Vintage bikes, tractors to be working it at Pioneer Festival

Vintage highwheel bicycles, such as this one ridden by Jayson Spurgeon during a demonstration at the 2016 Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, will be among the pre-1900 bicycles taking part in the 10-mile Ray Rittenhouse Memorial Ride on Sunday, Sept. 24, during this year’s festival.
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Fans of vintage tractors and bicycles will have a chance to see them in action as part of the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

Both will be paraded through town, the tractors on Friday, Sept. 22, and the bicycles on Sunday, Sept. 24.

The tractors will actually be out on the town twice on Sept. 22, rolling from Huntington to Andrews and back during the day and to the Huntington County Courthouse that evening.

Wagon brigade

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Members of the Kids Club of the Huntington Church of the Brethren pose with some of the food items they collected for Love In the Name of Christ Friday evening, Sept. 1, by taking little red wagons around the neighborhood asking for donations. The wagons were filled to overflowing with donated food, which will be delivered to the food pantry by a church volunteer who volunteers at Love INC each week. The Kids Club hopes to make Little Red Wagons for Love a tradition and invites other church youth groups to participate.

ESA to host music blast for St. Jude’s

The Epsilon Sigma Alpha Beta Chi Chapter, of Huntington, will host a 1950s-’60s music blast dinner and show to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

There will be an era dress contest and karaoke contest with gifts and prizes. Music will be provided by Judy Ann.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Judy Ruble at 358-7406 or Anne Malone at 224-4356.

Praying for America

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rev. Jim Splawn (right), pastor of Mission House Ministries in Huntington, leads a group in prayer on Monday, Sept. 11, on the steps of the Huntington County Courthouse. The “Cry Out America” prayer meeting offered citizens the chance to set aside their differences and pray for their country.

Show choir booster club to host 2nd car and bike show on Sept. 16

The Huntington North Show Choir Booster Club announces their second Rockin-N-Ridin with Volume Car and Bike Show on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Performances will be hourly from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at College Park Church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington. All proceeds go to support the ladies of Viking Volume in their 2017-2018 competition season.

Visitors can see classic cars or enter theirs for a chance at trophies and bragging rights. There is a fee to enter per vehicle with first and second-place awarded for both car and motorcycle categories.

Sweet decorations

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Nicki Sims (left), owner of Sugar Mama’s Bakery, shows Gavin Crail, 9, of Markle, the fine points of cookie decorating during a class for kids held Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Youngsters learned several ways to stencil, sand, paint and ice the cookies.

Huntington, Markle libraries to again offer Paws to Read sessions this fall

The Huntington and Markle libraries will again offer their fall Paws to Read sessions this year on Saturday mornings in October and November. The program is for ages 6 to 12.

Paws to Read is a time for children to read aloud to registered therapy dogs in a fun and relaxed environment. Children reading to therapy dogs nationwide show improved reading skills, improved self-esteem, feel pride in their accomplishments and find reading more enjoyable.

Walk for suicide prevention set for Sept. 16

A walk to raise awareness of suicide, along with training sessions to help community residents avert suicides, are part of Huntington County’s observation of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

The Huntington County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of Sept. 11 as Suicide Prevention Week in Huntington County.

The seventh annual Walk for Hope will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Huntington North High School fieldhouse, with the walk beginning at 7 p.m.

Trail ceremony

Photo by Steve Clark.

Key figures in the creation of Section 4A of the Little River Trail gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Huntington’s Erie Heritage Park on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Just playing around

Flint Springs Elementary School second-grade teacher Abigail Pressler (right) gets an idea of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a “hold” by a K-9 officer, during a demonstration presented to the second-grade classes on Thursday, Sept. 7. Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dave McVoy (right) watches as his partner, Zeek, a German shepherd, grabs the padded arm in a playful game.

HU Foundation to honor Fetters at its annual dinner on Sept. 21

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Brooks Fetters

The Huntington University Foundation will present Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters with the Distinguished Service Award at its annual dinner on Sept. 21.

This award honors an individual or an organization whose life or mission embodies the very principles associated with the mission of Huntington University.

“Brooks is as committed to Huntington University (HU) and the Huntington community as anyone possibly could be,” says Ed Vessels, past president of the Huntington University Foundation.

SWCD will help pay for cover crops, native plants

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a cost share program for native/prairie plantings and for cover crops.

The native/prairie plantings program will promote the seeding of native plants to provide wildlife habitat areas and help to increase water infiltration and reduce pesticide and nutrient applications.

Cover crops seeding will help improve soil health, prevent soil erosion, condition the soil and improve soil infiltration rates.

Cost share amounts for cover crops seedings and native/prairie plantings will be:

Artistic edibles

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Desiree Black uses powdered sugar icing to fix colorful candies into a design during the first Studio session at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The teens created works that resembled an artist’s palette and were also pleasing to their palates, library director Nancy Disbro says. Studio, a time of art, science, snacks and games for teens, will be held again on Sept. 19 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pioneer Festival entertainers focus on music, with a little magic thrown in

Hammer dulcimer artist Bob Hart leads off two full days of entertainment during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24.
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Eleven performers will provide non-stop entertainment for two days during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24.

In addition to the stage shows, the festival will also be populated by wandering musicians and will feature multiple shows by two Huntington North High School groups — the Varsity Singers with its Civil War-era show and Masque and Gavel with its melodrama that proves good always wins out over evil.

OLVM Sisters invite all to Campaign Nonviolence Service

As part of their regular Wednesdays for the World prayer service, the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters will be joining the nationwide Campaign Nonviolence to protest racism, war, poverty and environmental destruction.

