Pioneer craftsmanship

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Chris Miller (left), of Fort Wayne, and Donna Reiter, of Bettendorf, IA, discuss the craftsmanship of a hat being sold by Reiter at her trading post at the Flint Creek Rendezvous this past weekend at the New Sotterlee Project International grounds in Huntington.

Jeff Bucher honored

Jeff Bucher
Photo provided.

Jeff Bucher will celebrate his 25-year anniversary with PHD on July 31.

Bucher is currently a production supervisor in the PPC department in PHD's Huntington facility.


Andrews FD to have Community Day Saturday

Seven-year-old Addisyn Clift (right) models firefighting gear used by her dad, Mike Clift (left), secretary-treasurer of the Andrews-Dallas Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Andrews-Dallas Township Volunteer Fire Department will throw open its doors and pull out the trucks for Community Day on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We want to give the public an opportunity to see what's covering them," explains Mike Clift, an Andrews VFD firefighter and secretary-treasurer of the department.
"Anybody can come down and see how the fire trucks work, put on fire gear and see how heavy it is."

South end of LaFontaine Street to be closed most of July for new sewer line installation

LaFontaine Street will be closed between William and State streets beginning on Tuesday, July 8. The closure is expected to last three to four weeks. While the street is closed, new sewer lines will be installed.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The south end of LaFontaine Street will be closed for most of July, beginning Tuesday, July 8.

The street will be closed for three to four weeks between State and William streets.

The closure will allow construction crews to cross LaFontaine Street as they install new sewer lines, explains Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering for the city of Huntington.

Funding the Fourth

Photo by Steve Clark.

Sue Rumple (third from left), manager of Beacon Credit Union, and Cheryl McCoy, a member services specialist with the credit union, present Jim Hollar, vice president of the Historic Forks of the Wabash board, with a check on Tuesday, July 1, to go toward the costs of the Old Fashion Fourth at the Forks celebration. The event was held on July 4.

HCCOA to have fund-raiser

A rummage sale to raise funds for the Huntington County Council on Aging's building fund will be held July 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and July 19 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The sale will be held at 221 Northpoint Ave., behind Walmart.


Splashin’ good time

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lilly Hoose, 4, of Markle, runs the gauntlet of the rainbow shower Wednesday, July 2, at Bendix-Hiner Spray Park, located within Drover Park on Etna Avenue. Lilly is the daughter of Victoria Neuhauser and Ray Hoose, of Markle.

YSB to again assist families with school supplies

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County will once again assist with school supplies through the "Tools for Life" school supply program.

This is the 20th year for the program.

"Last year we provided 658 students with school supplies," stated Karen Street, YSB staff member.

The program is open to anyone who is in need of assistance with school supplies.

HU to have grand opening of new program

Huntington University will host a grand opening of its doctoral occupational therapy program in Fort Wayne on July 14 at 10 a.m.

The event will include a ribbon cutting, speakers and tours.

The university's first doctoral program will launch this fall on the Parkview Randallia Campus, 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne.

Applebee’s supports cancer fight

Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, in Huntington, is joining with more than 850 Applebee's locations to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

During July, restaurants will donate a portion of each lemonade sale to the foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. Individual locations will also hold a variety of fund-raisers.

This is the 10th year Applebee's locations have raised funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.


Store gives Geders chance to share music passion

David Geders, storeowner of Copper Chord Music in downtown Huntington, takes a seat next to a keyboard, and wall of guitars. The new music store also offers amps and electric pianos, as well as music lessons and guitar repair.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Copper Chord Music opened its doors in June, giving music lover David Geders the opportunity to share his passion with the community.

Geders says he is selling guitars, keyboards, amps, electric pianos and miscellaneous equipment. Copper Chord will also offer a "buy, sell and trade" service to customers, as well as guitar repair and piano, guitar and bass lessons, he says.

Throughout high school and college, Geders says he was very involved in local bands and "grew up in a musical family."

HU student uses coursework to help her church

Kelsi Schouten, a junior recreation management major at Huntington University from Newark, OH, has received a $27,000 grant from Little Tikes to help Vineyard Grace Fellowship, her home church, build a playground that is accessible to children with disabilities.

Schouten worked on the project through an HU class, grant writing and fund-raising.

Schouten has about $30,000 left to raise for the playground and is continuing to submit grant applications.
The playground could be completed by September 2015.


Roanoke car show promises big-time event July 19

An Auburn Boat Tail Speedster (left) and a Ford Cobra, both from Ultra Motorsports, are two of the exotic sports cars that will be on display at the Rolling into Roanoke classic car show on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo provided.

Roanoke is celebrating America's love of automobiles by bringing a car show to town with a festival atmosphere, boasting it offers something for everyone.

The first-ever "Rolling into Roanoke" Classic Car Show is set for Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., presented by the Roanoke Beautification Foundation.

The lineup begins on Main Street downtown between First and Third streets. Cars will also be displayed on First Street from High Street to Seminary. More will be located at the Roanoke Park.

July business of the month

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Downtown Dental, located at 429 N. Jefferson St., in Huntington, has been named Business of the Month for July by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Matt Eckert opened the practice 21 years ago just several doors south of the current location, and has been in this office for about 19 years. Dr. Ryan Hart joined the practice four years ago.

Red Cross holds next blood drive July 26 at Cafe of Hope site

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on July 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The Red Cross says fewer people make appointments to donate blood during June, July and August. Each blood drive, the Red Cross says, needs about two additional donors to come up with the amount of blood and platelets patients need.

Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit