YMCA co-ed volleyball registration on now

Registration for the YMCA's co-ed volleyball league will continue through Oct. 28.

The league lasts seven weeks, starting Oct. 29 and running through Dec. 18. All teams will play every Thursday or Friday, between 8 and 10 p.m., and matches will be best of three, with rally scoring to 25 points.

A double elimination tournament will be held at the end of the season with the date to be announced.

There is a cost per team and team captains are responsible for collecting player.

'Hoosier Heroes' scholarships now available

"Hoosier Heroes," a program of Indiana Dollars for Scholars, is an opportunity for Indiana high school juniors and seniors to win one of 10 $2,000 college scholarships while honoring a Hoosier who has had a significant impact on their life.

Hayes graduates from basic

Army Reserve Pfc. Justin T. Hayes has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC.

He is the son of Joe Hayes, of Markle. He is a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School.

Miss Huntington 2010

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Lauren Petersen, of Bluffton, waves during her walk of fame after being crowned 2010 Miss Huntington Sunday afternoon, Oct. 11 at the Huntington North High School Auditorium. Petersen is a junior at Ball State University.

Seeking veterans for special Vets' Day honors

Making plans for a Veterans Day service are (seated from left) Jerry Helms, Dave Ritenour, Bruce Stanton, Dale Howell and Rodney Funk; and (standing from left) John Decker and Jerry Walling.
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Two groups of veterans who served during World War II, as well as veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, are eligible for special recognition during this year's Huntington County Veterans Day program.

The program will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene. Veterans who qualify for the recognition must register in advance by contacting the Huntington County Veterans Service Office.
Groups of veterans eligible for special recognition include:

Stretch of Wabash River could become healthier by releasing reservoir water

A stretch of the Wabash River through northern Indiana could become significantly healthier in just a few short years by releasing water from reservoirs to simulate heavy rains, says a Ball State University professor.

Mark Pyron, a biology professor and staff member of Ball State's Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Center, is participating in a project that will modify reservoir operations of the Roush, Salamonie and Mississinewa reservoirs next fall in order to partially restore the watershed's natural water flow.

Property taxes due on Nov. 10

Huntington County fall property taxes are due on Tuesday, Nov. 10, County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced.

Taxes can be paid at most banks in Huntington County or at the Treasurer's Office in Room 104 of the Courthouse. Hours for the Treasurer's Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Spooky tales with a historical flavor

John Purcell will portray a schoolteacher telling spooky tales during the “Ghost Walk.”  The event is sponsored and will be held at the Forks of Wabash Historic Park on Oct. 24.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Spooky tales with a historical flavor will abound during the Ghost Walk at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.
The fourth annual event will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m.

Small groups will be sent out every 15 minutes, with the last group scheduled to go out at 8:15 p.m. Reservations are suggested and should be made by calling 356-1903.

Roanoke benefit for trooper's child on Oct. 24

A benefit will be held Oct. 24 in Roanoke to help an Indiana state trooper whose daughter has brain cancer.

All of the money raised will go directly to the family of State Trooper Sean Swaim to help with expenses associated with his daughter Reagan's medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

A hog roast will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m., along with a silent auction.

Deadline for scarecrow and chili contests to be held in Warren is Oct. 23

The deadline for registering to enter the scarecrow and chili contests to be held as part of Warren's Scarecrow Festival is Friday, Oct. 23.

Registration forms for both contests are available at National City Bank, MarkleBank, Bolinger's Propane and Warren Service and Supply, the Town Hall and East of Chicago Pizza, all in Warren.

HU grad school opens counseling center

Graduate counseling students Joel Harris, Kellie Woll, Lisa Wanner, Angie Hinton, Kyna Johnson, Carole Brace and Katie Razor (counterclockwise from right)  along with Dr. Jerry Davis meet in the waiting room of the new LifeSpring Counseling Center.
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The Huntington University Graduate School has opened LifeSpring Counseling Center, a free counseling clinic on the university's campus.

The clinic is staffed by students in the graduate school's master of arts in counseling program and supervised by the program's director, Dr. Jerry E. Davis.

LifeSpring Counseling Center accepts donations, but the counseling sessions are free. The hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

The counseling center is open to the public and serves individuals, couples, families and children.

Hispanic outreach advocate to address violence

The Council Against Domestic Violence will host Patricia Liberto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, second floor.

Liberto is a Hispanic outreach advocate from the YWCA in Fort Wayne. Her one-hour program on domestic violence and the Hispanic culture will be titled "How to Approach without Offending."

Living rosary

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Members of the Huntington Knights of Columbus council form a living rosary near the grotto at St. Mary Catholic Church on Sunday, Oct. 4, gathering around a memorial to all unborn children whose lives were ended by abortion. From left are Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus members Joe Rakoczy and Brent Stanley; Rev. John Pfister, pastor of St. Mary Church, who led the prayer; and Fourth Degree members Jack Mettler, Bruce Van Gilder and Jeffry Young. Members of St. Mary and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic churches in Huntington and St.

