County BZA to review tower request

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals reviewed an application for a communications tower and received an update on a biodiesel permit granted one year ago at the BZA's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Tom Farms, LLC, requested a special exemption to allow placement of a 140-foot communications tower at 4561W-1200N-35, South Whitley. The BZA approved his request, and the tower will be used for GPS in farm equiptment.

Sale for a cause

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Melissa Ivey (left), of Community Link Federal Credit Union, helps Sheryl Rea with her purchase on Friday, Sept. 25. Employees donated items for a sidewalk sale, with the proceeds to benefit the United Way campaign.

Seeking shoebox of gifts for needy children

Franklin Graham's Samaritan Purse Organization sponsors the Operation Christmas Child Program that collects gift-wrapped shoeboxes for needy children around the world.

Each year they ask churches, youth groups, 4-H Clubs, Scout Troops, families or individuals to get out their shoeboxes and fill them to send to a child in a poor country. These boxes can be filled with small toys, crayons, colored pencils, paper, toothbrush and paste, brush and comb, soap bar and wash rag, or anything else unbreakable or able to be mailed that can fit into it.

Benefit for family of Tena Johnson on Oct. 10 to include golf, auction

A benefit for the family of the late Tena Johnson will be held Saturday, Oct. 10.

Activities will include a golf tournament at Norwood Golf Club and a hog roast and benefit auction in downtown Andrews.

Johnson died in a car crash on Sept. 2, leaving a 12-year-old daughter as well as an adult daughter behind. She lived in Andrews and worked at Miller's Pub in Andrews.

Paper Artisans will sponsor 'Crop and Shop' event Oct. 24 at Hier's Park

The Paper Artisans Extension Homemaker Club will sponsor a "Crop and Shop" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 .m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The cost of the event includes a baked potato bar lunch. Drinks and snacks will also be provided during the day. The registration deadline is Oct. 16.

A garage sale of paper crafting supplies will take place during the day. Several vendors will also be in attendance. Those who wish to just shop may do so at no charge.

For additional information, call Sharon McCoart at 356-1833.


Some Lincoln students qualify for free tutoring to help them catch up

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, a Learning Fair was held at Lincoln Elementary to inform Lincoln parents about the free tutoring being offered to their students.

Based on the ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress - Plus) scores, Lincoln has failed to meet AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the past four years. Because of this, Lincoln is to offer free tutoring to eligible students, or a Supplemental Educational Service (SES).

Geders offers chiropractic services in return for 'Coats for Kids'

Dr. Stephen Geders and staff are partnering with The Salvation Army to give the gift of warmth by sponsoring Coats for Kids from Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 9.

Geders will donate his time and services for this cause.
By bringing in a new coat, new patients will receive a case history, orthopedic and neurological exam, and a written report of the findings. Existing patients may also help support this effort by donating a new coat and receive a credit on their account.

Ready to service

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Five new reserve officers were sworn in Thursday, Sept. 24, as members of the Huntington Police Department by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher (right). The new officers are (from left) Skyler Beard, Caleb Crago, Cole Lahr, Jason Smith and Ben Spurgeon. The reserves have received 40 hours of basic law enforcement training. Full-time officers Jay Kyle, the assistant chief, and Chris McCutcheon coordinate the reserves program.

High school, middle school students invited to enter VFW's essay contests

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2689, Huntington, and the Ladies Auxiliary are again sponsoring the "Voice of Democracy" scholarship competition for high school students, and the "Patriot's Pen" essay contest for middle school students through Nov. 1.

The two contests are open to qualifying students at all public, private, parochial and home schools in Huntington County.

This year's Voice of Democracy essay topic is "Does America still have heroes?"

All submissions must include a typed copy of the work as well as a recording.

Victory Noll Center will host festival and open house on Sunday afternoon

Victory Noll Center celebrates the season with a fall festival and open house on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Held on the grounds of Victory Noll, the festival will feature activities for the whole family, including walking the labyrinth, a scavenger hunt and a hayride.

