Vessels, Upchurch to teach Leadership students

Ed Vessels and Dr. Rick Upchurch will teach the Huntington County Leadership Academy for the second consecutive year.

The academy is currently registering students for the 2010 session, which begins in January.

Montana to speak at HU Foundation dinner

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The Huntington University Foundation will hold its annual dinner on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the university's Habecker Dining Commons.

The featured speaker will be Melissa Montana, CEO/president of STAR Educational Media Network. Montana's presentation is titled "Embracing the Future with Hope and Promise."

The public is invited to attend the event. To make reservations, contact Barb Baker at 359-4069 or The registration deadline is Sept. 22.

Fallen walnuts wil help fund Free Health Clinic

Jim Wilson (left) and Rev. Dave Ballinger (right), pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, roll up walnuts outside the Hoosier Drive-In. Trinity United is collecting walnuts through November as a fundraiser for the Huntington Free Clinic, which is loca
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Trinity United Methodist Church is collecting walnuts to sell in order to raise money for the Huntington Free Health Clinic, which is housed in the church.

Church members are asking the community to collect walnuts in baskets or bags and bring them to the church at the corner of Guilford and Market streets every Saturday af-ternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., starting Oct. 3 and continuing through Nov. 7.

Collection sponsors are also willing to come pick the walnuts that have been collected and bagged.

Drivers sought for Red Cross veterans' transport

The Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers for its veterans program.

The Red Cross provides daily transportation services, free of charge, for veterans to their medical appointments in Fort Wayne, Marion and Indianapolis.

The service is provided only when there are sufficient volunteer drivers to donate their time to drive.

All vehicles are provided by the Red Cross, along with fuel expenses.

The need is increasing since the addition of a new van that provides assistance with wheelchair bound veterans.

Info offered on Register nomination

The Huntington Historic Review Board will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to discuss the nomination of an area just north of downtown Huntington to the National Register of Historic Places.

The area being nominated is on both sides of North Jefferson Street, between Park Drive on the south and Collins/Madison streets on the north. The area is roughly bounded by College Avenue on the east and Oak, Stephen and Buchanan streets on the west.

Pflieger to share collection of historical photos taken in Huntngotn County

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The Huntington County Historical Society will hold a special open meeting and program on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

The program will feature historical photos of Huntington County, from 1875 to 1980, including photos from Rickert Studio.

Alan Pflieger will present the program. He is a member of the society as well as a professional photographer.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served afterwards.

For more information contact the society at 356-7264.


Swine Boosters to meet Thursday

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Family Living Building at Hier's Park.

The discussion items include election of officers, selection of the 2010 judge, proposed changes to swine project in the 4-H Fair book, review of fair's pork chop tent and other old and new business.

Anyone with a nomination for a 2010 4-H swine project judge should submit a short bi-ography to the Executive Committee prior to the Sept. 17 meeting.

On a hunt

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Joey Gamrat as Tom Sawyer, Kayla Smith as Becky Thatcher and Jordon Stanley as Huckleberry Finn (from left) check the map in a scene from "Tom Sawyer," now on stage at the Pulse Opera House in Warren. Final performances are Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 17-19. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Lobby doors open at 7 p.m. and theater doors open at 7:30 p.m. For online reservations, visit

4-H fair association to hold annual meeting

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The board will hear final committee reports from the 2009 4-H Fair program, approve the 2010 Huntington County 4-H Fair dates and elect board members and officers for the coming year.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension - Huntington County office, located at 354 N Jefferson Street, Suite 202, Courthouse Annex call 358-4826 or e-mail


HCTPL, Markle branch offer Fall Story Time

Fall Story Time sessions begin at Huntington and Markle libraries on Sept. 15.

Weekly Story Time sessions will be offered to children from birth to 7 years at the Main Library in Huntington on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting Sept. 15 and 16.

Children ages 2 to 7 years are invited to Story Time sessions on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library beginning on Sept. 17.

Story Time introduces the child to children's literature and provides a group experience for the young child, while encouraging listening skills and the development of lifelong reading interests.

