Mule and donkey show set at Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club

The Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club of Huntington will be host of the Midstates Mule and Donkey Show, Saturday, Oct. 3.

This will be the first show of its kind to be held at the club grounds, as all the animals exhibited will be mules and donkeys.

HU professor to perform free recital of original compositions Oct. 8 in Merillat Centre auditorium

Huntington University instructor Phil Schurger will perform a free guitar recital on Oct. 8.
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Huntington University instructor Phil Schurger will present a guitar recital on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

Schurger completed a Bachelor of Arts program at Northern Illinois University in 2003. He acquired a Master of Music degree in jazz guitar, composition and electronic music from Northern Illinois University during 2004.

Schurger has been an instructor of guitar at Huntington University since 2005.

Long-distance dig

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Sixth-graders from Riverview Middle School dig through sand in their classroom during an "electronic field trip" to an archaeology dig at Purdue University. The students participated in Purdue's Ziptrip program on Sept. 17, determining their lung capacities and meeting animals from the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in addition to participating in the dig.

Kids Kampus, YSB to offer Parent Trap classes

Kids Kampus Early Childhood Center is partnering with Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County to offer a five-week free class for parents and teachers.

The class is called Parent Trap and will take place on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., Oct. 13 through Nov. 10, at Kids Kampus.

Parent Trap sessions look at why it is hard to say "no" to children while learning why it is important to do so.

Also, the sessions will discuss why it is important for parents to have structure and consistency in the home.

Markle-area farm showcased in Farm Journal

The Fausz family farm, near Markle, won grand prize in the Asgrow Farm Showcase, co-sponsored by Asgrow brand soybeans and Farm Journal mgazine.
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William and Clara Mae Fausz established their grain and hog farm in Markle in 1947.

Now, more than 60 years later, their son Terry and his wife, Pam, carry on the family tradition.

Two photographs - an aerial shot of Fausz Farm in 1966 and a recent snapshot - illustrate the farm's progression through the years and earned the Fausz family the grand prize in the Asgrow Farm Showcase, a national promotion sponsored by Asgrow brand soybeans and Farm Journal magazine.


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Members of the Discovery Crew program at the Huntington City-Township Public Library act out parts of a story on Wednesday, Sept. 23, as Pig and Goat, played by Joey Lopshire (center) and Ann Eckert (right) team up to try to pull a giant apple off of Tree, played by Trace Fields.

Health screenings, info, lab services all availalble at Parkview health fair

Parkview Huntington Hospital will hold its annual fall Health and Fitness Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the hospital, located at 2001 Stults Road in Huntington.

Lab services will be provided in the lower-level classrooms and free health screenings, health information and participating organizations will be located in the front lobby area. Valet parking will also be provided at the main entrance.

Warren makes plans for Scarecrow Festival

The Warren Chamber of Commerce invites all merchants, schools, churches, organiza-tions and individuals to participate in Warren's seventh annual Scarecrow Festival on Friday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Businesses are asked to provide an activity, game or treats on the sidewalk downtown. Ideas for games are available by calling 375-3010.

Local group starting teen suicide prevention task force

Times are hard.

Money's short. Families are stretched to the limit.
The kids know. Teens, and even pre-teens, see nothing but a bleak future.

They choose death.

No one can come up with a number, but the people in Huntington County who work with youth say the number of high school - and even middle school - students attempting, and succeeding at, suicide is on the rise.

Riders' Rendezvous speaker

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Dann Perigo talks to a small crowd about mules at the Horseman Campground at Salamonie Reservoir as part of Salamonie's annual Riders' Rendezvous on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Fourth annual Alpaca Farm Day on Saturday

Alpacas will be on display at the Alpaca Farm Day Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Michel Century Farm.
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Michel Century Farm, of rural Huntington, will hold its fourth annual Alpaca Farm Day Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors can meet the alpacas and feel their fiber.
Demonstrations of carding, spinning and felted hat making will be given throughout the day.

