Two stylists join Downtown Salon

Katie Tunks (left) and Becky Tunks are the newest stylists at the Downtown Salon, located at 552 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Downtown Salon has welcomed two new hair stylists who represent two generations of personalized hair care.

Becky Tunks started at the salon Aug. 12, a transplant to Roanoke from Janesville, WI. She'd been doing hair since February 1996 when her husband's job brought them to the area.

"I wanted to be on my own and I wanted a new adventure," Tunks says, for the reason she decided to rent a chair at the Downtown Salon. "I wanted to make my own hours, and truly, to make more money."

Brown joins BSB office in North Manchester

Nicci Brown
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Nicci Brown has joined the staff of Bippus State Bank. She will work at the bank's North Manchester office as a full-time teller.

Originally from Naples, FL, Brown moved in 2009 to North Manchester, where she resides with her husband, Dicky, and daughter, Emma. In 2014, Brown graduated from Huntington University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

She is the current board treasurer of the Manchester Early Learning Center.


Roanoke library offers computer classes

The Roanoke Public Library is offering computer classes for adults.

The instructor will be Celia Bandelier, library director, who has been working with computers since the 1980s when she received a minor in computer science as part of her Bachelor of Science from Manchester College.

Participants must register to be assured of having a laptop to work on along with the instructor. To register, call the library at 672-2989 or visit the library.

All classes will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the following topics:

Chapter offers two free programs on signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host two sessions of "Know the 10 Signs."

The first will take place on Sept. 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 2131 Getz Rd., Fort Wayne.

The second session will be on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital, 401 Sawyer Rd., Kendallville.

"Know the 10 Signs" is an introductory program that provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer's and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease.

Camp H.E.R.O. training pays off for Andrews girl

Aailyah Smith (center) accepts a plaque from Leslie Ackermann (left), commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, during a ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 27, recognizing Smith for using the knowledge she gained at Camp H.E.R.O.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Aaliyah Smith was home alone when a fire filled her Andrews home with smoke.

She tried to put the fire out with baking soda; when that didn't work, she and the family dog high-tailed it out of the house.

The house and everything in it were destroyed. But Aaliyah and "Duffus" the dog are alive - and Aaliyah says it's because of what she learned earlier this summer at Camp H.E.R.O.

Garden Art program set

The next installment of the 2014 public education series sponsored by Huntington County Master Gardeners will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park.

Master Gardener Betty Jo Wallace will present "Garden Art." She will demonstrate how to make fairy gardens out of clay pots.

She will also demonstrate how to paint rocks for landscaping decorations and for stone in fairy gardens. She will use different sizes of stones and show painted animals, including ladybugs and dragons.

State group honors 15 Miller's Merry Manor sites

Employees of the Huntington Miller’s Merry Manor celebrate a recent Quality Award from Medicare’s Quality Improvement Organization.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Following an 18-month review of care in 200 Indiana healthcare facilities, 15 of Miller's Merry Manor's locations have been recognized as part of 34 nursing facilities in the state which met or exceeded the targeted standards of quality care established for the initiative by the State's Quality Improvement Organ- ization (QIO).

All licensed Indiana nursing facilities were invited to volunteer for the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC), sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which ran from February 2013 through July 2014.

Wayne Township Future Farmers to sell mums, gourds, pumpkins

Members of the Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club will sell pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and mums on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Junction 9, located at the intersection of Ind.124 and Ind.-9.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fall fund-raiser, which features Indian corn and pumpkins grown by the club members, will fund the club's community projects.

Last year, the club used proceeds from the sale to sew blankets for Project Linus and make a contribution to World Vision.


Dentistry group honors Huntington’s Regan

Academy of General Dentistry President Dr. Linda Edgers (left) presented the academy’s Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award to Dr. John E. Regan of Huntington at the AGD 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits this summer in Detroit.
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The Academy of General Dentistry presented Dr. John Regan, of Huntington, with the organization's Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition during the AGD 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibits this summer in Detroit.

The recognition honors AGD members who have demonstrated a commitment to pursing continuing education and volunteering their services.

To receive this recognition, recipients must complete at least 1,000 hours of continuing education and perform at least 100 hours of community service.

Momentous occasion

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Descendants of Miami Chief Jean Baptist de Richardville mark the occasion Thursday, Aug. 21, of the new display of historic document and treaty copies recently returned to the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Family members and invited guests viewed the documents in the Chief Richardville House at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park. Representing four generations of the family are (from left to right) Mikah Strass, Mariah Strass, Erik Strass, Sue Strass, Charlyne Wirtner, Rosalie Boyle, Monica Haneline, Dahra Sirois, Claudia Hedeen, Greta Sirois, Ian Strass and Robert Miller.

‘Germans’ to be genealogy topic Wednesday

The Huntington County Genealogy Society will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The speaker will be Giles Hoyt, Ph.D., and the topic will be "Germans in Indiana."

Hoyt is a retired professor emeritus of German and philanthropic studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, director of the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center and dean of international affairs from 1993 to 2003. He is a co-founder of the Indiana German Heritage Society.

Cottage Event Center plans an evening of jazz

Eric Clancy will perform at the Cottage Event Center in a fund-raiser concert for Riley Hospital for Children on Friday, Sept. 26.
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Billed as an evening of cool jazz and smooth standards, "Puttin' on the Ritz for Riley" features vocalist Shannon Persinger backed by The Eric Clancy Trio.

The concert, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26, at Roanoke's Cottage Event Center, is a fund-raiser for Riley Hospital for Children.

Hiners put big pledge toward BAGC facility

Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Executive Mandy Reber (right) goes over blueprint plans of the new club facility with Marj and Homer Hiner. The Hiners recently pledged $250,000 to the capital campaign.
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Homer and Marj Hiner have pledged $250,000 toward the Parkview Boys & Girls Club's campaign to raise $3.5 million to build a new facility.

Marj Hiner has also been a part of the Capital Campaign Committee that has helped to raise the funds necessary to complete this project. She was also involved in the Building Committee, put in place to make decisions about the new building.

The Hiners say this new facility is a smart investment in its future.

Cottage Event Center plans a fund-raiser concert

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Shannon Persinger will perform at the Cottage Event Center in a fund-raiser concert for Riley Hospital for Children on Friday, Sept. 26.

Weekly Bible study for women kicks off Sept. 8

All women are invited to the fall kick-off event for Bloom, Huntington Church of the Nazarene's Women's Discipleship Ministry. The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the foyer of the church.

The purpose of Bloom is to enable women to grow deeper in their love for and knowledge of Jesus Christ and to encourage one another in this pursuit through community.