To the floor

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Huntington Firefighter Derek Holzinger instructs Huntington Catholic School students to drop to the floor to escape the "smoke" in the Huntington Fire Department's smoke house. Firefighters visited Huntington Catholic on Oct. 8, during Fire Prevention Week. They brought along the smoke house, which teaches children how to escape a burning building.

New sign of the times

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The Roanoke Elementary School PTO has been working toward purchasing a sign for the school for a number of years. The group finally had the last financial push to reach its goal. The sign was purchased and it was installed at the beginning of October. Pictured are the 2013-14 PTO officers (from left), Debbie Fairchild, Rynell Klepper and Gayle Melcher.

Children’s Choir sets fall performance for Oct. 19

The Children's Choir of Huntington County will present its fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. at College Park Church in Huntington.

Music performed will include a variety of genres including spirituals, jazz and folk.

The church is located at 1936 College Ave., Huntington. Admission is free.


Musicians to pay tribute to Stephan in free concert

Friends and former students of Bonnie Stephan will honor her with a free concert on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntington.

Stephan died on April 28. She had a long career as a pianist, organist and soprano soloist.

Among her students are pianist David Van Tilburg and the professional duo of Patrick and Amy Fata.

Other local performers include Martha Barker, violinist; Sue Nunemaker, organ and piano; Marlene Schleiffer, oboe; Deborah Bickel, flute; Stephanie Shultz, piano; and Vickie Fuller-Kibellus, vocalist.

A snaky affair


Roanoke Elementary School fourth-grader Ashlee Schwieterman shows off a python that was brought to the school by "Jungle" Larry Battson  and his wife Cheryl on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The Battsons brought five of their animals with them to show to students.

HU’s Bergler to speak at 22nd annual Live Life Conference at Honeywell Center

Dr. Thomas E. Bergler, professor of ministry and missions at Huntington University, will be a speaker at the 22nd annual Live Life Conference on Oct. 25 at the Honeywell Center, in Wabash.

Bergler's workshop, "Personal Soul Care for Ministers," is designed to help ministers assess the state of their souls, choose resources for spiritual growth and practice spiritual disciplines that can help them strive in the midst of the joys and challenges of ministry.

Crestview Spell Bowlers fifth at Warsaw meet

A young team of Crestview Middle School spellers went up against some seasoned competitors and walked away with fifth place Thursday, Oct. 9, in an Academic Spell Bowl meet held at Edgewood Middle School in Warsaw.

Sixth-grader Parker Gibson led the team in points, followed closely by sixth-grader Joe Melchi and Alli Jennings, seventh grade.

The team's sponsor, teacher Cheryl Simms, says Crestview has a preliminary match coming up on Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. at Indian Spring Middle School in Columbia City.

Health department to hold flu shot clinic in Warren on Oct. 29

The Huntington County Health Department will conduct a flu shot clinic at the Warren Pharmacy, 222 N. Wayne St., Warren, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Patients with Medicaid or Medicare must present a currently active Medicaid or Medicare card for $0 co-pay.
The health department can bill some privately insured patients or they may send their bill in to their insurance plan for reimbursement.

Residents of neighboring counties are welcome.

For questions about vaccinations call the health department at 358-4831 ext. 1.


Info meeting for start-up of Parkinson’s Disease group set for Oct. 20

An informational and organizational meeting for anyone interested in starting a Parkinson's Disease support group will be held on Monday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Calico Lounge at Heritage Pointe, in Warren.

It is open to anyone who wants to know more about Parkinson's Disease, including those who have it, their caregivers and anyone else who wants more information.

Those attending are asked to offer ideas on topics they would like to see covered or speakers they would like to hear.

Two EE’s earns Wine Channel honors

Two-EE's Winery, of Huntington, has earned top honors at this year's International Wine Channel TV Awards.

The Rising Star Winemaker Award went to head winemaker and owner, Eric Harris, for the second year in a row.

Two-EE's was also awarded the Double Gold and Best of Class for its newest release, Barreja, as well as Silver for its signature Indiana white wine, Traminette, and a Bronze for another new addition to its red wine lineup, Primitivo.

Huntington woman to speak to FW Toastmasters

Marguerite Wire, of Huntington, will be the speaker for the Oct. 28 meeting of the Smoky Montgomery Toastmasters Club 159, of Fort Wayne.

The meeting is a celebration of the 90th anniversary of Toastmasters International, which has more than 313,000 members in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, on the hospital's lower level in Special Function Room 2 near the cafeteria. The public is invited to attend.

Wire, who currently serves as president of Club 159, has been a Toastmaster for nearly 14 years.

Solid Rock sets fund-raiser at EOC for Tuesday, Oct. 21

The Solid Rock United Methodist Church Men's Fellowship will hold a fund-raiser at East of Chicago, in Warren, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event, including all tips, will be used for local missions project.

The cost includes the buffet, drink and tax.


Metro Kiwanis Club installs Mason as president

John Mason (left), incoming president of the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club, receives the gavel from outgoing president Carl Zinsmeister.
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Huntington Metro Kiwanis recently held installation of new officers.

John Mason was installed as president by the Wabash Valley lieutenant governor.

Jeremy Rufener also installed Lisa Leist, president-elect, and Rita Dinius, secretary/treasurer.

Terry Oden, Jim Lewis, Judy DeLuca, Denny Young, Don Betterly and Barry Giggy were installed as board members.

Six local models in LAC event

Six Huntington County women will serve as models for this year's Fashions for the Arts, the annual luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council.

Ann Ambler, Lynette Dowden, BreAnne Dyer, Trace Hinesley, Dawn Miller and Sherry Miller will each wear three outfits from Chico's.

The event will be held Nov. 1 beginning with social time at 11 a.m. Silent auction items will be offered for bidding.

Park pavilions to undergo rehabbing

Standing in front of the plaque affixed on the pavilion at Laurie Park, Huntington officials announce upgrades on Thursday, Oct. 9 to Laurie, Yeoman and Elmwood parks. The Laurie Park pavilion was first constructed in 1940.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Three Huntington parks will soon undergo upgrades to their pavilions, city officials say.

Mayor Brooks Fetters announced Thursday, Oct. 8, that renovations will be made to the structures at Laurie, Yeoman and Elmwood parks.

"It's part of our overall commitment to getting our parks looking their very best," Fetters said. "There are new sidewalks in a lot of our parks, and we've been doing some tree plantings and equipment upgrades. And this is a really exciting time to be able to take care of these old pavilions."