Second annual ‘Chair-ity Affair’ and Harvest Craft Show set for Oct. 11 at Hier’s Park in Huntington

The second annual "Chair-ity Affair" and Harvest Craft Show will be held on Oct. 11 at Hier's Park, in Huntington.

Miami Tool and Die is again sponsoring the event, which challenges organizations and individuals to decorate a chair in a theme representing the entrant. The decorated chairs will then be auctioned off, with proceeds donated to Huntington County Special Olympics and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA Champions League.

Making it better

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Paul Bickel, of Huntington, works on one of the skate ramps at the Hayes-Lemmerz Skate Park, located in Yeoman Park in Huntington, on Thursday, Aug. 28. Bickel, himself a skateboarder, says the facility's ramps are in need of repair after vandalism and wear and tear have made them nearly unusable. He plans to paint over graffiti painted on the ramps and clean up the park so skateboarders can practice their sport there again soon.

Prize-winning feline

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Huntington County 4-H'er Caleb Smart received reserve champion honors in the longhair division of the 4-H cat show at the 2014 Indiana State Fair with his cat "Penelope."

Filling the boot for MDA

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington resident Bill Wike (left) adds his donation to the rubber boot held by Huntington Firefighter Adam Close on Friday, Aug. 29. Close and other firefighters from the Southside Fire Station on Etna Avenue took turns soliciting donations from passing motorists for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The fund-raiser is an annual event for the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Roanoke Public Library launching 2nd season of writers’ workshops

Peggy Sue Wells
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The Roanoke Public Library is launching its second season of writers' workshops for the public.

Writers, those interested in writing or those who want to meet authors are invited to the Roanoke Library the second Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The interactive workshops are open to school-age students as well as adults.

On Sept. 9, Dawn Crandall will talk about writing historical romance. The first of Crandall's series of three novels was released this summer.

November's guest is Janine Petry, a recognized writer for national magazines.

Center joins Tipton Place Senior Living as community relations mgr.

Charlotte Center.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Charlotte Center has joined Tipton Place Senior Living as community relations manager.

Center is responsible for maintaining and establishing relationships with various organizations within the community, working with residents and their families and planning events.

One event now in the planning stages is a free community concert in the Tipton Place courtyard, which will be held Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

Watering the grass

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tim Leidig, the maintenance supervisor at the LaFontaine Center, waters an outdoor planter located in front of the building on Thursday, Aug. 28. The planter contains the tall "King Tut graceful grass," which has thrived under Leidig's care and daily waterings.

Two-EE’s owner to be judge at wine contest

Eric Harris, of Two-EE's Winery in Roanoke, will serve as a judge for the International Wine Channel TV Awards competition, helping to select the 2014 Rising Star Winemaker.

The award, which recognizes winemakers under age 35, went to Harris in 2013. He earned two Best of Class awards and earned the highest collective points.

Judging for the 2014 award will take place Sept.16 and 17 in Sonoma County, CA.


Spray away

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington firefighter Tony Johnson (top, in basket) douses four staff members of Crestview Middle School as students watch on Friday, Aug. 29. The staff, (from left to right) Principal Chuck Werth, Guidance Counselor Lisa McDonald, Guidance Counselor Cheryl Goodmiller and Assistant Principal Brad Ludlow, fulfilled a promise to get hosed down with water after the school raised $1,000 in an ALS challenge. The money raised will be donated to the Brian Kornexl family. Kornexl has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Registration under way for fall Story Time

Surrounded by books, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters signs a proclamation on Wednesday, Aug. 27, designating Sept. 7 as Read a Book Day.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Registration for fall Story Time is under way at the Markle Branch of Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Children ages birth through age 5 and their caregivers are invited to enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and fun at Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 11 and continuing until Nov. 13.

Each week will explore a different color, and children and their caregivers are encouraged to wear each week's color when they come to the library for Story Time.

Festival committee presents a sign of thanks

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Cathy Johnson (third from left), chair of the Andrews Summer Festival committee, presents a plaque of appreciation to Michael Rohler (fourth from left), president of the Andrews Town Council, on Monday, Aug. 25, for the assistance rendered by the council and town employees with the festival, which ran Thursday, Aug. 21, to Saturday, Aug. 23. Pictured with Johnson and Rohler are (from left) Chase Stephan and Kathy Gamble, committee volunteers, and John Harshbarger and Ray Tackett, members of the town council.

UW campaign chairman sees big picture as more than fund-raising

Noah Miller (left) holds a pennant announcing the 2014 United Way fund-raising goal — $652,000. With him are Sophie Minnick (center), who attends Pathfinder Kids Kampus with Miller, and Pete Schownir, chair of the 2014 United Way campaign.
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The United Way of Huntington County launched its 2014 campaign on Wednesday, Aug. 27, announcing a goal of raising $652,000 by the end of the year.

But while the monetary goal is important, Campaign Chair Pete Schownir says there's another goal that's equally important.

September business of the month

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Nick's Kitchen, 506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, has been chosen as the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for September. Celebrating the occasion on Tuesday, Aug. 26, are (front row, from left to right) Terry Miller, Debra Vaughn, Nick's Kitchen owner Jean Anne Bailey, Angelica Bowers, Brenda Whitaker, Sue Rumple and Belinda Clancy; and (back row, from left to right) Les Graham, Amy Mattox, Lina Charo, Phyllis Renz and Jo Deane Knowles.

Two stylists join Downtown Salon

Katie Tunks (left) and Becky Tunks are the newest stylists at the Downtown Salon, located at 552 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.
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The Downtown Salon has welcomed two new hair stylists who represent two generations of personalized hair care.

Becky Tunks started at the salon Aug. 12, a transplant to Roanoke from Janesville, WI. She'd been doing hair since February 1996 when her husband's job brought them to the area.

"I wanted to be on my own and I wanted a new adventure," Tunks says, for the reason she decided to rent a chair at the Downtown Salon. "I wanted to make my own hours, and truly, to make more money."

Brown joins BSB office in North Manchester

Nicci Brown
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Nicci Brown has joined the staff of Bippus State Bank. She will work at the bank's North Manchester office as a full-time teller.

Originally from Naples, FL, Brown moved in 2009 to North Manchester, where she resides with her husband, Dicky, and daughter, Emma. In 2014, Brown graduated from Huntington University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

She is the current board treasurer of the Manchester Early Learning Center.