Help from the VFW

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Harold Bennett (left), commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, and Dale Howell (right), incoming commander of the post, present a check for $500 for Al Sims (center) president of Cancer Services for Huntington County. The contribution will be used to provide aid to Huntington County residents being treated for cancer, Sims says.

Garden bargains

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mark Christman (left) turns in a ticket as his wife Sue Christman holds their plant selections during the second annual Plant Swap held Saturday, June 6, in downtown Huntington. Garden enthusiasts brought in their extra plants and traded them for plants brought in by other gardeners.

Trying for the big one

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Perry Harris (center), of Bluffton, shows daughter Alexa (right) how to jiggle her line as son Trey waits for a bite on his own line. The three were among the participants in the Kids’ Fishing Derby Saturday, June 6, at Roush Lake.

Surber receives Masonic scholarship

Jordan Surber (second from left) has been awarded a $1,300 scholarship by the Indiana Masonic Lodge. With him  are (from left) his father, Rob Surber; Mason Richard Kimes; and his grandfather, Bob Surber.
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Jordan N. Surber, a graduate of Huntington North High School, has been awarded a $1,300 Masonic Scholarship by the Scholarship Board of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, Free and Accepted Masons.

Surber is the son of Robert N. and Cherie Surber, of Huntington. He plans to apply the scholarship toward his first year at Trine University, Angola, where he plans to study mechanical engineering.

Mt. Etna VFD gets cost share grant to help with equipment

The Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department has received a $4,843 cost share grant through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The money will be used to buy needed equipment for firefighters' personal protection and to replace the department's turnout gear.

A cost share grant is split half and half; the DNR will supply the grant money if the department can match the same amount.

Area food vendors to display wares at JeFFFest, too

Linda House (left) and Dorothy Webb (center) of Elizabeth's Team Room and Liz Dettling of Pizza Junction sample some of the items they will have for sale at JeFFFest 28 in downtown Huntington.
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JeFFFest, sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing, gets its unique name from the Jefferson Street location and the fabulous music, fine arts, and fun food that it offers.

The event is scheduled for June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the center block of Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington. Along with artwork offered for silent auction and music by Eric Clancy, the event also features a selection of food from area vendors.

Eight head to college with HCTA scholarships

The Huntington Classroom Teachers' Association has awarded eight scholarships to Huntington County students so they may continue their educational endeavors.

The recipients include Ross Whitacre, Katie Durrwachter, Daniel Leedy, Ashley Wilcoxson, Kiela Clore, Mary Ellen Richey, Taylor Stump and Mariah Town.

To receive a scholarship from HCTA, individuals must demonstrate academic achieve-ment and good character.


Purdue CAFO study group to reveal findings via broadcast on June 18

A team of Purdue University specialists who studied confined animal feeding facilities in eight Indiana counties, including Huntington County, will present their findings during a June 18 public meeting that will be broadcast to 21 locations across the state.

Community Impacts of Confined Animal Feeding Operations will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Andrews pavilion makes way for new

Tom Wuensch, owner of TW Excavating and the Andrews fire chief, operates his Bobcat Friday morning, June 5, to demolish the pavilion in the Andrews Park.
Photo by Jessica Williams

Tom Wuensch, the Andrews Fire Chief, directed some demolition on June 5 in the Andrews Park.

In addition to being chief, Wuensch also owns his own excavating company, TW Excavating, "So it works out pretty well," he says with a laugh.

Wuensch noticed the pavilion in the park was falling apart and unsafe, so he got some volunteers together from the fire department and his own company to tear down the existing pavilion and build a new one, at no cost to the town of Andrews.

City will return grant, kill Etna Avenue project

The Huntington Common Council killed a proposed Etna Avenue reconstruction project during its meeting on Tuesday, June 9, citing limited funding and opposition from community members.

The split 4-3 vote in favor of terminating the proposed project marked the end of a period of uncertainty for both residents and businesses on Etna Avenue.

Councilmen voting with the majority were Erv Ebersole, Brooks Fetters, Jason Fields and Steve McIntyre.

Those voting to continue with the project were Joe Blomeke, Keith Eller and Jack Slusser.

Festival banner honors veterans

The Salamonie Summer Festival banner was taken to Heritage Pointe in Warren on Monday, June 1, to be signed by veterans.
Photo contributed.

The community of Warren will pay special tribute to its veterans and current service members during this summer's Salamonie Summer Festival.

The theme of the festival, which will be held July 2-5, is "Let Freedom Ring: A Salute to Our Heroes." Veterans, service members and family members of deployed military personnel are invited to sign a banner bearing that theme, which will be on display during the festival.

Principal Faroh to take post as Lancaster Elementary teacher

James Faroh Sr., principal at Lincoln Elementary School for the past five years, will leave the principal's post to become a teacher at Lancaster Elementary School this fall.

Faroh requested the transfer, which was unanimously approved during a meeting of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Turstees on Monday, June 8.

Faroh will teach fifth grade at Lancaster.

H.H. Niswander to remain in Huntington as GM reorganizes

Dave Niswander (left) and Sam Niswander, co-owners of H.H. Niswander in Huntington, display the letter they received from General Motors, informing them that their dealership would be allowed to stay in business, selling GM’s Buick and GMC Truck lines.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dave and Sam Niswander are a couple of happy souls.

Ecstatic, even.

The brothers, co-owners of H.H. Niswander Pontiac-Buick-Cadillac-GMC Trucks in Huntington, received "the letter" last week - a missive notifying them of their future status with General Motors.

And the news was good.

Niswander will keep the Buick and GMC Truck brands of its GM dealership. However, GM canceled its franchise agreement with Niswander for the Pontiac and Cadillac brands.

"We're here and we're going to stay here," Dave Niswander says.

Huntington invites residents to meeting concerning Etna Ave. project

The city of Huntington is inviting residents to a public meeting concerning the proposed Etna Avenue reconstruction project Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The Etna Avenue project is a general improvement construction project of Etna Avenue from the Wabash River to Jessup Street that has received over $2.5 million in federal funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The City Council has tentatively scheduled a vote on whether or not to move forward with the proposed project for the June 9 meeting.

Master Trooper Jeffers among three receiving recent state police honors

Robert Jeffers.
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Master Trooper Robert M. Jeffers, of Huntington, was one of three Indiana State Troopers recognized for their achievement, service and dedication to the Indiana State Police and the citizens of Indiana.