State, national corn husking contests to be held Oct. 17-18 at area location

The 2009 Indiana and National Corn Husking contests will be held Oct. 17 and 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., near North Manchester.

Contest classes are divided into male and female age groups and time limits vary from 10 to 30 minutes.
Contestants husk corn from one row and throw the ears of corn into a horse drawn wagon, after which the corn is weighed.

Concessions will also be available.

The contests will take place on Ind.-114, one mile east of North Mancheser.

Mini geldings

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Jerry Patterson and Haley Thomas hold their donkey entries, during one of the halter class divisions, on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Huntington County Mule and Donkey Show was held at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club.

Five vying for MIss Huntington crown

Five young women - Ashley Rethlake, Alli Harris, Lauren Petersen, Lindsey Berggren and Stephanie Spitnale - are in the running for the title of Miss Huntington 2010.

One of the five will be crowned during the Miss Huntington Scholarship Pageant, which will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Huntington North High School auditorium.

The reining Miss Huntington, Mallory Bunting, will be on hand to crown her successor.

Bunting, as well as each of the five contestants, will perform during the afternoon presentation.

HU Foundation honors Henn with service award

The Huntington University Foundation honored Emmaline "Emmy" Purviance Henn with the Distinguished Service Award at its annual dinner Monday.

The foundation established this award in 2002 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the principles associated with the mission of Huntington University. Recipients give substance and credence to the university's beliefs, serve as effective role models for students and receive recognition for the tremendous contribution they make to the Huntington County community.

Humane Society dog walk on Saturday

Participants at the first "Waggin' Tails Doggie Trails" Dog Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10, will have an opporutnity to win a new scooter, provided by Hometown Video, of Huntington.
Photo provided.

The Huntington County Humane Society will host its first "Waggin' Tails Doggie Trails" Dog Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The walk will take place on the Lime City Trail at Evergreen Park, 1390 Evergreen Rd. The rain date is Oct. 17.

In addition to the walk, the event will include pet photo opportunities, prizes for pets with the best Halloween costumes and prizes for high marks on an animal safety quiz. Items will be offered for sale at the Puppy Closet.

Ghoulish wedding

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Bart Willard (left) officiates the wedding ceremony between Mike and Melissa Antonides, on Thursday, Oct. 1. The event marked the opening of the Haunted Hotel, located in downtown Huntington, on Jefferson St.

Pulse Opera House to sell fresh evergreens as expense fund-raiser

The Pulse Opera House will sell fresh evergreens for its annual fundraiser to help offset the operating expenses of the theater in Warren.

Evergreens will be sold until Oct. 24. Several different types of wreaths, swags, live trees, centerpieces and garlands are available for purchase.

Purchases can be made by calling 375-2436 or 375-3329 or in person at the opera house on Oct. 23 or 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The evergreens are also available to ship.


Red Cross offers CPR, babysitting training classes in month of October

The Huntington County American Red Cross is offering CPR classes and babysitting training sessions in October.

Those who have already been trained in CPR can earn recertification in adult CPR during a session offered on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Red Cross says that individuals who have repeated training in CPR have greater knowledge retention and more confidence in their skills than those who participate infrequently in the training.

Safety council to discus crisis prevention program

The next meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council is Oct. 14 in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Patsy Hendricks, RN, director of clinical services at Parkview Behavioral Health, will present "Crisis Prevention in the Workplace."

Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 9.

For more information, contact Holly Sale, HCSC president, at 355-3203 or


Andrews Town Council to meet Wednesday

The Andrews Town Council will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall.

This is a change from the regularly scheduled date of the second Monday of the month.

For additional information, call the clerk-treasurer's office at 786-3848.


Wilson Gallery features works by Newell

Huntington University's Robert E. Wilson Gallery will feature works by award-winning Indiana artist Pamela Chase Newell from Oct. 15 to Nov. 14.

The exhibit will include luminous oil and pastel paintings of landscapes, gardens and still-life pieces.

"I paint the transient light and color that captivates me and hope the moment portrayed touches the heart of the viewer," Newell says in her artist statement.

The gallery will host an artist reception for Chase Newell at 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Future Foresters in HU Homecoming Parade

Photo by Jessica Williams.

The children of Huntington University faculty and staff participate in the HU Homecoming Parade on Friday evening, Oct. 2.

Sweet ride for the president

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Huntington University President G. Blair Dowden (second from left) and his wife, Kris (left) ride down the Huntington University Homecoming Parade route in the back of an antique Ford owned and driven by Ed Smith.

Huntington University announces homecoming royalty

Amos Rawley (right), a Bible and religion major from Greencastle, PA, was named king, and Katie Aeschliman, a public relations major from Stryker, OH, was crowned queen when the Huntington University student body crowned its homecoming royalty Oct. 2.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Seniors in the homecoming court included Melissa Keighin, a social work major from Carlock, IL; Danielle Miller, a communication studies major from Findlay, OH; Jessica Rhode, a nursing major from Japan; Matthew Cable, a youth ministries and missions major from Chambersburg, PA; Joel Reichenbach, a youth ministries major from Bluffton, OH; and Peter Owens, a Bible and religion major from Indianapolis.

Representing the freshman class were court attendants Lauren Kerr, a missions major from Lake Orion, MI, and George Halim, a broadcasting major from Canada.

Harlem Ambassadors to perform Oct. 14

The Harlem Ambassadors will be brining their hoop artistry and laughs to the Huntington North High School Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., thanks to the efforts of the Huntington Lions Club.
Photo provided.

The Harlem Ambassadors will bring their professional basketball show to Huntington on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The traveling team will face a local team made up of former Huntington University and Huntington North High School basketball standouts, along with several local business persons, in a game beginning at 7 p.m. in the Huntington North High School gym.

The game is sponsored by the Huntington Lions Club, and all proceeds will be used for youth projects sponsored by the Lions Club.

Landfill project moving forward

The Common Council of the City of Huntington and the Board of Public Works and Safety held a special joint meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17 in the council room in the City Building.

The two panels acted on the lease of an amount of land in the city landfill to Nature's Fuel, a company that is known as a "Waste To Energy" facility that converts solid waste into bio-oil, says City Landfill Director Ann Tompkins.

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.