HNHS students direct one-act plays with holiday overtones Wednesday-Thursday

A trio of Huntington North High School actors practices for the school’s one-act play festival, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 28-29. Actors include (from left) Andrea Broxon, Taylor Haneline and Melina Fairchild.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Four short plays, all directed by students and all with eerie overtones, will be offered Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 28 and 29, on the Huntington North High School stage.

The curtain rises at 7 both evenings.

Tyler Miller and Tanner Crawford are directing "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," featuring Alex Herber as Icabod Crane.

Also in the "Sleepy Hollow" cast are Travis Duckett, Andrew Doering, Matt Clancy, Adi Ben-Yehoshua, Abby Branscomb, Brianna Sorenson, Laura Robinson, Chez Morgan, Brianna Crider, Mariah Harold and Julia Murray.

Andrews embarks on park fix-up

The Town of Andrews recently embarked on a mission to clean up and beautify its park, located on Washington Street.

Park Liaison Linda Wright says talks for the project started earlier this year.

"At one of our town meetings, it was noted that the park had been neglected for 15 to 20 years," Wright states.
"We decided to do something about it and restore it so it could be safe for the community to use again."

Wright adds that new swings were installed in the play area as well as new flowerbeds.

VNC earns Hope Award from YMCA

Terra Rowley (left), secretary of the Huntington County Council Against Domestic Violence, congratulates Sue Wilhelm (right), director of the Victory Noll Center, on the center’s recognition by the YWCA of Greater Fort Wayne.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A group of women dedicated to serving the poor has been honored for its efforts to promote peace in its home community of Huntington.

Representatives of the YWCA of Greater Fort Wayne visited Victory Noll on Thursday, Oct 22, to present a Hope Award to the Victory Noll Center. The award is one of four presented by the YWCA annually as part of its observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

"This belongs to the sisters," said Sue Wilhelm, director of the Victory Noll Center, as she accepted the award.

Parkview Home Health and Hospice cancels season flu vaccine clinic due to dwindling vaccine supply

Parkview Home Health and Hospice has canceled its previously announced seasonal flu vaccination clinics, citing a heavy demand that has caused the supply of vaccines to run low.

A seasonal flu vaccination clinic will be held in Huntington on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parkview Home Health and Hospice office, 2806 Theater Ave., Suite A.

Vaccination clinics in Huntington that have been canceled include those on Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19 and 24 at Parkview Huntington Hospital.


Central School project shows signs of life

A sign in front of the former Central School building advertising new residential apartments stands in front of the old school on Tuesday, Oct. 20. After delays due to economic conditions, work is slated to begin on the transformation in January.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Dormant since the opening of Flint Springs Elementary School in 2004, the former Central School in downtown Huntington will soon see new life as the building is projected to be turned into apartments for lower-income Seniors by December 2010.

A sign in front of the building advertising the construction of the apartments has been in existence for more than two years, yet the building has appeared the same since the sign went up.

LAC honors four Riverview Middle School artists

LaFontaine Arts Council artists of the month are (front row from left) Joey VanNetten, Natalie Mills, Taylor Bailey and Caleb Hadaway. With them are nominating teachers and arts council Secretary Ann Siegfried.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Four Riverview Middle School students have been honored by the LaFontaine Arts Council as Artists of the Month.
Joseph VanNetten, Taylor Bailey, Natalie Mills and Caleb Hadaway, all eighth-graders, received the recognition.
Hadaway was nominated by art teacher Christine Nicholson for his achievements in visual arts.

"He spends time observing details and shows patience in the execution of his drawings," Nicholson says.

Hadaway is the son of Monica Hadaway, of Andrews, and Dennis Hadaway.

Mills was honored for her achievements in choir.

Historical society seeks Miller Award nominees

The Huntington County Historical Society is accepting nominations for this year's Virginia Miller Award.

The award, given annually, is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the appreciation or study of Huntington County history.

Nominations may be sent to or dropped off at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St, Huntington, IN 46750.

The nomination deadline is Nov. 1.


Supper and auction will benefit St. Jude's

Jennifer Allmandinger (left), co-chair of the local ESA Internationl spaghetti supper and auction on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Carmen Oswalt, Ways and Means committee, are shown with some of the items that will be auctioned off during thelive auction.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Beta Chi Chapter of ESA International will host its second annual spaghetti supper and auction for St. Jude's Children Hospital, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event will be held at the Huntington PAL Club.

