Quayle Center adds second LI system to list

The Quayle Center made its annual visit to Long Island, NY, the week of June 8 to present a program to fifth-graders at Camp Avenue Elementary School in Merrick, NY.

However, this year's trip was just a little different.
The trip was significant because it marked the second school system which the Center now serves in Long Island as part of its outreach programming. For the past five years, the Center has provided programming to schools in Smithtown, which is further east on the island.

Local TEA Party organization sponsoring another rally

Huntington got its first dose of a TEA Party on April 15, 2009, along with more than 800 other cities around the nation.

TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already, representing the organization's belief in limited government and fair taxes.

Now, due to the success of the first event, the local Huntington TEA party organization is sponsoring another rally on July 4 at the Huntington County Courthouse from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition, the organization will have a booth set up at Heritage Days and a float in the Heritage Days parade.

YMCA requests parking changes

Dan Akeley, Executive Director of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, is in the process of requesting the Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals for a change in the number of required parking spaces.
Akeley says the amount of parking spots he has now at the facility, 203, is the "right amount" and doesn't wish to add more spots.

However, Huntington County's current zoning laws for a site zoned general business state Akeley needs 286 spots available for the new facility's usage.

Pace dealership gets good news

Joe Pais, owner/president of Pace Auto Group, displays the letter naming his dealership as one of the dealers that will remain open as part of the New GM.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Joe Pais will be around to sell another car.

Many other cars, he hopes.

Pais, owner/president of Pace Auto Group at 239 Hauenstein Rd., has been selected by General Motors to remain an active Chevrolet dealer as GM restructures in the wake of its bankruptcy.

"We're looking forward to being able to provide service to the community, and to support our 30 employees and their families with jobs," Pais says.

Clancy will jazz up the downtown for JeFFFest

Eric Clancy.
Photo provided.

Eric Clancy, a jazz pianist from Fort Wayne, will provide the "fabulous music" for this year's JeFFFest, an event combining music, art and food.

Co-sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing, it will be held June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington.

Clancy, a graduate of Huntington University, currently teaches and leads the jazz ensemble at HU. He also gives private lessons.

Markle board appoints Madsen as BZA member

The Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, June 17, was full of routine business.

James Madsen was appointed as the new Markle Board of Zoning Appeals member to replace the previous appointee because that member moved out of the community. The council decided by consensus to appoint him.

Tina Dudgeon, director of the Wells County EMS, requested a spot on the agenda.

Heritage Days opens with midway, several new events

The balloon glow, part of the Hot Air Balloon Fest at Huntington Municipal Airport, is one of the returning events for the first weekend of the Heritage Days festival in Huntington.
TAB file photo.

This year's Huntington Heritage Days has some new events to offer during the opening weekend.

The annual festival officially gets under way on Thursday, June 18, at 5 p.m., when Mid America Shows Delaware opens its carnival rides and games for the first time in downtown Huntington.

The carnival will be set up on Warren Street, between East Park Drive and Court Street, and will continue through Sunday, June 21.

Events new to the festival this year include a Band Booster Breakfast, a run at Victory Noll and a reading awareness event at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Winning window catgegory B

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Vivian Barton poses with the window at Rodger’s & Vivian’s Income Tax Service that won its category in the Heritage Days window decorating contest.

Winning windows feature Huntington history

Pat Bergdall, director of the Huntington County Historical Museum, poses with the window decorated by the Huntington County Historical Society. The window won its division of the Heritage Days window decorating contest.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Two downtown businesses are the winners in the eighth annual Heritage Days Window Display Contest using the theme for this year's Heritage Days, "Celebrate Our Town."

The Huntington County Historical Society Gift Shop, using a window provided by Rodger's & Vivian's Income Tax Service, 323 N. Jefferson St., won first place in category A, which is the division for home décor and gift shops.

Rodger's & Vivian's Income Tax Service, 323 N. Jefferson St., won first place in category B, which is mostly a non-retail division.

City gets state wrestling tourney for fifth year

For what the president of the Huntington County Wrestling Club called an "unprecedented" fifth consecutive year, Huntington will again be the site of the Indiana State Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament.

The deal was contingent upon the wrestling club getting use of Huntington North High School for the weekend of March 12-14, which was approved by the Huntington County Community School Corporation two weeks ago.

Literacy coalition, UW team up for adults

Steve Schenkel (left), the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s director of Adult and Continuing Education, accepts a $2,000 check from Jay Ballard of the United Way Community Leadership Development Committee, on Wednesday, June 10.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition and the United Way of Huntington County have teamed up to support adult education programs.

