Local rookie robotics team grabs top 5 finish in qualifying contest

Huntington's rookie robotics team finished in the top five in a qualifying competition on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Hammond.
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Huntington's rookie robotics team finished in the top five in a qualifying competition Saturday, Nov. 14, in Hammond and will now advance to the state finals Dec. 12 in Fort Wayne.

The was the first-ever competition for the newly formed Thunderbirds, sponsored by Huntington County 4-H Robotics and Crestview Middle School. The team, part of the FIRST Lego League, spent nine weeks building and programming a robot that could accomplish specific tasks that are part of the international "Smart Move" challenge.

Pennsylvania bishop named to lead Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese

Bishop John D’Arcy (left) poses with Bishop Kevin Rhoades after introducing Rhoades as his successor on Saturday, Nov. 14. Rhoades will be installed Jan. 13, 2010, as head of the Fort Wayne-South bend Catholic Diocese.
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Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will be installed Jan. 13, 2010, as the ninth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Rhoades, currently the bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, will succeed Bishop John M. D'Arcy, who has served as bishop of the local diocese since 1985.
D'Arcy, now 77, had submitted his resignation at age 75 as required by the church. With the appointment of Rhoades, 51, Pope Benedict XVI accepted D'Arcy's resignation.

Student works featured in 'Trio Forte' exhibitin at Huntington University

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The Huntington University Department of Visual Arts will present an art exhibition by Elaine Hollaar, Nora Majors and Abigail Smith in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery, located in the Merillat Center for the Arts.

The exhibition will be held from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9.

An artist reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the lobby of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The art exhibition is a senior project. After a brainstorming session, Hollaar, Majors and Smith came up with the title, "Trio Forte," for their show.

Pak-A-Sak collecting food, toys for Salvation Army

The Pak-A-Sak convenience store on North Jefferson Street in Huntington is sponsoring a canned food and new toy drive in conjunction with the Salvation Army now through Dec. 14.

Each person who brings a non-perishable food item or new toy will be entered into a raffle to win free fuel, a Shell racing fan kit or lottery tickets.

All donations will go to the Salvation Army.

"I know there is a lot of need," said Pamela Sheets, general manager of the store. "That makes it even more important that we all do our share."

Library staff, patrons join preschool effort to send holiday mail to troops

Recently, the Roanoke Public Library sent 32 Christmas cards to Lt. Gov. Becky Skill-man's holiday season mail campaign for troops called "Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes."

This project started out as a preschool children's program and was expanded so that li-brary staff, board members and other patrons could participate.


Rocking out

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Pat Rittenhouse, Travis Benson and Norma Jean Davis (from left)mwork their rocking chairs during a charity Rock-A-Thon event held at Oakbrook Village,on Saturday, Nov. 14. The event raised money for residents on dialysis and included a bake sale and crafts and rummage sale.

Applications now open for Lilly Scholarships for two county residents

The Huntington County Community Foundation is offering free college educations to two Huntington County residents.

The four-year, full-tuition scholarships will be awarded through a program sponsored by Lilly Endowment Inc. The Huntington County recipients will be two of more than 216 Indiana students who will be selected as Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Each scholarship will fund tuition and required fees and will also include an $800.00 per year allotment for books and equipment.


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Mayor Steve Updike (right) announced Monday, Nov. 9, as Heidi Blocker Day in Huntington. Blocker (second from left) spearheaded a benefit fundraiser for Valerie Stout (second from right), which raised approximately $6,000. Also on hand were Blocker's parents, Beth and Dave Blocker.

First statewide 'TEA Party' set for Warsaw this Saturday, Nov. 21

More than a dozen Indiana organizations will converge in Warsaw on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Lakeview Middle School Gymnasium, 848 E. Smith St. in Warsaw, for their first statewide "TEA Party" rally, dubbed "Judgment Day - Hoosiers Making a Difference in 2010."

The event is expected to draw a capacity crowd to the Lakeview gymnasium. The public is invited to the event, with an expected kick-off at noon and will continue until 3 p.m. There is a contribution fee.

Trinity to hold Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 26

Jean Hayden, food chairman; Jim Wilson, general chairman; and David Ballinger, pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church (from left) are pictured with some of the food items that will be served during this year’s community Thanksgiving dinner.
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Trinity United Methodist Church will again provide free Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the 24th consecutive year the church has sponsored this community dinner.

