge candidates should be submitted in advance of the meeting.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus adds Marshall-Seslar, Anspaugh to staff

Alysia Marshall-Seslar and Kendra Anspaugh have joined the staff of Pathfinder Kids Kampus, the child care division of Pathfinder Services.

Marshall-Seslar will serve as Early Head Start assistant director, filling the position most recently held by Elizabeth Hire, who was recently promoted to interim administrator and Early Head Start director. Mashall-Seslar holds an associate’s degree in early childhood education and lives in Bluffton with her husband.  

Buckle winner

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The 4-H horse and pony clubs held their annual banquet at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Skyla Tomasek (middle) received the Phil Kreider Memorial belt buckle. The buckle went to the 4-H’er who received the most points for placings in all of the gaming classes at the 4-H Fair. Skyla is the daughter of Dan and Kamie Tomasek and a member of the Silver Streak Saddlers 4-H club. Also pictured is Lance Kreider (left) and Chad Kreider, sons of the late Phil Kreider. The award was sponsored by the 4-H horse and pony leaders.

Snacks for McKenzie’s Hope

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Employees of Continental Structural Plastics Huntington Operations present a giant check in the amount of $2,560 to McKenzie’s Hope Child Advocacy Center on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Pictured (from left) are Tara Sharp, HR assistant, CSP; Shandel Drayton, HR support, CSP; and Jessica Broyles, executive director of McKenzie’s Hope. Employees and staff members of CSP purchased the snacks for the center and raised the cash donation from raffle and cookout fund-raisers.

University chief

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Police Chief Chad Hacker (left) introduces Huntington University’s new police chief, Justin Faw, to area law enforcement officers gathered in the Huntington City Building on Thursday, Aug. 17. Faw, who earned a degree in physical education from Huntington University in 1998, also holds a Master of Science in public safety administration from Capella University. He worked as a police officer in Marion for more than 20 years before joining the Huntington University Police Department this fall.

New grooming salon seeks to pamper pooches

Alexis Niedzwiecki (left) and her mom, Lori Niedzwiecki, have opened The Dog House Grooming Salon and Spa in Roanoke. Alexis handles grooming responsibilities, while Lori takes care of the business and as well as baking some of the doggie treats sold in the shop’s boutique.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alexis Niedzwiecki believes that pooches need pampering, and she’s ready to deliver.

She and her mom, Lori Niedzwiecki, have opened The Dog House Grooming Salon and Spa in Roanoke, offering luxury services ranging from a bath and a haircut to blueberry facials and pedicures.

Alexis says she strives for a calm, relaxed atmosphere in her shop, serving one dog at a time instead of lining up multiple dogs waiting to be groomed.

“The dog comes in and it’s just them here, and I groom them,” she says. “There’s not a lot of barking dogs.”

Local 4-H’ers have strong showing in state swine events

Local 4-H’ers placed well in swine events at the 2017 Indiana State Fair.

Ceaten Brubaker had the champion Landrace barrow, and Colton Miller took champion honors with his Poland China barrow.

Here are the results of local 4-H competitors:

Class 25
Kenyon Buckland, fifth place.

Class 26
Jonathan McMillan, fifth place.
Junior Showmanship
Kenyon Buckland, fifth place.
Participation: Jonathan McMillan.

Novae acquires assets of Pennsylvania firm

Novae Corp., based in Markle, has acquired the assets of CAM Superline, Inc. of Waynesboro, PA, company officials announced on Aug. 11.

Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Novae Corp. manufactures utility, dump, equipment and enclosed trailers marketed under the brands of Sure-Trac and H&H Trailers.  

Novae Corp. operates eight manufacturing facilities in northeast Indiana and western Iowa and distributes both brands through a network of independent dealers throughout North America.    

Roanoke Fall Festival to have pie eating contest

The Roanoke Fall Festival will include a pie-eating contest on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the town park on Seminary Street.

Contestants have a choice of either pumpkin or sugar cream pie. The contest is hands-free and there is a time limit.

The competing age groups are 6-11, 12-17, 18 and older, and a “celebrity round” will be held. Local celebrities include a member or the Huntington County Community Sch-ool Corporation school board and the new principal at Roanoke Elementary.

Icy from the Fort Wayne Komets will be there to cheer on the contestants.

‘By the Book’ ed resumes on Aug. 28

By the Book weekly religious education classes will be starting on Monday, Aug. 28. The free program is open to all third and fourth-graders in the Huntington County Community School Corporation. Pictured are (from left) instructors Kathie Mower, Stephanie Thompson and Debbie Hersey.
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Huntington County Community School Corporation third and fourth-graders are invited to attend By the Book weekly religious education classes, which begin Monday, Aug. 28.

A signed permission slip is required to attend. Slips are available at every elementary school.

There is no charge to attend the classes, which are funded by churches, businesses and private donations.

The address to send donations to is Associated Churches of Huntington County, P.O. Box 344, Huntington, IN 46750.

To learn more about the program, visit achcbtb.

HU to add a spring start to its OTD prog.

Huntington University will add a spring start to its doctorate of occupational therapy program.

