Community

HU hands out 235 diplomas

G. Blair Dowden (left), president of Huntington University, welcomes commencement speaker Dr. John A. Berbaum during Huntington University’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 16.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Forty-nine Huntington County residents were among the 235 graduations receiving diplomas during Huntington University's 111th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16.

The ceremony, traditionally held outdoors on the university's front campus, was held this year inside the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation because of the threat of rain.

Huntington County graduates included:

Kristin Elizabeth Amor, of Huntington, earning a master of education degree in early adolescent education. (Will complete requirements in July.)

Three selected for Coll scholarships

Kayla Felton, Nicole Shaw and Chelsea Noffsinger have each been awarded a $500 Dorothy M. Coll scholarship from the Huntington County Community Foundation.

Felton, a 2008 graduate of Huntington North High School, will be a sophomore at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of David and Elaine Felton of Huntington. While at IUPUI, Felton has been an IUPUI School of Science "A" Student, been on the Dean's List of Highest Honors for Academic Excellence and been a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Bergman awards go to three Warren residents

Emily Frankle and Emily Jones have each been awarded a $2,000 George A. Bergman and Garnet L. Bergman scholarship from the Huntington County Community Foundation.

Samantha Drayer has also been awarded a $1,700 scholarship from this fund.

Frankle, a 2007 graduate of Huntington North High School, will be a junior at Huntington University majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Joel and Jennifer Frankle of Warren. While in high school, Frankle participated in Campus Life, youth group and concert band. She has also taught Sunday school since her sophomore year.

Jessica Williams earnes 2 4 Golf Scholarship from foundation

Jessica Williams has been awarded the $500 2 4 Golf Scholarship by the Huntington County Community Foundation.

Williams, a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School, plans to attend IPFW majoring in either journalism or history. She is the daughter of Jerry and Jan Williams of Huntington. While in high school, Williams participated in golf, freshman basketball, Student Athletic Board and HNHS newspaper.

Walk through down on May 29 and 30 will open eyes to history

Nick Windemuth poses in his meat market, which was located at 541 N. Jefferson, in the the same block of downtown Huntington as the Huntington Theater.
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What's "cool" about Plasterer's Antiques & Things?

Anyone who can figure that one out might want to keep going down the street.

Susan Taylor has come up with a list of questions focusing on historical aspects of a dozen downtown Huntington buildings in the first Historical Walking Tour, to be held Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30.

The tour is sponsored by Huntington Alert, a local historic preservation group, in cooperation with the Downtown Business Group. And the event is being held during National Preservation Month, which is observed during May.

Organizers say Senior Expo will have full contingent of attractions

The Fifth Annual Huntington County Senior Expo will be held on Thursday, May 21, at the Huntington University Fieldhouse. Pictured are Norma Jean Baker (left), Senior Center volunteer, and Holly Saunders, executive director at the center.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Holly Saunders, executive director of the Huntington County Council on Aging, says planning for the Fifth Annual Huntington County Senior Expo is moving along more smoothly.

"This is our fifth year, so we have a good idea of what needs to be done in terms of putting it all together," Saunders states.

The expo showcases several vendor booths mostly geared towards providing Senior services. It will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Huntington University Fieldhouse.

Quilts, talent show join Heritage Days lineup

Members of the Heritage Days steering committee take a few minutes for a group photograph.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington's Heritage Days festival will feature several new events this year, including a quilt show and a talent show.

Heritage Days will take place this year June 17 through 28, with a carnival only running July 17-21. This festival's first weekend, June 19-21, will showcase activities at Huntington Municipal Airport, including hot air balloon events. Additional festival events will take place June 24-28 and will include a parade on June 27.

HCCF hands out three college scholarships

Three Huntington County residents have each been awarded a Huntington County Community Foundation scholarship.

As semi-finalists for the Huntington County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships, Micah Snabl, Bethany Mason and Kiela Clore will each receive a $1,500, four-year community foundation scholarship.

Snabl has been active in 4-H Robotics Club, church activities, adopt-a-highway, Jazz Band and martial arts. He is among the Top 10 of his class. Snabl plans to attend Purdue University and major in physics.

Top vocational students


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Kiwanis Club honored the two top students from each vocational program at Huntington North High School during a luncheon Thrusday, may 14, at Habecker Dining Commons.

Government meetings calendar May 18-25

Monday, May 18
Markle Park Board, 7:30 a.m., Markle Municipal Building, 155 W. Sparks St.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

Huntington Board of Aviation, 5:30 p.m., terminal building at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Warren Town Council, 4 p.m., Warren Assembly Hall, 131 Wayne St.; meeting to be followed by park walk-through.