Refreshments will be available with donuts, popcorn and apple cider.

The facilities of Victory Noll Center will also be open for tours, and Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters will be on hand to talk with visitors.

Victory Noll is located at 1900 W. Park Drive in Huntington.

Haunted House opens on Oct. 2

Starting Friday, Oct. 2 will be the annual Haunted Hotel, sponsored by the Huntington Jaycees.

It will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31. It will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays; Oct. 15, 22 and 29.

The Hotel, 13th Floor, is located at 511 N. Jefferson St. in downtown Huntington.

Visit or call 888-932-1827 for information regarding ticket prices, Hotel details and other inquiries.


HU to host Denver & the Mile High Orchestra on Oct. 2

Denver & the Mile High Orchestra will bring its signature big band style to Huntington University on Oct. 2.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The concert is part of the university's 2009 Homecoming celebration, "We Are HU!"

"They are unique since they are the only nationally promoted Christian group perform-ing and recording in a big band style with a distinctly Christian message," said Steve Pozezanac, director of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Noon Kiwanis Club installs officers

Lisa Garrott (left), new president of the Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club, receives the gavel from Happi Stoffel, lieutenant governor of the Wabash Valley District of Kiwanis.
Photo provided.

The Huntington Noon Kiwanis Club installed new officers and board members for 2010 during a meeting on Sept. 24.

New officers are Lisa Garrott, president; Steve Stull, president-elect; Nick Scheer, vice president; Nella Scher, treasurer/secretary; and Ron Tinkle, past president.

New board members are Sandy Seacott, Agnes Baker and Tom Lund. Each will serve a three-year term.


HU to host Band Invitational Concert Oct. 6

Huntington University will host its seventh annual Band Invitational Concert on Oct. 6.

The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the university's Merillat Centre for the Arts in the Zurcher Auditorium.

The Huntington University Wind Ensemble, with Director Dr. Robert Lynn, will share this concert with the Riverview Middle School band, with Director Jim Court, and the Nazarene Church Band, with Conductor Dr. George W. Killian.

Roanoke library to hail century

The Roanoke Public Library will turn 100 years old on Feb. 10, 2010 and is inviting the community to be a part of this celebration.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, the Friends of the Roanoke Public Library will host a free presentation by Michael S. Hart, inventor of eBooks and founder of Project Gutenburg. After the presentation there will be birthday cake and light refreshments for everyone.

A benefit auction will be held on Saturday, April 24. This will consist of a silent auction and a live auction. Light refreshments will also be available.

Friends holding VanNess benefit

Friends of Mitch VanNess will sponsor a benefit on Saturday, Oct. 3, in an attempt to make life easier for the Huntington teen.

VanNess, a 16-year-old junior at Huntington North High School, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare type of cancer, in 2006.

Band performance

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Members of the trombone section of the Huntington North High School marching band and the HNHS color guard perform their 2009 show, "Time," at an exhibition hosted by the band on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

HU offering PE for home-schoolers

Huntington University's Department of Physical Education is offering a physical education program for elementary-aged homeschooled children.

The department will have nine sessions this fall. Class time is from 2:15 to 3:03 p.m. in the field house of the university's Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recrea-tion. The dates for the sessions are Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; Nov. 5, 12 and 19; and Dec. 3.

HU TV program earns peer group recognition

HTV, a weekly news program written, directed, produced and edited by Huntington University students, earned recognition at the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters' 2009 College State Awards.

HTV took the gold in the TV Newscast College Category for a show produced as a team in May 2009. Adam Widener, of Whiteland, was the producer, and Brittany Christian, of Carmel, was the director. Both were senior broadcasting majors at the time of the broadcast and graduated in May 2009.

Birding outing

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Salamonie Birding Club held a special event at Huntington Nursery on Saturday, Sept. 19. Sister Grace Samblanet (fore-ground) and (background from left) John Shields, Sandra Watkins and Ellen Eppard were among those looking for feathered friends.