Alpaca products and dyed fiber will be offered for sale. Children's activities will also be offered.

The farm is located at 6824W-600N.

For more information, call 344-1647 or e-mail


Smashing good time

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Nathan Ratcliff, youth minister at Warren Church of Christ, braces himself as Livvie Calhoun makes her throw on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Don't breathe

Katelyn Niswander (left) spoons off a cotton ball to Rebecca Teusch during a Huntington Catholic Middle School party on Friday, Sept. 18, in the school gym. The object of the game was to move the cotton ball down the line of students, using only the spoons held in their mouths. The middle school party is an annual event sponsored by the HCS Student Council.

Vintage printing press among new museum displays

A century-old printing press is delivered to the Huntington County Historical Society by a 1941 Model A Ford once used as a tow truck by Harley Henline in Huntington.
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A vintage printing press once used in Huntington will be among the new displays at the Huntington County Historical Museum.

The press, donated by Stine Printing of Huntington, was manufactured by the Chandler & Price Company of Cleveland, OH, in the late 1800s.

The press was originally operated by hand but later adapted to run on an electric motor. The museum staff will restore the press to its original hand operation so its printing capabilities can be demonstrated to visitors.

Huntington County Literacy Coalition still looking for volunteer tutors

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition is searching for volunteer tutors.

Tutor training will be held in North Manchester on Thursdays during October at the Learn More Center, located in the Town Life Center.

Warren UCC to lead festival's old-time worship

An old-time worship service will take place this Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. on the Hier's Park outdoor stage as part of the 34th annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

The non-denominational service will be led by Scott E. Nedberg, pastor, and the congregation of the Warren United Church of Christ. It will feature old-fashioned preaching and hymn singing.

The church will also hold a regular worship service at 10:45 a.m. that day at its home church at 302 N. Wayne St., in Warren.

HNHS and Huntington Beauty College offer vocational courses in cosmetolgy, manicuring

Huntington Beauty College recently opened its doors to Huntington North High School vocational students. Students can participate in either the cosmetology or manicurist programs. Here, students are working on perfecting techniques on their mannequins.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Beauty College has joined forces with Huntington North High School's Vocational Department to offer courses to vocational students.

Bonnie Swiatkowski, director of education at Huntington Beauty College, says the ven-ture started in June and has seen a lot of positive response.

"Currently, we have 20 students enrolled in our program," she states. "We offer courses in cosmetology and manicuring."

The cosmetology diploma trains students on how to do perms and haircuts, as well as techniques on improving clients' nails and skin.

Legion Post 85 gift will help expand Kids Kampus play area

Kendra Sandlin (third from left), a kindergartner and a member of the American Legion Post 85 Junior Auxiliary, presents a check to Taylor Reeves (fourth from left), a first-grader and student at Kids Kampus.
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American Legion Post 85, Huntington, has dedicated the profits from its tenderloin dinner in August to an improved indoor play area for children at Kids Kampus.

Kendra Sandlin, a kindergartner at Huntington Catholic School and a member of the American Legion's Junior Auxiliary, presented a giant check in the amount of $1,195 to Taylor Reeves, a first-grader at Flint Springs Elementary School and a member of the Inventor class at Kids Kampus. The giant check was made by Signs Etc., of Huntington.

Government meetings Sept. 21-28

Monday, Sept. 21
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, third floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

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

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

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., G.A.R. Room, second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Marching Vikes to put on free show Tuesday, Sept. 20

The Marching Vikes will perform a free exhibition Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.
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The Huntington North High School Marching Vikes will offer the community a free performance of their 2009 pre-game and competition shows on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.

Introductions and the performance will last about 45 minutes.

This year's show, "Time," opens with a custom piece written specifically for the Marching Vikes. It borrows from the tune "Time After Time" and uses a variety of time signatures.

