Cooking classes are Jan. 12

The Purdue Extension Office, Love INC, College Park Church and A Lo Nuestro, a His-panic fellowship, have again partnered to offer free cooking classes, at College Park Church.

“Cooking With Love” will be offered three times each month and the primary focus is to teach participants how to make healthy meals on a reduced budget.

Susy Jennings, of the Extension Office, serves as the main teacher of nutritional informa-tion.

January’s topic is healthy snacks and classes will be held today, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

YSB offers parenting classes

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is now accepting participants for its Empowering Parent classes.

Two classes are offered.

Growing As Parents (GAP) is designed to cover normal growth and development, age appropriate discipline, nurturing communication and many other topics. The two-hour class is offered on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and runs for eight weeks beginning on Jan. 13.

Secretary of State Rokita to speak at annual Huntington chamber dinner

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita poses alongside eight-foot stacks of folders that held corporate documents before being digitally scanned as part of his office’s e-Services initiatives.
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Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita will be the keynote speaker for the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce's 86th annual dinner on Monday, Jan. 25.

The dinner will be held at the LaFontaine Golf Club, 6129 N. Goshen Rd. A social time begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. For more information or reservations, contact JoAnn Burnau at 356-5300 or

O'Donnell to present economic forecast

Jim O'Donnell
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Huntington University Professor Jim O'Donnell will present his 2010 economic forecast as part of the Huntington University Foundation Breakfast Series on Jan. 13.

The title of his presentation is "Do You Have the Stomach to Invest?" O'Donnell will look back at the 2009 economy and offer thoughts about what the new decade may bring.

Copies of O'Donnell's "The Shortest Book Ever on Saving For Retirement" will be available for purchase.

Christmas baby -- Christmas presents

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Norma Etherington, left, of Huntington County Right to Life, presents a gift to Ryder Wade Randol, center, and his mother, Kayla Enyart, right, in honor of Ryder's designation as the "Christmas Baby." Ryder was born on Christmas Day 2009 at 5:18 a.m. to Enyart and Ryder's father, Jason Randol, and was 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Huntington County Right to Life has a "longstanding tradition" of presenting a gift to the first baby born on Christmas day, Etherington says.

Stoeckley stays at Roanoke Town Council head

The Roanoke Town Council unanimously re-elected John Stoeckley, left, and Troy Karshner, right, as the 2010 president and vice president of the council, respectively, at the council’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

President John Stoeckley and Vice President Troy Karshner were unanimously re-elected to their posts on the Roanoke Town Council during the panel's Jan. 5 meeting.

Current liaisons retained their positions.

The council awarded the town insurance contract to Mettler Insurance, despite the company having the higher quote.
Mettler had the 2009 contract. After noting some discrepancies in the competing quote, council members said they believed that taking the Mettler option was in the best interests of Roanoke, despite it being $5,000 higher than the competition.

Senate hopeful to speak at local TEA Party meeting

Richard Behney, who plans to run for the United States Senate seat of Evan Bayh this year, will be at the Huntington TEA Party meeting on Jan. 15 at Life Church, 950 E. State St. from 7 to 9 p.m. He joins a list of other speakers.

Behney has been politically involved since the fall of 2008, when he volunteered for the Hamilton County Republican party. In February 2009, he took part in the Chicago TEA Party and in March of the same year, he is said to have founded two movements in Indianapolis - "Indy Defenders of Liberty" and the Indianapolis TEA Party.

Scott Canady is newest member of KBC board

Knight-Bergman Center board members met on Dec. 21.
President Shelly Boxell called the meeting to order.

Nine members were present, Denny Stroud, Bob Pond, Rosemary Zeller, Ned Trout, Ron and Bonnie Boxell, Sharon Gebhart, Janice Jordan and Mark Davis.

Members Jerry Boyer, Karen Herr and Ron Neff were not in attendance.

Scott Canady was a guest at the meeting.

Canady attended the meeting with an interest in joining the board after the resignation of Gerald Moreland.

January sessions offer information on getting involved with 4-H program

The 2010 Huntington County 4-H program has scheduled call-out meetings to help fami-lies learn more about the county 4-H program during the month of January.

At the open houses, information about the county 4-H program and local 4-H clubs will be provided by 4-H club leaders. Samples of 4-H project manuals will be available for review.

Open houses will be held:

• Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Roanoke Elementary School library, 423 West Vine St., Roanoke.

• Jan. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park, 547 South Briant St.

List upcoming Red Cross blood drives

The month of January is designated National Blood Donor Month to honor those who have committed to donating blood.

Last year, about 8 million people volunteered to donate blood in the United States, and gave about 15 million units of whole blood and red blood cells.

Upcoming blood drives include:

• Saturday, Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Northview Church of Christ, located at 2900 N. Jefferson St.

Call 519-5885 to schedule your blood donation appointment.

Democrat committee members to meet Jan. 14

A meeting of Huntington County Democrat precinct committee members will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Democrat Headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington.

Regular meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.


Teens on the Town game day scheduled for Jan. 23 at Pathfinder

Teens on the Town, a program from Pathfinder Community Supports will be continuing activities for teenagers in January.

On Jan. 23, Teens on the Town will be having a pizza and game day at Pathfinder Services, located at 1152 East State St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program focuses on teens, ages 13 to 22 years, who are currently attending special needs programs at the middle and high school level.

The event was originally scheduled for Jan. 30, but has been rescheduled due to the Huntington County Special Olympics basketball tournament being held on Jan. 30.

YMCA contest offers rewards for fitness activities

Parkview Huntington Family YMCA is currently taking registrations for its "Quest for Fitness" contest, which will run from Jan. 25 through March 20.

The contest is similar to a weight-loss contest but participants will rewarded for their efforts, not results alone.

Points will be given for improvement in weight loss, body fat loss percentage, body mass index, blood pressure, resting heart rate and waist measurements.
Participants will also earn points each time they visit the Y, join a fitness class or personal training or attend free nutrition presentations.

'Alice's Adventures' will lad off 2010 season at Pulse Opera House

The White Rabbit, the March Hare and the Mad Hatter will lead the Pulse Opera House into 2010.

The new season, announced as always during a New Year's Eve party at the downtown Warren theater, opens in March with "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

Auditions for "Alice" are tonight, Monday, Jan. 11, and the show opens on March 12.

The season continues with "Inherit the Wind" in May; "Fiddler on the Roof" in July; "Blithe Spirit" in September; and "Miracle on 34th Street" in November and December.

For the kids

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Sue Rumple (left) of Beacon Credit Union presents a $2,000 check to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County recently. With Rumple are Mandy Reber, the club's executive director; club staff member Josh Mote (standing in background); and youth members of the club.