YSB to again assist families with school supplies

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County will once again assist with school supplies through the "Tools for Life" school supply program.

This is the 20th year for the program.

"Last year we provided 658 students with school supplies," stated Karen Street, YSB staff member.

The program is open to anyone who is in need of assistance with school supplies.

HU to have grand opening of new program

Huntington University will host a grand opening of its doctoral occupational therapy program in Fort Wayne on July 14 at 10 a.m.

The event will include a ribbon cutting, speakers and tours.

The university's first doctoral program will launch this fall on the Parkview Randallia Campus, 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne.

Applebee’s supports cancer fight

Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, in Huntington, is joining with more than 850 Applebee's locations to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

During July, restaurants will donate a portion of each lemonade sale to the foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. Individual locations will also hold a variety of fund-raisers.

This is the 10th year Applebee's locations have raised funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.


Store gives Geders chance to share music passion

David Geders, storeowner of Copper Chord Music in downtown Huntington, takes a seat next to a keyboard, and wall of guitars. The new music store also offers amps and electric pianos, as well as music lessons and guitar repair.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Copper Chord Music opened its doors in June, giving music lover David Geders the opportunity to share his passion with the community.

Geders says he is selling guitars, keyboards, amps, electric pianos and miscellaneous equipment. Copper Chord will also offer a "buy, sell and trade" service to customers, as well as guitar repair and piano, guitar and bass lessons, he says.

Throughout high school and college, Geders says he was very involved in local bands and "grew up in a musical family."

HU student uses coursework to help her church

Kelsi Schouten, a junior recreation management major at Huntington University from Newark, OH, has received a $27,000 grant from Little Tikes to help Vineyard Grace Fellowship, her home church, build a playground that is accessible to children with disabilities.

Schouten worked on the project through an HU class, grant writing and fund-raising.

Schouten has about $30,000 left to raise for the playground and is continuing to submit grant applications.
The playground could be completed by September 2015.


Roanoke car show promises big-time event July 19

An Auburn Boat Tail Speedster (left) and a Ford Cobra, both from Ultra Motorsports, are two of the exotic sports cars that will be on display at the Rolling into Roanoke classic car show on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Roanoke is celebrating America's love of automobiles by bringing a car show to town with a festival atmosphere, boasting it offers something for everyone.

The first-ever "Rolling into Roanoke" Classic Car Show is set for Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., presented by the Roanoke Beautification Foundation.

The lineup begins on Main Street downtown between First and Third streets. Cars will also be displayed on First Street from High Street to Seminary. More will be located at the Roanoke Park.

July business of the month

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Downtown Dental, located at 429 N. Jefferson St., in Huntington, has been named Business of the Month for July by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Matt Eckert opened the practice 21 years ago just several doors south of the current location, and has been in this office for about 19 years. Dr. Ryan Hart joined the practice four years ago.

Red Cross holds next blood drive July 26 at Cafe of Hope site

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on July 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The Red Cross says fewer people make appointments to donate blood during June, July and August. Each blood drive, the Red Cross says, needs about two additional donors to come up with the amount of blood and platelets patients need.

Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit


Music, games and food return to Roanoke on Friday

A crowd fills Roanoke’s Main Street for the first Friday Night Street Fair of 2014 in June. The monthly event returns this Friday, July 11, with surf music and games centered on a water theme.
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The Friday Night Street Fair returns to downtown Roanoke this Friday, July 11, with water-themed events from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Josh Wenning and Friends will perform surf style music. A variety of games with water themes will be available for children.

Food will be served outdoors by Moose & Mollie's, the Roanoke Village Inn and Joseph Decuis.

The Friday night events are held monthly throughout the summer on Roanoke's Main Street. Additional events will be held on Aug. 1, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.

Kids collect shoes for HUGS

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The kindergarten through second grade elementary Sunday School class of Faith Chapel United Methodist Church organized donations for Tennessee Help Us Give Shoes (HUGS), which distributes shoes to underprivileged children in the Appalachian area. The children proudly collected 40 pairs of shoes along with monetary donations from the congregation over the month of June. Members present on the final collection day are (from left) Jacob Hawk, Lucas Alwine, Nathaniel Alwine, Laura Lochner, Hannah Skiles, Abby Hawk and Hadley Parsons.

Head Start having walk-in day for sign-up

Huntington Head Start is offering a Walk-in Day to enroll children on Tuesday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All applicants must have a health department issued birth certificate and proof of income (child support for 2013, TANF, Social Security and tax forms).

Enrollment is open for children ages 3 to 5, in four classrooms, running Tuesday through Friday with morning or afternoon options.

Head Start is a state licensed facility that prepares children for kindergarten. All teachers hold early childhood degrees.

The new school year begins mid-August.

Make believe tea

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Carleigh Horn, 6 (center), pours pretend tea at a party attended by Carrynn Horn (right), 4, and Carson Scheiber, 6, in the children's play area at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Wednesday, July 2. Carleigh and Carrynn are the daughters of Dan Horn and Carson is the son of Jennifer Scheiber, all of Huntington.

Lions honored

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Mike Okuly (left) received the International Lions Foundation's Melvin Jones Award, while Mark Anson (right) received the Lions of Indiana's highest award, the J.P. Woods Award. Both Okuly and Anson are long-time members of the Andrews Lions Club.

Area Seniors can go to state fair Aug. 5 on HCCOA chartered bus

The Huntington County Council on Aging has chartered a bus to take Seniors to the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 5 for Golden Hoosier Day.

Norwood Health and Rehabilitation will provide a free breakfast prior to departure. To receive a breakfast, participants must be at the Kmart parking lot by 7 a.m. The bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. and return about 6 p.m.

Seniors can ride free shuttles around the fairgrounds.

The fee includes transportation and a ticket to the fair. At least 35 people must sign up or the trip will be canceled.

‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ coming to Wild Wednesday

This month's Wild Wednesday movie at the Huntington 7 is "Mr. Popper's Penguins."

The movie will be shown on July 16, with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. Senior are invited to bring their grandchildren.

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" stars Jim Carrey as a driven businessman whose life is turned upside down after he inherits six penguins.

There is an admission charge for the movie. Coffee and doughnuts are free, and door prizes will be awarded.

Wild Wednesday partners are the Huntington Senior Center and Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center.