The hunt is on!

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Brandishing flashlights, kids scramble in the dark at Hier’s Park on Wednesday, Oct. 25, searching for Halloween-themed eggs in the Huntington Park Department’s Pumpkin Hunt. The event featured coloring and costume contests as well as three bicycles given away to those who found the lucky eggs.

Norwood Health holds trick-or-treat tonight

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation will hold its annual trick-or-treat candy event tonight, Monday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the nursing facility, 3720 N. Norwood Rd., Huntington.

Residents will participate in the event.

For more information call 356-1252.

Wheel winners

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Trick-or-treaters pose with the bicycles won during the Huntington Park Department’s Pumpkin Hunt on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Hier’s Park. Pictured are (from left) Landyn Estep, 2, with the bicycle won by his sister, Melissa Howell, 7; Wila Brown, 5; and Preston Campbell, 10.

Announce local women chosen as models for Fashions for the Arts

Local women have been chosen to model fashions at the LaFontaine Arts Council fund-raiser Fashions for the Arts.

Sandy Wilfong, Kathy Bracht, Randi Forney, Judy Michel and Laura Hughes will each showcase outfits highlighting the latest casual, career and holiday looks.

4-H to hold call-out for junior leaders on Nov. 9

The Huntington County 4-H program will hold a Junior Leader call-out on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the iAB financial bank Heritage Hall on the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Youth in grades seven through 12 are invited to meet current members of the Junior Leaders and find out more about the program, which allows youth to learn leadership and life skills while giving back to 4-H and the community.

For information, contact Purdue Extension Huntington County at 358-4826 or

LaFontaine Center has trick-or-treat time

The LaFontaine Center, 208 W. State St., Huntington, will welcome trick-or-treaters on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents of the LaFontaine Center will pass out candy in the lobby. Trick-or-treaters should come in costume.

Northwest Elementary announces first quarter honor roll students

Northwest Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Students earning all A’s are:

Fifth grade — James Belovich, Adalyn Cutting, Anna Elliott, Benjamin Green, Wesley Hotchkiss, Karissa Kaiser, Colton Miller, Kavya Patel, Gwyneth Penrod, Rhett Spice and Ashlie Vorhies.

Fourth grade — Kennedy Brewer, Kameron Burkhart, Lillian Craig, Kyler Dennis, Brooke Hamming, Miley Houser, Peyton Huff, Mason Hunt, Landon Kaylor, Mya LaFlower, RayLynn Marshall and Maleah Martin.

Norwood to honor its military veterans

Military veterans now living at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation will be recognized during a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at Norwood.

Huntington Mayor Br-ooks Fetters and other dignitaries will honor the veterans.
The community is invited to attend.

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation is at 3720 N. Norwood Rd., Huntington.

Making mincemeat

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Members of Central Christian Church core and chop apples to make mincemeat that will be available at the church’s bake sale and brunch on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Workers are (from left) Karen Farber, Gloria Wilson, Missy Schroeder, Julie Lahr, Linda Lakes and Missy Jones. The bake sale will also feature homemade noodles, pies, cakes, cookies, candies and snacks, along with some craft items. A breakfast of muffins, coffee and tea will be available at 9 a.m. Lunch begins at 11 a.m.

Salamonie School names perfect attendance students

Salamonie School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

Levi Adams, Emma Alford, Josalyn Alford, Shane Armstead, Lilly Ballenger, Jackson Barlow, Jackson Blair, Morgan Blair, Claire Brown, Devon’Dre’ Bro-wn, Landon Burns, Trapper Bustos, Donovan Cain, Mikayla Cain, Brayden Cantrell, Anna Clampitt, Ryder Douglas, Xzavier Driscoll, Xzyia Driscoll, Cole Eltzroth, Dane Eltzroth, Raylynn Eltzroth, Jordan Flood, Clare Fortney, Elsa Fortney and Kaitlynn Gardner.

Salamonie School names 1Q honor roll students

Salamonie School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

All A’s
Fifth grade
Jackson Barlow, Brenna Cady, Brayden Cantrell, Evan Clabaugh, Seth Gilbert, Javin Gray, Marcus Linker, Caden Moore, Kayda Newman, Braylyn Pelphrey, Jonah Renkenberger, Molly Schindler, Joseph Shively, Haley Smith, Lola Smith and Maleah Warpup.

Taking aim

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kyler Hacker (left) and Caley Glassburn, fifth-graders at Flint Springs Elementary School, take aim at a staff member during a dodgeball tournament in the school gym between the fifth grade and the school staff on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Proceeds from the game will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides food to be sent home with students in need on the weekends.

Jefferson Street in Huntington to be closed starting Oct. 30 for railroad crossing rebuild

Jefferson Street in Huntington will be closed at the railroad tracks beginning today, Monday, Oct. 30, at 6 a.m., weather permitting, the Indiana Department of Transportation has announced.

The street will be closed between West Franklin and West State streets so that Norfolk Southern can rebuild the railroad crossing. A local detour will be posted.

The work, which will improve the driving surface for motorists, is expected to be completed on Friday, Nov. 10, by 6 p.m., weather permitting.

First Federal Savings Bank parent increases shareholders’ cash dividend for 23rd straight year

The board of directors of Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., (the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced that the corporation has increased the cash dividend paid to shareholders for the 23rd year in row.

The cash dividend of 24 cents per common share represents 2 cents per share, or 9.1 percent, increase over the company’s previous quarterly dividend.

“Due to our continued strong financial performance and capital levels, the board of directors feels the dividend increase is warranted,” says President and CEO Michael S. Zahn.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to use College Park as collection center

College Park United Brethren Church, in Huntington, will serve as the 2017 collection center for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.