Individuals who are shut-ins or usually receive Meals on Wheels may call the church of-fice about delivery. It is important to call for deliveries as soon as possible.

Carry-out will also be available to those who wish to take their meals home.

Carroll benefit to be held on Nov. 20

A benefit hog roast for the Doug Carroll family will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at the Bip-pus Community Building from.

The event, to be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., will raise funds to assist with medical expenses from a stay in the intensive-care unit and back surgery.

There is a free-will donation with carryout available.

Donations may also be sent to Calvary United Methodist Church, PO Box 65, Bippus, IN 46713. Note "Carroll Family Benefit" on the check.


'It's a Wonderful Life'at Pulse Opera House starting Nov. 19

David Dean (left) is Clarence Oddbody and Chase Adams is George Bailey in the Pulse Opera House production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
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"It's a Wonderful Life" is the final show of the Pulse Opera House's "All American Season."

The play is based on the Frank Capra film, which was named number one on the American Film Institute's list of the "Most Inspirational American Films of All Time."

It tells the story of George Bailey (Chase Adams) who is contemplating suicide due to recent setbacks. Just as he's about to jump off a bridge he encounters an angel (David Dean) who is trying to earn his wings.

Remaining shows are Nov. 19, 20, 21, 27, 28 and Dec. 3, 4, 5.

Adult volunteers sought to lead Huntington County youth 4-H clubs

The Huntington County 4-H program is in need of adult volunteers to assist with the leadership and guidance of community based 4-H clubs.

The clubs are made up of youth from grade three through grade 12 who participate in a variety of activities, from learning how to run a business meeting to learning new skills in project work to gaining a greater sense of the community through service and outreach projects.

The local 4-H club program offers nearly 50 different projects for youth to gain knowledge and skills.

Prom steering committee has initial meet

Huntington North High School Principal Jeremy Gulley (background, right) addresses members of the Operation Prom 2010 Steering Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The meeting was held to discuss an awareness program on driver safety.
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Members of the Operation Prom 2010 steering committee met on Wednesday, Nov. 10 to map out details of a pre-prom activity.

The group, made up of representatives from various community agencies, met at Huntington North High School to discuss an awareness program to warn seniors about the dangers of texting while driving as well as drunk driving.

Buddy Brennan, of Parkview Huntington Hospital EMS, who led the discussion, noted that the emphasis of the program should be on the dangers of texting while driving, as that has become a trend among high school students.

Huntington County 4-H FAir Association to meet Nov. 17 to talk rule changes

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Association will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The board will review proposed 4-H project rule changes, approve committee assignments, and continue efforts toward the 80th annual Huntington County 4-H Fair to be held July 16-30.


Making their marks

Mary Ellen Scheiber (right), a Stampin' Up demonstrator, helps Dianne Diehl create a card during a stamping session Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Etna Avenue fire station community room. About 20 people attended the session, making Christmas cards and thank you cards they'll give to adults staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis while a young family member receives medical treatment. The adults can then send the cards to their family members all over Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky.

Youth Services Bureau accepting nominations for Bailey Award

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is currently accepting nominations for its annual Steven L. Bailey Memorial Award.

This award has been given annually since 1999 to an individual who demonstrates a strong compassion for the youth and families of Huntington County. The nominee should be a person who has made a positive impact in the lives of young people through activities that empower, encourage and support our youth.

Angel Trees set up throughout county to make Christmas brighter for some

Angel Trees like this one have been set up throughout the county in an effort to help make Christmas brighter for some famllies in Huntngton and Wells counties.
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Angel Trees have been set up throughout Huntington and Wells counties, giving area residents the opportunity to help make Christmas brighter for some families.

Rhonda O'Reilly, who is coordinating the project, says the Karing for Kids organization will provide 625 children from 211 families in Huntington and Wells County with eight gifts each.

Gifts will be wrapped Dec. 18 and 19 at the Markle Church of Christ and will be delivered on Dec. 20.

E-mailed plea for cash called a scam

Huntington residents be warned: An e-mail is circulating claiming that the leader of a local organization is in need of money because she is stuck in the United Kingdom.

But, in fact, she hasn’t left town.

