Huntington University Excel to host meeting on nursing program

The Huntington University Excel Adult Degree Program will host an informational meeting on Feb. 23 on its "R.N. to B.S.N." program.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the nursing department on the lower level of the university's Science Hall.

The program offers registered nurses a way to complete their bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Classes are held on Thursday evenings, beginning March 18, on the Huntington campus.

Students will complete the nursing core in less than two years.

Library nears end of project

Jan Perkins (left) and Kay Stine, librarians in the children’s department of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, move children’s books to their new shelves in the expanded library on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kathy Holst won't deny that the Huntington City-Township Public library is looking a bit disorganized these days.

"We call it creative stuffing," says Holst, the library's director.

The library is nearing the end of a year-long, $3.4 million expansion project, waiting for state approval to occupy the just-completed addition.

When that permit will be issued, Holst doesn't know. In a perfect world, she says, it might be a week or two.

"We had the first walk-through by the state people yesterday (Feb. 17)," Holst says.

Extension Office releases 4-H calendar

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces its 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, Feb. 22 to Thursday, Feb. 25

They are:

Monday, Feb. 22

6 p.m. - Canine Capers meets for behavior clinic, in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

6:30 p.m. - Champion Achievers. Christ the King Church.

6:30 p.m. - Wayne Township Future Farmers. Banquo Church.

7 p.m. - Extension Board meets in the Extension Office meeting room.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

6 p.m. - Rifle Club. Warren Sportsman Club.

Huntington City-Township Library program focuses on penguins

Photo by Andre Laird.

Kay Stine reads a story about penguins to a small group of area youth. The Huntington City-Township Library recently held a program that focused on penguins, with games, activities and refreshments.

Training offered for literacy volunteer tutors

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition is in need of volunteer tutors.

Tutor Training will be held at the GED Classroom of Work One on Flaxmill Road on Tuesday eve-nings, March 2 to 23, from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag dinner. Participants are expected to complete all four sessions.

Training is open to any adult interested in assisting others with reading, math, obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or improving their skills in English as a Second Language (ESL).

Kids Kampus to hold pie fund-raiser

Pathfinder Kids Kampus child care center of Huntington is partnering with Moore's Pie Shop for a pie fund-raiser through Wednesday, March 3.

Pie varieties are fruit pies including Dutch apple, blueberry, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, cherry and peach; soft pies including coconut, lemon, chocolate, butterscotch and peanut butter and poured pies including, pumpkin and sugar cream.

Specialty pies are also available, including black raspberry, caramel apple walnut, dietetic peach, apple or cherry, pecan and key lime.

Huntington County 4-H Horse and pony judging callout meeting is Feb. 27

A callout meeting for 4-H youth interested in participating in the Hunting- ton County 4-H Horse and Pony judging team will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, starting at 2 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the home of Scott and Kristin Husband. For directions to their home, contact the Purdue Extension - Huntington County office or the Husbands at 672-8225.

Huntington County Master Gardeners to explain rain barrels

Gardening enthusiasts can learn to make a rain barrel during the March forum sponsored by the Huntington County Master Gardeners.

The session will be held March 6, beginning at 9 a.m., at Hier's Park.

Each participant will leave with a fully operational rain barrel. The barrels can be used to collect rain water, which can then be used in the garden. Collecting rain water for use in watering the garden conserves water and fits in with the current trend of "going green."

Caterpillar awards

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Caterpillar representative Leo Plomin (left) presents his company's silver level award of excellence to (from left) Ronda Wiland, Brian Cripe and Bill Schubert, representing the OEM air treatment products division at the Huntington Bendix plant. It was one of three awards presented by Caterpillar to Bendix, a Caterpillar supplier, during Caterpillar's visit to the Huntington plant on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Safety council to hear March program concerning noise-induced hearing loss

Jennifer C. Graber, an audiologist for ENT Associates, will present a program on noise-induced hearing loss during the March 10 luncheon meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council.

Graber had been scheduled to speak during the council's February meeting, which was canceled because of inclement weather.

The March 10 meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Habecker Dining Commons, Huntington University. To make a reservation, contact Holly Sale at 355-3203 or, or send a fax to 355-3236.


Canine Capers to host Hoffman talk

On Monday, Feb. 22, Dee Hoffman, of the Huntington County Humane Shelter, will give a presentation on canine behavior, during Canine Capers 4-H Club.

