Show choirs to host community

The show choirs of Huntington North High School will hold a Community Appreciation Night tonight, Thursday, March 14, in the Huntington North Auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This free concert will feature the Varsity Singers, Viking Volume and Varsity Brass performing their current competition shows, in gratitude to the community for the support they have received this season.

The school’s ISSMA-award winning jazz band will provide additional entertainment.

Collecting for Blessings

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The Huntington City Police and Huntington Fire Department recently held their food drive for Blessings in a Backpack, and delivered 800 containers of ravioli, 840 containers of Easy Mac and 960 containers of peanut butter to the Blessing’s storage facility. Among those unloading the food were (front from left) officer Kole Hacker, firefighter Zach Abbott, ordinance officer Austin Wolf and officer Ed Wilcoxson.

Adult color, craft time set for Roanoke library

The Roanoke Public Library will have another adult coloring and craft time session Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

Supplies will be available for coloring only, but participants may feel free to bring their own for themselves or to share.

The library is located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke. For more information call 672-2989.

Engine 701 in service

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department are pictured beside the new custom-built rescue pumper, Engine 701, which cost around $500,000. About 40 people attended the ceremony for the new vehicle Saturday, March 9, which included a blessing, traditional “baptism” of the truck and a reception. Celebrating the occasion are firefighters (front row from left) Tyler Abbott, Tyler Bracht, Ryan Carroll, Grant Baumgartner, Lucas Ash, Brian Bogner, Chief Brandon Taylor, Chaplain Rev. Dale Bauman and Assistant Chief Jeff Carsten; and (back row from left) Lt.

Post-Prom Committee seeks funds

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School Post-Prom Committee filled orders for its Rise’n Roll doughnut fund-raiser on Monday, March 11. Pictured are (front row from left) Post-Prom Committee members Valerie Hughes, chair; Susan Zahn, treasurer; Sherry Miller, food committee; and Kris Bickel, game committee; and (back row from left) Jackie Wohlford, food committee; and Valarie Cannici, volunteer. The Post-Prom Committee’s next fund-raiser will be held on Friday, March 15, at Panera Bread, 2104 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Stuff a truck funds

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Mike Alberts (center), store manager of Huntington Kroger North store, presents a check on Friday, March 8, for $3,720 from Kroger’s Stuff a Truck Share the Feast food drive this past Christmas to Love INC Executive Director Logan Patterson (left) and Love INC food pantry coordinator Kelley Miller.

HU students winning among 'big boys' at BEA Festival of MA

At the recent Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts, Huntington University took second place in overall awards, and brought home three Best of Festival awards.

Minding the Hope Chest store

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During the month of March, Roanoke Elementary School fifth-graders are holding “The Hope Chest” Store. Students can shop at “The Hope Chest” to buy various items that range in price from 10 cents to $2.50. Fifth-graders are learning about economics, everyone enjoys the shopping and all proceeds will be donated to the Drake Goetz Memorial Park. Pictured are (from left) shopper Alexis Molitor and Jaron Cox and Campbell Sloan as some of the “employees” of “The Hope Chest.”

Crestview seventh-grader is 10th at JG Regional Spelling Bee Saturday

Spencer Blackburn, a seventh grade student at Crestview Middle School, received 10th place in the 65th annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee presented by STAR Financial Bank on Saturday, March 9.

Blackburn, the son of Kevin and Evie Blackburn, of Huntington, lost out on his bid in round 4.

Grant Flora, an eighth-grader from West Noble Middle School in Noble County, was the champion, correctly spelling “cuis-inier” to win the bee.

B&G Club sets 14th Steak & Burger Dinner

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County’s 14th annual Steak & Burger Dinner will feature a Kentucky Derby theme when it gets underway Monday, April 29, at the club.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

There is a cost for the meal, sold by individual tickets or table sponsors (six people). Main sponsors are also sought for the event, as well as items for a silent auction.

The Boys & Girls Club is located at 608 E. State St., Huntington.

For more information contact Mandy Reber, executive director, at 359-1750.

Supporting the Commander’s Project

American Legion Post 7 was visited by State Commander Rodney Strong on Saturday, March 9, and the post officers presented him with a check for $2,500 for the American Legion Commander’s Project. Celebrating the donation are (from left) Ed Hippensteel, chaplain; Steve Garwood, second vice president; David Burnette, 5th District commander; Stanley Klosowski, Post 7 commander; Strong; Olin Roberts, Post 7 finance officer; and Randall Richardson, first vice president. The Commander’s Project is in support of the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum, located in Dana.

Master Gardeners to host forum on ‘Gardening for Pollinators’

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will hold a public forum on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Huntington City-Township Public Library conference room, located at 200 W. Market St. in Huntington. The topic for the evening is “Gardening for Pollinators.”

Ed Farris, Purdue Extension educator, will present on protecting pollinators in gardens. Master Gardener volunteers will also share instructions to build mason bee homes. There will be free supplies available for participants to construct them.  

Senior dinners to be Thursdays at St. Joseph

Senior dinners are held every Thursday at noon at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 641 N. Main St., Roanoke.

There is a cost for the meal. Call 403-0365 for reservations.

Portion of Ind.-9 to close starting Tuesday

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces Ind.-9 in Huntington County is expected to close on or after Tuesday, March 12.

The closure, which will allow contractors to replace a small structure over Richland Creek, will take place between South Etna Road and CR W-700S in Huntington County. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout the work.

The official state detour for the closure will be Ind.-105 to Ind.-124. The road may be closed up to 90 calendar days during the work.

Paper Artisans to hold spring crop April 6

The Paper Artisans of the Huntington County Extension Homemakers Club will hold their Spring Crop on April 6, in the Huntington County Fairgrounds’ First Merchants Heritage Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Among the vendors at the event will be 31 Bags, Stampin’ Up, Creative Memories and more. Vendors will have products for sale and be giving demonstrations throughout the day.

Demonstrations of new techniques, plus tried-and-true methods with a twist, will be given. There will also be “make it, take it” sessions offered throughout the day for a small fee.