Briant Street to close at tracks

Briant Street will be closed at the railroad crossing beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m.

Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services, says Norfolk Southern is closing the crossing to make emergency repairs to the tracks. The crossing will remain closed for approximately five to seven days.

Briant Street will be closed to traffic from Webster Street to Franklin Street. No formal detour will be marked, Goodnight says, but motorists are encouraged to use the crossing at Condit Street.


Parkview Family YMCA invites community to Battle of Bulge

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA is inviting community members to get involved in its "Battle of the Bulge," a 10-week program that includes a weight loss competition.

Battle of the Bulge, sponsored by Schneider Electric, begins Oct. 9 through Dec. 12.

Dig site

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Archaeologist Craig Arnold (left) demonstrates how he uses a laser level receiver to measure the depth of a hole dug at the Historic Forks of the Wabash to Riverview Middle School eighth-grade students (left to right) Denver Hamilton, Jon Compton and Andrew Harris on Friday, Sept. 26. Arnold says the site, on the banks of the Wabash River, contains a lot of flint, or chert, chips and was a production site for various stone tools. The dig is part of a plan to construct a bridge from the site to Ehler Island.

Helping Paws Pet Haven to host ‘Blessing of Animals’ Friday

Helping Paws Pet Haven will host a "Blessing of the Animals" on Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at its facility at 2242 S. Marion Rd., Huntington.

Rev. John Pfister, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, in Huntington, will give the blessing. Members of the community are invited to bring their pets to be blessed. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

The blessing of animals is a tradition in remembrance of St. Francis of Assissi, whose feast day is Oct. 4. The Italian saint, who died in 1226, was known for his love of nature and animals.


New dog park at shelter to be dedicated on Oct. 4

A dedication ceremony for the Susan Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park will be held this Saturday, Oct. 4.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Susan Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park, located adjacent to the shelter at 390 Thurman Poe Way, was a gift to the shelter from Sharpe's husband, Ron Sharpe. Mrs. Sharpe, who died last September, was a dog trainer and had been a member and advisor to the shelter.

The dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., with an open house following until 3 p.m.

The dog park will be open to the public. Annual memberships may be purchased at the humane shelter.

Kids to learn about ‘cool camouflage’ at Salamonie

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool's "Cool Camouflage!" on Oct. 15 at Salamonie Lake.

Kids will discover how animals use camouflage, make a camo craft, play hiding games and take a short hike.

The class will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

HU Foundation breakfast to hear speakers on development efforts

Mark Wickersham (left) and John Sampson
Photos provided.

Speakers at the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Oct. 9 will focus on local economic development efforts and the state of the region's economy.

The speakers will be Mark Wickersham, Huntington County Economic Development director, and John Sampson, CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Local K of C sponsoring living rosary on Oct. 5

The Knights of Columbus Msgr. Dillon Council 1014 is sponsoring the sixth annual living rosary on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m.

The community is invited to pray together for an end to abortion and to honor all of the babies who died as a result of abortions.

The service will be held at the Huntington County Right to Life memorial, located in the grotto area behind St. Mary Church. Parking is available on Warren Street, as well as in the church lot on Jefferson Street.

Light refreshments will be served in Assumption Hall (in the school) immediately following.

Salamonie Lake Fall Festival set for Oct. 17-18

Salamonie Lake will hold its annual Fall Festival Oct. 17 and 18 in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.

This year's event includes a Halloween-themed campsite dec- orating contest with prizes.

Activities on Saturday, Oct. 18, include a live owl program at 3 p.m. at Salamonie's Interpretive Center. At 5 p.m. in the modern campground, hayrides and hot dog roasting will begin. Trick-or-treating runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and two 30-minute movies will begin at dark.

Fresh layout awaits at Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor

James Pinkerton, a volunteer at the Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor, in Huntington, adjusts skeleton pieces in the venue’s laboratory room on Monday, Sept. 29, in preparation for the hotel’s opening today, Thursday, Oct. 2.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The familiar will be unfamiliar this year at the Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor.

Rooms have been moved around at the venerable Huntington Halloween attraction, which opens today, Thursday, Oct. 2.

Pathfinder exec Mottram earns selection to Harvard program

Lorretta Mottram
Photo provided.

Lorretta Mottram, senior director of business development with Pathfinder Services, is one of 50 leaders selected for the NeighborWorks Achieving Ex- cellence Program.

The 18-month program, conducted in collaboration with Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, is designed for senior leaders who are working in their organizations to build and improve on their communities.

Replacing usual school fund-raisers with read-a-thon is major success on several fronts at Flint Springs

Flint Springs Elementary School Principal Aimee Lunsford (right) announces the results of the school’s fund-raiser project during an all-school assembly Friday, Sept. 26.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

When Flint Springs Elementary School Principal Aimee Lunsford announced how much money was collected in the school's first-ever read-a-thon, the collective shout was so loud it made ears ring.

Students, teachers and staff celebrated raising a whopping $12,900 in an all-school convocation Friday, Sept. 26. To say it was more than the usual $3,600 that usually comes in through fund-raisers each year is an understatement, leaving teachers gasping in excitement and delight as they heard the announcement.

Annual Garner scholarship dinner, talent show Oct. 10

The Lincoln Elementary School “Voices for Pride” perform at a previous Heith Garner Scholarship Dinner and Talent Show. This year’s event will be held on Oct. 10.
Photo provided.

Lincoln Elementary School will hold its fifth annual Heith Garner Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner and Talent show on Friday, Oct. 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lincoln Elementary cafeteria and gym.
Comedian David Dean will emcee the event. All proceeds from this dinner go directly to the Lincoln Elementary Heith Garner Scholarship Fund.

Huntington asking residents to report ‘illicit discharges’ in town

The city of Huntington is continuing its quest to keep wastewater out of its storm sewer system by tracking down and eliminating "illicit discharges" - the introduction of anything other than storm water into the storm sewers.

The city engineer's office is asking residents to report information about illicit discharges to the Huntington wastewater treatment facility at 356-2313.

Book swap is Saturday

A free Community Book Swap will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Members of the public are invited to bring books and trade them for other books.

The event will be held at the Huntington Church of the Brethren, 306 E. Washington St., Huntington.

Another book swap will be held at the church on Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.