Sgt. Tom Tallman fund-raiser set for May 15 at Hier's Park

A benefit fund-raiser for Huntington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tom Tallman will be held Friday, May 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park.

In addition to a barbecue pork dinner, there will also be a silent auction and bake sale to help Tallman with mounting medical bills, the result of his ongoing two-year battle with cancer.

Fifteen complete studies at Leadership Academy

Graduates of the most recent Huntington County Leadership Academy pose for a class photo.
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Fifteen local residents graduated from the 2009 Huntington County Leadership Academy during a lunchtime ceremony held Wednesday, May 6, at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Common council to hear more details on Etna Avenue project

The Huntington Common Council will hear more details on proposed improvements to Etna Avenue during its meeting on Tuesday, May 12.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in council chambers, located on the third floor of the Huntington City Building.

Unveiling history

Photo by Andre Laird.

Huntington County Commissioner Kathy Branham unveils a bust of Samuel Huntington, for whom the county and town are named, during a dedication ceremony held in the Huntington County Courthouse rotunda, on Friday, May 1. The bust was donated by the Huntington County Bar Association.

Educator, entrepreneurs to receive honorary degrees

Sue and Robert Miller.
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Huntington University will award three honorary degrees during its 111th commencement exercises on May 16.

The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will be held on the university's front lawn, weather permitting.

Recipients of honorary degrees include Dr. John A. Bernbaum as well as Robert R. and Sue E. Miller.

In addition, the university will award associate, bachelor's and master's degrees to approximately 230 graduates.

Bernbaum will be given a Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his contributions to international Christian higher education.

Three area Catholic parishes could merge

Rev. Ronald Rieder.
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A recommendation by Roman Catholic Bishop John D'Arcy could lead to a reduction in the number of Catholic parishes, but not the number of church buildings, in Huntington County.

Implementation of D'Arcy's recommendations, which were released on Wednesday, April 27, hinges on the retirement of Rev. Ronald Rieder, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Huntington.

Rieder, who will turn 74 in July, says he has no plans to retire - at least as long as his health holds out.

Burnworth earns Robert Smith Scholarship

Megan Burnworth (front, third from left) is the recipient of the Robert J. Smith Scholarship awarded by the Huntington County Safety Council and Transwheel.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The 2009 Robert J. Smith Scholarship has been awarded to Megan Burnworth, of Huntington.

Burnworth is currently a senior at Huntington North High School. She plans to attend the University of Indianapolis, where she will pursue a degree as a physical therapy assistant.

The Huntington County Safety Council and Transwheel are the sponsors of the memorial scholarship.

Government meetings calendar May 4-8

Monday, May 4
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., Commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30a.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, May 5
Roanoke Town Council, 7 p.m., Roanoke Town Hall, 126 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Parents seek prizes for post prom party

Huntington North High School Post Prom Prize Committee members pose with some of the items already donated for the May 17 event.
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Members of the 2009 Huntington North High School Post Prom Prize Committee continue their efforts to provide a fun, safe event for the students, and they are looking to the community for support of those efforts.

Post Prom will be held Sunday, May 17 from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. in the HNHS gymnasium.

Mertz Center sponsors recent work day

Huntington University students Crista Rittenhouse (left) and Kari Vincent paint shelving at The Dan Quayle Center during the school's spring work day on April 18.
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Huntington University's Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service sponsored Spring Work Day on April 18.

Twenty-six teams comprised of 213 students, three faculty and three staff completed work projects at 17 sites in Huntington. Sites and tasks included:

• Victory Noll: landscape work, walking with the sisters and reading to them.

• Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County: removing a stick pile, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, helping with recycling, hanging up posters and inflating gym balls.

• Dan Quayle Center: spring cleaning the grounds.

Enjoying the arts

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Jennifer Rice (top right) points out something on a piece of artwork to her children, Evan (left) and Audrey at the Huntington Schools 17th annual Festival of Fine Arts on Saturday, April 25, at Crewstview Middle School.

