Volunteers will bring info to east-central Seniors on April 18

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Senior Citizens living in one east-central Huntington neighborhood have made it known that they feel a little lost when it comes to accessing the resources of their community.

A small army of volunteers hopes to change that on Saturday, April 18.

They'll be going door to door, handing out booklets and other information designed to give those seniors a guide to resources and services available to them in Huntington County.

Trash pick-ups to be modified for Good Friday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Good Friday, April 10.

Friday's trash will be collected on Monday, April 13, along with Monday's regular trash route.

It is asked that all items be available for pick up by 7 a.m.


Alcoholic Beverage Commission will consider sales request for beer, wine

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Huntington County Jail.

The agenda includes a request by Ryan Johnson, of Johnson Petroleum, for a beer and wine permit that will allow him to sell those beverages at convenience stores he owns in Huntington, Markle and Mahon.


Government meetings calendar April 6-13

Monday, April 6
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., commissioner's room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

Tuesday, April 7

Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. main St., Roanoke.

Tax bills will be late, but taxpayers can pay early

Property tax bills will not be due on May 10 this year, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says, and probably won't even be sent out by that time.

Huntington County property owners can, however, voluntarily pay their taxes before receiving their statements.

"They can pay whatever they think they owe," Hamilton says. "That helps keep the county running."

New National Guard program can net HS dropouts their diplomas

High school dropouts between the ages of 17 and 19 can earn their diplomas at the new Army National Guard Patriot Academy.

The Patriot Academy, the first of its kind in the United States, will open June 1.

An open house to explain the concept will be held Wednesday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Armory, 130 W. Cook Rd., Fort Wayne.

The open house is open to parents, teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators and educators from alternative learning centers, as well as potential students.

Huntington County Youth Leadership graduation

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Several members of the Huntington County Leadership Youth Academy explain an outreach program in which they were involved during the group's graduation ceremony on Sunday, March 15. At the podium are (from left) Chris Landrum, Zach Grable, Lindsy McElhaney, Samantha Krumanaker and Kyle Williams.

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 4

Huntington Jaycees members (from left) Melissa McElhaney and Diane Pinkerton get some help from Jessica Molitor on Monday, March 23, as they stuff plastic eggs with candy for use in the Jaycees’ April 4 Easter Egg Hunt at Memorial Park.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Jaycees will stage their 65th Easter Egg Hunt this spring, filling Memorial Park with candy-filled eggs to be found by children through age 10.

The hunt will be held April 4, with a rain date of April 11. Mayor Steve Updike will start the hunt at 10 a.m.

Children through age 2 will hunt for eggs scattered throughout the tennis courts, while children ages 3 through 6 will find eggs on the new parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts. Children ages 7-10 will be stationed in the playground area.

State Democrats schedule new county chairman post election for April 4

The Indiana State Democratic Party has scheduled a new election for the Huntington County Democratic chairman position on Saturday, April 4.

The election will start at 11 a.m. at the Huntington County Democrat Party Headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St. Fifth Congressional District Chairman Keith Clock will run the proceedings.

HCCSC board issues statement about bible trailer ruling

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees issued the following statement regarding the "By The Book" religious education program on Thursday, March 26.

The board met in executive session to discuss the issue on Tuesday, March 24.

School board gives Shafer authority to cut up to two teaching posts - just in case

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Tracey Shafer the authority to cut up to two teaching positions for the 2009-2010 school year during the board's meeting on March 23.

Even so, Shafer said he is not likely to make any cuts.

"It's not something we're looking to do," he said. "But if it became necessary, we would have the option."

Reductions in staff are dependent on the number of students enrolled for the next school year, Shafer said.

JeFFFest returns to downtown Huntington

JeFFFest will return to downtown Huntington this summer, coordinated by LaFontaine Arts Council members (front row from left) Jan Tharp and Ann Freds and (back row from left) Paula Bittner, Dan Rumple, Adam Drummond, Ruth Marsh and Sharon Lehman.
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The LaFontaine Arts Council has announced that a successful summer event will return to Huntington.

JeFFFest, which gets its name from the "fun food, fine art and fab music" on Jefferson Street in the downtown area, will be held on June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The "fun food" will feature taste-size portions of offerings from local food vendors, including restaurants and caterers.

4-H calendar for week of March 30-April 5

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, March 30 to Sunday, April 5.

Monday, March 30
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Helping Hands. Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Government meetings calendar March 30-April 3

Monday, March 30
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Wednesday, April 1
Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Markle Municipal Building, 135 W. Sparks St.

Friday, April 3
Huntington Redevelopment Commission, 10 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.


DAR scrapbooks now in Indiana Room files

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented scrapbooks of the chapter’s history to Joan Keefer of the Indiana Room in the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Pictured are (front row from left) Judy Kaltenmark,
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered Wednesday, March 18 in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library to donate a collection of scrapbooks.

Shirley Peiffer Brown, registrar and vice-regent of the Huntington DAR, has assembled the scrapbooks over a period of seven years, working on documenting the chapter's 112-year history.

Brown says, "We're putting the books here to preserve in the Indiana Room. We want people to know that the Samuel Huntington Chapter is alive and well."


Funding offered to providers

Organizations that offer emergency food and shelter programs within Huntington County are invited to submit an application for review by the local board of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Huntington County United Way director Pat Horoho facilitates the local FEMA board, which is composed of members of several religious and charitable organizations.

Huntington County is eligible to receive $17,000 from FEMA to use for emergency food and shelter programs.

For more information or to submit an application, call Horoho at the United Way, 356-6160.

