Sixth Huntington On/Off-Road Bike Challenge this weekend

The sixth annual Huntington On/Off-Road Bicycle Challenge will be held this weekend, Sept. 19 and 20, and will include a two-day 140-mile race, which is shown here from last year.
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The Sixth Annual Huntington On/Off-Road Bicycle Challenge, hosted by the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau and 3 Rivers Velo Sport, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, on more than 175 miles of roadways in Huntington County.

The event features three different events on four distinct courses.

A competitive race, sanctioned by USA Cycling, consists of two 70-mile courses that run both on and off-road.
One course will be used on Day 1, and the other will be featured on Day 2.

HU enrollment reaches a record 1,250 students

Huntington University has achieved a record-breaking overall enrollment of 1,250 stu-dents for the fall 2009 semester.

"Having a growing enrollment in the midst of a difficult economy is an incredible blessing," says Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president. "We appreciate that our students continue to see the value in pursuing a high-quality, Christ-centered education."

Flu, pneumonia shots offered throughout the county by Parkview Home Health & Hospice

Parkview Home Health & Hospice will host a series of flu and pneumonia vaccination clinics during September, October and November at locations throughout Huntington County.

The initiative is made possible with support from Parkview Hospital's Community Health Improvement program. The vaccination is available for people nine years of age and older. There is a fee, which must be paid at the time the vaccine is administered. The fee may be covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Agriculture executive is leadership luncheon speaker

Beth Archer.
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The Huntington University Center for Leadership will host a leadership luncheon Sept. 24 open to business and community leaders.

Flu shots available at Senior Center Sept. 22

Huntington County Council on Aging and Parkview Home Health and Hospice will sponsor flu shots in September.

The shots are open to the public and they especially encourage seniors to participate in this program.

Medicaid and Medicare cards will be processed at the time of the shot so bring them; if Medicaid or Medicare is non-applicable, participants will be charged. If participants also need a pneumonia shot, it will have an additional cost.

Dropping in

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Local Eagle Scout heading up food drive

Justin Miller.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Eagle Scout Justin Miller, of Huntington, is heading up a countywide canned food drive, which will run through Sept. 23.

Miller, a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church, attended a senior high camp this past summer with other youth group members from the church.

During the camp they learned about hunger, poverty and homelessness. The session inspired the youth to put into action what they learned.

They set a goal to collect 5,000 canned food items and other non-perishables, now through Sept. 23. The youth have named the outreach effort "Canstock '09."

HNHS homecoming is this Friday

Students at Huntington North High School are gearing up to celebrate Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 18.

Festivities begin with the Homecoming Games on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Kriegbaum practice field. The games start at 6 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend.

A powder puff football game is set for Thursday, Sept. 17, at Kriegbaum Field. Kick-off is at 6 p.m., and there is an admission charge.

Salamonie Senior Fall Fest is Sept. 14-17

The 2009 Salamonie Senior Fall Fest will be held this week, Sept. 14-17, in the Modern Campground at Lost Bridge West.

This four-day event is designed for mature adults.
Monday features the monthly Seniors' Carry-In luncheon at 12:30 p.m. with Arwin Provonsha speaking about Indiana fireflies, hands-on fly tying instruction at 3 p.m. and an Open Sew.

County BZA to hear pair of new requests

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider two new requests and revisit a previously-granted zoning exception during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Tom Farms LLC is requesting a special exception to allow placement of a 140-foot antenna tower on property at 4561W-1200N-35, South Whitley.

JB Towers LLC is requesting a special exception to allow placement of a wireless communications tower on property located on McKeever Road, Andrews.

Vessels, Upchurch to teach Leadership students

Ed Vessels and Dr. Rick Upchurch will teach the Huntington County Leadership Academy for the second consecutive year.

The academy is currently registering students for the 2010 session, which begins in January.

Montana to speak at HU Foundation dinner

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The Huntington University Foundation will hold its annual dinner on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the university's Habecker Dining Commons.

The featured speaker will be Melissa Montana, CEO/president of STAR Educational Media Network. Montana's presentation is titled "Embracing the Future with Hope and Promise."

The public is invited to attend the event. To make reservations, contact Barb Baker at 359-4069 or The registration deadline is Sept. 22.

Fallen walnuts wil help fund Free Health Clinic

Jim Wilson (left) and Rev. Dave Ballinger (right), pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, roll up walnuts outside the Hoosier Drive-In. Trinity United is collecting walnuts through November as a fundraiser for the Huntington Free Clinic, which is loca
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Trinity United Methodist Church is collecting walnuts to sell in order to raise money for the Huntington Free Health Clinic, which is housed in the church.

Church members are asking the community to collect walnuts in baskets or bags and bring them to the church at the corner of Guilford and Market streets every Saturday af-ternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., starting Oct. 3 and continuing through Nov. 7.

Collection sponsors are also willing to come pick the walnuts that have been collected and bagged.

Drivers sought for Red Cross veterans' transport

The Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers for its veterans program.

The Red Cross provides daily transportation services, free of charge, for veterans to their medical appointments in Fort Wayne, Marion and Indianapolis.

The service is provided only when there are sufficient volunteer drivers to donate their time to drive.

All vehicles are provided by the Red Cross, along with fuel expenses.

The need is increasing since the addition of a new van that provides assistance with wheelchair bound veterans.

Info offered on Register nomination

The Huntington Historic Review Board will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to discuss the nomination of an area just north of downtown Huntington to the National Register of Historic Places.

The area being nominated is on both sides of North Jefferson Street, between Park Drive on the south and Collins/Madison streets on the north. The area is roughly bounded by College Avenue on the east and Oak, Stephen and Buchanan streets on the west.