Fresh layout awaits at Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor

James Pinkerton, a volunteer at the Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor, in Huntington, adjusts skeleton pieces in the venue’s laboratory room on Monday, Sept. 29, in preparation for the hotel’s opening today, Thursday, Oct. 2.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The familiar will be unfamiliar this year at the Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor.

Rooms have been moved around at the venerable Huntington Halloween attraction, which opens today, Thursday, Oct. 2.

Pathfinder exec Mottram earns selection to Harvard program

Lorretta Mottram
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Lorretta Mottram, senior director of business development with Pathfinder Services, is one of 50 leaders selected for the NeighborWorks Achieving Ex- cellence Program.

The 18-month program, conducted in collaboration with Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, is designed for senior leaders who are working in their organizations to build and improve on their communities.

Replacing usual school fund-raisers with read-a-thon is major success on several fronts at Flint Springs

Flint Springs Elementary School Principal Aimee Lunsford (right) announces the results of the school’s fund-raiser project during an all-school assembly Friday, Sept. 26.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

When Flint Springs Elementary School Principal Aimee Lunsford announced how much money was collected in the school's first-ever read-a-thon, the collective shout was so loud it made ears ring.

Students, teachers and staff celebrated raising a whopping $12,900 in an all-school convocation Friday, Sept. 26. To say it was more than the usual $3,600 that usually comes in through fund-raisers each year is an understatement, leaving teachers gasping in excitement and delight as they heard the announcement.

Annual Garner scholarship dinner, talent show Oct. 10

The Lincoln Elementary School “Voices for Pride” perform at a previous Heith Garner Scholarship Dinner and Talent Show. This year’s event will be held on Oct. 10.
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Lincoln Elementary School will hold its fifth annual Heith Garner Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner and Talent show on Friday, Oct. 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lincoln Elementary cafeteria and gym.
Comedian David Dean will emcee the event. All proceeds from this dinner go directly to the Lincoln Elementary Heith Garner Scholarship Fund.

Huntington asking residents to report ‘illicit discharges’ in town

The city of Huntington is continuing its quest to keep wastewater out of its storm sewer system by tracking down and eliminating "illicit discharges" - the introduction of anything other than storm water into the storm sewers.

The city engineer's office is asking residents to report information about illicit discharges to the Huntington wastewater treatment facility at 356-2313.

Book swap is Saturday

A free Community Book Swap will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Members of the public are invited to bring books and trade them for other books.

The event will be held at the Huntington Church of the Brethren, 306 E. Washington St., Huntington.

Another book swap will be held at the church on Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Carry-in set at UCC in Warren

The Warren United Church of Christ invites the community to its Homecoming 2014 day on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The worship service begins at 9:30 a.m., with Ked Moser performing. A carry-in dinner will follow in the church fellowship hall.

The church is located at 202 E. Second St., Warren.


‘Hyper-country’ Sugar Shot headed to Roanoke

Jen Fisher performs during a concert by Sugar Shot, a country group that will perform Oct. 24 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.
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Sugar Shot will perform Oct 24 at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, in a fund-raiser for the Roanoke Kiwanis Club.

The band bills itself as "hyper-active country with a shot of rock," performing a range of tunes from traditional country to country rock. Band members are Jen Fisher, guitar and vocals; Gwendra Turney, fiddle and vocals; Matt Roussel, guitar and vocals; Tommy Myers, bass and vocals; and Clarence Boyd, drums and vocals.

Karate kids

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Two students were awarded certificates by Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana Dojo at Champs Academy this week after successfully passing examinations. Melanie Anderson (left) was awarded the rank of sixth kyu in the art of Okinawan Kobudo after successfully completing the examination in the weapon kama on Aug. 23 in Clinton Township, MI. Thain Kelly (right) has been awarded the rank of junior ninth kyu in the art of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do after successfully completing the examination on Aug. 30. Both Anderson and Kelly are from the Warren area.

Senior lunch is on Oct. 6

People age 50 and older are invited to the monthly Senior Monday Carry-in Luncheon Oct. 6 at Salamonie Interpretive Center, Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

The lunch is at noon. Afterward, Jeannie Regan-Dinius, director of special initiatives with the Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will present "The Underground Railroad in Indiana."

Attendees should bring their table service, a prepared dish to share and donation to help defray costs of the provided main dish.

Kroozinationals coming to Hier’s Park this weekend

The Kroozinationals returns to Huntington this weekend, with separate car shows on Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5, plus a host of related events.

All events take place at Hier's Park.

The Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Memorial Car, Truck and Bike Show - paying tribute to Roth, a pinstriper and custom car designer who created "Rat Fink" and other characters - gets underway with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 200 vehicles, and drive-through judging starts at 10 a.m.

Chili chefs to compete in Oct. 11 cook-off

Huntington County Council on Aging will hold its third annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. at its future location, 1450 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Area businesses, other not-for-profit organizations and individuals will compete for bragging rights and a trophy. Young Electric has donated time and services to ensure the new building will be wired and ready for the event.

Building a home

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Re-enactor Sylvia Mills instructs a group of fourth-graders from Lancaster Elementary School in the proper way to build a wigwam, a task traditionally done by the women - the "home makers" - of the Miami tribe. The students spent the day at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Thursday, Sept.25, learning about Indiana history.

HCCF sets guidelines for Lilly funding grant

The Huntington County Community Foundation's board of directors has announced guidelines for organizations that want to apply for funding through a Lilly Endowment matching grant offered to the HCCF.

Lilly has stipulated that at least half of the $500,000 grant must be placed in the foundation's unrestricted endowment, which is used to provide funding to area nonprofits and Huntington County teachers.

The remaining $250,000 may be used to fund various community projects, with each funded organization required to secure donations equal to twice the amount of its grant.

Halloween blood drive thru Oct. 4

The American Red Cross will hold a Halloween blood drive Sept. 29 through Oct. 4, offering a candy treat bag and an admission ticket to one of two area haunted houses to anyone who shows up to give blood.

The admission tickets can be used at the Haunted Hotel-13th floor, in Huntington, or Hysterium, in Fort Wayne. The two attractions are sponsoring the Halloween Blood Drive.