St. Peter Lutheran to offer computer classes

St. Peter Lutheran Church will again offer computing classes for adults in its school building at 605 Polk St.
The fall classes will begin the week of Sept. 14 and will end Nov. 19. Spring classes will be held in March and April of 2010.
Beginning computer users as well as those wishing to return are welcome.
The times for the classes are currently set for Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings or afternoons. The weekly classes last about an hour and a half.

New members sought for re-established area branch of League of Women Voters

After a number of years without a local unit, the League of Women Voters is reforming in the Fort Wayne area.

Women and men interested in joining are invited to a meeting on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

Top judge speaks

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Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana Randall T. Shepard speaks to members of the Huntington Kiwanis, Rotary and Optimist Clubs on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Huntington University. Shepard discussed how cooperation between various Indiana government departments has allowed the state to move forward to make the judiciary process simpler in everything from traffic tickets to accessing court information.

Adult Education offers variety of classes

The Adult Education Office of the Huntington County Community School Corporation will offer a variety of fall classes.

Classes to be offered are Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007, Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2007, Selling eBay, Microsoft Publisher and Family history using the computer.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007 is designed for the first-time spreadsheet computer user.

HU students again 'plunge' into town

Huntington University freshman Matt Bittner (on ladder) replaces ceiling tiles at Life Church in Huntington as Josh Barkley observes during the annual HU Volunteer Plunge on Saturday, Aug. 29. Bittner is a freshman exercise science major from Convoy, OH.
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New students at Huntington University plunged into their college experience by volunteering at several places throughout the Huntington community on Aug. 29.

For 16 years, the university's new students have participated in the Joe Mertz Center's Volunteer Plunge. This year, 25 teams comprised of more than 285 freshmen and transfer students, 28 mentor students and 31 faculty and staff worked on projects from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Salamonie Bird Club sponsoring 'A Day of Birding' on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Huntington Nursery

The Salamonie Bird Club is sponsoring "A Day of Birding," to be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Huntington Nursery and Florist in conjunction with the Huntington Nursery and the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

The free event is for both experienced and novice bird-watchers. There will be feeder watching at the nursery and a guided walk along the Lime City Trail.

Members of the Salamonie Bird Club will be available to answer questions.

Participants are asked to bring a chair and sack lunch. Registration is appreciated but not necessary.

UW competition on Oct. 4 adding Fun Walk

This year's United Way 2009 Team Mini-Triathlon is expanding to allow walkers an opportunity to participate by entering a One-Mile Fun Walk, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 4, on the Parkview Huntington Hospital campus.

Parkview Huntington Hospital is the title sponsor for both the triathlon and the fun walk.
Registration for the event begins at noon, with opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. The fun walk begins at 1:30 p.m. The registration fee is discounted if paid before Sept. 21, and those who register by that date are guaranteed a long-sleeve T-shirt.

YMCA to hold 'Quest for Fitness' contest

Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will hold a "Quest for Fitness" contest for YMCA members Sept. 28 through Nov. 20.

The contest is similar to a weight-loss contest, but participants will be rewarded for their efforts, not for results alone.

Points will be given for improvement in the following areas: weight loss, body fat percentage, body mass index, blood pressure, resting heart rate, flexibility and waist measurements.

VNC to hold Taize Prayer Service

The Victory Noll Center will hold a Taize Prayer Service on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in observance of the International Day of Prayer for Peace.

Anyone interested is invited to join in prayer to end violence in hearts, families, communities, churches and among nations. The service will be held at 7 p.m. at Victory Noll Center, 1900 W. Park Drive. No registration is required, and there is no cost to attend.

Shenefield graduates from Ranger school

Jeremiah Shenefield.
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Second Lt. Jeremiah Shenefield recently graduated from Army Ranger School.

Ranger School is one of the most intense schools the United States Army has to offer. The 63 days were divided into three phases, urban warfare, mountain training and jungle training.

Shenefield has been assigned to Fort Stewart, Savannah, GA and is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan in April 2010.

He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 2008.