Set Markle clean-up days

Spring cleanup days in Markle will be held Tuesday, May 5, and Tuesday, May 12

Metal items only will be collected on May 5.
All other items will be collected on May 12.

Town employees will pick up items that are too large for regular trash collection, such as furniture and carpeting, as well as appliances and any metal items.

They will not collect hazardous materials, tires, liquid paints, brush, wire, fence, construction debris or items disposed of in the normal curbside garbage pickup.

Identification day for 4-H sheep and goat is May 2

Identification day for Huntington County 4-H Sheep & Goat members will be held on May 2 at Hier's Park.

Youth enrolled in the 4-H goat project will need to bring market wether goats to the goat pavilion (pole building immediately south of the Show Arena) between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for identification and weighing of the animals.

Members with female goats or pet care entries must complete the enrollment paperwork but do not have to bring the animals to the fairgrounds.

Local postal carrier food drive is May 9

The Huntington Postal Carrier Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 9.

City and rural postal customers may leave non-perishable food at their mailboxes for carriers to pick up.

Food collected will be donated to Love INC and to the New Life Fellowship soup kitchen. Love INC works with 45 churches and helps 300 families each year. New Life Fellowship Church served more than 10,000 meals last year.


Zone 5 is next up for cleaning

Spring cleanup in Huntington's Zone 5 begins Monday, May 4, and continues through Friday, May 8.

Zone 5 encompasses the area where trash is normally picked up on Thursday.

Large household items must be placed within five feet of the alley or curb in the normal trash pick-up area. Items may be placed out no earlier than Saturday, May 2, and must be out no later than Monday, May 4.

City residents may also take items to the Huntington Landfill free of charge throughout the cleanup period, which is extends through May 9. Proof of city residency will be required.

Harris is 2009 DAR Good Citizen

Alli Harris (second, from left) recently received the 2009 DAR Good Citizen Award, from the Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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Huntington North High School senior Alli Harris was recently named the 2009 DAR Good Citizen by the Samuel Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Harris was selected by the chapter and guidance department and the award was presented during the chapter's April meeting.

Harris is currently president of the Huntington North Future Educator's Club; a member of the National Honor Society; 2009 class council and four-year member of the girls' varsity track and field team.

Expo to focus on Seniors for fifth year

The Huntington County Council on Aging announces the fifth annual Huntington County Senior Citizens' Exposition will be held Thursday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Center on the Huntington University campus.

The free event will bring together businesses and services geared for the Senior population in 90 booths, most of which are already filled, organizers note.

Last year approximately 1,300 visitors attended the event.

Snowden earns Silver Beaver Award

The Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently honored Huntington resident and former mayor Gene Snowden with the organization's prestigious Silver Beaver Award.

The award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America, and recipients are adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

County's EMA earns signs from weather service

The National Weather Service has awarded Huntington County four flood warning signs as part of its “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” campaign.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Brandon Taylor, director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, would really like to be able to put the county's water rescue units out of business.

He hopes the signs his agency has received from the National Weather Service will put him one step closer to that goal.

Through the efforts of Taylor and EMA Assistant Director Brian Topp, Huntington County has received four signs - out of only 100 being distributed nationally - through the National Weather Service's "Turn Around, Don't Drown" campaign.

Leedy, Miller win LIlly four-year scholarships

Daniel Leedy (left) and Karissa Miller.
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Two Huntington North High School students have been named recipients of full four-year scholarships as the Huntington County Community Foundation 2009 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Daniel Leedy and Karissa Miller will each receive full tuition to the Indiana college of their choice and an $800 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Leedy plans to attend Butler University and major in Pharmacy. He is the son of Thomas and Susan Leedy, of Huntington.

Bernbaum, Doughty will address HU's graduates

John Bernbaum.
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Huntington University will hold its 111th commencement exercises on May 16 at 3 p.m.

The ceremony will be held on the front campus, weather permitting.

The annual commencement address will be given by Dr. John Bernbaum, founder and president of Russian-American Christian University in Moscow,. His address is titled "Flying Upside Down." The public is invited to attend the commencement ceremony.

