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Local RTL chapter seeks support for anti-abortion anniversary ad

Jan. 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion on demand.

Each year Huntington County Right to Life commemorates this anniversary with a large newspaper ad containing the names of those who oppose the killing of the unborn.

Supporters can show their support of the pro-life efforts by including their name in this memorial ad. A minimum donation per name is requested to help defray the cost of the ad. Submit names to the Right to Life office or at any participating church.

Pinkerton named top employee


Photo by Steve Clark.

Shona Pinkerton (middle) was named Oakbrook Village’s 2017 Employee of the Year on Monday, Jan. 8. Pinkerton has served as a registered nurse at the Huntington nursing and rehabilitation facility for eight years. Celebrating the honor with her are (left) Nikki Cardwell, senior director of nursing, and Shane McVoy, administrator.

Mass for sick set for St. Felix on Saturday, Jan. 20

A Mass for the sick will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Felix Catholic Center, 1280 Hitzfield St., in Huntington.

The Mass begins at 1 p.m. and will be preceded by recitation of the rosary at 12:30 p.m.

The Mass is sponsored by the group, “Praying with Father Solanus,” named in honor of Rev. Solanus Casey. Casey, whose intercession is credited with many apparently miraculous cures, spent 10 years of his life at the former St. Felix Friary, now the home of St. Felix Catholic Center.

County youth to have all-night party Jan. 12

Youth from Huntington County will come together this Friday evening, Jan. 12, for a lock-out all-night party. Youth will travel around Huntington and Fort Wayne for a variety of games and activities.

Youth who are interested in attending are invited to contact Megan Condry at St. Peter’s First Community Church at megancondry@gmail.com.

Northwest Elementary School names perfect attendance students for 2Q

Northwest Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

Zachary Alleman, Hayden Baumgardner, Miller Baumgardner, James Belovich, Jessie Bilyeu, Levi Bilyeu, Nathan Bowman, Wyatt Brammer, Kennedy Brewer, Haden Brown, Katelyn Burkhart, Brady Carter, Brayden Clabaugh, Cale Craig, Shayna Cripe, Sarah Crist, Adele Cryderman, Keeley Cryderman and Brooklyn Esslinger.

Northside Cleaners going more eco-friendly with new machine

Northside Cleaners Manager Mary Whitesell (left) and owner Chris Zahm stand next to the new Union HXL 8018-C dry cleaning machine that was recently installed at the laundry. The new unit, made in Italy, is more environmentally-friendly than previous machines.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A new dry cleaning machine recently installed at Northside Cleaners may help reduce the carbon footprint of the clothing it cleans.

The machine, a Union HXL 8018-C, which was made in Italy and shipped to Huntington, is the latest technology available, says Chris Zahm, who owns Northside Cleaners. The new addition roughly amounts to a $45,000 investment by the company.

First Federal’s Zahn is region director for state bankers’ group

Michael Zahn, president of First Federal Savings Bank, in Huntington, has started his term as a northeast region director for the Indiana Bankers Association’s board of directors.

Zahn started the term on Jan. 1. He was elected to the position last September at the IBA Annual Convention in French Lick.

Zahn is one of three northeast region directors, along with Jeffrey W. Gump, of Farmers and Merchants Bank, in LaOtto, and Michael C. Rechin, of First Merchants Corporation, in Muncie.

Masonic officers installed


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The Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge held its installation of officers on Dec. 21. Officers for 2018 are (front row from left) Brent Campbell, treasurer; Joe Gooding, senior steward; Jerry Piqune, tyler; Chuck Clampitt, worshipful master; Jathan Jones, senior warden; and David Swanson, junior steward; and (back row from left) Bob MacDonald, senior deacon; Steve Halchuck, junior warden; Jay Allen, chaplain; and Junior Wehr, secretary.

Aiming high


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Carsen Morgan, 7, of Huntington, sets his sights on the goal as he throws a basketball during gym time on Thursday, Jan. 4, part of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA’s Christmas Break Camp activities for kids.

Youth get invite to ADTPL Winter Wonderland Jan. 13

Children ages toddlers to third graders are invited to the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library’s Winter Wonderland, Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m.

The event features winter-themed play time. A craft and snacks are included in the activities.