The literacy coalition recently received a $2,000 grant from United Way to maintain cur-rent GED efforts within the community.

Adults interested in enrolling in adult education classes can visit the vocational Technical Building, 2201 N. Jefferson St. or call 356-2858.

June office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office will be closed during the month of July, but information will still be available by calling 359-1391.


United Way cabinet prepares for 2009 campaign

Members of the 2009 United Way Campaign Cabinet discuss plans for the upcoming United Way fund drive on Thursday, June 11, at First Federal Savings Bank.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The United Way of Huntington County Campaign Cabinet has been engaged in planning for the 2009 annual United Way fund drive for the last four months.

Locally, United Way supports and funds 15 organizations and agencies.

Michael Zahn, First Federal Savings Bank president and 2009 United Way campaign chair, states, "As we move forward toward the beginning of this year's campaign, I'm excited about the enthusiasm and support from this year's campaign cabinet."

Metzger receives Irvin and Lorette Murphy Scholarship

Bippus State Bank recently awarded its 2009 Irvin Murphy and Lorette Murphy scholarships to two students.

Huntington resident Jason Metzger was one of the recipients of a $300 scholarship.

He is a junior at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne pursuing a degree in finance.

Metzger is the son of Jerry and Dianne Metzger, of Huntington.

The other recipient was Cathy Forrester, of Lagro.

WLAB radio, HU form strategic alliance

Award-winning Christian radio station Star 88.3 WLAB-FM, based in Fort Wayne, and Huntington University have formed a strategic alliance.

The university will extend financial support to the newly established Star Educational Media Network in the form of a loan, a cash investment structured as a loan, and a possible bank loan guarantee. In return, the university will receive a significant stake in the new non-profit enterprise, several positions on its board of directors, on-air and off-air promotion and expanded educational opportunities for students.

Huntington County Fair TAx Association to have info session on Thursday, June 18

The Huntington County Fair Tax Association will present an informational session on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

"The FairTax - HR25/S 125" will be held at the Dan Quayle Center in the upper gallery.

Speakers will be Ron Heilman, of Fort Wayne; Adrian Messer, of Silver Lake; and Danny Higgins, of Peru.

Attendees are invited to bring questions.

For more information on the FairTax Plan, visit

For more information about the session, call Mary Oberle Hubley at 356-1398.

The Quayle Center is located at 815 Warren St.


Local group wants to decorate Huntington with flags

A local group is looking at decorating the downtown section of Huntington with American flags for the summer season.

After the suggestion came up at a recent meeting of the Huntington Downtown Business Group, Denise Bard, superintendent of the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department, decided she had the resources to look into this idea.

She says having flags up "makes a really nice statement" and it's "appealing to the eye." She also says it will make the downtown area more inviting and encourage people to care about what's going on down there.

ABWA Kilsoquah Chapter awards scholarships to Spahr and Samlling

Cindy Rice (left) and Shirley Schug (right), co-chairmen of the ABWA Kilsoquah Chapter scholarship committee, present scholarships to Brittany Smalling (second from left) and Alison Spahr (third from left).
Photo provided.

The American Business Women Association, Kilsoquah Chapter, met on May 26 to present scholarships to students Alison Spahr and Brittany Smalling.

Spahr and Smalling were each presented with a $500 scholarship and certificate from Cindy Rice, co-chairman.

Spahr is a student at Grace College.
She is the daughter of Tom and Amy Spahr, of Huntington.

Smalling is the daughter of Skip and Pam Smalling.


Help from the VFW

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Harold Bennett (left), commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, and Dale Howell (right), incoming commander of the post, present a check for $500 for Al Sims (center) president of Cancer Services for Huntington County. The contribution will be used to provide aid to Huntington County residents being treated for cancer, Sims says.

Garden bargains

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mark Christman (left) turns in a ticket as his wife Sue Christman holds their plant selections during the second annual Plant Swap held Saturday, June 6, in downtown Huntington. Garden enthusiasts brought in their extra plants and traded them for plants brought in by other gardeners.

Trying for the big one

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Perry Harris (center), of Bluffton, shows daughter Alexa (right) how to jiggle her line as son Trey waits for a bite on his own line. The three were among the participants in the Kids’ Fishing Derby Saturday, June 6, at Roush Lake.

Surber receives Masonic scholarship

Jordan Surber (second from left) has been awarded a $1,300 scholarship by the Indiana Masonic Lodge. With him  are (from left) his father, Rob Surber; Mason Richard Kimes; and his grandfather, Bob Surber.
Photo provided.

Jordan N. Surber, a graduate of Huntington North High School, has been awarded a $1,300 Masonic Scholarship by the Scholarship Board of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, Free and Accepted Masons.

