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Addy Wiley chooses Y for donation

Gatorade Player of the Year for girls track and field Addy Wiley (center) chose to donate $1,000 to the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA through the Gatorade Play it Forward Program. Featured are (from left) YMCA CEO Todd Latta, Wiley and YMCA Youth Programs Director Mariah Town.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Huntington North High School senior Addy Wiley was recently named the 2020-21 Gatorade Player of the Year for girls track and field.

Wiley says that she was happy to win the designation.

“I was really amazed because a lot of other great runners I look up to have won this award and there were other great athletes in Indiana that could’ve won it this year, so it was just really an honor to be able to say that, for one year, that was something that I accomplished,” Wiley said.

Red Cross seeks blood donors

As fall approaches, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help end the ongoing critical need for blood and kick off the season with a blood or platelet donation. The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to give now and help ensure lifesaving transfusions are on the sidelines for those who rely on them.

The Red Cross is concerned that the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant and a potentially active hurricane season may further challenge the ability to collect and meet hospital demand.

Bowen Center expands hours again

Bowen Center announced on Friday, Aug. 20, that it will again expand the hours for its free COVID-19 drive-through testing site located at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds Shrine Building in Warsaw.

The site has seen a 205 percent increase in visits over the last three weeks. The hours were expanded on Monday of this week and already the number of those seeking a test have doubled from the previous week.

Upcoming VFW bake offs

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 2689 in Huntington, as well as the VFW Post No. 2689 Auxiliary, will be hosting an upcoming series of Bake-Off fundraising events for Huntington County residents to participate in.
Gloria Holzinger, the chairman of the project, says that the idea for the bake-off events began when several post members started talking about different ways that they could raise money for organizations. Wanting to come up with something unique that could involve people from all different backgrounds, the idea for a bake-off was born.

Strick signs proclamation for recovery awareness

On Monday, Aug. 30, Mayor Richard Strick signed a proclamation recognizing National Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Awareness Month. Featured are (bottom row, from left) Bethanie Burns, Brittany Renkenberger, Stephinie Eckinger, Strick, Jade Glover and Tamara Randall, as well as (top row, from left) Sydney Kent and Matt Pflieger, all of whom were present for the reading.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

On Monday, Aug. 30, Mayor Richard Strick signed a proclamation recognizing that Tuesday, Aug. 31, is National Overdose Awareness Day and that the month of September is National Recovery Awareness Month.

Representatives from Place of Grace, which is a transitional house for women leaving jail, as well as Ground Zero Community Center, a community center on the south side of Huntington, as well as a few other community members were present for the reading of the proclamation.

Love INC and LAC receive grants

The LaFontaine Arts Council (LAC) recently received a $2,500 grant from the Huntington County Community Foundation (HCCF). Featured are (front row, holding check, from left) sisters Kailyn and Ellyanna Heim; (middle row, from left) HCCF Executive Director Matt Ditzler, HCCF board member Cindy Paul, LAC board member Ann Siegfried, LAC President Adam Drummond, LAC Executive Director Katy Strass and LAC Secretary Erin Didion; and (back row, from left) LAC board member Josh Heim and HCCF board member John Nelson.
Photo provided.

The Huntington County Community Foundation (HCCF) recently presented checks to several Huntington establishments, including Love INC and the LaFontaine Arts Council (LAC).

For Love INC, a grand total of $1,869.48 in HCCF funding will be used towards Love INC’s fundraising efforts to purchase a Zoll AED2 defibrillator and to provide training for up to 20 of Love INC’s staff to become certified users, and well as training in CPR and first aid.

Master Gardeners to host a public forum

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will host a public forum on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Forks of the Wabash, 3011 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Purdue Extension Master Gardener Tim Deal will lead a walk featuring trees that he has marked near the trails. Purdue Extension Master Gardener April Reed will be sharing information about Monarch butterflies and possibly releasing them.

To register for this public forum,  contact the Purdue Extension Huntington County Office by calling 358-4826.

Upcoming Recovery Rocks event in Sept.

In order to spread hope, to end the stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders and to connect people to each other and to resources, The Mom of an Addict, Inc. is presenting Recovery Rocks Fort Wayne 2021.

This event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion, 5501 U.S.-30 W., Fort Wayne. This Recovery Month event is free and open to the public.

Paint Party

The Markle Church of Christ hosted a Parking Lot Paint Party on Saturday, Aug. 21. Featured above are (from left) Quinn Wilson, Camrynn Fulton, Vera Wolfe, Ruby Oakleaf and Lydia Wolfe standing behind their artwork.

Special visitor

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On Tuesday, Aug. 24, Roanoke Elementary School students in Kriston Hosler’s kindergarten classroom had a visitor. One of Hosler’s sons, Ashton, shared his tortoise “Lola” with the class. Featured are (from left) Banks Vansickle, Roman Bowling, Mitchell Reeder, Alex Kuhns and Hudson Wiley checking out the tortoise.

Public Health Warning

The following is a Public Health Warning from Huntington County Public Health Officer Matt Pflieger dated Wednesday, Aug. 25:

We continue to be in the midst of a global pandemic of COVID-19 that has taken more than 600,000 American lives. Despite safe and effective vaccines being readily available, the vaccination rate for Indiana and Huntington County lags behind the national average.

There is currently an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in Huntington County and Indiana, which is coupled with a rapid increase in hospitalizations.

Hgtn. is named 50th BRC in IN

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch came to Huntington University on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to announce that Huntington is officially a Broadband Ready Community.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Broadband Office visited Huntington University to announce Huntington County as an official Broadband Ready Community, making it the 50th Hoosier community to receive the designation. The Broadband Ready Communities Program was created as a tool to encourage broadband development throughout Indiana.

The Broadband Ready Community certification sends a signal to the telecommunication industry that a community has taken steps to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure investment.