Cream of the crop


Photo by Andre Laird.

The Future Educators of America group presented its Teacher of the Year award to Huntington North High School math teacher Scott Wilcoxson (front, center) on Monday, May 11. Other nominees were (front row, from left) Jennifer Redner, Ron Buesking, John Wenning and Terry Fuller-O'Brien; and (second row, from left) Tim Becker, Chris Brisco, Tom Spahr, Beth Beery and Neysa Leichty.

Nominations sought for Huntington County 'Friend of Extension' Award

The Huntington County Extension Board is looking for nominees for the county "Friend of Extension" Award.

The award recognizes an individual who has been active in Extension programs (agriculture, consumer and family sciences, youth or community development) through participation, leadership or cooperation with Extension activities.

A person can nominate him/herself or someone else and include a written narrative of the person nominated (maximum of 500 words).

Master Gardeners sponsoring two new achievement awards

The Huntington County Master Gardeners are sponsoring two new 4-H achievement awards for youth enrolled in Garden and Floriculture.

Applications will be accepted until May 31. To be eligible, a 4-H member must be enrolled in the 4-H Garden or 4-H Floriculture project a minimum of five years, including the current year.

Applicants must complete project requirements for the current year and submit project paperwork and record sheets to their 4-H club leader prior to project judging.

Announce 4-H calendar for week

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, May 18 to Thursday, May 21.

Monday, May 18
5-8 p.m. - Waggin' Tails fundraiser. Huntington Pizza Hut.
6 p.m. - Helping Hands. Huntington City-Township Library.
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - RC Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Pets-N-Vets. Huntington Veterinary Hospital.
7 p.m. - Horse and Pony Leaders. Extension Office meeting room.

Honor local trooper for saving life

Trooper Jason Ward.
Photo provided.

The Indiana State Police recognized and honored a number of its own people for various acts of duty, bravery and heroism during an awards ceremony held May 9 at the Indiana State Police Post in Indianapolis.

Among them was Jason R. Ward, of rural Huntington, a Ttrooper from the Fort Wayne Post who is assigned to patrol duties in both Huntington and Whitley counties.

Superintendent Paul E. Whitesell presented Ward the Indiana State Police Life Saving Award for his heroic actions, which saved the life of a Columbia City man in the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2008.

Markle Chamber hears updates on festival, cleanup and more

At the April 9 meeting of the Markle Area Chamber of Commerce, it was announced that Sheri Richardson is the contact person for the Markle Wildcat Festival.

She can be reached at Markle Health and Rehabilitation at 758-2131.

The festival will be held the weekend of Aug. 4.

The annual town-wide cleanup will run through May 15 and the council is still working on a grant for the water tower at the I-69 Industrial Park.

In marketing news, Holly Clabaugh is in the final states of taking picture for the brochures.

VFW and auxiliaries install officers for 2009-10

New officers for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 and its auxiliaries  were installed recently.
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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 installed its officers for 2009-10 during a ceremony on May 7 at the Post Home.

Rodney Funk installed the officers for the post. They are Dale Howell, commander; Mike Hilton Jr., senior vice commander; Mike Smith, junior vice commander; Jim Cotton, quartermaster; Dustin Howell, surgeon and service officer; Funk, Post advocate; Jerry Walling, chaplain; Harold Bennett, three-year trustee; and Rich Sutton, three-year house committee.

Sovine earns Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Zach Sovine (left) receives the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Scholarship from Roanoke Chamber President Mike Gibson.
Photo provided.

Zach Sovine, a senior at Huntington North High School, has been awarded the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

Sovine has lived in Jackson Township the last five years.

He plans to attend Anderson University to study athletic training. He will also play football at Anderson.

Sovine is an academic letter winner at HNHS and was also named All Academic Conference in football and basketball. He is a member of the National Honor Society.

 

Batt second-place winner of PHP scholarship program

Kaitlyn Batt, of Huntington, was the second-place winner in the 2008-09 scholarship program sponsored by the Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, Inc., (PHP), a local managed-care organization.

Batt receives a one-time scholarship of $2,000. She will graduate next month from Huntington North High School and plans to pursue biology and psychology degrees at Duke University.

Pyle 'Spirit of Community' Fund awards two grants

The Huntington County Community Foundation Stephanie A. Pyle "Spirit of the Community" Fund has awarded two grants to projects in Huntington County.

The Huntington County Chapter of American Red Cross received a grant in the amount of $412.50 to purchase materials for brochures and magnets to distribute at upcoming community events to educate and inform the public about 2-1-1 for emergencies.