The spring cohort is expected to include 22 students, who must have earned a bachelor’s degree and completed prerequisite coursework. The three-year program is full time, with classes held in Fort Wayne five days a week.

For admission details, visit

West Nile found in mosquitoes locally

The Indiana State Department of Health recently collected samples of mosquitoes in Huntington County that have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Huntington County Health Department urges all county residents to protect themselves from diseases carried by mosquitoes such as West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis through the rest of the mosquito season.

Officials say at this point, there are two confirmed cases of human West Nile infection in the state.

Child care and preschool staff can network through Early Learning Alliance

The first meeting of the Early Learning Alliance of Huntington County for the 2017-18 school year will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington County Community Learning Center.

The alliance is open to all child care providers and preschool educators in Huntington County.

Those attending will learn about the Early Learning Alliance, hear about the state’s movement toward early learning and network with other providers and educators. The organization works to create affordable quality learning experiences for preschoolers in Huntington County.

BBQ Festival

Photo by Steve Clark.

Brenda Rosen takes a look at some of the offerings at the Huntington BBQ Festival, held Saturday, Aug. 19, in the Parkview Huntington Hospital Show Arena at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Rosen helped organize the event, which raised funds for the New Life Community Meal Ministry.

Speed show

Photo by Steve Clark.

Tayla Yost, of Anderson, competes in the barrel-racing portion of the 2017 Speed Show on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club. The show, which concludes today, Sunday, Aug. 20, has riders from around the state participating in a variety of speed challenges.

Through the muck

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Tony Sitton heads through the mud pit on his way to a full run at the Andrews Mud Bogs on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 19, in Andrews. The event was a fund-raiser for the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Ride 2 Provide

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Motorcyle riders head out from Markle Park on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 20, to begin the 12th annual Ride 2 Provide. The ride was the centerpiece of the fund-raising event, which this year was to benefit Markle-area resident Mark Thomas, who suffered a heart attack last year. The event also featured an auction, a painting event, Bingo, cornhole tournament and benefit meal.

Caps collection results in two new recycled benches for Kids Kampus

Two colorful benches are enjoyed by some of the children at Kids Kampus on Monday, Aug. 14.  Celebrating the benches’ arrival are (seated, from left) Ben Petek, Emma Thornsberry, Piper Norman, Alyssa Hewson, Riley Armstrong, Kids Kampus Lead Teacher Sheila Crawford and Logan Platt; and (standing, from left) Pathfinder Services Senior Director of Business Development Loretta Mottram, Pathfinder Foundation Board Member Tiffanney Drummond and Kids Kampus Interim Administrator Elizabeth Hire.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The children of Pathfinder Kids Kampus recently received two recycled benches after participating in the ABC Promise Partnership cap recycling program offered by Green Tree Plastics in Evansville. The cost to produce the benches was donated by Alyssa Hewson and the Pathfinder Foundation.

The ABC program is a cap and lid program specifically designed by school children for school children. It has been a tool in the hands of the Pathfinder Kids Kampus teachers to teach children about caring for the Earth and green living.

Huntington library to have open house for home school parents

Anyone interested in learning how the library can be a resource for homeschool parents is invited to the Huntington City-Township Public Library Home School Open House Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.

The library’s youth services staff will go over the various areas of the library’s collection and resources that homeschool families can use to supplement learning, as well as participate in a library scavenger hunt to hone one’s library book- and fact-finding skills. The open house is open to all ages.

The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

List more local results from state fair sheep show recently in Indy

Additional results of the 2017 Indiana State Fair 4-H Sheep project have been announced.

Here is how 4-H’ers in Huntington County placed:

4-H Breeding Ewe
Dylan Miller, sixth place overall.

Ewes Reserve Champion Ewe
Dylan Miller.

Ewe Lamb
Class 4
Kenyon Buckland, second place.

Class 6
Kenyon Buckland, fifth place.

Adult crafts on tap at Andrews library

The all-new Crafts & Coffee program will meet tonight, Thursday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.

Each month, the Andrews library will offer an adult craft program, with all supplies provided. Crafters this month will create a shell necklace.

Beverages will be provided. Registration is requested.

To register, call the library at 786-3574 or email

The library is at 30 E. Madison St. in Andrews.

Huntington, Warren to hold CROP walks on Oct. 1

This fall, Huntington County and about 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith community CROP hunger walks around the theme “Ending Hunger One Step at a Time.”

The three-mile walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 1, in Huntington and Warren.

12th annual Ride 2 Provide to benefit Markle blacksmith

Mark Thomas, shown in his blacksmith shop at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival in 2013, will be the beneficiary of this year’s Ride 2 Provide on Aug. 19 in Warren. In addition to a motorcycle ride, the day-long event at Markle Park features a silent auction, games and activities and a pulled pork dinner.
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The 12th annual Ride 2 Provide will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, at Markle Park.

The centerpiece of the event is a motorcycle ride that takes off at 12:10 p.m., with the last bike returning to Markle Park at 4:30 p.m.

The park will be the site of games, food and an auction throughout the day, and those events are open to riders and non-riders alike.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Mark Thomas.