The library is located at 30 E. Madison St. in Andrews. For more information call the library at 786-3574 or visit andrews.lib.in.us.

Zay says state senate taking apps for Senate Page Program

State Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington, announced the Indiana Senate is still accepting applications for the Senate Page Program.

This full-day interactive program gives students in grades six through 12 the opportunity to tour the Indiana Statehouse, observe session debates on the Senate floor and assist staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students will also meet with their state senator.

Creating some martial art


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Bobby Blair (center), of Huntington, becomes airborne as he delivers a kick to a rubber dummy during training at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA Thursday, Jan. 4, as James Shull (left), of Huntington, observes. Blair, himself a fitness trainer at the Y, is also a student of Robert Waldron, the Y’s martial arts instructor.

Winter Warm-up 2018 is reading club for whole family at Andrews library

Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library announces Winter Warm-Up 2018, a family reading club that began Sunday, Jan. 7, and goes through Saturday, Feb. 24.

Participants will receive a prize for every hour read, plus chances to win a grand prize basket for the whole family.

Sign up for the program at the library.

Creating art


Photo by Steve Clark.

Crystal Crider (left) and McKenzie Wheatley create some art and warm up on a cold winter day, Tuesday, Jan. 2, in the teen area of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Huntington branch.

New recycling containers to be delivered in Huntington this week

About 6,500 blue 96-gallon containers such as this one will be delivered to Huntington city residents this week, as curbside recycling returns after nearly a 10-year hiatus. Customers will also receive information as to their pickup day, which will occur every two weeks, and types of materials that can be recycled.
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Beginning today, Huntington’s residents will have an additional refuse container delivered to their doors, marking the return of curbside recycling to town. This time, however, the containers will be able to hold a lot more of the recyclable materials, that have been going instead into garbage landfill since the end of the last recycling program in 2008, using lidless, 18-gallon boxes.

Firstborn of the New Year


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The first baby born at Parkview Huntington Hospital in 2018 is Vincent James Winterfeld, born on Monday, Jan. 1, at 8:53 a.m. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces at birth. He is held by his mother, Lauren Winterfeld, accompanied by (from left) his father, Jason Winterfeld, and brother, Jack Winterfeld, 2.

Literacy coalition thanks library board for help

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition and Huntington City-Township Library Board show the plaque the group presented to the board at its December board meeting. Celebrating the occasion are (front row from left) Jamie Foday, Jessica Mankey, John Branham and Daryl Shrock; and (back row from left) Mary Lou Snyder, Peggy Caley, James Miller, Anne McClellan and Jane Hohe.
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The Huntington County Literacy Coalition president, Jane Hohe, and secretary, Mary Lou Snyder, presented an appreciation plaque to the Huntington City-Township Public Library board at its December board meeting.  

“The library provides office facilities and individual tutoring rooms and without that help we wouldn’t have funds to cover the costs of a building,” Hohe says.

Roanoke Lions aid library


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The Roanoke Lions Club recently donated $500 to the Roanoke Public Library. Pictured are (left) Charlie Crawford, member, Roanoke Lions Club, and Karen Baker, assistant, Roanoke Public Library.

Safety group sets Jan. 10 for meeting

The next meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council will be Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 11:30 a.m. at Our Sunday Visitor, 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington.

The program will be on drug testing laws, presented by Dr. Chad Christman of Parkview Occupational Health.

A buffet meal served by Nick’s County Café is also available for purchase. To register for the meeting contact Jeff White, HCSC president, at 355-3656, by fax at 355-3236 or by email, Jeff.white@parkview.com.

Huntington, Markle libraries offering variety of programs

Huntington City-Township Public Library Professional Assistant Amber Hudson (left) holds Ace, the tortoise, and Marketing Specialist Devon Henderson holds his buddy Zed, the resident Russian tortoises at the Huntington Branch. The pair of mascots will be featured in the library’s winter circulation campaign, aimed at a goal of 200,000 items checked out in 2018.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library are offering a variety of programs beginning in January.

The Huntington branch is launching Bilingual Story Time on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. This story time session, taking place weekly until March 17 for those 7 years and younger, will have equal parts Spanish and English stories and songs, and is open to anyone – whether the family is bilingual, speaks English as a second language or is just curious about another language.