Shenefield is the son of Gary and Diana Shenefield, of Huntington.


Huntington Redi-Med now offering season flu vaccine while supply lasts

RediMed Urgent Care Clinics in northeast Indiana, including the clinic in Huntington, are now offering seasonal flu vaccine.

Shots are available for anyone age 4 and older while supplies last. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not necessary.


Women of Moose award scholarship to Warner

Cheryl Warner (center) receives the Women of the Moose Scholarship from Julia Wine (left), recorder for Women of the Moose, and Karen Price (right), the organization’s regent.
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Huntington Chapter 255 of the Women of the Moose has awarded its Medical Field Scholarship, worth $300, to Cheryl Warner, of Huntington.

Warner, who is currently employed as a licensed practical nurse at Miller's Merry Manor, is studying for a certified occupational therapy assistant's license at Brown Mackie College, Fort Wayne. She is also a member of the Women of the Moose.

The annual scholarship is awarded on the basis of an essay submitted by the applicants.

Vezeau, Chaney are Jr. Rotarians for September

The Huntington Rotary Club announced the Junior Rotarians for the month of September as Mitch Vezeau and Ashley Chaney (second, from right). Vezeau’s Rotarian sponsor is Rose Meldrum (left) and Lori Mickley (right) is Chaney’s sponsor.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington Rotary Club has announced the Junior Rotarians for September to be Huntington North High School students Mitch Vezeau and Ashley Chaney.

Vezeau is the son of Roger and Cindy Vezeau, of Huntington.

His extracurricular activities include sports, volunteering with his church, youth group and missions trips.

Vezeau's Rotarian sponsor is Rose Meldrum.

Chaney is the daughter of EJ and Annette Carroll and Nathan and Misti Chaney, all of Huntington.

Plow Day and benefit to be held on Sept. 19

Three South Whitley-area families are coming together again this year to present the fourth annual Plow Day and benefit on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. in southern Whitley County.

Horses and antique tractors will be used to plow a 200-acre area at the event for the public to watch.

Demonstrations will be held to show the creation of apple butter and apple cider. There will also be an Amish bake sale, craft demonstrations and fresh kettle corn.

Pony rides and games will also be featured for children. A hog roast will take place at 11 a.m.

Girl Scout information meetings Sept. 14-17

Girls Scouts Bethany Brunner, Kennedy Harris, Alyse Omilian and Makenzie Hardacre put a boat into the water during an outing. Information meetings for girls who would llike to become involved in Scouting are set for Sept. 14-17.
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Informational meetings will be held for interested girls on how to become a Girl Scout.

Meeting dates are on:
• Monday Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church.
The church is located at 530 Guilford St.

• Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 7:30, at Roanoke Elementary School, in the school cafeteria.
The school is located at 423 W. Vine St., Roanoke.

• Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6 to 7 p.m., at Northwest Elementary, in the gym.
The school is located at 4524W-800N.

Advanced Engineering announces expansion plans

Carole Siders seals a blister inside the clean room at Advanced Engineering. The business recently announced plans to expand.
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A Huntington business has announced plans to expand, thanks to new contracts with area orthopedic companies.

Advanced Engineering, currently located at 5299 Mishler Rd., will acquire a 23,500-square-foot building near the Huntington Municipal Airport, spokesperson Frances Stouffer says.

The business, founded in 1982, earned certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in October 2008, demonstrating its ability manufacture for adn sell to medical device companies.

Waterball fun!

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Several area fire departments showed their skills with their hoses by participating in waterball fights during the second annual Northeast Indiana Emergency Vehicle Show and Expo on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

SWAT demonstration at emergency vehicle show

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department S.W.A.T. unit gave a demonstration during the second annual Northeast Indiana Emergency Vehicle Show and Expo at Hier's Park in Huntington on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Teachers, parents to decide if students see president's address on Tuesday

Individual teachers in the Huntington County Community Schools will decide whether or not to have their classes tune in to President Barack Obama's address on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

And those teachers, at the direction of HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer, will also advise parents that they can request that their students take part in an alternate activity rather than hear the president's address.