Shelter staff, board race to sell fund-raiser items

Employees at the Huntington County Humane Shelter have issued a challenge to Humane Society board members in an effort to bring in some needed funds to help them continue their mission.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Randy Rider (left) and Bill Finley (right), of Lime City Manufacturing, accept Love I.N.C.’s “Heart of a Servant” award from Jack Scheiber (center). The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday, March 18, in honor of Scheiber’s late wife Dorothy Scheiber, who spent 25 years working with the food pantries at Love I.N.C. and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Lime City donates a truck used by Love I.N.C. once a month to transport donated goods.

Service honored

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jack Scheiber (left) presents Love I.N.C.'s "Heart of a Servant" award to Paul Okuly, a long-time volunteer at the agency. The award, presented in memory of Scheiber's late wife Dorothy Scheiber, was presented Wednesday, March 18, at the organization's annual meeting.

Students place in state Machine Trades Contest

Huntington North High School vocational students (from left) Brian Bogner, Tony Sitton, Austin Clark and Michael Lewis recently participated in the Indiana Statewide Machines Trades Contest, where they won $4,550 in scholarships, tools and software.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Members of the Huntington North Vocational Machine Trades class recently participated in the 48th Annual Indiana Statewide Machines Trades Contest.

Brian Bogner, Tony Sitton, Michael Lewis and Austin Clark won awards in the event, held on Feb. 28 at Vincennes University.
Bogner placed second overall in the advanced division (second year students) and received scholarships and tools valued at $3,000.

TCU in a festive mood

TCU — Teachers Credit Union — will serve as sponsor of this year's Huntington Heritage Days celebration. Sandy Seacott of TCU (right) is shown with several members of the Heritage Days Steering Committee.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Teachers Credit Union is once again sponsoring Huntington's Heritage Days, which will be held June 17-28 this summer.

This is the second year the business has served as corporate sponsor of the event.

The theme for the 2009 Heritage Days festival is "Celebrate Our Town." The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce organizes a number of events and activities, while a host of other groups sponsor a variety of other events.

Huntington's city-wide spring cleanup will begin on April 6

Huntington's city-wide cleanup returns this spring with curbside pick-up of items residents no longer want.

The city has traditionally held both spring and fall cleanup, offering both curbside pick-up and free dumping at the city landfill. Last fall, however, the city dropped curbside pick-up, citing rising fuel costs and other expenses, and offered only free dumping at the landfill.

Sheets Museum to raffle four-wheeler and guns

These specimens from the Rocky Mountain area of the United States and Canada will be on display through the end of March at the Sumner Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center, 200 Safari Trail, Huntington.
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The Sumner Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center now has tickets available for its 2009 Mega Raffle.

Winners will be drawn during the annual Sumner Sheets Fundraising Banquet, to be held on Sept. 12.

The top prize in the 2009 Mega Raffle is a Yamaha four-wheeler. Other prizes to be given away include a Mossburg 20-gauge over/under shotgun and a Marlin .44-caliber Magnum rifle.

Extension service to again sponsor Ag Day for third-graders

The Huntington County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service will again sponsor Ag Day on March 24 at Hier's Park for all third grade students in Huntington County.

Students will get to see several animals, but the emphasis will be on learning about the importance of agriculture in their lives.

With trophy in hand, Varsity Singers head to state

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers are shown during their chanpionship performance Sataurday, March 14, at the Homestead Classic Showcase show choir invitational.
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Huntington North High School musicians capped an award-winning weekend with a grand champion trophy won by the Varsity Singers at the Homestead Classic Showcase Saturday, March 14, at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.

Also last weekend, the Varsity Singers received an invitation to compete in the Indiana State School Music Association state show choir competition March 21 in Indianapolis.

HCCSC to get upgrade to its wide area network

Technology at most local schools will soon get a boost in Internet speed as school officials recently approved an upgrade to its wide area network.

Information about the proposed upgrade was first presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees on Jan. 12, but since that time a few changes were made and a new proposal was presented to and unanimously approved by the board on March 9. Tom Ashley, HCCSC's director of technology, has been looking into the upgrades for the corporation for several years.

HNHS graduation set for June 5

Huntington North High School seniors and their parents can finally proceed with making plans as the graduation date for the class of 2009 has now been set.

Commencement for this year's seniors will be held in the Huntington North gymnasium on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. The date and time have been posted online and can be found by going to the school corporation's Web site at, then clicking on the "Visit our schools" link and choosing "Huntington North High School."

Story of Huntington's ice cream plant to be told Monday, March 16

The first Cloverleaf Creamery truck to deliver ice cream to stores is shown on a Huntington street about 1921. Cloverleaf Creamery, now known as Good Humor-Breyers, will be the topic of a Huntington County Historical Society program on Monday, March 16.
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The story of Huntington's (IN) ice cream plant will be told during a program on Monday, March 16, at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington.

"Out in the Cold: Cloverleaf-Sealtest Ice Cream Company" will be presented at 7 p.m.

Bill Abbott, who worked at Sealtest for seven years, will share some of his memories of the company. A representative of Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream will also speak.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served after the program.

City council slightly raises fines for some ordinance violations

The Huntington Common Council met Tuesday, March 10, and adopted an ordinance, which had been introduced at a previous meeting, resulting in a slight increase in fines for violations of some city ordinances.

The council consolidated fines for violations of ordinances into one chapter in the city's Code of Ordinances. The fines were previously scattered throughout various sections of the book.

A slight increase in some fines was also approved, including a $5 increase for a parking ticket. The fine now stands at $10.

Salvation Army approaching 2/3 of funds needed for unemployment help

As of Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m., the Salvation Army of Huntington County has received $5,500 in donations and pledges toward securing up to $18,000 for matching funds for the recently unemployed in the county.

Capt. Tim Sell reported that major contributors "publicly rallying with their support" up to that point have been the United Way of Huntington County, $2,000; Pilchers Chapel United Methodist Church, with a pledge of at least $1,000; and Victory Noll sisters.