Vectren notes disconnect moratorium has ended

Vectren Energy Delivery reminds its customers that the regulatory moratorium expired on March 15.

The moratorium prevents utilities from disconnecting customers who meet low-income guidelines and have received federal and state utility assistance.

Customers who have received a disconnect notice or, regardless of household income, need bill payment assistance should contact Vectren at www.vectren .com or 800-227-1376 to make payment arrangements and avoid potential disconnection.



Seniors will see ‘Night at the Museum’ on Friday

The next Senior Friday is March 26 at the Huntington 7 Theater, with doors opening at 8:30 a.m.

Free coffee and doughnuts will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

This month's featured movie is "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."

Senior Friday partners are Huntington Senior Center, Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center and Parkview Huntington Hospital.

March co-sponsors are Markle Health and Rehabilitation, McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, Miller's Merry Manor and Parkview Home Health and Hospice.

EXPO continues today, Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m.

Justin Davidson (right,) owner of Orion Solutions Inc., of Huntington, has a discussion with a visitor to his booth Saturday, March 20, at the Huntington County EXPO. The event, which showcases area businesses, services and non-profit groups, is free and open to the public, and continues today, Sunday, March 21, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Merillat Physicall Education and Recreation Complex at Huntington University.

Volunteers raise Main Street funds

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"Dining Downtown for Main Street" was held Wednesday night at the Brick House Grill as a fund-raiser for the Main Street Huntington Project. Volunteer servers and host Ryan Warner, the 2008 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, helped raise funds. Shown are (from left) Rich Najuch, Main Street committee; Jill Robrock Martin, of Rescued Relics; Darlene Stanley, of Johnson's Junction; Warner, of Bippus State Bank; and Rose Wall, from the Main Street committee.

Coats to join local TEA Party debate group

Dan Coats, one of five candidates for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate, has agreed to attend a March 26 debate in Huntington sponsored by the local TEA Party.

The four other Republican candidates - Richard Behney, John Hostettler, Don Bates Jr. and Marlin Stutzman - had previously agreed to attend. The position they are seeking is currently held by Democrat Evan Bayh, who is not running for re-election.

4-H selling geraniums as fund-raiser for clubs

Huntington County 4-H is selling geraniums as a fund-raiser for a number of local 4-H clubs and the county 4-H program.

The cost is per plant or per flat of 18 plants.

Orders may be placed with local 4-H club members or with the Huntington County Extension Office.

The geraniums come in four different colors - red, white, pink and salmon and will be delivered on April 29.

All orders for 4-H geraniums must be placed no later than March 31.

Youth Service Bureau of Huntington County starts fundraising campaign

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County's annual "Striving to Make a Difference" fund drive is under way.

This year's theme is "Making A Difference - One Life at a Time" and the goal is to raise $15,000.

Funds raised will help young people learn appropriate social life skills, take ownership of their actions, empower and support parents as they take more active role as the parent and help the YSB bring additional programs and services to the community based on community needs.

Donations needed to expand clothes ministry

Karing for Kids is seeking donations for a benefit auction that will raise funds for an expansion of its Jennifer's Closet ministry.

Indiana's River Friendly Farmer program taking applications

Indiana's River Friendly Farmer Award Program, a statewide initiative that recognizes farmers who protect and enhance Indiana's rivers, lakes and streams, is currently accepting applications.

The Indiana River Friendly Farmer Program is sponsored by the Indiana Farm Bureau Inc., the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the 92 County SWCDs, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Division of Soil Conservation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

HM students donate for police dog

The four second-grade classes at Horace Mann Elementary School raised more than $300 for the Huntington Police Department toward funding a new police dog. The students brought in loose change and had a cookie sale to raise money.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A group of local elementary school students raised $325 to donate toward the purchase of a police dog for the Huntington Police Department.

Second grade students at Horace Mann Elementary School in Huntington hosted a cookie sale and brought in spare change to donate to the department after having visited with Brix, the HPD's former police dog, last fall.

"We decided to raise money for the new dog for our social action project," says Lisa Merryman, one of four second-grade teachers at Horace Mann. "All the kids brought in money, and they worked really hard."

Markle Area Chamber of Commerce to hold egg hunt March 27

The Markle Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at the Markle Fish and Game Club Park.

The event is open to children through 11 years. In addition to hunting for eggs, the children can meet the Easter bunny and have pictures taken with him.

The rain date for the event is April 3 at 11 a.m.


Local woman wins Lt. Gov.’s art contest award

Huntington resident Rose Meldrum captured one of 10 awards in the fourth annual Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition, held recently by Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, with her work, “Winter Stroll.”

Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman recently named the 10 winners of her fourth annual Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition.

One of the winners is Rose Meldrum, of Huntington.
Her entry was "Winter Stroll."

The contest is conducted annually in March to coincide with National Women's History Month.

"The competition this year was incredibly difficult to judge. More than 180 very talented Hoosier women from throughout the state entered their original works," Skillman said.

6 Huntington University theater arts majors to perform on March 27

Six Huntington University senior theater majors will perform March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The evening will include songs from "Sweeney Todd" and "Once Upon A Mattress" along with scene selections from "Summer and Smoke," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Richard III" and "The Cherry Orchard," among many others. Jon Huffman will pres-
ent his original short play, "On God and Suicide."

Sgt. Terry Hall returns to town Huntington to discuss sexual predators Monday

Sgt. Terry Hall, a retired Indianapolis police officer, will present his program on sexual predators during a community meeting on Monday, March 22.

The program will be held in the Crestview Middle School auditera from 7 to 8 p.m.

Hall is an expert on child safety. He will also speak to students in kindergarten through fifth grade at area schools about body safety.

On March 23, Terry will address students at Salamonie in the morning and students at Lancaster Elementary in the afternoon.

Optimist Club gives Youth Appreciation Award to Crestview students Caleb Stoffel and Erin Rethlake

The Huntington Optimist Club presented its Youth Appreciation Award to Caleb Stoffel (second from left) and Erin Rethlake (third from left).
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The Huntington Optimist Club has presented its Youth Appreciation Awards to Erin Rethlake and Caleb Stoffel, both eighth grade students at Crestview Middle School.

Rethlake is a straight A student who is also involved in band, volleyball, basketball, track and softball. She is the daughter of Troy and Melinda Rethlake.

Stoffel is also a straight A student and is involved in cross country, basketball and track. He is the son of Michael and Annette Stoffel.