The national week for collections is Nov. 13 through 20. All boxes must be in to College Park by noon on Monday, Nov. 20.

This year candy, food or toothpaste will not be accepted in the boxes, since these products are not accepted in other countries. Donors may still send clothing, toothbrushes, toys, school supplies, bar soap and anything they think children would like.

Afternoon tea

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Helen Peare’s fur stole, hat and pearls are reminiscent of the finery ladies wore to lunch at the Hotel LaFontaine in its heyday, a time brought back on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at an afternoon tea at the LaFontaine Center hosted by Jean Gernand, Marj Hiner and Jan Perkins and attended by 48 ladies. They were entertained by harpist Alison Reese, daughter of Jan and Mike Perkins, and Mrs. Perkins shared her memories of the hotel when it was the home of her husband’s family.

Irick places strong in college judge show

Bailey Irick, of Markle, competed with the Illinois Central College Livestock Judging Team at the 24th annual Premier Stockman Livestock Judging Contest on Oct. 21 in Frankfort.

The contest featured university, community colleges, 4-H and FFA teams from California to Maryland.

Irick placed fifth in sheep, second in swine, second in cattle and second overall.

The team is coached by Grant Grebner and Blake Lehman.

Warren man fourth in Indiana husking contest

Richard Hinton, of Warren, earned fourth place in the men’s open division of the 2017 Indiana State Corn Husking Contest, held Oct. 7 in Bremen.

Hinton husked 240.84 pounds of corn in 20 minutes. The top finisher in that division husked 345.20 pounds in the same time period.

Becker does 13th annual candy buy-back

The office of Angela Becker Orthodontics is offering patients and the community a chance to take care of their smiles, schools and troops while making some extra money by sponsoring her 13th annual Great Candy Buy Back.

Trick-or-treaters can bring their new, wrapped store-bought Halloween candy to either the Fort Wayne or Huntington office. They will be paid per pound, along with a matching dollar contribution to their school.

Trinity UMC to hold 2 free lunches

Trinity United Methodist Church invites the community to a free lunch on two upcoming Saturdays, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

The church is located at 530 Guilford St., at the corner of Market and Guilford streets, Huntington.

4-H open house Nov. 7 for youth in K-12th grade

Youth in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend a 4-H open house on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will be held at iAB financial bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Visitors can learn about the projects and opportunities 4-H has to offer, meet youth and club leaders from the 4-H program, find out what clubs meet in their neighborhoods and more.

For information, contact Purdue Extension Huntington County at 358-4826 or

Genealogists can learn about military records

Family history researchers can learn about Modern Military Veteran Research during a workshop set for Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Huntington branch.

Tim Eckert, Huntington County Veterans Service officer, will discuss researching 20th century veterans of the United States Armed Services.

While all wars will be discussed, his focus will be on researching veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The program is free and no registration is required. For information, contact the Indiana Room at 356-0824.

Northwest announces 1Q perfect attendance

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

They are:

Joshua Troyer, Kameron Turley, Rory Snowden, Ezra Parsons, Megan Smeltzer, Aubrey Snover, Zachary Pence, Lanie Foster, Carson Kiefer, Lana Stout, Levi Ingle, Brady Carter, Cortney Teusch, Nora Camomile, Addison Bowman, Emma Zahm, Julianna Miller, Amariah Pettit, Gavin Smith, Hazel Tucker, Clayton Holzinger and Eli Dinius.

Columnist will talk about Hoosiers whose fame has been diminished

Pete Jones will talk about “Three Famous Hoosiers You Never Heard Of” during a  meeting of the Huntington County Genealogy Society on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Indiana Room at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The community is invited to attend.

Jones, of Wabash, is a retired teacher and former newspaper reporter and editor who now writes a weekly column on local history for the Wabash Plain Dealer.

Poetry in motion

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Alison Tippin (left) and Nadia Zefri (right), of the group Poetry Alive become animated with the help of Huntington Catholic School seventh-grader Andrew Lamprecht during an all-school convocation Wednesday, Oct. 25. The poetry performance was presented by the LaFontaine Arts Council.

Night outdoors will put spotlight on homelessness

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is offering local residents the opportunity to spend the night outside in a city park in an effort to raise awareness of the problems faced by local youth.

November Night Out will take place on Friday, Nov. 3, at the YSB office, 1344 Maple Drive, Huntington.

Lincoln dinner will raise funds for scholarships

Lincoln Elementary School's annual Heith Garner Scholarship Dinner and Talent Show will take place Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lincoln cafeteria.

A meal of chili, hot-dog, chips, homemade cinnamon rolls and drinks will be served. Carry-outs will be available.

Guests will be enter-tained by students and staff who will be performing throughout the evening.

All proceeds benefit the Heith Garner Scholarship Fund, which was initiated more than 20 years ago by Lincoln Caring Families along with Heith's parents, Angie and the late Don Garner.

Youth can visit libraries to make no-bake dessert

Youth ages 8 through 12 are invited to learn to make no-bake desserts during November programs at both the Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Sessions will be held Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Huntington library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, and Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Markle library, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle. The class is free and no registration is required.

Participants can choose to create three no-bake desserts, using ingredients and recipes supplied by the library.

Humane Society host Halloween Fun Fest

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington County Humane Society threw a Halloween Fun Fest at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park Saturday, Oct. 28. Pictured, Zane Vatter (right) picks his candy prize from a bowl offered by Misty Dennis.

Ghostly bowling

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jordan Rockey sets up ghostly pins for a bowling game during the Huntington County Humane Society Halloween Fun Fest Saturday, Oct. 28.