A simple ramp makes a difference for one Huntington couple, thanks to NNORC

Emmet (left) and Shirley (center) Cox stand on the ramp at the entrance to their Huntington home that was built with grant money funneled through the Huntington NNORC. With them (at right) is Linda B
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Emmet and Shirley Cox met in Huntington, traveled the world and came back to Huntington to retire.

Emmet gets around with the help of a walker, and the steps at the front door of their home hampered his comings and goings.

Enter the Huntington NNORC (Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) Project, which has a goal of making it easier for Seniors to continue living in their own homes. NNORC has some grant money it can use to make modifications to Seniors' homes that can accommodate Seniors' changing needs.

HCCF presents Hiner Family Fund grant to Quayle Center

Huntington County Community Foundation has presented a Hiner Family Fund grant for $650 to The Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation, Inc./United States Vice Presidential Museum.

The grant represents the annual distribution from the Hiner Family Fund, administered by the Huntington County Community Foundation. The Hiner Family Fund was established in 1997 by Homer and Marjorie Hiner to support the preservation and promotion of culture in Huntington County.

Girl Scout assembles tool boxes for new Habitat home owners

Steve Miller (center) director of Huntington County Habitat for Humanity, accepts a donation of 10 tool kits from Girl Scout Alyse Omillian (right). The first tool kit will go to Rashell Boardman (second left) and her daughter Addalyn.
Photo provided.

Local Girl Scout Alyse Omillian found a way to earn a top Scouting award while also adding some youth involvement to a project normally reserved for adults.

Omillian, a member of Girl Scout Troop 20279, qualified for her Bronze Award - the highest award that can be earned by a Junior Girl Scout - by putting together tool kits that will be given to the new owner of each house completed by Huntington County Habitat for Humanity.

Announce GED recipients at school board meeting

Several area people recently earned their GED (general education development) diplomas.

Tests were taken in late March and early April at sites in Huntington and Columbia City. Don Martin, of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, is the testing coordinator for both sites. This information was provided to the HCCSC Board of Trustees on May 11.

Individuals who took and passed the test in Columbia City on March 17 and 18 were Justin Egner and Conrad Roemke, both of Columbia City.

HNHS teacher of the year honor to Beery

Beth Beery accepts the Huntington North High School teacher of the year honors while HNHS Principal Jeremy Gulley looks on. Beery was recognized Tuesday, May 12.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

When Beth Beery stood up to accept Huntington North High School's teacher of the year honors, she thanked a lot of people - including her high school teachers, several of whom were in the audience.

The HNHS graduate has now been teaching Spanish to a new generation of students at her high school for 18 years. In that capacity, says HNHS Principal Jeremy Gulley, Beery "relates to her students on a personal level ... Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Beery was recognized Tuesday, May 12, during an honors breakfast at the high school.

Kline is HNHS salutatorian for Class of 2009


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tayah Kline (left), accompanied by her parents Dan and Ronda Kline, addresses her teachers on Tuesday, May 12, after being announced as the salutatorian of the Huntington North High School Class of 2009.

Kaitlyn Batt, Tayah Kline rise to the top of Class of 2009 at HNHS

Huntington North High School valedictorian Kaitlyn Batt (center) is shown with her parents, Greg and Karen Batt. Batt and salutatorian Tayah Kline were recognized Tuesday, May 12, during an honors breakfast at HNHS.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Two young women - each with a goal of working in the children's health care field - were recognized Tuesday, May 12, as the top two students in Huntington North High School's Class of 2009.

Valedictorian Kaitlyn Batt, daughter of Greg and Karen Batt, claimed the top academic position in the class the first semester of her freshman year and has never relinquished it, guidance counselor Marcia Brunson says.

Huntington County educators share experiences at national conference

More than 30 local teachers and administrators attended a conference in Blount County, TN, last month, providing them with information about new methods of teaching and networking among the nation's educators.

The conference also served as a springboard for next year's event, which takes place in Huntington County.

Exotic ride


Photo by Andre Laird.

Local area residents enjoy an elephant ride during intermission at the Kelly Miller Circus, in Warren, on Thursday, May 7. The Salamonie Active Men (S.A.M.) sponsored the one-day event and proceeds will go towards fireworks for the Salamonie Festival and Warren Tower Park's baseball diamonds.

Downtown could be 'historic'

Designating downtown Huntington as a local historic district would place restrictions on changes to the facades of downtown buildings, but it would also lead to a more vibrant downtown, say backers of the proposal.

However, they add, deciding whether or not to become a local historic district is up to the downtown property owners.

"It's the downtown merchants who have to accept or reject it," says Susan Taylor, who chairs the Huntington Historic Review Board.

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