In the game

Amy Berry (left) and Michael Zahn (right), playing for the Huntington Tail Twisters, enjoy a laugh as they wait for Harlem Ambassadors Coach Ladé Majic to shoot the ball during a game Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Huntington North High School gym. The Huntington Lions Club brought the Ambassadors to town for a light-hearted game, which ended in a loss for the Tail Twisters.

Communities set trick-or-treat hours

Local communities have established their 2009 Halloween trick-or-treat hours. They are:

Andrews: Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Huntington: Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Markle: Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Roanoke: Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Warren: Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Zanesville: Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., participating homes are asked to leave on their front porch lights.


Shepherd's Closet to give away coats to needy

The Shepherd's Closet will give away coats to anyone who needs them on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24.

The Shepherd's Closet, a low-cost thrift store, is located at 1280 Hitzfield St. in the former home of Good Shepherd Church of the Untied Brethren in Christ.

Hours for the coat give-away are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. While the coats are free to anyone in need, recipients must be present in order to receive a coat.

The Shepherd's Closet is a ministry of The Well, a church currently meeting at Flint Springs Elementary School.


Learning about war

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Richard Augspurger, of Roanoke, visited fifth grade boys at Roanoke Elementary School recently to talk about World War II. He discussed the phonetic alphabet used by the Navy and described the different battleships. He also talked about the 50 states and challenged the students to learn all of the state capitals. Hunter Hollowell listens at right.

Ball State University professor to headline next in Forester Lecture series

Matt Mullins.
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Dr. Matt Mullins, assistant professor of English at Ball State University, will continue Huntington University's Forester Lecture series at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Center for the Arts.

Mullins will present "What the Image Says: Visualizing Meaning across Genres." His lecture will focus on how consumers of film and literature process imagery. In addition to being a Forester Lecture, his presentation will serve as the keynote address of the Indiana College English Association Conference.

HU Foundation, Center for Leadership to host lunch for community leaders

The Huntington University Foundation will partner with the university's Center for Leadership to host a luncheon on Oct. 22 open to business and community leaders.
The luncheon is part of the Center for Leadership's monthly event series. This month it also will serve as the October event for the Huntington University Foundation, which typically plans a breakfast meeting. The luncheon will be held at noon on the campus of Huntington University.

Huntingtton County 4-H Junior Leaders elect Stephan president

Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders officers are (front row, from left) Samantha Paschal, Brittney Stephan, Marissa Foraker and Erin Knight; and (back row, from left) Matthew Knight, Robert Sliger III, Nola Cummins, Tianna Myers and Alyssa Aughinbaugh.
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The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leader organization recently elected officers for the coming 4-H year.
The members will be involved in planning a number of activities, including business and committee meetings, community service projects, fundraising events and 4-H Fair activities.

Extension Homemakers highlight their activities by decorating window at downtown business

Rita McCabe, left, and Edie Fulton organize items in the window of Rodger and Vivian’s Income Tax Service on North Jefferson Street for the Extension Homemakers. Extension Homemakers Week is Oct. 19-23.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Extension Homemakers Week is Oct. 19-23 and a storefront window is being used to highlight the activities for Huntington County.

Rodger and Vivian's Income Tax Service on North Jefferson Street owns the window.

Committee members Glenna Brown, Edie Fulton and Rita McCabe organized items in the window to showcase activities of the Huntington County group.

HNHS choirs "Let the Music Begin' concert set for Oct. 20

The Huntington North High School Choirs will present their 25th annual fall concert on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at the high school.

"Let The Music Begin" will feature the Freshman Viking Chorale, Freshman Viking Ladies, Women's Glee Club, Concert Choir and Varsity Chamber Singers.

There is a cost for tickets, with a discount for students. Children 5 years and under are free of cost.

Tickets can be purchased only at the door.

Proceeds help to defray costs for competitions, festivals, costumes and the program's accompanist in the choir department.

Children's choir receives IAC grant

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, in its role as Regional Arts Partner for Region 3 to the Indiana Arts Commission, has approved a grant for the Children's Choir of Huntington County in the amount of $1,800.

The grant will be used by local choir to further its music education programs.

The grants were made possible through the Regional Arts Partnership of the Indiana Arts Commission, the State of Indiana's arts agency with the assistance from the Indiana General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Markle hog roast to help pantry

The Markle Fire Department is hosting a Hog Roast to benefit the Master's Food Pantry, Markle's food bank.

It will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Markle Fire Department, 155 W. Sparks St.

There is a cost at the door, and children 5 and under are free. Carry-out is available.

The menu will consist of pulled pork (BBQ and plain), baked beans, potato salad or chips, applesauce and a drink.

Additional monetary or food donations to the food bank will be accepted.


Huntington TEA party to host evening of speakers Oct. 23 at Quayle Center

The Huntington TEA Party will host several speakers Friday, Oct. 23, at the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center.

Two two-hour session begins at 7 p.m.

Peter Heck, of WIOU radio in Kokomo, will present "Rebuilding the Walls." Heck believes that the country must focus on the roots of its cultural problems in order to solve them.

Thomas Tabback, author of "Things Forgotten" and founder of The Free Market Solution for Healthcare in America, will present his views on what the people must do to restore the United States to its roots.

Clean sweep

Photo by Matt Murphy.

A group of students from Huntington North High School rake leaves along Cherry Street in downtown Huntington as part of a community service project for their government class on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Pictured from left to right are: Nicole Hager, Amy Gatchel (parent), Heather Black (Gatchel's daughter) and Emily Wohlgemuth.