Hoffman's presentation will be held in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park and will run from 6 to 7 p.m.

The presentation is open to the public and attendees are asked to bring items to donate, including toys, towels, bleach, food, clay litter or monetary donations.


Scout Pack 3607 to hold ‘Blue & Gold’ banquet this Saturday, Feb. 20

Scout Pack 3607 will hold its "Blue & Gold" banquet on Saturday, Feb. 20, starting at 1 p.m.

The event will be held in the St. Mary Catholic Church gymnasium and is a celebration of 100 years of scouting.

All former pack members are invited to attend.

Attendees are asked to bring a main dish and dessert and the pack will supply drinks and table service.

Scouts should be dressed in full Class A uniform.

For more information, contact Mark Farthing, cub master, at 358-1326.

The gymnasium is located at 903 N. Jefferson St.


Donations sought for July Fourth fireworks display

Dusty Ransom (left) and Cory Campbell, members of American Legion Post 7, prepare letters being sent out seeking contributions to help stage the 2010 Fourth of July fireworks display.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The volunteer coordinators of Huntington's Fourth of July fireworks display have begun their quest to raise $10,000 to light the sky this summer.

Letters are now going out to previous contributors and area businesses, seeking their support.

There's not much in the pot to begin with, notes Dan Fisher, who chairs the event for American Legion Post 7, which works with the city of Huntington to stage the display.

"One man donated $100 and the city donated $2,500," Fisher says. "And after all the bills were paid, we had $139 left over from last year."

HNHS FFA chapter plans activities for National FFA Week Feb. 20-27

HNHS officers are (front, from left) Rebekah Trout, sentinel; Landon Poulson, vice president; Samantha Paschal, president; Sara Hoffman, reporter; and (back, from left) Brittney Stephan, secretary; Jordan Carnes, vice president; and Erin Knight, treasurer
Photo by Scott Trauner.

National FFA Week is Feb. 20-27, 2010, and the Huntington North High School chapter will be observing the event with more than a half-million other members around the nation.

There are several activities planned at the local and state levels.

The theme for this year is "Lead Out Loud," which emphasizes the national FFA organization's motto, which is "Learning to Do; Doing to Learn; Earning to Live; Living to Serve."

Neil Case to speak at Salamonie Bird Club

The Salamonie Bird Club will welcome former Salamonie property manager, Neil Case, who will present the program "National Wildlife Refuges" on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Upper Wabash Interpretive Center, Salamonie Lost Bridge West.

Case has traveled the country and provided bird counts for many different wildlife areas. He is also a writer whose articles may be found in several newspapers throughout the state and in the book "Indiana Bird Watching," a Bird Watcher's Digest publication.

Benefit will aid Andrews residents after house fire

A benefit auction and bake sale for Andrews residents John Clark and Lisa Stephen and their children will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. at Kermit's Food Shop, 23 S. Main St., in Andrews.

The family's home was damaged by fire.
The event will include raffles, door prizes and karaoke music. A minimum donation is suggested for the buffet dinner and all proceeds go to the family.

Items for the auction are being accepted and can be donated by contacting Neal Snyder, of Snyder Auction House, at 358-7923 or by visiting #14249 at www.

Mardi Gras celebration at Huntington Catholic Schools

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Ryleigh Johnson (left) talks to Katie Jamison (right) as the pair eat cupcakes during Huntington Catholic Schools' Mardi Gras celebration on Monday, Feb. 15. The party featured customs usual to New Orleans, including the King and Queen cupcake ceremony, in which one cupcake contains a miniature baby. The person with the winning treat becomes that year's "King or Queen of Mardi Gras."

Building block

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Becky Hilliard (right), director of Northern Indiana Search and Rescue, presents a $1,500 check to Dee Hoffman, operations manager at the Huntington County Humane Shelter. Northern Indiana Search and Rescue, which has provided dogs for search and rescue missions since 1993, has disbanded and donated much of the money that was in its treasury to the Huntington County Humane Shelter's building fund. Part of the reason the organization selected the local shelter as the recipient, Hilliard says, is that the donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Roanoke resident Jean Ann Tribolet.

Downward trend in enrollment will reduce state funding to local schools

The Indiana Department of Education released the 2009 Annual Performance Reports last week, and the data shows that the Huntington County schools are getting fewer students.