Civil War heritage group will pay tribute to Lincoln at May 5 dinner

An organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Union soldiers of the Civil War will pay tribute to those soldiers' commander-in-chief, Abraham Lincoln, with a dinner on May 5.

The event is being staged in honor of the 200th birth year of Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12, 1809.

Lincoln's birth was marked by a number of celebrations in February, but "we decided instead of trying to compete with the other big parties, we'd do it now," says Gib Young, of Huntington, commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Champion Hill Camp 17.

Volunteers, cash sought for Andrews park facelift

Several residents in Andrews have come forward to help make repairs at and clean up the town park, but more volunteers are needed and encouraged to join the effort.

A four-member Andrews Park Commission was recently created to get the ball rolling. Members are Carol Sunderman, Lorraine Grodrian, John Harshbarger, and Mike Burton.

Government meetings calendar April 20-27

Monday, April 20
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.
Huntington Board of Aviation, 5:30 p.m., terminal building at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Tuesday, April 21
Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District, 7 a.m., SWCD office, 2040 Riverfork Dr.

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

Brick House Grill owners fulfill a dream with restaurant opening

Brick House Grill owners Andrew Sprinkle and Garin Stephan (front, fourth and fith from left) cut the ribbon to open their new restaurant at 19 W. Washington St., Huntington, on Thursday, April 16.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington's newest restaurant is the result of a friendship forged in high school - and the help of a lot of family and friends.

"We met in foods class at Huntington North," says Garin Stephan, co-owner of the Brick House Grill at 19 W. Washington St. "We've been doing food together ever since."
Running their own restaurant, co-owner Andrew Sprinkle adds, is something that's "been in the back of our heads forever."

With the opening of the restaurant on Thursday, April 16, that dream has become reality.

Popular cartoon becomes musical on HNHS stage

Nick Stephan (center) is featured as Charlie Brown in the Huntington North High School musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Performances are Thursday, April 23; Friday, April 24; and Saturday, April 25, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. at HNHS.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Comic strip star Charlie Brown and his sidekicks will make the jump to the stage for Huntington North High School's spring musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Performances are Thursday, April 23; Friday, April 24; and Saturday, April 25, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium. Tickets are available from cast members and can also be purchased at the box office prior to the show.

YSB seeks donations of children's clothes, supplies

The "On Your Way Up" incentive store offered by the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is in need of gently used, clean infant and children clothing and other baby items.

"Due to an increased demand we are in desperate need of infant and toddler spring and summer clothes, especially for little boys," says Ira Bencun, program coordinator.
Other items that are always needed are diapers, baby wipes, diaper bags and educational toys and books.

VFW kicks off Buddy Poppy Days

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike and VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Lois Hall (front row, third and fourth from left, respectively) and members of Huntington Post 2689 were on hand recently for the kickoff of the 2009 Buddy Poppy Campaign.
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The Huntington North High School varsity cheerleaders helped Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 kick off its 2009 Buddy Poppy Campaign on April 14, with Huntington Mayor Steve Updike signing a proclamation declaring May as Buddy Poppy Month in Huntington.

The poppies will be available at roadblocks on Saturday, April 25, and at area stores on Saturday, May 2. Poppies are given out in return for a donation.

Hoops legend to speak at Boys & Girls Club dinner

Kent Benson.
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The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will host its Fourth Annual Steak An' Burger dinner on Monday, April 20.

The event features the tradition of serving steak to the club members while adults eat hamburgers.

The 2009 Steak An' Burger Dinner, sponsored by Bippus State Bank and MarkleBank, is being held at the SS. Peter and Paul auditorium, 860 Cherry St. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with social time with club members and a silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Free e-mail alerts cna cut down on property fraud

Huntington County Recorder Angela L. Garner is expanding access to a service that allows users to keep a watchful eye for signs of potentially fraudulent activity involving their property.

Property Fraud Alert, first made available to paying subscribers, can now be accessed for free by anyone.
Tough times are making property and mortgage fraud even more of a potential threat, Garner says, adding that opening the Property Fraud Alert service to everyone will Huntington County less attractive to criminals.