Announce Fall Clean-up Days in Warren to be Oct. 6 to 11

Fall Clean-up Days in Warren will be held Oct. 6 through Oct. 11.

Warren residents can deliver unwanted items to the utility garage at 316 W. Second St., in Warren, Monday through Friday, Oct. 6 through Oct. 10, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and on Saturday, Oct. 11, between 8 a.m. and noon.

Those taking items to the site must unload their own vehicles and place all articles into the receptacle. Unwanted items may not be placed in the recycling bins.

Walk for Hope

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Participants in the fourth annual Walk for Hope march through the hallways of Huntington North High School on Saturday evening, Sept. 20, after a severe storm prompted organizers to rethink plans for an outdoor march. Approximately 75 people participated in the event designed to bring the seriousness of teen suicide to light. The walk was coordinated by the Youth Services Bureau and the Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force. Event T-shirts are available for purchase by calling the Youth Services Bureau at 356-9681.

Trinity to present 1st in series of Evensong Concerts

Trinity United Meth- odist Church, in Huntington, will present the first in a series of Evensong Concerts on Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Martha Baker, violin, and Sarah Wall, harp, will perform. The concert includes works written by French composer Marcel Tournier specifically for violin and harp.

Baker and Wall will also play all four movements of George F. Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks," as well as works by J.S. Bach and Felix Mendels-sohn, among others.

Wall will give an explanation of the inner workings of the harp.

HU, PHD challenge community to get local learning center off ground

Ed Vessels (right), president of HiValu LLC and a member of the Huntington County Community Learning Center development team, explains the fund-raising match challenge issued by Huntington University and PHD, Inc. during a press conference Thursday.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Two Huntington County heavyweights - PHD Inc. and Huntington University - have joined forces to challenge the community to raise the final amount needed to get the Huntington County Community Learning Center off the ground and running.

The "Bringing It Home Campaign" was unveiled Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Huntington County Community School Corporation's Vocational Technical Center, site of the new learning center.

Praising PALS

Photo by Joni Knott.

During their inaugural PALS luncheon on Friday Sept. 12, Northwest Elementary Principal Mark DuBois and Huntington Police Chief E.J. Carroll presented the following students with certificates recognizing their accomplishments in the exemplification of Pride, Achievement or Leadership.

Red Cross asking for blood donations in support of transplants

The American Red Cross has designated October as Liver Awareness Month, asking for blood donations in support of organ transplant and other patients.

The American Liver Foundation says more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States, making it the second most common transplant.

Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.

Bippus Calvary United Methodist goes to new worship, study schedule

Bippus Calvary United Methodist Church has a new worship and study schedule, which begins Sunday, Oct. 5.

Adult Bible studies and fellowship are at 9 a.m., as well as children and youth learning time. Morning worship will begin at 10 a.m.

Everyone is welcome.


Mayor proclaims ‘Blessings in a Backpack Day’

Emily Johnson, Hollyn Anderson and Rachel Anderson (from left), who coordinate the local Blessings in a Backpack program, watch as Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters signs a proclamation declaring Sept. 18 to be Blessings in a Backpack Day in Huntington.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters signed a proclamation on Thursday, Sept. 18, designating that day as Blessings in a Backpack Day in Huntington.

Through the Blessings in a Backpack program, approximately 190 Huntington County students receive a bag of food each Friday to provide meals for the weekend.

Blessings in a Backpack is a nationwide program designed to provide children with the nourishment they need to perform well in school. Currently, the program is offered to children in four Huntington County schools. The children apply for the program through their schools.

LACE accepting applications for Prevention Grants

LACE (Local Anti-Drug Coalition Effort) is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Prevention Grants.

The grants are open to any organization or department who provides a service that addresses at least one of the targeted problem statements identified by LACE.

The problem statements are:

• The continued use of drug and alcohol abuse among adults and youth in Huntington County including prescription and synthetic drugs.

• The continued high rate of alcohol abuse by both adults and youth.

Hersey, Gordon are September Junior Rotarians

The Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for September are Jordan Hersey (second from left) and Kerri Gordon (third from left). With them are their Rotary Club sponsors, Dave Mettler (left) and Holly Saunders (right)
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jordan Hersey and Kerri Gordon are the Huntington Rotary Club's Junior Rotarians for September.

Both are seniors at Huntington North High School.
Hersey, the son of Debbie and Randy Hersey, is a soccer player and a member of the Student Athletic Board and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also active in Varsity Singers, Student Leaders and Campus Life, and has performed in school musicals.

Hersey plans to attend college after graduation.

Goat group to gather on Sept. 30

The Huntington County Goat Association will meet Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Wesleyan Church, Lancaster, 3147W-543S.

The association will begin planning for activities for the 2015 4-H year.  All are welcome to attend the meeting including anyone who has participated in the Huntington County 4-H goat project.

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


Extension selling milkweed

The Huntington County Extension office is selling swamp milkweed plants, a plant that serves as a host plant for monarch caterpillars and as a nectar plant for adult monarchs and pollinators.

Swamp milkweed planted in the fall will be ready for visitors in the spring. Growing swamp milkweed will help re-establish the natural habitat for monarchs, many species of bees and other pollinators.

To purchase swamp milkweed plants, visit the Extension office on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 354 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

122nd Fighter Wing set to deploy about 300 overseas in early Oct.

The 122nd Fighter Wing, which flies the A-10 "Warthog" airframe, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen, or around a third of its members, overseas in early October to the U.S. Central Command region.

"I don't know of a time in Blacksnake history we have taken this kind of aviation footprint forward," said Col. Patrick R. Renwick, 122nd Fighter Wing Commander. "The A-10 Warthog is uniquely suited for the Combatant Commander's needs, and the Blacksnakes are the right team to bring that capability to combat."

County to get funding for last winter’s storm

Huntington County has been awarded a federal grant to cover costs associated with a winter storm that occurred Jan. 5 through 9.

Huntington County was one of 30 Indiana counties to qualify for the assistance, with money to be distributed as applications are processed.

The aid can be used as reimbursement for the cost of snow removal; damage to roads, bridges, utilities, parks and other facilities; and emergency measures such as traffic control and rescue operations.


Rabbit roundup

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Teresa Rody, interpretive manager at Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, uses input from a room full of preschoolers to list the differences between a pet rabbit and a wild rabbit. The picture of the rabbit was also drawn with input from the children, who were attending a preschool program on "Remarkable Rabbits" held Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Wabash Interpretive Center. The group got to interact with two pet rabbits, made rabbit crafts and played rabbit games.