A silent auction will be held during the meal, with winners announced at 7 p.m. Randy Harvey, from Harvey Auctioneering, will conduct a live auction starting at 6:30 p.m.

Several items have been donated from local businesses and private citizens.

Group offers support to survivors

Life After Loss, a seminar/support group, will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, located at 2901 Guilford St.

The program is designed to assist grieving persons to set realistic expectations as they adjust to life after the loss of a loved one. Each session takes a look at practical ways to cope with various dynamics of grieving.
The November topic is "Getting Through the Annual Reminders of Loss" and the pre-senter is Brooks Fetters.

It is free of charge.

Community choir begins rehearsals tonight, Oct. 26, for 'Messiah' performance

A community choir begins rehearsals tonight, Monday, Oct. 26, for its Dec. 6 performance of Handel's "Messiah."

Anyone interested in being a part of the choir is invited to attend the rehearsal.

Rehearsals will be held at Huntington University's Merillat Center for the Arts from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following Mondays: Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. A dress rehearsal will be held on Dec. 5 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church.

B&G Club to benefit from meals

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will host a fundraiser at Wings Etc. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The fundraiser will last all day. The Boys & Girls Club will receive 15 percent of each bill if a coupon, available at the club, is presented at the restaurant.

Making shade

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Members of the Huntington County Boys & Girls Club plant a tree in Memorial Park on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The activity partnered the club with Trees Indiana's NeighborWoods TreeKeeper program, which seeks to educate youth about urban forestry, says Carol Cavell, executive director of Trees Indiana. The month of October is observed as a national regreening effort across the country by the NeighborWoods program. Hewlping plant are (from left) Olivia Lough, Natalia Jenks, Trent Shively, Madison Lough and Dymond Asher.

Crazy hair

Photo provided.

Students at Andrews Elementary School show their creativity as they sport wacky hairstyles, which were part of the school's United Way campaign. Shown are (from left) Brock Fairchild, Allie Farmer, Preston Burcham and Kori Howell.

Regional gold

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The Huntington North High School Marching Vikes earned a gold rating and their highest score in nearly a decade during the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) regional competition held Oct. 17 at Chesterton High School. While the band achieved its highest score since 2001, it did not score high enough to advance to the semi-state competition. The gold award at regional was accepted by (from left) color guard senior Jessica Beaty, drum major JD Sell, color guard senior Hannah Town, drum major Amanda Denna, and color guard senior Haley Acra.

Hospitals, churches try to control H1N1 spread

Area hospitals and churches are making changes they hope will prevent the spread of the H1N1 - or swine flu - virus.

Parkview Hospitals, in both Fort Wayne and Huntington, have announced restrictions on visitations to prevent the flu.

And local Catholic churches have suspended the practice of using a common chalice during Masses.

As of Oct. 16, people under the age of 18 are not allowed to visit patients at any Parkview Hospital, including Parkview Huntington Hospital, and only two visitors are allowed at a time.

HCCF accepting scholarship applications

Huntington County Community Foundation is accepting applications rof a variety of 2010 scholarships.

2 4 Golf Scholarship Fund:
This scholarship is for Huntington North graduating seniors who have participated in athletics.

Vincent Allman Art Scholarship Fund:
This scholarship is for Huntington County residents majoring in visual arts education (art teacher).

Parade, costume contest in downtown Roanoke Halloween afternoon, Oct. 31

A parade and costume contest will be held in downtown Roanoke on Halloween.

Children are invited to gather on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. at the Roanoke Town Hall. A fire truck will escort the children as they parade through the downtown. The parade will end at the Roanoke Brethren Church.

Judging will then take place for a cash prize in each of the following categories: Funniest, Scariest, Most Creative and Most Unusual.

There will also be games with prizes, candy, hot dogs and hot chocolate for everyone.

Huntington robotics team in CAGE Match champion alliance

Members of Team THRUST 1501, of Huntington, pose with teams from Indianapolis and Monon after the three robotics teams formed an alliance to win the CAGE Match compeitition on Oct. 17 in Indianapolis.
Photo provided.

The Huntington County 4-H Robotics Team brought home the championship trophy from their first competition of the year.

Team THRUST 1501 from Huntington compiled a record of nine wins, one loss and one tie to capture the 2009 championship title at the CAGE Match held Saturday, Oct. 17, at Southport High School in Indianapolis.