With fewer children, the Huntington County Community School Corporation gets less state dollars, says Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

Huntington City-Township Library announces Discovery Crew program

Huntington City-Township Public Library invites all first, second, and third grade students to register for Discovery Crew, a library program held at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons.

Discovery Crew sessions begin Wednesday, Feb. 24 and continue through April 14.

Members meet at the Main Library, 200 West Market St., for stories and related crafts and activities and sessions last 45-60 minutes.

Through books, Discovery Crew kids will explore different weekly themes and enjoy related books, crafts, games, silly songs, and activities.

All Huntington County classes of 1965 will hold joint reunion in July

The Huntington County high school classes of 1965 will hold a joint reunion during the weekend of July 16-18.

The event is open to anyone who graduated from any Huntington County high school that year.

Anyone interested in attending or interested in contacting classmates should call Pat Hobbs at 436-0999 or Cyndy Pressler at 356-2053.


HU's next Leadership Luncheon on Feb. 24 to feature Dr. Daryl Yost

Dr. Daryl Yost
Photo provided.

Huntington University will present its next Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Daryl Yost, director of Certified Technology Park at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. Yost will discuss "Leadership and Management: Keys to an Effective Organization."

Cindy Gamrat explains TEA Party mission

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Cindy Gamrat, an organizer of the Huntington TEA Party, explains the organization's mission during a TEA Party meeting Friday, Feb. 12, at Life Church. Candidates for local and state offices were invited to address those in attendance.

Crestview band members earn awards at solo, ensemble contest

The Crestview Middle School band members participated in the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Eastbrook High School on Saturday, Jan. 30.

The following students scored a Gold rating in division five (seventh grade): Elizabeth Leach, flute; Madison Phillips, clarinet; Hannah Edris, alto saxophone; Alex Finney, trumpet, Lauren Sands, French horn; Austin Kennedy, trombone; Madison Gick, bells; and Erica Freise, snare drum.

Graham Sereno achieved a Silver rating on his trumpet solo.

Winter Carnival set at Bethel Assembly of God

Bethel Assembly of God will hold its seventh annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The event, designed for children 3 to 13 years, will be held inside and will feature games, prizes, a moonwalk, cotton candy and popcorn.

There is no cost for the carnival.

For more information, contact the church office at 356-8363.

The church is located at 1640 E. Taylor St.


Varsity Singers, concert choir to offer preview of contest shows

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers and Varsity Concert Choir are making their final preparations for the 2010 competition season.

The groups will present a preview of their competition shows on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington North High School auditorium.

The 77-voice concert choir will present three selections of contemporary 21st century choral compositions, "Water Night" by Eric Whitacre, "Daemon Irrepit Callidus" by Gyorgy Orban and "Loch Lomond" by Jonathan Quick.

Brown Mackie College, Fort Wayne offers scholarship workshop

Brown Mackie College, Fort Wayne, wants to help high school students prepare a winning scholarship application by hosting a Scholarship Workshop at the school on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshop, according to officials, will provide area high school students with the information they need to navigate through the college scholarship application form.

In addition, participants will learn the truth about scholarships, where to find them, spotting scams and more.

Story time sessions begin the week of Feb. 22 at Huntington and Markle libraries

Story Time sessions begin the week of Feb. 22 at both locations of the Huntington City-Township/-Markle Public Library.

The weekly story time sessions are open to children from birth through 7 years at the main library in Huntington.

Those sessions are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 23 and 24.

Children ages 2 through 7 may attend story time sessions at the Markle branch library, which are held on Thursdays beginning on Feb. 25.

Derby winners

Photo provided.

Winners in Cub Scout Pack 3135's Pinewood Derby were (from left) Luke Eckert, second place; Russell Teusch, third place; and Levi Teusch, first place. The contest was held Saturday, Feb. 13, in the St. Mary Catholic Church auditorium, Huntington. All registered Cub Scouts, regardless of pack placing, are eligible to race in the Wabash Valley District Pinewood Derby, to be held March 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. For information, contact Steve Higgins at 710-5637 or

YMCA to host free Family Night

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will hold a free family night on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The pool and gymnasium will be open for use. Family-centered activities throughout the evening will include family water polo, family dodgeball and family quest.

Refreshments will be served.

Family Night is the kick-off event for the YMCA Partners with Youth campaign.

Pre-registration is required by calling the YMCA at 359-9622.