Leedy, Miller win LIlly four-year scholarships

Daniel Leedy (left) and Karissa Miller.
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Two Huntington North High School students have been named recipients of full four-year scholarships as the Huntington County Community Foundation 2009 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Daniel Leedy and Karissa Miller will each receive full tuition to the Indiana college of their choice and an $800 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Leedy plans to attend Butler University and major in Pharmacy. He is the son of Thomas and Susan Leedy, of Huntington.

Bernbaum, Doughty will address HU's graduates

John Bernbaum.
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Huntington University will hold its 111th commencement exercises on May 16 at 3 p.m.

The ceremony will be held on the front campus, weather permitting.

The annual commencement address will be given by Dr. John Bernbaum, founder and president of Russian-American Christian University in Moscow,. His address is titled "Flying Upside Down." The public is invited to attend the commencement ceremony.

Civil War heritage group will pay tribute to Lincoln at May 5 dinner

An organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Union soldiers of the Civil War will pay tribute to those soldiers' commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln, with a dinner on May 5.

The event is being staged in honor of the 200th birth year of Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12, 1809.

Lincoln's birth was marked by a number of celebrations in February, but "we decided instead of trying to compete with the other big parties, we'd do it now," says Gib Young, of Huntington, commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Champion Hill Camp 17.

Volunteers, cash sought for Andrews park facelift

Several residents in Andrews have come forward to help make repairs at and clean up the town park, but more volunteers are needed and encouraged to join the effort.

A four-member Andrews Park Commission was recently created to get the ball rolling. Members are Carol Sunderman, Lorraine Grodrian, John Harshbarger, and Mike Burton.

Government meetings calendar April 20-27

Monday, April 20
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the city Building.
Huntington Board of Aviation, 5:30 p.m., terminal building at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Tuesday, April 21
Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District, 7 a.m., SWCD office, 2040 Riverfork Dr.

Roanoke Town Council, 7p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Brick House Grill owners fulfill a dream with restaurant opening

Brick House Grill owners Andrew Sprinkle and Garin Stephan (front, fourth and fith from left) cut the ribbon to open their new restaurant at 19 W. Washington St., Huntington, on Thursday, April 16.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington's newest restaurant is the result of a friendship forged in high school - and the help of a lot of family and friends.

"We met in foods class at Huntington North," says Garin Stephan, co-owner of the Brick House Grill at 19 W. Washington St. "We've been doing food together ever since."
Running their own restaurant, co-owner Andrew Sprinkle adds, is something that's "been in the back of our heads forever."

With the opening of the restaurant on Thursday, April 16, that dream has become reality.

Popular cartoon becomes musical on HNHS stage

Nick Stephan (center) is featured as Charlie Brown in the Huntington North High School musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Performances are Thursday, April 23; Friday, April 24; and Saturday, April 25, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. at HNHS.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Comic strip star Charlie Brown and his sidekicks will make the jump to the stage for Huntington North High School's spring musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Performances are Thursday, April 23; Friday, April 24; and Saturday, April 25, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium. Tickets are available from cast members and can also be purchased at the box office prior to the show.

YSB seeks donations of children's clothes, supplies

The "On Your Way Up" incentive store offered by the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is in need of gently used, clean infant and children clothing and other baby items.

"Due to an increased demand we are in desperate need of infant and toddler spring and summer clothes, especially for little boys," says Ira Bencun, program coordinator.
Other items that are always needed are diapers, baby wipes, diaper bags and educational toys and books.

VFW kicks off Buddy Poppy Days

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike and VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Lois Hall (front row, third and fourth from left, respectively) and members of Huntington Post 2689 were on hand recently for the kickoff of the 2009 Buddy Poppy Campaign.
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The Huntington North High School varsity cheerleaders helped Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 kick off its 2009 Buddy Poppy Campaign on April 14, with Huntington Mayor Steve Updike signing a proclamation declaring May as Buddy Poppy Month in Huntington.

The poppies will be available at roadblocks on Saturday, April 25, and at area stores on Saturday, May 2. Poppies are given out in return for a donation.

Hoops legend to speak at Boys & Girls Club dinner

Kent Benson.
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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will host its Fourth Annual Steak An' Burger dinner on Monday, April 20.

The event features the tradition of serving steak to the club members while adults eat hamburgers.

The 2009 Steak An' Burger Dinner, sponsored by Bippus State Bank and MarkleBank, is being held at the SS. Peter and Paul auditorium, 860 Cherry St. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with social time with club members and a silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Free e-mail alerts cna cut down on property fraud

Huntington County Recorder Angela L. Garner is expanding access to a service that allows users to keep a watchful eye for signs of potentially fraudulent activity involving their property.

Property Fraud Alert, first made available to paying subscribers, can now be accessed for free by anyone.
Tough times are making property and mortgage fraud even more of a potential threat, Garner says, adding that opening the Property Fraud Alert service to everyone will Huntington County less attractive to criminals.

Spring Family Festival geared to families

The Council Against Domestic Violence of Huntington County invites the public to the Fifth Annual Spring Family Festival.
This tobacco-free event is Saturday, April 25 in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Various agencies and organizations serving children and families in Huntington County set up booths offering fun, educational activities, child-friendly entertainment and free snacks and prizes for children and their families.

Activities include arts and crafts, carnival games, musical performances, and hands-on educational experiences.

Huntington students win HU history awards

Huntington University students (back from left) Matthew Schownir and Elizabeth Holtrop are the recipients of two HU history honors given recently, including the award named for Professor Emeritus Jack P. Barlow Sr. (seated).
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The Huntington University Department of History presented awards to two students during a department dinner on April 8.

The history department faculty selected Elizabeth Holtrop and Matthew Schownir, both of Huntington, as this year's recipients of the Jack P. Barlow Sr. History Book Prize.

The award is based on their outstanding performance in Great Issues in American History, a seminar required of all history majors. Each recipient will receive $200 to be used for books for their personal libraries.

Spring cleanup moves to Zone 3 on Monday

Spring cleanup in Huntington's Zone 3 begins Monday, April 20, and continues through Friday, April 24.

Zone 3 encompasses the area where trash is normally picked up on Wednesday.

Large household items must be placed within five feet of the alley or curb in the normal trash pick-up area. Items may be placed out no earlier than Saturday, April 18, and must be out no later than Monday, April 20.

Huntington TEA party draws crowd

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A crowd gathers in front of the Huntington County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 15, for a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party. TEA parties were organized across the nation in a grassroots protest of what organizers say are rising taxes and an erosion of government response.