Soaring Safari ride

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Layla Sutton (left) and Elise Neher enjoy a ride on the "Sky Safari" at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo on Wednesday, May 14. The first graders of Roanoke Elementary School went on a field trip to the zoo.

Honoring the fallen

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of American Legion Post 7 pause for the playing of "Taps" after unveiling the new war memorial monument outside the post at 1330 Etna Ave., in Huntington, on Monday, May 26. The construction of the monument, which honors veterans, was spearheaded by the American Legion Riders of Chapter 7. Pictured (from left) are Post 7 Commander Olin Roberts, Unit 7 Auxiliary President Sally Gamble, Dan Hysong, Sons of the American Legion, and Barry Wehr, assistant director of the American Legion Riders.

Informational meeting set for Trail Life USA on Monday, June, 2 at Gathering Place

An informational meeting about Trail Life USA, a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, will be held on Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, corner of Guilford and Washington streets, Huntington.

Trail Life USA was organized last summer and fall after the Boy Scouts voted to change its membership standards and is now being rolled out nation wide. It is open to boys of any religion, race, national origin or socio-economic status. Adult leaders are required to sign a Christian statement of faith.

Covering vets

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The American Legion Unit 7, Huntington Ladies Auxiliary recently purchased material and Beth Tomasek sewed more than 20 lap robes, which were distributed to veterans in nursing homes throughout Huntington County on Armed Forces Day, May 17. Pictured (seated) is Jan Smith, past commander of American Legion Post 7, receiving his lap robe from (left to right) Sally Gamble, unit president; Tomasek, unit parliamentarian; Barb Wieging, unit sergeant at arms; Linda Hyson, unit member; and Tracy Jessop, unit historian.

Illustrating his talk

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Assistant Chief Pat Scher of the Huntington Police Department (left) uses a coloring book to make a point as he talks to students at Andrews Elementary School during their D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation program on Friday, May 23. Scher got some help from Andrews student Cayden Shivley.

Roanoke Elementary School gives scholarships to two former students

Madison Carmichael (left) and Jack Pickard.
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Roanoke Elementary School announces that Madison Carmichael and Jack Pickard have each received $300 scholarships for the 2013-14 school year.

The scholarships are offered to graduating high school seniors and based on academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, community involvement and written essay.

The scholarships are sponsored by the Roanoke Elementary PTO through various fund-raising events.

5th Parlour open house is Saturday

The 5th Parlour, Huntington's newest salon, will hold an open house on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The shop is located at 5 E. Market St., in Huntington.
Owner Andrea Kloer is relocating from Nashville, TN, where she trained under and worked for one of Music City's top celebrity stylists. She has worked on multiple Country Music Awards shows, photo shoots and red carpet events.

Saturday's open house will include door prizes, drawings for services and retail baskets, coupons, food and rinks.

A ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m.


Bricks in honor of those who served

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Joie Jodrey (center) and Caroline Halder, both members of American Legion Post 7 Riders, distribute bricks engraved with the names of war veterans during a ceremony Monday, May 26, in front of the post on Etna Avenue. Barry Wehr, assistant director of the Riders, looks on. The Riders sold the bricks to pay for the construction of a monument honoring veterans. The memorial was unveiled Monday.

Gray named to Phi Beta Kappa

Dylan Gray (left) has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Eckerd College, in Florida. He is pictured with Professor Michael Flaherty, chair of the sociology department at Eckert.
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Dylan Gray, of Uniondale, was one of 25 students, two alumni and one faculty member to be inducted into the Eckerd College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during a ceremony on May 15 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Gray is a 2011 graduate of Huntington North High School and will be a senior at Eckerd next year majoring in psychology and sociology. Gray was selected as a Peter Pav Scholar his freshman year at Eckerd and at the end of his sophomore year was selected as a Ford Scholar for his junior and senior years.

Gray is the son of Michael Gray, Fort Wayne, and Chris Droke, Uniondale.

Baccalaureate service for HNHS Class of 2014 will be held on June 1

A baccalaureate service for the Huntington North High School Class of 2014 will be held on Sunday, June 1, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Bobby Kemp will be the speaker for the evening. Kemp joined the Huntington Church of the Nazarene team in 2011, but he has been involved in youth ministry for 12 years.
Music for the evening will be provided by members of the graduating class.

Stoffel earns degree in osteopathic medicine

Lauren J. Stoffel
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Lauren J. Stoffel graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, on Saturday, May 17.

Dr. Stoffel graduated from Huntington North High School in 2005, where she was a Lilly Scholarship recipient, and graduated cum laude from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer in 2009 with a major in biology-chemistry.  

She will begin her residency in family medicine at the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program in June.


LaFontaine Arts Council honors five Huntington North students

LaFontaine Arts Council’s artists of the month for April are, with their nominating teachers.
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The LaFontaine Arts Council honored five Huntington North High School students as Artists of the Month for April.

Hannah Scher, daughter of Mia and Chris Scher, was nominated by Joe Haft in the area of art.

Haft says, "Hannah is motivated and creative. Her work is outstanding and she has won awards in scholastics and local universities' competitions. She is also working as an intern for the art department this semester."

Allison Groves named to honor society

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced that Allison Groves, of Roanoke, was recently initiated into the selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Groves was initiated at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

Events help Salvation Army become more visible in community

Brooke Stout (right) has a lead on Jack Steele as they use straws to blow ping pong balls from one end of a gutter to another at a festival held by the Huntington Salvation Army on Saturday, May 24.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After holding an Easter egg hunt at Memorial Park in April, the Huntington County Salvation Army decided to hold another event for the community on Saturday, May 24.

A free family carnival was set up in the parking lot and front lawn of the church and charitable organization's Huntington location.

J.D. Sell, the community outreach director for the Huntington County Salvation Army, admits he was uncertain as to what kind of response the event would draw.

Chicken sale will fund Senior Center move

A Nelson's Chicken sale on Saturday, May 31, sponsored by Delta Theta Tau Sorority will help fund the renovation of a new Senior Center.

The Nelson's Chicken and Pork Chop Barbecue will be held in front of Big Lots at the Huntington Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until all the chicken and pork chops are gone.

The fund-raiser is an annual event for Delta Theta Tau, with proceeds going to a different community project each year.

This year, sorority members voted to direct the proceeds to the Senior Center project.