HU alumni earn third place with research work

Huntington University alumni Brittany Gower, Christina Hand and Zachariah Crooks were awarded third place by the Undergraduate Research Community for their research paper titled "The Relationship between Stress and Eating in College-Aged Students," which examined how stressors affect college students in what they eat and when they eat it.

This is a new program for the URC that recognizes outstanding undergraduate research. Six awards were selected from 36 manuscripts.

Tire service

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Allie Snyder, a sixth-grader at Huntington Catholic School, scrubs a tire while working at a car wash on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the school's Middle Building. The sixth grade and teacher Denise Zahm held the car wash to get a head start on raising money for its Christmas project. The class plans to donate the funds to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which provides assistance to people in need.

Hier's Park hosts Kroozinationals Oct. 3 and 4

The 22nd Annual Kroozinationals will be held Oct. 3 and 4 at Hier's Park.

This year's theme is "A Weekend to Remember."

Awards will be handed out in numerous classes including "Kroozer of the Year '09" and largest club.

Major door prize sponsors include Expert Transmission; Zurcher Tire, of Monroe; Hubcap Express, of Fort Wayne; Auto Zone, and D&B Sales, of Fort Wayne.

A Holland grill will also be raffled off.

Registration runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Memorial Car, Truck & Bike Show 2009.

Mule and donkey show set at Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club

The Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club of Huntington will be host of the Midstates Mule and Donkey Show, Saturday, Oct. 3.

This will be the first show of its kind to be held at the club grounds, as all the animals exhibited will be mules and donkeys.

HU professor to perform free recital of original compositions Oct. 8 in Merillat Centre auditorium

Huntington University instructor Phil Schurger will perform a free guitar recital on Oct. 8.
Photo provided.

Huntington University instructor Phil Schurger will present a guitar recital on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Schurger completed a Bachelor of Arts program at Northern Illinois University in 2003. He acquired a Master of Music degree in jazz guitar, composition and electronic music from Northern Illinois University during 2004.

Schurger has been an instructor of guitar at Huntington University since 2005.

Long-distance dig

Photo provided.

Sixth-graders from Riverview Middle School dig through sand in their classroom during an "electronic field trip" to an archaeology dig at Purdue University. The students participated in Purdue's Ziptrip program on Sept. 17, determining their lung capacities and meeting animals from the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in addition to participating in the dig.

Kids Kampus, YSB to offer Parent Trap classes

Kids Kampus Early Childhood Center is partnering with Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County to offer a five-week free class for parents and teachers.

The class is called Parent Trap and will take place on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., Oct. 13 through Nov. 10, at Kids Kampus.

Parent Trap sessions look at why it is hard to say "no" to children while learning why it is important to do so.

Also, the sessions will discuss why it is important for parents to have structure and consistency in the home.

Markle-area farm showcased in Farm Journal

The Fausz family farm, near Markle, won grand prize in the Asgrow Farm Showcase, co-sponsored by Asgrow brand soybeans and Farm Journal mgazine.
Photo provided.

William and Clara Mae Fausz established their grain and hog farm in Markle in 1947.

Now, more than 60 years later, their son Terry and his wife, Pam, carry on the family tradition.

Two photographs - an aerial shot of Fausz Farm in 1966 and a recent snapshot - illustrate the farm's progression through the years and earned the Fausz family the grand prize in the Asgrow Farm Showcase, a national promotion sponsored by Asgrow brand soybeans and Farm Journal magazine.


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Members of the Discovery Crew program at the Huntington City-Township Public Library act out parts of a story on Wednesday, Sept. 23, as Pig and Goat, played by Joey Lopshire (center) and Ann Eckert (right) team up to try to pull a giant apple off of Tree, played by Trace Fields.

Health screenings, info, lab services all availalble at Parkview health fair

Parkview Huntington Hospital will hold its annual fall Health and Fitness Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the hospital, located at 2001 Stults Road in Huntington.

Lab services will be provided in the lower-level classrooms and free health screenings, health information and participating organizations will be located in the front lobby area. Valet parking will also be provided at the main entrance.