Master Gardeners to help kids with Father’s Day plant-based gifts

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will help children create a plant-based craft as a Father’s Day gift after a short story time on June 9 at 10 a.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Registration is required as there is a limit of 30 participants. Sign up by calling the Youth Services desk at 356-2900.

The Huntington branch is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

First Freewill to hold open mic singing

First Freewill Baptist Church will have an open mic singing event on Saturday, May 19, at the church, located at 1805 Salamonie Ave., Huntington.

Food will be served at 5 p.m., with singing beginning at 6 p.m. Free will donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to the church building fund.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Gene Spencer at 224-1720.

College Park holds open house for retirement of Lemar

College Park Preschool will honor director Debbie Lemar’s retirement with an open house on Sunday, May 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Family Life Center at the church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington.

Lemar retires this year after 35 years of service. The church and preschool will join together to give thanks for her many years of direction and leadership.

The public is invited to attend.

Second Saturday to be about canoe paddling

Learn how to paddle a canoe at Salamonie Lake’s Second Saturday program on June 9. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the modern campground control station.

All equipment will be provided, but the number of canoes is limited. Those who have their own canoes, personal flotation devices and other equipment are welcome to bring them.

This program meets requirements for Bear Scouts merit badges Salmon Run Bear Adventure and Safety Afloat; the Wolf Scouts merit badge Safety Afloat; and the Webelos Scouts merit badge Aquanaut.

Huntington University to launch pair of S.T.E.A.M. camps

Huntington University will launch two S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) camp opportunities for kids during the month of July. The camps will take place on the Huntington University campus in the classrooms where college students have classes during the school year – the kids will become honorary Foresters for a week.

Huntington, Markle library branches set story times

The Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will dive into Story Time with weekly story time sessions all summer long.

Huntington’s sessions will be every Wednesday at 10 a.m. starting June 13, and Markle’s sessions will be every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. starting June 14.

These will be family story times with a different theme each week and geared towards ages birth through 7 years.

Registration is appreciated; call the Youth Services desk at 356-2900.

Summer theater workshop for kids at YMCA

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Theatre Guild: ACT II and Parkview Huntington Family YMCA have partnered to hold a summer theater workshop for kids in third grade through high school.

Beginning Monday, June 4, the sessions run Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students will work on stage presence, voice projection, enunciation and more.

The end of the session will be showcasing their new-found talents and skills with a production of Seussical, Jr. Jordan Hersey will direct the production and Alix Latta will be the musical director.

‘Outdoor Adventures’ day camp at Salamonie Lake

Youth ages 7 to 12 are invited to “Outdoor Adventures” day camp at Salamonie Lake June 20 and 21. Activities will include outdoor cooking, archery, canoeing, hiking and survival skills.

Day campers will meet at Salamonie Interpretive Center. Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. All activities are led by trained interpretive naturalists and a certified shooting sports instructor. Daily lunch and a snack are included. Families are encouraged to camp overnight and listen to campfire stories.

Emphasizing the importance of teaching

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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick (standing) talks about the importance of Hoosier teachers during the teacher appreciation luncheon held Friday, May 11, at Huntington University. The event was hosted by Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington), who presented awards to the 2017 teachers of the year in his district.

Senior Expo on May 24 again to have full slate of entertainment

This year’s Huntington County Council on Aging’s Senior Expo promises to have lots of entertainment in addition to free food and vendors catering to Seniors’ interests.

The Senior Expo will be held Thursday, May 24, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Huntington University Merillat Complex Fieldhouse.

The master of ceremonies will be Gordy Clemens, introducing several acts – including himself as Elvis – throughout the day. The schedule includes:

• 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – Cap’N Bob sings.

• 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Crestview Sixth Grade Band.

Putting a stamp on hunger

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Volunteers unload a bin full of food donations collected Saturday, May 12, during the U.S. Postal Service’s “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign. Pictured are (from left) Jerry Phelps, Tina Phelps, Chris Covey and Erin Covey. This year the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected over 6,340 pounds of food to donate to Love In the Name of Christ and New Life Church Meal Ministry. Food collected by city route carriers was donated to Love INC and donations collected on county routes were given to the Meal Ministry.

County humane shelter re-opens

The Huntington County Humane Shelter has reopened after being closed for several weeks due to outbreaks of animal illnesses.

The shelter battled an outbreak of kennel cough among its canine populace and calicivirus among its feline populace.

After nursing affected animals back to health and cleaning the shelter several times, the shelter reopened on May 7.

The shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. It is located at 390 Thurman Poe Way, Huntington. The shelter can be reached at 356-0355.

Habitat Restore newest Safe Place in county

Habitat for Humanity ReStore has become the latest Safe Place site in Huntington County. Pictured are (from left) Maureen Flynn and JoAnn Burnau of the ReStore and Callie Monce of Safe Place/runaway and homeless youth coordinator at Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.
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Habitat ReStore, 250 Commercial Drive, Huntington, has become the newest Safe Place site in Huntington County. Their hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County has been providing youth in Huntington County with immediate assistance during times of crisis through the Safe Place program since 1990. Project Safe Place is a national program designed to provide prompt, professional support to young people in order to prevent them from being a run away, homeless or involved in other risky behaviors.

First Federal receives IBA Five Star Award

First Federal Savings Bank received a Five Star Award from the Indiana Bankers Association at the Association’s Mega Conference held May 2 through May 4 in Indianapolis.

First Federal Savings Bank was one of 46 banks statewide granted the Five Star Award in recognition of its commitment to the association in the areas of political awareness, issues advocacy, lifelong learning, volunteerism and Preferred Service Provider utilization. First Federal Savings Bank has received a Five Star Award every year since 2004 when the award was introduced.

A bonanza of plants

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jenny Hobbs (left), 5, of rural Huntington, watches as her mother, Kara Hobbs, decides which herbs to purchase at the Master Gardener Plant Sale held Saturday, May 12, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. People lined up before the doors opened to get their choice picks of hundreds of plants, both perennials and annuals, along with trees that were for sale.