Surber is the son of Robert N. and Cherie Surber, of Huntington. He plans to apply the scholarship toward his first year at Trine University, Angola, where he plans to study mechanical engineering.

Mt. Etna VFD gets cost share grant to help with equipment

The Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department has received a $4,843 cost share grant through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The money will be used to buy needed equipment for firefighters' personal protection and to replace the department's turnout gear.

A cost share grant is split half and half; the DNR will supply the grant money if the department can match the same amount.

Area food vendors to display wares at JeFFFest, too

Linda House (left) and Dorothy Webb (center) of Elizabeth's Team Room and Liz Dettling of Pizza Junction sample some of the items they will have for sale at JeFFFest 28 in downtown Huntington.
Photo provided.

JeFFFest, sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing, gets its unique name from the Jefferson Street location and the fabulous music, fine arts, and fun food that it offers.

The event is scheduled for June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the center block of Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington. Along with artwork offered for silent auction and music by Eric Clancy, the event also features a selection of food from area vendors.

Eight head to college with HCTA scholarships

The Huntington Classroom Teachers' Association has awarded eight scholarships to Huntington County students so they may continue their educational endeavors.

The recipients include Ross Whitacre, Katie Durrwachter, Daniel Leedy, Ashley Wilcoxson, Kiela Clore, Mary Ellen Richey, Taylor Stump and Mariah Town.

To receive a scholarship from HCTA, individuals must demonstrate academic achieve-ment and good character.


Purdue CAFO study group to reveal findings via broadcast on June 18

A team of Purdue University specialists who studied confined animal feeding facilities in eight Indiana counties, including Huntington County, will present their findings during a June 18 public meeting that will be broadcast to 21 locations across the state.

Community Impacts of Confined Animal Feeding Operations will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Andrews pavilion makes way for new

Tom Wuensch, owner of TW Excavating and the Andrews fire chief, operates his Bobcat Friday morning, June 5, to demolish the pavilion in the Andrews Park.
Photo by Jessica Williams

Tom Wuensch, the Andrews Fire Chief, directed some demolition on June 5 in the Andrews Park.

In addition to being chief, Wuensch also owns his own excavating company, TW Excavating, "So it works out pretty well," he says with a laugh.

Wuensch noticed the pavilion in the park was falling apart and unsafe, so he got some volunteers together from the fire department and his own company to tear down the existing pavilion and build a new one, at no cost to the town of Andrews.

City will return grant, kill Etna Avenue project

The Huntington Common Council killed a proposed Etna Avenue reconstruction project during its meeting on Tuesday, June 9, citing limited funding and opposition from community members.

The split 4-3 vote in favor of terminating the proposed project marked the end of a period of uncertainty for both residents and businesses on Etna Avenue.

Councilmen voting with the majority were Erv Ebersole, Brooks Fetters, Jason Fields and Steve McIntyre.

Those voting to continue with the project were Joe Blomeke, Keith Eller and Jack Slusser.

Festival banner honors veterans

The Salamonie Summer Festival banner was taken to Heritage Pointe in Warren on Monday, June 1, to be signed by veterans.
Photo contributed.

The community of Warren will pay special tribute to its veterans and current service members during this summer's Salamonie Summer Festival.

The theme of the festival, which will be held July 2-5, is "Let Freedom Ring: A Salute to Our Heroes." Veterans, service members and family members of deployed military personnel are invited to sign a banner bearing that theme, which will be on display during the festival.

Principal Faroh to take post as Lancaster Elementary teacher

James Faroh Sr., principal at Lincoln Elementary School for the past five years, will leave the principal's post to become a teacher at Lancaster Elementary School this fall.

Faroh requested the transfer, which was unanimously approved during a meeting of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Turstees on Monday, June 8.

Faroh will teach fifth grade at Lancaster.

H.H. Niswander to remain in Huntington as GM reorganizes

Dave Niswander (left) and Sam Niswander, co-owners of H.H. Niswander in Huntington, display the letter they received from General Motors, informing them that their dealership would be allowed to stay in business, selling GM’s Buick and GMC Truck lines.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dave and Sam Niswander are a couple of happy souls.

Ecstatic, even.

The brothers, co-owners of H.H. Niswander Pontiac-Buick-Cadillac-GMC Trucks in Huntington, received "the letter" last week - a missive notifying them of their future status with General Motors.

And the news was good.

Niswander will keep the Buick and GMC Truck brands of its GM dealership. However, GM canceled its franchise agreement with Niswander for the Pontiac and Cadillac brands.

"We're here and we're going to stay here," Dave Niswander says.