Professional Piddlers raising funds for several fitness park obstacles

The volunteer group known as Professional Piddlers is raising money to pay for the cost of materials to add additional obstacles at the Lake Clare Fitness park.

The group has constructed a structure that can be used as a tiny library, a landscaping piece, an accent piece in a business office or perhaps as a storage container. The building measures 22 inches wide, 14 inches deep, and 28 inches high.

Horace Mann plans multi arts fiesta

Horace Mann Elementary School will host the Arts’ Fiesta, an Arts on the Road Show, fiesta fund-raising dinner and a choir concert on Friday, March 8.

The Arts on the Road Show will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the choir performance at 7 p.m. Carry-out meals will be available with an advance order.

On the menu is a choice of two beef tacos, taco salad or nachos. All meals include chips and cheese, corn, a cinnamon roll and water, with flavorings available.

Grant to Huskies teachers

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Teachers from Horace Mann Elementary School receive CF Industry grants Friday, March 1, from Brad Gordon, superintendent of the Huntington Terminal. Pictured are (from left) Jeannie Paff, Lyn Ocken, Amy Degitz, Melissa Ross and Gordon. Not pictured is Cathalene Smith.

Bickel to sign his new book

Author Dan Bickel, of Huntington, will be holding a book-signing event on Saturday, March 9, at SS. Peter & Paul Parish, in Huntington, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bickel will be signing copies of his book “A Little Of This, A Little Of That, And A Whole Lot Of Other Things.” The book is about Bickel’s life growing up in a family with 18 children.

Those who are unable to attend the event but would still like to purchase a book can do so by calling Bickel at 356-3335.

SS. Peter & Paul Parish is located at 860 Cherry St., Huntington.

Teaming up against Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (seated, third from left) prepares to read and sign a proclamation naming March 2 to be Katie’s Cure Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness Day in the City of Huntington. The mayor applauded the efforts of “Team Katie,” friends and family who support Katie Wynkoop (seated, fourth from left) in her battle against the disease as well as Katie’s Cure of Huntington County, a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting those undergoing treatments for cancer.

Crestview student Blackburn at regional spell contest Saturday

Crestview Middle Sch-ool seventh-grader Spen-cer Blackburn will join 14 other champion spellers at the 65th annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 9.

The winner of the event will represent the Journal Gazette and STAR Financial Bank at the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in May.

The spelling bee will be held at Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Rhinehart Music Center. Spelling will start at 10 a.m.

The winner of the bee will also win a one-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Brittanica Online Premium.

Birthday books

Photo by Steve Clark.

Students at Huntington Catholic School celebrated their February birthdays by donating books to the school library, as is customary at the school. Pictured are (front row from left) Colton Schenkel, kindergarten; Logan Fowerbaugh, first grade; Daniela Plascencia, third grade; and (back row from left) Noah Stetzel, fourth grade; Josephine Kline, fifth grade; and Grant Rosen, sixth grade. Not pictured are preschoolers Bradley Souers, Ella Brooks, Gabriel Hussong and Maria Fettinger. Students presented their books to the school on Friday, Feb. 22, during an all-school liturgy at SS.

Registration open for IMN classes April 2

Registration for Indiana Master Naturalist (IMN) classes that Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is hosting at the Salamonie Nature Center on April 2 is running through Friday, March 22

Salamonie Lake’s IMN program offers a chance to learn from nature-resource specialists and gain an understanding of Indiana’s plants, water ecology, soils and wildlife while promoting volunteer service in local communities. At the completion of the classes, participants will gain the title of Indiana Master Naturalist. The program was developed by the DNR and the Purdue Extension Service.

St. Joseph to host fry

St. Joseph Catholic Church will hold its annual fish fry on Friday, March 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Roanoke American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat fish, baked potato or French fries, applesauce or coleslaw with water, lemonade, coffee and dessert included.

Carryout is also available.

There is a cost for the meal, with discounts for children ages 7 to 12 years and free for those 6 and under.

For more information, call the church at 672-2838.

Next meeting for Huntington County Safety Council set for March 13

The Huntington County Safety Council will have its next meeting Wednesday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Our Sunday Visitor, 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington.

The program, “The Safety Mindset,” will be presented by Darrell Lummer. A buffet meal will be served by Nick’s Country Café for a cost.

Register for the meeting by contacting Jeff White by email, Jeff.white@park, by phone at 355-3656 or by fax at 355-3236.

McLaughlin calls it a career

Photo by Steve Clark.

Wayne McLaughlin (right), the vice president/South Branch manager of Bippus State Bank, in Huntington, chats with Jillian El-Hussein at a retirement party thrown for him on Friday, March 1, at the BSB South Branch. McLaughlin served the bank for 17 years and worked in the banking industry for 48 years overall.

SWCD recognizes several for efforts at annual banquet Feb. 26

James Minton (left) and his brother, Gary Minton, hold the River Friendly Farmer of Indiana sign that they will post on their farm. They received the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s River Friendly Farmer Award at the SWCD’s annual banquet held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall on the Huntington County Fairgrounds.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District recognized several individuals who have taken advantage of programs to promote good management practices during its annual meeting and banquet held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall on the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

43 organizations so far on board for EXPO/ArtsExpress combo on March 16

A total of 43 organizations have signed up for booths for the 2019 Huntington County Business EXPO/ArtsExpress to be held Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Huntington University Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Center Fieldhouse.

The deadline for booth sign-up is Friday, March 8, for the event, which marks the first time for the chamber EXPO and the ArtsExpress have teamed up.

Roanoke churches team up for Ash Wednesday

Churches in Roanoke will come together for an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

Seminary United Meth-odist Church, 285 N. Seminary St., Roanoke will be the host location for Ash Wednesday worship of music, prayer, repentance and imposition of ashes.

The speaker will be Rev. Joel Yeager of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church. Additionally, there will be participants in leading worship from Christ’s UMC, Zion UMC and Roanoke Brethren Church.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Seminary UMC at 672-3167.

Ready to enter

Photo by Steve Clark.

Austin Talley (middle), community outreach coordinator with PNC Bank, prepares children at Pathfinder Kids Kampus to enter a planetarium set up at the Huntington childcare facility on Monday, Feb. 25. Talley conducted three shows at the planetarium over the course of the day, teaching children about astronomy through a presentation titled “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” that featured characters from “Sesame Street.”