Mature voices sought to fill out chorus for 'Messiah'

For 54 years, Huntington has treated itself to a community performance of Handel's "Messiah."

Over the past few years, though, the community has slipped away, leaving the musical responsibilities largely in the hands of Huntington University.

This year, the 55th year for the performance, coordinators George Killian and Sue Nunemaker want to bring the community back.

"We'd like to have more community people in the chorus," Nunemaker says.

Job's Daughters Week

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike (seated) Signed a proclamation on Thursday, Oct. 8, designating Oct. 11-17 as Job's Daughters Week in Huntington. With him are (from left) Cheyenne LaVine, marshall of Job's Daughters; Tiffany Dimond, honored queen of Job's Daughters; Denna Dimond, bethel guardian and worthy matron of Order of the Eastern Star; Les Howe, master of the lodge; and Taylor Feller, guide for Job's Daughters. Job's Daughters is an organization for young women.

Huntington, Markle libraries to hold pumpkin decorating contests

The Huntington City-Township Public Library and the Markle Branch will host a pumpkin decorating contest.

From Oct. 20 to 26 decorated pumpkins may be brought to either branch to be displayed in the Children's Department. Pumpkins should not be carved, but can be decorated with markers, paints, yarn, cloth, hats, or any such item and may be submitted by families, individuals or groups.

LAC fashion show, auction will be held on Nov. 7

The LaFontaine Arts Council of Huntington County will present its annual fashion show fundraiser on Nov. 7 at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

The event includes a luncheon, a fashion show with styles from Chico's and a silent auction.

A social time will begin at 11 a.m. with the luncheon served at 11:30 a.m.. The silent auction will conclude at the end of the luncheon.

This year's Arts Advocate will be Karen Kennedy of Goshen. Originally from Huntington, Kennedy will share her vocal talent and dedication commitment to the importance of arts in education.

Somerset Duchy will share medieval life Sunday at Huntington library

Huntington City-Township Public Library and the Somerset Duchy of the Adrian Empire will partner to host the library's third annual Medieval Faire on Sunday, Oct. 18, from noon to 5 p.m.

Interacting with visitors will be medieval characters portrayed by members of the medieval re-enactment group, the Somerset Duchy of the Adrian Empire, who have created the content of the festival and who, dressed in period costumes, will present the event with help from library staff members.

Leadership Academy scholarships available

The Huntington County Leadership Board of Directors and the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will each award a scholarship for someone to attend the 2010 Huntington County Leadership Academy.

The two scholarships will be given to employees of non-profit agencies in Huntington County.

The academy is slated to begin on Jan. 6, 2010, and run every other Wednesday through May 12, 2010. Ed Vessels and Dr. Rick Upchurch will, for the second consecutive year, teach the academy.

New officers

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Tim Gray and Lynn Brown are two of the volunteer board members for the Forks of the Wabash Historic Society. New board members were announced during a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

County BZA agenda set for Wednesday

The Huntington County Plan Commission will meet Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30p.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Courthouse.

The only item on the agenda is a proposed amendment to the Huntington County zoning ordinance regarding wind energy conversion systems.



Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dan Akeley (left), executive director of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, presents the Battle of the Businesses traveling trophy to Tammy Fearnow, who coordinated the winning Our Sunday Visitor teams. OSV has been participating in the battle for five years and won the title for the first time this year, placing in the top three of 14 of the 39 events. Participating OSV staff members celebrated their victory on Friday, Oct. 2.

Talking government

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

United States Rep. Mark Souder, who represents Indiana's 3rd Congressional district, talks to Flint Springs Elementary School students about his role in government. Souder spoke to the students on Friday, Oct. 2, and also fielded questions.

Accepting entries for county 4-H theme and design contest for 2010

The Huntington County 4-H Theme and Design Contest is currently accepting entries for the 2010 4-H year.

Members of the 4-H program are encouraged to submit entries in both theme and design categories and may have more than one entry in each category.

All entries must be submitted to the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office no later than Thursday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m.

The winning entries will be used in a variety of 4-H promotional materials for the 2010 4-H club year.

Helping out

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Four community organizations benefitted from a Sept. 13 golf tournament at Norwood Golf Club sponsored by the Bippus and Andrews Lions Clubs. The tournament raised $800, which was divided among The Open Door, Parkview Hospice, Love INC and Cancer Services for Huntington County.

Checking out the jewelry

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Checking out some of the handmade jewelry at one of the booths at the Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 11, are (from left) Melani Wilson, Jan Antalis and Sharon Fallon.

Caricatures at Renaissance

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Cassity Lincoln has her caricature drawn by Phil Coffel during the Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Approving look

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Cameron Buckler looks at his painted face in a mirror during the Renaissance in Roanoke in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Poetry reading

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alexandra Zannis, of he Northeast P.O.E.T.S., read a poem druing the Renaissance in Roanoke on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Fashionable pooches

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

This is what the fashionable canines were wearing on Saturday, Oct. 11, when they and their owners turned out for the Dog Walk, sponsored by the Huntington County Humane Society.