Star Insurance teams win A B.I.G. Day Golf Outing

Christopher Camp tees off at the start of the A B.I.G. Day Golf Outing Wednesday, Sept. 16, at LaFontaine Golf Club.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The LaFontaine Golf Club hosted the A B.I.G. Day Golf Outing on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The Star Insurance team came in first place by shooting a 52. Dyer Health and Wellness took second with 54 and was also the only team to be awarded a skin, carding an eagle on the par 4 fourth hole. The Schacht-Pfister, Inc. team came in third place by scoring a 55.

The closest to the pin winner on hole 2 was Brent Stanley; on hole 5, Jim Sprinkle; on hole 14, Mat Quickery; and on hole 17, Jay Mertz.

HU students wins T-shirt design contest sponsored by FL youth hostel

"Summer Color," a design by Felicia Pettigrew, won a T-shirt design contest held by Casa Yallaha youth hostel in St. Augustine, FL.

Pettigrew is a 20-year-old Huntington University student from Huntington.

Pettigrew entered four designs: "Bridge Street," "Sitting by the Beach," "Florida Oranges" and "Summer Color."

HU students win award at LA film festival

"Nero Bloom: Private Eye," a film by Huntington University digital media arts film students Jason Eberly and Nathan Hartman, won the Best Student Feature Award at the Cinema City International Film Festival in Los Angeles held Sept. 10-12.

"Nero Bloom" also received recognition as a finalist because it earned a score of 3.5 or higher on a 5-point scale from the judging panel.

B&G Club, parks dept. to celebrate Worldwide Day of Play on Friday

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County and the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play on Friday, Sept. 25.

The Worldwide Day of Play is being promoted by the Nickelodeon children's television network to encourage all children to turn off the television and go outside to play.

The local event will take place at Drover Park and the Bendix-Hiner Splash Pad, 1215 Etna Ave., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It's free to all youth and families.

VNC to hold five-week course on John's words

One of the most intriguing writers in the Bible will be the subject of the program "Reflections on the Spirituality of John's Gospel," a five-week course beginning Oct. 1 at Victory Noll Center.

John shows how a deep interior life can be accompanied by a very acute awareness of what is going on around us. The simplicity of the fourth Gospel does not render it impersonal, but living and vibrant.

Local citizens' advisory group to meet Sept. 21

The Citizens Advisory Committee of the City of Huntington will meet on Monday, Sept. 21, to receive and consider information regarding the City's Long Term Control Plan.

Additional matters will be discussed as well and another meeting will be held on Oct. 19.

The meetings will be held in Common Council Chambers, third floor of the Huntington City Building, located at 300 Cherry St.


Quilt donation

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Rita McCabe (center), of the Huntington County Extension Homemakers Club, presents two lap robes to Lois Landrum (left) and Vera Stetzel, resisents at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Intent on the target

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tim Kennerk tosses a pair of balls toward the ladder during a ladderball tournament Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the courtyard at Our Sunday Visitor. The company's employees participated in a ladderball tournament to raise money for the United Way.

Announce winners form Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Run contest

The Roanoke Kiwanis Club held its annual Ducky Run Sept. 12 at the Roanoke Park as part of the Fall Festival.

Winners included:

$100 cash from Roanoke Kiwanis - Matthew Weigelt;

Savings bond from National City Bank - Lori VanOver;

Savings bond from Bippus State Bank - Celia Bandelier;

Two football tickets, Purdue vs. N. Illinois, from North Star Accounting - Ruth Stoeckley;

$25 cash from J.O. Wolf Tool & Die - Sam Williams;

$20 cash from United REMC - Emma Rommel;

Wing clean-up

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Members of Boy Scout Troop 302, of Roanoke, wash the wing of a plane on display at the Grissom Air Force Base Museum. The Scouts spent a day washing two of the planes as a service project. For more information about joining Boy Scouts, call Kevin Adams at 747-8175 or Dennis Boyer at 672-3635.