S.P.A.R.K. crew

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The crew of S.P.A.R.K. (Summer Parks and Recreation for Kids) started supervising activities in four Huntington parks on June 9 for youth ages 5 to 14. The crew includes (front row, from left) Taylor Bailey, Paul Hernandez, Stephen Zahm, Sebastian Eckert and Megan Smart; and (back row, from left) Madison Klender, Jaycelin Green, Megan Leedy, Maria Scott, Katie Shomo and Anne Hacker. S.P.A.R.K. activities continue through July 18. Children must be registered to attend. For information, call the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department at 358-2323, extension 2.


Photo by Steve Clark.

Jacob Richardson (right) flings the ball in a game of Spud during S.P.A.R.K. (Summer Parks and Recreation for Kids) activities at Drover Park, in Huntington, on Monday, June 16.

Home educators to offer orientation session July 8

The Huntington Area Home Educators (HAHE) invites anyone interested in home education to attend Home School Orientation on Tuesday, July 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The meeting will provide information on how to begin homeschooling, curriculum and current home school laws.

For more information, contact Emily Albright at 356-3491 or Albright@on


Vintage plane to visit Huntington airport

A 1929 Ford Tri-Motor plane will visit the Huntington Municipal Airport June 26 to 29.

The plane is owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the visit is hosted by the city of Huntington.

Visitors are invited to look at the aircraft during the airport's normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They may also book a ride on the plane by visiting or calling 877-952-5395.

Encouraging H.E.R.O.s

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington Lions Club presents a check for $600 in support of Camp H.E.R.O., a camp for area youth coming up July 7 to 11 at Crestview Middle School. Pictured (from left to right) are Master Trooper Trent Kiefer of the Indiana State Police, Huntington Police Department School Resource Officer Brian Double, Gary Yeiter of the Lions Club, Huntington Fire Marshal Wayne Huff and Huntington County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Chris Newton, director and founder of Camp H.E.R.O. Already the camp, in its second year, has 182 youth signed up and can take up to 200.

Supporting Camp H.E.R.O.

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 presents a check for $300 to the Huntington County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, June 11, in support of Camp H.E.R.O. Pictured (from left) are VFW Commander Rick Stell, Huntington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tom Tallman and VFW Senior Vice Commander Tim Black. The acronym H.E.R.O. stands for Honor, Excellence, Respect and Opportunity.

Andrews fest committee gives back to local store

Members of the Andrews Summer Festival Committee who volunteered their time to clean up at the Andrews Dairy Store are (front) Addisyn Clift; and (back row, from left) Tammy Clift, Kelli William, Cathy Johnson, Kathy Gamble and Conner Gamble.
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Several members of the Andrews Summer Festival Committee did some sprucing up on Saturday, May 24, around the Andrews Dairy Store.

Larry Williams, owner of the Dairy Store, lets the committee hold various fund-raising events at the store so they wanted to give back. Old shrubs in front of the store were removed and replaced with perennial daylilies and mulch.

Some ground cover was planted by the large sign in hopes that it will add beauty in future years.

‘Stargazer’ summer art camp to be at Flint Springs July 7-18

"Stargazer" summer art camp will be offered July 7 through 18 at Flint Springs Elementary School.

The camp is conducted by local professional artist Angela J. Ellsworth, with partial sponsorship by the LaFontaine Arts Council.

The camp is open to Huntington County youth ages 5 to 18 who will learn a variety of techniques including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and public art. Guest artists will include sculptor Sayaka Ganz and printmaker Julie Wall-Tole.

Cherry earns IWU dean’s list

Laura Cherry has received recognition on the Indiana Wesleyan University dean's list for the fall and spring semesters of the 2014 academic year.

To be named on this list, a student must obtain a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 12 graded credit hours for the semester.


Balancing act

Photo by Steve Clark.

"Skeeter" (middle), a clown with the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, shows volunteers Damion Bryant (left) and Ariyanna Toth the art of balancing a feather during a meet-and-greet at the Andrews Dairy Store on Thursday, June 12. The circus will present two 90-minute performances on June 20, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.. in the town lot at the end of Terrel Street. Circus tickets may be purchased in advance at the Andrews Dairy Store, Bernie's Sports Bar, Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, Andrews Town Hall and both locations of Bippus State Bank.

Future Leaders discuss projects at recent meet

The Future Leaders 4-H Club met June 5.

Members discussed different projects and watched a video on photography projects. Project books are due at the next meeting, on June 19.

Members also talked about items that could be brought in to the animal shelter as a community service project.


Grants benefit local nonprofits

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Recipients of funds from the Huntington County Community Foundation's Make a Difference Grants are (from left) SueAnn Reynolds of Family LifeCare, Adam Drummond of Evangelical United Methodist Church, Rose Broyles of Bread of Life Food Pantry of Warren, Rosemary Wagner of Huntington County Free Health Clinic, Bev Carpenter of Family Centered Services/Healthy Families and Becky Gerhart of the LaFontaine Arts Council. The Huntington County Community Foundation awarded $43,581 in Make a Difference grants to area nonprofits for the benefit of Huntington County residents.

Fair Board meets Tuesday evening to make plans for this summer’s 4-H Fair

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

The board will discuss continuing plans for the 84th Annual Huntington County 4-H Fair to be held July 11 to 25, 2014.

For more information, contact Julia Miller, or 358-4826 at the Purdue Extension - Huntington County office, located in the County Courthouse Annex Building, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington.


Amateur artists invited to enter Salamonie Summer Festival’s art show, contest

The Salamonie Summer Festival in Warren is accepting entries to their adult and children's art show.
The show is for amateurs only.

Artists earning more than $1,000 per year are considered professional.

Any kind of artwork is acceptable, including all kinds of paintings, needlework, 3D artwork, drawings, color and black and white photography, creative photography and body art.

Mills to present program about New Harmony at Huntington library

Local resident Sylvia Mills will present a program on the impact of the 18th century New Harmony utopian communities on early Indiana on Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

New Harmony has a unique history, a place where two separate Utopian societies were attempted in the early days of the state's existence. The Harmonists built a prosperous settlement in the wilderness, a communal society where everything was shared equally and where the "fruits of their labor" were shared equally as well.