During this national event there will be 1,000 nonviolent actions taking place in all 50 states from Sept. 16 to Sept. 24.

The OLVM Sisters invite all to join their Campaign Nonviolence service, which will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel on the Victory Noll campus at 1900 W. Park Drive in Huntington.

Good Samaritans

Photo by Steve Clark.

Joe Gooding (first from left) stands beside his father, Mike Gooding, who was aided by Huntington City Services personnel on Aug. 17 when he had a health scare while taking out his garbage. Huntington Street Department drivers Scott Wilson and Bill Garrison (fourth and fifth from left, respectively) and summer employee Garrett Caley (not pictured) paused their garbage-collection route and stayed with Gooding until the arrival of medical personnel, who were contacted by City Services Office Manager Kristi Young (third from left).

September Birthday books

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Huntington Catholic School celebrated the birthdays of two students, Steven Ball (left) and Samantha Stetzel on Friday, Sept. 1, during an all-school liturgy. The students’ parents honored their birthdays by sending a donation for the purchase of a book for the school library. A label is placed in the front of the book with the student’s name on it. That student is then the first person to check out the book to read, after which other students may check it out as well.

AT&T launches 4G LTE service in Markle and Warren recently

AT&T announced on Sept. 6 that it has launched 4G LTE service in several northeast Indiana communities, including Markle and Warren.

The company says 4G LTE provides faster service than many other mobile Internet technologies, as well as better reliability.

Yoder receives promotion to parks and rec supt. at recent BOW meet

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Steve Yoder

Steve Yoder was introduced as the superintendent of parks and recreation for Huntington City Services during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Huntington City Building.

Yoder has worked for City Services for nearly 13 years. He worked in general park maintenance for eight years and spent the last four serving as the assistant superintendent for parks and rec.

Salvation Army to offer archery program to all experience levels

The Salvation Army will offer an archery program for beginners, intermediates and adults beginning Monday, Sept. 18, at the Salvation Army Huntington location, 1424 E. Market St.

Beginner and intermediate sessions will be held for ages 6 through 17 on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Sessions for adults, ages 18 and up, will be held on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Monday dates are Sept. 18 and 25, and Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Saturday dates are Sept. 23 and 30, and Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

OH at PHH birthing unit

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s Family Birthing Center will hold an open house on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Visitors can tour a birthing center room and talk with OB team members including Angie Swanson, birth planner and lactation consultant; Dr. Ryan Allen, of

Parkview Physicians Group-Family Medicine; and certified nurse midwife Shelley Boone, of Parkview Physicians Group-OB/GYN.

Pregnancy health and exercise tips will be offered, as well as refreshments and a prize drawing.

Picnic time

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Altrusa International member Mary Ruthi (right) adds dessert to April England’s plate during a picnic for clients of Pathfinder Services on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The picnic is an annual event sponsored by Altrusa and usually draws around 80 people.

Huntington University show takes on church rift

The Huntington University Theatre Company will begin its 2017-18 season with “The Christians,” a play by Lucas Hnath.

Performances are Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium of Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts.

An additional performance will be presented on Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Forester Lecture Series. Dr. James Bruce, of John Brown University, will speak on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium, exploring themes presented in the play.

First Chalk Walk on Sept. 30 designed to be artsy and fun

Katy Strass (left) and Pam Burris are putting together Huntington’s first Chalk Walk, which will see the sidewalks around the Huntington County Courthouse filled with chalk drawings on Saturday, Sept. 30.
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Pam Burris likes to see people out enjoying themselves at community events.

When seniors started painting their parking spots at Huntington North High School, an idea was sparked.

How about asking people to draw pictures on the sidewalk around the Huntington County Courthouse?

Katy Strass soon came on board, and the first Huntington Chalk Walk was born.

Pathfinder trio attends development conference

Pathfinder Services President and CEO John Niederman (left) joins Suzanne Anarde (center), vice president of Rural LISC, and Pathfinder Services board member Richard Strick at the recent Rural LISC annual seminar in Bozeman, MT.
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Justin Barker, John Niederman and Richard Strick, all of Pathfinder Services, attended the Rural LISC annual seminar, “Big Skies, Bigger Opportunities in Rural America,” Aug. 28 through Aug. 31 in Bozeman, MT.

The seminar is an annual national conference for rural community development professionals.

Barker is director of the Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center and Strick is a Pathfinder Services board member.

Community invited to ‘Walk for Peace’ Sept. 21 at Rotary Park

Community members are invited to participate in “Walk for Peace” on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Rotary Centennial Park, in downtown Huntington.

The walk is being held in recognition of International Day of Peace and promotes an end to violence of all kinds. It is sponsored by a partnership including Victory Noll Center, 509 Community Church and other Huntington community members.

Businesses battle

Photo by Steve Clark.

Amy Hiple, of Schneider Electric, competes in the sand volleyball portion of the Battle of the Businesses competition on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

Seniors head down Homecoming parade route

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Members of Huntington North High School’s 2018 graduating class proceed down Jefferson Street on their float during the school’s Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 8.

Homecoming royalty

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Huntington North High School students Robert Borland (left) and Gabi Haneline were named the school’s 2017 homecoming king and queen during a ceremony at halftime of the varsity football team’s game against Columbia City on Friday, Sept. 8.

Huntington High School Class of 1962 to hold its 55-year reunion on Sept. 16-17 with multiple events

The Huntington High School Class of 1962 will hold its 55-year reunion Sept. 16 and 17.

The first event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Class members should meet in the garden room at Pizza Hut. Lunch is optional. The group will visit the Veterans Memorial at Huntington’s Memorial Park to honor classmates who served the country. A caravan tour is also planned.