iAB financial bank hails Bicknese for 25th

Nancy Bicknese

iAB financial bank recently recognized Nancy Bicknese as she celebrates 25 years of service with the organization.

Bicknese started with iAB in January of 1989 at iAB's Dupont office as a customer service representative.

Since then, she has held various positions in the organization, including as a supervisor in Accounts Management.

She currently works part-time in the Customer Service Call Center as a Call Center Agent.


Salvation Army to hold community Easter egg hunt April 19

The Salvation Army will be holding a Community Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 starting at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park.

Admission is free and families are invited to come and participate in many different activities.

There will be egg hunts with prizes for different age groups as well as pictures with the Easter Bunny, refreshments and a bounce house.

For questions and concerns contact Jason Sell at 356-3485.


Set preview day for HU occ. therapy doctoral program

Huntington University's graduate programs will hold a preview day for students interested in the occupational therapy doctoral program on April 11.

The preview day is designed for prospective occupational therapy can- didates and those interested in learning more about the program. Students will be able to tour the campus and meet with the director of the program, Dr. Ruth Ford.

FFBT to host first-time home buyer seminar

First Farmers Bank & Trust will host a one-day seminar for first-time home buyers on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The seminar will be held at the Kokomo Square location of First Farmers Bank & Trust, 101 W. Sycamore. Lunch will be provided for the event.

The seminar will educate participants on everything they need to know about buying a first home. By attending the event, participants gain certification that may qualify for down payment assistance up to $10,000. Income restrictions apply; call for details.

Crestview names honor roll students for 3Q

Crestview Middle School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

They are:

All A's

Sixth grade - Autumn Anderson, Ayden Arquette, Isaiah Clampitt, Jacob Collins, Grace Dimond, Ashlyn Foster, Emily Freise, Drake Goetz, Lucas Grube, Jessica Hartmus, Hunter Heacock, Maisy Kesler, Mason Kyle, Kean McCracken, Meg McDonald, Katie Melcher, Olivia Meyer, Graham Scher, Lindsey Skiles, Olivia White and Darcy Williams.

A Taste of Spring

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Representatives of the champagne sponsors for the 2014 A Taste of Spring wine tasting fund-raiser event in Warren on Saturday, May 3, are (front row from left) Kim Nelson, of Kim's Katered Affair; Sharon Gebhart, of Gebhart's Floral Barn; Jill Huston, of Heritage Pointe, Jeff Souder, of East of Chicago Pizza Co.; and (back row from left) Neil Laymon, of Citizen's Telephone Corp.; Polly Edwards, of Family LifeCare; Tom Wall of T.D. Wall Inc.; and Robb Livingston of Shuttleworth Insurance. Robert Berghoff, D.D.S. and Edward Jones-Nicole Johnson are the other champagne sponsors.

Kids Kampus Golf Outing set for May 14

Pathfinder Kids Kampus Child Care Center in Huntington will hold its 23rd annual golf outing on Wednesday, May 14. The fund-raising event, sponsored by David Culp and Company, will take place at LaFontaine Golf Club, 6129 N. Goshen Rd., Huntington.

Registration and a lunch sponsored by SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church begins at 11:30 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Getting ready to dig

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ironclad employee Chris Hunt, of Huntington, sits behind the controls of a skid loader as he fills in a hole on Byron Street next to General Slack Park on Wednesday, April 2. Roger Miller, of Huntington (back to camera) assists. The company is replacing about 300 feet of a water main pipe on Byron Street. The project is expected to take two weeks to complete.

Wells Fargo team members earn kudos for work with local Habitat

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity employees gather with Wells Fargo team members at the Habitat for Humanity “Habpoloy” Gala on March 1.
Photo provided.

Wells Fargo Bank team members attended the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity's "Hab-poloy" Gala on March 1.

Monique Dennis, store manager at the Huntington office, accepted a volunteer service award for Wells Fargo Bank's partnership with Habitat for Humanity in 2013.

Michelle L. Crone, business banking administrative manager for Indiana and Ohio, received the servant leadership award.

Working together, Wells Fargo team members in Huntington and Fort Wayne have raised a combined $101,841 for the Huntington County Habitat for Humanity organization.

Extension office sets activities schedule for upcoming weeks

Monday, April 7
• 6 p.m. - Archery. Community Building, Hier's Park.
Tuesday, April 8
• 6:30 p.m. - Canine Capers, Community Building, Hier's Park.
• 6:30 p.m. - Wayne Township Future Farmers. Mt. Etna UMC.
• 7 p.m. - 4-Leaf Clovers. Lahr's.
Wednesday, April 9
• 5:30 p.m. - Champion Achievers. St. Peter's First Community Church.
• 6 p.m. - Golden Eagles. Community Building, Hier's Park.
• 7 p.m. - Blue Ribbon Riders. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
Thursday, April 10

Plenty of prizes for those participating in 2014 Youth Fishing Derbies in area

Laura Whiteleather, an interpretive naturalist at the Interpretive Center at Salamonie Reservoir, displays some of the donated prizes for the area reservoir’s youth fishing derbies to be held June 7.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The 2014 Youth Fishing Derbies to be held at Salamonie, and Mississinewa Reservoirs and at Roush Lake in Huntington on June 7, will award donated prizes to children who catch the longest fish overall, and in each age category at each property and provide goodies bags for all participants.

Laura Whiteleather, interpretive naturalist at Salamonie, says they are still in need of prize donations.

"It could be anything, even a restaurant gift card," she notes.

Helping out

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Erin Brown of Brown Construction, Huntington, paints the seat of a picnic table Sunday, March 30, at Hier's Park. The project is part of the city's new Community Engagement Volunteer program, headed by Coordinator Allison Timbrook.

Volunteer opportunities up at DNR

The public will have more opportunities to volunteer toward conservation projects through a new stewardship program with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Volunteer projects may include managing habitat, cleaning Fish & Wildlife areas, helping with hunting and fishing workshops, other forms of outreach, and gathering data on fish and wildlife.

Annie Walker has been hired as the program director. Her job will involve recruiting volunteers and matching them with Fish & Wildlife management projects across Indiana.

Local theater company needs kids for play roles

Different Stages, the resident company of New Huntington Theatre, will present "The Sound of Music" in July and August, and is looking to fill roles of the six younger Von Trapp children.

The professional production boasts adult cast members from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The company is eager to consider local children from all surrounding areas.

The auditions are open to boys and girls ages 5 to 17. Roles to be filled are Friedrich, age 14; Louisa, age 13; Kurt, age 10; Brigitta, age 9; Marta, age 7 and Gretl, the youngest.

HU DMA students to have exhibit

The works of Huntington University's graduating digital media arts majors will be on display in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery in the Merillat Centre for the Arts from April 3 to 16. An artist reception will be held at 6 p.m. on April 5.

The exhibit will feature films, animations and other projects from the graduating seniors.

Those local students exhibiting are:

• Catherine Esch, Huntington, a senior Animation student.

• Matt Twigg, Huntington, a senior Animation student.

• Jonathan Willard, Huntington, a senior Animation student.