Huntington Police Chief Tom Emely says the e-mail is a scam, and anyone who receives it should not send money.

Contributions sought for RTL Care & Share project

The Huntington County Right to Life is gearing up for its 30th annual Christmas Care & Share program to benefit needy families in the county.

Donations of specific items for parents are: new wrapping paper, new Scotch tape, new gift tags, new packs of bows and cash donations to go toward the purchase of grocery gift cards. Donations of toys, clothes and other age-appropriate items are needed for children aging from infancy to age 6.

Markle Festival of Trees set for Dec. 5

Markle's Festival of Trees will be held on Dec. 5, at Markle Furniture, 193 E. Morse St., Markle, during the annual celebration, Christmas In "Our Town."

Decorated tree entries are being sought for a number of categories including best popular, best religious and best business theme. Voting will be done by the general public.

There is a small entry fee per tree and the tree height restrictions are a minimum of five feet but no more than eight feet tall.

EXCEL info session on Wednesday

Huntington University's EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will hold an informational meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 125 of the university's Science Hall.

The free-of-charge event is open to anyone interested in the possibility of pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree through the EXCEL program.

Carrie Hoffman, admissions consultant, will be on hand to answer questions.

Riverview students create prize-winning video

Steve Park's eighth grade television production class won tickets to see performance of the world-famous group STOMP by entering a video contest held by the Honeywell Center, Wabash.
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A group of eighth grade students in Steve Park's television production class at Riverview Middle School recently filmed their way to free STOMP tickets at the Honeywell Center.

The world-renowned group was at the Honeywell Center for a show on Nov. 4.

"The center held a video competition for area students," states Park. "They challenged students to make a short ‘Stomp' video and post it on their Web site."

The videos were posted on YouTube and winner of the video contest was the group that could amass the most views during the allotted voting period, he adds.

Leadership academy will analyze personality types

Students enrolling in the 2010 Huntington County Leadership Academy will participate in a variety of leadership training exercises during nine three-hour classes starting Jan. 6, 2010.

The classes will be taught by Dr. Rick Upchurch and Ed Vessels, both local community leaders. The classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Huntington Univer-sity Habecker Dining Commons.

Riverview Middle School names its honor roll students

Riverview Middle School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2009-2010 school year.

Extension office to offer class on diabetes

The Purdue University Huntington County Extension Office will offer a "Dining with Diabetes" class on Thursday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex meeting room.

This class is open to those with diabetes, their family members and caretakers, and anyone who would like to learn more about healthy cooking.

There is a fee, and pre-registration is required. Some scholarships may be available for those over age 60. The registration deadline is Nov. 30.

Lions to host free vision screenings

The Lions Clubs of Huntington County, which includes the clubs in Andrews, Bippus, Huntington and Roanoke, are partnering with Kids Kampus childcare center of Huntington for "Operation Kid Sight."

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19, members of the Lions Club will be at Kids Kampus, 435 Campus St., from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. so children ages 18 months through age five can receive free eye screenings.

Local Keystone Club receives pair of honors at recent area conference

The Keystone Club of Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County recently attended a conference where it was presented with two awards.
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The "No Limit" Keystone Club of the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County re-ceived two awards at the Midwest Regional Keystone Conference.

The group was awarded the 2009 Midwest Regional Keystone Award for Free Enterprise. This award was given for the Snack Shack, which the Keystone Group developed at the Boys and Girls Club.

Keystone members work, plan, take inventory and manage the Snack Shack business, which allows them to generate revenue to attend conferences and community service projects.

Business of the month for November

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce announced The New Huntington Theatre as the Business of the Month on Thursday, Nov. 5. On hand for the announcement were Chamber ambassadors (from left) Diane Shaw, Sue Wilhelm, Paula Whiting; theater owners Joel Froomkin and Rich Najuch; and Tera Garretson and Sue Rumple, Chamber ambassadors.

Huntington Catholic School names honor roll students

Huntington Catholic School has recognized students named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2009-10 school year.

They are:
All A's
Grade Four

Katherine Jamison, Rileigh Johnson, Melanie Lisinicchia, Nolan McCullough and Rees Zay.

Grade Five
Alexandra Short and Alyssa Woolard.

Grade Seven
Alexandra Kreider.

Grade Eight
Conner Kreider and Nathan Pike.