Story times at Warren library on hold until Nov. 6

There will be no pre-school story time at the Warren Public Library on Friday, Oct. 23 or Oct. 30.

Story time will resume on Friday, Nov. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

Sessions last about 30 minutes and no registration is required.

Also, after school story time at Salamonie began Monday, Oct. 19 for grades one through three. The session times are provided by the Warren Library with each one lasting 45 minutes. Students need to bring their parent-signed permission slip in order to attend.

Costume parade will kick off Scarecrow Fest in Warren on Oct. 30

Children and adults are invited to parade through downtown Warren to kick off the Scarecrow Festival on Friday, Oct. 30.

The parade starts at 6 p.m. at 3rd and Wayne streets. Participants are asked to wear family-friendly costumes.

Festivities continue in downtown Warren until 8 p.m. and include hayrides, a chili cook-off and Halloween games and activities sponsored by Warren businesses and organizations.

In the event of rain, events will be moved to the Knight-Bergman Center.

HPPH to hold recognition dinner

Helping Paws Pet Haven and Adoption Center's seventh annual Recognition Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Masonic Temple, 400 E. Franklin St. in Huntington.

The event includes a served dinner, a silent auction and raffles for a $100 gas card and surprise gift basket.
This year's guest speakers will be Dr. Lauren Kruze and Annette Thompson with the topic "Cat-On-A-Hot-Tin-Roof."

Social time and an opportunity to preview the auction items will begin at 5 p.m. with the dinner served at 6 p.m. Silent auction and raffle winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m.

Huntington University to host visiting executive seminar Oct. 30

Jim O'Donnell.
Photo provided.

Huntington University will host a Visiting Executive Seminar on Oct. 30 at 8:45 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons.

The seminar brings together business leaders and Huntington University business stu-dents to discuss top issues in today's business world.

Led by Jim O'Donnell, associate professor of business and executive-in-residence, and Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of the university, this seminar will focus on the economic and financial crisis.

Breaking through

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Terry Stoffel, left, shovels concrete into a bucket after cutting a doorway into a cement wall at the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County on Friday, Oct. 16 as Pat Hall looks on. Stoffel donated his time and equipment to cut the doorway, which will allow the club to create a storage and check-in room for its members.

Lots of cans

Justin Miller (foreground), from the Evangelical United Methodist Youth Group, led a canned food drive for Love INC that resulted in approximately 1,800 cans of food being donated. Joining Miller in unloading some of the donated cans are (from left) Jarid Miller, Mike McElhaney, Jacob Miller, Drew McElhaney and Jamie Miller.

Harvest party is Tuesday at Andrews

The Andrews Library will host a harvest party on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Children can visit the library for crafts, games, snacks and stories. Costumes are not required.

Activities will be geared for children third through fifth grades. Children eight years old and under are to be accompanied by an adult.

The library is located at 30 E. Madison St. and is open Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.

Call the library at 786-3574 for more information.


Turn Pointe Church set Trunk or Treat

Turn Pointe Community Church of the Brethren and Life's Little Treasures Day Care will hold their second annual Trunk or Treat at the church/daycare on Wednesday, Oct .28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The day care is having an open house with all the rooms decorated and treats will be handed out.

Cars will also be parked surrounding the church and costumed members will also be handing out treats.


Serving the community

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Dylan Williams, left, helps clean up at Memorial Park, part of a community service field trip for freshmen at Huntington North, on Monday, Oct. 19. First the group helped with Christmas decorations in Sunken Gardens and then they shoveled dirt out of the dried rock-bed near the park. Several groups were transported to different locations in the area to volunteer, including the Forks of the Wabash.

Going for the prize

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Zach Bischoff (foreground) takes careful aim at his target during round four of the BB gun shoot on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Zanesville Ball Park. The Zanesville Lions Club sponsored the event and awarded prizes to winners.

Weaving baskets

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Carrie Amdio, portraying "Constance Rosewall," instructs a group of children on how to weave a basket, on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The library hosted the annual Medieval Faire, which included various games and activities.

Northview COC sets Trunk or Treat date

Northview Church of Christ will hold its annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, Oct. 25, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Hot dogs, drinks and candy will be available and attendees are asked to dress in costume. It is asked that no scary costumes be worn.

Participants can safely trick or treat in the church's parking lot at various decorated trunks.

For more information, call the church at 356-2583.

The church is located at 2900 N. Jefferson St.