Harvest craft show at Hier’s Park Saturday

A harvest craft show and bake sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Hier's Park.

The day will also feature an exhibit for more than 30 chairs decorated for the second annual "Chair-ity Affair," an event that benefits Huntington County Special Olympics and the YMCA Champion League.

Visitors can check out the chairs and vote for their favorites from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The decorated chairs will be auctioned off beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Smart earns promotion to senior chief petty officer

Dana Smart.
Photo provided.

Huntington resident Dana Smart has been promoted from chief petty officer to senior chief petty officer in the United States Navy.

Smart has been serving for the past 13 years and is now stationed in Norfolk, VA, and assigned to the United States Navy aircraft carrier the USS Harry S Truman. She is an aviation electronics technician aboard the ship.

Smart is the daughter of Bill and Doreen Johnson and Dave and Lisa Smart, all of Huntington.


Huntington University royalty

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Becca Perhai, of Ukraine (left), and Ashish Dhingra, of India, were crowned Huntington University Homecoming queen and king, respectively, on Friday evening, Oct. 3, during a ceremony at the Habecker Dining Commons.

Parading as the president

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students wearing masks all bearing the face of Huntington University President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton walk the HU Homecoming Parade route on Friday, Oct. 3.

Making it shine

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Don Beck, of Middlebury, polishes his orange Dodge Challenger at the Kroozinationals Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

Powderpuff pass

Photo by Steve Clark.

Alyssa Hiple, of the Can't Evens team, ignores the rush and gets off a pass to a teammate during a Huntington University powderpuff football game on Saturday, Oct. 4, as part of the HU Homecoming festivities.

Briant Street to close at tracks

Briant Street will be closed at the railroad crossing beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m.

Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services, says Norfolk Southern is closing the crossing to make emergency repairs to the tracks. The crossing will remain closed for approximately five to seven days.

Briant Street will be closed to traffic from Webster Street to Franklin Street. No formal detour will be marked, Goodnight says, but motorists are encouraged to use the crossing at Condit Street.


Parkview Family YMCA invites community to Battle of Bulge

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA is inviting community members to get involved in its "Battle of the Bulge," a 10-week program that includes a weight loss competition.

Battle of the Bulge, sponsored by Schneider Electric, begins Oct. 9 through Dec. 12.

Dig site

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Archaeologist Craig Arnold (left) demonstrates how he uses a laser level receiver to measure the depth of a hole dug at the Historic Forks of the Wabash to Riverview Middle School eighth-grade students (left to right) Denver Hamilton, Jon Compton and Andrew Harris on Friday, Sept. 26. Arnold says the site, on the banks of the Wabash River, contains a lot of flint, or chert, chips and was a production site for various stone tools. The dig is part of a plan to construct a bridge from the site to Ehler Island.

Helping Paws Pet Haven to host ‘Blessing of Animals’ Friday

Helping Paws Pet Haven will host a "Blessing of the Animals" on Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at its facility at 2242 S. Marion Rd., Huntington.

Rev. John Pfister, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, in Huntington, will give the blessing. Members of the community are invited to bring their pets to be blessed. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

The blessing of animals is a tradition in remembrance of St. Francis of Assissi, whose feast day is Oct. 4. The Italian saint, who died in 1226, was known for his love of nature and animals.


New dog park at shelter to be dedicated on Oct. 4

A dedication ceremony for the Susan Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park will be held this Saturday, Oct. 4.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Susan Dreyer Sharpe Memorial Dog Park, located adjacent to the shelter at 390 Thurman Poe Way, was a gift to the shelter from Sharpe's husband, Ron Sharpe. Mrs. Sharpe, who died last September, was a dog trainer and had been a member and advisor to the shelter.

The dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., with an open house following until 3 p.m.

The dog park will be open to the public. Annual memberships may be purchased at the humane shelter.

Kids to learn about ‘cool camouflage’ at Salamonie

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool's "Cool Camouflage!" on Oct. 15 at Salamonie Lake.

Kids will discover how animals use camouflage, make a camo craft, play hiding games and take a short hike.

The class will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

HU Foundation breakfast to hear speakers on development efforts

Mark Wickersham (left) and John Sampson
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Speakers at the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Oct. 9 will focus on local economic development efforts and the state of the region's economy.

The speakers will be Mark Wickersham, Huntington County Economic Development director, and John Sampson, CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Local K of C sponsoring living rosary on Oct. 5

The Knights of Columbus Msgr. Dillon Council 1014 is sponsoring the sixth annual living rosary on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m.

The community is invited to pray together for an end to abortion and to honor all of the babies who died as a result of abortions.

The service will be held at the Huntington County Right to Life memorial, located in the grotto area behind St. Mary Church. Parking is available on Warren Street, as well as in the church lot on Jefferson Street.

Light refreshments will be served in Assumption Hall (in the school) immediately following.

Salamonie Lake Fall Festival set for Oct. 17-18

Salamonie Lake will hold its annual Fall Festival Oct. 17 and 18 in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.

This year's event includes a Halloween-themed campsite dec- orating contest with prizes.

Activities on Saturday, Oct. 18, include a live owl program at 3 p.m. at Salamonie's Interpretive Center. At 5 p.m. in the modern campground, hayrides and hot dog roasting will begin. Trick-or-treating runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and two 30-minute movies will begin at dark.