Huntington County Council on Aging has some medical equipment to loan

The Huntington County Council on Aging has several pieces of medical equipment available for loan.

There are wheelchairs, walkers, commodes and shower chairs.

While the HCCOA’s policy is to loan out equipment for three months at a time, renewals are accepted with a phone call.

There is no charge for the service, but donations are accepted. Some equipment requires a refundable deposit.

The Senior Center also accepts donations of equipment in good working order for use in the loaner program.

For more information or to borrow equipment call 359-4410.

BAGC kids will shovel

The Leadership Kids at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will rake leaves and shovel snow for anyone who is a Senior and/or disabled.

The club performs the tasks every Thursday from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in this service is asked to call the club at 359-1750 and speak with Desiree Frederick or Zach Grable.

Johnson, Whicker are January Jr. Rotarians

J.J. Whicker (second from left) and Rileigh Johnson (third from left) are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for January. With them are Rotary Club sponsors Chuck Homier (left) and Kay Schwob.
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Rileigh Johnson and JJ Whicker, both Huntington North High School seniors, are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for January.

Johnson participates in volleyball, basketball and Freshmen Mentoring. She is in the Top 25 of her class and is a member of National Honor Society and class council.

Johnson plans to possibly attend Indiana University and major in pre-medicine.

Her parents are Tony and Juli Johnson, of Huntington.

Whicker participates in cross country, track and band. He is a member of National Honor Society and class council.

Johnson, Whicker are January Jr. Rotarians

J.J. Whicker (second from left) and Rileigh Johnson (third from left) are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for January. With them are Rotary Club sponsors Chuck Homier (left) and Kay Schwob.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rileigh Johnson and JJ Whicker, both Huntington North High School seniors, are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for January.

Johnson participates in volleyball, basketball and Freshmen Mentoring. She is in the Top 25 of her class and is a member of National Honor Society and class council.

Johnson plans to possibly attend Indiana University and major in pre-medicine.

Her parents are Tony and Juli Johnson, of Huntington.

Whicker participates in cross country, track and band. He is a member of National Honor Society and class council.

Cold? What cold?


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Despite temperatures in the single digits, three friends, (front to back) Nathan Williams, 15, Adam Hamilton, 15 and Blake Schell, 15, all of Huntington, go for broke on the sledding hill at Memorial Park on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Birdboy Brewing opens


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The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Birdboy Brewing Taproom on Friday, Dec. 29. Pictured are (from left) Perry Collins, president, Roanoke Chamber of Commerce; Ben Thompson, owner-brewer, Birdboy Brewing; Penny French-Deal, manager, French-Deal Fine Art Gallery; and Pete Eshelman, co-owner, Joseph Decuis. French-Deal painted aviation-themed murals in the taproom while Eshelman’s farm and restaurant will provide the taproom’s cuisine.

Cottage Event Center plays host to musical tribute to Elvis Presley Jan. 19

Veteran guitarist Kenny Taylor will headline a musical tribute to Elvis Presley at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke on Jan. 19.
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Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center plays host to a night of tribute to the music of legendary singer Elvis Presley with a concert by “El’s Angels,” starring guitar virtuoso Kenny Taylor on Friday, Jan. 19.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Korean vets to meet Jan. 13

The Korean War Veterans Association Indiana Chapter One will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Fraternal Order of Eagles 248, in Fort Wayne, at 10 a.m.

All Korean War veterans are invited to attend the meeting, as are their spouses and friends.

A meal will be served after the meeting at the Waynedale Azar’s Big Boy.

For more information, call Mary Anna Roemke at 485-7627.

Fraternal Order of Eagles 248 is located at 4940 Bluffton Rd., Fort Wayne.

Boy Scouts donate food


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Huntington Boy Scout Troop 130 collected nearly 500 pounds of non-perishable food through the Boy Scouts of America program Scouting for Food and donated that food to the Love In the Name of Christ and Life Church food pantries. Pictured are (from left) Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Clausen, First Class Scout Jared Cartwright and Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Cartwright.

All in a day’s work


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Carl Grant, maintenance supervisor at Parkview Apartments, works to clear residents’ parking areas and driveways at the apartment complex on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

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