Smart graduates from Coast Guard Academy

Shelbie Smart.
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Coast Guard Seaman Shelbie A. Smart recently graduated from basic training at Cape May Training Center, NJ.
The seaman completed an intensive eight-week program that included self-discipline, seamanship classes, Coast Guard history, firefighting, physical fitness, marksmanship and basic Coast Guard skills.

Smart will be stationed on the Great Lakes. Her duties will include search and rescue.

Smart is a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School.

She is the daughter of Tony and Sara Smart, of Roanoke.


Hats on

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Students at Northwest Elementary School took part in various dress-up days, such as hat day, to help raise funds for the United Way. Shown with their hats are (from left) Leah Kitchen, Erika Kennedy, Kaitlin Aughinbaugh, Riley Tackett, Adam Wixted, Payton Dorsett and Mathew Clark. The students also participated in "jar wars," adding money to the jars at right to see which class can raise the most money.

Messy work

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School students Brittaney Notestine and Tyler Houser (foreground) work together to clear up debris in the basement of the Huntington County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 14. As part of a United Way event, students had a work day where they helped out at the courthouse, City Building and Huntington's old opera house.

Three agencies to again use teamwork to aid local needy in holiday season

Love In the Name of Christ, The Salvation Army of Huntington County and Huntington County Toys for Tots will again work together as a Christmas clearinghouse to assist needy families and individuals this holiday season.

The Salvation Army will be taking applications from those families who are in need at its facility, 1424 E. Market St., Oct. 19-23, Oct. 26-31 and Nov. 2-6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all days.

Vedndors are need for annual holiday craft show at KBC in Warren

Vendors are needed for the annual holiday craft show to be held at the Knight-Bergman Center in Warren on Nov. 21.

Any type of craft, homemade goods, "shabby chic" or other forms are allowed. The show, however, is not open to commercial vendors.

New this year will be farmers' market items.

For more information call 375-2436.


HU Fall Work Day

Photo by Matt Murphy.

A group of Huntington University students from Wright Hall work to replace a roof at the home of Aloralee and Donald Bromley on Frederick Street in Huntington on Saturday morning, Oct. 10. The young men were part of HU's Fall Work Day, in which students from around the campus perform service projects throughout Huntington County.

YSB to hold dining fund-raiser at Applebee's

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is hosting a "Dine to Donate" fundraiser at Applebee's of Huntington on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

"The agency will receive 15 percent of all sales during this time. Supporters must have an accompanying coupon for the proceeds to be received," says Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau.

Honored arrival

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Gene Snowden, one of two men for whom Lake Sno-Tip at Huntington University is named, arrives by helicopter on Saturday, Oct. 10, for the lake's birthday celebration. Snowden served as the guest of honor at the event,

4-H judges workshop on Nov. 7 in Fort Wayne

Adults interested in learning how to become 4-H project judges at county 4-H fairs are invited to attend the Northeast Indiana 4-H Judges Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The event will be held at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, located at 8611 Mayhew Rd. in Fort Wayne.

The workshop will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. A general session at 9 a.m. will explain the philosophy of judging 4-H projects, working with youth during the judging process and understanding project rules.

Saying thanks

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Huntington Firefighter Travis Monsey, who works out of the Etna Avenue fire station, helps himself to breakfast Thursday, Oct. 8, at Parkview Huntington Hospital. The hospital hosted the breakfast for Huntington County firefighters during National Fire Prevention Week as a way to thank them for their dedication and hard work in providing professional emergency services to the community.

Abbott completes Air Force training

Austin Abbott.
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Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Austin J. Abbott recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

Abbott completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Party music

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The band Laced with Grace of the Markle United Methodist Church performs during the church's community block party Saturday, Oct.10, in downtown Markle. The party included food and games in addition to the music.

Roanoke Kiwanians are collecting pop can tabs

The Roanoke Kiwanis Club is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

In recent years, the club went to Indianapolis to prepare and serve breakfast to family members who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is being treated at Riley Hospital. The club decided that this year, it would collect pop tabs instead.

The price of the tabs ranges from 40 cents to 80 cents per pound. In 2008, $78,000 was raised for the house. The club's goal is to collect one million tabs, which is equivalent to 1000 pounds.

Seniors will hear Leist explain fitness options offered at Huntngton YMCA

AARP Chapter 2175 will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the LaFontaine Center.

The featured speaker will be Lisa Leist of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, who will talk about a new program being offered to seniors at the "Y" pertaining to nutrition and exercise. Leist will also discuss some of the important foods that are needed in a daily diet and will include a discussion on the kinds of exercise that best benefits seniors.

Women's Day Away set at Nictory Noll Center

Victory Noll Center is offering an "Intergenerational Women's Day Away," a program for women of all ages.

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Victory Noll, which is located at 1900 W. Park Drive in Huntington.

Women are encouraged to gather with mothers, grandmothers, daughters, nieces, aunts, sisters or just friends for the day. This year's program will explore stories of women who have made a difference and discover how individuals have made a difference in each other's lives.

Angel Tree host sites sought

Karing for Kids' annual Christmas Angel Tree Project will return to Huntington County for the second year and Wells County for the seventh year.

"The trees will be in the hosted locations beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10," says Rhonda O'Reilly, president of Karing for Kids Inc. "Currently we have 30 locations that have agreed to host one of our trees. We are looking for other businesses or churches that would like to host a tree. The more locations there are, the easier for the community to get involved."

Kids Kampus offering 'Dinner to Go'

Kids Kampus will be having a Take-N-Bake "Dinner to Go" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon until 2 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan St. in Huntington.

The child care center is offering Take-N-Bake Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce, Baked Ziti with Marinara Sauce and Penne with Butter and Cheese. Each meal serves six to eight people and comes with ten breadsticks.

The cost per meal varies. All orders must be received at Kids Kampus by Wednesday, Oct. 21.